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Training Video: Blended Learning Challenge #2: Too Much Technology

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Published on Jul 10, 2012

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Don't succumb to the temptation to use every learning technology at your disposal; use the simplest combination that will effectively deliver your content.

"Our second technological challenge is that I want you to resist the urge to use the technology simply because it's available. You all use different virtual classrooms, I'm sure. You'll hear things like, "Let's get this on WebEx on Friday because we've got WebEx," or, I had this conversation yesterday, "Let's get 90% of our content online by the end of the year." The concept is "We've got it and we should use it," and that results in bad training, weak initiatives. It makes our designs more complicated than they need to be because we're trying to force fit content into an area where it doesn't make sense. It also continues the idea that using the technology seems trendy. What I want you to do is use the simplest combination of technologies.

"We need to test this, we need to make sure that the entire blend works together. This is especially important if you don't have control over your end users or your audience. You don't know whether your end users are on Macs or PC's. You don't know where they are in the world, or potential firewalls they're working in. We need to use the simplest combination possible and do some testing ahead of time.

"I think that all the technological challenges you listed earlier can be addressed if we resist the urge to use this technology and we do what we can up front to ensure the students can be successful."

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