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Nov292017

984 - Amazon Book Store? Conversational Support for Learning, EdTech Week in NY

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - November 29, 2017.
#984 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,874  Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host: Curation & Learning LAB - Saratoga Springs, NY Jan 30 to Feb 1. 

1. Amazon Has a Book Store - Curation in Retail.
2. Typed and Talked Curiosities - Conversations with ChatBots & Devices.
3. NY EdTech Week: Exploring the Surge in Learning Ventures.
4. Curation & Learning LAB in Saratoga. 

1. Amazon Has a Book Store - Curation in Retail: This weekend, I had quite a surprise while walking around New York City.  In Columbus Circle there was a small and very different bookstore - from Amazon. 

I ventured in to see why and how Amazon was entering the store market for selling books.  The next half hour was intriguing.  The store was designed as a Curation Experience.  The shelf content was largely determined by interest and sales in the online space.  The books were organized to trigger an association model for me, the buyer.  For example, several key business books were on a shelf - next to 5 other books that a reader of the popular one might want to explore. 

I bought more books than I expected and came away with a list of 4 others to order online.  My checkout was instant, linking my credit card to my Amazon Prime account - and giving the same discount I would have online. 

The space was smaller than one of the big bookstores but the intimacy and stimulation was driven by a unique leveraging of personal and community curation.  It will be interesting to watch what Amazon and others do with this approach in other retail areas. 

2. Typed and Talked Curiosities - Conversations with ChatBots & Devices: One of the growing interests in the Learning field is the deployment of “Conversational Technologies” to enable the workforce to either type in a chatbot format or talk to a device - with immediate questions or curiosities.  

The MASIE Center will be experimenting with a range of ChatBots and implementations of Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home and Apple’s Siri - to explore how chatbots and verbal search could impact workplace learning readiness. 

I would love to hear from colleagues that are experimenting with these conversational technologies and would be interested in discussing their experiences and projects.   Reach out to me at emasie@masie.com 

3. NY EdTech Week -  Exploring the Surge in Learning Ventures.  We are honored to be a part of a very unique event that will happen in New York City from December 18 to 20th.   Our SecondAccent Project is one of the featured learning ventures at this dialogue about the surge in start-ups and new businesses in learning and education.  For the past few months, SecondAccent from the MASIE Center has been hosted at NYU in an Accelerator program for new ventures.   Here is the announcement about NY EdTech Week: 

NY EDTECH WEEK attracts 1500+ technology innovators, early-stage investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers, media representatives, researchers, and educators to foster new partnerships and exchange best practices in education technology. The festival will offer the best of New York City — connections, customers, capital, and culture — centered at NYU’s Greenwich Village campus with activities taking place around the city.  Info at: www.nyedtechweek.com 

4. Curation & Learning LAB in Saratoga:  We are pleased to announce the January 2018 dates for our popular lab that focuses on the process, technologies and direction of curation at the workplace: 

Curation & Learning LAB at The MASIE Center.
Hosted by: Elliott Masie with Remote Faculty and Resources.
Dates: January 30 to Feb 1, 2018.
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY, USA. 

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: 

- Curation & Learning LAB - Jan 31 to Feb 1 - Saratoga Springs, NY
- Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Orlando (Very Early Registration Now Open)
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com 

Learning TRENDS is produced by The MASIE Center.  95 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Tuesday
Nov212017

983 - Learning Videos, Curation LAB Announced & Facial ID Implications

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - November 21, 2017.
#983 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,861  Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host: Curation & Learning LAB - Saratoga Springs, NY Jan 30 to Feb 1. 

1. Video from Learning 2017 - Curated & Online in Open Source.
2. Announcing: Curation & Learning LAB in Saratoga.
3. iPhoneX - First Impressions of Visual Recognition & Cameras.
4. Thanksgiving Day Greetings to TRENDS Colleagues. 

1. Video from Learning 2017 - Curated & Online in Open Source:  We are pleased to announce the publishing of our first wave of Curated Video Content from Learning 2017.  We have selected video clips from many of the speakers and they are online at: 

Learning 2017 Curated Content:
https://www.learning2017.com/index.php/2017Curation 

We will add additional content from the event in the weeks to come.  Thanks to our faculty and the production team here at The MASIE Center for reviewing, editing and formatting the video content. This is our ongoing commitment to Curate content from our events for both attendees and the wider field. 

2. Announcing - Curation & Learning LAB in Saratoga:  We are pleased to announce the January 2018 dates for our popular lab that focuses on the process, technologies and direction of curation at the workplace: 

Curation & Learning LAB at The MASIE Center.
Hosted by: Elliott Masie with Remote Faculty and Resources.
Dates: January 30 to Feb 1, 2018.
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY, USA. 

I am honored to host this dynamic and interactive lab.  We host several of these a year and they always fill up.  For 3 days, we will dive deep into how to Optimize the ever expanding selection of content (internal, licensed, community-based and open source) for both the organization and the learner. 

Details and registration at: https://www.masie.com/curation/curation-invite.html 

3. iPhoneX - First Impressions of Visual Recognition & Cameras: After one day of using and testing the new Apple iPhoneX - here are a few impressions and potential implications for workplace performance: 

* FaceID: The facial recognition features are both fascinating and also a bit “freaky”.  As you set up the iPhoneX, a deep facial photo is captured with 180 Degree rotation.  This then forms the basis of an instant recognition of you, the user, even in the dark, rather than use the traditional password or touch ID.  The first few hours of use were new and then it seemed natural that the phone could instantly sense the identity of me, the user. 

If this technology is widely accepted and grows to other phone and device platforms, it can be a shift in how much time is spent on password recognition, password recall and cyber security.  Remember that this is a new feature for Apple and in early use on other technology networks - it will evolve and grow.  

I am intrigued how a device, other than a phone, would instantly know which worker is operating it, and shift the format of use, language of instructions or level of performance support.  Stay tuned. 

* Higher and Higher Def & Augmented Cameras:  There are higher definition cameras in the iPhoneX and also the first round of augmented reality features that allow the user to both shoot a video and add content/context embedded in the capture.  We are expecting to see a rise in the ease and scope of Augmented Reality video knowledge clips.  Imagine a worker shooting a 3 minute clip of a work process and then added animated or interactive elements on top - that represent knowledge elements.  Stay tuned! 

4. Thanksgiving Day Greetings to TRENDS Colleagues:  May our colleagues that are celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend have a warm, healthy holiday.  Best wishes to you and your family/friends. 

Yours in learning, 

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: 

- Curation & Learning LAB - Jan 31 to Feb 1 - Saratoga Springs, Ny
- Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Orlando (Very Early Registration Now Open)
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com 

Learning TRENDS is produced by The MASIE Center.  95 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Monday
Nov132017

982 - Hello from India, 20th Anniversary of TRENDS and Learning 2017 Curation

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - November 13, 2017.
#982 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,859  Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center. 

1. 20th Anniversary for Learning TRENDS!
2. Hello from India - Learning Conversations
3. Curating Learning 2017! 

First of all, Hello from India! I received a number of notes from Learning TRENDS readers asking where our occasional notes were in the last few weeks. Between an amazing Learning 2017 and then a two-week trip to India for some Learning Projects and Reflection, my fingers have been off the TRENDS keyboard. But, it is also our Learning TRENDS Anniversary - so here is a quick note from Goa, India! 

1. 20th Anniversary for Learning TRENDS! In 1997, I started a simple irregular email blast, which became Learning TRENDS, to share some observations with learning and business colleagues around the world. 

Over the past 20 years, we have had tens of thousands of readers and collaborators receive and react to my Learning TRENDS emails. I’ve always tried to follow the rule of sending it when I had something to share or comment on - rather than a regular schedule. 

Over the 20 years, I have experimented with rich text, graphic-intensive, and other formats and keep coming back to simple plain text, usually 3 items, and sending it by email as well as posting it at http://trends.masie.com. We have posted all TRENDS at that site. 

We have turned down over 500 offers from companies to advertise on the page or “buy” an article. My code of conduct is to never endorse a product or to take any revenue from the Learning TRENDS project. It is a great way to keep in touch with our colleagues and certainly helps us let the world know about our Learning events and projects.

Much has evolved over the 20 years. “Learning” is the descriptor rather than “training”. Tech is assumed to be a part of the learning mix. And, people have joined, left, retired, been promoted and evolved.  

I am excited for future Learning TRENDS notes and postings. I hope that you will come along for the ride. If you have any comments to share, send me a note to emasie@masie.com.  

2. Hello from India - Learning Conversations: Spending two weeks in India focusing on Learning and also taking time for personal and professional reflection.

Colleagues from our host Accenture and other companies in the Bangalore area were wonderful in sharing the role and growth of learning in India. There were wonderful conversations about a range of topics including: 

* Learning Sourcing Shifting: Many groups “outsourced” elearning coding to India for years. Now, there is a strong sense of learning innovation and development happening in this country - and organizations are shifting to a more global approach.

* Learning Tech Expanding to Virtual, Collaborative, ChatBots and More. We visited awesome labs where the next generation of learning - for colleagues around the world - is being developed.

* Strong Focus on Brain Science and Holistic Approaches to Learning/Performance. Wonderful conversations about the growth of brain science as it applies to learning assumptions. And, rich integration of emotional, societal and cognitive dimensions in learning strategies.

Stay tuned for a detailed report that I will compile after coming back to the United States next week. 

3. Curating Learning 2017! Learning 2017 was amazing! There were 1,814 global colleagues engaging in over 190 sessions and experiences. Keynoters included Michelle Obama, John Lithgow and a host of Chief Learning Officers and other innovators. We had our own Learning song called “Right Now” and 7 participants were part of a dance to it.

My team is pulling together an Open Source Curation of Learning 2017. Over the next few weeks we will post videos, content curation segments, and even an illustrated booklet focusing on the learning content and conversations. 

And, I will be sharing a video summary of the key Learning Points that came out of the 3 1/2 days of Learning 2017. These will be posted on our http://www.learning2017.com site and I will highlight them in a future Learning TRENDS. 

Thanks to all who attended and we are honored to curate the content for a wider audience of colleagues around the globe. 

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: 

- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Orlando (Very Early Registration Now Open) 

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com 

Learning TRENDS is produced by The MASIE Center.  95 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Wednesday
Oct182017

981 - Producing and Learning: Blends, Logistics & Energy

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - October 18, 2017.
#981 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,854  Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host of Learning 2017 - Oct 22 to 25 - Orlando - 1,814 Registered Already 

Hello from Orlando, where we are preparing for the arrival and engagement of over 1,800 learning colleagues from around the world this weekend, as we kick off Learning 2017. 

Here are a few backstories, tidbits and learnings from this process.  It is the 27th annual event for The MASIE Center and each year folks ask about how it all comes together - so here are a few perspectives: 

* Large events are more like weddings than anything else. We are balancing the planning for almost 9,000 food services, 190 sessions, buses and TV elements.  The conference planning is always balancing the needs of the content and experiences with the realities of serving 1,800 different people in a way that just “works”.  For us, working with Disney as our primary partner is key.  They don’t even blink when we lay out our requirements and ideas.  But, each change has implications for both logistics and the experience of the participants. 

* Food has become a major arena for personal choices to surface.  People are more and more specific about what they will eat or not eat.  We try to accommodate almost any request - but food specifications are often more frequent than content requests. :) 

* Hosting a Former First Lady of The United States (FFLOTUS) as one of our featured speakers adds a whole new layer of logistics.  I have gotten to know the Secret Service team in this area and worked with Mrs. Obama’s Advance Team.  The goal is to focus on our great one hour conversation on the stage - and to do that with care, safety, planning, security and humor.  It is all about good planning, communication and agile implementation. 

* Arts, Music, Theater and More Create Experiences: We have commissioned a song for the event all about learning, “Right Now”.  And, we have choreographed a dance called Learning Right Now, which will be performed with a Broadway dancer and 7 of our participants who have bravely volunteered to learn and perform it in front of almost 2,000 people. We have John Lithgow, an amazing actor, who will perform a one act play, and also talk about Storytelling. 

* Technology and Innovation:  Add Watson, the IBM Robot, the MIT Lab doing brain science research on learning modes, Learning TV to every hotel room as a wakeup show, Digital Signs and real time word clouds from mobile phone text messages.  We will have fun and stretch the technology. 

* Experiences, Experiences and Experiences: In the old days, we would think about conferences as a matrix of classes and sessions.  Now, we start from the Experience side of the equation.  How do we build a community that can have a range of learning experiences along the way? 

* Failure will Happen:  There will be things that will not work, and some will fail.  In fact, you can’t be a Producer without welcoming the role of failure.  If nothing fails, you didn’t push the envelope.  The key is to share the learnings and failures along the way - with yourself, your team and the participants. 

* The Best Learning isn’t Programmed: We are using LearningTown Connections as our brand to focus on the ability of each participant to connect with new colleagues and create their own 1 on 1 or small group experiences.  Take a walk around the lake with a new learning buddy rather then going to the breakout session in early afternoon.  Buy a book and read it - thinking about learning. 

* Learning Gives Back: We are honored to donate funds from the event for 4 socially important groups: 

- TED Ed - for their new Idea Accelerator Project
- True Colors Fund - for support of LGBTQ homeless teenagers
- Assistance to Puerto Rico in Education Recovery and Transition
- eLearning for Kids - global free learning resources 

* Curation is Key: We are going to curate content, context and community learning throughout the event and share it openly after the event. 

On a personal level, producing Learning is a deep process of thinking, reflecting, change, fun, stretching and engaging with a wide community of colleagues. 

Special thanks to our team at The MASIE Center who make this all happen: Cathy, Steve, Brooke, AnneMarie, Lauren, Mollie, Lindsey, Joy, Bob, Richard and folks that join for the event including Davonne, Cary, Lori, Brian, Chris, Ben, Nigel, Emily, Ed and many more. Each of them makes Learning happen and they will celebrate the experience personally in the week ahead. 

While we are almost there, some folks will want to register at the last minute. We have added some nearby hotel rooms and you can still join our 1,814 colleagues. Go to http://www.learning2017.com 

Yours in learning, 

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25  Orlando, Florida USA - Over 1,814 Colleagues Registered Already!
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com 

Learning TRENDS is produced by The MASIE Center.  95 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Tuesday
Sep192017

980 - TED Idea Accelerator, Tech for Girls in War-Torn Areas, xAPI Book

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - September 19, 2017.
#980 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,714  Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host of Learning 2017 - Oct 22 to 25 - Orlando - 1,458 Registered Already 

1. TED Idea Accelerator: New Learning Program!
2. Technology for Girls in War-Torn Countries.
3. xAPI Book: Investigating Performance.
4. Brain Scans with MIT Learning Experiment. 

 1. TED Idea Accelerator: New Learning Program! We are honored to announce a MASIE Center grant to TED for a new learning program: TED Idea Accelerator. They will be featured at a Keynote and several LAB sessions at Learning 2017. Here is a blurb from Logan Smalley, the TED-Ed Director, about this program: 

“Be among the first to experience an exciting new learning program being developed by TED. The TED Idea Accelerator aims to spark and celebrate the best ideas in companies and schools around the world. You’ll get a sneak peek of the program in a Learning 2017 General Session, and later you’ll be able to experience the TED Idea Accelerator in person with the TED-Ed team.” 

Info at: http://www.learning2017.com 

2. Technology for Girls in War-Torn Countries: Another wonderful resource is Metra Mehran from Afghanistan.  She is a Fulbright Scholar and very focused on how Technology can Enable & Empower Girls in War-Torn Countries.  Metra will be presenting at Learning 2017 about this critical issue.  Details at: http://tinyurl.com/metra2017 

3. xAPI Book: Investigating Performance: I just finished reading a book about xAPI, “Investigating Performance - Design and Outcomes with xAPI” by Janet Laane Effron and Sean Putman.  

For those of you who are not familiar with xAPI, here is the Wikipedia Definition: The Experience API (xAPI), is an e-learning software specification that allows learning content and learning systems to speak to each other in a manner that records and tracks all types of learning experiences. 

It is a growing project and experiment and I wanted to dive deeper to better understand both the Technical Aspects of xAPI and how it could impact the use of learning content/activities/experiences to drive workplace performance. 

The book dives deep and also gives good perspectives on the changing world of xAPI.  It is a valuable resource: http://tinyurl.com/ybmd8vag 

4. Brain Scans with MIT Learning Experiment: In a few days, I will be heading over to MIT’s Digital Learning group and have a planning session about a joint experiment focused on Brain Scans during Micro Learning activities. 

We will be monitoring brain scans of over 100 learners while they take a set of micro-learning lessons via video.  Yes, they will be wearing brain wave monitoring headsets, which will track the brain science reaction to content segments of various lengths. 

On Friday, we will conduct a test trial with students at the University in planning for two days of learner testing in a Brain Wave LAB that will be set up by MIT at Learning 2017.  Dozens of learners will take segments of learning and the MIT scientists will correlate the length of micro learning video programs with brain reaction.  And, we will publish the first wave of results at the end of the conference.  Details at: http://tinyurl.com/masiemitlab 

Yours in learning, 

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25  Orlando, Florida USA - Over 1,458 Colleagues Registered Already!
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com 

Learning TRENDS is produced by The MASIE Center.  95 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Wednesday
Sep132017

979 - After the Hurricane TRENDS Note

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - September 13, 2017.
#979 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,704  Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host of Learning 2017 - Oct 22 to 25 - Orlando - 1,314 Registered Already 

1. A Note After the Hurricane - Talent and Learning Responses.
2. Disney and Orlando Check In.
3. Learning 2017 Updates: TED Ed, Watson Robot and Learning Theme 

1. A Note After the Hurricane - Talent and Learning Responses: Our heart goes out to colleagues and others recently impacted by Hurricane Irma.  I have been in dialogues with Talent, HR and Learning leaders from organizations that are either directly hit by the hurricane or are offering support and supplies for others. 

Some of the immediate responses include: 

* Advance Payroll Deposits:  Organizations are advancing two weeks or more payroll to impacted employees’ bank accounts to provide some resources for immediate reactions and relocations.
* Extension of Vacation and Leave in Impacted Areas.
* Shifting of Roles, Schedules and Training Events.
* Creating Volunteer Relocations for Employees to House Impacted Colleagues.
* Building Buddy Systems: Connecting Every Team Member to Others
* Rolling in HR and Support Services.
* Retail Stores Shipping Suppliers and Transportation to Impacted Areas. 

We have been highlighting the need for Talent, HR and Learning leaders to build Emergency Readiness programs to prepare for Weather, Terror, Cyber and Other Disruptions.  It would be good for our teams to take these events, including recent Hurricanes in Florida, Caribbean, Texas and beyond, to build a Readiness Strategy, working with security, IT and other expert resources in and outside of our organizations. 

2. Disney and Orlando Check In: While the storms went through Orlando, there was no significant disruption to operations at Disney.  We have been in touch with our hosts at the Coronado Springs Hotel and all is up and running.  The Parks closed down during the Hurricane and hotels hosted inbound emergency power crews from other parts of the country that are working in the Florida region.  Now, the parks and hotels are open and we took several dozen new registrations for Learning 2017 yesterday. 

3. Learning 2017 Updates - TED Ed, Watson Robot and Learning Theme: Here are quick updates from Learning 2017 - as we are still adding additional speakers and experiences to the over 190 sessions scheduled for Oct 22 to 25 in Orlando: 

* TED is creating a new Professional Learning offering and we are excited to give the Learning 2017 colleagues a sneak preview of this exciting program.  The MASIE Center is providing a $10,000 grant to TED for this innovation.
* IBM Watson’s Robot is coming to Learning 2017.  Guillermo Miranda, the IBM Chief Learning Officer, will bring along a Watson Robot to give a glance into the expanding world of Machine Learning and AI.
* Val Vigoda, an amazing songwriter and performer, is building a Learning Theme that you will hear played at the Opening Session of Learning 2017.  The key phrases will focus on how learning is changing in 2017.  Stay tuned! 

We now have 1,314 colleagues registered for Learning 2017.  Info at http://www.learning2017.com 

Yours in learning, 

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25  Orlando, Florida USA - Over 1,314 Colleagues Registered Already!
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com 

Learning TRENDS is produced by The MASIE Center.  95 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Wednesday
Sep062017

978 - Daily Checklists, Diversity & Inclusion, Character Day

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - September 6, 2017.
#978 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,704  Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host of Learning 2017 - Oct 22 to 25 - Orlando - 1,219 Registered Already 

1. Daily Checklists - Change Happens Over Time.
2. Diversity & Inclusion: Jayzen Patria Keynotes.
3. Character Day - September 13th.
4. More Emergencies & Readiness: Texas, Florida and South Korea. 

1. Daily Checklists - Change Happens Over Time.  I am an amazing fan of Daily Checklists for changes that one wants to make.  The reality of checking a box or adding a number EVERY DAY, creates a continual process of self-checking.  And, if you can have a colleague or coach lightly monitor your checklist, it adds even greater accountability. 

These can be focused on personal health, delegation habits, planning methods or even cleaning a machine at the workplace. 

On a personal level, I started a weight loss plan on New Years Day, which we often do.  This time, I made a commitment to add the details of what I ate at every meal, the exercise and walking that I did every day, and my weight in the morning.  And, I asked a nutrition coach to lightly monitor it. 

Good news is that I went from 229 pounds to 194 pounds as of this morning.  But, more importantly, it has changed my cholesterol and other health findings. 

Checklists are an intriguing model - and keeping them going for a very long time (or maybe longer) works! 

2. Diversity & Inclusion - Jayzen Patria Keynotes: I am honored to add Jayzen Patria as a keynoter on Diversity & Inclusion at Learning 2017.  I have known Jayzen for many years as a colleague and learning thought leader.  Now, as an energizing and pragmatic speaker and change agent, Jayzen will share key perspectives at our event.  Go to his bio at: http://tinyurl.com/jayzenlearning 

3. Character Day - September 13th! Tiffany Shlain, one of my favorite thinkers and videographers sponsors, a global broadcast on September 13th.  Check it out at http://www.characterday.org 

4. More Emergencies & Readiness - Texas, Florida and South Korea: What a year for emergencies.  As you have read, Emergency Readiness should be an added focus for the Learning and Development Field.  From the floods in Texas to the coming Hurricane headed to Florida to our colleagues in South Korea having bombing simulations, it is clear that we have to extend the reach of Learning and Development to the Emergency Readiness arena and partner with internal and external subject matter partners.  

Our thoughts and prayers go to those regions facing these emergencies.  And, thanks to the Responders and Volunteers who bravely respond. 

Yours in learning, 

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25  Orlando, Florida USA - Over 1,219 Colleagues Registered Already!
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com 

Learning TRENDS is produced by The MASIE Center.  95 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Saturday
Sep022017

977 - Labor Day, Work and Learning

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - September 2, 2017.
#977 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,704  Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host of Learning 2017 - Oct 22 to 25 - Orlando - 1,124 Registered Already 

1. Labor Day, Work & Learning.
2. Big & Small Data for Teachers & Trainers.
3. Countdown to Learning. 

1. Labor Day, Work & Learning: Labor Day in the United States has always been an intense mixture of thoughts, emotions and anticipations for me.  When I was growing up, Labor Day meant: 

- The end of summer.
- The start of school in just a few days (which I loved).
- Buying new school supplies (especially a new notebook and looseleaf reinforcements).
- The leaves starting to change as Fall approached.
- In other words, it was a time of change and a focus on learning. 

In political terms, Labor Day was a celebration of Labor and the role of organized labor associations and unions.  It was a time to celebrate the role that Work, Workers and Skills played in our society.  There were often parades in Manhattan, where I grew up, of plumbers, transit workers and other craft trade unions. 

As Labor Day approaches this year, these themes re-emerge for me.  Labor Day now means: 

- The start of the “school year”.  I still think of the year starting with the “start” of school.
- A reflection on Learning.  I bought a few new books this week and signed up for an online course.
- Honoring time of work and workers.  Our societies depend on the skills and readiness of the workforce.
- Hope for more efforts on Apprenticeships, Lifelong Learning, Learning Culture and more.
- A time for planning my own development and “stretch” experiences. 

We should more deeply leverage Labor Day to recognize, celebrate and support Work, Workers and Learning in the Workplace.  As the tools of learning extend to our phones, social networks and beyond, ask yourself and your circle of people to think about Labor Day, Work and Learning. 

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” Martin Luther King, Jr. 

On this Labor Day, let us also think of and celebrate the work, skills and sense of community that is supporting the residents of Texas. 

2. Big & Small Data for Teachers & Trainers: Much of the conversation about “Big Data” has focused on assessment and improvement of the learning activities and processes we create for our workforce.  

We should extend this conversation to consider the role of Big Data (and small data) on providing feedback, adjustment and optimization of Teachers and Trainers in their roles as leaders and facilitators of learning. 

Most data conversations are focused on looking at the “overall” impact from or reaction to a learning experience.  We may gather some data about how the teacher is presenting, but it usually stays at a macro level. 

I am intrigued to drill down and look at my own teaching skills.  It would be powerful (and perhaps jarring) to understand: 

- Which types of learners learn best or worst from me as a teacher?
- Which type of content do I explain and explore best or worst?
- What length of content delivery is my ideal and where do I waste time or focus?
- When do I “over-teach” or focus on content that is better delivered in a different method?
- What is my reaction to “under-motivated” learners?
- What is the class reaction of my presence as a teacher and how do I use or ignore their early reactions?
- How would my teaching change if I shifted the sequence of learning elements? 

This level of data is never really collected or shared back to the trainer/teacher.  Yet, with deep feedback, Effective Teaching can be optimized.  People who are teaching can be coached and supported to continually align their teaching methods, content, style and process to help their learners get to readiness as effectively as possible. 

3. Countdown to Learning: Labor Day weekend also is our signal moment that we are just 2 months away from hosting thousands of our learning colleagues at Learning 2017 (Oct 22 to 25 - Orlando, Florida USA). 

People often ask me about the process of organizing an event for thousands.  It is a combination of producing a Broadway Show, organizing a huge wedding and helping a single individual learn a new task. 

Labor Day also triggers the Countdown to Learning 2017: 

- On Tuesday, we start to place 180 magnets on a scheduling board, to time what experiences will happen in each of the 9 Activity Blocks.
- We are starting to create a brand new song and dance number that will focus on Learning in this digital and changing time.  Fun to work with artists in Seattle, New York and overseas on this WOW experience that will be at the start of Learning 2017.
- Working with the staff for our keynoters to format their time with conversations and experiences with our participants.
- Designing how to use a massive screen (over 70 feet wide) at our General Sessions with video from 6 cameras and real-time content from the audience to have WOW experiences - even at the back of the room.
- Collaborating with our 30 Under 30 Alumni on Reverse Mentoring, Learning Escape Rooms, Storytelling LABs, Learning TV, Gamification LABs, Innovation Sessions and more. 

We are now at 1,124 registrations and it is growing every day.  We encourage our colleagues to register early, as the hotel rooms at the conference hotel are filling rapidly.  Go to http://www.learning2017.com and check out the content, experiences and excitement.  Hope to learn with you in Orlando in October!

Yours in learning, 

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25  Orlando, Florida USA - Over 1,124 Colleagues Registered Already!
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com 

Learning TRENDS is produced by The MASIE Center.  95 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Monday
Aug282017

976 - Texas Flood Readiness, Graying of Learners, 1,000th Participant

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - August 28, 2017.
#976 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,698  Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host of Learning 2017 - Oct 22 to 25 - Orlando - 1,017 Registered Already 

1. Crisis Readiness Perspectives: Texas Floods.
2. Graying of our Learners?
3. 1,000th Participant: Shelley Moss. 

1. Crisis Readiness Perspectives - Texas Floods: As you may know, The MASIE Center has been focusing on the Readiness of our Workplaces and Workforces for Cyber, Terror & Emergency Disruptions.  It will be a major focus at Learning 2017 and the current tragic weather in Texas is a deep reminder of preparing for the “worst”.

This morning, I was communicating with several learning leaders in the Houston and nearby regions about the impact of the Hurricane/Flood on their workplaces and the nature of readiness planning that was already (or not) in place to prepare for this type of emergency. 

Clearly, organizations have Crisis Reaction plans in place to strategically deal with weather intense shutdowns.  However, the readiness does not always extend to the entire workforce and many are working hard to stay on top of the impact of the storms and rising waters. 

Readiness must extend and include: 

- Employee safety.
- Employee anxiety about family/neighbors and property.
- Clear communication systems and Code Red status when communication systems are down.
- Multiple ways of reaching and communicating with employees, colleagues and management.
- Access to limited corporate networks (eg. Sharepoint) from remote locations without a firewall.
- Ability to work from home or remotely.
- Systems to communicate status and readiness with external customers, including a Code Red website.
- Coaching and intervention for employees facing significant loss.
- Volunteering and service mechanisms for staff to support each other. 

These are just a few of the elements that we MUST put in place, practice and keep up to date, with the entire workforce PRIOR to a Weather, Cyber, Terror or other Emergency. 

I am traveling to Japan on October 6th, to visit their Emergency Readiness and Simulation centers, which provide realistic and VR sims of hurricanes, earthquakes, radiation and other disasters.  We will be videotaping myself and others going through these Centers in both Tokyo and Kobe, in anticipation of providing a Learning Award to the program at Learning 2017 in October. 

2. Graying of our Learners? While much of the “age” conversation about shifts in the workforce has focused on the youngest folks in our organizations, there is a larger story. 

We have a significant “Graying” of the Workforce and also a “Graying of our Learners!” 

Many organizations are experiencing delayed retirement from workers in their 60’s and 70’s - due to either economic issues or an employee totally not ready to be “done”.  

Other organizations are consciously hiring more senior employees, often in a flex schedule model, to expand and extend the workforce.  And, many of these employees bring deep and wide skills, experiences and capacities. 

So, what does a “Graying of our Learners” trend imply for Learning & Development?  How do our learners learn differently as they grow older?  How should our learning assumptions and designs shift or be personalized as our learners age? And, how can we leverage the best of the mature learner as a vehicle for innovation in the world of learning? 

If you have some perspectives, I would love to hear from you.  Send an email to emasie@masie.com   And, you don’t have to be “gray” to contribute your perspectives. 

3. 1,000th Participant - Shelley Moss: We are honored to recognize Shelley Moss as our 1,000th Registered Participant for Learning 2017.  Shelley is a learning leader at Boeing in Seattle.  And, it will be her first time at our event. 

Since regulations prohibit us awarding any gifts to Shelley, we will give her a big cheer and hello in Orlando in October.  Check out her smiles at: http://tinyurl.com/masie1000 

Yours in learning, 

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25  Orlando, Florida USA - Over 1,017 Colleagues Registered Already!
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com 

Learning TRENDS is produced by The MASIE Center.  95 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Monday
Aug212017

975 - Level Zero Evaluation? Updates on Eclipse at Work.

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - August 21, 2017.
#975 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,694  Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host of Learning 2017 - Oct 22 to 25 - Orlando - 904 Registered Already 

1. Level Zero: Learning Assessment Rethought!
2. Eclipse Experience: What is Happening at Your Workplace Now?

1. Level Zero: Learning Assessment Rethought! We all know about Learning Evaluation at Level 1, 2, 3 or 4.  And, it can be a tricky conversation about how each of those Kirkpatrick levels can impact learning. 

But, I would like to SPIN this conversation to introduce: 

Level Zero: User Experience, Evidence, Alignment, and Readiness 

Before we focus on “how did the learners like or benefit from the learning activity”, let’s look at Level Zero - what we MUST do before learning is released, published, or delivered.  

Level Zero will be a theme of our Learning CONSORTIUM and Learning 2017 - as our field adds the approaches of User Experience Design, Usability, Alignment, and Evidence to Develop Learning. 

For example: 

* What did our User Experience testing tell us about the readiness of the learning program to be launched?
* What did our Usability work tell us about the technical and learner understanding status of the program?
* Alignment: Is this learning activity STILL relevant for the needs of this business unit or function?
* Evidence: How will we gather evidence to test if it would be better to stick with the old program or even drop the learning activity all together - with the same or better outcomes?
* And More… 

If you would like to think with me and others on the role that Level Zero has on learning, please send an email with some thoughts to emasie@masie.com 

2. Eclipse Experience: What is Happening at Your Workplace Now? Right now, we are preparing to go to the porch of The MASIE Center in Saratoga and watch some of the Eclipse through official Eclipse glasses. The staff have been sharing stories from their past about solar and lunar eclipses. And, I have been playing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler. Curious about what other folks or organizations are doing at this Eclipse Moment. 

** Registrations for Learning 2017 are Soaring: We have had our highest rate of registrations in over 27 years for Learning 2017, which will happen Oct 22 to Oct 25 in Orlando, Florida. If you are planning on sending one colleague or a team to Learning 2017, please register early. We just added groups coming from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Dubai. Registration and Early Discounts at http://www.learning2017.com 

Yours in learning, 

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25 in Orlando, Florida USA - Over 904 Colleagues Registered Already!
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com 

Learning TRENDS is produced by The MASIE Center.  95 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Friday
Aug112017

974 - Escape Room Learning, Leaders as Learners, Kinky Sox Races

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - August 11, 2017.
#974 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,685  Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host of Learning 2017 - Oct 22 to 25 - Orlando - 819 Registered Already 

1. Gamification & Escape Room Learning Experiences!
2. Leaders as Overt Learners.
3. Watch Learning TRENDS Video & Curated Answers.
4. MASIE Stable:  Kinky Sox and Matzo Toga Horses Running! 

1. Gamification & Escape Room Learning Experiences! This year, we are adding a Gamification LAB and an Escape Room LAB as Experiences at Learning 2017. In both situations, our participants will have opportunities to create and experiment with “extreme” experiences as learning activity options: 

* Gamification LAB: In Orlando, a group of participants will discuss, design and sketch out a Learning App with gamification elements at the core.  Working with expert Karl Kapp and some of our 30 Under 30 Alumni, participants will imagine and frame out an engaging and cool app. Then, overnight a group of techie colleagues in Shanghai China will create a working prototype of the app that can be shared with the several thousand Learning 2017 participants. Based on the feedback, the app will be improved and then refined again overnight for review at the last session. And, the app will be placed in Open Source to be used by folks back at work. My fantasy is that we can locate the China colleagues at the new Disney in Shanghai and have a 24x7 video link between our two Magic Learning Castles. 

* Escape Room LAB: Last year, one of our highest impact activities was the Learning Escape Room, which was designed by participants to create a 30 minute intense engagement around a learning outcome. We are “scaling” this for Learning 2017, once again led by our 30 Under 30 Alumni. Participants will have an opportunity to be Producers of the Escape Room content and help assemble the challenges. And, more folks will have a one hour experience in the Escape Room, processing how it might be applied to the world of learning. In fact, several organizations leveraged the experience last year and have implemented Escape Rooms for leadership and other programs. 

Details at http://www.learning2017.com 

2. Leaders as Overt Learners: Consider a small and powerful intervention to better brand the leaders of your organization as Learners.  Here are a few suggestions: 

* Leaders’ Library: Books and small reactions to the titles that leaders (including your CEO) are currently reading.  Set them up in the lobby or an area in the dining room or a site online.  Watch these titles pop up on many folks’ desks.  And, they don’t have to be non-fiction or business books. 

* Leader as Online Student: Ask several leaders to enroll in an online learning program (offered internally or externally) and provide some photo shots and interviews with the leaders. 

* Curiosity Tags: Post small phrases that reflect the current “Curiosities” of leaders on any topic. 

* Trip Report: When leaders take business trips to other regions or countries, occasionally post a video that documents what they discovered or learned during the journey. 

3. Watch Learning TRENDS Video & Curated Answers: The 58 minute video Briefing on Learning TRENDS & Challenges in 2017 and a curated video of answers to emailed-in questions is now posted for viewing. We had over 2,500 watch these segments. Check it out at: http://www.learning2017.com/2017trends 

4. MASIE Stable: Kinky Sox and Matzo Toga Horses Running! It is Summer in Saratoga and the horses in The MASIE Stable have the honor of racing at the leading track in the world. Today, Kinky Sox (named after “Kinky Boots” that we produce) will run in the 9th race.  And, next week, we are hoping that Citizen Matzo will have her first race ever on Thursday. Don’t bet any money - but root for the horses. They are in “stretch assignments” and it is a powerful experience to race with 30,000 people watching and cheering. FYI: Kinky Sox has white ankles and gets a secret glazed doughnut every few days. “And they are off…..” 

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25  Orlando, Florida USA - Over 819 Colleagues Registered Already!
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com 

Learning TRENDS is produced by The MASIE Center.  95 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Monday
Aug072017

973 - Check Now - Act Later? Time Shifting Shift; Ask John Lithgow Questions on Storytelling

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - August 7, 2017.
#973 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,678  Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host of Learning 2017 - Oct 22 to 25 - Orlando - 819 Registered Already 

1. Check Now - Act Later? Time Shifting!
2. Questions for John Lithgow on Storytelling???
3. Join Free Video Briefing on August 9th on Learning TRENDS 

1. Check Now - Act Later? Time Shifting!: One of the “trends” that I have been tracking is the way in which people are Time Shifting their decision making process. 

Let’s call it: “Check Now — Act Later?” 

In a nutshell, I watch many people (including myself) do a two-step, time-spread process for making a decision. 

* Check Now!  We have become awesome at using mobile devices and the internet to CHECK something out right now.  For example, are their tickets for a flight in six weeks.  We quickly check and validate that it is an OPTION.
* BUT!  Since we live in a time of continuous change and choices, rarely do we act right now.
* Act Later! A few days before the actual event or activity, we check again and ACT at the very last minute. 

Why? Things may change.  Prices may change.  Better options may appear.  “Check Now — Act Later!” is a process that is surfacing in the learning field, as many of our fellow employees are checking to see if the class or lab is still open.  But, they wait until the very last minute to confirm. 

This creates agility for the learner.  And, it could create ulcers for the learning producer/planner. 

Many learners are wanting to have an Uber or Lyft or AirBnB around learning.  I will be broadening this perception into a fun essay in the coming weeks.  What do you see is happening with the “Check Now — Act Later” shift? Send me an email to emasie@masie.com 

2. Questions for John Lithgow on Storytelling???  John Arthur Lithgow is an American actor, musician, singer, comedian, voice actor, and author. He will be one of our Keynoters at Learning 2017 and I would love to have some questions about “Storytelling” to ask him. 

John has received two Tony Awards, five Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, an American Comedy Award, four Drama Desk Awards and has also been nominated for two Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards.  He is well known for his television roles as Dick Solomon in 3rd Rock from the Sun, Arthur Mitchell in Dexter and Sir Winston Churchill in The Crown as well as for his roles in films Blow Out, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Footloose, Harry and the Hendersons, Raising Cain, Shrek, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Interstellar. His performances in The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment each earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

At Learning 2017, we will have two experiences of and with John Lithgow.  He will be performing a one-man, one-act drama that is 55 minutes long - that will have you on the edge of your seats.  And, I will be interviewing John Lithgow about the art, skill and process of “Storytelling”. 

Send me a few questions that I could ask John Lithgow to emasie@masie.com   Thanks! 

e) Join Free Video Briefing on August 9th on Learning Trends: I will be doing a Live and Free one hour video briefing on Learning Trends and Challenges in 2017 on August 9th.  There are already over 1,500 earning colleagues signed up for this briefing.  Check out the content and hope you can join me: http://tinyurl.com/vidbriefing 

Yours in learning, 

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25  Orlando, Florida USA - Over 819 Colleagues Registered Already!
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com 

Learning TRENDS is produced by The MASIE Center.  95 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Tuesday
Aug012017

972 - Augmented Performance Support, British Invasion of Learning Resources

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - August 1, 2017.
#972 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,673  Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host of Learning 2017 - Oct 22 to 25 - Orlando - 713 Registered Already 

1. Augmented Performance Support for the Workplace: iPhone and Mobile
2. Join Free Video Briefing on August 9th on Learning Trends.
3. Julian Stodd and Nigel Paine “British Invasion” :) 

1. Augmented Performance Support for the Workplace - Phone and Mobile: While Virtual Reality is fascinating and engaging, the challenge of having to wear a surround set of goggles and be hooked to a high end computer has reduced the widespread adoption of VR for workplace learning and readiness.  There are exceptions in the aviation and medical space, but it is not scalable in 2017. 

However, watch the technologies that you will see coming from mobile phones, including some early indicators that the next iPhone MAY have dual cameras that allow for what we are calling “Augmented Reality”. (Don’t love the term but am intrigued by the emerging capacities.) 

Imagine a worker can take out their phone and point to something in the workplace or even on their screen, add a video chat with another resource, and have “performance support” content appear over the picture.  This ability for the user to mix and call forth content that is overlaid on a visual in the camera is where we see performance support moving. 

In the coming months, we will see the merger of Augmented Reality, Phones, Machine Learning, and more.  It has huge implications for the world of marketing, apps, and I believe Workplace Augmented content.  The technology has to blend into the learner’s daily reality vs. donning a heavy headset.  Here is one of the articles to check out: http://tinyurl.com/augrealwork 

2. Join Free Video Briefing on August 9th on Learning Trends: I will be doing a Live and Free one hour video briefing on Learning Trends and Challenges in 2017 on August 9th.  There are already over 1,300 learning colleagues signed up for this briefing.  Check out the content and hope you can join me: http://tinyurl.com/vidbriefing 

3. Julian Stodd and Nigel Paine “British Invasion” :)  Two of the most interesting learning authors and analysts from the United Kingdom are coming to our Learning 2017 Main Stage in October. 

Julian Stodd is the author of “The Social Leadership Handbook”.  He looks at the design of Scaffolded Social Learning and the impact of Social Collaborative Leadership.  I am honored to be interviewing Julian as a Keynoter and he will be facilitating conversations on this topic at Learning 2017. 

Nigel Paine is the author of  “The Learning Challenge: Dealing with Technology, Innovation and Change in Learning and Development”.  Nigel is a MASIE Learning Fellow and will be keynoting and leading a range of sessions. 

Complete details on our British colleagues at: http://www.learning2017.com 

Yours in learning, 

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25, Orlando, Florida USA - Over 713 Colleagues Registered Already!
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com 

Learning TRENDS is produced by The MASIE Center.  95 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Wednesday
Jul192017

971 - Amazon Show for Performance Support, Elliott: 2nd Citizenship from Germany, McDonald's at Learning 2017

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - July 19, 2017.
#971 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,665 Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host of Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25 - Orlando, Florida, USA 

1. Elliott Masie Adds 2nd Citizenship from Germany - Following from Nazi Times.
2. McDonald’s Featured at Learning 2017.
3. Amazon Echo Show - Alexa with a Screen - Performance Support Platform? 

1. Elliott Masie Adds 2nd Citizenship from Germany - Following from Nazi Times: Thursday morning at 9 am, at the German Consulate at the UN in New York City, I am naturalized for a second citizenship for Germany. 

My father, Hans H. Masie, had to flee Germany in 1938, as a Jewish person, and came to the United States.  After the war, all refugees and their childern were eligible to apply for “reclaimed German Citizenship.” 

While my father had to flee and lost many relatives, he never wanted us to feel badly toward Germany after the war. And, I went over to be at the Berlin Wall when it came down. 

This year, I decided to honor my father and apply for a 2nd Citizenship from Germany. It took 5 months and recovering much paperwork.  And, tomorrow morning, I go the UN and receive my German Citizenship.  My dad, who passed away in 1976, will be looking down and say “Elliott, Sehr Gut!” 

2. McDonald’s Featured at Learning 2017:  We are honored to have Rob Lauber, the CLO of McDonald’s, as a featured speaker at a General Session of Learning 2017.  Rob will be talking about McDonald’s projects on adding education and support for front line development.  Check out their new video on being the “best first job” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QP9Q_Fa-BA 

3. Amazon Echo Show - Alexa with a Screen - Performance Support Platform?  We have been experimenting with a new version of Amazon Alexa: the Echo Show product.  It is a combination of the Amazon Alexa with a video screen and a video camera.  It is intriguing to see how it might fit into the workplace as an On-The-Job prompting platform, using audio interactions with workers.  We will experiment with it to demonstrate at Learning 2017.  Here is an early review: https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/26/15865292/amazon-echo-show-alexa-review 

Yours in learning, 

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25 in Orlando, Florida USA - Over 543 Colleagues Registered Already!
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com 

Learning TRENDS is produced by The MASIE Center.  95 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Wednesday
Jul122017

970 - Brain Research and Learning Duration; Tickets to Animal Kingdom or Epcot

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - July 12, 2017.
#970 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,660 Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host of Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25 - Orlando, Florida, USA 

1. Length of Learning: MIT/Masie Brain Research LAB.

2. Learning Coming Attractions, Please!

3. Ticket to Epcot or Animal Kingdom for Learning 2017. 

1. Length of Learning: MIT/Masie Brain Research LAB: So, how long should a content activity be?  As we talk about compression, “micro-learning” and personalization, let’s do some research that studies brain activities during content offerings of different lengths.

I just returned from an exciting day at MIT’s Office of Digital Learning, where we designed a Real-Time Brain Research LAB that our organizations will conduct to study how learner’s brains react differently to learning of short vs. longer duration.  

Check out the details of our upcoming study - along with a picture of a learner wearing an EEG cap: http://tinyurl.com/mitmasie 

2. Learning Coming Attractions, Please! In the age of personalization, could we please have short “coming attractions” added to eLearning, webinar, classroom and other offerings?  Give the learner a 30 to 90 second glimpse into the feel, tone, depth and nature of the learning activity that is offered.  I will rarely watch a movie that does not have a preview clip online.  Why not add a “coming attraction” clip that can be glimpsed by learners as they make choices? 

3. Ticket to Epcot or Animal Kingdom for Learning 2017: We are pleased to announce that we will be taking over 1,600 learning professionals to Disney on Tuesday night of Learning 2017.  This year, we will offer a ticket and transportation to either Animal Kingdom (with “Pandora – The World of Avatar” attractions, and the Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular) OR Epcot (with the Wine and Food Festival).  

Right after Actor John Lithgow presents a wonderful one-act, one-man dramatic play focusing on Storytelling, you can come with other global learning colleagues for a fun and interactive night at one of Disney’s parks - with some special gamification activities from Learning 2017.  Details at: https://tinyurl.com/masietuespm 

Yours in learning, 

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25  Orlando, Florida USA - Over 543 Colleagues Registered Already!
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com 

Learning TRENDS is produced by The MASIE Center.  95 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866