856 - Thanksgiving and Learning; Starting Trip to Dubai, Paris, London

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - November 25, 2014.
#856 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,757 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Innovations Retreat - Jan 7 to 9th.

1. Thanksgiving & Learning.
2. Trip to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London & Paris Today!
3. More Curated Content Online.

1. Thanksgiving & Learning: As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, it is always fun to ask a few “Learning” questions to your family and friends over a meal. As we give thanks for much in our lives, it can be intriguing to be thankful for the learning opportunities we have and to consider learning desires and needs for the future.

I often ask my friends and family questions like:

- What was something powerful that you learned this year?
- What is a new resource or expert that you discovered this year - to help you learn?
- If you had more time or opportunity, what topic would you want to learn in the next year?
- How can you assist others to be better learners?

We are so blessed to have opportunities to learn from so many expanded resources, people and technologies. Let us give thanks and keep asking learning questions of ourselves and others.

2. Trip to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London & Paris Today! In just 30 minutes, my flight takes off for the first leg of a 4-country, 5-city business, theater and fun trip. I am typing in the Emirates Airlines lounge, preparing to board a 14 hour flight to Dubai. Here is my schedule (and I would love to connect with other Learning TRENDS readers and colleagues):

- Dubai (Nov 26 to 28) - Thanksgiving Dinner and Meetings with Learning Colleagues.
- Abu Dhabi (Nov 28 to 30) - Keynote Speech and Meetings with Learning Colleagues.
- Dubai (Dec 1 to 2) - Briefing with Learning Suppliers & Visit to Horse Farm.
- London (Dec 2 to 7) - Theater Visits/Meetings & Learning Colleague Connections.
- Paris (Dec 7 to 11) - Opening of “American in Paris”, co-produced by MASIE Productions.
- Milan (Dec 12) - Quick Stop and Sightseeing.

If you or your colleagues are in any of those cities, send me an email to emasie@masie.com and let’s see if we can connect for a cup of coffee. I will be interviewing learning leaders in these cities and will share some global impressions in a future Learning TRENDS.

3. More Curated Content Online: Our team is continuing to add Curated Content, including videos of several hour-long sessions, from our Learning 2014 event. Go to http://www.learning2014.com and select the Curated Content Tab. More to be added in the coming weeks.

Check Out: Learning Innovations LAB & Retreat that I will lead in Saratoga Springs from Jan 7 - 9. Details at http://www.masie.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning Innovations Retreat at Elliot Masie LAB - Jan 7 to 9, Saratoga Springs.
- On-The-Job Learning & Performance Support = Agile Learning - Jan 20 to 22, Saratoga Springs.
- Video & Learning LAB - Feb 10 to 12, Saratoga Springs.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 - 4 in Orlando, Florida.
Upcoming:
- Gamification and Learning LAB.
- MOOCs and Corporate Learning LAB.
- Learning Strategy & Learning Leadership.
- Leadership Development Evolves.

Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

 

855 - Graphics Illustrations, Alzheimer's Challenge, 3 New Learning  Programs

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - November 20, 2014.
#855 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,754 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Innovations Retreat - Jan 7 to 9th.

1. Graphic Illustrations of Sessions - Done Remotely.
2. Three New Programs for Learning Professionals.
3. Alzheimer’s Challenge: Learning & Research!

1. Graphic Illustrations of Sessions - Done Remotely. We have just curated the Graphic Illustrations of all Keynotes from Learning 2014. Our graphic illustrator Rachel Smith was in California, listening to an audio feed from Learning 2014 and illustrating the sessions in real time for every key topic from every speech. These are now posted and accessible at:

http://www.learning2014.com/index.php/graphic-notes.html

2. Three New Programs for Learning Professionals: We are pleased to announce several Learning LABS for Learning Professionals that will be offered at The MASIE Center in Saratoga Springs in 2015:

- Video & Learning LAB & Seminar - Led by Elliott Masie, with Lauren Boughton & Ed Burke. Feb 10 - 12.
- On-The-Job Learning & Performance Support = Agile Learning - Led by Bob Mosher & Conrad Gottfredson. Jan 20 - 25.
- Learning Innovations New Year’s Retreat with Elliott Masie - Jan 7 - 9.

Complete details of each LAB along with online registration at http://www.masie.com

3. Alzheimer’s Challenge: Learning & Research! My colleague Dr. Ken Dychtwald, a leading researcher on issues related to aging, has published a very powerful article on the need for a major research effort aimed at Alzheimer’s:

“We Must Beat Alzheimer’s Before It Beats Us!”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ken-dychtwald/we-must-beat-alzheimers-b_1_b_6078896.html

This is a must read. And, I would implore you to pass the article along to your colleagues, friends and relatives. The financial and human cost of Alzheimer’s will wallop people, families and societies. And, Ken Dychtwald makes a key case for a major research effort.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning Innovations Retreat at Elliot Masie’s LAB - Jan 7 to 9, Saratoga Springs.
- On-The-Job Learning & Performance Support = Agile Learning - Jan 20 to 22, Saratoga Springs.
- Video & Learning LAB - Feb 10 to 12, Saratoga Springs.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4th, Orlando, Florida.
Upcoming:
- Gamification and Learning LAB.
- MOOCs and Corporate Learning LAB.
- Learning Strategy & Learning Leadership.
- Leadership Development Evolves.

Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

 

854 - Learning Innovations Retreat, Posture Coaching, Breathalyzers

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - November 14, 2014.
#854 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,745 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando. Save The Dates.

1. Mobile Add-On’s: Breathalyzer and Posture Coach.
2. Learning Innovations New Year’s Retreat: January 7-9.
3. Very Early Registration for Learning 2015 Now Open.

1. Mobile Add-On’s - Breathalyzer and Posture Coach: 2015 will see many peripherals and add-on’s that will work with a smartphone. Apps are extending their reach, data collection, coaching and engagement - through Bluetooth connection with small devices. Here are two that we have been experimenting with at The MASIE Center LAB:

* Breeze - Breathalyzer: A small handheld bubble that a person blows into for 5 seconds that provides a sharp estimate of their Blood Alcohol level to advise them about risks of driving. It costs around $99 and will synch up with a smartphone, displaying results and even offering a link to taxi or Uber service. Details at: http://store.breathometer.com/products/breeze

* Lumo Lift - Posture Coach: A small sensor that I can wear on my shift/jacket that senses physical posture. It provides a physical monitoring of posture and provides both tracking to my iPhone as well as vibration to coach me when I’m slouching. Details at: http://www.lumobodytech.com/

Both of these are health or behavioral in nature and provide infographic feedback and advice. As Apple releases its Watch and other wearables surface, we will see more technology that is peripheral to our smartphones. We are intrigued about the coaching and data feedback adaptions for Learning & Development. Stay tuned.

2. Learning Innovations New Year’s Retreat - January 7-9: As I was planning my schedule for early 2015, the idea popped up to host a “Retreat” around Learning Innovations and Technology for a small group of people here at our 10,000 square foot Learning LAB in Saratoga Springs, NY. Imagine 2 1/2 days of experimenting with, exploring, adapting, testing and learning about new learning technologies, including:

- Learning Personalization.
- Mobile Learning Models – Mobility & Performance.
- Video: Fast, Targeted, User-Created, Open, Digital Studios.
- Wearables: From Glasses to Bands to Watches.
- Performance Support Technologies.
- Learning Systems Refreshed.
- ReDesigning Webinars.
- MOOCs: Massive and Open Content Models.
- Collaborative & Social Learning Technology.
- Curation: Harvesting & Sorting Content.
- Drones, 3D Printing and the “Maker Model”.
- Hackathon for Learning Technologies.
- Badges and Micro-Credentials.
- The Connected Classroom – ReModeled.
- Switching Authoring Systems & Approaches.
- Engagement for Learners.
- Learning Tools, Apps & Resources.
- Technology for Feedback, Assessment & Performance.
And More.

Let’s spend a very intense time together in the MASIE Learning LAB at the start of 2015 and collaboratively explore the future of Learning Innovations & Technologies. Space is quite limited.  Information and registration at: http://www.masie.com/retreat2015

3. Very Early Registration for Learning 2015 Now Open: We are pleased to announce the $100 discount for Very Early Registrations for Learning 2015, which will be held November 1 - 4, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. For details, go to http://www.masie.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
* Programs in 2015:
- Learning Innovations Retreat at Elliott Masie’s LAB.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 - 4 in Orlando, Florida.
- Video and Learning LAB.
- Gamification and Learning LAB.
- MOOCs and Corporate Learning LAB.
- Leadership Development Evolves.

Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

853 - Skype Translations, Curation Begins, Matzoball Wins

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - November 6, 2014.
#853 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,739 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando. Save The Dates.

1. Skype Real-Time Translation Coming.
2. Learning 2014 Curation Begins!
3. Miss Matzoball WINS!

1. Skype Real-Time Translation Coming: Keep your eye on Microsoft’s soft announcement about the upcoming Skype Translator tool. Imagine having a conversation with a colleague who speaks a different language as Skype does real-time text display of translation. It could be an amazing and powerful tool for global workplaces and collaboration. Skype is now seeking early beta testing volunteers. Details at: http://tinyurl.com/lka3kxg

2. Learning 2014 Curation Begins! We had the honor of hosting 1,671 global learning colleagues last week at Learning 2014. There is great buzz and excitement from the discussions, keynotes and dialogues as we start the Content Curation process. Over the coming weeks we will be adding video clips, content selections and curated summaries from faculty, participants and The MASIE Center Staff. These will start to appear on www.learning2014.com next week.

Thanks to all of you for your energy in the evolving world of learning. We are pleased to announce the dates for next year:

Learning 2015.
November 1 - 4, 2015 - Orlando, Florida.

Early registration rates and online registration will open in a few weeks.

3. Miss Matzoball WINS! Many of you know that one of my other activities is breeding and racing Thoroughbred Race Horses. Well, last weekend Miss Matzoball won her first race at Belmont - by over 6 1/2 lengths! Here is the video of the race. http://www.nytbreeders.org/includes/video-player.cfm?date=20141025&track=BED&race=10  Wow!

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
* Programs in 2015:
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4th - Orlando, Florida.
- Video and Learning LAB.
- Gamification and Learning LAB.
- MOOCs and Corporate Learning LAB.
- Leadership Development Evolves.

Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

852 - Questions for Bobby Flay, Ken Robinson and Robin Roberts; Google Adds Tech for Virtual Medical Visits

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - October 13, 2014.
#852 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,721 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2014 - Oct 26-29 - Orlando. 1,618 Registered Already.

1. Questions for Robin Roberts, Bobby Flay & Sir Ken Robinson, Please!
2. Google Adds Medical Virtual Visits to Hangouts and Helpouts.
3. Lindsay Mendez, Broadway Star to Perform at Learning 2014.

1. Questions for Robin Roberts, Bobby Flay & Sir Ken Robinson Please! Over the next 12 days, I have the fun and challenging task of building a list of questions to ask the keynoters for Learning 2014. So, please help! I would love to have wonderful “stretch” questions for these and other keynoters. Send me a note if you have a cool question for these folks and topics:

* Chef Bobby Flay: Cooking, Learning, Throwdowns or other questions, please.
* Robin Roberts, Good Morning America: Storytelling, interviewing, personal, medical or other questions, please.
* Sir Ken Robinson: Learning Revolution, creativity, personalization or other questions, please.
* TED Videos: Questions about why TED Videos are so popular and highly used.
* Elliott Masie: What are some questions for me - about learning trends and futures?

Please send me your questions, whether you are attending Learning 2014 or not, to emasie@masie.com   I won’t be able to use all of them, but it will help enormously and I will publish summaries of these queries on TRENDS after the event, which starts on October 26.  http://www.learning2014.com

2. Google Adds Medical Virtual Visits to Hangouts and Helpouts: Medical visits with doctors and other health care professionals are going more and more virtual. Google has just announced they will be adding Virtual Medical Visit capacity to their Helpouts, which is an extension of their video-based Hangouts. Information at: http://tinyurl.com/lfp4vrv

3. Lindsay Mendez, Broadway Star to Perform at Learning 2014: I am honored to bring one of the most popular Broadway stars to sing in our general sessions at Learning 2014. 

Lindsay Mendez has appeared in Wicked as Elphaba, Godspell, Grease as Jan, and Everyday Rapture. For her role as Rose Fenny in Off-Broadway’s Dogfight, she was nominated for the 2013 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.

Lindsay will add musical magic to the general session that will open Learning 2014 and help welcome Robin Roberts and Chef Bobby Flay with some very theme-appropriate tunes.

A picture of Lindsay and a link to a video she made describing the back stage makeup process as she starred in Wicked is on my website at: http://www.learning2014.com/index.php/item/lindsay.html

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM
Curator & Host, Learning 2014

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

851 - Colbert, Carol Burnett and Appointment TV; Personalizing a Learning App

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - October 10, 2014.
#851 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,719 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2014 - Oct 26-29 - Orlando. 1,594 Registered Already.

1. Stephen Colbert - “Appointment TV” - Carol Burnett Perspective.
2. Engage the App: 1,600 Users Start to Collaborate.

1. Stephen Colbert - “Appointment TV” - Carol Burnett Perspective: Last night, a fun convergence happened between the Stephen Colbert TV Show, Learning, Carol Burnett and Appointment TV.

As you may know, MASIE Productions is co-producing Love Letters, starring Carol Burnett, starting tomorrow on Broadway. She was interviewed on the Colbert TV Show and asked about the change in how people watch and consume media and content.

Stephen Colbert noted that when her Carol Burnett Show was on decades ago, she had 50 million viewers each week. Carol noted:

* Every Saturday night there were these shows on in row: Archie Bunker, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Carol Burnett.
* She joked that, back then in 1967, “There was only 1 channel on TV” - though there were only a few :)
* But, she said that the difference was that it was “APPOINTMENT TELEVISION”. People made a plan to sit together with family and friends and watch a show together - as others did at the same time around the country.

I loved her phrase “APPOINTMENT TELEVISION”. It relates directly to Learning. Much of what we did for decades was “APPOINTMENT TRAINING”, a parallel to the same trend in the workplace. But, now the shift is towards many, many more options and viewer/learner freedom to choose when, what, how long and how often.

You can watch the interview with Carol Burnett by Steven Colbert at: http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/hzou6l/carol-burnett

And, if you get to New York City, catch her on Broadway at our show Love Letters, starting tomorrow afternoon: http://lovelettersbroadway.com/

2. Engage the App - 1,600 Users Start to Collaborate: Yesterday, our team at The MASIE Center took a deep breath as we sent out authorization codes for access to the Learning 2014 Mobile App, Engage, to 1,600 colleagues coming to the event starting on Oct 26th.

We took a deep breath because the world of mobile apps for events and learning is changing. We had to make it multi-platform: Apple, Android and web-based. We had to alter the app to fit our code of conduct about participant privacy. I did not want to share emails for fellow participants without their express permission on a case-by-case basis. We wanted to add “Notes” so learners could take notes during each session, keep them private, and download them as a file at the end of the event. We wanted to add iBeacons, which are just coming to the market, that would be triggered by a person’s proximity to a small Smart Bluetooth Beacon to share situational new information. And, we wanted folks to build their own schedule and allow for real-time “Meet-Ups” throughout Learning 2014.

We tested and modified the App, and finally set up the access codes to be sent out to each learner! At the same time, we wanted to give people who are not registered yet a limited view of the app and event. You can take a peek (but not gain access to participant information) at http://www.learning2014.com/engage 

The world of modifying and customizing a learning app is a combination of content, context and collaboration. Many thanks to Steve Rosenblum, the manager of Learning 2014, for months of work and personalization of this project. We look forward to experimenting how an event-specific, multi-platform, user-defined privacy app can optimize the learning experience for all. Details about Learning 2014 at http://www.learning2014.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM
Curator & Host, Learning 2014

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

 

850 - No Laptops on in Class; Shooting Basketballs; Supporting Faculty Design

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - October 7, 2014.
#850 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,703 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2014 - Oct 26-29 - Orlando. 1,524 Registered Already.

1. Turn Off Laptops & Phones in Class? A Controversy!
2. Shooting Basketballs - Muscle Memory & Focus.
3. Faculty & Learning: A Briefing for Collaborators.

1. Turn Off Laptops & Phones in Class? A Controversy! A colleague of mine, Clay Shirky, a leading media journalist and professor, has triggered a great conversation about the use of laptops and cellphones by students while in a classroom. Understand that Clay is one of the strongest analysts about the transformational nature of technology on society and education; yet, he just wrote an article about why he has banned the use of laptops and smartphones in his classes.  Here is a small sample of Clay Shirky’s blog on this topic:

“I came late and reluctantly to this decision — I have been teaching classes about the Internet since 1998, and I’ve generally had a laissez-faire attitude toward technology use in the classroom. This was partly because the subject of my classes made technology use feel organic, and when device use went well, it was great. Then there was the competitive aspect — it’s my job to be more interesting than the possible distractions, so a ban felt like cheating. And finally, there’s not wanting to infantilize my students, who are adults, even if young ones — time management is their job, not mine.”

“Despite these rationales, the practical effects of my decision to allow technology use in class grew worse over time. The level of distraction in my classes seemed to grow, even though it was the same professor and largely the same set of topics, taught to a group of students selected using roughly the same criteria every year. The change seemed to correlate more with the rising ubiquity and utility of the devices themselves, rather than any change in me, the students or the rest of the classroom encounter.”

“Over the years, I’ve noticed that when I do have a specific reason to ask everyone to set aside their devices (“lids down,” in the parlance of my department), it’s as if someone has let fresh air into the room. The conversation brightens, and more recently, there is a sense of relief from many of the students. Multi-tasking is cognitively exhausting — when we do it by choice, being asked to stop can come as a welcome change.”

“So this year, I moved from recommending setting aside laptops and phones to requiring it, adding this to the class rules: “Stay focused. (No devices in class, unless the assignment requires it).” Here’s why I finally switched from “allowed unless by request” to “banned unless required.”

From Elliott: I find myself in strange agreement. While I love to be connected, for the small amount of time that I am in a classroom, I want to be engaged. And, as a teacher, I really want learners to be engaged. One of my friends asked if a massage - while reading email - would be the same. We must address the Ups and Downs of multi-tasking and learning.

Read Clay’s article in full at: http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2014/09/why-clay-shirky-banned-laptops-tablets-and-phones-from-his-classroom/

So, I would love to hear your comments. Send me a note to emasie@masie.com  At Learning 2014, I will ask 1,600 people in our opening session to discuss this topic. Stay tuned.

2. Shooting Basketballs - Muscle Memory & Focus: How does a basketball shot relate to our world of learning? Practice, practice, focus and muscle memory! We are bringing Dave Hopla, the leading basketball shooting coach in the world, to Learning 2014 for hands-on practice.

Dave Hopla will teach non-basketball players how to shoot a ball and get it in the net almost all the time. It is an amazing process with implications for how we all approach learning design.

Read more about Dave Hopla at http://www.learning2014.com/index.php/item/foul-shots-for-learning.html

3. Faculty and Learning - A Briefing for Collaborators: I enjoy taking Learning TRENDS readers behind the scenes of our Learning 2014 design and structure experience. So, how do you help nurture great facilitation of 175 sessions at a large event? I made an 11 minute video briefing that articulates our design and “facilitation” hopes/expectations for our almost 200 session leaders. If you want to see our approach, it is online at: http://www.learning2014.com/index.php/faculty-welcome-video.html

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM
Curator & Host, Learning 2014

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

 

849 - Complete Program Guide Online: Learning 2014

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - October 3, 2014.
#849 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,700 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2014 - Oct 26-29 - Orlando. 1,407 Registered Already.

Special Note: Learning 2014 Complete Program Guide Now Online!

Dear Colleagues,

We have just sent the Learning 2014 Complete Program Guide - with detailed descriptions of over 175 sessions and 6 keynotes - to the publisher and posted it online.

Go to: http://www.learning2014.com/guide

There are over 1,400 global colleagues registered to come to Orlando from October 26th – 29th to ENGAGE and LEARN together about the future of workplace learning.

In addition to Sir Ken Robinson, Robin Roberts from Good Morning America and Chef Bobby Flay, we have added more unique learning experiences, including Dave Hopla (the leading basketball shooting coach) addressing Muscle Memory, Ann Herrmann-Nehdi on Brain Science, and Larry Israelite on “Lies About Learning”.

Take a look at the cool learning choices in the Learning 2014 Program Guide:

http://www.learning2014.com/guide

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM
Curator & Host, Learning 2014

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

848 - ABBA: The Concert Booked; Building a Fluency List

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - September 30, 2014.
#848 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,699 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2014 - Oct 26-29 - Orlando. 1,347 Registered Already.

1. ABBA: The Concert - Confirmed for Learning 2014 Celebration!
2. Fluency - A List of Terms for Understanding.

1. ABBA: The Concert - Confirmed for Learning 2014 Celebration! I am honored to announce that we just booked ABBA: The Concert to perform the Learning 2014 Concert & Celebration (Oct 26-29 in Orlando).  They are a tribute group that has been performing ABBA songs since 1996 in 20 countries around the world.

On Tuesday night, ABBA: The Concert will perform for Learning 2014 participants and their guests. The songs of ABBA and Mama Mia will include: Dancing Queen, S.O.S, Money, Money, Money, The Winner Takes All, Waterloo, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme and more. Details and a video of ABBA: The Concert at our site: http://www.learning2014.com/index.php/item/abba-the-concert-learning-2014-party.html

We now have over 1,300 global colleagues registered for Learning 2014. Hotel space is limited and we encourage registrations as early as possible. http://www.learning2014.com

2. Fluency - A List of Terms for Understanding: Learning departments should consider building a set of Fluency Lists - collections of words and terms related to a specific job function, product line or even their entire company. As workers enter new roles or positions, it is quite helpful to build their “fluency” with terms and definitions that they will encounter. Often, they understand the concept but the language is different. Fluency lists can even be developed as “crowd sourced” surveys from users helping to list the key terms that would be high on a Fluency List.

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM
Host, Learning 2014

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

847 - Learning Thumballs; Jewish New Year Greetings

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - September 24, 2014.
#847 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,694 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2014 - Oct 26-29 - Orlando. 1,294 Registered Already.

1. Learning Thumball: Tossing for Topics!
2. Jewish New Year Tonight: Learning Thoughts.
3. MASIE Briefing Streamable Now: Learning Trends in 2014.

1. Learning Thumball: Tossing for Topics! A very cool 6 inch ball has arrived in our office. It is the Learning Thumball that we designed to add an element of non-digital gamification to Learning 2014.

There are 30 panels encircling the 6 inch wide Learning Thumball - each with a question or conversation trigger. Here are a few examples:

- Does Google Search Affect Learning?
- Learners I Don’t Like?
- Learning Interruptus!
- Your Favorite Teacher?
- Gaming & Gamification?
- Compliance & Learning?
- TED Videos: Why Do They Work?

We ordered 200 of these cute, soft and toss-able thumballs. Learning Thumballs will be a fun added element at Learning 2014 and we hope that 200 participants will want to take a Learning Thumball home - if they donate $10 to True Colors Fund, one of our Learning Gives Back grant honorees.

Check out a picture of our cool Learning Thumball at: http://www.learning2014.com/index.php/item/thumball.html

2. Jewish New Year Tonight - Learning Thoughts: Tonight, Jewish New Year begins with the Rosh Hoshana celebration. I have always seen the New Year as a time to reflect on learning and life. Here is a poem that I often think about at Rosh Hoshana that connects to our world of learning:

“How We Become Wise”

After a long, hard climb up the mountain, a group of spiritual seekers finally found themselves in front of the great teacher.

Bowing deeply, they asked the question that had been burning inside of them for so long.

“How do we become wise?”

There was a long pause until the teacher emerged from the meditation. Finally, the reply came:

“Good choices.”

“But teacher, how do we know how to make good choices?”

“From experience,” said the wise one.

“And how do we gain experience?” they asked.

“Bad choices” smiled the teacher.

May all of our New Years be a time to celebrate old traditions, life experiences, new changes and continual learning!

3. MASIE Briefing Streamable Now: Learning Trends in 2014. We just hosted over 1,800 colleagues online for our 60 Minute Learning Trends in 2014 Video. Several hundred folks were not able to get online due to server jam. So, here is the complete, no-charge, one-hour briefing addressing: Personalization, Compliance, Video in Learning, LearningTech, Connected Classrooms, Social Learning, Gamification, 50 Plus and Big Learning Data. To view the Briefing just go to:

http://www.learning2014.com/trends914

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM
Host, Learning 2014

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

846 - Learning Trends Video Now Streamable

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - September 23, 2014.
#846 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,681 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2014 - Oct 26-29 - Orlando. 1,257 Registered Already.

MASIE Briefing Streamable Now: Learning Trends in 2014.

We just hosted over 1,800 colleagues online for our 60 Minute Learning Trends in 2014 Video. Several hundred folks were not able to get online due to server jam. So, here is the complete, no-charge, one hour briefing addressing: Personalization, Compliance, Video in Learning, LearningTech, Connected Classrooms, Social Learning, Gamification, 50 Plus and Big Learning Data. To view the briefing, please visit:

http://www.learning2014.com/trends914

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM
Host, Learning 2014

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

845 - 110 Foot Curved Screen? Ambiguity and Learning

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - September 22, 2014.
#845 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,674 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2014 - Oct 26-29 - Orlando. 1,207 Registered Already.

1. AMBIGUITY: Embrace & Honor the Grey Area for Learning.
2. 110 Foot Screen? Engagement!
3. Free Video Briefing on Trends & Challenges in 2014: Tuesday, September 23rd from 1 to 2 PM (Eastern Time).

1. AMBIGUITY = Embrace & Honor the Grey Area for Learning: Most instructional design is about the RIGHT answer. Standard Operating Procedures define that CORRECT approach to a problem. The vast majority of eLearning modules test out for the learner’s ability to check the RIGHT box.

But, sometimes there is not a RIGHT vs WRONG answer. Increasingly, in our rapidly changing world, AMBIGUITY may be the reality. Even with a standard procedure, there may be six “DEPENDS” statements. CLOs are reporting the need for their new hires to have emotional intelligence to deal with the AMBIGUITY of a situation. Yet, we don’t really have the language to embrace and honor the reality of AMBIGUITY.

Yesterday, this became clear to me in a great conversation in a coffee shop in Manhattan. Six strangers were discussing world events at a Manhattan cafe. Our conversations focused on both EBOLA and ISIS in the Middle East. We were six adults, all clearly news aware and verbal. As we explored our perceptions of the challenges of ISIS and the risk of EBOLA, it became clear to me that we don’t easily know how to say, “We don’t know”. Media news shows create the opposite sides of an issue. But, there rarely is a GREY area representative. Only when the six of us verbalized the commonality of our shared (and diverse) AMBIGUITY about each of these topics were we able to listen and learn from each other more clearly. 

I left the coffee shop considering how we might better embrace AMBIGUITY into our learning designs and activities. Would love your thoughts. Send me an email to emasie@masie.com

2. 110 Foot Screen? Engagement! Today, I ordered a very BIG piece of technology. Larger than a big iPhone. Actually, larger than any technology I have ever used at an event.

Today, I ordered a 110 Foot Wide, 24 Foot Tall, Curved Video Projection Screen for Learning 2014. Why?  Engagement!
 
There will be 1,600 learning colleagues from around the world at the General Sessions for keynote speakers like Chef Bobby Flay, Robin Roberts from ABC News and Sir Ken Robinson.

I want to create a HIGH ENGAGEMENT, Rich Video Experience - even for the person sitting at the very back of the room. We will use many cameras, including overhead ones over Bobby Flay’s stove, that will then be projected in a large and varied fashion to engage the audience.

Actually, we could have as many as 24 different video images, but that would be overwhelming. However, we will be able to mix Graphics, Live Questions from the Audience, A Graphical Capture from California, Cameras and even Remote Feeds from around the world.  And, it will be Large, Bright and Curved, taking the entire width of the Learning 2014 Ballroom.

We are one of the first conferences in the world to use this technology and we will mix it with other Engagement tools and strategies. Check out a mock-up picture of this 110 Foot Screen here: http://www.learning2014.com/index.php/item/110-foot-screen-engagement.html I welcome ideas for creatively producing content experiences on it. Send me a note to emasie@masie.com

3. Free Video Briefing Trends & Challenges in 2014: Last call for our upcoming live video (with over 1,600 colleagues attending from around the world). You and your colleagues are invited to this free, interactive video that will be on Tuesday, September 23rd from 1 to 2 PM (Eastern Time).

This year, we will address these topics:

- Learning Personalization: Just in Time, Just for Me, Just Enough!
- Compliance and Learning Crisis
- Video in Learning: From TED to User Content to Live Chat
- LearningTech: Wearables, Apps and More
- The Connected Classroom: Stretching the Class
- Gaming & Gamification
- Collaborative & Social Learning
- 50+ & Learning: Boomers in the Workplace
- Big Learning Data & Metrics

To reserve a space in this briefing, please go to http://www.Learning2014.com/2014trends

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM
Host, Learning 2014

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

 

844 - 50 Plus and Learning with AARP; Really Short Video Clips; iWatch for Learning?

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - September 15, 2014.
#844 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,653 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2014 - Oct 26-29 - Orlando. 1,139 Registered Already.

1. 50 Plus & Learning: Collaboration with AARP.
2. Really Short Videos for Learning: 6 Seconds to 3 minutes?
3. iWatch Implications for Learning.
4. Free Video Briefing Trends & Challenges in 2014:

1. 50 Plus & Learning - Collaboration with AARP: As you may know, over the past few years I have organized and sponsored a 30 Under 30 Learning Leaders Program. It has been a delight to support and work with rising learning leaders in the first decade of their careers.  But, what about those of us that are in the older generation?

We are pleased to announce a 50 Plus & Learning project at Learning 2014. We are excited to announce that AARP will co-host a series of “50 Plus” & Learning elements at Learning 2014! Representatives from AARP will help lead sessions and conversations with event participants about the various opportunities and challenges that come with working and learning once employees are “50 Plus”. We look forward to featuring AARP as a co-host and cooperating organization at Learning 2014!

In addition, we will ask several key questions about 50 Plus & Learning:

- What happens as our more senior employees decide to NOT retire?  What happens to their development plans and the career plans of younger colleagues in their teams?
- What shifts in learning style, preference or approach of more senior employees?  How do they adapt as their learning approaches may shift?
- What are emerging models for 50 Plus employees in the workforce and how do different generations best collaborate in corporate culture?
- How do 50 Plus use or desire to use technology differently?

Details on our 50 Plus & Learning efforts at: http://www.learning2014.com/50plus

2. Really Short Videos for Learning - 6 Seconds to 3 minutes? The length of corporate video is getting shorter and shorter. Decades ago, it was common to have a 90 minute video. We then entered the 60 minute version, followed by the 30 minute video.  In the past few years, the length has dropped to 18 minutes, a la TED Video Length. But, recently we have seen corporate video for learning experiment with the very short length - like 6 seconds a la the app that creates 6 second segments - to 3 minute short video clips.

Why? The role of video may be to tell a quick story, provide a few seconds of context or to add a multi-media element to a text segment. The MASIE Center has been experimenting with shorter video and even micro-video clips.

We are honored to feature 2 sessions and a lab on creating Micro-Video segments at Learning 2014 - led by Eric Pokorny from Starbucks.  Info about Learning 2014 at http://www.learning2014.com

3. iWatch Implications for Learning: The recently announced iWatch from Apple may have intriguing implications for Workplace Learning. We will be working with a few app developers to explore the role of the iWatch for Learning. Imagine a few experimental uses of an iWatch (or similar wearable from other providers):

* Wearable Performance Support: Provide a workplace “learning at the moment of need” GPS functionality.
* Collaboration Adviser: Monitor and provide feedback on collaboration patterns in the workplace.
* Stress and Bio Feedback Loops: What topics trigger higher levels of stress in a learner - and how can content be adaptable?
* Motion Based Content: Imagine a series of gestures that would be sensed by the iWatch and shape content/context choices for the learner.
* Location Specific Content: Where you are could shape what you see and how you respond.

I am looking for several Learning TRENDS readers that would like to be part of the discussion about the iWatch and Learning.  Send me a note to emasie@masie.com

4. Free Video Briefing Trends & Challenges in 2014: You and your colleagues are invited to this free interactive video that will be on Tuesday, September 23rd from 1 to 2 PM (Eastern Time).

This year, we will address these topics:

- Learning Personalization: Just in Time, Just for Me, Just Enough!
- Compliance and Learning Crisis
- Video in Learning: From TED to User Content to Live Chat
- LearningTech: Wearables, Apps and More
- The Connected Classroom: Stretching the Class
- Gaming & Gamification
- Collaborative & Social Learning
- 50+ & Learning: Boomers in the Workplace
- Big Learning Data & Metrics

To reserve a space in this briefing, please go to http://www.Learning2014.com/2014trends

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM
Host, Learning 2014

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

 

843 - Video Briefing: Learning Trends in 2014

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - September 12, 2014.
#843 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,642 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2014 - Oct 26-29 - Orlando. 1,109 Registered Already.

Free Video Briefing by Elliott Masie - Learning Trends & Challenges in 2014!

Each year, I present a live video briefing on Learning Trends & Challenges. You and your colleagues are invited to this free interactive briefing that will be on Tuesday, September 23rd from 1 to 2 PM (Eastern Time).

This year, I will address these topics:

- Learning Personalization: Just in Time, Just for Me, Just Enough!
- Compliance and Learning Crisis
- Video in Learning: From TED to User Content to Live Chat
- LearningTech: Wearables, Apps and More
- The Connected Classroom: Stretching the Class
- Gaming & Gamification
- Collaborative & Social Learning
- “50+” & Learning: Boomers in the Workplace
- Big Learning Data & Metrics

I will present a free video briefing on these topics, with real-time questions and comments from the audience.

To reserve a space in this briefing, please go to http://www.Learning2014.com/2014trends

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM
Host, Learning 2014

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

841 - Brain Science, 8 Seconds for Questions, Love Letters

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - September 8, 2014.
#841 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,639 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2014 - Oct 26-29 - Orlando. 1,017 Registered Already.

1. How to Engage Every Brain by Ann Herrmann-Nehdi.
2. Wait Eight Seconds for Questions.
3. 1,017 Registrations & Groups Galore.
4. MASIE Productions: “Love Letters” with Carol Burnett, Alan Alda & More.

1. How to Engage Every Brain by Ann Herrmann-Nehdi: We are honored to feature articles by our Featured Speakers at Learning 2014. The first one is by Ann Herrmann-Nehdi, one of the leading authors and innovators in the arena of Brain Science and Learning. Her article, How to Engage Every Brain, is online at http://www.learning2014.com/index.php/item/how-to-engage-every-brain.html

2. Wait Eight Seconds for Questions: Recently, I was interviewed by a magazine and asked about the best tip I ever received about learning. I recounted a tip from Dr. Roger Johnson from U of Minnesota back in 1977 when he said, “Wait at least 8 seconds after asking for questions from a group of learners - before you say anything else as an instructor!” Turns out, the average instructor asks, “Are there any questions?” and only waits about 3 seconds. It takes the audience a few more seconds to process your request, formulate questions in their minds, scan the room for other people’s responses and decide to actually ask. Count to 8 and you will see an amazing difference.

3. 1,017 Registrations & Groups Galore: We are honored to be taking dozens of registrations every day for Learning 2014, to take place in Orlando from Oct 26 to 29th.  Today, we crossed the 1,000th registration mark.  And, as I write this, we are up to 1,017.  In addition, there are now over 30 groups of participants from corporations coming together - with meetings before, during or after the event.  Hotel space is quickly filling. Take advantage of our Early Registration Rate at http://www.learning2014.com

4. MASIE Productions: “Love Letters” with Carol Burnett, Alan Alda & More: Learning TRENDS readers may know that MASIE Productions is also producing several plays and musicals on Broadway. On Saturday, previews begin for “Love Letters”, which we are co-producing. Every 4 weeks, 2 stars will be featured. These include: Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, Mia Farrow, Brian Dennehy, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg, Candice Bergen, Anjelica Huston and Martin Sheen. Two stars each night will read “Love Letters” in a powerful and moving show. Details at: http://lovelettersbroadway.com/

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

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