886 - Susan Cain on Quiet, Cursive Skills, Producer Shivers

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - August 17, 2015.
#886 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,993 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - 957 Colleagues Now Registered!

1. Susan Cain on Quiet and Introverts in Workplace.
2. Cursive Skills Feedback Galore.
3. Producer Shivers: Allegiance Begins

1. Susan Cain on Quiet and Introverts in Workplace: We are honored to feature Susan Cain, author of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” for a live, interactive video interview with the participants of Learning 2015 at our closing General Session on November 4th. Susan’s work on the reality and myths of introversion and the impacts in the workplace are so important. As we move into an ever more social and collaborative culture of the workplace, how do we honor and engage all of our workers - respecting their styles? Details at: http://www.learning2015.com/index.php/item/susan-cain.html

2. Cursive Skills Feedback Galore: When I asked TRENDS readers to take a few minutes and write 3 lines in “cursive/script” I got what I was asking for. Almost 1,000 responses from learning colleagues around the world have come in and it was intriguing to read and reflect on those comments.

Almost 90% of folks reported that their cursive writing skills are mildly to significantly lowered. About 10% still have strong cursive skills. Most of them had regular habits to keep cursive alive in their skill box, including taking notes in cursive or writing greeting notes on a frequent basis.

A large number of responders talked about their own personalized Blended Cursive. They mix Cursive with Print, Cursive with Upper Case, and even mix Cursive with LOL/OMG internet terms.

Several reported that their children not only don’t have any cursive writing skills, they’re not able to read notes in cursive from their grandparents.

Clearly, our skills will flow with the shifts in the cultural utilization and technology adaptions.

3. Producer Shivers - Allegiance Begins: Yesterday was a very emotional day for MASIE Productions. We are producers of a new Broadway show called Allegiance, which will start previews in just about 6 weeks.

It is a show about the time in U.S. History, during World War II, where American citizens of Japanese descent, who lived on the West Coast, were put into detention centers for many years. The beautiful music is focused on the personal story of our star, George Takei (of Star Trek fame).

Yesterday was the first day of “school” for Allegiance. The cast, crew and key producers gathered in a rehearsal studio on 42nd Street in Manhattan and launched this last stage of development. It was so powerful to hear the words of the lead producer, the director and George Takei as they framed the emotional and historical relevance of this work.

Tears flowed from all of our eyes as we realized the power of telling a story that has been told very rarely - and to see the implications for everyone. George Takei recounted his own experience as a young boy being relocated to one of the “camps”.

Producers, whether we work in corporate learning or on Broadway, are always striving to make deep connections with content, context, powerful stories and individual response. Producing is enabling powerful moments of learning and impact for people in ways that move them! It creates shivers as stories and lessons come together in these powerful ways.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4th - Orlando, Florida.

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

885 - Press a Button, Cursive Writing Skills Evaporating, 2 CLOs Featured

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - August 17, 2015.
#885 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,989 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - 859 Colleagues Now Registered!

1. Press a Button - Buy a Product - Access Learning?
2. Hilton Worldwide & American Express CLOs.
3. Cursive Skills Evaporate?

1. Press a Button - Buy a Product - Access Learning? Amazon has been experimenting with small, wireless buttons that can be hung or pasted in your home. Each button has the brand label of a company - for example Tide or Gillette - and is mapped to your Amazon account and a specific product that you use on a regular basis. For example, I can press the Gillette button and in about 5 seconds I have ordered my next shipment of razor blades. So, rather than go on a phone or computer to access Amazon, these one-press buttons encourage regularized ordering. These are one variety in the “Internet of Things” evolution. Amazon calls these Dash Buttons and you can check out their offering at: http://www.amazon.com/b/?node=10667898011&lo=digital-text

We have been experimenting with these buttons in our LAB and are brainstorming how the button technology could be applied to Learning, Support and Knowledge in the workplace.

Imagine that they could be applied throughout a factory or technical environment where a button push sent key content or video segments to a screen nearby or directly to your phone. Imagine if they were part of an Onboarding or Orientation tour and were used to trigger engagement or add to a Gamification element.

Buttons like this are new and, based on our own staff conversations, mildly controversial. We will be exploring the wide range of Push to Learn technologies in the months ahead.

2. Hilton Worldwide & American Express CLOs: I am totally honored to be featuring two of the most innovative Chief Learning Officers at Learning 2015 (Nov 1 to 4, Orlando):

- Kimo Kippen, Hilton Worldwide CLO: http://www.learning2015.com/index.php/item/kimo-kippen.html
- David Clark, American Express CLO: http://www.learning2015.com/index.php/item/david-clark.html

Kimo and David are amazing learning leaders and have deep experience in corporate workplace settings as well as Government and Social Services. We will feature each of them at one of our Learning 2015 General Sessions as we explore the opportunities and challenges of scaling learning in a global organization. Learning 2015 information at: http://www.learning2015.com

3. Cursive Skills Evaporate? A personal confession - my ability to write in Cursive is almost gone. Several times a month, I have to write a greeting card or note, and the look and feel of my Cursive writing is embarrassing. I even occasionally try to put the greeting card into the printer so I can use a Cursive Script Font to pretend.

I would like to ask each of my Learning TRENDS readers to take a personal quick test. Write three lines of text in Cursive. And, send me a quick note (via email to emasie@masie.com) with an update on your own Cursive writing skills. What’s happened, why and what is it telling us about shifting skills in the age of technology and texting?

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.

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

884 - Sway - PowerPoint Alternative; Data Analysis; Allegiance is Coming

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - August 7, 2015.
#884 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,973 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - 817 Colleagues Now Registered!

1. Sway, Microsoft’s Beyond PowerPoint Alternative.
2. Skills for Learning Teams - Data Analytics.
3. Allegiance - Our Show Comes to Broadway.
4. Global MeetUps at Learning 2015.

1. Sway, Microsoft’s Beyond PowerPoint Alternative: There is a new product from Microsoft that we have been experimenting with: Sway.  It is designed as an alternative and future model for building content, presentations and document sharing with face to face and distributed audiences.

Check it out at: http://www.fastcompany.com/3049484/app-economy/microsoft-sway

We have been impressed in our experiments in the MASIE Center Learning LAB at the flexibility and agility in merging presentations, documents, media and more.  Microsoft has made special efforts to engage educators - in both schools and work settings - to help shape Sway.  Personally, I love the title - as one would never say that PowerPoint Embraced Swaying :)

2. Skills for Learning Teams - Data Analytics: If there was one skill that I would add to your Learning Time - it would be Data Analytics. This would include these abilities and competencies:

* Structure Big and Personal Data Collection Models for Learning.
* Leverage the Data Collection of Learning Management Systems.
* Integrate Data Analytics with Design and Assessment.
* Interface with Corporate Data Groups to Represent and Connect Learning Efforts.
* Bridge the Data Collection Efforts to Workplace and Performance Settings.

Ideally, our Higher Education programs in Learning & Development would add Data Analytics as both a skillset and certification for new graduates. The field needs them!

3. Allegiance - Our Show Comes to Broadway: MASIE Productions is proud to be a Producer for the upcoming Broadway show Allegiance, which stars George Takei, Lea Selonga and Telly Leung.  We have been involved with this show for many years - and we are so excited to announce it will start Previews on October 6th and open on November 8th. We are starting our rehearsals in 3 weeks on August 24th.

I wanted to share several elements of our significant involvement in Allegiance:

* Catch a Video of George Takei & Allegiance: http://tinyurl.com/nqak5ja
* Tickets to Allegiance: http://allegiancemusical.com/

In addition, if any colleagues are interested in becoming more involved in Broadway Production of shows like Allegiance, send a note to MASIE Productions at elliott@masie.com

I will share some of our learnings as we bring this very powerful and cool show to life on Broadway.

4. Global MeetUps at Learning 2015: We are honored that we have many colleagues attending Learning 2015 (Nov 1 to 4, Orlando, FL) from international locations. We are creating a series of Global MeetUps for learning colleagues from global locations to connect - and for organizations that are building global learning efforts to discuss shared challenges and approaches. If you are interesting in helping to organize some of the Global MeetUps, please send a note to emily@masie.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4th - Orlando, Florida.

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

883 - Learning Pursuits Announced; Daily Readiness Checks; Coloring Ad

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - August 3, 2015.
#883 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,968 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - 789 Colleagues Now Registered!

1. Learning Pursuits: Challenges, Engagement & Gamification Experiment.
2. Daily Readiness Check?
3. 155 Learning Stories & Coloring Ad!

1. Learning Pursuits: Challenges, Engagement & Gamification Experiment! We are very excited to announce the development of our Learning Pursuits experiment - a mixture of engagement technology, game elements and colleague to colleague networking. We will launch Learning Pursuits for every participant at our upcoming Learning 2015 event in Orlando (Nov 1 to 4).

Imagine 1,600 colleagues - occasionally using their mobile devices to take part in challenges that will include:
 
* Digital Beacon technology to locate learning resources & subject matter experts.
* User micro-video production.
* Fun augmented reality images.
* QR Codes to unlock key challenges.
* Learning-Related Trivia Questions.
* Time based challenges, engagement strategies and competitive elements.

Learning Pursuits will blend learning targeted activities, along with high fun elements, to experiment with the role of Gamification as a strategy to assist with engagement and colleague collaboration. In addition, Learning Pursuits will be live and engaging as we all head to EPCOT for our 25th Anniversary  Celebration. While at EPCOT, participants will be invited to use a combination of photo, geo-location, video and trivia challenges for some cool prizes.  As this is an experiment, we will also explore the opportunities, challenges and design aha’s for blending Gamification and Learning.

See our Learning Pursuits announcement: http://www.learning2015.com/pursuits

2. Daily Readiness Check? What if there was a simple, quick “Readiness” check that many employees might do every day.

I had a colleague who was a surgeon and he played an XBox game each day before surgery to give himself feedback on his eye/hand coordination that morning.

What if we had quick “readiness” checks that would give us feedback on our alertness, sharpness, physical or even emotional readiness to do key or hard tasks that day?  Ah, let’s do that check before I do a difficult employee review or evaluation. It might trigger a self-awareness that I need to focus before taking on a task.

Love to hear about some dream “Daily Readiness Checks” that you wish were out there. Send a note to emasie@masie.com

3. 155 Learning Stories & Coloring Ad: As our design process for Learning 2015 proceeds, here are some new resources:

* 155 Learning Stories & Activities Slotted: Check out the current (and expanding) list of 155 learning stories, discussions and activities at Learning 2015 - http://www.learning2015.com/sessions
* Color Our Learning World Ad: In the theme of Coloring and Learning, we have created a color-ready ad that will appear in the T&D magazine in a few weeks - http://www.learning2015.com/index.php/item/color-our-learning-world.html

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.

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

 

882 - Sitzprobe?, Learning Design Video, Badges for Interests

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - July 29, 2015.
#882 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,962 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - 789 Colleagues Now Registered!

1. Sitzprobe - Putting it Together.
2. Elliott Video on Learning Design.
3. Badges for Learning Interest, Too.

1. Sitzprobe - Putting it Together: The other day I went to Williamstown, MA for a Sitzprobe.

Ok, you are probably thinking that it is a medical exam.  But, it is a theatrical event that is key in the production of a new musical.

MASIE Productions is supporting the development of a new musical, Unknown Solider, which is being produced at the Williamstown Theater Festival.  The Sitzprobe is the day when the orchestra musicians and the singer/actors come together for the first time.  Each group has been rehearsing independently, but on the day of the Sitzprobe, they came together in a rehearsal hall and the fullness of the show started to come together.

As we do theatrical productions, I am continually reminded of the relationships between that world and the learning production world.  Instructional design and delivery has much preparation, diagnosis and material polishing, but we often skip the key moments in the production process - where it all fits together. 

As the Sitzprobe progressed, there were perhaps a hundred small or even medium changes to the music, pacing and dramatic delivery.  Imagine if we were to apply the same rigor as we add content, context, slides, learner activity, assessment and engagement to a class or eLearning module. 

A Wikipedia Definition: Sitzprobe is a German term used in opera and musical theatre to describe a seated rehearsal—the literal translation of Sitzprobe—where the singers sing with the orchestra, focusing attention on integrating the two groups. It is often the first rehearsal where the orchestra and singers rehearse together.

2. Elliott Video on Learning Design: Here is a 10 minute video about our Learning Design Process for Learning 2015. We get many questions from folks about how the content, context and engagement come together, so I thought it would be helpful to put together a video on our process: http://www.learning2015.com/index.php/item/learning-2015-design-video.html

3. Badges for Learning Interest, Too: Badges are often discussed as indicators of skills, accomplishments or experience. We can also include “Learning Interests” as a possible badge. Imagine if you were learning a new language or working on a certification, such as Project Management. It would be cool to have a badge that would tell your colleagues about your learning interests and goals. I would guess that many would have some helpful perspectives or even ask you if you wanted to practice Spanish over lunch. Let’s expand our Badging Models.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 - 4 - Orlando, Florida.

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

 

881 - Coloring Books for Adults & Learning; Remote Steerable Tablets

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - July 21, 2015.
#881 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,954 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - 734 Colleagues Now Registered!

1. Coloring Books for Adults & Learning.
2. Steerable Tablets from Afar.
3. Last Weeks for 30 Under 30 Applications.

1. Coloring Books for Adults & Learning: Adults are coloring in books - and it is a fascinating trend to observe and consider for our work in learning. Over the past few years, I have been observing the growth of Coloring for Grownups, Coloring Books for Adults and Meditative or Context Focused coloring tasks aimed at adults. A recent article in the New Yorker Magazine explored why adults are buying and using coloring books for themselves: http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/why-adults-are-buying-coloring-books-for-themselves

Coloring books for adults are seen as having several benefits and applications:

* Relaxation: It can be very meditative and relaxing to color in a structured coloring book.
* Disconnecting from Tech: For many, it is a rare time to pick up a pencil or crayon and put away the always-connected mobile device.
* Reflective: The format of the coloring book can help someone reflect or consider the context of a diagram or situation (e.g. Same person, color one as a hipster and one as homeless).

We are quite interested in exploring Coloring for Adults & Learners, so it will be a fun experiment at Learning 2015.

We are building coloring diagrams into our Learning 2015 Notebook and each participant will receive a collection of coloring pens. Some of our diagrams will be related to a topic of the conference, such as “Personalization of Learning”, and others will be more meditative. We will even add Coloring Books into one of our Gamification Challenges. Check out the article on our planning at: http://www.learning2015.com/index.php/item/coloring.html

2. Steerable Tablets from Afar: On the other end of the “tech scale”, I’d like to share a cool new technology that we have been experimenting with at The MASIE Center. 

It is called Kubi: a small, steerable holder for a tablet like an iPad or Android version that can be controlled from a browser anywhere in the world. The person that is remote can move the tablet in a 360 fashion, tilt it up or down, and even shake or nod with a tablet motion. It sits on a table and can support a two-way video chat.

We have experimented with the Kubi in our LAB, simulating attendance at a meeting or adding a remote person as an expertise source. There are also intriguing implications for Customer Service, Coaching or Health Care utilization. Check it out at: https://www.revolverobotics.com/

3. Last Weeks for 30 Under 30 Applications: We are nearing the deadline for our 30 Under 30 program for rising learning leaders. If you are (or know someone who is) under the age of 30 and would like to participate in a unique engagement and development program at Learning 2015, please visit: http://www.learning2015.com/index.php/item/30-under-30-launched.html

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.

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

880 - Reflection and Learning; Summer Reading; 90 Sessions in Development

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - July 7, 2015.
#880 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,948 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - 636 Colleagues Now Registered!

1. Reflection and Learning: A Short Video.
2. Summer Reading List - Your Suggestions, Please!
3. 90 Sessions in Development: A Sampler

1. Reflection and Learning - A Short Video: In the age of faster, shorter and agile - what is the role of reflection and consideration? We want content instantly at our fingertips on a mobile phone, but when do we want to quietly reflect on or consider what we are learning? 

Here is an 11 minute video on Reflection & Learning by Elliott Masie:
http://www.masie.com/reflectlearn

2. Summer Reading List - Your Suggestions, Please! Talking about “Reflection and Learning”, it is interesting to see what is on people’s Summer Reading Lists. What are the books that you plan (or at least hope) to read this summer - on a vacation or a lazy day on the porch? I’d love to collect your lists and share a sample with our 50,000 learning colleagues globally.

Here are a few on my list to read (or even to re-read):

- “A Bone to Pick” by Mark Bittman - Food Editor for New York Times (and a high school buddy).
- “Dune” By Frank Herbert - One of the classic Science Fiction books and a re-read every 5 years for me.
- “Splendid Cities: Color Your Way to Calm” by Rossie Goodwin - Yes, a coloring book about cities and calmness.
- “Triggers” by Marshall Goldsmith - I recently read this book from the leading management coach about changing adult behavior.

So, what are a few of the books on your Summer Reading List? Send me a note to emasie@masie.com

3. 90 Sessions in Development: In addition to keynotes by Steve Wozniak, Sal Khan, Beverly Kaye, Jennifer Golbeck, Karl Kapp and more, there will be over 150 learning sessions and activities at Learning 2015 (Nov 1 to 4). Our design process is underway and over the coming weeks we will publish summaries of the content and conversations for the 1,600 learning colleagues coming to Learning 2015.

Here is a small sample of the sessions under development and design for Learning 2015:

- Enterprise-Wide Badging in Action!
- Leadership Development: New Approaches.
- Blended Learning at its Best: Video, Workshop & Gamified Assessment.
- Fully Developed Performance Support Solutions: From Inception to Support.
- Modernizing the Learning Organization: A Transformation Blueprint.
- What Makes Good Gamification Great.
- Designing Learning for All Screens.
- Challenges for a New CLO: What Does it Take to be Successful?
- Engaging the Executive Learner.
- Aligning Learning Strategy to the Modern Workplace.
- Flipped Classroom for the Enterprise.
- Career Development for Millennials.
- MOOC Update.
- Learning Strategy & Video in 2015.
- And Many, Many More….

A list of the 90+ sessions is located at: http://www.learning2015.com/sessions

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4th - Orlando, Florida.

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


 

30 Under 30 Learning Leaders

TO: Learning, Training & Performance Colleagues
FROM: Elliott Masie, Host & Curator

RE: 30 Under 30 Learning Leaders Program Launched!

The goal of the 30 Under 30 @ Learning 2015 Program is to provide support, visibility, voice and development for the next generation of Learning Leaders. We have been conducting the 30 Under 30 Program for six years and we are honored to have been a key element in the career development of almost 200 current and future learning leaders from major organizations around the world.

Each member of the 30 Under 30 program at Learning 2015 (Nov 1 to 4 at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida) will receive:

* A Major Discount to Learning 2015.
* Participation in Mentoring Activities (From and With Senior Learning Leaders).
* Key Roles at Learning 2015 as Leaders and Facilitators.
* Learning and Development Activities.
* Time with Elliott Masie & Keynote Speakers.

If you will be under the age of 30 on November 1, 2015, you may be eligible for the Learning 30 Under 30 Program.  

Full details and application at: http://www.learning2015.com/30u30

Yours in Learning,
Elliott Masie
Learning 2015 - Host & Curator
Conference Details: http://www.learning2015.com

879 - Instructor in the Digital Age? Low Cost Learning Retreats.

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - June 18, 2015.
#879 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,944 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - 607 Colleagues Now Registered!

1. The Instructor in the Digital Age?
2. Audio Wireless Commands for Video Lighting.
3. Low Cost Learning Retreats at Learning 2015.

1. The Instructor in the Digital Age? The classroom is not dead. In fact, we are seeing a slight rise in the total number of corporate classrooms. But, the pattern, duration and style of the classroom are changing - with the growth of digital learning. So, what are the changing skills of Instructors in the Digital Age? Here is a quick list of shifts The MASIE Center is observing:

* Less Lecture & More Experiences.
* Increased Use of Skype/Video Short Segments from External Experts.
* More Facilitation & Design of In-Classroom LABS & Experiments.
* Decreased Use of PowerPoint as the Content Organizer.
* More Grouping and Clustering of Learners in Small Groups by Expertise or Context.
* More Capture of Class on Video for Replay, Delayed Viewing and Future Editing.
* Role as a Curator of Content.
* Introduction of Game Elements, Badging or Competition into Curriculum.
* More Personalization of Content.
* Increased Availability Digitally After Class for Support/Remediation.
* More Diagnostic Assessment Used Before, During and After Program.
* More Intense Time Management of Shorter Class Timeframes.

I am honored to be leading a Featured Workshop at Learning 2015 on “The Instructor in the Digital Age”.  We will be demonstrating and exploring how to create or re-shape instructor skills and behaviors in the ever-blending world of learning. Details at: http://www.learning2015.com/index.php/item/instructors.html

2. Audio Wireless Commands for Video Lighting: There are two LED Video lights on tall tripods in my office, which are used for all of our Video or Skype sessions. While it is only a few steps from the desk to the tripods, I wanted to experiment with using audio commands to turn on and off the lights - just as I am starting or finishing a video session from my desk.

So, The MASIE Center LAB is experimenting with blending two technologies to provide audio-ready response:

* Belkin WeMo Remote Switches: We purchased a switch for about $50 that is wireless and app controlled. It uses the WeMo standard, which allows for remote digital control. I hooked the two LED lights into this switch - with their switches always set to ON. This gives me control from my smartphone, but I am just getting started.
* Amazon Echo Audio Device: Using the Amazon Echo, I configured the device to find and accept the WeMo switch. This allows me to say: “Alexa, WeMo On!” and 1 second later it says thank you and both lights go on. Saying “Alexa, WeMo Off!” returns the room to normal lighting.
There is also IFTTT functionality that I will explore next. This stands for “If This Then That” function. In other words, I can program the setup to look at my Calendar Schedule and trigger “lights on” when I have listed a video conference. And, in the same way, extinguish the lights at the end of the scheduled meeting, with a few minutes overtime built in.

This has been a fun experiment and now I have to get it working with my Apple Watch.

WeMo Info: http://www.belkin.com/us/Products/home-automation/c/wemo-home-automation/

Amazon Echo Info: http://www.amazon.com/oc/echo/ref_=ods_dp_ae

3. Low Cost Learning Retreats at Learning 2015: Here is a low cost way to bring together your learning colleagues from a distributed enterprise for a high engagement retreat and development experience:

Learning Group Retreats at Learning 2015.
Specialized Gathering of Learning Colleagues in Orlando @ Learning 2015.

Last year, we had 47 groups at Learning 2014.  This year, we have already booked groups with as many as 51 learning colleagues who will gather at Learning 2015, often for the conference plus 1 or 2 days of additional time for an annual get-together.

Your colleagues will benefit from the over 150 interactive learning sessions, hands-on experiences and some provocative keynotes including: “Woz” - Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer; Sal Khan from Khan Academy; Marshall Goldsmith; Beverly Kaye; Karl Kapp and many more.

The cost saving includes:

- Discount for group participation at Learning 2015.
- Low cost travel to Orlando from worldwide locations.
- Reasonable hotel rates.
- Free meeting space at Disney.
- Time with Elliott Masie and other featured resources.
- Ability to process and apply learnings and benchmarking to back-home realities.
- Capacity to capture and distribute a video summary for other colleagues.
- A high-energy and fun learning experience for your organization.

Our capacity for Learning Retreat Groups is limited. If you are interested in exploring a group, please contact cathy@masie.com for further details. Conference info and early registration at http://www.learning2015.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - Orlando, Florida.

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

878 - Five Questions, Please; Uber Driver Simulation; Personal Curation

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - June 15, 2015.
#878 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,934 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Gamification & Learning LAB - Saratoga Springs - June 2015

1. Online Learning Simulation for Uber!
2. Five Questions to Ask, Please!
3. Personal Curation - Read Later App.
4. Gamification & Learning.

1. Online Learning Simulation for Uber! As a continual traveler, I have become a user of Uber, Lyft and other innovative ride/taxi/limo providers. My smartphone app allows me to order a car, see where it is and do all my transactions online. Now, Uber has added a Driver Uber Simulation app for prospective drivers (and even customers) to try out.

Try it out at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/uberdrive-test-drive-your/id991154404?mt=8

And, here is an article on how Uber is using other simulations to help drivers maximize their earnings: http://venturebeat.com/2014/08/11/uber-simulated-a-city-to-teach-drivers-how-to-optimize-their-earnings/

2. Five Questions to Ask, Please! Help us “crowd-develop” Five GREAT questions to ask Chief Learning Officers and other learning leaders at Learning 2015.  What are the 5 questions that I should ask several key CLOs from the main stage, as well as use for benchmarking conversations amongst our participants?

Take a few minutes and send us 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 suggestions of great questions that we can use for conversations with senior learning leaders. Quick survey at: http://www.learning2015.com/index.php/item/5-questions-please.html

3. Personal Curation - Read Later App: We are all inundated with more and more content and possible learning material. As I have spoken with learning colleagues around the world, they are all seeking technologies or approaches that would allow learners to “tag” content - regardless of the device being used - for a “Read or View Later” list.

Recently, I have experimented with a few and one that intrigues me is called Pocket. It allows a user to easily tag and personally curate content that might be reviewed later - with their own personally created tags.  Check it out at http://www.getpocket.com  There are free and premium editions - and we can imagine that many other apps like this will surface that are enterprise or work related.  For me, it has allowed me to tag and not forget cool stuff that I can’t or won’t access now.

4. SPECIAL NOTE: There are four more spaces available in the Gamification & Learning LAB that begins at The MASIE Center in Saratoga Springs next week on June 23rd.  Details at http://www.masie.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015

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

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

7 Minute Survey - Learning Directions and Shifts?

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

RE: 7 Minute Survey on Learning Directions & Shifts!

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

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

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

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

Thanks for your participation!

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
http://www.masie.com

877 - Thumb Scrolling Content?; Gamification and Learning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015

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

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

 

875 - Elliott Turns 65 Today - Oh Myy

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

Elliott’s 65th Birthday Today!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM

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

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

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