Michael Hanley on the Role of Standards in Learning

December 19, 2009 Sarah Danzl

Michael Hanley is an independent Learning and Development Consultant with a special focus in the field of eLearning. He is the author of the E-Learning Curve blog where he has dedicated a significant time to open-source and standards-based technologies. In this podcast, he discusses the role of standards in learning.

According to Michael Hanley, it is unrealistic to expect that at this point innovation waves or “disruptive technologies” will interoperate with content management and delivery platforms organizations currently use. Digging into standards, Michael explains the importance of understanding the distinction between de facto and accredited standards and talks about his belief that conforming to ISO certifications reflects the professionalism of learning companies. Finally, in order to surpass the disconnect between learning professionals and vendors when it comes to learning standards requirements, Michael gives out his own set of advice on what questions purchasers need to prepare and ask to their vendors.

About the Author

Sarah Danzl

Sarah manages the public face of Xyleme, overseeing all PR and Customer Communication. She is a specialist in written communications, media relations and reputation management. One of her favorite aspects of her job at Xyleme is working with the customers on on joint initiatives, including award applications.

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