Thomas L. Friedman's new book, Thank You For Being Late, is a must read for anyone trying to understand instructional design and technology in the realm of higher education today. In his book, Friedman contends that to understand the twenty-first century, you need to understand that the planet’s three largest forces―Moore’s law (the rate of technology growth), the Market (increased globalization), and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss)―are accelerating all at once. These accelerations are transforming five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community. The entire book is fascinating but there is an especially good chapter on adaptive instructional technology such as Khan Academy and some thought provoking ideas about the power of learning analytics and artificial intelligence in terms of instruction as more adults are faced with the realization that life-long learning is now not just a luxury but increasing the norm in our rapidly accelerating society.
E. Stauffer is the incoming Director of Instruction and Instructional Design within Libraries and Educational Technology (LET) at James Madison University. The thoughts and opinions on this website are his own.