How AI Impacts Learning and Development Departments

March 1, 2023
4 minutes
Mark Oehlert joins #IDIODC

Artificial Intelligence is the hot topic for 2023. Useful applications seem to be popping up daily, and existing platforms, like Canva and Microsoft, are creating new "magic" features within their existing apps. Do these news apps and new feature sets make our jobs easier? Some might argue they will someday make our jobs obsolete. The only thing we know for certain is that AI is here to stay, and getting better every day, whether we like it or not.

Like all new shiny tech objects that we chase in our industry there will be pros and cons. If your personality leans towards a "glass is half empty" world view AI might be concerning to you. If you’re excited about AI with a "glass half full" perspective, then you've likely already played with these tools and thought of all the creative things you can do to improve your productivity in designing learning content.

Mark Oehlert is one of the "glass half full" guys. And I swear he can see the future for real. He joined us to talk about how Artificial Intelligence programs like OpenAI, ChatGPT, and others, might change our L&D departments, and the work we do in them. We discuss details in future episodes of IDIODC, but in this episode we tried to give a baseline understanding of the future possibilities, and how AI changes and/or modifies the current structures and skills required for L&D to continue supporting the business and impacting revenue growth.

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About Mark Oehlert

Mark is an anthropologist and historian who has worked in organizations as varied as the Pentagon, Amazon, Booz Allen, and now Unity but always in areas of emerging concepts, advanced technology, and how we can and should be thinking about our organizations as human cultures. He is deeply interested in the intersections of tech, culture, learning, innovation, and empowering creators.


Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (affectionately known as IDIODC) is a weekly live videocast and podcast that helps instructional designers with pain points and provides best practices and industry insight.  

Every Wednesday morning at 10am ET hosts Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden guide us through an upbeat and candid conversation with their guests from the elearning and training world. The live cast session encourages peers to participate in the chat and share their own personal insight! After airing live, you can catch the learning podcast on all major streams such as Spotify, Apple and Google Play podcasts, as well as on YouTube.

IDIODC is a Top 40 Hit!

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