DevLearn 2014 is fast approaching; in just less than three weeks it will start. our CEO Kasper Spiro will present two sessions at DevLearn. One concurrent session titled “Trends Leading to the End of the LMS” and one morning buzz session called “The Death of WYSIWYG Authoring?”
These titles make it seem that he is projecting doom for eLearning. But that’s not the case. What it means is that we, in elearning, are in a period of fundamental change. All changes offer new opportunities but also create a downside with victims. Kasper believes the LMS and WYSIWYG authoring will be the victims of some of these changes.
Session 206: Trends Leading to the End of the LMS (Wednesday October 29, 1.15 pm.)
There are many changes going on in our industry. In this presentation he will focus on why we won’t need the corporate LMS in the future and that it will be relegated to the past. The trends that will addressed are:
1. The learner takes control:
- Self-directed learning
- Adaptive learning
- Anywhere, anytime, any device
- On demand
2. Learning moves to the business:
- Informal learning, working smarter
- Mapping learning goals to business goals
- Integration with performance support
- Return on investment
- New Content
This presentation will be available to download at the conference website and app. However, it is mainly images and video. We will create a white paper with the full text. It will be available for download on the easygenerator website. You can also send us an email ([email protected]) and we will let you know when it is available.
MB29—The Death of WYSIWYG Authoring (Friday October 31. 7.15 am.)
I was really inspired by this year’s MlearnCon keynote, Karen McGrane, whose presentation was titled “Content in a Zombie apocalypse”. She convinced me that we should move from WYSIWYG authoring to WYSIWYM authoring. At easygenerator we are in the middle of this transformation. Our old Windows based system uses WYSIWYG, but the new web- based authoring tool uses WYSIWYM. We all should move to WYSIWYM. With responsive publications and the wide range of devices individuals are using, you simply don’t know what your publication will look like. On top of that, new devices are appearing (wearables like the smart watch and smart glasses) making this even more an issue. But if we ask users of the ‘old’ Windows edition what they like most about it they very often answer the “WYSIWYG interface”. So this raises several questions:
- Is WYSIWYG dead?
- IS WYSIWYM the future?
- Should we offer both or create a mix?
- What does this mean for design?
- And much more
Kasper will discuss these questions in the morning buzz session at 7.15. So bring your coffee and join the conversation.
As always Kasper will be blogging as many session reports as he can, these session posts will be on his personal blog (www.kasperspiro.com), On the easygenerator blog we will post daily updates during the conference.