Questioning our Models

Elliott Masie reports from Hong Kong that e-learning in Asia may have some advantages due to its later start than in North America.

Many Asian countries have skipped the first phase of e-Learning. They didn’t have the model of porting CBT (Computer Based Training) to the web. Instead, they started using e-Learning more recently, avoiding a number
of growing pains. For example, we see fewer organizations in the midst of LMS remorse and more sophisticated use of "Google" like search modes rather than long portal lists on learning offering pages.

This got me thinking about my recent conversations with Jon Husband :

… at the same time I keep being surprised by how deeply anchored in existing structures and the dynamics they generate are most peoples’ consciousness and daily work/life habits.

Our comfortable, established mental models slow us from accepting new ones. I guess that’s why it’s so much fun to work with the young.

One challenge in this business of designing learning systems is to constantly question our models and assumptions – a very McLuhanesque perspective:

The specialist is one who never makes small mistakes while moving toward the grand fallacy.

A saying we had in the Army was that the only thing harder than getting a new idea into an officer’s mind was getting the old one out [yes, I was an officer].

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