BLOG: From Clunky to Funky – How Technology Shaped eLearning

Helen (l) gets into the spirit of The Great Duck Race at the 2012 eLearning Awards

Helen (l) gets into the spirit of The Great Duck Race at the 2012 eLearning Awards

Here is a taste of what Helen has to say – to read the full article check out the Flash-version of our 25 years digital publication. It is also available for iOS and Android apps via the eLearning Age website here.

“The first desktop computer I ever used was a first-generation Amstrad PC. It was 1989 and I was working as a Computer-Based Training (CBT) developer at the Chartered Insurance Institute in Sevenoaks.

“Although my primary role was writer, back then one person created a CBT course in its entirety. I was responsible for the instructional design, scriptwriting, programming and ‘graphics’ creation. Incredibly that PC had no hard drive; all programs and data were stored and accessed from a 5.25in floppy disk with a 360k capacity.

“Today I write this article on a laptop with a fairly modest 500GB of hard-disk space, equivalent to about 1.5m of those floppies!

“This is mirrored by an equally stunning growth in processing power. That old PC had 64K of RAM, my laptop has 4GB of RAM and a 2.5GHz processor. Apparently a singing birthday card has more processing power than that Amstrad.

“But what has been the impact for e-learning?”

Helen goes on to discuss designing early CBT courses, the arrival of Windows, the internet revolution and going mobile. There is also an awesome video from 1988 where some of Apple’s greatest minds discuss how they see technology being used in education in the future. They don’t get much wrong……!

To keep reading click on the Flash-version of our 25 years digital publication here or visit the eLearning Age website here for links to iOS and Android apps.

Once you’ve read the article why not come back and comment here or let us know what you think by tweeting us @unicorntraining

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