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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Guild 360 Synchronous Learning Report Available

If you are interested in synchronous learning, here are some interesting statistics from the report:
  • 42% of respondents plan to expand their use of Synchronous Learning Systems

  • Respondents who offer synchronous learning through an LMS report better ROI and a greater level of satisfaction

  • The vast majority of respondents report that synchronous learning systems are essential to their organizations, and that, when set up properly, they rival the best instructor-led training

Not to mention an essay titled "Escaping Flatland: The Emergence of
3D Synchronous Learning
" written by Tony O'Driscoll and myself. Steve Wexler of the guild and coordinator and author of much of the report writes:
Karl M. Kapp, professor of Instructional Technology at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA, and Tony O’Driscoll, Performance Architecture Analysis and Design for IBM Sales Learning, immerse you into the next generation of synchronous learning systems. This is both a “must read” and a “great read” as Karl and Tony manage to bring the excitement of synchronous learning in a 3D virtual social world to life on the 2D written page.

Ok, so Steve might be a little "over the top"...but that's Steve. Tony and I just think the essay contains some interesting ideas and concepts for using 3D worlds in training and teaching environments.

You can read the abstract here.

Once again, it was a joy working with Brent Schlenker, Karen Hyder, Paula Cancro, Ann Kwinn, Tony O'Driscoll, Karl Kapp, Bryan Chapman and Steve Wexler who coordinated the entire report. The pleasure was all mine in this fun and interesting project.

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