Gamification and Learning: A Trend To Explore

TO: Learning, Training & Performance Colleagues
FROM: Elliott Masie, The MASIE Center
DATE: March 3, 2015

RE: Gamification & Learning LAB

We are pleased to announce a new program for learning professionals:

Gamification & Learning LAB!
Hosted by Elliott Masie.
May 4th to 6th.
MASIE Learning LAB - Saratoga Springs, NY USA.
Details: http://www.masie.com

Gamification is one of the much talked about elements in the world of learning innovations. There are intriguing early implementations, emerging models for adding gamification to non-game activities (such as learning), much hype and overstatement, and a great deal of both curiosity and confusion in our field.

I have designed an intensive, vendor-neutral 2 1/2 day deep dive into Gamification & Learning for a small group of global learning colleagues in early May.

Here are the topics that we will address:

- Gamification: What Is It?
- Gamification & Learning Models.
- Gamification of Non-Games.
- Does Gamification Work?
- When Does Gamification Not Work?
- Learning Gamification vs. Marketing Gamification.
- Is Gamification Sustainable?
- Costs & Expenses for Gamification.
- ADDIE & Gamification.
- LMS & Gamification.
- Gamification Marketplace.
- Producing Gamification - The Skills.
- Gamification, Introverts, Styles & Emotional Intelligence!
- The Strategic Risks & Downsides of Gamification.
- Failure & Simulations: “Failing Our Way to Success”.
- Play as a Human Trait.
- Badging in the Workplace.
- Usability & Gamification.

Our LAB will include hands-on exploration of current and emerging Gamification & Learning models. We will interview (by live video) experts from implementing organizations, Gamification inventors and suppliers, and Academics studying the evidence of Gamification’s impact on Learning. In addition, we will conduct a real-time focus group with a range of employees to assess their readiness and reactions to Gamification leveraged for learning and performance.

Complete information and online registration at http://www.masie.com   Please register early as space is tightly limited in the Gamification & Learning LAB.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning Strategies LAB - With Doug Lynch and Elliott Masie - March 25 to 27 Saratoga Springs.
- Gamification & Learning LAB - With Elliott Masie - May 4 to 6 - Saratoga Springs.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.
Upcoming:
- Gamification and Learning LAB.
- MOOCs and Corporate Learning Summit.

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

866 - Selfies in Learning; TEDx Design/Curation Model

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - February 26, 2015.
#866 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,829 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Strategies LAB - March in Saratoga Springs!

1. Selfies and Learning Branding?
2. TEDx Design and Curation Model.
3. Learning Strategies LAB - 9 Spaces Available.

1. Selfies and Learning Branding?  The photographic “selfie” has received a great deal of publicity for humor, touching images, and even banning of the selfie “stick” at museums. Whether or not you take and circulate selfies yourself, let’s explore how they are (and might become) a part of Learning Branding:

* From Class Photos to Selfie Tweets: Most of the corporate universities take a class photo of leadership groups towards the end of a residential class. The participants get a nice 8 x 10 photo to keep at home or the office. Now, we are seeing the Class Selfie blast replacing the formal photo. Each participant may send several snaps to colleagues around the organization or post a link with the photos on an internal social network. Significantly more folks see the images that validate both the course and the participant’s skill development.

* Selfies as Assignments: Learning designers can leverage the “selfie” as part of course design. If I were designing a learning program on safety or manufacturing standards, the learners or subject matter experts can be asked to take and circulate selfies that illustrate the content or context of the program.

* Selfies as Transfer and Assessment Process: If I were taking a course on Time Management or the use of a Learning Management System, one assignment might be to take selfies of work in process or even a screen shot as part of daily/weekly reminders for transfer to the workplace. These might be shared with my instructor or manager and used for anthropological data for assessment.

We are intrigued to explore the role of “Selfies” - formal or informal - in the learning process. Send me a note to emasie@masie.com

2. TEDx Design & Curation Model: I had the honor of being one of the speakers at TEDx Broadway on Monday in New York City. I was able to combine content from the worlds of learning, Big Data and Broadway Theater Production. Their design and curation process was quite impressive and I wanted to share a few of their design elements:

* TED Short Duration: My segment was a strict 13 minutes long. There is a countdown clock that starts the second you are on stage and is used to keep each segment short and on target.
* No Commercial Mentions Allowed: There are no commercial mentions allowed in any of the talks. This is adhered to on both a verbal and projection slide basis. The slides are reviewed prior to the event and feedback is provided for any violations.
* Three Rounds of Conversation for Design: TEDx organizer Jim McCarthy, who is not compensated for his leadership role, spent several hours with me in three rounds of conversation during the months prior to the event. He worked with each of the 17 presenters on their focus, process and honing in on a key topic with content that would resonate with the diverse audience.
* If You Break the Rules, Your Video Will Not Be Posted: One of the cool things about a TEDx event is that your message can be seen by way more than the several hundred people in the audience. TED videos are amongst the most watched and shared content in the world. Any violations of the above rules and your video will not be posted or shared.
* Quick Video Interview for Each Speaker: At the end of each presentation, the speaker is asked to do a 60 second video interview on one or two key points about the content. This is shared online in real time and extends the reach.

The audience really appreciates the TED model and the levels of reaction and engagement are high. It is way more preparation as a speaker than some of my hour-long keynotes around the world, and I was very impressed. Check out the site at http://www.tedxbroadway.com for content and videos posted in the weeks ahead.

As learning leaders, engage in the dozens of local TEDx events around the country and consider their curation model as an evolving example for our own learning production.

3. Learning Strategies LAB - 9 Spaces Available: There are only 9 spaces left in our new Learning Strategies LAB, led by Doug Lynch and myself from March 25 to 27 in Saratoga Springs, NY. We have senior learning leaders attending from around the world as we dig deep into the process of building and leveraging a new Learning Strategy for your organization. Details and online registration: http://www.masie.com  Space is limited - so please register soon!

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning Strategies LAB - With Doug Lynch and Elliott Masie - March 25 to 27 Saratoga Springs.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1- 4 - Orlando, Florida.
Upcoming:
- Gamification and Learning LAB.
- MOOCs and Corporate Learning Summit.

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

 

5 Minute Survey on Learning as a Habit

TO: Learning, Training & Performance Colleagues
FROM: Elliott Masie, The MASIE Center
DATE: February 13, 2015

RE: 5 Minute Survey on Learning as a Habit, Please!

We are pleased to be researching the exciting topic of Learning as a Habit!

Would you (and your colleagues) take a quick, 5 minute survey on Learning Habits? It is confidential and will provide a context for the research on Learning Habits being conducted by Jennifer Cheng, our Research Fellow.

Go to: http://www.masie.com/survey/habit1

A summary of the results will be published online in the coming month.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM


MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning Strategies LAB - With Doug Lynch and Elliott Masie - March 25 - 27 Saratoga Springs.
- Learning Innovations LAB & Retreat - April 20 - 22 Saratoga Springs.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.
Upcoming:
- Gamification and Learning LAB.
- MOOCs and Corporate Learning Summit.

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

865 - Do Stories Evolve Over Time?

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - February 9, 2015.
#865 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,821 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Strategies LAB - March in Saratoga Springs!

1. Do Stories Evolve Over Time?
2. BYOD Access for Mobile Devices.
3. Learning Innovations LAB - April 20 - 22.

1. Do Stories Evolve Over Time? As we tell and retell our stories, especially if we are presenters, speakers or in the media, do we refine, hone and perhaps evolve or enhance our stories over time?

My question stems from the in-process news story about the storytelling of news anchor Brian Williams. TRENDS readers from the United States may have been following the crisis that flowed from flaws that are popping up in the stories that NBC Anchor Brian Williams told about his experiences in a battle that he was covering in Iraq many years ago. Apart from the truths or exaggerations in this specific incident - and we clearly want to have deep trust in the words of journalists - it does trigger a personal reflection on my part about what happens with stories that we tell over time.

I will admit that as I have shared stories in a keynote speech, they get better with each retelling. I figure out what to highlight, what to leave out and even the best sequence of the telling. This is a natural improvement. But, sometimes I may take elements from several stories and combine them into one better story. It is may be a speaker’s natural desire to be powerful or impactful - but am I bending the truth?

One example is a story that I have told about introducing my mother - who was a senior citizen - to the internet in the 1990’s in front of many of her fellow grandmothers in an apartment in Miami, Florida.

I love telling the story and referencing a woman on the end of the couch with red hair - who I “think” had the name of Ida - and telling it with gusto. I have told that story perhaps over 300 hundred times over several decades. And, it is true.

But, I am not sure if the name of the woman at the end of the coach was Ida - or Irene or Edith - and there may have been 4 or 6 other grandmothers. And, to be totally honest, I added a bigger, deeper Jewish accent to Ida’s comments to me. As I told the story, Ida became the best way of deeply telling the story to large groups. Stories sometimes naturally evolve with the retelling.

I have been thinking about the ways in which we deal with this “story evolution” reality as professional storytellers:

* Accuracy on Organizational Context: Let’s make sure that we are accurate on the name or type of organization that we are referring to in a story. If combining several, be direct to say, “Here is a story that reflects what several companies in the freight logistics area are undertaking.”
* Own Your Possible Memory Gaps: I really don’t know if her name was exactly “Ida”. But, I might say, “I believe that my mother’s friend name was called Ida.”
* Write it Down or Video It: As we tell stories, which will evolve, try to have a version of the original one - in video or text - to hold the details.
* Stories vs. Case Studies: Try to differentiate a Case Study, which is about a specific incident with a specific company at a specific moment in history, from a story that may be a more personal recounting of a set of memories. I use the word “Story” intentionally to differentiate it from a “Case Study”.
* Keep the Story on Them, Not You: One of the challenges of the celebrity nature of journalists and even public speakers is that we use too many “I” statements. Keep the stories about other people rather than always bringing it back to you.

There is much to learn about the evolving nature of Storytelling, particularly in the age of everywhere video. I would love to hear from Learning TRENDS readers about their views of how stories evolve over time. Send me a note to emasie@masie.com

2. BYOD Access for Mobile Devices: We have been tracking the enormous rise in the use of personal phones or tablets by employees as they do their work defined computing, searching and collaborating. More and more employees are in the BYOD - Bring Your Own Device - mode as they conduct business work throughout the day.

BYOD Access will be requested and in many ways required as all generations increase their desire to have technology access at their fingertips (and perhaps soon on their watches). BYOD Access will evolve to include Biometric Validation, GPS Location Validation or other extensions of selective access to the corporate firewall.

Learning and Development colleagues, along with other Human Resource professionals, will need to better communicate the nature of BYOD Access and include it in onboarding, orientation and other job readiness learning activities. Our IT colleagues will also need to mix the need for security and threat prevention while at the same time dealing with a more mobile and agile computing workforce.

3. Learning Innovations LAB - April 20 to 22. We are pleased to announce the next edition of my Learning Innovations LAB & Retreat, a 2 1/2 day deep dive into new technologies and learning designs.  We offered this for the first time in January and the LAB sold out. Therefore, I will be hosting a Learning Innovations LAB & Retreat from April 20 to 22 at The MASIE Center LAB in Saratoga Springs, NY. We will explore these technologies and topics:

- 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.
- ReDesigning Webinars.
- MOOCs: Massive and Open Content Models.
- Small Tech vs. Big Tech - Solutions in the BYOD Era.
- Collaborative & Social Learning Technology.
- Curation: Harvesting & Sorting Content.
and more..

Details on content and registration are available 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 Strategies LAB - With Doug Lynch and Elliott Masie - March 25 to 27 Saratoga Springs.
- Learning Innovations LAB & Retreat - April 20 to 22 Saratoga Springs.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.
Upcoming:
- Gamification and Learning Summit.
- MOOCs and Corporate Learning LAB.

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

864 - Blizzards and Learning Modes, Video Shifts

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - January 28, 2015.
#864 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,815 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Strategies LAB - March in Saratoga Springs!

1. Learning for a Pending Snow Blizzard.
2. Video Shifts: 4K, User Blending, Shorter and Targeted.

1. Learning for a Pending Snow Blizzard. I was in New York City for the past week and lived through the process of awaiting a major snow blizzard. While Manhattan did not get the huge snow storm, it was fascinating to see how learning, content, performance support and digital collaboration played out for a potential disaster in 2015.  Here are a few of my observations:

* Connected Population: It was amazing to see how connected to the breaking news, weather updates, flight schedules and government declarations people were. I went to the small supermarket where we were all buying loads of emergency food - and almost every person on the long line was digitally on top of the breaking news. We had our mobile phones out and had a deep discussion amongst 10 of us (of all language and backgrounds) about the weather forecast map and times when subways would shut down.  It was the first time that I saw true widespread and agile content connection in a busy city.
* Consequence Awareness: New York City had been walloped and somewhat surprised with the Sandy Hurricane that happened a few years ago.  I noticed how many people used Sandy as a metaphor for why it was important to prepare.  The sense of “prep and consequence” was also quite different and new - and a shared experience.
* Video Content on Readiness: I counted 12 widespread videos that had been posted by people, media networks or government agencies to prepare and teach people what to do if something critical happened.  I watched one video about how to walk down from my 33rd Floor apartment should electricity go out and I needed to leave.  There were short (most under 6 minutes) videos on preparing for food, taking care of a sick relative or roommate, dressing tips and even more.
* Prep for Building Staff: I was impressed with how well trained and briefed various maintenance and custodial staff were in apartment buildings.  They had announcements for a situation like this, backup plans for coverage and more.
* TV Networks go Micro and Skype: While all traffic was banned during the storm, TV stations were given permission to travel and broadcast.  CNN and others used a small 2 sided camera - mounted in the front seat of a car - that would provide high def coverage for a reporter in the passenger seat and could be quickly swapped for a view out the window - even as a stand-up camera with the reporter in front of the car.  These were connected by 4G to the station.  Cool to see Small Tech in action.
* Skype, Google Hangout and Facetime Circles: Throughout the night, I and others were connected to friends and relatives via social networks and online video.  I felt quite supported even though I was alone in my apartment.
* Political Leaders Dressed for Social Broadcasting: It was funny to watch the Mayor, Governor and others dressed in warm jackets with their names and logos ready for Broadcasting.  They each went to multiple outdoor sites during and after the storm to show real-time presence live from the field. While some might complain that there was an over-reaction to the snow forecast, their field presence and manner was helpful in response.

There is much that the corporate learning space can learn from this moment. It was both a user-driven shift and also an awareness of the need for content, connection, performance support and presence. 

2. Video Shifts - 4K, User Blending, Shorter and Targeted: The world of video in workplace learning is continually shifting. There are new capacities for high-end, 4K, and Ultra High Def video as well as simple and just-in-time video from a user’s mobile phone. There are shifts in how we have to edit, tag and disseminate video.  And, learners and their managers want video that can be better targeted and shaped for user needs and personalization.  We will be addressing these issues using over $50,000 of new video equipment and technologies in our upcoming Video for Learning LAB in two weeks.  There are a few spaces still available and I would love to learn with you as we explore changing video design and deployment approaches.  Details about our Video for Learning LAB 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
- Video & Learning LAB - Feb 10 - 12, Saratoga Springs.
- Learning Strategies LAB - With Doug Lynch and Elliott Masie - March 25 – 27, Saratoga Springs.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 – 4, Orlando, Florida.
Upcoming:
- Gamification and Learning Summit.
- MOOCs and Corporate Learning LAB.

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

863 - Boo Hoo - Goodbye Radio Shack, Learning Habits, Expertise Notes

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - January 16, 2015.
#863 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,805 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Performance Support/Agile Learning LAB - Next Week!

1. Boo Hoo - Goodbye Radio Shack!
2. My Learning Habit - 2 TED Videos a Day.
3. Making Notes About Expertise - Where Does it Go?

1. Boo Hoo - Goodbye Radio Shack! OK, I am pretty depressed this morning. Many of the Radio Shack stores in my area are closing. It is part of a slow and painful wind down of Radio Shack, a key place and institution in my youth as a nerd who loved to “make” stuff.

I probably visited a Radio Shack once a week from my early teens through my 30’s. Here were some of the things I did (somewhat dated or alien to my younger TRENDS readers) when I visited the local “Shack”:

* Brought the “tubes” from inside a television set or radio to be tested at Radio Shack. They had a machine in the store (that later moved to the storeroom) that tested an electronic, glowing tube. Image here: http://tinyurl.com/tubetester  This let me help my neighbors when their TV or radio wasn’t working - before calling for a visit from the service company.
* Bought small resistors to build electronic devices. I would pick the right resistor, based on Ohms of electric resistance, and find it by reading the color codes on the wire. Each resistor was less than a $1 and it allowed me to make or fix things. Radio Shack had the best and widest selection. Image here: http://tinyurl.com/resistorspic
* Stop in and talk to the staff at the Radio Shack about a project or idea - and they would help me to invent or adapt it. I wanted to have my radio in my bedroom play the sound from our Black and White TV in the living room - to listen to shows after my bedtime curfew. They gave me a wiring chart and I bought some parts to listen to the 11 o’clock news quietly enough that my parents never found out.  Thanks, Radio Shack!

Radio Shack was a “makers” haven and heaven. It was the place where we could buy the bits and parts to fix, improve or even create something electrical or electronic. This was way before mail order and large stores. But, Radio Shack played a key role in my generation’s development.

I bought my first computer, The TRS 80 Model 1, from Radio Shack. It had almost no memory, all CAPS on the small monitor, and read and wrote programs from a cassette recorder. But, many of the breakthrough early programming was done on a Radio Shack computer. I even led one of the first “computer clubs” in my region, which met at the Radio Shack at the mall and then had pizza at the food court afterwards.

Sure, things change. And, there are so many ways in which we can buy what we need, instantly. But I wonder what would have happened if the owners of Radio Shack, starting with the Tandy Corporation, had dropped the name “Radio” and just made it “The Shack”. I wonder if the stores could have become places where people who wanted to be “makers” of tools, technologies or fixes - from wiring together the appliances in our homes to experimenting with 3D Printing or even a students’ area - could play with and buy robotics. I even suggested to the CEO of Best Buy, whom I met shortly after he was hired, that they buy Radio Shack and add a “Shack” to each of their stores.

Alas, goodbye to Radio Shack! I will always value the memories, the learnings and even the burn on my finger from the mistake I made with the new soldering gun that I bought at a Shack. I wish that you had “Lived Long and Prospered”. You were part of my growth. And, you were a part of the technology revolution that was triggered by the race to the Moon, science fairs, computers and the rise of the digital age. Thanks and farewell.

2. My Learning Habit - 2 TED Videos a Day: We are honored to host Jennifer Cheng, a learning professional from PwC Hong Kong, who is working on a research project for a few months at The MASIE Center focused on “Making Learning a Habit”. I am experimenting with this idea and have started a behavior that may become one of my habits:

Every workday, I watch 1 or even better 2 TED Videos. These may be from one of the global TED conferences or from a TEDx regional event. They range from 6 to 18 minutes in duration and it is interesting for me to have the act of watching these as a daily expectation of myself. After a week, I have watched about 9 segments and it feels wonderful, short and invigorating. As I tell folks about my emerging habit, I am getting emails and messages suggesting a cool TED video to view.

We are curious about the idea of making Learning a Habit. We would love to hear from some of our TRENDS readers about this idea. Send a note to emasie@masie.com

3. Making Notes About Expertise - Where Does it Go? A learning leader asked me a fascinating question yesterday:

“Where do workers keep notes about colleagues that have useful expertise?”

Do they keep a running list, add personal notes to their version of the employee directory, create a personal contact on their mobile phones or use other strategies?

Ultimately, we want to build our own knowledge and expertise maps of a subset of the large employee bases in our organizations. It is a great feature for LMS and Social Network suppliers to expand.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- On The Job Learning & Performance Support = Agile Learning - Jan 20 to 22, Saratoga Springs.
- Video & Learning LAB - Feb 10 to 12, Saratoga Springs.
- Learning Innovations LAB - With Doug Lynch and Elliott Masie - March 25 to 27 Saratoga Springs.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.
Upcoming:
- Gamification and Learning Summit.
- MOOCs and Corporate Learning LAB.

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

Learning Strategies Invitation

TO: Learning, Training and Leadership Colleagues.
FROM: Elliott Masie, Host & Curator.
DATE: 13 January 2015

RE: Learning Strategies LAB Invitation

We would like to invite you and your colleagues to participate in a new program for Learning Leaders:

Learning Strategies LAB
Led By: Doug Lynch and Elliott Masie
March 25 to 27, 2015 - Saratoga Springs, NY USA

Learning Strategies are key to aligning business strategies with learning decisions and directions.

This event will be led, facilitated and curated by Elliott Masie and Doug Lynch, with over 45 years of combined experience in learning leadership on a global level. We are honored to have Doug Lynch as our faculty member for this program. Doug is a major leader in the business and academic world. Doug is the Chief Academic Officer for CorpU and a member of the faculty at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.

We will explore these key issues related to Learning Strategies:

* Learning Strategies - From Crisp to Hype.
* Linking the Learning Strategy to Business Strategies.
* Learning Innovations & Learning Strategies.
* Analyzing Learning Strategies.
* Learning Leadership with Learning Strategies.
* Budgeting, Assessment and The Learning Strategy.
* Context for Learning Strategies.
* One Enterprise Learning Strategy vs. One Strategy Per Business Unit.
* Who Cares About Your Learning Strategy?
* Competencies & Business Strategies.
* The Learning or The Talent Strategy.
* 5 Case Studies of Learning Strategies.
* Partnering & Sourcing: Strategy Implications.
* Hackathon Model for Learning Innovation.
* Engagement & Learners.
* Learning Strategies & Leadership Styles.

This event is a small, hands-on and vendor-neutral deep dive into Learning Strategies in 2015. Space is limited and complete information is available 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
- 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 4 - Orlando, Florida.
- Learning Strategies LAB - March 25 to 27 - Saratoga Springs, NY.
Upcoming:
- Gamification and Learning Summit.
- MOOCs and Corporate Learning LAB.

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

862 - Badges for Learners, On The Job Learning LAB, CES Wrap Up

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - January 12, 2015.
#862 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,799 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Video and Learning LAB - Feb. 10 to 12th - Saratoga Springs.

1. Badges for Learners and Learning?
2. Gadgets and Technology Scan from CES.
3. On-The-Job Learning & Performance Support LAB.

1. Badges for Learners and Learning? One of the topics that is brewing in the world of learning and talent is “Badges”. I have written about the experiments and collaborations with Badges over the past three years. In 2015, The MASIE Center will be taking an in-depth look at how Badges can be used for the benefit of both learners and organizations.  We will be exploring the following questions:

* Badges for Competencies vs. Certifications?
* Badges that Workers Can Take to Their Next Job?
* Badges vs. Digital Badges?
* What did we Learn from the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts about Badges?
* Badges to Reflect Learning Interest vs. Accomplished Goal?
* Who Validates a Badge?

If you are interested in thinking with us on the role of Badges and Learning, please send a note to brooke@masie.com   We will be reaching out to several colleagues to help in our explorations and partnerships with external Badging efforts.

2. Gadgets and Technology Scan from CES: Here are our key reports from colleagues and journalists who were at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Add these to your “Technology & Learning” radar screens:

* Cable TV Disruption! What’s the Impact on Corporate Learning? There were many announcements that focused on the shift from Cable TV to a variety of on-demand and on-device options for viewers at home. “Cut the Cord” was one of the disruptive themes throughout CES. As employees have ever more choices at home - including the timing, format and packaging of content - it may result in a great demand for “personalization” and time-shifting of scheduled learning activities at the workplace. Watch the impact of Sling TV and others in this space.
* eLearning Recast as At-Home Activities: It has been a few years since eLearning was talked about at CES as a revenue center. But, with the rise of user demand for targeted, short video content, it was revitalized at CES this year. One product that was featured was curious.com, an eLearning site with about 10,000 user created videos. The buzz on the floor was to watch the rising marketplace for user purchased (or watched with ad revenue) that some predicted would be as high as $50 billion in 2016.  There was also buzz about the role that TED, YouTube and structured platforms like Corsera would have in this marketplace.
* 4K and Ultra HD Video: The good news was an announcement about industry standards for 4K and Ultra HD Video formats. The technology for higher def curved screens and lower cost high end cameras was displayed throughout CES.  Watch this video about a very slim and very high def screen: http://www.cnet.com/products/sony-xbr-65x900c/   We will be using more and more 4K and Ultra HD Video in corporate learning.
* Wearables and Connections: So, how will the wearables, such as digital watches, work with other technologies and processes? There were demonstrations about the connections between wearables and other environmentals, including health, proximity monitoring and ways in which a wearable could be an integral part of a Performance Support System.

3. On-The-Job Learning & Performance Support LAB: There are several spaces still open in our popular “On-The-Job Learning & Performance Support LAB & Seminar”, to be led by Bob Mosher and Conrad Gottfredson at The MASIE Center from January 20 to 22. This is a drill-deep program that looks at how we make learning more Agile while leveraging the powerful tools of both OJL and Performance Support Systems. Details and online registration 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
- 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 4 - Orlando, Florida.
Upcoming:
- Gamification and Learning Summit.
- MOOCs and Corporate Learning LAB.
- Learning Strategies LAB with Doug Lynch.

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

861 - First Day of Work, Targeting and Personalization, CES Reports

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - January 5, 2015.
#861 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,793 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Video and Learning LAB - Feb. 10 to 12 - Saratoga Springs.

1. The First Work Day of 2015. How is it Different?
2. Targeting: The First Cousin of Learning Personalization.
3. Reports from The Tech/Gadget Show in Las Vegas.
4. Learning Innovation and the Marketplace - Video Clip.
5++ Thank You!

1. The First Work Day of 2015. How is it Different? I am curious how my Learning TRENDS colleagues approach today, the first day of work for most people in 2015. I am a big fan of two work days each year, days when I go into deep perspective about personal learning processes and also shifts in my business models. Those days are Labor Day - when I am still like a 7-year-old preparing for the start of school with fresh school supplies, a new notebook and the excitement of starting a learning year - and today, the first work day of a new year.

This morning, I had a staff meeting of the MASIE Center team and we focused on how 2015 would be different than 2014. Here are a few snippets:

* More Laughter! Learning can be a very serious topic; yet, laughter is key to making learning come alive. We will be adding more laughter and humor and fun perspectives to MASIE Center projects and events in 2015. Let’s use the AHA of HAHA to embrace the humanity and usability aspects of learning strategies.
* More Curation and Relationship Content! This year, we will focus more and more on curating REAL learning experiments and projects in actual large organizations. Let’s balance the press release avalanche of new product announcements from optimistic suppliers with real-world examples and even “autopsies” of learning changes in action.
* Simplicity: We are looking at each of our in-house and external-world-facing systems with an eye toward simplicity. Can we do that with a simpler, more agile and less complex process?

And, on a focus level, we will be delving deep into 3 topics in 2015: Gamification & Learning: The Ups and Downs; Digital Trust; and Learning Strategy Shifts. Stay tuned! We will do those with gusto.

2. Targeting! The First Cousin of Learning Personalization: One of the key themes that we are hearing from Chief Learning and Talent Officers in larger organizations is TARGETING!

A first cousin of Learning Personalization, Targeting is the process by which:

* The Learner.
* The Manager of the Learner.
* The Teacher/Coach/On-The-Job Colleague.
* The System.

…might “target” the learning of the learner - in real time - based on:

* What They Really Need to Know That is New.
* What They Don’t Know Already.
* What They Can’t Just Look Up Online.
* What is a Performance Gap or Pattern.

The Learning Personalization conversation revolves around the choices and preferences of a learner. Targeting adds a second level of choice, selection and sequence to create a faster-to-competence pathway. As we explore Learning Personalization this year, we will be equally focused on Targeting and will watch the rising innovations in system assistance for learner confusion and content primacy.

3. Reports from The Tech/Gadget Show in Las Vegas: In the next few days, I will send out several special Learning TRENDS, curating reports from analysts, colleagues and journalists at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas where major new technologies are introduced, primed and sometimes exaggerated. We will give you some eyeball reactions to the technologies with a special emphasis on how Technology & Learning might intersect.

As a coming attraction, about 70% of the CES press releases are all about “wearables”. Anticipating the release of Apple’s Watch, there are competitors, collaborators and extenders of the Wearable World. We will also recount the role of 4K and Ultra Def in screens for the classroom.

4. Learning Innovation and Education - Elliott Video Clip. There is another video clip of an interview that I did recently on Learning Innovation, Education and the Marketplace - exploring in a few minutes our approach to tracking more rapid innovation processes. This was shot by BigThink and can be viewed at: http://bigthink.com/videos/eliot-masie-on-using-innovation-for-education

5++ Well, this is a special, quick Thank You to each of the over 50,000 Learning TRENDS readers. I have had the privilege of writing Learning TRENDS since November 1, 1997. It is an awesome honor to be in communication with so many learning colleagues from around the world. So, as part of a delayed New Year’s Greeting, here is a personal and warm thank you, Learning Trends Colleague. And, you can always reach me at emasie@masie.com or @emasie.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 Elliott Masie’s LAB. - Jan 7 to 9, Saratoga Springs (2 Spots Remaining).
- 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 4 - Orlando, Florida.
Upcoming:
- Gamification and Learning Summit.
- MOOCs and Corporate Learning LAB.
- Learning Strategies LAB with Doug Lynch.

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

860 - Tech After Holidays: 4K Learning, Cardboard VR, Tesla and iBeacons

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - December 28, 2014.
#860 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,789 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Innovations Retreat LAB - Jan 7 to 9, 2015.

Tech After The Holidays - High and Low Tech Aha’s!
1. 4K Learning - High Definition Curved Images.
2. Cardboard VR - Folding Paper, Phone & Virtual Reality.
3. Tesla Electric Disruption - A Driving Science Project.
4. Beacons Discovery - Oh, There You Are, Learner!

Tech After The Holidays - High and Low Tech Aha’s: After Christmas and Chanukah, many people explore the technology from their presents. I am now in our Learning LAB in Saratoga exploring low and high tech that might have implications for learning in the future. Here are some quick notes from Elliott the Learning Geek - with more to follow in January:

1. 4K Learning - High Definition Curved Images: We just opened up a new 65” Curved Screen, 4K Ultra Definition TV in our LAB. It is pretty amazing to see video played in Ultra 4K style, especially on a High Def Curved Screen. I have been experimenting with using the new screen - and a 4K camera - to bring images and experiences to new depths for a learner. For example, I watched a mountain climber show how she scaled the rocks using grips and ropes. The intensity of the images made it very different for me as a learner. Netflix and others are starting to stream 4K movies at a slight up charge. I can’t wait to make some trial video segments for learning. Here is a sample of the screen in our LAB: http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN65HU9000FXZA

2. Cardboard VR - Folding Paper, Phone & Virtual Reality: While we have the new Oculus Virtual Reality prototype now owned by Facebook, I was looking for a much lower cost and accessible option for Learning TRENDS readers. So, we wandered into the CARDBOARD world of Cardboard - a special project from Google. Take a formatted cardboard outline - purchased for just a few dollars or printed from a PDF - and fold it up to make a viewer that holds an Android or iPhone. You can view really powerful Virtual Images! This is an open source project and there are some wild experiments that include a concert by Paul McCartney where you change the view by moving your head. Imagine if this were a simulation for new store employees or technical training modules. Check it out at: https://www.google.com/get/cardboard/

3. Tesla Electric Disruption - A Driving Science Project: I am enjoying my holiday present of a TESLA, the all electrical vehicle from Elon Musk. It is an amazing and disruptive piece of technology. It charges up to give a 260 mile range in a car that is OMG fast and high performance. It goes from 0 to 60 in just a few seconds and is a combo of a sports car and active science experiment. The dashboard includes a 17” screen with Big and Small Data for the driver. Owning this car turns me into a daily learner. For a holiday trip, we picked a hotel with a free high powered charger in the lot to get ready for another 200 miles.  The car’s technology is also quite disruptive as it regularly goes online and gets a complete upgrade that adds new driving features every few weeks. Imagine if our LMSs were that good at upgrading for new learning requirements! A fun “aha” yesterday was to discover that Nick Howe, the Chief Learning Officer for Hitachi, has written the leading book on owning a TESLA. Here is a picture of the battery deck of a TESLA: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f3/Tesla_Motors_Model_S_base.JPG

4. iBeacons Discovery - Oh, There You Are, Learner! On the table are a dozen small devices, each about 2 inches long and 1/4 inch high. They are very cool “iBeacons” that can have an engagement role in learning and development. Each beacon is programmed to be detected by the users in your organization or just customers walking by. Their smartphones, if enabled with Smart Bluetooth and an appropriate app, can detect the beacons’ presence and send a note, picture, video or text message that would alert or remind users of a fact, content element or opportunity. I am setting these beacons up to alert our LAB participants of a piece of technology that is nearby or to link them to a Performance Support page that explains something new. The beacons can be set up for variable proximity and specific types of learners. We are excited to explore how these low cost beacons could assist a learning project. Here is a page on iBeacons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBeacon

So, what is Elliott the tech and learning kid discovering in the LAB with these technologies? 

- Learning Implications: New tech developers rarely start by thinking of the world of learning. We must be experimenters and lab creatures to take something new like 4K or iBeacon and think how it might be evolved for learning.
- Cool Things Can Be Inexpensive: While some tech is pretty expensive, let’s look at some that might be only $1.99 a learner or even open source.
- Technology Isn’t Affordances: In other words, some things that are cool, like Second Life, may not pan out or may never find a route to workplace learning.
- Share Your Tech: Set up an area in the workplace for fellow colleagues to experiment and “play” with new technologies. Great ideas await!

Have a very Happy New Year and I look forward to more Learning TRENDS in 2015.

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 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.
Upcoming:
- Gamification and Learning Summit.
- MOOCs and Corporate Learning LAB.
- Learning Strategies LAB with Doug Lynch.

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

859 - Aging Simulator; Ads in eLearning Modules or MOOCs

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - December 16, 2014.
#859 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,774 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Innovations Retreat LAB - Jan 7 to 9th.

1. Simulation for Aging Impacts.
2. Ads in eLearning or MOOCs?

1. Simulation for Aging Impacts: I am a huge fan of using simulation technology to provide people with an in-depth immersion from new perspectives. So, I was really fascinated with a technology developed by MIT’s AgeLab.

They have created AGNES, a suit worn by students, product developers, designers, engineers, marketing professionals, planners, architects, packaging engineers, and others to better understand the physical challenges associated with aging. Developed by AgeLab researchers and students, AGNES has been calibrated to approximate the motor, visual, flexibility, dexterity and strength of a person in their mid-70s. AGNES has been used in retail, public transportation, home, community, automobile, workplace and other environments.

Check it out at: http://agelab.mit.edu/agnes-age-gain-now-empathy-system

We will have an increasingly larger number of simulation options for learners to take a virtual deep-dive into new or future realities.

2. Ads in eLearning or MOOCs? This month, I have had multiple conversations with learning product designers about the use of and reaction to revenue ads placed in eLearning or MOOCs. 

Let’s say a company would like to offer a high-end, intensive leadership program to rising executives.  One option being considered is to provide small ads on the side of the screen, ala a Google or Bing search. The advertising could be screened and also targeted to this learning user cohort. 

Likewise, a MOOC could be offered free of charge to users, financed by embedded ads from Yahoo or other digital ad suppliers.

Assuming the ads were appropriate and non-intrusive, what would your reaction be as a learner and as a learning provider? Send me a note to emasie@masie.com

I will publish results in a future TRENDS. 

Note: Learning LABS in 2015: We are pleased to announce 3 Learning LABS for Learning Professionals that will be hosted at The MASIE Center in Saratoga Springs in 2015:

- Learning Innovations Retreat & LAB: January 7 - 9, 2015.  (Only 6 spaces left. Register ASAP.)
- On The Job Learning & Performance Support LAB: January 20 - 22, 2015.
- Video & Learning LAB: February 10 - 12, 2015.

We have had many registrations for these programs already and space is quite limited. They are hands-on and roll-up-your-sleeves LABS. Check out the content and online registration 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 to 4 - 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

858 - Digital Trust?? Producing: Process and Details

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - December 11, 2014.
#858 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,769 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Innovations Retreat LAB - Jan 7 to 9th.

1. Digital Trust?
2. Producing: Process & Details.

1. Digital Trust? A new project that The MASIE Center will be focusing on:

“Digital Trust”

How does the process of trust change, shift, shrink, expand or evolve as we connect, collaborate and know colleagues (and friends) digitally?

How does a new employee at a 10,000 person company trust (or perhaps not trust) colleagues that they meet through a corporate collaboration vehicle such as Jive, SharePoint or Intranet?

How does an individual assess - from a trust perspective - content, context or opinions from people they have never met face to face?

How does an individual build the personal and professional competency of Digital Trust?

In the next few months, I will be publishing a digital book on Digital Trust, bringing together learning and HR leaders from various organizations to explore the dimensions of Digital Trust and more.

If you are intrigued by this topic, please send me an email to emasie@masie.com  We believe that the issues of trust, as explored by Steven MR Covey and others, are even more important and perhaps elusive in the digital world. So, send me a note to emasie@masie.com and let’s explore this intriguing topic.

2. Producing - Process & Details: I am writing this Learning TRENDS as I leave Paris for New York, after we just opened a new Broadway show, “An American in Paris”.

This is an exciting new show that combines amazing dance, sets, music from Gershwin, political themes and an incredible cast. MASIE Productions is honored to be one of the Production Partners for this show, which opened in Paris and will move to Broadway in March 2015. You can scan stories and video from the show at: http://www.anamericaninparisbroadway.com/

I wanted to share some perspectives about “producing” that are wonderfully connected to our worlds of learning.

The process of creating a Broadway show, especially a hit, takes years of collaboration, work, labs, demonstrations, casting, fund raising, disagreements, shifts and marketing magic.

What we watched in Paris was an amazing point (but not the finish line) of the production and creation process for “An American in Paris”.

Director Christopher Wheeldon takes the cast and creative team through a daily process of experimentation, rehearsal, feedback and coaching. The leads of the show, accomplished ballet dancers, have been coached in singing and acting, and supported to expand their craft to this new format.

Our opening in Paris was received with over 12 minutes of standing ovations - from a Paris blended audience - and the dozens of producing partners traveled to France to both celebrate and learn.

We gave a spare ticket to a 21 year old woman who was passing out arts newsletters outside.  We surprised her a few minutes before the sold out show with a free ticket (in an upper balcony) and just asked her to send me a message after she got out with feedback. Here are a few lines from her (Virginie Bénévent):

“I love theater and this show blends everything: songs, dancing and acting. It reminds me of Gene Kelly, a genius and master of dance. Plus, it echoes many events of our history in Paris.

The props and the setting are perfectly designed - these details are crucial. This a trip in this beautiful story between 2 worlds of art: France and America.

The show lasted almost 3 hours but it seemed so short. The final dance was amazing. Elliott, in three words: wonderful, efficient and free.”

Production is about 360 degree feedback. It is about the ability to listen to the cares and angles of every segment of the audience. It is about creating more than a good show - but rather a GREAT show - and that takes time, risk and discipline as well as agility as artists and producers.

When you see an awesome piece of theater, it reflects the works of dozens or even hundreds of artists over years. We never rush being “done” as great theater comes from circles of experimentation and feedback.

So, as I fly back from Paris I am thrilled and honored. And, I am making a list of dozens of micro elements of “An American in Paris” that could evolve and stretch in the months ahead. I will share elements of the process with Learning TRENDS readers and hopefully you can see it on Broadway or when we go on tour in a few years.

Note: Learning LABS in 2015: We are pleased to announce 3 Learning LABS for Learning Professionals that will be hosted at The MASIE Center in Saratoga Springs in 2015:

- Learning Innovations Retreat & LAB: January 7 - 9, 2015.
- On The Job Learning & Performance Support LAB: January 20 - 22, 2015.
- Video & Learning LAB: February 10 - 12, 2015.

We have had many registrations for these programs already and space is quite limited. They are hands-on and roll-up-your-sleeve LABS. Check out the content and online registration 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’s LAB. - Jan 7 - 9, Saratoga Springs.
- On-The-Job Learning & Performance Support = Agile Learning - Jan 20 - 22, Saratoga Springs.
- Video & Learning LAB - Feb 10 - 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

857 - Middle East Learning Report; Courses in the Air; LABs for Learning Professionals

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - December 2, 2014.
#857 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,763 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Innovations Retreat - Jan 7 to 9th.

1. Middle East Learning Report & Perspectives.
2. Idea: Courses in the Air.
3. Learning LABS in 2015.

1. Middle East Learning Report & Perspectives. I had the honor of keynoting at two Middle East Learning and Development gatherings in the past 3 days.

First, I was one of the keynoters at the Middle East Organizational Learning gathering. We had the WOW experience of holding this meeting with senior learning leaders from the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and other countries in the Parliament Chamber of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi.  (It was the equivalent of holding a national learning conference on the floor of the U.S. Congress). Right before I spoke, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia addressed the role that learning must play in developing economies.

Last night, I was interviewed at a special dinner in Dubai for Learning Leaders. My interviewer Syed Sherazi spent an hour drilling me with questions about the state of learning changes. We then had an interactive dinner conversation with colleagues from a wide range of companies, government agencies and other countries in the region.

My takeaway from both experiences is the intense role that learning plays, and more importantly WILL PLAY, in developing countries. A few notes and observations:

- Learning Personalization is key. They see personalization assisted through choices and adaptions by learners, designers, their managers and ultimately with Big Learning Data.
- Global Learning Means Divergence. Sometimes “global” means a single message in a single style. But, it is key that global learning honor the traditions, cultures and earlier-in-life learning experiences of each segment of the workforce. We need to find a deeper way to embrace and sustain divergent approaches to learning.
- Granularity is Key. Learners and designers want shorter segments of content, more focused social/collaborative formats, and a more adaptive approach to curriculum.
- Assessment - Deeper and More Difficult. There was a clear sense that learning assessment, particularly in the eLearning area, is too broad and too easy. They wanted assessments that would give learners a more precise “Score Card” of their readiness on dozens of micro-topics. And, to make assessments more difficult with the expectation that a learner might want to take a test several times before achieving success.
- Emotional Intelligence!!! The same conversation was had with the CLOs in the rooms as we have had with CLOs and government leaders in the US. Skills must be mapped to emotional intelligence with the latter being key to long term employment success.
- Mobile is the Only Option. They view mobile not as an enhancement but rather as the first and often only access that workers may have to online assets. They want Mobile Learning Apps and more.

I will post links to the various conversations from these conferences when they are online, in a few weeks. On a personal note, it was amazing to meet two colleagues who each had been reading Learning TRENDS from Egypt and Abu Dhabi since 1988. While it was the first time we met face to face, we have had many shared mind-to-mind moments and interactions over the years.

2. Idea - Courses in the Air: There were representatives from airlines, Aviation Authorities and even Panasonic, which makes the interactive movie and TV systems on long distance airplanes. So, I rolled out one of my “aha ideas” that I would love to see invented sometime: Courses in the Air.

What if a passenger could choose to take a mini-course on a 4 to 14 hour flight? It would be a MOOC in the Sky with video, reading and interactive elements, and someday might even include a real time video chat function as well. The learner could strive to earn a “badge” or roll several badges up into a certificate or degree program that they pursued over several years of flights. It would be an intriguing element to add to international travel.

3. Learning LABS in 2015: We are pleased to announce 3 Learning LABS for Learning Professionals that will be hosted at The MASIE Center in Saratoga Springs in 2015:

- Learning Innovations Retreat & LAB: January 7 - 9, 2015.
- On The Job Learning & Performance Support LAB: January 20 - 22, 2015.
- Video & Learning LAB: February 10 - 12, 2015.

We have had many registrations for these programs already and space is quite limited. They are hands-on and roll-up-your-sleeve LABS. Check out the content and online registration 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’s LAB - Jan 7 - 9, Saratoga Springs.
- On The Job Learning & Performance Support = Agile Learning - Jan 20 - 22, Saratoga Springs.
- Video & Learning LAB - Feb 10 - 12, Saratoga Springs.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 – 4, 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

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

 

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