A few weeks ago, I had the unusual good fortune of acquiring 84 mint condition vinyl long play records. ‘Memba those? We called them “33’s” back in the day – 33 rotations per minute on the turntable. This collection is truly vintage – almost full collections of Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Doobie Brothers, Carly Simon, and Chicago, and much more. My turntable has been burning up the amperage ever since I brought two bulging cartons home. Those 84 albums – times infiniti – would fit onto an mp3 player the size of a pack of gum today. My son carried those boxes of 84 albums into the music room for us; that probably counted as a day off from weightlifting.
When my friends and I were listening to Joni Mitchell the first time, we were also engaging in elearning in high school. That would be “e” for electronic, as in the audio-visual crew at Liberty High School would wheel in an industrial sized 25-inch television the size of a small refrigerator on a high steel-framed cart. We would tune in to a closed circuit television show featuring a teacher somewhere out there in the ether lecturing to us. The teacher’s high tech tool was a black board and chalk for demonstrations.
Fortunately for our members, today elearning is a tad sexier – and more convenient. We, at the Eastern PA Chapter of ASTD, want to thank the nice folks at GoToTraining from Citrix for becoming an in-kind sponsor and offering us their software platform so we can show off the latest in elearning tools for our quarterly elearning SIGs led by Director of eLearning Karen Lubrecht. Also, we are expanding our online elearning offerings this year with a six-session Train The Trainer program that is geared to teach our members and their guests some of the basics in instructional design. Members are free to the online classes, and guests can sign up for $5 a session.
We invite our members and their guests to join Chapter President-Elect Suzanne Weaver this spring and fall as she hosts these six Train The Trainer sessions dedicated to examining the ADDIE model.
Meanwhile, my son - who can write code in several software languages - asked me to introduce him to my high-tech, high school world. “Mom, can you show me how to use that turntable?” That made me feel so. . .ahem. . .technologically superior!
Hope to see you online soon courtesy of GoToTraining from Citrix.