Monday, October 4

Examples of Big Impact from Technology

Whoops, October completely snuck up on me. I'm a couple days late posting this. And I have a bit different question this month.

One of the things that has always bugged me is that its very hard to find good case studies. A few years ago, we asked a big question Where are the Examples of eLearning? It resulted in finding some good examples such as: Elearning samples and eLearning Examples. There are a few more to be found via eLearning Case Studies on the eLearning Learning site.

But most of the time, these examples and case studies tend to focus on different styles of interaction in online courses.

I wanted to do something a bit different here. For most of us, we've worked on a few projects that use technology and have had a Big Impact on performance and the business. It wasn't just a check-the-box kind of training exercise. It was big and meaningful. I want to hear about those projects.

The October Big Question is:

Examples of Big Impact from Technology?

Brag a little, it's okay. If you can't name the company, just say "Big Box Retailer" or something like that. I want to know what projects you are most proud of in your life. But it does need to have technology as part of the solution.

How to Respond:

Option 1 - Simply put your thoughts in a comment below.

Option 2 -

Step 1 - Post in your blog (please link to this post).
Step 2 - Put a comment in this blog with an HTML ready link that I can simply copy and paste (an HTML anchor tag). I will only copy and past, thus, I would also recommend you include your NAME immediately before your link. So, it should look like:

Tony Karrer - e-Learning 2.0

or you could also include your blog name with something like:

Tony Karrer - e-Learning 2.0 : eLearningTechnology

Posts so far (and read comments as well):


Jason said...

Jason McDonald - Maybe You Should Read the Manual

Inge (Ignatia) de Waard said...

Ignatia Inge de Waard lists her success factors for big impact eLearning

Nisha said...

Okay this is a small project I've been doing for the last three semesters in the freshman biology class I teach face to face (F2F) To improve class collaboration, I've incorporated the use of Wikis (a great Web 2.0 technology) to get students to collaborate and share ideas. Often times getting every student to participate in class isn't that easy as some are more vocal than others. After teaching another course online/hybrid and seeing how "vocal" my online students are on the asynchronous discussion boards, I decided to make my F2F class more interactive by extending our classroom into this virtual arena. Students have gained valuable lessons in using this technology. They have not only mastered the wiki technology, but are learning how to demonstrate effective communication and collaborative skills which are all necessary in today's technology dominant job market.

Anonymous said...

I promised Tony I would answer this question, but I don't feel that I have any "big" impacts to brag about in a full blog post.

Here are a couple of "small" impacts:
1. Working with a school district, I've opened their eyes to technology as a workplace learning and collaboration tool (amongst staff) and how it might fit within a classroom. Mostly though, I hope that I've shifted their perspective to technology as a tool for a more networked world.
2. Working for a large credit union, I introduced performance support for an IT system that would have been a bear to "train" employees on. This was my legacy to this organization, which has embraced perf. support on many levels.
3. Just starting this one - my small community (pop 10,000) is embarking on a grass-roots initiative to develop a digital economy. I'm just a participant in this, but pleased to be a part of it and will blog about it as it develops.

I wonder if we are so used to the technology of today, we have forgotten how big of a shift we've made in such a short period of time? Maybe many of us did make big impacts with technology, but viewed from current perspective don't seem so big anymore?


Tony Karrer said...

Holly - your response is interesting and the comment that we may be getting used to this is likely very true.