Here is my review of Learning in 3D: Adding a New Dimension to Enterprise Learning and Collaboration.
I think this quote captures the book and the idea pretty well,
"...learning leaders would do well to pay heed to Gloria Gery’s assertion that: “We don’t need new technology, we just need new thinking.”
This is the author's clarion call to all of us involved in helping people learn in new and powerful ways:
"The enterprise learning function is responsible for developing the talent that drives sustainable competitive advantage for the firm. In remaining bound to the formal classroom as the primary learning modality, the learning function is significantly limiting its ability to deliver strategic value to the enterprise at precisely the time when the ability to learn and adapt in perpetuity is becoming a core capability required by all firms. Just as businesses have had to change their strategies, structures, and infrastructures to remain competitive in increasingly dynamic market environments, the learning function must also adapt to meet the dynamic needs of the enterprise it serves. Ironically, while business has clearly learned to change, the learning function itself has not."
I was fortunate enough to meet both of the authors separately at two very cool conference I attended. I met Tony O'Driscoll at Fusion Productions DigitalNow Conference in April, 2010 where he talked about the Immernet - the next iteration of the internet. And just in time for the "gamer generation" who are looking for new ways to collaborate in immersive learning environments.
The almost one week later I met Karl Kapp at the Meridian Learn & Know Conference where he gave us a shout out on his blog Kapp Notes. Karl had the audience's heads spinning as they were trying to grasp what this might mean to their traditional learning systems.
If you want to see the future of learning (which is already here), get this book now!
See Karl Kapp's presentation here on Slideshare.net and Tony's summary of their book here:
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