11 obsolete things

With the recent changes to the UK National Lottery, increasing the odds to 45 million to 1, apparently you are now twice as likely to be made a Saint as you are to win the jackpot.

Good work from the lottery. But I can beat that.  Statistically, winning the UK jackpot is still more likely for me, than being able to access a YouTube video from my workplace PC anytime soon.

The Icelandic blogger Ingvi Hrannar Omarsson (@IngviOmarsson) wrote earlier this year about 14 things that have become obsolete in 21st century schools.

He’s talking stuff like “computer rooms”, schools without wifi, schools that think parental communication via the occasional newsletter is fine, unhealthy cafeteria food and schools paying outside firms to produce pamphlets, posters and websites (surely the children should be doing it).  It’s a great list.  My children listened to it and said immediately: “school assemblies”.

One of his main themes is around isolation from the outside world: the psychological (or actual) firewalls of education.

I wanted to have a go at the adult learning version.  This is part obsolescence, part “this may be obsolete very soon”.  Probably part wish-list as well.

So farewell then:

  • Training catalogues
  • Offices without full internet access
  • Workplaces without free universal wifi
  • One-week residential courses
  • Lunch (sadly)
  • IT Departments who try to control what you use
  • L&D Departments who try to control what you learn
  • Paying for content (as opposed to finding it in the organisation, through networks, or on the internet)
  • The adjective “digital” (as in “digital learning”, “digital resources”)
  • Course folders and other cupboard-fodder (people should walk away with one, highly visual reminder – everything else is links)
  • L&D people not being on Twitter.

What else?


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