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Jul112018

1003 - Timing is Everything in Learning, A Disruptive Keynote, Magic in New York City

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - June 28, 2018.
#1,003- Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,959 Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL 

1. When & Timing is Everything in Learning!
2. Vicki Lau: A Disruptive Keynoter?
3. A Magician in New York City - Evening of Wonders! 

1. When & Timing is Everything in Learning! As I read Dan Pink’s new book, “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing”, I have been obsessing about Timing and Learning. Let’s think about all of the dimensions of Timing and When: 

* When does a learner like to learn a new subject?
* When is a business most likely to “send” a worker for learning?
* When do we memorize a process?
* When are certain decisions most often happening?
* When do we ask for additional help?
* When does an employee feel confident in a new topic? 

When and Timing may often be equally important to the quality of the learning content or design!  And, are we “smart” about the timing of learning decisions? 

You have read my frequent rants about the poor timing of New Employee Orientation. More should be done before the first day of the job.  More should be done six weeks after they start. Less should be done on a day when they want to know how to log in, when to get paid and how to start working. WHEN and TIMING are so key. 

Over the coming month, leading up to Dan Pink’s address at Learning 2018, I will be exploring Timing and When with our Learning TRENDS Readers. To get started, take a minute and think about how WHEN was “off” for a learning experience that you experienced, either as a learner or leader. Send me a confidential note about it to emasie@masie.com  And, watch for our surveys and conversations in the months ahead. 

2. Vicki Lau: A Disruptive Keynoter? I love to book Disruptive Keynoters for our annual event. Someone who will lay down some evidence, experiences or perspectives that will rock our assumptions. 

Say hello to Vicki Lau! Entering the Hollywood film industry from Singapore with no connections, Vicki Lau landed portfolio blockbuster movies and shows such as “The Walking Dead” and “War for the Planet of the Apes,” becoming a sought-after visual special effects freelancer in under 2 years, whilst working at mobile and VR early-stage startups in Silicon Valley and Beach. Independently, she had amassed 40 crew members for her short film, which debuted at film festivals, and was also the youngest technical speaker on VR at SMPTE’s conference. 

Vicki will provide a Disruptive Interactive Keynote exploring the changing and often confusing world of Immersive and Virtual Realities - as they could apply to the workplace, simulation, gaming and learning.  Vicki will be at the entire Learning 2018 event and will be featured both as a keynoter and also in hands-on labs exploring new immersive technologies. Her bio and Early Registration Discounts for Learning 2018 (Nov 4 to 7, Orlando) are at http://www.learning2018.com 

3. A Magician in New York City: As you may know, MASIE Productions also produces Broadway Shows. We are tickled to be one of the producing partners on a new show, Vitaly, featuring an amazing magician, Vitaly Beckman, in an engaging show in New York City from now until September 30th. 

Here is a video clip from his up-close magical evening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4f0hR_DUiI 

And, if you are going to be in New York City in the coming months, check it out at http://www.eveningofwonders.com/  

Let me know if you are going and if I am in New York, it would be fun to have a drink before or after your show. 

Yours in learning, 

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: 

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

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

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

Monday
Jul092018

Learning is Changing - Learning 2018 Update

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

RE: Your Invitation to Learning 2018!

I would like to invite you and your colleagues to participate in Learning 2018, to be held in Orlando, Florida from November 4 to 7, 2018.  Details and Early Registration Discounts: www.learning2018.com

Learning 2018 Themes, Components and Focus:

  • It’s All About Learning! Learning 2018 will dynamically and interactively explore every aspect of Learning at the Workplace: Design, Formats, Technologies, Engagement, Assessment, and Much More!
  • Learning is Changing! Learners are Changing! Formats & Content are Changing! Learning Analytics are Changing! Business Models are Changing! Our Roles in Learning are Changing!
  • Tech@Learning is Evolving Rapidly!
  • Learning is Global:
  • Learning Professionals Must Be Learners, Too:
  • LearningTowns to Benchmark & Network:
  • Experiment with New Designs:
  • Learning Makes a Difference!
  • Learning is FUN!

Every year, we are honored to produce a high-engagement and high-impact gathering of over 1,800 learning colleagues from around the world. Here is a sample of the Learning 2018 Keynotes, Experiences, Learning LABs, Case Studies, Sessions and Engagement:

Learning 2018 General Sessions:

  • Leslie Odom, Jr. - Star of “Hamilton” and Author of “Failing Up”
  • Dan Pink – Author, “WHEN: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing”
  • Rebecca Stromeyer – “Global eLearning”, Online Educa Berlin, eLearning Africa
  • Real Time Learning LAB – 1,800 Colleagues Delving Into a Shared Problem at Once!
  • Vicki Lau – Immersive, Virtual & Gaming Realities for Learning
  • Andrea Wong – Google, UserExperience Design
  • Richard Culatta – Learning Innovations
  • Rob Lauber, McDonald’s CLO – Archways Tuition Support
  • Nick Van Dam, McKinsey & Company CLO – Shifting Learning Strategies
  • Zenganqi Wang – AI for Education – China Case Studies
  • Kathy Tague, Guardian Life Insurance – Learning Leader
  • Bob Mosher – Digital On-The-Job Learning Models
  • Elliott Masie – Learning Changes! Learners, Design, Tech & Our Roles
  • Plus, 2 More Exciting Keynoters to be Announced Soon!

Learning 2018 Experiences and Activities:

  • 130 Experiences, Sessions & Stories – Learning from Learning Colleagues
  • LearningTowns: Networking by Industry, Interest, or Challenges
  • Global Learning Forum & Senior Learning Benchmarking
  • Showcase Sessions from Leading Learning Suppliers
  • Learning EdTech Innovation Galleries
  • Learning Escape Room
  • Learning Labs
  • 30 Under 30 Learning Leaders
  • Pit Crew Tire Changing Simulation
  • Learning Retreats
  • LearningTV Morning TV Show
  • Special Tuesday Night Celebration/Party at Epcot
  • And Much More! Watch for many more innovations and experiments throughout Learning 2018.

Learning 2018 is celebrating its 28th year as a global gathering of learning colleagues. Innovation and Learning will be everywhere, in authentic conversations with colleagues, experts, innovators and thought leaders – all focused on Learning is Changing!  http://www.learning2018.com

We look forward to learning & exploring with you at Learning 2018!


Thursday
Jun282018

1002 - Learning Genius Bar, Reading Out of Sequence, Your Ideas, Please!

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - June 28,  2018.
#1,002- Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,956 Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL 

1. Learning Genius Bar for Learning Innovations!
2. Your Ideas, Experiences and Sessions, Please!
3. Reading Non Sequentially. 

1. Learning Genius Bar for Learning Innovations!  We are very excited to add a “Learning Genius Bar” at Learning 2018 - harnessing the expertise, experience and collaboration of our 2,000 global learning participants. 

Our “Genius” Volunteers will be organized by area of expertise (e.g. Design Models, xAPI, Mobile Tech, Assessment, Organizational Politics, Compliance, UserExperience, Facilitation, Leadership and more).   Learning 2018 Participants can reserve time at the Genius Bar as individuals or as a small group from a company with a common concern.  

We hope that you, and your team, will join us at Learning 2018 and benefit from our Genius Bar!  Learning 2018 details and Early Registration Discounts at http://www.learning2018.com 

2. Your Ideas, Experiences and Sessions, Please: Learning 2018 is Designed For and With YOU!  Be an active part of the design and activities at Learning 2018!  We already have over 70 sessions in development, but we want the input and thinking of our over 2,000 participants! 

We would love YOUR help in the Design and Development of the Content, Conversations, Experiences and more at Learning 2018!   We are now deep into the DESIGN of Learning 2018 – Elliott Masie’s 28th Annual Learning Conference – and we want to open up the thought and creative process to our learning colleagues. 

Please think about sessions, experiences, dialogues, labs, or learning activities that you want to LEAD or ATTEND at Learning 2018. And, this year we are adding a major addition – “Tech@Learning” – that will explore emerging technologies (from Chatbots to Smart Speakers to Immersive Realities). Please share your thoughts with us via a short form that will take less than 5 minutes to complete: 

https://www.masie.com/learning2018ideas 

Your ideas and input will help us shape the over 125 sessions, experiences, and activities at Learning 2018. After we receive your ideas, our Design Team will tag back to you in the coming weeks! 

PLEASE NOTE: Our sessions will be led by colleagues who are already planning to attend the event and not selling or marketing learning services or products. (If you are a learning supplier and would like to lead a session, sponsorships are still available. Contact Steve Rosenblum for more information at steve@masie.com / 518-350-2224.) 

3. Reading Non Sequentially: Well, it is time for me to admit one of my “learning quirks”.  I am NOT a sequential reader. There is probably a psychological term for it - but I just can’t follow the front to end flow of any book - even fiction. 

Ever since I was a child, I always loved to “jump around” the table of contents.  I still will often read the last chapter in a mystery to determine if I want to go through the whole sequence.  Even though I write quite a few forwards to books, I wish the forward were in the middle.  

So, I am always wanting to give my learners in a program the ability to re-sequence content or to shift the flow.  Anyone else have my “condition” :)  Send me a note to emasie@masie.com 

Yours in learning, 

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: 

- Curation & Learning LAB - July 16 to 18, Saratoga Springs, NY (Waiting List Only)
- Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Orlando  (Early Registration Now Open)
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

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

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

Tuesday
Jun262018

1001 - K to 12 Ed Impacts Learning in Workplace, Oculus Portable, Learning 2018 Innovations

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - June 26,  2018.
#1,001- Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,952 Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL 

1. K to 12 Education Can Teach Corporate Learning!
2. Learning 2018 Innovations Rolling Out!
3. Oculus Go - Mobile Immersive is Impressive. 

1. K to 12 Education Can Teach Corporate Learning!  Hello from Chicago, where I was honored to speak at a leadership session of ISTE, a huge event that draws more than 20,000 educators from the K to 12 and University spaces.  For the last two days, I have been immersed and surrounded by learning technologies that are targeted at students in education settings - and I have been on a non-stop learning journey.  Here are some impressions and follow-ups: 

* Learning at each level (K-12, Higher Education, Workplace, Health and Hobbies) is branded as totally different - yet the learning processes and even the learning tech cuts across those spaces.  We need to find better ways to collaborate and learn from each other’s worlds.

* Learning tech and methods from schools can provide great working models for learning innovation at the corporate workplace.  I have seen demonstrations of learner-centered methods and personalization that are immediately applicable to corporate learning.  Yet, we talk different “languages”.

* Educators must get more time in our work settings to understand how the world of work is changing.  It would be wonderful to have 1 month or summer-long immersive experiences for teachers and educators - to get a sense of the changing workplace and work cultures. 

Richard Culatta, who is our Learning Innovation Fellow, is the CEO of ISTE and we are already working on ways to bridge corporate education and school level learning.  Stay tuned.  Info on this event is at https://conference.iste.org/2018/ 

2. Learning 2018 Innovations Rolling Out!  We are VERY excited about the innovations and experiences that we are adding to Learning 2018 - our 28th annual event to be held in Orlando from November 4th to 7th.  These include: 

* UserExperience LAB
* ChatBot Development
* Senior Learning Leader Forum
* “Learn to Code” Experience
* Designing for Failure as a Step to Success
* Curation & Learning
* Assessment and Data Analytics Exploration
* Storytelling Narratives for Learning
* Global Learning Perspectives
* Machine Learning - Realities and Hype!
* Diversity and Inclusion Focus for Learning
* Learning Systems Forum: LMS and Beyond
* Learning Roles and Careers
* 30 Under 30 and Mature Learning Colleagues
* Learning Innovations Gallery
* And much more… 

Check out the keynotes, content themes and experiences.  Take advantage of our Early Registration and Group Discounts at http://www.learning2018.com 

3. Oculus Go - Mobile Immersive is Impressive:  This week we have been experimenting with the new Oculus Go, an immersive portable device.  Its price is much lower - $199 - and it does not require any other computer equipment.  The experiences are cool and it lays out a road to where we might start to see workplace learning content in this format.  Check it out at: https://www.oculus.com/go/ 

Yours in learning, 

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: 

- Curation & Learning LAB - July 16 to 18, Saratoga Springs, NY (Waiting List Only)
- Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Orlando (Early Registration Now Open)
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

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

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

Friday
Jun082018

1,000 - Exciting News: Learning 2018 Partnership - Expansion, Tech and Global

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - June 8,  2018.
#1,000 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,949 Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL 

A Special Note to Learning TRENDS Colleagues and Readers: 

Dear Friends, 

First, I took the liberty of skipping a sequence number for Learning TRENDS to make this my 1,000th edition. 

I started this newsletter/blog back in 1997 and over the years have been sharing professional, business and personal updates.  I have some very exciting news about the future of Learning 2018 (and beyond). 

MASIE Productions, along with our Learning CONSORTIUM, has entered into a partnership with CloserStill Media to jointly produce, enhance and expand our annual Learning 2018 event (Nov 4 to 7, Orlando). 

CloserStill runs the world’s leading workplace learning events, including Learning Technologies, with three market-leading annual events in Paris, Berlin (with Online Educa) and London, a global digital community, and the industry’s leading awards programme for corporate learning and development professionals.  The London event in February is Europe’s largest annual exhibition and conference for the workplace learning sector attracting more than 8,000 attendees and over 200 exhibitors. 

Together, we will take Learning 2018 to its next stage of development and design.  A new focus on disruptive technologies will form part of Learning 2018, with the introduction of Tech@Learning – a multi-strand content program focusing on adaptive learning, artificial intelligence and machine learning, emerging assessment technologies, ChatBots, immersive realities, edTech and venture innovations. 

We will add more working LABS, including UserExperience for Learning, Voice Assistants for Learning, Feedback and Benchmarking for Learning Innovations and more.  The participants for Learning 2018 will be involved in designing a brand new “ChatBot” to allow interactive queries and connections throughout the event.  A global dimension will be expanded, featuring learning leaders from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.  And more… 

I am thrilled to be part of this new partnership and will continue to be the Executive Producer of Learning 2018. Our MASIE team will be driving the content, curation and activities of this event.  Learning leaders from around the world who work with CloserStill will be featured, as well as over 100 learning experiences from our Learning CONSORTIUM and other corporations. 

And, there will be exciting new models for learning suppliers, including EdTech venture startups at Learning 2018. 

As you may know, this year we have Leslie Odom, Jr., star of “Hamilton” and author of “Failing Up” as our Featured Keynoter!  Dan Pink, Serene Wang, Rebecca Stromeyer, Nick van Dam and others will also be adding excitement and content as keynoters. 

Here are quotes you will see in the press releases and stories about our new partnership: 

Commenting on the joint venture with Masie, CloserStill’s Learning Group Director, Mark Penton, said: “We are thrilled and honoured to be working with Elliott and his team. Elliott is an innovator and a disruptor and we feel that our combined global experience in the learning world will make for a very exciting new era for the Learning Conference which we have long admired and respected.” 

“It is an amazing time in the world of learning – as new technologies and approaches enable organizations and employees to learn anytime from anywhere.  I am thrilled to have our Learning Conference, with over 28 years of experience, become part of CloserStill’s international group of conferences and events.  Together we will link learning leaders in the UK, Germany, France, Singapore and beyond with the learning executives attending Learning 2018 in the US.  It will be an exciting time for me and our team,” said Elliott Masie. 

We already have 516 colleagues registered for Learning 2018.  We invite you to join us as we take our event, in its 28th year, into the future of learning. 

Please feel free to contact me at emasie@masie.com and we would love to have you join us in our new global learning outreach.  

Yours in learning 

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: 

- Curation & Learning LAB - July 16 to 18, Saratoga Springs, NY
- Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Orlando  (Early Registration Now Open)
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

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

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

Tuesday
Jun052018

998 - Bobby Kennedy Memorial in DC, Immersive Realities Report, Learning 2018 Keynotes

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - June 5,  2018.
#998 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,944 Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL 

1. At Arlington National Cemetery for Robert Kennedy Memorial.
2. Immersive Realities for Learning Report - Download or View.
3. Learning 2018 Keynotes Published and More. 

1. At Arlington National Cemetery for Robert Kennedy Memorial: I am honored to be at Arlington National Cemetery on June 6th for the Robert Kennedy Memorial on the 50th anniversary of his death. I had worked on the Kennedy for President Campaign and worked with his eldest daughter Kathleen Kennedy on Operation Respect. It will be day of memories and reflection about a unique man. 

2. Immersive Realities for Learning Report - Download or View: Our Learning CONSORTIUM has created a new report focused on “Immersive Realities for Learning and Performance: VR, AR, Mixed Reality & More in 2018”! 

Given how quickly virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, and other immersive realities are progressing, we asked Bobby Carlton to write an updated report on what has changed, what is new, and what the future might hold in terms of how immersive realities can be used for workplace learning. 

View or Download this vendor-neutral report here: https://masie.com/immersiverealities 

3. Learning 2018 Keynotes Published and More: Check out the expanding list of Keynoters at Learning 2018 (November 4 - 7, Orlando, Florida): 

* Leslie Odom, Jr: Star of “Hamilton” and Author of “Failing Up”
* Dan Pink: Author of “WHEN - The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing”
* Zenganqi Serene Wang: Artificial Intelligence for Learning - Report from China
* Rebecca Stromeyer: eLearning Africa and Online Educa Berlin
* Nick van Dam: Chief Learning Officer, McKinsey & Company
* Jayzen Patria: Diversity and Inclusion and Learning
* Elliott Masie: Learning Disruptions and Opportunities
* And more… 

Watch for some exciting announcements about Learning 2018 as we add “Tech@Learning” and a focus on global learning and benchmarking. Learning 2018 is co-hosted by ATD and The Learning CONSORTIUM. 

Complete Info and Early Registration Discounts: http://www.learning2018.com 

Yours in learning, 

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: 

- Curation & Learning LAB - July 16 to 18, Saratoga Springs, NY
- Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Orlando  (Early Registration Now Open)
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

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

Wednesday
May022018

997 - Keynote Predictions, ATD Connections, and 17 Tony Nominations

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - May 2,  2018.
#997 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,938 Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL 

1. Learning Keynote Predictions and Suggestions
2. Elliott at the San Diego ATD Conference and Meetup
3. We Won 17 Tony Nominations for SpongeBob and More 

1. Learning Keynote Predictions and Suggestions: Next week we will have fun starting to announce the keynoters for Learning 2018 in November. 

I would love to hear your predictions (we have confirmed a few exciting folks already) and suggestions for people that could address the evolving world of Learning and excite/engage a group of over 1,800 learning leaders from around the world. 

So, give us your predictions or suggestions: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7KKXJQ2 

We will post a summary of the ideas and start to roll out the announcements for Learning 2018. 

2. Elliott at the San Diego ATD Conference and Meetup: If you are heading to the ATD event in San Diego next week, I would love to connect. 

My seminar is on Learning TRENDS, Disruptions and Hype - on Tuesday afternoon. 

And, we will be hanging out at a MASIE and Learning 2018 Booth in the expo hall - Booth 1237. 

3. We Won 17 Tony Nominations for SpongeBob and More: Yesterday was a big day for MASIE Productions, which has produced over 21 shows. Our shows were nominated for 17 Tony Awards. Twelve were for SpongeBob, which is amazing. And, one was for Lindsey Mendez who was a singer at Learning 2018 and has a powerful role in Carousel on Broadway.  

Yours in learning, 

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: 

- Curation & Learning LAB - July 16 to 18, Saratoga Springs, NY
- Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Orlando  (Early Registration Now Open)
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

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

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

Friday
Apr132018

996 - Learning Styles Assessments? Branding the Process, Not the Tech! New Curation LAB

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - April 13, 2018.
#996 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,931 Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL 

1. Learning Styles?  Measurable? Predictive? Myths?
2. Branding Learning vs. Using Technology Name!
3. New Curation & Learning LAB 

1. Learning Styles?  Measurable? Predictive? Myths?  At least once a week, I find myself in a conversation about the use of a learner’s learning style - to improve, personalize or change their mastery or performance. 

And, every month I find myself in a discussion about the ability of a Learning Management System or some future Machine Learning/AI system to accurately determine an employee’s learning style and reformat the content appropriately. 

This is an intriguing and touchy topic.  As a learning designer and teacher, I am always thinking about the way in which learners might desire, choose or reject content or activities - based on their preferences.  And, it might be powerful if we could effectively measure a worker’s style and use that to format and target their learning offerings. 

But, is there a reliable and accurate tool, measure or assessment that would really help the learner, the designer and the employer in optimizing educational outcomes? 

Here is an article that was just published that asks, “Are Learning Styles Real?”  https://tinyurl.com/y8bjb6by 

It will be an on-going conversation, as we explore the roles of Big and Small Learning Data, Machine Learning Pattern Analysis and the various dimensions of Content Curation and Recommendation. 

On a personal level, I believe that my own learning styles are both situational and contextual.  Is my learning driven by curiosity, immediate requirements, confusion or other factors? Am I adding knowledge to a domain that is brand new or quite familiar? And, where, when and how am I learning? 

Much more to explore and also to challenge as we explore learning in a wider and wider set of formats. 

2. Branding Learning vs. Using Technology Name!  I love new technologies.  And, we leverage them at The MASIE Center to expand our learning design.  

It is very tempting to use the name of the technology, whether it is Jive, SharePoint, Webex, LMS Name or other - as the brand of a learning solution or collaborative set of activities. 

It is common to hear a company say we will have a Webex Meeting or we will share that on Jive. 

The challenge is that technologies WILL CHANGE!  In other words, there will be day when your current provider will change the tech name, be purchased, go out of business or be replaced by a new and better alternative. 

Take a moment to look at the Branding of your learning systems and platforms.  Consider naming them with an element of your corporate brand or a process focus.  For example:  Jones Corp. Knowledge Center or Connections Alive.  

The other reason to not use the technology brand is that your use of it might be dramatically different from another company using the same tech.  Let’s have your brand become part of the learning, knowledge and support culture of your employees’ company. 

3. New Curation & Learning LAB:  We are proud to announce our popular Curation & Learning LAB will be held in Saratoga Springs from July 16th to 18th.  I am honored to facilitate and lead this hands-on exploration of how learners, designers and organizations will optimize the finding, sorting and recommending of content choices to learners. 

We will be joined by 5 Chief Learning Officers and learning innovators for interactive video interviews during the LAB.  And, each participant will design multiple models of Curation that can be adapted and applied for your workforce back home. 

Information and registration at http://www.masie.com 

Yours in learning, 

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: 

- Curation & Learning LAB - July 16 to 18, Saratoga Springs, NY
- Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Orlando  (Early Registration Now Open)
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

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

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

Monday
Apr022018

995 - LMS with Attitude, Learning Aisles in Department Stores and Generational SMS Adjustment App

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - April 1 and 2, 2018.
#995 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,931 Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host: Diversity & Learning LAB - April 10-12 Saratoga Springs, NY 

1. Learning Aisles in Department Stores?
2. An LMS with Attitude - Boring Teachers Are Forgotten!
3. Punctuation and Jargon App for Older Adults
4. A Day Later Note 

1. Learning Aisles in Department Stores?  Several of the large department stores (e.g. Walmart, Target and JCPenney) are quietly experimenting with adding a Learning Aisle to deal with customers’ desire for knowledge. 

It turns out that people, especially parents, are willing to spend significant $$$ on learning, education and knowledge.  But, there is no aisle to buy learning or learning services.  Plans may include: Assessment Booths (to validate a LinkedIn skill on your resume), eLearning in a box for birthday presents, Career Improvement Packages to use after a poor performance review, and more. 

One of the department stores that hires seniors as greeters is evaluating if they can sell coaching minutes at Wizard & Coaching Counters. 

2. An LMS with Attitude - Boring Teachers Are Forgotten!  When was the last time you met an LMS that could be funny or challenging, or break through your boredom barrier.  We remember Teachers with Attitudes.  We love to be in a learning situation with a teacher or facilitator that can mix it up and push us a bit.  What if the learner could adjust an Attitude Slider on the LMS?  

They could add humor, inspiring comments and even a “dig” when the learner didn’t come back to finish a required learning module. 

There is research to show we want ATTITUDE from our teachers, our coaches and our on-the-job trainers. What if we could add it to the LMS?  Why, we might even buy a $1.99 app to let the LMS resemble one of our heroes.  I’d buy an xEinstein-API if I could. 

3. Punctuation and Jargon App for Older Adults:  One of the generational “differences” is how we approach formatting a SMS or What’s App message. 

When I interviewed Michelle Obama at Learning 2017, she talked about how her daughter would get upset because she used a comma or period in a sentence - and thought her mother was mad at her. 

While Google has a great translation service online that will convert one language to another instantly, there is no equivalent for SMS writing. 

Watch for a Generational Punctuation Translator soon.  One could write their message in their familiar format and the reader could then have it add or delete punctuation, insert emoticon faces and even shorten or lengthen a phrase accordingly.  It might be coming - LOL! 

4. Happy April Fools!  For the past 20 years, Learning TRENDS has had fun each April 1st, where many of our readers enjoy celebrating April Fools Day.  I would have sent this out on Sunday but it was already pretty busy with April 1, Easter and Passover.  So, here is the 2018 Learning TRENDS April 1st Note.  

By the way, each of the above items could and maybe even should become true. 

Take a minute and send me a quick April Fools Day email to emasie@masie.com 

Yours in learning, 

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: 

- Diversity & Learning LAB - April 10 to 12, Saratoga Springs, NY
- ChatBots & Learning LAB - July 16 to 18, Saratoga Springs, NY
- Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Orlando  (Early Registration Now Open)
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

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

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

Thursday
Mar292018

994 - Video on Diversity and Learning, 5 Minute Survey on Immersive Tech, Reorder the Sequence in eBooks, Please

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - March 29, 2018.
#994 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,929 Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host: Diversity & Learning LAB - April 10-12 Saratoga Springs, NY 

1. Video on Diversity & Inclusion for Learning!
2. Reorder the eBook Sequence, Please.
3. Take a 5 Minute Survey on Immersive Technologies for Learning. 

1. Video on Diversity & Inclusion for Learning! We just released a 15 minute video interview with Jayzen Patria, focused on the key role that Learning and Development colleagues and departments can play with Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.   I recently interviewed Jayzen, focusing on key steps that L&D groups can take to support and reflect Diversity.  Jayzen talks about the need to create “Safe and Brave” places: 

Video on Diversity & Inclusion for Learning:
https://masie.com/diversity/diversity-inclusion-lab .
Video is on the bottom of the page. 

We have a few seats left in our first LAB on this topic, led by Jayzen.  Info at http://www.masie.com 

2. Reorder the eBook Sequence, Please: While I have written over 12 books, the world of eBooks is new and evolving. 

One request to the eBook Publishers - allow the learner to change the format and style of the books a bit. 

For example, I want to have the INDEX for a non-fiction book at the front of the book, rather than in the back. 

And, I would like to be able to have a whiteboard added to the book that allows a learner to cut and paste content or add notes and context along the way.

3. Take a 5 Minute Survey on Immersive Technologies for Learning:  We are very excited to be updating our popular report on the role that VR, AR and Mixed Reality may have for learning.   I have asked Bobby Carlton, our editor on these topics, to create a new report, “Immersive Technologies for Learning”, that will take a fresh look at how Virtual, Augmented and Mixed realities are being leveraged for learning now, and their potential for the future. 

We will publish an Open Source edition of this book for all to access in May.  

I am asking Learning TRENDS colleagues to take a 5 minute survey to help us structure and update this report: 

https://www.masie.com/immersivetechtrends

Yours in Learning,

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: 

- Diversity & Learning LAB - April 10 to 12, Saratoga Springs, NY
- ChatBots & Learning LAB - July 16 to 18, Saratoga Springs, NY
- Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Orlando  (Early Registration Now Open)
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

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

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

Tuesday
Mar132018

993 - Google Learning Online, Job Aids Evolving, Last Minute Curation Spots

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - March 13, 2018.
#993 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,922 Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host: Curation & Learning LAB - March 21 to 23, Saratoga Springs, NY. 

1. Google Learning Resources/Courses Online.
2. Last Minute Curation LAB Spaces.
3. Job Aids - Personalized and Sharable.
4. ImmersiveTech for Learning - Your Questions Please! 

1. Google Learning Resources/Courses Online: Google has recently created a powerful collection of online learning resources and free courses on topics including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and more.  Many of these feature working engineers at Google and I spent many hours in the past week experiencing these. 

Take a few minutes and explore this site: 

Learning with Google AI Resources:
https://ai.google/education/#?modal_active=none 

2. Last Minute Curation LAB Spaces: Next week, we will be hosting a group of learning colleagues at the MASIE Lab in Saratoga Springs for our Curation & Learning LAB.  There are just a few more seats open if you can plan a last minute registration for this engaging and interactive learning experience that I will be hosting: 

Learning & Curation LAB - March 21 to 23, Saratoga Springs, New York USA.
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com 

3. Job Aids Personalized and Sharable: One topic has been popping up more and more in our conversations with Corporate Learning Leaders:  JOB AIDS.  In fact, several companies have shifted their learning strategies from growing traditional eLearning programs to creating more and different Job Aids - that can be used by employees and customers.  Here are a few of the Job Aid shifts we see: 

- Job Aids that can be used by an experienced worker to teach a skill to a new worker - shoulder to shoulder in the workplace.
- Digital Job Aids that are optimized for mobile phones.
- Job Aids that are personalized - based on a worker’s role, experience and language.
- Job Aids that include short video or animation elements.
- Job Aids that are triggered by verbal requests (ala Amazon’s Alexa)
- Job Aids that are embedded into a ChatBot or Messenger Model 

This is an intriguing expansion of a traditional tool and approach that is rarely talked about in learning circles.  Yet, to bring learning to the worker’s “moment of need” - a new view of Job Aids is evolving. 

4. ImmersiveTech for Learning - Your Questions Please!  We are about to create an updated report on the role of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality and other deep technologies for learning.  Our new and free “ImmersiveTech for Learning Report” will be available in the coming months.  

I have a question for Learning TRENDS colleagues.  Can you send me YOUR questions about how VR, AR and other Immersive Technologies could be used for workplace learning?  Our team will use your questions to shape this update of a very popular report we did 15 months ago. 

Send your QUESTIONS to me at emasie@masie.com and we will try to incorporate them into our findings.

Yours in Learning, 

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: 

- Curation & Learning LAB - Mar 21 to 23 - Saratoga Springs, NY
- Diversity & Learning LAB - April 10 to 12, Saratoga Springs, NY
- ChatBots & Learning LAB - July 16 to 18, Saratoga Springs, NY
- Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Orlando  (Early Registration Now Open)
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

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

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

Thursday
Mar012018

992 - Tech@Learning Expansion, AI/Machine Learning Overstatements, Curation Needs Sharpening

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - March 1, 2018.
#992 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,919 Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host: Curation & Learning LAB - March 21 to 23, Saratoga Springs, NY. 

1. AI/Machine Learning Overstatements!
2. Curation Stress: Users Want to Optimize with Recommendations.
3. Tech@Learning Expansion of Learning 2018 and a New MASIE Website! 

1. AI/Machine Learning Overstatements!  One of the most difficult things to write or talk about is when exciting topics are exaggerated by media and developers.  AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Machine Learning are so exciting - and yet their usage is often a stretch!  

We clearly are on a pathway for significant deployment of Artificial Intelligence in the workplace and the use of Machine Learning can add a whole new degree of adaption, agility and responsiveness to the deployment of technology for performance and learning. 

Therefore, it is tempting to announce AI as an already-arrived reality. 

Yet, if you scratch the surface of most AI claims - what we have is an intermediate and much more modest step - which is Rules-Based Programming. 

It is wonderful when a system, such as a ChatBot, can have hundreds or even thousands of rules to structure responses to questions or interactions. 

Yet, that is NOT Machine Learning or AI.  It is coming from a Rules-Based Engine. 

A recent report by IDG said: “A key way to tell the difference between AI and rules-based engines, is that a rules-based engine will never improve on its own until someone updates the rules. AI improves its accuracy the more it is used. The more you use it the better it becomes. The adaptability of the model is what makes AI work.”  It is online at: https://tinyurl.com/overstatedai 

There is vast work going on in research and development settings to advance Machine Learning and AI.  But, if claims are made prematurely - to impress a customer or internal client - before the technology delivers the significant difference, we will create a level of distrust towards a major force that is heading into our workplaces. 

Technology WILL have a rapid and profound effect on how workers, managers and enterprises support learning and performance.  Let’s not let industry “Early Hype” get in the way! 

2. Curation Stress: Users Want to Optimize with Recommendations!  We have been interviewing Learning Leaders and Managers about Curation of Content.  There is a growing level of Worker Stress about the ever expanding amount of Content, Context and Collaboration that is flowing.  The worker wants and needs targeted Curation Assistance - to help Sort, Optimize and Target their learning time - when reviewing dozens of content choices available on any topic.  Here are a few of the recommendations we are hearing about Curation: 

- Learners Choose the Communication Format for Curation:  Messenger App, eMail, Embedded Content, Learning Portal or Workplace Collaboration System.
- Learners Want to Receive a Reduced and Targeted Set of Content Options.
- Learners Desire a Recommendation System - Aligning Content to Their Needs and Context.
- Learners Are Blending Enterprise and Personal Curation Tools Informally. 

Watch for expanded Curation Tools to flow into LMS, LCMS and LRS systems in the next year.  And, get ready for 3rd party Recommendation Tools to emerge.  Stay tuned! 

3. Tech@Learning Expansion of Learning 2018 and a New MASIE Website:  It is an important year for us at The MASIE Center.  Learning TRENDS is now 20 years old, Learning 2018 will be our 28th Annual Conference and our Learning LABS were started in 1995.  So, we are excited to launch a new website to highlight our focus, services and open source content. Check us out at: 

- MASIE Center and Learning LABS Website: https://www.masie.com 

We are excited to also announce a new major component of Learning 2018: 

- Tech@Learning 

We will have a wide range of LABS, Technology Galleries, Experiences and Activities addressing the wide range of Tech@Learning.  Participants will be exploring Evolving Learning Systems, Curation Technology, ChatBots, Personalization, Workflow Performance Tech, Wearables and a wide range of Business and Consumer Tech that supports or engages the Learning process.  Details to be announced in the coming weeks. 

Finally, we are pleased to highlight 3 Learning Innovation LABS to be held in Saratoga Springs in the coming 3 months: 

- Curation & Learning LAB - March 21 to 23 - Optimizing Content for the Learner (Several seats still available)
- Diversity & Learning LAB - April 10 to 12 - The Role of Learning in Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging
- ChatBots & Learning LAB - May 1 to 3 - Exploring ChatBots & Smart Speakers in the Workplace 

Details and Registration at https://www.masie.com 

 

Yours in Learning, 

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: 

- Curation & Learning LAB - Mar 21 to 23, Saratoga Springs, NY
- Diversity & Learning LAB - April 10 to 12, Saratoga Springs, NY
- ChatBots & Learning LAB - May 1 to 3, Saratoga Springs, NY
- Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Orlando  (Early Registration Now Open)
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

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

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

Friday
Feb092018

991 - A Personal Note: Heading to Germany with New Passport & Father's Legacy

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - February 9, 2018.
#991 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,917 Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host: ChatBots for Learning LAB - Feb 21 to 23, Saratoga Springs, NY. 

1. A Personal Note: Journey to Germany Tonight - New Passport & Father’s Legacy!
2. Meeting with Online Educa in Berlin!
3. Reminder: ChatBots for Learning LAB in 2 Weeks - 6 Spaces Left! 

1. A Personal Note: Journey to Germany Tonight - New Passport & Father’s Legacy!:  In the twenty years that I have been writing Learning TRENDS there are some personal moments that I have shared. 

Tonight, I fly to Germany for 2 Unique Experiences.  First, I will enter Germany with my new German Passport.  My father was forced to flee Nazi Germany in 1938 and come to the United States.  At the end of the war, a law was passed to allow people who had to flee in WWII and their children to apply for a “2nd” passport from Germany.

I submitted the application and in September was Naturalized as a German Citizen - honoring the pain and disruption caused by the Nazi era.  We lost almost 20 relatives in the Camps.  And, it was a powerful moment to go the German Consulate in NY and receive my passport. 

I am proud to be an American Citizen and will use that passport for most of my travels.  But, I will enter Frankfurt tomorrow morning and use my new German Passport.  It will be a time to reflect and honor my father and the millions of people who were not able to leave.  Our family never had hate towards Germany - it was a horrible time and there were horrible people who did unthinkable things in the war.  My father always called himself an American who was born and raised in Germany.  

And, spirits work in a wonderful way.  Just one month ago, two people from Germany discovered letters that their grandfather had received and written to my father - who was a Mineral Engineer - and we will get together in Berlin to share more memories.  

My last time to Berlin was as the Wall was coming down between East and West Germany.  Tomorrow, a personal wall will come down as I think of Hans Heinrich Masie as I use my German Passport. 

2. Meeting with Online Educa in Berlin:  The other great thing that will happen this week is a meeting that I will have with one of the real leaders in the Global Learning World. 

Rebecca Stromeyer is  the head of Online Educa Berlin - a major learning event in Europe.  And, she is the organizer of learning innovation efforts in Africa and around the world. 

We will meet on Monday to share our perceptions of the ever changing world of Learning and Technologies.  I am excited to connect with Rebecca and learn from her unique and wide experiences.  Learning is ever more global and we must connect with new peers and mentors across boarders - as our learners are increasingly boundary free.  Here is the Online Educa site: https://oeb.global/ 

3. ChatBots for Learning Expanding! In two weeks I will host our first ChatBots for Learning LAB - also featuring a focus on Smart Speakers (e.g. Alexa or Google Assistant for Work). 

The research that my team has being doing on the potential for leveraging ChatBots for Learning - as active performance support and workflow support tools - is mind boggling.  The ability to leverage structured and machine-learning-aided ChatBots for employees (and customers) who need to perform a task or learn a readiness is very exciting. 

We have 5 spots remaining in our ChatBots for Learning Lab from Feb 21 to 23.  Go to http://www.masie.com for complete info and online registration.  Each participant will also receive 2 Smart Speakers and loads of take-home resources. 

Yours in Learning, 

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: 

- ChatBots for Learning LAB - Feb 21 to 23- Saratoga Springs, NY
- Curation & Learning LAB - Mar 21 to 23 - Saratoga Springs, NY
- Diversity & Inclusion LAB for Learning - April 10 to 12, Saratoga Springs, NY
- Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Orlando (Very Early Registration Now Open)
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

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

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

Wednesday
Feb072018

990 - Messaging Apps and Learning, From Slides to Wikis, ChatBots Expanded

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - February 7, 2018.
#990 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,915 Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host: ChatBots for Learning LAB - Feb 21 to 23, Saratoga Springs, NY. 

1. What’s App: Messaging Apps and Learning?
2. From Slides to Wikis: No Elliott PowerPoints In LABS!
3. ChatBots for Learning Expanding! 

1. What’s App: Messaging Apps and Learning? Keep your workplace learning eyes focused on the rise of Messaging Apps.  Think about the number of your employees that have been shifting in their communication, collaboration, task management and personal scheduling.  Here are a few trends: 

* Rapid Decrease in Workers Sending eMail.
* Steady Decrease in Workers Checking eMail Continually.
* Decreased Use of Posted Social Media Internal Sites.
* Mixed Use of Twitter for Corporate Employee Connections.
* Radical Increase in Corporate Messaging Platforms - What’s App, Slack, Jive, WeChat (China).
* Growth of Enterprise Messaging Apps: Facebook, Google, Skype, Zoom.

It is fascinating to watch how “learning and performance” are evolving around these Messaging Apps. 

Some are incorporating ChatBots to allow a worker to ask a question or knowledge-need-query and get an immediate reply or escalation.  In fact, the convergence of Messaging and ChatBots could have a deep impact on curriculum development - as we stack knowledge to be just a message away vs. delivered in a class setting. 

Messaging Apps will also play a key role in Curation as workers are prompted with key content or context through their App vs. a visit to the Portal Site. 

We will also see ways of building our content flow into Messaging App-Ready formats.  (See item #3 Below) 

2. From Slides to Wikis: No Elliott PowerPoints In LABS!  I took a big move as a classroom teacher, running my first LAB last week without any PowerPoint.  Instead of giving out a Deck of Slides the first day (and more each subsequent day), I announced we were in a “No Slide Setting”. 

Instead, we used a real-time curated Wiki for the 46 members of our LAB. 

All graphics and charts were added to the Wiki as we used them.  I had two MASIE Center team members in the LAB who captured real-time notes from the sessions.  They were posted on the Wiki within 30 minutes.  And, we added the video capture of our Guest Expert Interviews to the Wiki. 

I loved being Beyond Slides.  Try it! 

3. ChatBots for Learning Expanding! In two weeks I will host our first ChatBots for Learning LAB - also featuring a focus on Smart Speakers (e.g. Alexa or Google Assistant for Work). 

The research that my team has being doing on the potential for leveraging ChatBots for Learning - as active performance support and workflow support tools - is mind boggling.  The ability to leverage structured and machine-learning-aided ChatBots for employees (and customers) who need to perform a task or learn a readiness is very exciting. 

We have 6 spots remaining in our ChatBots for Learning Lab from Feb 21 to 23.  Go to http://www.masie.com for complete info and online registration.  Each participant will also receive 2 Smart Speakers and loads of take-home resources. 

Yours in Learning, 

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: 

- Curation & Learning LAB - Mar 21 to 23 t - Saratoga Springs, NY
- ChatBots for Learning LAB - Feb 21 to 23- Saratoga Springs, NY
- Diversity & Inclusion LAB for Learning - April 10 to 12, Saratoga Springs, NY
- Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Orlando (Very Early Registration Now Open)
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

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

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

Sunday
Jan282018

989 - Diversity & Inclusion for Learning, Bumpers in Bowling, Designing a LAB

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - January 28, 2018.
#989 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,904 Readers - www.masie.com - The MASIE Center.
Host: ChatBots for Learning LAB - Feb 21 to 23, Saratoga Springs, NY. 

1. Diversity & Inclusion for Learning Departments.
2. Bumpers in Bowling: Support & Success.
3. Preparing for a Learning LAB: A Different Design Process. 

1. Diversity & Inclusion for Learning Departments: We are honored to announce a new program for the learning field: 

Diversity & Inclusion LAB.
Learning & Development’s Role: Today & Tomorrow!
Jayzen Patria: Host & Facilitator.
April 10-12, 2018 - Saratoga Springs, NY USA.
Details: http://www.masie.com/diversity

Jayzen Patria is a noted speaker, facilitator, corporate learning leader and performance consultant helping transform organizations through the power of their people finding their authentic voice and bringing their full selves to work.  Jayzen has been featured at national conferences, including Mika Brzezinski’s Know Your Value, TEDx, SXSW, Creating Change, Out & Equal, Models of Pride, and our annual Learning Conference. 

This is a unique program - designed for Learning Professionals, Learning Leaders and Talent Departments - to explore the role, today and tomorrow, for Learning Departments in the development of Diversity & Inclusion efforts. 

Complete details at http://www.masie.com/diversity 

2. Bumpers in Bowling - Support & Success: I spent the afternoon at a bowling alley - for the first time in about 7 years.  And, with a push of a button, bumpers were raised - eliminating the gutter ball.  So, each of us was able to bowl without the fear of scoring 0 in a frame - as the bumpers were a performance support tool. 

Over the course of the next 90 minutes, my bowling skills started to come back and I had traditional success in rolling the ball down the alley and hitting the pins directly.  And, the bumpers “saved” me several times and even became part of a strategy for bouncing the ball off the bumper at an angle. 

The bumpers improved the total experience for each of us bowling this afternoon.  And, I walked away with better spirits as a result of “bumper support.” 

It made me wish for more “bumpers” in the world of workplace learning and performance.  If we could only press a button and get more support and safety rails to pop up as we learned or re-learned key skills or knowledge sets. 

If only… 

3. Preparing for a Learning LAB - A Different Design Process: From time to time, I have shared my design process for designing a class, prepping for a Keynote Speech, or interviewing a Celebrity.  Today, let me share the radically different model for “Preparing and Designing a LAB Session”.

On Tuesday morning, I will host a group of 47 corporate learning professionals who are coming to Saratoga Springs for a 2 1/2 day intensive LAB on Curation and Learning. 

My design process is quite different than if I were teaching a class.  The LAB focus is on Activities, Experiences, Collective Knowledge and a radically deeper use of external learning resources and experts. 

I have the overall content map for what we will explore in the ever changing world of Curation in Corporate Learning and Workplaces.  But, the final design for the LAB is focused on this process: 

* Learning Experiences:  What are the interactive small-group experiences that will immerse the group of learners in the content - pushing and stretching their perspectives?  I designed about 12 experiences that will stretch across the 2 1/2 days.

* Projects: Active assignments that will push each participant individually and in small groups to explore Curation from the Finding, Sorting, Ranking, Recommending, Prompting, Integrating and User Experience Perspectgives.

* Personalization:  Comments from about 25 of the participants have come in, which I am using to re-shape and focus the content on their take-back-home needs and issues.

* External Experts:  There will be 15- to 20-minute interactive, live video interviews with Chief Learning Officers and Learning Experts, including the CLO of McDonald’s, Innovation Experts, and other people who will react in real time to the participants’ questions and curiosities. 

There is NO PowerPoint stack for the LAB.  Instead, we will use a real-time curation tool in the form of a Wiki.  There will be ongoing SMS text polls, small group options to use Smart Speakers, VR, ChatBot and Consumer Curation tools throughout the LAB. 

The Design Process actually takes longer than putting together a more linear class.  There are more “branches” and “what ifs”.  And, the commitment to harvest a great deal of the curation knowledge from the experiences of the participants, external experts, Masie Center team members and myself as host/facilitator is quite different and a more demanding and exciting design process.  I am truly more of a Learning Producer in this model and the reaction from the thousands of participants who have been in our LABs is quite validating. 

We are planning to offer additional labs in the coming months, including another Curation & Learning LAB, ChatBots & Learning LAB, and the new Diversity & Inclusion LAB.  Details for each one are at http://www.masie.com 

Yours in Learning, 

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services: 

- Curation & Learning LAB - Mar 21 to 23 t - Saratoga Springs, NY
- ChatBots for Learning LAB - Feb 21 to 23- Saratoga Springs, NY
- Diversity & Inclusion LAB for Learning - April 10 to 12, Saratoga Springs, NY
- Learning 2018 - Nov 4 to 7 - Orlando (Very Early Registration Now Open)
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM 

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

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