March 3, 2014

Combined with an extensive vocabulary —- without something resembling a liberal arts education, in-depth thinking becomes restricted. It also follows that without the skills training one receives in high school and college, as well as from corporate training departments, the ability to excel in one’s chosen career becomes limited.

In terms of the former, most individuals are on their own as a liberal arts education becomes more and more de-emphasized. No worry, however, for those motivated individuals who choose to pursue the study of great thought and wisdom. Books remain readily available and the internet has opened up near-limitless possibility.

When it comes to skills training, the advent of media-based learning has exploded the possibilities and, today, is accessible throughout the world. Never have we had so many useful learning opportunities within our grasp. For as long as one has computer-access and a high speed connection, the world of skills learning is at hand.

On the education side, community colleges are leading the way. Today, 97% of our community colleges offer media-based courses and the number of students accessing those courses is growing at an annual rate of better than 12% per year.

Online proprietary schools are exploding, too. The University of Phoenix, for example, currently has an annual enrollment of better than half a million students.

On the training side of the ledger, corporate America is ahead of the pack. Media-based learning has become their delivery method of choice. The private business sector has discovered that their goals of growth and profitability can be greatly enhanced through media-based initiatives. And, because most media-based learning is produced in this country, America’s instantaneous exporting of meaningful education and training is exploding.

People want to learn. They always have. Whether one is intrigued by the history of ideas and/or the learning-path to a better future, media-based learning is making all of that more possible than it has ever been before.

The learning future has arrived and as producers continue to uncover the almost limitless power of media-based learning, it will continue to improve in its effectiveness.

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— Bill Walton, Founder of ITC Learning