Content Management in Elearning – elearningpost Interview with Bob Boiko
Quote: “…technology changes a lot and focusing on technology is not the right thing to do. What’s really important to me is figuring out what exactly you want from your learning system or information system. From my point of view, I have certain information resources that I would like to deliver to certain people in a certain way. That’s not a technology question. That’s not about what system I have. Rather its about what information do I have, who wants it and how do I deliver that information in the best possible way. Now obviously I would need a system to do that, but the infrastructure follows from the need I have, not the other way around.”
Comment: I’ve said this before: elearning is an aggregation industry. Developments in the industries that comprise elearning sooner or later impact elearning. This is a good example. Content management is emerging rapidly. Within several years, discussion of elearning will focus heavily on content management. Why? Currently the industry (elearning) is too disorganized and confused to know what it wants and needs. Many false starts (followed by retracing steps – think Open University, NYU Online) have confused the core issues of elearning. What are the core issues? Instructor, organization, content, student. That’s it. Nothing more is needed. Technology enables these four aspects to work together more effectively to foster learning. All four areas benefit from (forget benefit…they NEED) content management – . So, once elearning gets its stuff together, watch for tools, software, and processes that support core issues to thrive…and content management will be right up front.
Coincidentally, enterprise applications (like CRM or ERP or HRMS) will integrate with content management and learning systems to create (eventually – fingers crossed) a system that makes technology almost transparent (and all of these will be linked to (or comprise) knowledge management systems).