7 Minute Survey - Learning Directions and Shifts?

TO: Learning, Training & Performance Colleagues
FROM: Elliott Masie, The Learning CONSORTIUM

RE: 7 Minute Survey on Learning Directions & Shifts!

Each year, The MASIE Center conducts an open scan of Learning Directions and Shifts.

Can you please take 7 minutes to respond to our anonymous 2015 Learning Directions “Pulse” Survey, gathering global data on how organizations are shifting (or not shifting) their Learning Directions or approaches? Are we doing more/less/the same levels of webinars, classroom, eLearning, mobile, gamification, adaptive design, social learning and personalization of learning?

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/masie2015  .

We will publish these results shortly on The MASIE Center website.

Thanks for your participation!

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
http://www.masie.com

877 - Thumb Scrolling Content?; Gamification and Learning

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - May 22, 2015.
#877 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,928 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Gamification & Learning LAB - Saratoga Springs - June 2015

1. Thumb Scrolling Content?
2. “Hello Stay Interviews, Goodbye Talent Loss”
3. Gamification & Learning LAB - 9 Spaces Open.

1. Thumb Scrolling Content?: Here is a bit of “homework” for TRENDS readers.  Watch how your friends and colleagues move through content on their mobile phones over the next few days.

You will probably see “Thumb Scrolling” as they use swipes of their thumb in apps like Facebook and email to rapidly glance, scan and move forward through content and publications. 

There is a shift in programming, with a tilt towards “Mobile First”, to embrace the rapid glance/scroll with a thumb (or even 2 thumbs) to rapidly scan large (and expanding) universes of content.

I am watching 3 people sitting on the train near me as I write this article, and each is scrolling through loads of Facebook pictures, posts and comments at a rate of 20 or more posts per minute. And, one of them used the same process to scroll through loads of email.

I do the same in many mobile apps: hyper-scrolling and rapidly selecting just a few for more in-depth content or clicking through.

It seems to work for social content, but I have some questions about the “thumb scroll” applied to deeper learning content items at the workplace. Do our learners get an overly superficial glance at content, or is it part of the personalization of the learning process? Is the learner the designer and thumb scrolls to just those items that are “hot” or “key”?

Looking at the usability data for “mobile first” sites reveals a significantly lower level of “click through”.  In other words, users glance and scan - and rarely drill down deeper. Good news from a scan perspective; perhaps bad news from a retained and processed learning content perspective.

I would love to ask Learning TRENDS readers to observe and consider the shifts in how users navigate content on their mobile devices. Share some of your thoughts about how that might impact learning.  Send me a note to emasie@masie.com   I’ll share a summary of our content perspectives in 2 weeks.

2. “Hello Stay Interviews, Goodbye Talent Loss”: One of our featured keynoters at Learning 2015, Beverly Kaye, has just published an awesome book that addresses the opportunity to retain great talent through high levels of engagement with their managers. I would strongly recommend this book for Learning, Development and HR leaders. Check out “Hello Stay Interviews, Goodbye Talent Loss”, available at http://tinyurl.com/kkt4hlv.

3. Gamification & Learning LAB - 9 Spaces Open: Our second Gamification & Learning LAB has only 9 spaces available and will be held at the MASIE Center Learning LAB in Saratoga Springs, NY from June 23 to 25.

This is a very high engagement, drill-down look at how Gamification, Games, Engagement and Game Elements are being leveraged as part of workplace and customer learning in major organizations around the world. Led by Elliott Masie with video interviews of key Gamification resources, including Karl Kapp, this is a unique, vendor-neutral exploration of Gamification and Learning.

Our first LAB sold out with a waiting list, so please check it out at http://www.masie.com and register ASAP.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning Directions - Dallas, Seattle, Chicago and NYC in June.
- Gamification & Learning LAB - Led by Elliott Masie - June 23-25 - Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1-4 - Orlando, Florida.

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

 

876 - Learning Entrepreneur Dies in Amtrak Crash, Video Segments, Meet at ATD

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - May 14, 2015.
#876 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,922 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Directions in Dallas, Seattle, Chicago & New York City.

1. Learning Entrepreneur Killed in Amtrak Crash.
2. Video Segments vs. Video Programs.
3. Going to ATD in Florida? Let’s MeetUp!

1. Learning Entrepreneur Killed in Amtrak Crash: Sadly, one of the Learning Entrepreneurs in our field was killed in the Amtrak Crash outside of Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Rachel Jacobs, the recently-hired chief executive officer of online training startup ApprenNet LLC, died on the train at the age of 39.

Jacobs, a Columbia Business School graduate, joined Philadelphia-based ApprenNet in March. The company produces Web-based educational video tools and markets them to customers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Kaplan Inc.’s Open College at Kaplan University, and Newark Public Schools in New Jersey.

A resident of New York, Jacobs commuted twice a week to Philadelphia and planned to move to the city after completing a round of financing for the company and expanding its seven-person staff. ApprenNet was founded in 2011. Jacobs, a native of a Detroit suburb, helped found Detroit Nation in 2009. The organization brings expatriate residents of the city together with current residents for mentorship and support.

Her path to ApprenNet included four years at McGraw-Hill Cos. From 2007 to 2009, she was a director of strategy and planning. From 2009 to 2011, she was a director of education services at McGraw-Hill education.

Jacobs’s survivors include a husband and two-year-old son.

Here is an article about Rachel Jacobs: http://tinyurl.com/pe269ou

2. Video Segments vs. Video Programs: Learners and Producers are wanting to access, deploy, view or forward smaller segments of larger videos. For example, a company might have a 20 minute video program detailing all of the steps in setting up a key piece of equipment. Yet, learners might want to “mark” a much smaller segment - perhaps just the key content from 1 minute 20 seconds to 1 minute 59 seconds.

So, how do they do it? Some systems have a timecode for each video program - and the learner can then create a link to just that segment. For example, it might be something like name-of-program: View 01:20 Step 01:59.

As instructional producers, we need to prepare for more and more segmentation of larger video programs. This will require agility of our LMS, Video Systems and even our coding of internal links - that will start and stop as required.  I am intrigued if learners could create their own smaller segments and forward the links on a personal basis. 

3. Going to ATD in Florida? Let’s MeetUp! If you are planning on attending the ATD Conference next week in Florida, I’d love to meet up with colleagues. Send me an email to emasie@masie.com or stop by the Learning 2015 Booth #1030.  I will be in Florida from Sunday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning Directions - Dallas, Seattle, Chicago and NYC in June.
- Gamification & Learning LAB - Led by Elliott Masie - June 23-25 - Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.

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

 

875 - Elliott Turns 65 Today - Oh Myy

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - May 13, 2015.
#875 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,919 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Directions in Dallas, Seattle, Chicago & New York City.

Elliott’s 65th Birthday Today!

I am so excited that I turn the young age of 65 today, May 13th.  It puts me in the middle of my career and probably in the middle of my life. 

I want to deeply thank my colleagues and friends from the world of learning.  Over the past 40 years, you have supported and enabled me to stretch my thinking, advocate for innovation in our field and provide me with connection and feedback to learning in the workplaces of thousands of organizations.

I am grateful for what technology - when combined with creativity, design and collaboration - can accomplish.  Every day, my inbox is filled with cool comments and thoughts from learning colleagues around the world.

I am excited to continue my exploration of the worlds of learning and technology. 

On this birthday, I wanted to be the one to say Thank You!  Thank you and let’s continue our exploration of the ever changing world of learning globally together.

Would love to hear from you - drop me a note at emasie@masie.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning Directions - Dallas, Seattle, Chicago and NYC in June.
- Gamification & Learning LAB - Led by Elliott Masie - June 23-25 - Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.

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

874 - Gamification Aha's, Karl Kapp Featured, Buy a Light!

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - May 7, 2015.
#874 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,907 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Directions in Dallas, Seattle, Chicago & New York City.

1. Gamification & Learning Aha’s.
2. Gamification Forum with Karl Kapp at Learning 2015.
3. Lighting for Skype, Webinars & More.

1. Gamification & Learning Aha’s: The last three days have been an amazing learning opportunity for me on the evolving topic of Gamification and how it fits into the world of corporate learning. I hosted 46 learning leaders from around the world, including China, Brazil and Germany, for an intensive deep-dive into Gamification and Learning. The dialogues with the participants as well as connected collaborations with game developers, learning analysts, corporate learning experimenters and even the U.S. Dept. of Education evolved my thinking about the current and next step in Gamification adoption and evolution.  Here are a few of those Elliott aha’s:

* Gamification is NOT a formula of how to add leaderboards, points, badges and a few characters to eLearning.
* Gamification IS a spectrum of methods, ascetics, rules, engagement strategies and more - to add GAME Elements to a NON-GAME learning setting.
* Game Design is NOT natively aligned with Instructional Designs. Rules bend, characters evolve and FAILURE is highly valued.
* Gamification CAN be applied to each of these formats, with the right set of designs and Usability testing:
  - eLearning and Game Elements
  - Classroom and Game Elements
  - Webinars and Game Elements
  - Course Structures and Game Elements
  - OJT and Performance Support with Game Elements
* Learning Personalization will impact Gamification even more deeply than expected. The learner/player will want to shift models in real time.
* Gamification MAY NOT be the brand in the end. Participants were using “Engagement”, “Interactive”, “Simulations” and even “Company Challenges” instead.
* Gamification REQUIRES that the designers and facilitators spend serious time as PLAYERS to engage.
* Gamification CAN leverage older games – e.g. playing cards, Mad-Libs and sports models - as well as Video Game Metaphors.

It was one of the most high-energy 3-day sessions that I have ever facilitated thanks to the participants, resource people and the dynamic nature of the content. We are almost filled for the next section of our Gamification & Learning LAB to be held in Saratoga Springs, NY from June 23rd to 25th. Details and online registration at http://www.masie.com

If you are planning on attending, please register ASAP as the last class was fully booked with a waiting list.

2. Gamification Forum with Karl Kapp at Learning 2015: As a result of the field’s reaction, confusion and need for evidence-based research, yesterday we expanded our Learning 2015 program and are pleased to announce a new section: Gamification Forum. And, I am honored to announce a new Featured Keynoter at Learning 2015:

Karl Kapp - Gamification & Learning.
Featured Keynoter at Learning 2015.

Karl Kapp is the author of several key books, including The Gamification of Learning and Instruction. He is the assistant director and faculty member at Bloomsburg University’s Institute for Interactive Technologies. And, Karl is an analyst that combines the worlds of corporate learning production with the evolving world of Games, Gamification and Engagement. He will be a Featured Keynoter at our General Sessions and will lead sessions and conversations in our Gamification & Learning Forum.

Early registration discounts for Learning 2015 are now available at http://www.learning2015.com

3. Lighting for Skype, Webinars & More: Read my lips - buy some photo lights for your Skype, Webinar and other video sessions! You can buy a photographer’s light on a tripod or a new LED light - for under $100 - and it will make your image, your video and even your age look much better. As we add video to so many of our interactions, lighting really matters. Another option that I have used in our Center is to add a lilt down lamp into the ceiling, aimed at my face when on video. Do it! You and your viewers will much be happier.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning Directions - Dallas, Seattle, Chicago and NYC in June.
- Learning Strategies LAB with Doug Lynch & Elliott Masie - July 15-17 - Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Gamification & Learning LAB - Led by Elliott Masie - June 23-25 - Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.

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

873 - Design Help Please, 10,000 Retirees Today, 2 Language Content Requests

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - May 1, 2015.
#873 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,899 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Directions in Dallas, Seattle, Chicago & New York City.

1. Design Help Please - 10 Minutes of Ideas!
2. 10,000 Retirees Daily, Impacts on Learning?
3. Two Language Content Requests Increase.
4. Assistant at MASIE Center - 6 Month Project.

1. Design Help Please - 10 Minutes of Ideas! We are now deep into the Design Stage of building content and activities for Learning 2015 (Nov 1-4 in Orlando, FL).

I would love to get a wide range of ideas on Hot Topics, Content Formats and other elements that will contribute to our Design process for creating my 25th Annual Conference this year. Would you take 5 to 10 minutes to add a few ideas and rank a number of content formats?

Learning 2015 Design Ideas:
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2124283/learning2015ideas

Thanks and your input will be greatly appreciated!

2. 10,000 Retirees Daily, Impacts on Learning: Every day, approximately 10,000 people in their 60’s retire in the United States! This is a huge shift and set of challenges/opportunities for the Learning and Development field. We have been in dialogues with CLOs and our colleagues at AARP about the impact of retirement on corporate employers. Here are a few of the items on our radar screen about this level of potential retirement:

* Lack of Learning-Focused Exit: Many retirees are not embraced as knowledge holders by the organization as they approach their departure date. While they may go through a traditional “exit” interview by HR, that is usually a protective scan. Organizations need to think about ways of capturing, in a useful fashion, the overt and tacit knowledge that retirees have - before they depart. A good example might be to build an infographic of their key networks (internal and external) or their best short-cuts in business processes.
* Career Impacts for Delayed Departures: While we have many retirees, there are also many folks who are choosing NOT to retire. They may not be able to afford it or it may not be part of their life plan to retire at this stage of their career. Their Non-Retirement can often have a disruptive effect on the generation of employees who are waiting for these senior positions to open up.
* Shifting Scope, Roles and Skillsets: There is also a great opportunity for organizations to take a “next chapter” approach to these potential retirees. Many groups are offering shifts in roles, scope of responsibility and even timeframe. Some senior managers may want to become sole contributors. Some experienced employees may want to shift into 1/2 time or more coaching roles. And, others are ripe to go back into the education cycle to gain another set of skills.

The MASIE Center is taking a deep look at the role of Learning & Development for our maturing employees. This year at Learning 2015, we will have a major segment on the learning implications for the 50+ employee. I would love to hear from Learning TRENDS readers on their experiences and perspectives on this topic.  Send me a note to emasie@masie.com

3. Two Language Content Requests Increase: More and more organizations are developing multi-language versions of content for a diverse and global employee base. In some instances, the content is flowing to multiple sites around the world where local employees require content in their native language. And, in the United States, a large number of employees have English as their second language and would love to have access to a second version of content in their native language.

We are seeing a desire for Two Language Content from these workforces. As we look at Learning Personalization, there is a framework where learners may want to have two cycles of content. For example, when I was in Beijing last year, many of the learning specialists were building content with 2 screens - Mandarin on one side and English on the other side. They reported that employees often wanted to take the content twice, in both languages, as a way of better understanding the content from a global perspective. Here in the United States, there are companies that have offered content to employees in English plus Spanish. 

I am a son of an immigrant from Germany. I understood that my father could speak almost perfect English, but was a much better learner in German. Even in the 1950’s he would often want to read a new piece of content in both German and English. He shared that he felt “smarter” in German but also wanted to fully understand a new concept in English. So, a two language cycle was his solution. It also helped him improve his working and professional English mastery in the process. Interesting to see this approach resurface in 2015.

4. Assistant at MASIE Center - 6 Month Project: We are looking for a person to play a role as an Assistant at The MASIE Center. They would be working in Saratoga Springs, assisting on administrative roles with our team as we ramp up to Learning 2015.  They will also have a chance to help out on a number of our Broadway/Theater projects. This is an ideal role for a relative or colleague who is a recent graduate or someone who wants a 6 month intense learning and work experience. Here is the job listing for anyone interested: http://tinyurl.com/orrmcvv

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning Directions - Dallas, Seattle, Chicago and NYC in June.
- Learning Strategies LAB with Doug Lynch & Elliott Masie - July 15-17 - Saratoga Springs, NY
- Gamification & Learning LAB - Led by Elliott Masie - June 23-25 - Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1-4 - Orlando, Florida.

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

872 - 1,600 Learning Colleagues to EPCOT; Learner Maturity; 12 TONY Nominations

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - April 28, 2015.
#872 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,890 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Directions in Dallas, Seattle, Chicago & New York City.

1. 1,600 Learning Colleagues to EPCOT for MASIE Celebration!
2. Learner Maturity for Learning Modes.
3. 12 TONY Nominations for An American in Paris.

1. 1,600 Learning Colleagues to EPCOT for MASIE Celebration! This year will be my 25th annual Learning event: Learning 2015! So, on Tuesday night, November 3rd, after our afternoon sessions, I will be taking 1,600 Learning Colleagues from around the world for a fun evening celebration at EPCOT, including their Wine & Food Festival, the Fireworks and an EPCOT-wide MASIE Learning Gamification Challenge.

Details at http://www.learning2015.com/index.php/item/epcot-tuesday-pm.html

2. Learner Maturity for Learning Modes: One of the most frequent questions that I am asked by corporate learning leaders concerns the “Maturity” levels of learners for self-management of learning activities. Clearly, some learners are ready and ripe to drive their own learning. Some are quite accustomed to organizational leadership on this issue. But, how do we measure or dialogue about Learner Maturity?

I use one of the models about maturity, such as Blanchard’s Situational Leadership, to consider:

* Maturity on the Learning Task.
* Maturity on the Performance Target for the Learning Task.
* Maturity on Self-Direction as a Learner.
* Maturity with Current Learning Methods and Options.

Clearly, as the maturity is low, one might assume a higher level of corporate direction - at least at first - for the learner. And, as the maturity on one or all of these scales rises, our design can shift to Collaborative, Consultative or Self-Directive. We should add this conversation to our learning dialogues about a learner’s role in driving learning.

3. 12 TONY Nominations for An American in Paris. MASIE Productions is in 7th heaven today as one of our shows, An American in Paris, was nominated for 12 TONY Awards. This is an amazing experience and a deep honor for the cast, crew and producers. We have been involved in this show for several years and flew to Paris as it was previewed at the end of last year. The Broadway production combines dance, music, great acting and a compelling story of change following the end of World War II. The TONY Awards will be in June, but our team already won by the recognition of these nominations. Details at: http://www.anamericaninparisbroadway.com/

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning Directions - Dallas, Seattle, Chicago and NYC in June.
- Gamification & Learning LAB - Led by Elliott Masie - June 23-25, 2015 - Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4th - Orlando, Florida.

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

871 - White House UpSkill Forum on Friday

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - April 22, 2015.
#871 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,859 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Directions in Dallas, Seattle, Chicago & New York City.

1. Elliott Masie at White House UpSkill Summit on Friday.
2. Games for Learning Perspective.
3. Steve Wozniak - The “WOZ” to Keynote Learning 2015.

1. Elliott Masie at White House UpSkill Summit on Friday: I am honored to be one of the facilitators at the White House UpSkill Summit this Friday. 

On Friday, April 24th, several CLOs from our Learning CONSORTIUM and I will attend the White House Upskill Summit, joining 150 employers, labor leaders, foundations, non-profits, educators and tech innovators from across America who are answering the President’s call to action and equipping workers of all ages with the skills they need to advance into better-paying jobs. The White House will announce new commitments being made by public and private partners in response to a call to action launched by the President in January “to help workers of all ages earn a shot at better, higher-paying jobs, even if they don’t have a higher education.”

We will post a summary of the dialogues and UpSkill examples from key corporations on Learning TRENDS next week. It is exciting to have this key topic, of interest to our major employers, as the focus of this White House gathering and announcement.

2. Games for Learning Perspective: On Tuesday, I was at the US Dept. of Education Games for Learning Forum in New York City. 150 innovators in the worlds of education, gaming, gamification and learner engagement gathered for an intense dialogue. I had several “aha’s” during my conversations at the Games for Learning event:

- We need to extend the conversation about Games to also look at adding Engagement, Playful Learning, Simulation and Collaboration to our classrooms and digital learning environments.
- There were key demonstrations of using an ongoing Game as a format for a multi-session, face-to-face event with challenges, badges and learner graphics as an alternative design strategy.
- Research is emerging on how games, gamification and simulations can impact learners of multiple generations and learning styles.
- A new set of standards for Learning Simulations are being developed with the US Dept. of Education.  The MASIE Center will work on extending this standard to corporate users.

Key sessions are now viewable online at http://livestream.com/g4c/g4l

If you are interested in a wide and vendor-neutral deep dive on Learning and Gamification, please check out our upcoming LABS at The MASIE Center. Info at http://www.masie.com

3. Steve Wozniak - The “WOZ” to Keynote Learning 2015: You may have already seen our announcements and press releases about our next Featured Keynoter at Learning 2015 (Nov 1 - 4, Orlando, FL):

- Steve Wozniak - The “WOZ” - Co-Founder of Apple Computers and Lifelong Innovator & Educator.
- Information at http://www.learning2015.com

We have had a volume of new registrations for Learning 2015, following the announcements of both Steve Wozniak and Sal Khan as Keynoters. Stay tuned for more in the coming months.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning Directions - Dallas, Seattle, Chicago and NYC in June.
- Gamification & Learning LAB - Led by Elliott Masie - June 23-25, 2015 - Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 - 4 - Orlando, Florida.

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

 

Woz - Steve Wozniak - Keynoter at Learning 2015

TO: Learning, Training & Performance Colleagues
FROM: Elliott Masie, Host - Learning 2015
DATE: April 20, 2015

RE: “Woz” - Steve Wozniak to Keynote Learning 2015!

I am honored to announce Steve Wozniak as a Featured Keynoter for Learning 2015, November 1 - 4 in Orlando, Florida:

Featured Keynoter: “The Woz” - Steve Wozniak - Co-Founder, Apple Computer, Innovator & Lifelong Educator
Details: http://www.learning2015.com

Steve Wozniak has been a Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years. He has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products (the Apple I and II) and influenced the popular Macintosh. For his achievements at Apple, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers. He is Chief Scientist at Primary Data and is a published author with the release of his New York Times bestselling autobiography iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon in September 2006 by Norton Publishing. In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity”, and was inducted into the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame.

We will have a deep, interactive interview with “Woz” on these key issues:

- Innovation.
- Learning Personalization.
- Technology: Real vs. Hype.
- Skills for Design.
- Shifts in Education & Content.
- Responsive Learning Systems.
- People, Technology & Change.

There will be 6 Keynotes (including Sal Khan), over 150 Learning Sessions, MeetUps, and many more elements that include an active Gamification component in our design. We are pleased to have the following learning suppliers among the Sponsors of Learning 2015: ANCILE, Andromeda Simulations International, Bluewater Learning, Inc., CEB, Clarity Consultants, CrossKnowledge, DuPont, EdAssist, GP Strategies, Harvard Business Publishing, Interactive Services, Intrepid Learning, Inc., Kaplan University, Maestro, Management Possible, MLink, OpenSesame, Richardson, Safari, SkillDirector, Skillsoft and Xerox.

Learning 2015 will be the 25th Annual MASIE Learning Conference and we have created a new website for it that will include a weekly Design Blog to share engagement and design elements. Check it out and take advantage of the Early Registration Discounts at http://www.learning2015.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015

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

870 - LinkedIn Buys lynda.com for 1.5 Billion; Testing Amazon Echo

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - April 10, 2015.
#870 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,849 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Directions in Dallas, Seattle, Chicago & New York City.

1. LinkedIn Buys lynda.com for $1.5 Billion - Not an April Fools Message.
2. Testing Amazon Echo - Talking to My Speaker & Cloud.
3. Gamification & Learning LAB - New Section Added in June.

1. LinkedIn Buys lynda.com for $1.5 Billion - Not an April Fools Message: I was quite surprised by a message yesterday announcing that LinkedIn has purchased lynda.com (an eLearning site) for $1.5 Billion. Details at: http://www.cnet.com/news/linkedin-to-acquire-online-training-site-lynda-com/

Why surprised? Just a few days ago, as part of my annual April Fools Learning Trends message, I said, “LinkedIn leaders are convinced that a learner’s resume will have a key role in expanding learning. As a worker enrolls for a class, “LinkedLearn” will relate the content to the learner’s previous positions and work experience. If one shifts their job from a bank to a restaurant, their onboarding eLearning on how to work at the order counter will use visuals and even videos from a banking example. “LinkedLearn” is aimed at truly adaptive learning design. It may also leverage feedback from the last 10 years of a worker’s performance reviews.”  This was not a prediction - just a joke. But, I guess good jokes have some element of truth and prediction.

It will be interesting to see how LinkedIn leverages the resources and assets of lynda.com in the coming years. Stay tuned for more perspectives.

2. Testing Amazon Echo - Talking to My Speaker & Cloud: This week at The MASIE Center, I have been testing a new technology: Amazon’s Echo. It is a high quality speaker, about one foot tall and 3 inches wide, that takes some of the function of Apple’s Siri and rolls it into a Cloud-based Music, Knowledge and Control Center.

First, I plugged it in and downloaded an Echo app to my smartphone. It links to my Amazon Prime Account and the building’s wireless system. Then, just by calling the Echo’s name - “Alexa” - I can then ask for the weather, latest news or almost any song or album. It does an instant search of Amazon Prime Music and starts to play in less than 2 seconds.  And, it also will make me laugh if I say, “Alexa, tell me a joke.” Additional features are being added, including control of household appliances and linking multiple Echos together in different rooms.

Check it out at http://www.amazon.com/oc/echo  It is $199 and has a 3 month waiting list. I am intrigued about how it could also access a corporation’s knowledge or intranet for spoken assistance to a worker sitting at a desk or working on a factory floor. And, I have had fun with instant songs and much needed jokes.

3. Gamification & Learning LAB - New Section Added in June: We have sold out our first Gamification & Learning LAB, with a waiting list, for May. So, I have opened up a second section that will be held in Saratoga Springs, NY from June 23 -25. Register soon as we are already filling seats in this hands-on LAB.  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 Directions - Dallas, Seattle, Chicago and NYC in June.
- Gamification & Learning LAB - Led by Elliott Masie - June 23-25, 2015 - Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.

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

869 - Learning as a Habit, Experience Design, Connected Classrooms

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - April 7, 2015.
#869 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,845 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Directions in Dallas, Seattle, Chicago & New York City.

1. Learning as a Habit? Research Findings & More.
2. Experience Design! A Blog Post.
3. 4 Monitors in a Classroom?
4. An American in Paris Opens.

1. Learning as a Habit? Research Findings & More: We are pleased to publish the first wave of findings from our Learning as a Habit Research Project at The MASIE Center. For the past three months, Jennifer Cheng, a research fellow on leave from PwC in Hong Kong, was resident at our Center and conducted a deep dive into the core idea of how people make learning a habit on a daily or weekly basis. Based on a survey of over 500 colleagues from around the world and intensive interviews with several dozen corporate executives, Jennifer published a Learning as a Habit white paper and infographic, and we also placed the raw survey results in Open Source. Please download these interesting assets at:

Learning as a Habit Paper and Infographic: http://www.masie.com/learninghabits   .

On a personal level, I have been building two learning habits. I am watching a TED video almost every day. And, I am wearing a button with a learning question or statement on my clothing every day. The first is triggering many thoughts and learning patterns - and others have been sending me cool videos to watch. My buttons - for example, today’s is “Personalize Me” - launch fascinating conversations with others. We are very intrigued how a learning system might support an employee’s learning habits with suggestions, reminders and connections.

If you are interested in conducting the next stage of research on Learning as a Habit - I would love to hear from you.  Send me a note to emasie@masie.com And, thanks to Jennifer Cheng and PwC for your support of this research. More to follow!

2. Experience Design! A Blog Post: I have started my annual Design Blog for the decisions and choices as we build Learning 2015. Today, there is a post about moving towards Learning Experiences as a core part of our event design.

“Experience Design! Learning Experiences are opportunities for Learning 2015 participants to be actively involved in doing, touching, experimenting, designing, challenging or other Engagement models of learning. One of our regular Experiences has included learning and then competing on a timed team challenge of how quickly and safely you can change the tires on a NASCAR vehicle:

Here are a few coming attractions of the Experiences you can choose to engage with at Learning 2015:

- Gamification LAB - Experiment with Gaming for Learning!
- Food Experiences - Cooking as a Metaphor for Design!
- MeetUps - Instant Conversations & Challenges!
- Ed Tech Jam - Brand New & Emerging Tech for Learning!
- The Connected Classroom - Teaching in a New Design!
- 30 Under 30 - Supporting the Next Generation of Learning Leaders!
- Wearables & Learning - For Knowledge & Learning!

To read the entire Experience Design Blog post, go to: http://www.learning2015.com/index.php/item/expereince-design.html

3. 4 Monitors in a Classroom? Start to say “goodbye” to the projector and screens in our classrooms. As the cost of larger monitors drops (you can buy a 55” monitor for as little as $900) it is possible to redesign classrooms into Connected Labs. By placing large LED/LCD monitors in each corner and hooking them up to a single computer through a long lead HDMI, you are able to reach out to remote locations for subject matter experts via Skype, Linx or Webex. The connected classroom is so much more flexible for leveraging high engagement of learners and bringing in multiple experts for short conversations or background. It will take a new style of teaching but the yield for your learners and budget can be huge.  We have built a Connected Classroom at The MASIE Center and will have a Connected Classroom LAB at Learning 2015.

4. An American in Paris Opens: As you may know, we also have a MASIE Productions group that is involved with producing Broadway shows. This Sunday, we will be at the Opening of “An American in Paris” at the Palace Theater in Times Square. It is an amazing show, combining awesome dancing, the music of Gershwin and direction by one of the leading choreographers in the world - Christopher Wheeldon. It is a magical show and if you get to New York City in the coming year, check it out at http://www.anamericaninparisbroadway.com/  And, keep your fingers crossed for us as the critics’ reviews are published on Sunday night!

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning Directions - Dallas, Seattle, Chicago and NYC in June.
- Gamification & Learning LAB - Led by Elliott Masie - June 2015 - Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.

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

 

868 - Facebook, LinkedIn Release Free LMS; Apple Watch to Monitor Saying No

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - April 1, 2015.
#868 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,839 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida, USA

1. Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter Introduce Free LMS.
2. Apple Watch to Feature “NO” Coaching Monitor.

1. Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter Introduce Free LMS: Today, 3 of the leading Social Media companies in the world announced a series of free alternatives to the traditional Learning Management Systems:

- Facebook Introduces “FaceLearn LMS”
- LinkedIn Introduces “LinkedLearn Career Learning Systems”
- Twitter Introduces “TweetLearn System”

The three companies are jointly recognizing the growth of learning - from assigned training programs to a lifelong learning process.

Facebook leaders feel that workers will more easily accept “FaceLearn” than a traditional LMS.  “FaceLearn” will allow you to learn a topic with your friends, to LIKE or UNLIKE an instructor and to integrate personal experiences into corporate learning. They hope that workers might touch their “FaceLearn” apps as often as 4 to 10 times an hour, radically increasing the presence of learning systems.

LinkedIn leaders are convinced that a learner’s resume will have a key role in expanding learning. As a worker enrolls for a class, “LinkedLearn” will relate the content to the learner’s previous positions and work experience. If one shifts their job from a bank to a restaurant, their onboarding eLearning on how to work at the order counter will use visuals and even videos from a banking example. “LinkedLearn” is aimed at truly adaptive learning design. It may also leverage feedback from the last 10 years of a worker’s performance reviews.

And, Twitter leaders are focused on using learners’ reactions throughout a workday to inform the learning processes of other folks. They hope that employee bonuses will be linked into the “Follow” level of a worker, multiplied by the performance of not just the employee but the performance of those that follow them. It will be a whole new model of collaborative compensation.

Needless to say, the traditional LMS companies are shocked by the joint announcement of these three new systems. And, the price of using these three LMSs on an enterprise level will be FREE to the company as the revenues will be generated by advertising and leveraging big data.

All 3 systems will integrate with each other and will use a common profile and biometric shared password. They will push a new SCORM/xAPI/TinCan alternative into SwipeLearn API.

The MASIE Center will be tracking the rise of these systems and anticipates future systems from Instagram and even a connective social learning program from Match.com. Welcome to the strange future.

2. Apple Watch to Feature “NO” Coaching Monitor: When the Apple Watch appears at the end of April, look for a new performance support tool that will monitor the verbal statements of the wearer and provide feedback when a phrase is used too often.

Marshall Goldsmith, the well-known management coach who encourages CEOs to reduce the times they say the word “NO”, has been working with Apple to have a “NO” monitor app. It will count and display the frequency of how often one says “NO” to categories of people, ranging from employees to customers to family and friends. Consequence choices include:

- CEO agrees to donate $20 to a designated charity for each time she/he says NO.
- The Apple Watch will glow with a specific color as the levels of NO change.
- A wearable ankle band can be linked to the Apple Watch to vibrate or even provide a low grade shock.
- A family member (such as your 8 year old) gets a daily graph of the CEO’s NO utterance rate.

This will open up a new field for Learning Professionals to create a Learner Feedback formula for feedback and personal behavioral change.

NOTE: April 1st is my favorite day for stretching the words in Learning TRENDS - as many countries celebrate April Fool’s Day - with satire, even stretching the view of learning futures. But, please don’t yell NO - the Watch might be listening.


Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning Directions - Dallas, Seattle, Chicago and NYC in June.
- Gamification & Learning LAB - Led by Elliott Masie - May 4 to 6 - Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.

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

 

Learning Directions: Dallas, Seattle, Chicago and NYC

TO: Learning, Training & Performance Colleagues.
FROM: Elliott Masie, The MASIE Center.
DATE: March 31, 2015.

RE: Learning Directions - 1 Day Elliott Masie Briefing - Chicago, Seattle, New York City & Dallas!

We are pleased to announce our annual series of Learning Directions events, to be hosted by Elliott Masie in 4 key cities in the United States:

Learning Directions!
- Dallas, TX (@ Southwest Airlines) - Tuesday, June 2, 2015.
- Chicago, IL (@ The Gleacher Center) - Thursday, June 4, 2015.
- New York City, NY (@ AMA) - Tuesday, June 9, 2015.
- Seattle, WA (Downtown) - Thursday, June 11, 2015.
Details at: http://www.masie.com

We are very excited to offer a “mixed and blended” program for our learning colleagues, focused on the Reality, Hype, Promise and Challenges of evolving employee learning.

Every day I find myself in discussions with CLOs and learning professionals about changes in the workforce, workplace, technology and business settings. Our field is deeply interested in future Learning Directions. What is working, what is failing, what is growing and what is on the horizon?

We will take an in-depth, evidence-based and vendor-neutral look at how workplace learning is CHANGING or NOT CHANGING in 2015:     

- Learning Personalization!
- Video as a Learning Shift!
- Mobility & Small Tech (vs. Mobile Learning)!
- Big & My” Learning Data - Fresh Metrics Models!
- Social, Collaborative & Digital Trust!
- Leadership Development Shifts - From Courses to LABS!
- Rethinking Compliance Training!
- The Connected Classroom & Expertise!
- The Learner in 2015 - Myths & Changes!
- Oh My - Is The LMS Ready for Tomorrow’s Learning World?

You and your colleagues are invited to participate in Learning Directions in New York City, Chicago, Seattle & Dallas! We will combine a high intensity, drill-down day of conversations, demonstrations and case studies - with a set of digital follow-up segments.

Over the past three years, several hundred learning colleagues have participated in our Learning Directions events.

Complete information and online registration: http://www.masie.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: http://www.masie.com
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Gamification & Learning LAB - With Elliott Masie - May & June - Saratoga Springs.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.

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

 

Sal Khan to Keynote Learning 2015

TO: Learning, Training & Performance Colleagues
FROM: Elliott Masie, Host - Learning 2015
DATE: March 18, 2015

RE: Sal Khan to Keynote Learning 2015!

I am honored to announce Sal Khan as our first Keynoter for Learning 2015 from November 1 to 4 in Orlando, Florida!

Featured Keynoter: Sal Khan - Founder, Khan Academy
Details: http://www.learning2015.com

Sal Khan has been one of the most recognizable Learning Change Agents in the world.  The work and learning models of Khan Academy combine targeted design, responsive learning, Big Learning Data and highly focused content segments, which are right on focus for the Workplace Learning goals of Learning 2015 participants.

I will interview Sal in an interactive dialogue on these key learning issues:

- Learning Personalization
- Learning Duration
- Role of Video Segments
- Big Learning Data
- Repetitions in Learning
- Responsive Learning Systems
- Changing Learner Expectations

Sal Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, a nonprofit with the mission of providing free, high-quality education to “anyone, anywhere” in the world. A former hedge fund analyst with degrees from MIT and Harvard, Khan is also the author of “The One World School House”, which explores the potential impact of the web as a teaching tool. It may be one of the most influential books about education in our time.

Khan’s first book, “The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined”, was published to great acclaim in 2012. Innovators as varied as George Lucas and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammed Yunus have hailed it as “a must-read.” Khan Academy programs and models are being adapted and applied to a growing range of major corporations around the world - and his work is on the key edge of “flipping” content with more targeting and personalization.

There will be 6 Keynotes, over 150 Learning Sessions, MeetUps and many more elements that include an active Gamification component in our design. We are pleased to have the following learning suppliers among the Sponsors of Learning 2015:  Xerox, Skillsoft, Kaplan University, Intrepid Learning, Inc., CrossKnowledge, ANCILE, Richardson, Interactive Services, Maestro, Clarity Consultants, SkillDirector, Andromeda Simulations, EdAssist, Management Possible and Bluewater Learning.

Learning 2015 will be the 25th Annual MASIE Learning Conference. We have created a new website for Learning 2015 that will include a weekly Design Blog to share the engagement and design elements of the event. Check it out and take advantage of the Early Registration Discounts at http://www.learning2015.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: http://www.masie.com
- 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.
- MOOCS & Corporate Learning - Host Elliott Masie - June 23 and 24 - Saratoga Springs.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.

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

MOOCs and Corporate Learning in 2015?

TO: Learning, Training & Performance Colleagues
FROM: Elliott Masie, The Learning CONSORTIUM
DATE: March 10, 2015

RE: MOOCs & Corporate Learning!

We are pleased to announce the second annual global event focusing on the changing world of MOOCs:

MOOCs & Corporate Learning!
Hosted by Elliott Masie.
June 23 and 24, 2015.
Saratoga Springs, NY USA.
Details: http://www.learningmoocs.com

Join a group of global learning colleagues as we explore the changing world of MOOCs - Massive, Open, Online, Content/Context/Courses - applied to the corporate workplace and employee learning.

Last year, we hosted 66 colleagues from 7 countries in an early exploration of Workplace MOOCs. In 2015, we are adding a number of key topics.

MOOCs & Corporate Learning will explore the reality, opportunity, hype, technology, partnering options and futures of MOOCs at the workplace. We will discuss, debate and brainstorm every aspect of adapting the MOOC model to worker and workplace learning:

- Current MOOC Use: What’s Working? What’s Hype? What’s Changing?
- How have MOOCs changed in the last 12 months? Growth? Evolution? Fading Interest? ReBranding?
- Buy a MOOC? Build a MOOC? Partner on a MOOC? Fund Learners Taking a MOOC?
- Designing MOOCs in a Corporate Setting.
- Why MOOCs?
- Playing with the MOOC Letters:
  * Massive: How wide can a corporate MOOC extend? To half a million workers? What support does a Massive MOOC require?
  * Open: How Open is a corporate MOOC? Is access Open? Is content from Open sources? Is MOOC content placed in an Open Format? Can we bill or charge for an Open program?
  * Online: MOOCs that are 100% asynchronous? MOOCs that include real-time, live collaboration?  MOOCs blended with Face to Face? MOOCs on a global basis in many languages?
  * Course/Credentials: What does the C stand for? Course? Content? Collaboration? Credit? Credential? Certificate? How accountable is the MOOC user?
- MOOCs and Certification?
- Gamification & MOOCs: What are the roles for Gamification, Competition & Recognition in the MOOC environment?
- Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS) & MOOCs: Friends, Foes or Cousins?
- Completion & Attrition Rates for MOOCs.
- MOOCs and Compliance/Regulation?
- MOOCs and Learning Preferences/Personalization?
- MOOCs: Fans and Opponents – Evidence For and Against MOOCs.
- Design Skills for MOOCs.
- The Future of MOOCs – Evidence-Based Predictions & Disruptions?

Complete information and online registration at http://www.learningmoocs.com   Please register early, as space is tightly limited.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: http://www.masie.com
- 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.
- MOOCS & Corporate Learning - Host Elliott Masie - June 23 and 24 - Saratoga Springs.
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.

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

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