ELearning And “the Fall Of Personal Computing”

eLearning and “the Fall of Personal Computing”

This week, Managing eLearning features a guest blog from Andy Hicken, Web Courseworks’ Product Innovation Specialist.

graphic showing market share of various devices; PCs are in steep decline

The PC’s declining share of sales. Source: Asymco.

Stanford Computer Science professor Balaji Srinivasan’s MOOC on Startup Engineering, in which I am enrolled, assigns Asymco’s post The Rise and Fall of Personal Computing as first-week reading. One could quibble with a few of Asymco’s details–would the PC’s decline in market share look as steep or sudden if more early tablet and PDA-type devices were included?–but it’s difficult to argue with the deeper message. The Zeitgeist has shifted. Few of us lust after a sleek laptop anymore, and desktops are impossibly location-based (even if cheap and powerful): the mobile wave has broken all around us.

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Jeff Cobb’s New State Of Association ELearning Report

Jeff Cobb’s New State of Association eLearning Report

Jeff Cobb just released his most recent report on association eLearning called Learning 2.0. I have included Jeff in many of my blog posts because he is a genuine, down to earth guy who thinks deeply about the future of eLearning, especially for associations. In Learning 2.0 Jeff provides a better understanding of how professional development practitioners should view the latest trends on the Internet.

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