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Wednesday 30th January 2013
Theatre 1 16:15 - 16:45

Crowd-shaped: the future of online learning

Martin Belton, Managing Director, mylearningworx

In the US, the big new trend in learning and development has been the dramatic rise of crowd sourced learning providers. At least nine new companies have emerged in the last year, each attracting more than $7 million venture capital funding.

Although quite new, these crowd sourced learning hubs are already offering learners thousands of courses. They are also capturing the imagination of many more first-time e-learning authors, eager to profit from their knowledge or become a part of the new MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) which are appearing almost by the day, particularly in higher education.

The background to this rise is the failure of the internet search engines and social applications to deliver timely, authoritative answers to learning challenges – all too often leading students down frustrating blind alleys.

Crowd based learning hubs remedy that by providing an abundance of free or low cost structured learning programmes and easy to use tools to produce and offer them. This presentation looks at:

  • Why Internet search and use of social media tools is failing learners
  • What providers mean when they claim to be ‘democratising’ learning
  • Why crowd-sourced learning demands a change of mind-set from learning professionals
  • Why the corporate learning manager is the primary beneficiary of the rise of crowd-based learning