DevLearn 2008 – Day 3 Recap November 14, 2008Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
Tags: Blogs, Conferences, DevLearn, DevLearn2008, eLearning, eLearningGuild, InstructionalDesign, Learning, mLearning, MobileLearning, Training, Web 2.0
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Today was the final day of DevLearn, and technically, it was only a half-day. I presented Session 702: Virtually Anywhere: A Case Study of Mobile Learning at Qualcomm, along with Barbara Ludwig. (The slides are below; I’ll try to get the handouts posted soon.)
Because I wasn’t able to learn much new info today (I was a bit preoccupied with my presentation and getting to the airport on time), I will defer to two bloggers who did manage to post today. Surf on over to read Clark Quinn’s blog and Brian Dusablon’s blog for updates on Day 3 of DevLearn. And again, don’t forget the other DevLearn bloggers mentioned in this list.
While I liked all of the sessions I attended, I have to say that I enjoyed the people at DevLearn more than anything else. This was an incredible event for networking. I can’t even begin to list off all the people I met (my apologies), but please know that I enjoyed meeting each and every one of you!
DevLearn 2008 Bloggers November 13, 2008Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
Tags: Blogs, Conferences, DevLearn, DevLearn2008, eLearning, eLearningGuild, InstructionalDesign, Learning, ProfessionalDevelopment, Training
In case you’re not getting enough DevLearn 2008 coverage, here’s a list of awesome bloggers who are writing about their experiences here in San Jose:
- Jay Cross (also here)
- Brian Dusablon
- Josh Goldman
- Kevin Jones
- Tony Karrer
- Mark Oehlert
- Clark Quinn
- Brent Schlenker
- Wendy Wickham
Did I accidentally leave you off the list? If so – I’m sorry! Please add a comment with a link to your blog.
DevLearn 2008 – Day 1 Recap November 13, 2008Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
Tags: BlendedLearning, Conferences, Design, Development, DevLearn, DevLearn2008, eLearning, eLearningGuild, InstructionalDesign, Learning, mLearning, ProfessionalDevelopment, technology, Tools, Training, Web 2.0
Day 1 of DevLearn 2008 kicked off today with a great keynote from Tim O’Reilly (@TimOReilly), where he walked us through the Web 2.0 movement and how it has impacted learning and training. Here are some of the notes I took during his keynote:
- We should always try to follow the “alpha-geeks.” These are the people who are constantly hacking and studying things in unconventional ways. They are often the ones who come up with the most innovative solutions and they tend to have the most fun. If we follow their fun stuff, it’ll usually lead us to innovation.
- Tim started Make magazine and Maker Faire as a tribute to the alpha-geeks, and to promote their activities.
- The idea of Web 2.0 was introduced to re-energize the tech world after the dot com crash. Web 2.0 was a renaissance that soon took on a life of its own.
- Web 2.0 harnesses collective intelligence; this data is the new “Intel Inside.” Check out the O’Reilly book: Programming Collective Intelligence.
- Web 2.0 is about finding meaning in user-generated data – meaning which may be hidden from plain sight.
- Web 2.0 for the enterprise means turning your company data inside out for everybody to see (or paying a startup/vendor to do it for you).
- Good quote: “The future is here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.” – William Gibson
- Tim also spoke about machine learning and patterns. He recommended A Pattern Language and Air Guitar.
So, given all these changes, how do we teach the right skills? Follow these steps.
- Follow your own pioneers and alpha-geeks.
- Turn them into mentors.
- Provide self-starters (tools) with access to the best online references.
- Show, then do, with reinforcement from small successes.
- Study success stories carefully, then don’t assume they are easy to emulate.
- Stop fondling the hammer and focus on the house.
I also attended the following sessions. I’ve included the notes I took in each session:
112 – Mobilizing Tests: Building & Deploying Assessments to Cell Phones (Robert Gadd)
- Slides available here.
- Why use mLearning? Because we always have our cell phones on us. On average, corporate workers will return an email within a 4-hour time span. The same workers will, on average, return an answer to a text message with 6 minutes.
- OnPoint Digital’s mLearning system works with all major phone platforms (iPhone, Blackberries, and Windows Mobile). The system also allows people to choose their preferred modality for receiving communications (ex. by voice, text message, etc.).
- The OnPoint Digital system looks impressive and it sounds like the cost is reasonable.
202 – Work Literacy – A Key to e-Learning 2.0 Success (Tony Karrer)
- (After briefly meeting her at lunch, I was able to sit next to Wendy Wickham in this session. Very cool!)
- Handout / slides available here: http://tinyurl.com/workliteracy
- Things have changed drastically in the world of information systems. How can we keep up? Our brains are wired to seek out more information, but a barrage of information can ultimately reduce our IQ. We currently aren’t adapting well, given all the new information that is available during this day and age.
- Darwin quote: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” We need to adapt.
- For knowledge workers, work and learning are inseparable. We are always learning.
- We are making a transition from information workers to concept workers.
309 – Learning 2.0 and Workplace Communities (David Wilkins)
- Slides available here.
- Case studies of ACE Hardware, Intel, Cisco, and more. All examples showed an overall community using social media, rather than the occasional blog or wiki.
- The idea of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) is antiquated; we are all SMEs now. All of us can contribute useful information to the overall community.
- As we use more social media, our roles will change to be social media architects, where we will build and nurture learning environments.
- Using one-off tech tools does not a add up to a social media strategy. Using WordPress doesn’t make your organization “2.0.” A bigger view is needed to make sure you build up a community within your organziation that can communicate and function on its own.
A-ha! Moments of DevLearn 2008 November 12, 2008Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
Tags: Conferences, Design, Development, DevLearn, DevLearn2008, eLearning, eLearningGuild, InstructionalDesign, Learning, ProfessionalDevelopment, Tools, Training
Did you learn something at DevLearn this year that opened your eyes? Did you learn something that could make your life easier or save you time?
If so, please add a comment to this post and share your thoughts. This will help us share our great experiences with those who couldn’t make it to San Jose this year.
So, what did you learn?
Using Twitter at DevLearn October 31, 2008Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
Tags: Conferences, DevLearn, DevLearn2008, eLearning, eLearningGuild, Learning, technology, Training, Twitter
My eyes were very much opened to Twitter at the last eLearning Guild conference. About 15 of us used Twitter to…
- Keep in touch with other conference attendees, co-workers, and friends,
- Tell others about good and bad conference sessions (ex. “Come check out session 702, it’s great!!”), and to
- Arrange dinner outings (ex. “Interested in dinner? A group of us will meet in the hotel lobby at 6:30…”).
I’m betting there will be tons more Twitter activity at DevLearn coming up in a few weeks. The official DevLearn Twitter page is here, my Twitter page is here, and as far as I know, these people will also be going to DevLearn:
- Bill Brandon (@billbrandon)
- Judy Brown (@judyb)
- Mark Chrisman (@badsquare)
- Jay Cross (@jaycross)
- Gary Hegenbert (@alwaysbreaking)
- Kevin Jones (@kevindjones)
- Tony Karrer (@tonykarrer)
- Barbara Ludwig (@wigsie)
- David Metcalf (@dmetcalf)
- Mark Oehlert (@moehlert)
- Clark Quinn (@quinnovator)
- Brent Schlenker (@bschlenker)
Did I leave you off the list? If so, please add a comment and share your Twitter name! Also, check out Jane Hart’s Directory of Learning Professionals on Twitter. I’m guessing several of these people will also be at DevLearn.
Let’s Meet at DevLearn! October 31, 2008Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
Tags: Conferences, DevLearn, DevLearn2008, eLearning, eLearningGuild, Learning, Training
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If you’ll be at DevLearn in San Jose in a few weeks, let’s meet up! I’m always anxious to meet other people involved with learning, technology, and performance improvement – and events like DevLearn provide a great venue for this. Get a hold of me any time at the conference if you want to chat. I will be floating around from session to session, and I will be pretty active on Twitter (http://twitter.com/bjschone). In fact, see my next post…
DevLearn 2008: A Case Study of Mobile Learning at Qualcomm October 17, 2008Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
Tags: Conferences, Design, Development, DevLearn, DevLearn2008, eLearning, eLearningGuild, Learning, mLearning, MobileLearning, technology, Training
I will be presenting Session 702: Virtually Anywhere: A Case Study of Mobile Learning at Qualcomm, at DevLearn 2008 next month along with a co-worker, Barbara Ludwig. Here’s a quick summary of what we’ll cover in this session:
Mobile technologies are transforming the way we work. But are we harnessing their potential to transform the way employees learn?
Discover how Qualcomm Incorporated, a digital wireless technology company, is extending the reach of training outside the classroom, using a variety of mobile devices including cell phones, iPods, and eReaders such as the Amazon Kindle. See how Qualcomm uses mobile technology to deliver learning resources employees need when they need them, and turns those "in between," otherwise wasted moments into micro-learning experiences.
We will look at how Qualcomm overcame challenges in implementing mLearning, such as designing for disparate platforms and devices, integration with the larger corporate learning infrastructure, security, and keeping ahead of rapidly changing technologies. In this session, we will conclude with a look at new trends in technology such as Web 2.0, social collaboration and networking, games and simulations, and location awareness, and we will examine their potential for mobile learning.
We’ve learned some great lessons while working with mLearning over the past several months. (In fact, Qualcomm was doing mLearning waaay before I got there.) I’m anxious to talk about our experiences, and I hope I can help others save some time and/or frustration. Stop in and say hello before, during, or after my session if you’re there. I’m glad to chat about anything (m/eLearning related or not) and meet new folks.
Advice for Learning and Technology Professionals September 23, 2008Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
Tags: BlendedLearning, Conferences, Design, Development, DevLearn, DevLearn2008, eLearning, eLearningGuild, InstructionalDesign, Learning, LMS, ProfessionalDevelopment, technology, Tools, Training
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This will be an open session for people who are new to the learning and technology (eLearning) field. I will provide resources, tips, tricks, suggestions, etc. I’ll do my best to help people get on the right track. I figured I would break my information into these groups:
- Learning Management Systems / AICC / SCORM
- Tools and technologies
- Useful blogs, eBooks, and books
- (e)Learning 2.0
I believe I only have an hour, so I will be covering these from a very high-level; however, I will be available each day at the conference, and I’ll be happy to chat if anybody wants more info.
So, what advice would you give to people starting out in the field of learning and technology?
I’ll start out with these…
- Never trust a vendor that says they are 100% SCORM compliant. Always test courses thoroughly in your LMS before agreeing to any type of purchase.
- Exciting and flashy interactions do not always equal effective learning.
- Don’t create boring eLearning; people will fall asleep if they aren’t engaged. Use techniques like storytelling to get (and keep) your learners’ attention.
- Always read eLearning Weekly.
Please chime in if you have any other advice and I’ll be sure to pass it along. Thanks!
DevLearn 2008 – Register Now To Save $100 September 19, 2008Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
Tags: BlendedLearning, Conferences, Design, Development, DevLearn, DevLearn2008, eLearning, eLearningGuild, InstructionalDesign, Learning, ProfessionalDevelopment, technology
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DevLearn, which runs from 11/14 to 11/18, will be held once again in San Jose, CA. If you’ve never been, DevLearn is an excellent conference for learning and technology professionals. You’ll have great opportunities to learn new skills, see what other organizations are doing, and network with peers. I will be presenting Session 702: Virtually Anywhere: A Case Study of Mobile Learning at Qualcomm, along with a co-worker, Barbara Ludwig.
Download the DevLearn 2008 brochure (PDF) for more information about the conference.