Content Strategy

Learning Locker: Changing the Way We Handle Learning Data

Posted by Jeff Tillett on Jun 25, 2014 7:51:00 AM

Data is dull business, but it can be very useful and important for both the individual and the organization. Learning Locker is new software that was recently developed by HT2 Ltd. It’s an open source learning record store that changes the way organizations and individuals can use learning data.

Learning Locker lets individual learners own their learning records. The idea is that each learner is given an actual card or something similar, showing all the learning he or she has completed. The value here is that learners keep track of what they have accomplished and can use their own data to enhance their career. For example, the data might help when they ask for additional responsibility or new challenges, or when they apply for new opportunities. It could also assist if there's a question regarding learning completion.

Learning Locker also benefits the organization. The data starts with each organization: it owns the data initially. The organization can supply individual learners with their own data, so this data becomes owned by both the individual and the organization.

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Topics: learning, learning locker, performance improvement, Ben Betts, HT2 Ltd.

ASTD TechKnowledge 2014: Recap

Posted by Brandon Carson on Jan 29, 2014 7:03:00 AM

Last week, I attended ASTD’s TechKnowledge 2014 conference in Las Vegas, and live-blogged about it here and here.

Today, I thought I’d provide a recap of my overall experience. It was great to connect and reconnect with colleagues in the business, and to hear and share what’s going on in the industry. The formal theme of the conference was “Learning Technology Applied,” but from what I saw, there was also a theme of “Reinventing Training.” I participated in a panel discussion about that very subject. My premise is that we are in the “Dark Ages of Training,” meaning that too many training functions are improperly staffed, focused on the wrong metrics, and relying on outdated or wrong technology. I encountered a lot of questions about “learning content strategy” (read more about my take on that here), and what to do with “legacy courses” built in old and/or expiring technology, such as Flash.

Brandon Carson (far left) talks with Ben Betts (middle), Clark Quinn (right) and moderator Andi Campbell at the ASTD TechKnowledge 2014 conference.

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Topics: learning and development, training, classroom training, online training, learning content strategy, Ben Betts, ATD, Anders Gronstedt, Clark Quinn, Transmedia Storytelling, ATD TechKnowledge, Andi Campbell