“The Cloud” has many forms and functions. One of these is the “cloud of applications” that can communicate through Web services. This cloud is enabling eLearning to be more dynamic, by using real-time data and embedding information gleaned from social networks. Another is the “cloud of content” that is becoming more abundant and more accessible. Information about content that helps contextualize it is becoming at least as valuable as the content itself. What does this mean for eLearning? For learners it means learning experiences that use information and communication technology in fundamentally different and more effective ways. For developers and designers it means learning new skills. For the content industry it means new legal and business challenges. And for technologists it means new tools, standards, and infrastructure.

Session participants will learn how the cloud is changing the way that you can put together eLearning experiences, what existing skills will be emphasized or de-emphasized, what new skills are needed, and what standards and infrastructure are developing to support eLearning in the cloud. You’ll see the principles demonstrated through examples and using publicly available data.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How the Cloud is evolving, and what that means for eLearning
  • Where “eLearning 3.0” is going, and how to prepare for it
  • The skills and tools that are becoming more relevant
  • What “paradata” is and why it is important

Audience Level: Intermediate to advanced participants experienced with today’s eLearning design and development processes and enthusiasm for understanding how technology works.