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Elliott Masie’s 30 Under Thirty: Interview with Adam Curci

Seventh in our series of 30 Under Thirty interviews is Adam Curci, Senior Learning Technologist with a leading FORTUNE 1000 company.

Maestro: Tell me a little bit about your company and role within it.

Adam: As a Sr. Learning Technologist, my role within the company model is to provide access and support to learning and development content for our employees as well as our clients.  Delivering the learning material requires somewhat outside the box thinking to leverage a combination of stable and reliable delivery methods while not overlooking security and data capture.  In order to meet these requirements, it’s important to know what current advancements have been made in the learning and development industry. 

Maestro: Tell me about some of the things you are doing to stay current in the world of learning.

Adam: The best ways to discover new tools and techniques, I’ve found, is through participation in learning and development associations and conferences.  There are so many different things you can learn by participating in open sessions from highly technical delivery and data tracking practices to capturing and increasing engagement levels in your target audience.  You can have discussions with other individuals in the same field and share experiences from both sides.

Maestro: What challenges do you see for the next generation of learning leaders - people like you?

Adam: As the learning and development industry grows and evolves, there will always be new areas of the landscape that are uncharted.  One area being explored and one that I believe will be a continuous challenge is personalization.  Not personalization in learning content in that the materials you open and view identify directly with you (although someday they might), I mean that in regards to your position and what you face on a daily basis, your selection of material that is available to you will become more and more tailored to suit your needs. 

Maestro: What excites you about the future of learning?

Adam: At the moment, many companies face vast catalogs of material that for the most part are simply navigated or searched for with keywords.  However, as platforms develop and data integrations are made, we are going to see more and more the possibility of intuitive learning selections specialized for each individual learner. Refining these developments and data integrations is going to be the challenge.  This is what I find to be the best part of the field.  Seeing these advancements made in real-time.  Who knows, it could be your company that teams up with your platform vendor to develop a delivery method unlike one that’s been seen before.  That method then becomes refined and built upon to create the next solution. Anything is possible.

Maestro: What advice do you have for companies struggling to keep up with the changing landscape of learning?

Adam: For companies that are finding it hard to keep up, the most important concept I can recommend to you, is that there is no right or wrong way for delivering learning that works for all companies.  Every industry is different, with different requirements and goals.  Identify what you need/want to accomplish and all the possible routes to get there before an attempt to implement platforms or strategies.  Just because it’s the latest idea or platform, doesn’t mean it is right for your needs. An overly complex system with a slew of add-ons, options and/or customizations can double your maintenance and support time. A simplified solution can be the best solution.

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