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Mastering the Instructional Design Process by Stephen B. King, Marsha King, Bud Benscoter, William J. Rothwell

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Chapter TwentyPredicting the Future of Learning and Instructional Design

Throughout this book, we cover both the foundational and advanced skills and knowledge associated with becoming an effective instructional design practitioner today. But what about tomorrow and into the future? Numerous big-picture macro trends—such as globalization, demographic changes, economic, geopolitical, and technological advances—influence numerous dimensions and dynamics of culture, organizations, and life as we know it. In this final chapter we discuss the implications of such influences on learning, performance, and instructional design in organizations. We introduce a variety of innovations, emerging practices, and issues important to the future. Knowledge of these trends will enable instructional designers to not only be prepared for the future, but to help lead their organizations into the future.

Technological Advances to Improve Delivery and Design

Organizations are continually adapting various technologies of all types. Sometimes the application of the technology is more general and used for purposes other than learning design or delivery, such as a video-conferencing platform. Other technologies are acquired for usage in the design or delivery of learning interventions. An authoring tool is one such example.

As new innovations, often accelerated or based on technologies, in learning and education emerge, and there can be a stampede of interest and enthusiasm which emerges overnight. Sometimes ...

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