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CraigTaylor74 Thanks for replying to my post. It is obvious that the people responding to your blog are all in favour of freedom of learning applications and I agree that there are many people higher up that do not buy into the same way of thinking. I do think there are many L&D professionals too who are not very open to welcoming these new learning technologies because it threatens the norms of classroom learning. I'm sure when new technologies were initially used, it might have seemed like a fad or trend (which was not threatening) but it is evident that learning-on-the-go is here to stay and more companies are investing significant funds into these technologies.
Also, I think there are many L&D professionals are scared of the IT-savvy nature of learning because let's face it, not all L&D professionals have a strong background in technical skills since it wasn't needed/not used as much before. I think there are those who are excited by this continuous growth and the 'unknown' and as always there will be those who are scared of the unknown because it threatens their job security and maybe even their professional skills. I don't want to get too philosophical here and imply that many L&D professionals are rethinking their purpose in life or anything; I just think the distinction between "job" and "passion" is surfacing. It is a positive movement for everyone involved.
So enough with my ramblings, what is your cunning plan of directing more attention towards the facilitator during sessions?
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There are some excellent points being made here. I think as long as the technology is aiding the learning, it is something to embrace. I too check with my learners during the session about their "note taking" technology if I notice they seem distracted by their phones. Although when training hospitality folks, it is almost always SMS or BBM that distracts them as compared to new learning technologies.
I think the "sea of heads" visual mentioned earlier is something that trainers just have to get over and use to improve their sessions - maybe add more visuals in the next session to target more attention towards themselves? Those are my two cents.