Notes from the Learning Technology Group

Learning Technology Interest Group (LTIG) in Christchurch is a collaborative group in the region made up of people and organisations with a strong interest in leveraging technology to improve learning in their organisations. Synapsys plays a pivotal role in the group, by organising the events and communications of the group and encouraging members to present, share and contribute at events.

It was great to see a good cross-representation of organisations with a mutual interest in learning technologies for the LTIG event last Tuesday hosted by Rachael at Auldhouse. The session was split into two main parts with Simon from Public Trust leading a interesting session on their journey with learning systems centred around Totara Learn LMS. The session resonated with many other organisations with similar challenges and provided a great start to some interesting discussions. The second session was a debate around the use of AR/VR in training and whether it was reserved for high-end or difficult environment training or had a wider application into general learning and development and more mainstream training. We didn’t solve the question, but we did raise some interesting discussion points around the falling costs of the technology and the way it can be accessed more easily for workers with low IT skills than most elearning. With no defining outcome to the debate it was suggested by members that we make AR/VR a topic for follow up at the next LTIG, an excellent idea and we’ll have something ‘hands-on’ at the next event!

Written by: Nigel Young

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