IDG Contributor Network: When it comes to IT training, are books an outdated learning mode or a hot product?
Books have been around in various forms for thousands of years. We first had stone tablets and papyrus scrolls, parchment, wax, then finally paper. The invention of the printing allowed for large scale production, and cemented ink and paper as humankind’s go-to method for recording history and passing on knowledge. But, alas, over 5,000 years later, the monopoly books have held on the learning industry is no longer. What happened?
Well, not only did “Video kill the Radio Star,” but video seems to have killed the literary world as well. I hear regularly that “today’s learners prefer videos” and that today’s learners require short videos because of their lessened attention spans. I’ve also grown accustomed to hearing that books are for baby boomers while millennials prefer videos.