917 - Responsive Crisis Tech, SpongeBob, 4D Printing

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - May 26, 2016.
#917 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,259 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2016 - Oct 23-26 in Orlando - www.learning2016.com 

1. Responsive Technology Resolves a Crisis.
2. ATD Themes and Observations.
3. SpongeBob and Bikini Bottoms - Tech Notes.
4. 4D Printing???
5. Learning Innovations LAB - 7 Spaces in July. 

1.  Responsive Technology Resolves a Crisis:  It is never good to hear that your flight has been cancelled.  And, it was even more of a disappointment yesterday, when I flew from Denver at 6 am, spent the day in Chicago at a theater (more about that below), and was flying back to New York State at 7 pm. But, the responsive technology that American Airlines was using made it a lot more tolerable:

- My App Knew First: Minutes before the cancellation was posted, my American App on my phone alerted me that the flight was cancelled due to weather.

- Their Phone System Knew Me: I dialed the American Airlines number, dreading what I feared would be a long wait before speaking to an agent, but their responsive system recognized my mobile number, asked if I was Elliott, and then began my re-routing process.

- Their System Made a Personal Choice for Me: It knew where I was going and where I usually choose to sit, so the automatic voice said, “Elliott, we are holding a space for you on a non-stop 7:05 am flight tomorrow morning - in seat 5A. Would you like to use this one or search for other alternatives?”

- My App Followed Along: As soon as I said “yes” to the system, my reservation was confirmed, and my boarding pass was delivered to my app for the next morning flight - along with a TSA Pre-Check symbol.

Getting a hotel was not nearly as easy, but the experience of the airline’s responsive technology was impressive, along with the option for a passenger to ask to speak to a live rep. The system worked so well that I was rebooked and had a new boarding pass before the first person in the very long line at the counter was finished.

2.  ATD Themes and Observations: It was an honor to be a speaker for a major session at the ATD 2016 event in Denver this week. I was able to meet with so many current and new colleagues from around the world, as well as deliver a high energy session on Learning Themes and Disruptions. 

For 3 days I dialogued with hundreds of learning colleagues and spoke with implementers and suppliers, focusing on emerging and disruptive learning trends. You will see some detailed videos that I will post in TRENDS in the weeks ahead. But, here is a quick look at my running list of themes and observations from the ATD event:

- Learning Personalization - looking for systems that will allow and support learner choices. While it is on the display boards of many suppliers, we need a deeper view of the “who” (designer, learner, or the system) and “how” (automatic or blended) when personalization occurs.

- xAPI Confusion - while many are intrigued by the concept of a learning experience data standard, there is deep confusion and a pause in implementation of xAPI. It seems the effort has to get a higher level of corporate support and shift from a “techie” view to methods of leveraging experience tracking into learning excellence.

- Big Marketing Bucks in Learning - there is a lot of venture money flowing into the learning space and we saw many $100,000 + exhibits and presences in the ATD Expo area.   It was exciting to see the support but also strange to see some companies with slick booths and extremely vague learning messages. Many learning suppliers are aligning as software innovators and need to better weave learning into the mix.

- Video Soaring - the participants at the event were all about video as a core and growing element in learning.

- Search Next - I spent considerable time in my presentation exploring how search and the emerging audio/search mixes (Amazon Echo, Apple Siri, and Google Home) could radically change at-work access.

- Machine Learning - everyone wants it but few are comfortable with their understanding and almost no one can point to a current working case in the field - YET!

- Learning Producer vs. Instructional Designer - that is my push for rebranding what many of us do. “Learning Producer” can include an ID set of skills but is broader and more reflective of the blend of roles we are all performing. 

Stay tuned for more on these topics in future issues of Learning TRENDS. 

3. SpongeBob and Bikini Bottoms - Get Ready: As you may know, MASIE Productions is also involved in producing Broadway Theater. Our latest project is SpongeBob The Musical, which is about to open for a one month run in Chicago (on the way to Broadway). 

Yesterday I stopped in at the Oriental Theater for a most unusual phase of building a Broadway show: “Tech”. This is a 2 week period when the technical aspects of a show (scenery, lights, movement, sound, and much more) are worked through - line by line. The cast and creative team continue their rehearsal as dancers or stage pieces are aligned and optimized. The theater seating is transformed into a series of tables with computers and creatives, working on getting everything great before we start Previews in about a week. 

I love “Tech” as it is that time when the User Experience is the focus of the production process. SpongeBob The Musical, based on the television show from Nickelodeon, which is the primary Producer of our show, takes you on an amazing journey with high energy songs, stories, dance, and cast that are delighted being “underwater”. The set is awesome and the songs of Bikini Bottom have been written by Cyndi Lauper, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, and many more.

The website for the show is http://www.thespongebobmusical.com  If you can, catch it in Chicago and send me any comments or thoughts. It is cool for kids and adults of all ages.   We will be there on the evening of June 14th. 

And, the show will be coming to Broadway in the 2016-2017 season. 

5. 4D Printing??? Check out this article and video about 4D Printing and the implications: http://tinyurl.com/4dprintnews 

Note: There are only 7 spaces open in my next Learning Innovations LAB, to be held at the MASIE Center in Saratoga Springs from July 12 to 14. Details and registration at http://www.masie.com

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie 

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Learning Directions Briefings: June in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
- Learning Innovations LAB - July 12-14, Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida. 

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

916 - Coming Attractions of eLearning, Tech Reviews Teach, Meet Me at ATD

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - May 10, 2016.
#916 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,257 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2016 - Oct 23-26 in Orlando - www.learning2016.com

1. Going to ATD? Join My Session and a Drink :)
2. Forgot What Tech Reviews Teach Me!
3. Previews of eLearning Modules More Important.
4. Learning Directions Briefings (NYC, Chicago & LA) in June

1. Going to ATD? Join My Session and a Drink :)  If you are heading to the ATD International event in Denver in May, I would love to connect with Learning TRENDS colleagues.  There are a few ways we could connect:

- My Session: “Learning Trends, Shifts, and Disrupters” - Monday, May 23rd 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM | Room: Four Seasons 1.  Session Blurb: “You’ll discover the pros and cons of learning personalization, connected classrooms, machine learning, engagement, and gamification. In addition, this session will explore how organizations can address mobile learning in a world of BYOD, high-def screens, virtual reality, wearables, and other worker-owned tech expectations. You’ll also learn how to handle the nonstop pitches for new technologies and methodologies, and how important stopping is to innovation.”  Details: http://atd2016.mapyourshow.com/6_0/sessions/session-details.cfm?ScheduleID=264

- Drink - We will gather colleagues for an informal drink and chat on Monday, May 23rd at 5:30 pm at Elements Restaurant & Bar, Embassy Suites Hotel (3rd Floor)
1420 Stout Street, Denver, Colorado, 80202, USA (Across the street from the Convention Center)

- Stop By My Booth: I’ll be hanging out at our small booth to meet colleagues in the ATD Expo Hall.  Look for the Learning 2016 Booth #234.

2. Forgot What Tech Reviews Teach Me! I had a throwback moment the other day that taught me how much reading tech reviews can teach a user. I was on a train and read a copy of a Mac Magazine. There was an article that was reviewing and detailing the new features and updates to my iPhone and iPadPro. By reading 6 pages of reviews, I learned about 9 features on these technologies that I never discovered.  Mobile devices and Apps are framed as self-evident in features – so much so that I have skipped digging into reviews. The impact was that I was unaware of key functions that I had paid for but were out of my mind frame. Learners sometimes have to revisit older learning habits to see if they are leaving key content undiscovered.

3. Previews of eLearning in Content Overload: Learners are feeling overloaded with a radically increasing number of options. Videos, PDF’s, Social Content, External Content and eLearning Modules. We would strongly urge learning professionals to add previews or “coming attractions” to the start of eLearning modules. Learners want to have a sense of the content, style and experience of a module before making the time commitment to begin it. Imagine if a learner could roll over an icon of the module and a 15 second video preview would launch. Try it! Learners will ask for it soon, too!

4. Learning Directions Briefings (NYC, Chicago, & LA) in June: I am looking forward to intense one-day briefings with learning colleagues at our annual Learning Directions Briefings, which will be held in June in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. We will drill down to current and emerging trends in the learning arena, including content, context, delivery, virtual reality, micro-mentoring, and evolving assessment models. There are still spaces available in each of our Learning Directions Briefings:

- New York City - June 1
- Los Angeles - June 7
- Chicago - June 15

Details and online registration at http://www.masie.com

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Directions Briefings: June in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
- Learning Innovations LAB - July 12-14, Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida.

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

 

915 - George Takei at Learning 2016, Learning Systems Perspectives

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - May 4, 2016.
#915 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,255 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Directions Briefings: NYC, Chicago & Los Angeles - June.

1. George Takei to be Featured at Learning 2016.
2. Learning Systems Aha’s and Perspectives.
3. Learning Directions Briefings (NYC, Chicago & LA) in June.

1. George Takei to be Featured at Learning 2016: I am honored to announce that George Takei, an amazing actor, storyteller, activist and social media icon, will be featured at our Learning 2016 on October 25th in Orlando, Florida. 

George will be interviewed on the power of Storytelling, the role of “Memes & Social Messages” for viral impact, and a few fun stories on the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek. In addition, George will help me interview Astronaut Scott Kelly, after his year in space. I am excited to see the dialogue between the “Starship Enterprise” and the International Space Station.

Details and Early Registration Discounts at http://www.learning2016.com

2. Learning Systems Aha’s and Perspectives: Here are my takeaways from a deep dive on Learning Systems with 201 learning leaders in Chicago last week:

- A high degree of mild to low satisfaction with current Learning Systems (LMS, LCMS and More).
- Despite that, very few organizations are doing a major replacement of their LMS.
- Key strategies are focused on adding “layers” on top of the LMS - to add new capacities like video, competencies or content curation.
- High desire to add better Assessment and Certification strategies to Learning Systems.
- Desire for “Learning Apps” that would either add to the LMS or give an individual learner more personalized access to the systems.
- Intrigue with xAPI for a common learning data standard - but most organizations are still exploring and experimenting with xAPI.
- Rapid increase in the use of Video Content - from external sites (e.g. TED) and internal, user-created video.
- Push to have the LMS being able to help Personalize more content and learning experiences.
- Desire to look towards innovations in K-12 and Higher Education for models of Learning Systems (e.g. Khan Academy).

Based on the strong reaction from the participants, we have added a major Learning Systems set of sessions at Learning 2016 and will expand the scope of the Learning Barracuda Bowl. Watch for details soon!

3. Learning Directions Briefings (NYC, Chicago & LA) in June: I am looking forward to intense one-day briefings with learning colleagues at our annual Learning Directions Briefings, which will be held in June in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.  We will drill down to current and emerging trends in the learning arena, including content, context, delivery, virtual reality, micro-mentoring and evolving assessment models.  There are spaces available in each of our Learning Directions Briefings:

- New York City - June 1
- Los Angeles - June 7
- Chicago - June 15

Details and online registration at http://www.masie.com

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Directions Briefings: June in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
- Learning Innovations LAB - July 12-14, Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida.

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

 

914 - Anatomy of 2 Keynotes, 10 Minute Learning Systems Survey

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - April 21, 2016.
#914 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,249 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Systems: LMS, LCSM, Social & More - April 27 and 28 - Chicago.

1. Learning Systems: 10 Minute Survey!
2. Anatomy of 2 Elliott Keynotes - Design Process.

1. Learning Systems - 10 Minute Survey: Each year, Learning TRENDS conducts a quick survey on how Learning Systems (LMS, LCMS, Social and More) are used (currently and plans for the future) in organizations.  Would you please take 10 minutes to respond to our 2016 Learning Systems survey? We will publish a summary of the results in the next few weeks in Learning TRENDS. Just go to: http://www.masie.com/LSSurvey16

2. Anatomy of 2 Elliott Keynotes - Design Process: I just finished the second keynote that I have done for a major group in the past week (with 2 different trips to Florida). Folks have asked that I share an occasional perspective into the design and delivery process. Both of these keynotes were on learning trends and futures. One was for a group of 350 faculty and the other was for 25 learning managers at energy and industrial companies. Here is how the design was different:

Florida International University Online Conference: This was a gathering of hundreds of faculty who are teaching primarily online courses to students in Florida. The goal of my keynote was to be a “disrupter” looking at the differences in traditional, online, and hybrid teaching methods. My speech was right after a big lunch and I had to energize and stimulate the faculty to explore shifts in their teaching style.  I designed my session to be a Stand Up/Mingle/Converse hour-long experience. Rather than lecture, I gave them key questions to explore with each other.  For example, “How do YOU use search as a tool for your own learning?” And, they were asked to stand up, find 3 new colleagues, and chat about Search.  The design had them interacting with each other in short stints (usually 4 minutes) with me adding or stretching their findings. Sometimes they would talk to the person sitting next to them, sometimes stand up, and other times think and write a few notes to a question. The design of the keynote was to ENGAGE the 350 folks with my content slipped into the interactions.

RedVector Conference: The design of my keynote that I just finished was to have a participant question and answer dialogue. After giving a 12 minute overview of some key learning trends (memorization decrease, personalization, compliance growth), we shifted to open questions from the senior learning managers who were sitting around a U-Shaped table. Quickly, their questions and realities shaped the dialogue. While I had content that I wanted to introduce (Role of VR for Learning, High Hazard Safety Issues, and Learning Feedback), the design shifted the control to the participants questions. Based on my conversations at breakfast before the 8:45 am keynote, I sensed that they were an experienced and ripe group to drive the dialogue.

Both designs “worked” - based on feedback from participants, reactions of hosts, and the energy in the rooms.  Keynotes are often more about the PROCESS than the CONTENT. It is interesting to approach each keynote with an open design model and shape the delivery, interactions, and focus based on both the host’s desires and reactions from the audience. The only thing that was the same in the 2 keynotes was wearing my bright red sports jacket.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! - April 27 and 28, Chicago, IL.
- Learning Directions Briefings: June in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago.
- Learning Innovations LAB - July 12-14, Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida.

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

 

913 - Science of Character, Oculus and Learning, Mobile Tech Mix

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - April 13, 2016.
#913 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,241 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Systems: LMS, LCSM, Social & More - April 27 and 28 - Chicago.

1. Tiffany Shlain, The Science of Character.
2. Oculus and Learning: VRLearn Announced.
3. Mobile Mix with Binoculars - Hybrids Afoot.
4. Miss Matzoball Runs Kentucky Stakes Race on Saturday.

1. Tiffany Shlain, The Science of Character.  I found an amazing person on an amazing TED Med video. Tiffany Shlain addresses the Science of Character in an amazing way. And, we are proud to announce her as one of our Keynoters at Learning 2016 (Oct 23 to 26, Orlando), along with Astronaut Scott Kelly and others.

Named one of Newsweek’s “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and dynamic speaker known for visually stimulating, big picture, provocative, inspiring, and engaging engagements. She has received over 70 awards and distinctions for her films and work, and has premiered four films at Sundance, including her acclaimed feature documentary Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology, which The New York Times hailed as “examining everything from the Big Bang to Twitter,” “incredibly engaging.”

The US State Department has also selected four of Shlain’s films, including Connected, to represent the U.S. at embassies around the world to foster dialogue across borders. Her AOL Original series The Future Starts Here was nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award in New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture and has over 40 million views to date. Shlain’s films and lectures employ her signature style of fast-paced images, colorful animations, and daring and humorous insights to encourage us all to think about where we’re headed in our increasingly connected world.

Check out her TED Med Video and more details at: http://learning2016.com/item/tiffany-shlain-keynotes

2. Oculus and Learning - VRLearn Announced: Virtual Reality is an intriguing and aspiring approach to creating entertainment and content. I have been one of the early Oculus (now owned by Facebook) Lab developers.  We have experimented with the beta edition and just got one of the first Oculus Virtual Reality setups at The MASIE Center - to explore its learning opportunities and affordances. And, they may be quite powerful and impactful for workplace learning.

We just organized VRLearn - a project of The MASIE Center - that will engage corporate learning leaders and the makers of VR technology to shape and explore the educational affordances.  We will soon announce VRLearn’16, as a key element of Learning 2016.  If you or your colleagues are intrigued with exploring VRLearn, please send an email to emasie@masie.com. Experimenters are deeply welcomed!

3. Mobile Mixed with Binoculars - Hybrids Afoot: Some of the most intriguing inventions are found when we combine unlike devices. I took a mobile phone holder called SnapZoom that positions the back camera on my iPhone over the eyepiece of a binocular. Melding the viewing, photo, or video aspect of the iPhone with the zoomed magnification of my binoculars creates a new hybrid. I love the mixture and there is much that we can explore as we combine our technologies. Check it out at www.snapzooms.com

4. Miss Matzoball Runs Kentucky Stakes Race on Saturday: TRENDS readers have heard about the racing fun and success of MASIE Stable’s Miss Matzoball. Well, she took another step up the performance ladder. This Saturday, Miss Matzoball has been invited and entered into a Stakes Race at the prestigious Keeneland track in Lexington, Kentucky.  She will be racing against 11 other fillies and mares over 4 years of age. Very exciting, and we will be there to root her on!

If you want to watch live, she is in the Giant Causeway Stakes (eighth race) on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 4:26 PM Eastern Time. Catch it at http://www.keeneland.com/racing/live-racing-coverage. As always, our hope is that she has a safe and healthy race, and learns new skills.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! - April 27 and 28, Chicago, IL.
- Learning Directions Briefings: June in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago.
- Learning Innovations LAB - July 12-14, Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida.

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

 

912 - Adaptive Webinars, Commas Confuse, Scouts and Badges, Shoes for Slide Controls

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - April 1, 2016.
#912 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,239 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.

1. Adaptive Webinars - Focused Multi-Tasking.
2. Research on the Comma’s Impact on Clarity.
3. Scouts to Manage Skills Badging Sashes.
4. Shoes with Slide Controls for Trainers.

1. Adaptive Webinars - Focused Multi-Tasking: Our LAB has been testing two new Apps for learners taking webinars. Many learners find the webinar to be a low-efficiency experience and often do 1 to 3 other tasks while online, from eating lunch to checking emails or even taking a phone call while on webinar mute. But, these multi-tasking actions can often result in a learner missing a key concept or being caught off-guard if the facilitator calls their name.

Multi-Webinar is one App that seems to provide a real-time screen for busy learners.  It does an analysis of the voice and slides as they appear, sorting against a list of key words or important concepts for each learner. For example, if I were to add “Compliance Audit” or “Elliott Masie” to the scan list, my desktop would beep immediately, calling me back to the webinar for attention and even response to a facilitator’s question. Multi-Webinar also allows the learner to suppress the real-time beep and provide a scan later on of key concepts.

Learning Aggressively App is another more provocative one that has just hit the market.  It allows an employee to attend 2, 3 or 4 webinars at the same time. It logs the learner into each webinar, in a quarter of the screen. Regulations rarely state that the learner cannot be on multiple webinars at once.  The windows for each webinar change color based on an adaptive analysis of the content and pace of each event. It can even scan for the title level of the presenter, turning red if your boss’s boss is now speaking.

These are just the first in the Adaptive Webinar attendance apps.  We have heard a rumor that Taco Bell, Starbucks and McDonald’s are working on an interface to allow webinar apps to automatically order delivered food for each learner based on the time of day, eating preferences and analyzed complexity of the content of the webinar(s).  Stay tuned for more in this space.

2. Research on the Comma’s Impact on Clarity: This is probably, the most difficult item to report, in this edition of TRENDS. Researchers at the University of Sierra Nevada, working with a sample of over 230 courses, taught in many settings, including corporate workplace, have found some revealing results.

“The learner stops learning the moment they encounter a comma! The comma can be read or spoken. Learners do not feel a need to read beyond the comma. Tragically there are often modifiers after the comma that change the meaning totally. We are urging writers and teachers to stop using the comma.”

Wow, I don’t know how I might implement this finding, to be totally blunt. But, we encourage TRENDS readers to experiment, test and react accordingly, if possible in your setting. Please send me your reactions, to emasie@masie.com

3. Scouts to Manage Skills Badging Sashes: Badges are quite powerful as a means of recognizing the skills achievements of employees. But, there is no central and trusted source for validating and storing an employee’s earned badges, especially as they move from one job to another.

The Learning CONSORTIUM, representing 200 major corporations, has started conversations with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, to engage them as the primary Badge manager in our society. For example, I have my Boy Scout Badge sash, containing 14 badges that I earned as a teenager, including my Nuclear Power Badge.  And, people trust these badges, especially when worn over my clothing in the green Scout Sash.

We are asking the Scouts to take the lead role in the Badging Movement.  They are in conversation with several clothing designers to introduce a wide range of cool looking sashes that could be worn at work, at job interviews or even for single folks at a Speed Dating event.

4. Shoes with Slide Controls for Trainers: As a keynote speaker, I hate to have to carry the slide projector device in my hands.  I will often put it down on the podium and can’t find it quickly. Or, I will hit the wrong button.  Plus, it looks strange for me to be breaking emotional contact with the group to use this remote control.

Well, designers are working with the technology invented by Dean Kamen, my colleague who created the Segway. Imagine wearing shoes that had a sole with slide control pressure controls triggered by your toes.  For example:

- Press your large right toe to move a slide forward.
- Press your large left toe to move a slide backward.
- Press all your toes on the right foot to make the slide screen go dark.
- And, rock on your back heel twice and the ending music for the presentation starts playing.

As a presenter, I believe the shoe control speeches will be more energetic and it will keep the speaker literally “on their toes”.  Though, I wonder if TSA will have a problem clearing these through their checkpoints at the airport.

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Note to TRENDS Readers: Every year for the past few decades I have enjoyed sending out our April Fools Edition of Learning Trends on April 1st, where we celebrate a prankster day in the United States and other parts of the world.  While none of these are true just yet, stay tuned. Thinking out of the box sometimes comes from the strangest places.

Smiling, with a comma,

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - July 12-14, Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! - April 27 and 28, Chicago, IL.
- Learning Directions Briefings: June in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida.

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

 

911 - Stacking vs. Replacing LMS; Learner as Content Producer

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - March 31, 2016.
#911 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,230 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Directions Briefings: NYC, Seattle, Chicago & LA in June.

1. Learner as Content Producer?
2. Stacking vs. Replacing the LMS/LCMS!
3. Learning Directions Briefings in June.

1. Learner as Content Producer? More of the learning consumed by learners has been created, compiled or produced by sources other than internal Learning & Development groups. We have been surveying a significant shift in the origin of content used by employees of our organizations.  Increasingly, we are seeing these as the source of content:

- Search Found Content.
- Public Content Collections - TED Talks, YouTube, Others.
- Peer Created Content or Collaborations.
- Curated Content by Learners.
- 3rd Party Content from External Providers.

The “meta” trend is that the organization is building less and less of the content in a formal designer mode. In fact, the Learner is often becoming a “Learning Producer” through their own assembly and selection of content from a wider and wider set of resources. It will be interesting to track how learners expand and hone their skills of being their own “Producers” and how learning functions leverage this to help curate a more effective and efficient set of learning choices for the rest of the enterprise.

2. Stacking vs. Replacing the LMS/LCMS! While many organizations have grown beyond the current capacities of their Learning Management Systems and LCMS, there are significantly fewer corporations choosing to make the major capital and implementation investment of replacing their entire enterprise learning technology.  Rather, we are seeing more “Stacking”, which means accepting the role of the existing LMS as the base system for the organization and then adding Stacks or Layers on top that will create added and more targeted functionality.  Some of the Learning Stacks include:

- Competency or Talent Management Layers.
- Assessment or Feedback Layers.
- Compliance or Regulatory Layers.
- Career Development Layers.
- Collaboration and Social Networking Layers.
- Gamification or Engagement Layers.
- Globalization Layers.

In other words, some organizations are shifting from replacing their LMS to adding these technologies on top of the LMS. Some may be limited to a specific line of business or segment of learners.  Others are layered in almost as extensions of the LMS, using the core code for transaction tracking and shared data exchange - but the functionality is found in the layer.  One might call it a “LMS Inside” approach.

We will be exploring the Stacking model for Learning Management Systems at our upcoming Learning Systems event in Chicago on April 27 and 28.  Over 150 learning leaders are already registered.  Details at http://www.masie.com

3. Learning Directions Briefings in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles & Seattle: Each year, I have the honor of leading 1 day Learning Directions briefings in cities across the United States.  Here is the list of our upcoming Learning Directions Programs:

- New York City - June 1st.
- Los Angeles, CA - June 7th.
- Seattle, WA - June 9th.
- Chicago, IL - June 15th.

Learning Directions Briefings have a limited enrollment to keep the discussions interactive and engaging.  Details and online registration at: http://www.masie.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2016
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - May 17-19 (2 spaces left) or July 12-14, Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! - April 27 and 28, Chicago, IL.
- Learning Directions Briefings: June in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida.

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

910 - Sleep and Learning, Compliance Concerns, Learning Directions

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - March 21, 2016.
#910 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,232 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! April in Chicago.

1. Sleep, Grades, Social Life - Pick Two!
2. Compliance & Learning Concerns, Please!
3. Learning Directions Briefings: Chicago, New York, Los Angeles & Seattle.

1. Sleep, Grades, Social Life - Pick Two! There is a direct relationship between sleep patterns and learning. And, it shows up with clarity on college campuses.  We are impressed that Huffington Post is launching a “Sleep Revolution College Tour”, coming this spring to 50 campuses across the United States, drawing on the latest science to raise awareness and spark a national conversation about the importance of sleep and the dangers of sleep deprivation.

To help students embrace sleep as a performance enhancer rather than something that gets in the way of achievement and success, they are working with brands, including Sleep Number, JetBlue, Marriott, Jawbone, Cocomat, Spotify, Lands’ End, Fresh, Sleep Shepherd, Headspace, and others to host “sleep fairs” on campuses to give students tangible tools and data to learn better sleep habits and make small but transformational changes in their lives.

Sleep deficiency can also impact the learning capabilities of adults in the workplace. It is more difficult for employees to learn new content when their sleep balances are off. Family responsibilities, second jobs, sleep apnea and other pressures can leave our employees with attention distractions. 

Check out the “Sleep Revolution College Tour” website for some intriguing ideas: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/the-sleep-revolution-college-tour_b_9515194.html

2. Compliance & Learning Concerns, Please! This coming week, our Learning CONSORTIUM will gather 50 learning leaders in Washington, DC to dialogue and discuss the growth of “Compliance and Regulatory” related learning programs.  In some industries, there are reports of 40% to 75% of learning programs that are defined by Compliance, Regulatory or Accreditation requirements.  We will be exploring ways of adding more efficiency to the learning and assessment dimensions of the compliance reality in our organizations.

I would love to get a list of “Compliance & Learning Concerns” that TRENDS readers might share with us.  If you could make an impact on how the learning and assessment side of Compliance and Regulatory effort could evolve, send me a note to emasie@masie.com  

We will share an executive summary of our discussions in several weeks.

3. Learning Directions Briefings in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles & Seattle: Each year, I have the honor of leading 1 day Learning Directions briefings in cities across the United States.  Here is the list of our upcoming Learning Directions Programs:

- New York City - June 1st.
- Los Angeles, CA - June 7th.
- Seattle, WA - June 9th.
- Chicago, IL - June 15th.

Learning Directions Briefings have a limited enrollment to keep the discussions interactive and engaging.  Details and online registration at: http://www.masie.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2016
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - May 17-19 or July 12-14, Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! - April 27 and 28, Chicago, IL.
- Learning Directions Briefings: June in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida.

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

909 - Khan Academy and Learning Systems, Miss Matzoball Wins Stakes

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - March 16, 2016.
#909 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,225 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! April in Chicago.

1. Learning Innovations - The Killers?
2. Khan Academy Leader at Learning Systems Forum.
3. Miss Matzoball WINS Stakes Race!

1. Learning Innovations - The Killers? We just finished hosting 43 learning leaders from around the world at our Learning Innovations LAB in Saratoga Springs.

One of the intriguing conversations centered around “Who are the Killers of a Learning Innovation?”  In other words, which types of opposition will rise up to squash and “kill” a learning innovation that has promise? The diverse group of participants shared this list of potential Innovation Killers:

- Ritual Lovers: People who are in love the rituals and traditions of corporate learning delivery.
- IT Conservatives: Technical folks that see learning innovations as pushing the role of IT beyond the transaction mode.  For example, they see video as an unpredictable demand on bandwidth.
- Risk Managers: Innovation will increase the risk of some projects failing. Risk managers (or risk sensitive colleagues) may not be able to tolerate risk of failure.
- Instructional Design Professionals: Many learning innovations will push beyond the scope of traditional instructional design, which does not normally include search or workflow learning technology.
- You - The Innovator: Strangely, our own enthusiasm for a learning innovation may overstate the benefits and weaken the reality of the new project’s reality brand.

I loved leading the Innovations LAB.  We are scheduling two more sections of our Learning Innovations LAB: May 17-19 or July 12-14 in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Space is limited and details are available at http://www.masie.com

2. Khan Academy Leader at Learning Systems Forum: Sal Khan has created quite a force in learning through the work of his non-profit Khan Academy. We hosted Sal as a keynoter at Learning 2015 and had a chance to meet his President and COO, Shantanu Sinha. We had great dialogues about applying the Khan Academy learning model and technology to the world of workplace learning.  They have an adaptive learning platform where students have answered over 4 billion exercise problems.

I am honored to say that Shantanu, in an evolving role with Khan Academy, will be one of my speakers at our upcoming Learning Systems Forum in Chicago an April 27 and 28. I will interview Shantanu about the approach that Khan Academy has taken with both Learning Systems and Machine Learning to track and adapt to learner progress. And, we will explore the future links to workplace learning. We now have 110 participants signed up for Learning Systems. Information is available at http://www.masie.com

3. Miss Matzoball WINS Stakes Race! We are so excited that our horse Miss Matzoball won her first Stakes Race at Gulfstream in Florida on Saturday. This is the top level of racing and Miss Matzoball (horse number 5 with a jockey wearing pink silks) won an amazing victory. It is about one minute long and fun to watch. Check it out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3va5zhRmIOw

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2016
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - May 17-19 or July 12-14, Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! - April 27 and 28, Chicago, IL.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida.

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

908 - eLearning as Change; Dyslexia Emulation; Masie Team Expands

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - March 7, 2016.
#908 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,219 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! April in Chicago.

1. eLearning as Social Change Force.
2. Dyslexia Website Emulation.
3. MASIE Center Seeks New Team Members.
4. Learning Systems Questions!

1. eLearning as Social Change Force: I recently spent one week in Manila, Philippines as a keynoter for a global learning conference.  It was a fascinating and mind-expanding experience to explore what the role of digital learning can be in a developing country with a large poor and rural population.

At the conference, I was interviewed by TV personalities and journalists, focusing on the potential and power for leveraging eLearning as a tool for economic development. Fellow keynoters, including a nun who is a president of a University, pointed to the role that eLearning could play to provide skills, career potential and expanded opportunity in rural areas.  Building more schools or even accessing more teachers would require significant funding and political shifts. But, making learning resources (ala Khan Academy or eLearning for Kids) available immediately expands the learning window - without large expenditures.

Many families in the Philippines have one or more relatives working overseas to gain wages.  Skype and digital video is allowing the “ex-pat” relatives to be part of the coaching and mentoring of children back home.

In the U.S., we rarely talk about eLearning from this perspective, but when we look at knowledge and skill development in developing areas, the role of digital learning resources, along with apprenticeships and alignment of learning to jobs that can be done without traveling away from home, is a potent and powerful opportunity.  The MASIE Center will be expanding our conversations with global innovators in eLearning to support these efforts.

2. Dyslexia Website Emulation: Have you ever wondered how a colleague with Dyslexia experiences the challenge of reading? Victor Widell, a developer, has created a site that emulates Dyslexia processing of reading. Remember, a percentage of your workforce has some degree of Dyslexia.  Check out this emulation at: http://tinyurl.com/dyslexia99

3. MASIE Center Seeks New Team Members: We are seeking one or two more members of the MASIE Center/MASIE Productions Team and are looking for people who would be excited to work on a range of projects focused on learning, innovation, dynamic meetings and more. Ideally, one person would be based here in Saratoga Springs, NY but we are also open to considering colleagues who would work remotely. This role would be ideal for someone in the early stages of their learning career, but it could also be adapted for a recent retiree who wants to stay involved in learning innovation. Skills include relationship building with learning colleagues in our CONSORTIUM, helping with meeting planning, learning technology experiments and working with Elliott on a wide range of new ideas and projects. If this intrigues you, please send a confidential note to jobs@masie.com with some of your background and why you would be intrigued to be a part of Team MASIE. 

4. Learning Systems Questions! As we design our upcoming event, Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More, to be held in Chicago on April 27 and 28, I am pondering a long list of questions that learning leaders have been raising about the state of Learning Systems in 2016.  Here are a few of the questions, challenges and innovations:

- “Our LMS is starting to be out of date, but there is no funding for a major replacement.  What are other companies doing to enhance, extend, refine or work around tired Learning Systems?”
- “Personalizing Learning is a major strategic objective for 2016/2017. How are organizations leveraging LMS and LCMS to support personalization?”
- “Video is growing radically as our primary delivery format, but our LCMS and even LMS are lagging behind in capability.  How do we play catch up?”
- “The Talent System used by HR is now pitching a Competency Based LMS model. Is that integration a trend?”
- “What skills do our Learning Systems administrators need to support Big Learning Data?”

These are just a few of the questions we will address at Learning Systems in Chicago in April. Details and registration at: http://www.masie.com

** Special Note - MASIE Horse Miss Matzoball had a victory race in Florida a few weeks ago.  Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eTkKWBiu30
And, Miss Matzoball is scheduled to run in a Stakes Race at Gulfstream on Saturday, March 12th.


Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2016
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - May 17-19, Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! - April 27 and 28, Chicago, IL.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida.

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

907 - Question of the Week Model, Philippines Visit, Great Microphones

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - Feb 13, 2016.
#907 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,211 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Assessment, Evaluation & Research LAB - April in Saratoga Springs.

1. Question of the Week: Employee as Learner!
2. Elliott Masie to Philippines This Week.
3. Microphone Adds Audio Fidelity.

1. Question of the Week: Employee as Learner! What if an employee created a Question of the Week?  I can imagine working in an organization where each colleague crafted and publicized a personal Question of the Week.  Here might be a few examples of Questions of the Week:

- What are faster ways to get our procurement requests approved at HQ?
- How are the sales of our new product line going, compared to our competition?
- Can I modify my customer profile searches to get more focused results?
- What are the next steps in qualifying for advanced certification?
- Anyone have suggestions that would help me raise my performance review ratings for delegation effectiveness?

One of the best forces to spike the learning culture in a workplace is to create, float and honor questions from colleagues.  Questions of the Week might create a culture shift that would honor the curiosity of each colleague and empower conversations around individual and common queries.

I used this technique in a Leadership Development program that I hosted a few years ago.  We actually created a Question of the Day model and each participant wore a new nametag with their daily curiosity.  About 30% of the conversations during the breaks hovered around these questions.  Imagine how our Questions of the Week might become viral with corporate social networks.

Can you do me a favor and send a note with an example of your Question of the Week?  Send it confidentially to emasie@masie.com

2. Elliott Masie to Philippines This Week: On Monday morning, I will be flying from New York to Manila, Philippines for a 9 day visit with learning, corporate and theater colleagues.

First, I will be giving a keynote at the Learning Summit in Manila to workplace and learning colleagues.  Details at: http://www.goalonlinelearning.org/learningsummit2016/

Next, I am excited to meet with fellow learning colleagues and readers of Learning TRENDS.  If you could meet for a drink and conversation in Manila on Friday, Feb 19th, please send me an email to emasie@masie.com 

While in Manila, I will be meeting with theater producers and organizers to explore the opportunity to bring our Broadway Show to Manila in 2017.

I am very excited to visit and collaborate with my colleagues in the Philippines.  It is one of the most active developers and innovators in the world of learning (and theater).  Stay tuned for a video report during my trip.

3. Microphone Adds Audio Fidelity:  As we use video chat, Skype and webinar formats to collaborate with our colleagues over distance, it is interesting to look at the fidelity of our audio. 

Way too often, the microphone we use is a small, internal and non-adjustable mini-device in our laptops or desktops. Sometimes the hole above the internal microphone is on the side or even back of the screen.

There are several USB microphones that we have been using at The MASIE Center LAB that cost approximately $99.  The Neat Widget Desktop USB Microphone is awesome and also very cool looking.  It reminds me of the microphone used on older TV or radio shows.  And, it has multiple audio inputs that can be adjusted to make your audio capture perfect, for a sole voice or a group conversation.

Check it out at: http://www.amazon.com/NEAT-Widget-Desktop-USB-Microphone/dp/B015NBV3JM 

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2016
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - May 17-19, Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Assessment, Evaluation & Evidence LAB - April 5 to 7, Saratoga Springs, NY
- Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! - April 27 and 28, Chicago, IL.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida.

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

 

906 - Elections and Gamification; Assessment/Evaluation LAB

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - Feb 10, 2016.
#906 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,207 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! - Chicago in April.

1. Elections & Gamification: Oh Myyy!
2. Assessment, Evaluation & Evidence LAB Announced.

1. Elections & Gamification: Oh Myyy! Watching the coverage of the United States Presidential election campaign has been a very strange experience. No matter what your political party or leanings, it is strange to watch how the media (and the candidates too) have invoked a Gamification approach to Election Coverage.

My working definition: Gamification is the concept of applying game mechanics and game design techniques to non-game situations (e.g. learning or shopping) to trigger higher levels of engagement.

I watched 4 hours of election coverage in the past day, as the results of the New Hampshire Primary were covered. It was stunning to observe how much gamification was invoked:

- Leader Boards: The television stations used the same graphic packages from sports coverage to show macro and micro level Leader Boards.  Position on the leader board was significant, even if there were only 500 votes between two candidates in the middle of the pack.
- Threshold and Levels: Reporters created these thresholds or levels that candidates were asked to predict against. For instance, will you be at the top of “Former Governor Lane”?
- Positions in Game vs. Positions in Policy: There was an amazing lack of deep conversation about the policy implications of each candidate’s approaches. Rather, the positions were seen as short term strategy to gain higher position on the Leader Boards.
- Voters in the Game, Too: Interviews with voters also took on the gamification approach.

And, perhaps most interesting was the sense of a multi-week game or reality show, where we the viewers were expecting that contestants would be thrown off the show.  The interest in the “election show” is sustained with continuing big waves of ups and downs, much as one might see on an episode of Survivor or Dancing with the Stars.

This is not a political rant on my part.  And, it is not triggered by or aligned with Donald Trump’s presence.  In fact, it is applied to both parties and to seemingly the entire spectrum of coverage.  For some reason, the US viewing public has “asked for” or is responding to Gamification of election coverage.

Like Gamification it can drive engagement, add energy and provide a more personalized sense of competition and challenge. And, like Gamification, it is a set of gaming elements applied to a non-game.  And, I have noticed that many of my conversations with friends and colleagues about the election have been tipped towards the Gamification side rather than exploration of difficult challenges that will require competent and agile leadership.  Would we select the CEO of our Fortune 500 company in this fashion?  Or, is the engagement level of the Gamification dimension adding to citizen involvement and participation?

So, does it help or hinder the process of democracy or leadership selection?  I would love to hear from TRENDS readers on your views. Send me a note to emasie@masie.com

2. Assessment, Evaluation & Evidence LAB Announced: I am honored to announce a new program, focused on the tricky topics of assessing and evaluating learning:

Assessment, Evaluation & Evidence LAB!
Led by: Doug Lynch and Elliott Masie.
April 5 to 7, 2016 in Saratoga Springs, NY USA.
http://www.masie.com    .

Our Assessment, Evaluation & Evidence LAB will examine these key changing factors:

- Tools are evolving and hint at better ways of capturing and analyzing data. Shifts in LMS, LCMS, Assessment and Talent Systems will impact or facilitate your efforts.
- Pedagogies & Learning Approaches give us new ways of helping learners improve their understanding and performance.  As learners drive more of their own learning choices, our assessment approaches are affected.
- External Factors are forcing us to teach different people new and different things. For example, what is the role that TED Talks have in leadership development – even though they are not prescribed by the organization?

Space is limited and complete information is online at http://www.masie.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2016
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - May 17-19, Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Assessment, Evaluation & Evidence LAB - April 5-7, Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! - April 27 & 28, Chicago, IL.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23-26 - Orlando, Florida.

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

905 - Barracuda Bowl for Learning - Our Own Shark Tank

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - Feb 1, 2016.
#905 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,199 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! - Chicago in April.

1. Barracuda Bowl for Learning: Shark Tank for New Systems.
2. Grease LIVE - Idea Jump to Internal Virtual Event?
3. Announcing: 3rd Learning Innovations LAB in May.
4. Follow Elliott Masie on Twitter: @emasie

1. Barracuda Bowl for Learning - Shark Tank for New Systems: What if we had a “Shark Tank” show for new Learning Systems Ideas? What if the developers, inventors or venture startups had to present their ideas quickly to a group of learning professionals - and got clear and unfiltered Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

While we don’t have Mark Cuban as a panelist, I am assembling the Learning Barracuda Bowl at our Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More event in April. 

We will invite a small group of developers and startups focused on the world of Learning Systems to present their ideas - and the hundreds of participants will be our Barracuda Bowl panelists. It is a compressed way to get some deep feedback as designers target the corporate learning space. Come join us. Details at http://masie.com/Learning-Systems/our-design.html

2. Grease LIVE - Idea Jump to Internal Virtual Event? Last night, millions watched an interesting story/theater/TV show: “Grease Live”. It was an elaborate production of a theater or movie version of Grease that is world famous. It was interesting to watch how they did this show live - on a huge set - so that the audience felt it was part of the happening now reality of the show.

It got me thinking about a challenge that many organizations have to meet: engaging the widest audience of employees, who are often scattered around the world, in a corporate event. Streaming a one-day or two-day-long conference generally does not work. People don’t/can’t engage for that duration with full attention. Yet, just streaming segments from an event may be helpful, but folks often skip those because they are not live.

What if major organizations took a lesson from Grease Live and other theater being delivered live on TV  and created a short and targeted events, delivered live to the entire workforce?

Imagine a well-designed 75 minute “show” that included leaders, field employees and even some entertainment. It could be done once a year to engage the workforce. The “live” quality will create buzz and build a much bigger audience. Be brave if you are a retailer and consider closing your stores for 90 minutes to engage every employee. And, of course it can always be offered via on-demand streaming afterward.

Something to consider. If there is a TRENDS organization that wants to try this, I will volunteer my time as a co-producer to help with the experiment. Write me at emasie@masie.com

3. Announcing: 3rd Learning Innovations LAB in May: Our Learning Innovations LAB (with a Learn-A-Thon) is one of our most popular courses. The LAB in March is almost filled, so we have just added the 3rd Learning Innovations LAB this year: May 17-19th in Saratoga Springs, NY, USA. Come join us if you want to do a deep immersion for 3 days in the changing world of learning technology and innovations.  Details and online registration at http://www.masie.com

4. Follow Elliott Masie on Twitter - @emasie: As many of our colleagues increase their use of Twitter as one of their social feeds, you can always follow me at @emasie. Random notes and resources posted occasionally.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2016
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - March 14-16 or May 17-19, Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! - April 27 and 28, Chicago, IL.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida.

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

904 - Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social and More; Hot Water and Bandwidth Costs

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - January 26, 2016.
#904 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,195 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! - Chicago in April.

1. Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! - Chicago in April.
2. Hot Water Free - Bandwidth Costs?

1. Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More! - Chicago in April:  2016 is a perfect time for an industry conversation about our Learning Systems. Learning organizations are deploying, shifting, extending, refining, switching and re-thinking their Learning Management System, LCMS, and Collaborative & Social Systems - and looking ahead.  We are honored to announce a new event:

Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More!
April 27 and 28, 2016 - Chicago, IL, USA.
Elliott Masie, Host & Curator.
http://www.masie.com/learningsystems    .
 
Here are some of the key focus points:

* Learning Systems are evolving and new capabilities are emerging from other educational sectors: Khan Academy, K-12, Higher Education, Social Networks and non-traditional providers. 
* Learning Systems are extending to the worlds of Talent, Machine Learning, Badging, Big Data, Learning Personalization and beyond. 
* Learning Systems are morphing and requiring deeper readiness for Mobile Learners, Learning Personalization and Compliance/Regulatory Requirements.
* Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More will bring together a collaborative group of senior learning leaders, learning systems designers, learning innovators and global colleagues in Chicago on April 27 and 28.  Our Forum will take a sharp look at current and future roles for today’s and tomorrow’s Learning Systems.

Here are some of the key questions and topics that we will explore at Learning Systems: LMS, LCMS, Social & More:

- Current Deployment and Shifts in Learning Management Systems.
- Can Learning Systems Support Learning Personalization?
- The Evolving Role of “Search” & Learning Systems.
- So Many Learning Systems in One Company? Why? And the Future!
- The Role of Big Learning Data, xAPI & Learning Systems.
- Talent and Learning Systems: Acquisitions and Integrations?
- Learning Systems and User Created Content: Trackable?
- Learning Apps and Learning Systems: From Portals to My App!
- Assessment, Evaluation and Learning Systems: An Evidence Model.
- Social Side of Learning Systems: Webinars, Collaboration & More.
- 3 CLOs’ Views of Learning Systems: Embracing, Extending or Frustration.
- User Experience & Learning Systems.
- Learning Systems, Badging, Credentials & Career Focus.
- Costs, Budgeting & Futures of Learning Systems.
- Real Time Benchmarking of Learning Systems Yield & Challenges…

For details and online registration: http://www.masie.com/learningsystems   .

2. Hot Water Free - Bandwidth Costs? Many TRENDS readers book hotel space for learning meetings, classes and events.  One of the strange things (and costs) is the rising price of bandwidth for your participants.

When you book your room, costs for food, coffee, AV and other elements are predictable. But, there is a rising cost for bandwidth access for your participants. Meeting planners have to answer questions about projected bandwidth needs such as:

- How many people will be at the meeting?
- How many of them will have mobile devices? (starting to be 90% to 99%)
- How many wireless devices will each have? (could be from 1 to 4 - including laptops, tablets or phones).
- How many parts of the hotel meeting space will the participants be in that require wireless access? (from 1 to many)

Then, the hotel will have to turn to the wireless supplier and the costs start to rise.  There is a calculation of the total bandwidth that your group might use.  And, the total number of devices that will be on - requiring a large number of modem points.  And, perhaps this is replicated in multiple places at the meeting space.

It is not unusual to get a proposal for wireless costs that could be in the thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars!

It is a tough moment.  The hotels want to provide the meeting spaces and wireless capacity that is needed.  Most hotels are not “pre-wired” for high levels of access.  So, there is often the need to crank up the hardware and add additional streams of bandwidth.  Strangely, many hotels don’t make much money on it since it is handled by the wireless provider under contract. 

As a meeting producer, each year I have conversations with hotels about the strangeness of paying for wireless access for my participants.  I often say, with a smile, that I don’t have to pay extra for hot water in the bathrooms based on the number of people who are washing their hands during a break.  But, our wireless capacity is lagging behind the wireless demand for participants.  Be direct! Negotiate! And understand that we are in a bandwidth gap for the next few years.  But, don’t break the bank and keep thinking about those motels a few decades ago that had signs outside that said:  Free TV - Free Air Conditioning - Free Hot Water.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2016
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - March 14 to 16 - Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida.

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

 

903 - eLearning Course Abandonment, Learning Innovations LAB in March

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - January 15, 2016.
#903 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,184 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Innovations LAB - March in Saratoga Springs, NY.

1. Abandonment in eLearning Courses?
2. Learning Innovations LAB - New in March 2016!
3. Invite to Allegiance in NYC on Saturday, January 23rd!

1. Abandonment in eLearning Courses? We are tracking a sharp rise in the abandonment rate in eLearning courses with multiple sections. Learners take the first session but don’t return for the next section. This can be seen acutely in the MOOC category where there is often an 85% abandonment of registered learners after the first few segments.

Let’s look at this with a curious eye. Why are learners successfully taking the first modules but not completing the entire thing?

- Interest Fulfilled! The learner “gets it” from the first module and does not really want to drill down to the finish. They are “learning skimming” the way one might with a newspaper article.
- Return If Needed! The learner feels they can always return at the moment of need later on - if they need it. The first module got them started and they can navigate back if needed.
- Forgot to Return! Our learners are busy. They want to return but things happen. And, many organizational Learning Systems don’t cutely remind the learner to return.
- Slippery Slope! Many learners want to return but will feel embarrassed to return to a scheduled session if they missed one segment. It’s a slippery slope.
- Sequence Locked! Some learners want to jump ahead to take a future segment, but the course may be locked to only allow sequential pathing.
- Non-Motivational Transition! While we initially pitched the course to the learner, many designers just assign the next segment. Keep pitching.

Learning Producers need to watch and learn from Television Producers about changing models of participation. Online video is getting shorter and we are allowing the viewers to either marathon or stretch out the viewing pattern, while still passing the needed Assessments. Learning Abandonment is a factor to include in our User Experience Design. We need to listen to the learning behaviors of our learners.

2. Learning Innovations LAB - New in March 2016! I just finished leading a powerful 2 1/2 day event in Saratoga called Learning Innovations LAB. Twenty-six learning colleagues from organizations around the world came together to experiment with and innovate possible new learning approaches in a Learn-A-Thon model. It rocked!

So, we are announcing the next session:

Learning Innovations LAB (and Learn-A-Thon).
March 14 to 16, 2016 - Saratoga Springs, NY USA.
Details and Registration: http://www.masie.com

Space is limited, so please register early.

3. An Invitation to Allegiance in New York City with MASIE Productions: We are excited to be Producers of Allegiance - an exciting, entertaining and moving musical on Broadway. We have scheduled a special gathering of our Learning friends and colleagues to join us in New York City at 2 PM on Saturday afternoon, January 23, 2016. Allegiance stars George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung. http://www.allegiancemusical.com

I have blocked a set of discounted great seats ($75) and we will watch Allegiance together. Then there will be a special “Talk Back” with our group and some of our stars. I will join the Talk-Back to both moderate and also explore the relationship between theater and learning. And, we will have some eating and exploring options afterwards. There are just a few seats left. If you would like to attend, please send a note to productions@masie.com as soon as possible. Can’t wait to see our learning colleagues at the theater next week!

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2016
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - March 14 to 16 - Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Gamification, Engagement & Learning - January 2016 - Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida.

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

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