I thought this would make an interesting shareable topic, and one that everyone would have a view on.

I'll start the ball rolling…

My first encounter happened when I was working at a publishing company and I had to complete a pretty ugly-looking back safety course - it was the only piece of formal training I received and it was pretty uninspiring, and unsurprisingly I can't remember a word of it!

What was your first encounter like?


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Good question! My first encounter with learning technology was courtesy of Video Arts when John Cleese was the boss. The technology being nothing more hi-tech than VHS. Films like Meetings, Bloody Meetings and How Not To Exhibit Yourself were pioneering in that they made learning fun. They were formulaic - the joke was in seeing people making mistakes, the learning was in seeing people put things right. But they livened up otherwise dull training.  

This is going to age me, but...

... my first experience with using learning technology was back in the late 70's when I used a system from Control Data to learn about how to adapt your sales style to deal with different types of buyers - Dominant, Detached and Dependent buyers. I travelled to a centre in central London where I was given a headset and plugged into a very slow computer where I went through a 10 unit programme that deployed video, assessments and simulations to thoroughly make sure we had got the basic techniques involved. This was followed up by a 3 day course where we used and sharpened the new skills in realistic role-plays that had been tailored for the company I worked for. Classic blended learning, and it worked.

Isn't it the case that the earliest form of learning technology that most people are exposed to is actually the good old fasioned BOOK...

Prior to the late 19th Century "most" people would not have had access to knowledge in any form other than through oral history.. - storytelling. Even though books were being produced much earlier than this they were generally the preserve of the rich or were religious texts housed with great reverance in churches or other places of worship.

The invention of the printing press and everything that followed from that (including the victorian establishment of public libraries) was the earliest form of learning technology and one that still exists today.

Hi Chris,

Thanks for sharing. I guess it comes back to what we mean by 'technology'' :) I'm glad to say that my back-safety e-learning experience certainly wasn't my first encounter with learning - and I definitely can't remember what my first ever learning experience was.



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