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Dec052016

946 - Lights, Cameras, and Microphones for Video Effectiveness!

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - December 5, 2016
#946 -  Lights, Cameras, and Microphones for Video Effectiveness!
57,248 Readers - www.masie.com - Twitter: @emasie - The MASIE Center 

Special:  Lights, Camera and Microphones for Video Effectiveness!

As more of our communication, collaboration and content is done via video, often from webcams in our offices, we have to think about our lighting, sound, and lens to give the viewer the best experience.  Yet, many people’s video image has poor lighting, camera focus, and even sound capture.  Here are some of the tools and approaches that we use at the MASIE Learning LAB to enhance our video quality, right from our offices: 

- Small Lights Right On Your Desktop!  The lighting in your office may be great for reading, but your face often appears poorly illuminated in the camera.  So, we have added Video Lighting to desktops and screens.   First, let me show you a cute set of lights that sit on either side of your desktop monitor.  They are from Videssence: 

 

- Studio Lights in Your Office! My office has a large screen, so I have added Studio type lights to add larger illumination for Skype, Content Interviews and Webinars.  I turn them on and often look 10 pounds lighter and 10 years younger :)  Here are Studio Lights offered:  

 

- Microphones Matter: Your webcam microphone is often a small mic, buried in the computer or laptop case, with low agility for capturing the richness of your voice.  So, I found a cute looking and very effective microphone for less than $100 called the Widget C.  Again, less than $100 and posted here:


- Cameras Are Critical: Don’t go cheap on the camera.  We have spent as much as $950 for a very high quality, zoomable, responsive USB enabled camera with remotes.  The camera must have the ability to be white balanced and capture content for high and low definition qualities.  I use the AVer v520 USB Camera:

 

- Lights, Camera, Microphone, and Action: There are a wide range of lights, microphones, and cameras that can be leveraged for higher quality video from your desktop or office.  Try It —- It Makes a Difference for Your Learners!

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2017
Email:
emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - Jan 18-20 & Feb 1-3, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017: October 22 to 25 - Orlando, Florida.
Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com

Wednesday
Nov302016

945 - TouchBar Learning Support, Learning Themes eBook

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - November 30, 2016
#945 - TouchBar Learning Support, Learning Themes eBook
57,241 Readers - www.masie.com - Twitter: @emasie - The MASIE Center
 

1. TouchBar on MacBook Pro for Performance Support?
2. Curation in Action: Learning Themes eBook.
3. Elliott Masie to Saudi Arabia, Dubai & Italy in December.
 

1. TouchBar on MacBook Pro for Performance Support? My new MacBook Pro laptop has a unique and fascinating new Performance Support capability. Instead of a set of function keys, Apple has created a touchable screen, with program specific tools and images, to press or move for instant function.  

This functionality opens up new capacity for learning producers, for just-at-the moment prompting. And, we will soon see even more Personalized Prompts, based on each user’s history and skill level. Check it out at: www.apple.com/macbook-pro

2. Curation in Action: Learning Themes eBook: We are pleased to publish our first Learning Themes eBook - Curated from 1,600 Learning Colleagues.  View this 35 page open source resource at: www.masie.com/ebookL16


3. Elliott Masie to Saudi Arabia, Dubai & Italy in December: In early December, I will be delivering a keynote on learning in Saudi Arabia and meeting with learning colleagues in Dubai and Milan. If you are in those regions, drop me an email to emasie@masie.com and let’s see if we can connect. Love to meet global TRENDS colleagues.

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2017
Email:
emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - Jan 18-20 & Feb 1-3, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017- October 22 to 25- Orlando, Florida.
Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com

Wednesday
Nov232016

944 - Thanksgiving for Learning

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - November 23, 2016
#944 - Thanksgiving for Learning
57,232 Readers - www.masie.com - Twitter: @emasie - The MASIE Center
Thanksgiving for Learning! 

As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, let me add my list of Thanks for the world of Learning: 

- Choices: Learners have ever more choices for how they can learn.
- Connected: Learners are connected to people, apps and knowledge.
- Evolving: Our models of learning production and sharing are expanding.
- Virtual & Video: For low costs, learners can use or create engaging videos.
- Mobility: Devices have expanded learning, both personally and around the world.
- Skills: Learning will provide learners new skills many times in their lives.
- Personalization: Each learner can and will personalize their learning routes.
- The “E” Expands: e-Learning is expanding with new “E”s:
  * Everywhere
  * Everyone
  * Evolving
  * Engaging
  * Efficiency
  * Effectiveness
  * Evidence-Based
  * Evolving 

Thanks to the Learning TRENDS Colleagues for all that we are exploring and learning together. And, thanks to Learning for making this an exciting time for Learning! 

Yours in Learning, 

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2017

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Learning Innovations LAB - Jan 18-20 & Feb 1-3, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017- October 22 to 25- Orlando, Florida. 

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

Thursday
Nov172016

943 - Learning Curiosity Measures, Learning Innovations LAB Grows

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - November 17, 2016
#943 - Learning Curiosity Measure, New TRENDS Server
57,232 Readers - www.masie.com - Twitter: @emasie - The MASIE Center 

1. Learning TRENDS - New Server 19 Years Later!
2. Curiosity - We Need a Metric Measure…
3. Learning Innovations LAB Added in February. 

1. Learning TRENDS - New Server 19 Years Later! Yes, Learning TRENDS is almost 20 years old.  I started it in 1997 as a small email to some colleagues and it has grown into an occasional newsletter that I send out to almost 60,000 learning colleagues around the world.

I have used the same server for these past two decades, but it is time for me to add some small amount of HTML and graphical elements and move towards a more personalized Learning TRENDS in the coming months.  So, here it is. 

If you have colleagues that would like to receive this free and vendor-neutral Elliott Masie occasional rant, rave and perspective on learning, send them to http://trends.masie.com 

2. Curiosity - We Need a Metric Measure…  As the author of Big Learning Data, I receive many emails from colleagues with thoughts and ideas about the expanding world of learning data and analytics. 

One colleague asked a question about the Measures of Learning Curiosity.  She wanted to know if there were any ways to indicate (from the learner themselves or other measures) how curious a person was about a topic they were about to learn.  If we had that measure, it might shape the design, format and activities that would be optimal.  If the measure were low, it might show a need for some pre-learning intervention. 

Does anyone have ideas or research on this? Send me a note to emasie@masie.com

3. Learning Innovations LAB Added in February.  Our most popular LAB for Learning Professionals has almost filled up for January 2017.  So, we have opened up an additional section: 

Learning Innovations LAB
Host: Elliott Masie
February 1 to 3, 2017 - Saratoga Springs, NY USA
Details and online registration at: http://www.masie.com 

Yours in Learning, 

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2017

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Learning Innovations LAB - Jan 18-20 & Feb 1-3, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017- October 22 to 25- Orlando, Florida. 

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com
The MASIE Center, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 USA

Thursday
Nov102016

942 - Presidential Transition Process Plans: HR, Learning and Talent

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - November 10, 2016.
#942 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,619 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Innovations LAB - January 18-20, 2017 - Saratoga Springs, NY 

Special: Presidential Transition Talent and Learning Process. 

Two days after the Election, it is timely for Learning, Training and Human Resource colleagues to turn our attention to the intriguing process of the Presidential Transition.  In the next few months, thousands of new hires for Presidential Appointments will be made and much more with the orderly leadership transition process that is unique and impressive about the United States. 

I have had exposure and some experience with the Presidential Transition Process in previous administrations and it is supported by a true non-partisan organization, Partnership for Public Service. For the past few months, teams from both major candidates have been working in the same building in DC, along with staff from the Partnership, planning every element of the Transition.  This includes: 

- Details of Thousands of Jobs to be Filled in Federal Agencies and Embassies Globally.
- Background and Security Checking Processes Established.
- HR Talent and Recruitment System Set Up for Deployment Day After Election.
- Defining Key Candidates for Senior Positions (Cabinet and Sub-Cabinet).
- Building the Day by Day Schedule for the incoming new Administration.  Including, co-location of several key hires to help with transition.
- Detailed Elements for Planning, Inauguration and More.
- Out-Going Transition for President Obama’s Team.
- Learning, Training and Orientation Processes for New Team Members. 

I would suggest that you go to this website and look at the eBook or PDF of the Presidential Transition Team.  It will intrigue you as a colleague in our field: http://presidentialtransition.org/ 

From an organizational and culture perspective, it is fascinating to explore how a Campaign Team, which has been in a political battle mode, shifts into a Transition Team with a very different mode of operation. 

Hope you enjoy these Talent, Learning and HR Perspectives. 

Yours in Learning, 

Elliott Masie 

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning Innovations LAB - Jan 18 to 20, 2017 - Saratoga Springs, NY. 

Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com

Friday
Nov042016

941 - Learning Conversations, Curation Importance, Allegiance to Big Screen

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - November 4, 2016.
#941 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,612 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Innovations LAB - January 18-20 - Saratoga Springs, NY 

1. Five Learning Conversations about Learning!
2. E is for Everywhere Learning - Beyond Devices.
3. Curation is Essential for Events: Video Example.
4. Allegiance Video in Movie Theaters in December. 

1. Five Learning Conversations about Learning! There were five intriguing conversations at Learning 2016, which just ended last week in Orlando, with 1,625 global colleagues.  Here are the five conversations that were core for me and will continue in our work going into 2017: 

- The Learning Panorama Expands: We are moving from mandating a single learning activity (class or eLearning) for a worker to a more engaged learner, who has a literal Learning Panorama of choices.  These include L&D content, structured programs, open content (e.g. TED), peer connections, user offered content and shoulder to shoulder coaching from fellow workers.  The Learning Panorama is growing and is being driven by workers more than the L&D department.

- Learning Recommendations Desired: The learner would love to get a set of personalized Learning Recommendations to help them sort through the choices in the Learning Panorama. They want recommendations based on trusted ratings from peers, subject matter expert guidance and, soon, input from Machine Learning systems that will match activities to their needs, histories and styles.  The Learning Recommendation functionality may be part of or added to an LMS or LCMS.

- Video Stretches to Shorter, AR, Searchable and More: The role of video in learning content keeps growing radically.  In many organizations, video content exceeds the consumption to text or graphical content. And, the video formats are evolving to be more compressed, including Virtual Reality, 360 Views, Searchable Elements and more. Yet, many organizations’ Learning Systems are inadequate to handle increased video usage and personalization.

- Experiences Are Learning, Too: Let’s move from creating classes and courses to more Experiences.  Imagine experiences as varied as a Structured 1 Day Stretch Assignment, A Learning Escape Room, A Deconstruction of a Business Process or even an Audio Facilitated Guided Tour of a Business Area - with content supplied through earphones to augment the visual.  Learners are thirsty for Experiences!

- Brain/Learning World Explored: We dove into the world of Brain Science and Bio Data to explore how the world of learning might be shaped by breakthroughs in the study of cognitive processes.  Imagine wearing a FitBit for Learning or getting a Brain Scan that illustrates how you, as a learner, respond to content. 

Each of these conversations rattled around our 3 1/2 days at Learning 2016 and will be expanded and explored in the work of The MASIE Center and in future Learning TRENDS notes.  Stay tuned! 

2. E is for Everywhere Learning - Beyond Devices: We have been exploring how we move learning from classrooms and desktops/laptops/phones to more of an “Everywhere” element.  At our recent event we experimented with two versions: 

- Learning Digital Signage: We leveraged 12 large screens throughout the conference area, each connected to an Android Device, which could be easily programmed with a Digital Sign rotation that was appropriate for the time. It was very powerful to be able to have content on screens as people left a keynote like Anderson Cooper - that would suggest additional conversations.  The cost and complexity of Digital Signage has gone done dramatically in recent months.

- LearningTV to Hotel Rooms: Each morning, our participants could wake up to a LearningTV show, hosted by Allison Anderson and myself, providing learning appetizers for the coming day.  The shows were about 12 minutes long and produced in a simple LearningTV studio right in the learning space. 

The E in eLearning can also be about Everywhere!  More details to follow on these techniques in weeks to come. 

3. Curation is Essential for Events - Video Example: After a major class, program or conference, the learning professional has a massive opportunity to also create and facilitate Curation of content.  Here is a short video that we just released that is an example: 

Learning Curation Video by Elliott Masie.
http://www.learning2016.com/curationvideo 

I am evolving my design thinking to allocate about 20% of design time AFTER the program to Curation Facilitation. 

4. Allegiance Video in Movie Theaters in December: TRENDS readers followed our role as producers of Allegiance, a Broadway show starring Lea Selonga, George Takei and Telly Leung.  Now, we can announce that Allegiance will be shown in over 400 movie theaters across the U.S. on December 13th.  We captured an amazing movie of the show and you can see and feel the excitement of this story. Here is an announcement and video clip: 

Allegiance in Movies in December!
http://www.allegiancemusical.com 

It is an amazing story and we hope that many of you can see it at your local theaters. 

Yours in Learning, 

Elliott Masie 

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning Innovations LAB - Jan 18 to 20, 2017 - Saratoga Springs, NY. 

Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com

Wednesday
Nov022016

Learning Innovations LAB Announced - January 18, 19 & 20, 2017

TO: Learning, Training & Performance Colleagues
FROM: Elliott Masie, The Learning CONSORTIUM
DATE: November 2, 2016 

RE: Learning Innovations LAB Announced - January 18, 19 & 20, 2017

You and your colleagues are invited to our most popular LAB, focused on the role of innovation in the world of workplace learning: 

Learning Innovations LAB
Host: Elliott Masie
Date: January 18, 19 and 20, 2017
Location: MASIE Center LAB, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
Details: http://www.masie.com 

2017 Will be a Year of Major Learning Innovation!  Your learners and their managers are looking (and demanding) faster, smaller, more agile, targeted, personalized and affordable learning solutions for their employees and business imperatives.  Learning will shift from a single mandated activity to a wider set of options in a Learning Panorama. We invite you to our unique and popular Learning Innovations LAB. 

Learning Innovations will combine learning “apps”, new approaches to video storytelling, user created content, performance focused support, big and small “data”, and a combination of enterprise wide and “just for one learner” assets. 

We will explore:

 - Learning “Apps.
- Learning Panorama & Personalization.
- Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality & Visualization.
- Mobile Learning Models – Mobility & Performance.
- Big Data & Metrics for Innovation.
- Gamification & Engagement for Learning.
- Video: Fast, Short, Targeted, User-Created, Open, Digital Studios.
- Wearables, Sensing & Aware Technology.
- Performance Support Technologies.
- LMS, LCMS & Learning Systems Refreshed.
- ReDesigning Boring Webinars.
- The “Recommendation” Need of Users.
- Small Tech vs. Big Tech.
- New Skills for Learning Professionals in 2017.
- Collaborative & Social Learning Technology.
- Curation: Harvesting, Rating & Sorting Content.
- “Maker Model” of Creating Agile Learning Solutions In-House.
- Learn-A-Thon for New Learning Solutions (Apps & More).
- Machine Learning & Brain Science Innovations.
- The Connected Classroom – To Labs & Projects.
- Switching Authoring Systems & Approaches.
- “Rosie the Riveter” in 2017 - On The Job Learning.
- Learning Tools, Apps & Resources.
- Robotics, Auto Driving Cars, Cognitive Science & More.
- And Emerging Technologies & Methodologies. 

This small, hands-on LAB is offered only a few times a year and is often filled with a waitlist. Complete information and registration at http://www.masie.com 

Yours in Learning, 

Elliott Masie 

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning Innovations LAB - Jan 18 to 20, 2017.
- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25, 2017 

Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com

Tuesday
Oct182016

940 - Taking the Train to Learning Today, Digital Signage, Apple Earphone Mistake

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - October 18, 2016.
#940 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,598 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2016, Oct 23 to 26, Orlando - 1,621 Colleagues Registered 

1. Taking the TRAIN to LEARNING!
2. Digital Signage for Everywhere Learning.
3. Darn, the Apple Earphone Switch is Frustrating.
4. Last Minute Registration is Open - Hotel Rooms Added! 

1. Taking the TRAIN to LEARNING!  I am continuing a 20 year tradition of taking the TRAIN to Florida to host the Learning 2016 Event.  Today at 3 pm, I will board the Amtrak Silver Star in Washington, DC and for the next 18 hours zoom down to Orlando, Florida.  It is a time of reflection, final planning and relaxing before hosting an event with over 1,600 global learning colleagues.  I would love to chat with some TRENDS readers who live along the way. Here is a map and invite to chat: http://www.learning2016.com/item/i-m-training-to-learning 

2. Digital Signage for Everywhere Learning: The “e” in eLearning is all about EVERYWHERE!  So, I have always wanted to stretch our own use of digital signage as a learning component for our event. This year, we are experimenting with very large screens, Android media players and dynamic signage for adding engagement, updates, personalization and more. Details at: http://www.learning2016.com/item/digital-signage-learning 

3. Darn, the Apple Earphone Switch is Frustrating. I really enjoy Apple products and use their phones, tablets and desktops. But, when they change an interface and make millions of devices stranded, it is annoying.  My new iPhone 7+ is great, but last night, I could not listen through my earphones and also be charging the phone.  Apple’s ending of the earphone plug is annoying and not focused on good user experience. Darn! 

4. Last Minute Registration is Open - Hotel Rooms Added!  If you and your colleagues are able to add Learning 2016 as a last minute event choice, we have extended our discount program and added more Disney hotel rooms.  Go to http://www.learning2016.com and access the Last Minute Registration Fees. 

Yours in Learning, 

Elliott Masie 

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida. 

Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com

Sunday
Oct092016

939 - Learning Meets Hurricane Threat: A Planning Story

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - October 9, 2016.
#939 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,594 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2016, Oct 23 to 26, Orlando - 1,579 Colleagues Registered 

When Learning and Hurricane Threats Meet: A Personal Perspective!
By Elliott Masie 

Occasionally, I share the backstory of the planning and implementation process of our learning productions.  So, for the past 10 days, we have been monitoring the pathway and possible disruption of our Learning 2016 event by Hurricane Matthew. 

First, the good ending.  Matthew’s path did not impact Orlando and everything is A-OK for Learning 2016 - hotels, parks and airports are open and it was 87 degrees and sunny on Saturday afternoon!  We will welcome over 1,600 participants two weeks from today! 

But, let me take you through the ramp up, anxieties and planning process that we and many other global conferences scheduled for Orlando went through over the past few days. 

Most of the planning process for Learning 2016 is focused on elements that we control or modify.  We have backup speakers, should one of our amazing keynoters have to drop out at the last minute.  We plan for registrations swings, from surges to dips, and have adjusted for a recent trend of participants registering just a few days before the event.  And, even content changes are part of the planning process - where I add several sessions and topics in the last month, as technology and methodology adapts quite rapidly. 

But, the possibility of a MAJOR disruption like a Hurricane, is impossible to prepare for in planning a major event.  And, we now have the added role of “Breaking News” coverage of impending storms, which amplifies the awareness of a potential storm and can impact our colleagues’ travel and registration plans. 

As Hurricane Matthew’s path towards the East Coast of Florida became clear and the news coverage spiked, we watched the daily registrations for Learning 2016 drop by almost 70%.  I took calls from colleagues around the world saying that they would wait a few days to see if Orlando was damaged by the storm.  So, I went into Hurricane Threat Reaction Mode: 

- We adjusted our room block at the hotels, knowing that there would be more registrations after the event.  This included a monetary guarantee of a block of rooms that we normally “release” around October 3rd.  In other words, we placed a financial “bet” that the weather would pass and we should have rooms open for last minute registrations. 

- Monitoring the Preparations in Orlando: We were in constant contact with our colleagues in Orlando, including team members at Disney and other production partners. It was impressive to see their safety measures, including closing the theme parks for 2 days and working with the conferences that were already starting in Orlando (including a 6,000 person conference that needed to radically alter its schedule and program). 

- Preparing for a Trip to Orlando: If the storm had hit Orlando directly, I would have found a way to get down a team down to Orlando for planning adjustments and live video feeds to update our participants.  The goal would have been to make any planning adjustments and to provide real time updates to our participants. (We even have yellow rain jackets with MASIE Center logos, just like the weather people broadcasting from the beaches during the storm.) Luckily, the jackets are still hanging in our office and I will be taking the train to Learning 2016 in about 9 days, as is my annual fun tradition of Taking the Train to Learning :) 

- Anxieties About Watching the Storm Coverage: While we could not do anything about the storm or the news coverage of the potential impact, we watched the coverage to see how a viewer might process the news.  Was the story “Florida Under Siege” or “Storm Targets East Coast”?  And, how would our colleagues predict the potential impact?  I even called out to a few participants in different parts of the world to see how they were monitoring the storm. 

- Planning for Big Impact: If the storm had turned to Orlando and there was a major loss of power or transportation, we had to prepare for everything from a slight reduction to even a complete cancel/reschedule of the event.  We knew that Disney and our production partners would work with us, but it would have been a major planning and financial disaster.  Nothing you can do to prevent the losses, but we began to explore adaptions that could happen with large dips of attendance, including live streaming of keynotes and regional follow-ups.  

- “Force Majeure Clause”: Force Majeure is a French term literally translated as “greater force”, this clause is included in contracts to remove liability for natural and unavoidable catastrophes that interrupt the expected course of events and restrict participants from fulfilling obligations. It is part of every major event contract and you revisit it only when there is an impending or real disaster.  When our conference in 2001 was just 3 weeks after 9/11, the contract came out to work with our partners on adjusting our obligations. 

- Personal Obsession: To be fully honest with my Learning TRENDS readers, I went into an obsession mode for the past few days. We spend a year planning our Learning event and the thought that it would be impacted is rattling. While my planning could not prevent the storm, I watched storm coverage and media stories endlessly.  And, changed my schedule to be able to fly down to Orlando early, if needed. 

- Orlando Spared Impact: As my colleagues in Orlando related, Central Florida was spared impact - as the storm veered to the east and the city only experienced rain and wind. Our thoughts went out to people living closer to the ocean, who lost power or had to relocate.  But, Orlando bounced right back, after buckling down for the worst, which did not happen.  Disney had team members stay on cots at our hotel, to be part of the response team for guests who had to stay indoors for 2 days.  The only physical damage at the Coronado Springs hotel was two small trees that were blown down, which often happens during a normal storm. 

- Media Coverage of Storm Changed by Campaign News: The almost non-stop weather coverage from TV reporters outside along the Atlantic Coast stopped suddenly, not because of the flow of the storm.  The moment the news of Donald Trump’s video was broadcast, it was almost as though the Hurricane vanished from the coverage. I actually felt bad for the TV reporters, wearing their raincoats, who were on wind swept beaches but ignored by the control room back at TV headquarters as the news shifted from weather storm to campaign storms. 

- Getting the Word Out: Many years ago, we had a storm hit one of our events and we had to send out update Faxes to 1,200 participants. That was before wide use of email and before the internet.  Now, I was able to leverage social media to alert both our participants and not-yet-registered colleagues.  We used a blast through our Engage App, which appears on attendees’ conference App, a note on our Design Blog, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn notes.  And, an email to all participants on Monday.  Here is a copy of our blog entry: http://www.learning2016.com/item/weather-update-come-on-down 

- Registration Curve Reacts: As soon as the news of the storm bypassing Orlando was clear, our website lit up with new registrations. And, as we blocked more rooms, most of our last wave of registrations in the next 13 days will be able to stay at the hotel. 

Personal Reflections: 

* Don’t plan a large event unless you are willing to deal with disruptions. I had an email exchange with someone hosting an event in Orlando next week and they were just numb. Planning always requires looking at the extremes of good and disruptive news. 

* Cities and Hotels are Prepared! I was impressed with how the State of Florida, city of Orlando and Disney Theme Parks had preparation and emergency plans in place for both guests and also meeting planners. In this age of disruption, planning requires disruption readiness, which we hope we never have to use. 

* Don’t Focus on the Finances!  Sure, the thought of losing over $1,000,000 if a conference were cancelled is mind-boggling, but that can’t be your driver for dealing with an event threat. First, focus on safety. Next, focus on alternatives. Then, communicate with production partners, attendees, speakers and your inner self.  Some of the financial losses would have been covered by the contract clauses and others through negotiation, but you can’t be a good planner if you are freaking out financially.  And, insurance for this type of loss is almost 25% of the coverage, so most events don’t have storm related loss coverage. 

* Be a Learner. I was intrigued at how much I learned as we went through this process. I found new apps that showed upcoming flight status at airports, read details of the emergency recovery processes in place and dialogued with other meeting planners facing even larger disruption.  For example, there is a tech conference the week before ours with over 10,000 attendees. 

* Humor is Essential: The yellow MASIE Center rain jacket was our way of coping with the stress in our office. On Thursday, I wore the jacket throughout the day, to add some humor to the impending possible crisis. Planning for the worst requires some humor and laughter - without giving up the serious attention to impacts and disruptions. 

So, the good news is that Learning 2016 is ready to open on October 23rd in warm and sunny Orlando! More people are doing our predicted last minute registration and we are grateful to our partners in Orlando.  If you would like to attend, go to http://www.learning2016.com for details.  And, please add some disruption planning to your prep for future large events you are producing. 

Thanks for letting me tell this story. 

Yours in Learning, 

Elliott Masie 

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida. 

Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com

Thursday
Oct062016

938 - Personalized Job Aids, Storytelling, Orientation Video

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - October 6, 2016.
#938 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,589 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2016, Oct 23 to 26, Orlando - 1,579 Colleagues Registered 

1. Personalized Job Aids!
2. Orientation Video from Elliott Masie.
3. Storytelling as a Skill. 

1. Personalized Job Aids! As we experiment with adding Personalization to the workplace learning process, there is a simple strategy that can give the learner an immediate win in making learning more personal. 

“My Job Aid & Chart” is a strategy to encourage and enable learners to create, edit, or personalize a Job Aid or Task Chart, focused on their own needs and situations. Imagine if a learner could select the 20 items from a training program on using a new Customer Management System that are either most critical or confusing to them. And, imagine if they could number, colorize, or re-order the items on “My Job Aid”. What if we could let them add their own notes, colorization, and even intense reminders to avoid their most common mistakes? Whoosh! It could be made available to them as a print out, a laminated job aid, a pop-up on the screen, or right on their mobile device. 

The learner wants Personalization to help them focus, prioritize, and lower their confusion level on the path to readiness.  

Go forward a bit and imagine that Machine Learning systems would assist, update, and add data-driven advice to the learner’s choices. A future LMS, LCMS, or Talent System could make huge waves if they follow this pathway. 

2. Orientation Video from Elliott Masie: I have just made a 9 minute Orientation Briefing for the 1,600 participants in Learning 2016. Check it out at: http://www.learning2016.com/item/hello-video-for-participants 

3. Storytelling as a Skill. The ability to tell a compelling, engaging, and trusted story is a skill. Storytelling happens in an increasingly wider and more technological context. Organizations can assist leaders and subject matter experts with training, coaching, and feedback models for higher impact stories and storytelling. One of my speakers at Learning 2016, George Takei, has been focused on blending storytelling, social media, and even “memes” (using an image and storyline) as a high impact approach.  Let’s weave storytelling into our development programs. 

Yours in Learning, 

Elliott Masie 

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida. 

Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com

Monday
Oct032016

937 - L’shanah Tovah, A Good and Sweet New Year

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - October 3, 2016.
#937 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,585 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2016, Oct 23 to 26, Orlando - 1,579 Colleagues Registered 

1. L’shanah Tovah - A Good & Sweet New Year!
2. Grease Sing A Long - Evening Option at Learning 2016.
3. Program & Experience Guide Published. 

1. L’shanah Tovah - A Good & Sweet New Year! Today is the Jewish New Year. We celebrate Rosh Hashanah as a day of reflection and forward thinking. The greeting often used is “L’shanah Tovah”, a good and sweet new year.  

As I think about the year ahead, beyond the good health of family and friends, I reflect on the speed of the world and how we can both leverage the best of new innovations and also embrace and sustain the balance of our lives and community. I wish for conversations on every level that will make us wiser and more connected to the challenges and opportunities in our changing world. And, I reflect on how our words and deeds are echoed in the minds and futures of the children of the world.  My friend and folk singer Peter Yarrow just wrote a song called “The Children Are Listening”, highlighting the long impact of our conversations. 

I say, “L’shanah Tovah” to all of my Learning TRENDS colleagues around the world, of every religion, political persuasion and nationality. May we, as a learning profession, assist the world to have a “Good and Sweet New Year!” 

2. Grease “Sing-A-Long” - Evening Option at Learning 2016! On Monday night of Learning 2016, we have added a cool option for the 1,600 colleagues at our event in October. 

Check it out at: http://www.learning2016.com/item/grease-sing-along-pm-option 

3)  Program & Experiences Guide Published! 

It is my great honor to announce that the Program & Experience Guide for Learning 2016 is now online for your viewing.  We have assembled over 200 focused and interactive sessions, discussions, benchmarking activities and experiences for the participants of Learning 2016, to be held in Orlando, Florida from Oct 23 to 26.  

View or Download: http://www.learning2016.com/guide 

There are now over 1,500 global learning colleagues registered.  We just added an additional block of hotel rooms and the Early Discount Rate is still available.  Thanks to the team at The MASIE Center for curating and assembling our 2016 program. 

Yours in Learning, 

Elliott Masie 

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida. 

Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com

Thursday
Sep292016

936 - Experience and Program Guide Published, Learning Producer Title

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - September 29, 2016.
#936 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,577 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2016, Oct 23 to 26, Orlando - 1,503 Colleagues Registered 

1. Program & Experiences Guide for Learning 2016 Published!
2. Learning Producer vs. Instructional Designer Title. 

Special: Program & Experiences Guide for Learning 2016 Published! 

It is my great honor to announce that the Program & Experience Guide for Learning 2016 is now online for your viewing.  We have assembled over 200 focused and interactive sessions, discussions, benchmarking activities and experiences for the participants of Learning 2016, to be held in Orlando, Florida from Oct 23 to 26.  

View or Download: http://www.learning2016.com/guide 

There are now over 1,500 global learning colleagues registered.  We just added an additional block of hotel rooms and the Early Discount Rate is still available.  Thanks to the team at The MASIE Center for curating and assembling our 2016 program. 

2. Learning Producer vs. Instructional Designer Title: Yesterday, I led a class for the Doctoral Program focused on Learning at the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton in Philadelphia.  One of the robust conversations was focused on what we call learning professionals who are creating courses and activities. 

I am deeply asserting that we stop using the JOB TITLE of Instructional Designer! 

Instructional Design is a key skill and competency and we should be proud of that skillset.  But, let’s not make it our job title. 

Instructional Designers rarely get promoted to other roles, either in Learning & Development or in the wider organization.  Instructional Designers are often paid less and have a more constricted career pathway.  And, Instructional Designers are rarely credited with having deep business skills. 

We have been advocating for the title of “Learning Producer”.  Borrowing on my work with Broadway Theater, the word Producer has a wider set of role options and stronger career leverage. 

The Learning Producer may also have design skills.  But, a Learning Producer may increasingly leverage internal or external design resources and partnerships. A Learning Producer can be more focused on the business outcomes, the User Experience and on mixing and blending the Learning Panorama of options for learners and managers. 

Spend some time thinking about the titles in the L&D world. I would like to advocate the phrase switch from Instructional Designer (very course- and school-like branding) to Learning Producer. 

Yours in Learning, 

Elliott Masie 

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida. 

Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com

Monday
Sep262016

935 - Broadway Stars at Learning, Flea Markets for Learning, Debate & Skills?

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - September 26, 2016.
#935 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,565 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2016, Oct 23 to 26, Orlando - 1,327 Colleagues Registered 

1. Broadway Stars Perform at Learning!
2. Flea Markets for Learning Resources.
3. Will Workplace Skills and Learning Surface at the Debate? 

1. Broadway Stars Perform at Learning! Every year, we bring some of our Broadway performers to our Learning event as part of our design for engagement and enjoyment. 

We are honored to announce that Katie Rose Clarke, star of Wicked, Light in the Piazza and more, will be “singing in” several of our Keynote General Session speakers.  And, Rumi Oyama, an award winning choreographer and dancer, is creating a new dance about “Character” that will open our session on that topic.  More details and a fun video clip at: http://www.learning2016.com/item/broadway 

2. Flea Markets for Learning Resources: This weekend, I had fun at a Flea Market here in New York City. It got me thinking about all of the learning suppliers, resources and even technology that are owned but not being used by our companies and our fellow employees.  What if each organization had a Learning Flea Market every year (or even more often), where these resources were made available to other employees or to schools, associations and community members.  It could be a free or a small donation to a charity.  Wow, what a cool reuse of learning resources. We could even have a national Learning Flea Market day.  Anyone want to volunteer to help set this up for later this year?  Send a note to lindsey@masie.com

3. Will Workplace Skills and Learning Surface at the Debate? As we watch the U.S. Presidential Debate tonight, there are several things that I will be watching for, far from any partisan position: 

- Focus on Skills, Workplace Learning and Educational Disruption:  It will be interesting to see if there are any comments or questions about the skills/learning/job readiness side of the future of the economy.  I’m intrigued to hear any mentions of apprenticeships, learning technologies and how we transform our educational/school/learning architecture to face the future.

- Watching the Role of Moderator: As Anderson Cooper will be our keynote speaker at Learning 2016, it will be intriguing to see how each of the moderators facilitate the debate process. Anderson will moderate the debate in early October, and I will be interviewing him about the process of preparing for a debate watched by millions. 

Yours in Learning, 

Elliott Masie 

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida. 

Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com

Friday
Sep232016

934 - Escape Room for Learning, AudioBooks Soar - eBooks Shrink

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - September 23, 2016.
#934 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,543 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2016, Oct 23 to 26, Orlando - 1,327 Colleagues Registered 

1. AudioBooks Sales Soar & e-Books Sales Shrink!
2. Escape Room for Learning?  Yes!
3. Allegiance to Movie Theaters in December. 

1. AudioBooks Sales Soar & e-Books Sales Shrink! There is an intriguing and perhaps forward indicator of content preferences in a recent report from the Association of American Publishers. 

In the first 3 months of 2016, E-book sales fell by 21.8 percent. Yet, sales of Digital Audiobooks rose by 35.3 percent.  I sense a growing move towards “mobility” of content and the watch/listen vs. read preference for many adult readers.  One by one, I am finding friends and colleagues who are avid listeners to Audiobooks in their long and short car rides.  And, we have noticed a reduction in the utilization of ebooks in corporate training and learning programs. 

In fact, in one university program that I teach, the students were given 6 ebook version of the textbooks.  When I started my class, I asked them to indicate in a private poll how much of the ebook they had read.  The answers were from 0% to 5%. Yet, most had spent considerable time on video segments and audio podcasts that were online from the faculty, including myself.  The shift is interesting and we should explore that as we project content formats and modes for our program development. 

2. Escape Room for Learning?  Yes!  Imagine a room, locked for 45 minutes, with a group of learners attempting to learn and “game” their way out by collaborating and solving a learning challenge. We are building a unique Escape Room for Learning at Learning 2016.  Participants will have an opportunity to both help design some Escape Room learning challenges and also to be “locked up” in this high intensity simulation.  We will look at the way in which the time based Escape Room mode can impact learning and risk taking.  (Note, for those of you sweating as you read this, there will be a safety person to allow an early exit if a learner feels the need to leave.)  We believe that we can design Escape Room activities for content across the spectrum for Leadership, Delegation, Procurement, IT Systems and more.  There will be lock boxes, scenery and time pressure applied with a smile. 

Read about our Escape Room for Learning: http://www.learning2016.com/item/escape-room-for-learning 

3. Allegiance to Movie Theaters in December: TRENDS readers know that MASIE Productions was one of the Producers for the Broadway show about the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II with George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung. 

After several months on Broadway, we wanted to extend the story to people on a much wider basis. Yesterday, we announced that Allegiance will be shown in over 400 movie theaters around the US on the night of December 13th.  We had videotaped one of our last performances on Broadway and secured the rights from the cast and company to bring Allegiance to a theater near you.  Details at: http://allegiancemusical.com/  

Yours in Learning, 

Elliott Masie 

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida. 

Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com

Wednesday
Sep212016

933 - Here Comes the Judge, Panorama of Learning

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - September 21, 2016.
#933 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,537 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2016, Oct 23 to 26, Orlando - 1,321 Colleagues Registered

1. Compliance: Here Comes The Judge!
2. Panorama of Learning - My Theme. 

1. Compliance: Here Comes The Judge! One of the trickiest challenges facing Learning & Development professionals is the growing role of Compliance and Regulatory Training and Learning requirements.  In some fields, almost 70% of learning hours are mandated by compliance codes or internal risk avoidance policies. 

I thought it would be great to add the perspectives of a senior judge to this conversation and Learning 2016.  One of my lifelong friends and colleagues, Frank Maas, has just retired as a Federal Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York. 

Judge Maas will share his unique perspectives on how we navigate the world of regulation and compliance, and deal with varied types of advice and pressure on how best to approach compliance and regulation - with an intent to stay legal, safe and sane in our learning models.  He will be featured at one of our General Sessions and also available to chat with learning leaders about this often misunderstood topic: http://www.learning2016.com/item/here-comes-the-judge 

2. Panorama of Learning - My Theme for 2017: As I have been developing my content and context themes for Learning 2016, the metaphor of a Learning Panorama has evolved for me.  Here is one of the sessions that I will lead on the Panorama at Learning 2016: 

“Panorama of Learning: Recommendations, Choices & Personalization” - Led by Elliott Masie. 

Learners have a diverse, expanding “Panorama” of learning choices and alternatives, including corporate learning content, peer and social content, open content (e.g. TED or YouTube), third party content (e.g. Khan Academy), material from colleagues working at other organizations, and more. This Panorama includes a wide range of activities: video, eLearning, classrooms, simulations, social postings, performance support, job aids, books, shoulder-to-shoulder support, and more. Plus, learners often use their own technology that is better, faster, and more agile than what their organizations supply. Learning professionals must prepare for enhancing, shaping, and tracking the Learning Panorama with a different approach to development. And, organizations will be adding “recommendation” assets with reviews and guidance from peers, HR, managers, and even machine learning, personalized learner recommendations. 

- Personalization: how does the Learning Panorama impact or enhance pathways to learner personalization?
- Recommendations: what, how, which system, the and role of guidance reviews
- Panorama futures: where might the Learning Panorama be headed in terms of development, structure, and compliance impacts? 

I hope that you and your colleagues will join us in the conversations at Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 in Orlando.  Details at http://www.masie.com 

Yours in Learning, 

Elliott Masie 

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida. 

Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com