Technology Drivers & Elearning|Takeaways from DevLearn 2019

Last month I was at DevLearn in Las Vegas. As usual for a really good conference, I left with a stretched mind and new perspectives (and, as is regrettably common in a conference, there was little about documentation, or templates, or any of the other themes that I’ve recently been discussing).

One thing that caught my eye was what seemed to be a recurring theme of technological determinism. That is, the (often unstated) assumption that technology drives culture, human events, and, in this case, the field of learning and development. Hints were present in several of the keynotes, such as David Kelly’s interview of Sophia the robot, about how artificial intelligence will transform the future; in Helen Papagiannis’s discussion of how augmented reality will shape training; even in Kate O’Neill’s discussion of the need for human-centric design when working with emerging technologies.

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