In the 90s and early 21st century, a common expression in eLearning was that “content is king”. What that meant was that when you created eLearning, its measure of value was based mostly on its content. If you were delivering good content, then you were creating good eLearning. There was a lot of eLearning out there, but the good stuff was the stuff that provided useful content.
Today, based upon that same measure, there is a plethora of “good” eLearning – that is, with a few hours of Internet searching you are likely to find good content on pretty much any subject. Today, the field has shifted. In today’s world, good eLearning is now measured by “context”. That is, how applicable is this eLearning to my specific context. Since, I have a lot to choose from, I now need to figure out how to find the right eLearning to meet my needs.
As an educator, the term that I like to use to call myself is a “curator”. My job has shifted from that of someone who creates content to someone who curates content. My role is to find the “good” stuff that is already available and repackage it to align with the specific context of my learners.
In today’s world of eLearning, “context is king”.