With technology evolving at such a fast pace, the prime question for every buyer these days is whether the technology they are buying or planning to buy, will last long or get obsolete in a shorter than expected time. This applies to learning technologies too - especially the ones used for creating learning content.
New inventions are constantly challenging the prevalent modes of learning content. It was not long back when Adobe Flash ruled the world of learning content for decades. ELearning content developers created thousands of hours of flash content throughout the world. And then Adobe shocked everyone by eliminating Flash without much warning.
Adobe's elimination of Flash was not a volunteer action. Adobe was forced to phase the Flash out because Mobile and Tablets took over desktops and Flash was no more compatible with these new devices. Thousands of hours of Flash content became unusable.
Then there is a second story – a few years ago, Google Glass emerged as a revolutionary device and attracted the attention of the learning fraternity too. Organizations made huge investments in developing learning solutions around Google Glass. But unfortunately, Google Glass ended with a flash in the pan, and the investments went into the drain.
Today learning technology cannot survive in silos; it has to keep pace with the entire learning ecosystem. The ecosystem is constantly changing at a very high speed. Hardware, software, firmware, internet, artificial intelligence, machine learning - all these technologies have to align with each other.
Learning Industry is also adopting and innovating new technologies for developing and delivering learning content. The buyer has a vast spectrum of technologies to choose from, which includes- Learning Videos, Whiteboard animations, Rapid Authoring Tools, Game-Based Learning, Virtual Reality , Augmented Reality, , HTML 5, Robot Learning and so on. The more options mean harder decision making. You need to be very cautious while selecting a technology for developing your learning content. If you make a wrong decision today, you can fall behind, become irrelevant for learners, miss opportunities and become obscure.
The selection of technology not only depends on what is available in the market, what is futuristic and trending but also on the organization's culture and infrastructure.
As a learning strategy consultant, Thomson Digital Interactive analyses your organization readiness after a lively discussion with business stakeholders, subject matter experts, and user groups. We conduct interviews, surveys, and also analyze the existing content. We combine scientific approach and our decades of experience to suggest what technology is right for your current needs and will also satisfy your future needs, keeping in mind the budget and organizational readiness.