As Ryann mentioned in a previous post, I'm the Community of Practice Manager for Learning Technologies at ASTD. In this role, I engage with the community and help build ASTD's portfolio of content - from T+D articles to books to educational programs to conferences and beyond. I also help foster discussion and debate within the community.
I've been with ASTD for nearly five years, working primarily on books and Infoline with ASTD Press. While I'm already familiar with many of the concerns and needs of our members and audience focused on learning technologies, I look forward to connecting with many of you, virtually or in person, to discuss this evolving field. My goal is to provide content and support that helps you get your job done, better and faster.
Indeed, no area in world of learning is more exciting than Learning Technologies. My current areas of focus are Social Learning, Mobile Learning, and Simulations and Serious Games. These topics should come as no surprise as they've been the buzz for some time. But Mobile and Social Learning are both ready to take that next step in maturity; we're ready to move beyond the surface of such tools and benefits to explore how these elements take a strategic place in your learning strategy - and we're ready to take a hard look at results and calculate value. If you're skeptical about the power of games, consider the recent breakthrough with Fold.it and its role in deciphering an AIDS causing protein. It's definitely an exciting time to be in the learning field.
With your help, we can advance the learning profession and create a world that works better. Feel free to contact me directly at Justin (at) ASTD (dot) org.