#GuildChat for 06/30/17: What’s In a Name?

Our next #GuildChat takes place Friday, June 30th at 11AM PT/2PM ET. This week’s topic is What’s In a Name.

Many industries use a variety of terms to describe what they do or what they provide. Typically, these are very foreign to those outside of that space and need further explanation and context. Yet, many will have a slightly different perspective as the terms are vague.

L&D is no different. For example, although “elearning” the term has been around for decades, it means different things to different people. Does it imply an online course only as many see it? Or does it mean any thing learned on a computer? Can this include electronic performance support as well? Is a 2:16 video elearning?

In this week’s #GuildChat we’ll tap the community to shed more light on the terms we use, what they mean? What they should mean? And how they are being used differently by different groups for different purposes? So, jump aboard the Buzz Bus and have a seat with the likes of “Digital Learning”, and “Micro-learning” and help the greater learning community level-set on our own industry terminology.


Prospective questions:

Q1. What’s an L&D term you constantly see different definitions of? #GuildChat
Q2. Terms can mean different things to different people. How might a non-L&D person define something like microlearning? #GuildChat
Q3. What causes industry buzzwords to become so frustrating? #GuildChat
Q4. How can jargon get in the way of your work? #GuildChat
Q5. Can an L&D term’s vagueness help or hurt the industry? Explain. #GuildChat
Q6. elearning and digital learning – is there a difference? If so, what is it? #GuildChat
Q7. Are tech charged subdivisions of “learning” (i.e. elearning, digital learning, microlearning, ect) necessary? Explain #GuildChat
Q8. What are some wording-choice tips for clearly communicating with groups both inside and outside of L&D? #GuildChat


Missed this GuildChat? Don’t worry – you can still read through what happened on our Storify of the chat!


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