How to Get the Most Out of a Conference May 7, 2009Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
Tags: conference, Conferences, DevLearn, DevLearn2009, eLearning, eLearningGuild, InstructionalDesign, Learning, productivity, ProfessionalDevelopment, Training
Conferences have been on my mind quite a bit lately. I will be presenting a session on mobile learning at the Corporate University Summit in a couple weeks in Chicago, and I’m getting ready to submit a proposal or two for DevLearn. So you can see why I was pleasantly surprised today when I ran across an excellent blog post on how to get the most out of a conference. The post is by Dan McCarthy, and he wrote it over on his Great Leadership blog. Here’s a summary of his suggestions:
- Choose your conference wisely.
- Take time to to explore and experience the surrounding area.
- Try to suspend your judgement, be open minded, curious, and open to possibilities.
- Watch your diet and stay fit.
- Force yourself to network.
- Don’t be one of those attendees that race up and down the trade show isles with a shopping bag, avoiding eye contact with the vendors, and grabbing handfuls of useless junk.
- Keep a running list of ideas, insights, and action items; your key take-a-ways from each day.
- Have fun, but be on your best behavior.
- Ship your stuff back to your office.
- Don’t forget to thank your manager for allowing you to attend.
- Share something with your team or coworkers.
- If you can, offer to be a presenter, break-out facilitator, discussion moderator, or any opportunity to get involved.
Read Dan’s full post, How to Get the Most Out of a Conference, for more information on each of his suggestions. And if you see me at a conference, please stop and introduce yourself!
Attending AG09 Remotely February 27, 2009Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
Tags: AG09, annualgathering, Conferences, eLearning, eLearningGuild, InstructionalDesign, Learning, ProfessionalDevelopment, Training
As I’ve mentioned before, I won’t be able to make it to the upcoming eLearning Guild Annual Gathering conference, but I’m already starting to figure out my plan of attack for keeping up with the conference from 2,400 miles away. If this conference is anything like past eLearning Guild conferences, many social media and social networking sites will be buzzing with updates on a regular basis. I plan on using the following sites/tools to keep up with everything:
- The AG09 Live! site
- The AG09 account on Twitter, in combination with Monitter (enter #AG09, AG09, and Annual Gathering in the 3 columns)
- Flickr photos tagged with AG09 or uploaded to the eLearning Guild Flickr account
- eLearning Guild’s Shared Items in Google Reader
- eLearning Guild Facebook group
- …and I’m guessing several people with be live blogging the event. Any idea how I can get a feed from sites like these?
What else? What am I missing?
And please let me know if you’ll be there – and if you’ll be blogging from the conference. I’ll be sure to publish a list of AG09 bloggers. Thanks!
The gLearning Challenge January 31, 2009Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
Tags: AG09, Design, Development, eLearning, eLearningGuild, gLearning, Google, InstructionalDesign, Learning, productivity, ProfessionalDevelopment, software, technology, Tools, YouTube
The eLearning Guild has announced an interesting challenge for their upcoming Annual Gathering conference in Orlando. It’s called The gLearning Challenge and the concept is to create a learning solution using ONLY Google products. Here’s a more thorough description, from their web site:
The gLearning Challenge is your chance to use the slew of free and easy-to-use Google tools to showcase your e-Learning design chops. Your entry must use any, or many, of these free Google tools to create a course, a module, or even some informal learning. Get Creative! Win Prizes! Be crowned the Master of gLearning!
The suggested list of tools includes:
- Google Reader
- Orkut (social network like Facebook)
- Google Groups
- Google Talk
- Google Search
- Google Sites
- Google Picasa
- Google Docs (Wordprocessing, spreadsheet, Presentation)
- Google Sketchup (3D object creation tool)
- Google Calendar
- and more…
Submissions will be accepted until Friday, March 6, 2009.
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?