During the last two years I have spent countless hours studying through a screen investigating how we learn online. This forced me to evolve workflows and tool combinations that work. We all harbour preferences, that individuality is expressed widely and continuously in the online world. It may even come as a relief For some to discover that today’s youth, Pretsky’s so called ‘digital natives’ are no better equipped by their birth or exposure to ‘tech’ than the ‘digital immigrants’ that preceded them. They may just be a little better disposed towards using it initially, but they are wired just the same as the rest of us.
Whilst Windows based computers are ubiquitous within the conventional computer market, pilots are showing an increasing preference for Macs where I work. And while Google (Android) currently dominates the explosive mobile computing market, within aviation the iPad with its qualities seems to reign supreme. This single device being widely adopted on the flight deck, United in the US is one of many. British Airways’ pilots are all issued with iPads and the airline is expanding its role as rapidly as prudence allows. But often it is the smaller carriers who are nimblest on their feet, tech-savvy easyjet started trialling their iPads during 2008.
And the competition? Microsoft’s Surface made it into Delta but only received FAA ‘authorisation’ recently. Word has it that last year the pilots were less than enthusiastic with the company’s choice: perhaps those in the know would like to comment in light of feedback from the Line? Good as it is, Apple has its critics, innovation arrives continually from many directions.
Well that’s the mobile side, what about the rest?
The Company intranet fills the primary means for employees to interact with their employer across issues such as personal administration matters , communication and learning. These colossal websites contain a myriad of rooms where information is squirrelled away sometimes never to be found - how do you turn complex navigation into a routine task - ’find what was once lost? Training systems (or components within them) are often hosted online to make them accessible world-wide, having mastery over these facilities makes life so much easier. Navigation and seamless integration - the end user experience seldom seems to have crossed the minds of the corporate designers - perhaps your employer has it cracked? Such is the way of the march of progress.
How About Us?
A vital subset within the 21st century aviator’s skill-set is a developed ability to use IT effectively, for their daily function in the role and as ‘lifelong learners’. Within a series of posts I will write about my discoveries and offer the experience of others to help you find your way. The first will be entitled, ‘Aviator TEL - the task at hand - TEL4A–02’. and all will be tagged ‘tel4a’.