There are a number of key trends currently in convergence which are having a dramatic effect on the world of education. In this blog I want to explore these trends and SAP Education’s changing approach to them, and also get some feedback from the community on how SAP Education can better fit your requirements.
I want to start this blog with a video I spotted on YouTube; it’s a few years old now, but I think it brilliantly shows the first of the key trends I want to explore.
Technology: Empowering and Enabling
IT is often referred to as an “enabler of technology”, but if sensitively applied it can also be described as “empowering technology”, as it shifts the emphasis from institutions to the individual. Those of us who have been around for a while will remember e-learning and virtual learning have been launched several times in the previous decades – without much success. We are seeing now that the technology has advanced to the stage where things are much more interactive and familiar, and as such the acceptance is growing in the market. Organisations better understand the benefits and also the shortcomings of these technologies (as in the e-learning or e-reference section above), and are really starting to make effective use of them while reducing the costs associated with traditional approaches to learning.
This change in the way we deliver our learning content is also reflected in our traditional public training courses, which are being re-designed in an increasingly modular way to provide many more options for consumption for each of these smaller learning objects. Options include: delivery as part of a standard, traditional classroom-based course; virtually via Virtual Live Classroom; or as individual e-learning titles, available on-demand. We are currently rolling out on demand scheduling in Europe, allowing you to tell us when you’d like to attend a course – you can find out more here
The combination of factors I’ve described here is transforming the traditional learning environment into something simultaneously more social and personalised. While traditional learning is course-centric and driven by the learning providers, this new approach is learner-centric. Using new technologies SAP can provide the best content, on-demand, over the most appropriate channel, and provide remedial support if required, over any distance. This does not mean that our traditional offerings are being phased out though. We are in an interesting transition period where both traditional and non-traditional learning are in demand.
My hope is that learning providers like SAP Education, who are proactive in embracing these trends with the help of the appropriate technologies, are in a position to best satisfy the learning demands of the latest generation of learners.
Share your experiences, give us your feedback!
There are a number of important themes described above – I’d be keen to hear your views on some of these. For instance, what is your view on the separation of system types: e-Learning or e-Reference:
- Do you have an e-learning solution that you are trying to use for e-reference?
- Do you have an e-reference tool that doesn’t give you all you need in terms of e-learning?
- Have you found something that supports both functions well?
- Do any of you have first-hand experience with SAP Education’s Knowledge Acceleration tool?
SAP Education is currently working on our mobile learning strategy, so I’d also be interested to hear your views on mobile learning:
- Do you have a smart phone or tablet?
- Do you want or need the ability to consume learning via this device?
- If so, what are some of the key characteristics you want in the mobile learning content (remember the earlier point about e-learning and e-reference as an example)?
I look forward to your feedback, and to engaging further with you all right here in SCN!