Fourth in our series of 30 Under 30 interviews is Joshua Stoner, eLearning Consultant / Content Developer at Curism.
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.
Joshua: Cursim is the content development division of Omniplex. The company is headquartered in the UK, St. Albans, with offices in Boston, MA and Beijing, China. We offer solutions for client learning needs, including LMS options and Articulate software, as well as custom development solutions though Cursim.
My role originated as a content developer within the company, but has developed into some consultancy efforts for ensuring appropriation of designs and experiences within courses for a client's intended audience and solution needs.
Maestro: Tell me about some of the things you are doing to stay current in the world of learning.
Joshua: I am constantly searching the web for topics and trends, however, these usually spawn from my Twitter feed anymore. In addition, I find resources for such as blogs, most often on medium.com, that reveal industry insights on visual design, content design, web design, and so many more topics that spur me into further research.
Being in Boston has also presented a great deal of opportunity to learn, with many UX community groups and technology events, I try to hit what I can to gauge industry trends and hear direct emotional experiences from people, which tends to provide a more insightful learning experience than solely reading the same information.
What challenges do you see for the next generation of learning leaders – people like you?
Challenges are an ever growing thing for learning in general, especially when it comes to the rapid development and growth of technologies and standards. In addition, learners face a common experience of boredom, being inundated with the requirements of new or necessary knowledge, or content irrelevance in support of their goals.
I believe the future learning leaders will still be facing many of these issues, as we are still continuing to understand the best and most impactful way of revolutionizing learning within schools and corporations that can best achieve intended results and support learners for even greater results.
Maestro: What excites you about the future of learning?
Joshua: It may be a bit cliché, but it is the unknown that is always exciting. With that said, I have noticed a growth in focus and improvement in learner/user experience and a more developed and keen eye in visual design, which is always exciting to me.
Learning has, for a while, remained a fairly similar experience and in recent years, the experience has become more of revolution to bring fresh ideas for testing and revitalizing the industry.
What advice do you have for companies struggling to keep up with the changing landscape of learning?
Often times I don't think I can even keep up, but with the resources online and often local communities, it has been in my experience, most beneficial. This is best achieved when companies show support and encourage their employees to get involved with events and communities.
Online communities are so common and for a good reason. They link up people from all over to support each other on common topics. Many of these communities provide a great deal of support because members have been or still are in the same situation as others and can support and encourage one another in learning, growing, and developing skills.
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