#GuildChat for 01/22/21: When Tech ISN’T the Solution

Our next #GuildChat takes place Friday, January 22nd at 11AM PT/2PM ET. This week’s topic is when tech isn’t the solution.


At the Learning Guild we’re big fans of the numerous ways technology can make our lives more interesting and assist with how people learn. You’ve probably seen us talk about the newest gadgets we’re trying out, the apps that we use constantly, or even the game systems we play with regularly. So it’s safe to say we’re on board with the idea technology has real value to the work we all do as well as to our personal lives.

But just because you CAN use technology doesn’t always mean you SHOULD.

For instance, take this article recently shared (with more than a bit of side eye) by @DrJenMurphy about a wristband that tells your boss if you are unhappy. It’s a perfect example of what happens when you just throw technology at a problem for the sake of it rather than deal with the real issue at hand. And we see this misuse of technology more than we’d like in L&D, whether it’s a company buying the newest shiny tool with no plan for how to use it, trying to patch over a hard-to-solve problem with a more simplistic tech fix, using a tech-based solution when tech won’t actually help, or even just good tech implemented in the wrong place.

Join us this Friday on Twitter where we’ll share our own experiences with tech gone wrong and our ideas for how to avoid a mismatch between a problem and the technology used to try and solve it. And be sure to follow the Learning Guild’s Twitter account (@LearningGuild) to see the chat questions as they go live.

Prospective question to come:

GuildChat is the Learning Guild’s Twitter chat about all things L&D and is a great way to connect with others in our industry and share your thoughts, ideas, and questions. This one hour chat takes place bi-weekly starting at 11AM Pacific Time /2PM Eastern Time.

Not sure how to participate in a Twitter chat? It’s easy. Follow the Learning Guild’s Twitter account (@LearningGuild) where we’ll share the chat discussion questions. Use the hashtag #GuildChat on your answer tweets and then follow that hashtag to check out other people’s responses.

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