David Guralnick on creating meaningful learning experience with AI

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Episode summary

In this episode of the Learning While Working Podcast, David Guralnick, the CEO of Kaleidoscope Learning and President of the International eLearning Association, shares the potential of AI-driven, learner-centric environments. He also unpacks the possibilities of AI as a personalised coach, and the challenges organisations face in adopting new technologies. Plus, hear David's valuable insights on moving beyond traditional constraints to dream big and scale back, ensuring that the ideal learning experience is always within reach.

About David Guralnick

David Guralnick is the current President and CEO of Kaleidoscope Learning. He is also the current president of the International E-Learning Association; founder and chair of The Learning Ideas Conference; Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Advanced Corporate Learning; Chair of the International E-Learning Awards; and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. He is the author of the book "How Organizations Can Make the Most of Online Learning”.

Key Takeaways

  • Meaningful Learning Defined: it's not just about content or information. Meaningful learning resonates emotionally and aligns with personal goals, whether in the workplace, school, or life in general.
  • AI as a Coach: Imagine having an AI coach guiding you through complex scenarios, learning about your interests, and tailoring experiences specifically for you. David discusses the potential of AI to act as a mentor and facilitator, making learning not just efficient, but deeply engaging.
  • The Future of Learning: David shares some strong visions for the future, advocating for a shift from traditional, constraint-bound methods to innovative, tech-enabled approaches that truly reimagine education.

Segmented time stamps:

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 05:38 Progressive learning techniques and leveraging technology for education
  • 06:41 Reconsidering education in the age of AI
  • 09:50 AI's potential and challenges in near future
  • 14:28 Early AI work in education at Northwestern
  • 19:03 Created specialised authoring tool for non-technical users
  • 20:02 Online learning constrained by tool limitations and coding
  • 25:10 Start big, think AI, and what the ideal experience looks like
  • 26:34 Accepting tradeoffs can lead to greater satisfaction

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