Elearning! Feb-Mar

FEB-MAR 2015

Elearning! Magazine: Building Smarter Companies via Learning & Workplace Technologies.

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18 February / March 2014 Elearning! DON'T WANT TO GET LEFT BEHIND? VIEW YOUR EMPLOYEES AS CONSUMERS, AND INTRODUCE NEW ORGANIZATIONAL POSSIBILITIES. BY JERRY ROCHE Tere has been a lot said and a lot written — in this magazine and elsewhere — about the "consumerization" of learning. But knowing the defnition without knowing its business applications is like being a carpenter who has a pocketful of nails but no hammer. Let's start by fnding the most learning- specifc defnition of consumerization possible. Here's the perfect reference, from Gartner — the world's leading information technology research and advisory company: Consumerization is the specifc impact that consumer-originated technologies can have on enterprises. It refects how enterprises will be afected by, and can take advantage of, new technologies and models that originate and develop in the consumer space, rather than in the enterprise I.T. sector. Consumerization is not a strategy or something to be 'adopted.' Consumerization can be embraced and it must be dealt with — but it cannot be stopped. Consumerization is impacting you and your company, whether your realize it or not. As people have access to better technology, the lines between work and life are becoming more blurred. How and where people work and the new technology they use to get things done are changing. So, as learning is further consumerized, you and your employees will have to adapt to those changes. Rather than viewing learning as a Using to Build a Better Learning Organization U s i n g t B i l d B t t Consumeri

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