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957 - Hello from Dublin: e-Learning Roots and St. Patricks Day

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - March 17, 2017
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Dear Learning TRENDS Readers and Colleagues:

Hello from Dublin, Ireland, which I am visiting for meetings and enjoyment for the first time in many years. Ireland has a rich personal past for me and it also has a key history in the development of eLearning over the past few decades. And, today is St. Patricks Day, which has become a huge holiday festival in Ireland.

The first wave of Computer Based Training and several of the first Learning Management and Content Management Systems were developed in Ireland in the early 1990’s. Ireland had the perfect mix of skills in Design, Language, Coding and Literature - which created the earliest hub for Technology and Learning Content Development.  We held several early eLearning forums in Dublin and gave an award to its Prime Minister for support of our field.

And, I had lived and worked in Dublin for two years, right after college, helping to create learning and support programs for teenagers who were runaways or street kids. I worked for the Irish Government and was active in community organizing around changing youth culture.  It was an amazing experience in a rapidly changing country.

So, today the St. Patrick’s Day parade will pass through Dublin: 

The start of our eLearning content came from the culture of Ireland.  Driven by curiosity, love of education, passion for learning and mixing words, images, interactions, plus expanding access to masses who can’t get to the classroom, eLearning pays a big nod to its roots in Ireland.  May we add that to our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.  

“Sláinte - Good Health”
Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

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