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meaning that too many training functions are improperly staffed, focused on the wrong metrics, and relying on outdated or wrong technology.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.