The future of learning technology
Technology has taken center stage in organizational learning. However, its application can either be beneficial or a burden. The benefits that come with technology are unlimited and the speed at which new gadgets are invented makes it hard to keep up with the pace. That’s not all, even as artificial intelligence, the future of mobile devices and immersive virtual world is being discussed by technology experts, you will not believe the number of organizations that are still struggling to catch up with the online leaning. It’s sad, isn’t it?
ASTD recently carried out a study termed “The Study of Social Media” that revealed that learning functions have not taken in important tools, technologies and concepts associated with Web 2.0. This is not good news at all because the next evolution of the web-referred to as Web 3.0-is upon us. The various components of Web 3.0 and how they might have an impact on the future of leaning, emphasizing on the practices of high-performance organizations are being investigated by the ASTD’s latest research study termed Better, Smarter, Faster: How Web 3.0Transform Learning in High-Performance Organizations.
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What is Web 3.0? You might be thinking that Web 3.0 is only about the collection of technologies or applications that can be installed or purchased. You are wrong. It represents an evolutionary shift in how humans interact with the web and vice versa. There are three components of Web 3.0. They include the Mobile Web, Semantic Web and the Immersive internet. Let’s go through the components so that you do not get perplexed. The Semantic Web is where technology uses a software to understand the meaning of data and the use natural language searches. The information is custom-made to meet the needs of the user, his/her identity and location. Do you wish to use the web seamlessly as you move to different devices and change locations? Well, the Mobile Web is what will allows you to do all that. Augmented reality, 3-D environments and virtual worlds are the norm when it comes to Immersive internet. It is evident that when all the three components are incorporated in an organization, both learning and marketing performance hits the roof.
What is the future of the learning function? A general consensus has it that a fundamental shift in how we interact with the web is taking place despite the fact that there are some concepts and technologies that seem foreign and implausible. The future is bright thanks to the standards that are continuously created to make web-based data and information smarter. Most if not all internet activities are now on the go with the availability of mobile devices. How cool is that? In fact, virtual and immersive environments are now becoming more relevant to the business of leaning since they are now richer and complex.
It’s just a matter of time before the internet experience becomes more immersive, applications becomes matter and people interact more through their mobile devices. Organizational learning will also feel the influence since the shift will be felt everywhere our lives cross with the technology. People just can’t wait to see the magnitude of its effect and how soon it will take place. Most of the participants of the study believe that Web 3.0 will not only positively influence leaning but also the organizational development. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Web 3.0 and organizational learning. Although people are optimistic about Web 3.0, most of the learning functions are still struggling with the Web 2.0.This is a clear indication that Web 3.0 technology has a long way to go before it gets incorporated and used in mainstream learning environments.
It is expected that the corporate data search functions should be forceful but that’s not the case. Answers provided by the search results are not the best. The information you also get is only partially related to your request. There are more targeted results from the smarter searches offered by the Web 3.0 technologies. It only takes a few seconds before you have the quality information you requested.
There is currently little leaning going on in mobile devices despite the fact that study participants see the Mobile Web as the main component of Web 3.0. The use of virtual worlds, simulations and other immersive technologies are underutilized in the corporate training and development sector despite the fact that the Immersive, virtual components of Web 3.0 have been in use in the learning field for years.
Better, Smarter, Faster: How Web 3.0 Will transform learning in High Performance.
Organizations that have embraced the new technology for the learning functions have enjoyed the benefits. There is a successful leaning function and high market performance if people in the leaning function and IT focus on Web 3.0.
Key Finding Ways in which Web 3.0 technologies affect and influence learning in today’s world and the impact it may have in future is what drives the study. The key findings include:
- There will be learning functions in High-performing organizations that are open to emerging technology
- The promise of Web 3.0 is the use of mobile devices for learning
- There is a guarantee in Web 3.0 technologies to make it easier for people to find and interact with the beneficial content and subject experts
- The rise of simulations, virtual worlds, multiplayer gaming and augmented reality technologies for leaning is expected in the coming years
- The biggest obstacle to the adoption of this technology advancement is lack of leadership buying and budget constraints. This is the best time to adopt to Web 3.0 from Web 2.0 for learning practitioners. Learning is only effective with Mobile learning, the Semantic Web and the immersive technologies.
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