Second in our series of 30 Under 30 interviews is Dan Laicha, Instructional Designer at Bisk Education.
Unfamiliar with learning's 30 Under 30? That's ok! It's an annual program put on by Elliott Masie at Learning 2015 conference. "The goal of the 30 Under 30 @ Learning 2015 Program is to provide support, visibility, voice and development for the next generation of Learning Leaders." Read on to learn more about industry insights from an up and coming learning leader!
Maestro: Tell me a little bit about your company and your role within it.
Dan: I work at Bisk Education located in Tampa, Florida. I work as an Instructional Designer; I collaborate directly with faculty at Universities such as Michigan State and Jacksonville University to create engaging and interactive content for their online course offerings. I have always been passionate about higher education and in my current role, I am able to really improve the student experience and help change lives!
Maestro: Tell me about some of the things you are doing to stay current in the world of learning.
Dan: There is a huge online community for learning, and I participate in many ways. I love to be in communication with my growing professional network (special shout-out to my fellow Bloomsburg University alumni!) to stay up to date with new industry trends and smart ways of producing engaging content. I try to attend conferences when possible, as I just attended OLC in Orlando in October. I also love visiting blogs such as E-Learning Heroes and others as a way to pursue the next wave of innovation.
Maestro: What challenges do you see for the next generation of learning leaders – people like you?
Dan: The main challenge I see for our generation of learning leaders is keeping up with all the new, improving, and innovative technologies. Every minute of every day, people are coming up with the "next big idea". Staying current and always striving to improve are just two of many items I always implement into my day!
Maestro: What excites you about the future of learning?
Dan: I see the future of learning as very bright! Every day, I love witnessing this passionate community of ours come together and work collaboratively to create and share unbelievably creative ideas with each other. No one is in it alone!
Maestro: What advice do you have for companies struggling to keep up with the changing landscape of learning?
Dan: Greater empowerment of our learning leaders and designers is so important as the industry moves forward. Allowing team members to work collaboratively and closely to create and implement ideas has been a great improvement I have seen. In the past, there has been too much emphasis put on an individual sitting at their desk and working on a project by themselves with little feedback. Let creativity flow through collaboration and open dialogue!
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