I've been in far too many meetings, it's always a meeting, where someone suggests that we just need <technology>pick one</technology> as the solution to what the customers are wanting. I thought of this today when I saw this quote buried deep in an article about social features being built-in to the major blogging platforms: The Next Social Networks Will Not Be Powered By Blog Platforms
...features such as forums are old school...
I smiled as I'd been in a meeting discussing forums not too long ago. The conversation went something like:
Person X: What we need here is a forum...
Me: Forums aren't used too much anymore. The conversations have moved to other venues.
Person Y: A forum would allows us to...
Me: How many of you actively participate in forums?
Person Z: So when can we have this implemented?
The same thing happens with online learning. The solution is often:
Person X: We need to build an online course. It must be very dynamic and engaging, and have a high wow factor.
Me: How many of you have ever taken an online course?
Person Y: Let's build it in Moodle...
Okay, color me clueless. Why do we think other people will be jumping up-and-down over the opportunity to use stuff that we personally find a total bore? If we're going to do this stuff we should at least have enough respect for our customers/learners/clients to kick-the-tires ourselves. We must be the ball.