Multi-sensory media is part of the informational and instructional evolutionary process that has taken us beyond storytelling, the printing press, and radio wave transmission. Multi-sensory media is a communication tool. It makes possible more efficient information transfer and more effective learning.
Who then, among us, must we look to — to lead us forward? Certainly not the producers of the various technology platforms. By their very nature, those producers must remain “box sellers.”
Gutenberg spend his adult life perfecting a machine that was instrumental in bringing knowledge to the world he knew. His contemporaries owed him a great debt.
But, knowledge is attained only through the conceptual transfer that takes place between the printed words of an author and the eyes and minds of that author’s readers.
So it is today with multi-sensory media. The promise of multi-sensory media will only be attained when the applications designer can effectively communicate with the users’ senses — be they sight, sound, and/or touch.
The human animal remains a sense-taught creature. And, multi-sensory media provides the best artificial platform available for stimulating the senses of a learner.
Not everyone can be an effective multi-sensory media designer. In fact, very few can. But, the few that can should lead us. Those few will show us how to use the new media for better education and training. Some will build effective commercial generic programs. Some will build effective custom application programs. But the few that can will build those applications around one basic tenet: learner-controlled instruction!
We must guard ourselves against infatuation. All the newer technologies hold promise. All can be effective tools, but none of them are answers. The answers for this century will come from a new breed of “authors” and “artists.” Those who know that training and education are irrevocably linked today — linked by the necessity of transferring control of learning to the student learner.
And time is short. This country — its schools and its businesses — have a lot of “catching up” to do.
More on Thursday – – – – –
— Bill Walton, Founder of ITC Learning
“THE WORLD RELIES ON THE HANDS OF ITS MEN AND WOMEN”