Most of us in the learning profession pride ourselves on being comfortable with technology. Whenever a new tool is available, we’re ready to give it a try, eager to adopt the latest way to help people learn. We spend huge amounts of money and time attending professional conferences and we read magazines dedicated to keeping us all up to date in between those conferences.
But a funny thing happens on the way to our “real world.” A lot of those cool things we’re so excited about in theory get pushed aside. Maybe they are deemed too expensive, too risky, or not a good fit for our culture. Or maybe we just get too busy with the day-to-day of writing, designing, developing, delivering, measuring, and revising our training programs to find the time and energy to implement all that shiny new technology. Suddenly, we’re on the wrong side of the technology adoption curve again, with out-of-date tech and no budget to purchase the upgrades we know would make a huge difference in our business results.