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Enterprise-wide software training solutions need to be re-evaluated in a 2.0 world. As the definitions of the learner and the learning experience change with elearning 2.0 and Web 2.0, we must look at the state and sophistication of available solutions that help rapid development and deployment of software training enterprise-wide.

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Organizations and institutions that follow the traditional system of knowledge sharing and instruction understand the limitations of this system in terms of building effective resource pools and leveraging organizational knowledge and skills. A system driven in majority by rote learning, page turners and curriculum-centricity rather than focusing on the learner and growth through harnessing collective insights, is destined to be less effective as an organizational tool.

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I just finished watching this amazing story and I have to insist anyone who has anything to do with education must watch it too! Kudos to Aamir Khan and his entire team for doing a fantastic job. Aamir must accept the mantle of being the Indian Sidney Poitier in To Sir, with Love, a story about a schoolteacher and his inspirational values set against a backdrop of racism and social iniquity in a school in London’s East End!

The story revolves around a dyslexic 8 year old who is misunderstood by everyone until Aamir, a drawing teacher, who like Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, Tom Cruise, John Lennon, Robin Williams and Richard Branson (to name a few), fought dyslexia, arrives on the scene. Sensitively made, Aamir recognizes the challenge, identifies the pure artistic talent of the child and turns around not only the child’s perception of himself but also those of his parents, teachers, friends and society at large.

Each of us need to appreciate and internalize the challenge. Each of us is different. Through our efforts at building training, how can we be inclusive of these differences and how can we be more responsible to our children and our co-workers?

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Ray Kurzweil, widely known and worshipped as an author and inventor, talks about how technology and biology will get increasingly integrated given the advances in  nanotechnology, gene technology and machine intelligence.

 

He states “…We will combine our brain power—the knowledge, skills, and personality quirks that make us human—with our computer power in order to think, reason, communicate, and create in ways we can scarcely even contemplate today. This merger of man and machine, coupled with the sudden explosion in machine intelligence and rapid innovation in gene research and nanotechnology, will result in a world where there is no distinction between the biological and the mechanical, or between physical and virtual reality.

 

Mix this with Renaud from CISCO and Cardinali from Giunti who talk about wearable headsets, augmented reality and the digital extension of self and you begin to think…is this for real? Look for your self (I promise to get someone help me with the graphics quality soon!).

 

 

Collage - singularity

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