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

902 - What Data Does the Learner Desire?

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - January 4, 2015.
#902 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,179 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Innovations LAB - January in Saratoga Springs, NY.

1. What Data Does the Learner Desire?
2. Learning LABS in January.

1. What Data Does the Learner Desire? A few days ago, I received an email from Amazon Prime Music with Elliott Data. They sent me a fascinating snapshot of the music that I listened to from Amazon Prime over the past year - including artists, songs and albums. I was surprised by some of the data and I actually was moved to expand my music selection into several genres that were quite low on my “scorecard”. In other words, my Elliott Music Data gave me a useful feedback perspective to help Elliott shape my music selections.

So, what would a Learning Data Snapshot look like? Imagine a process that would give each learner a snapshot of the data surrounding their learning activities. Personally, I would love to see how I spent my learning time by media mix: % of learning time using video, text, structured eLearning, social collaboration, classroom, etc. I would love to see data on my patterns of completion or non-completion of learning resources. And, the list starts to grow.

In the past 2 years, we have seen the growth of Big Learning Data. I wrote a book with ATD on the topic and we have seen organizations increasingly gather Bigger Data Sets on learning. However, we have not seen the growth, yet, of Learning Snapshots that provide feedback, trending and analysis for a learner of his or her own learning approaches/behaviors - and even comparison with peers.

Big Data works best when there is a mutual sense of value. I love getting an annual summary from American Express of corporate spending, including trends, that provide feedback on expenditures.

So, what would YOUR Learning Snapshot look like? What are a few of the data sets that you would love to see on a future Learner Data Snapshot?

Could you take a minute and send me a sentence or two with your ideas to emasie@masie.com? I will be working on this topic over the next few months and will gladly share a summary of responses with the Learning TRENDS community.

2. Learning LABS in January: This month, I am honored to be hosting two highly interactive Learning LABs at The MASIE Center in Saratoga Springs.  There are just a few spaces still open in the LABs:

- Learning Innovations LAB (Including a Learn-A-Thon) - January 12 to 14.
- Gamification, Engagement & Learning LAB - January 26 to 28.

Details and registration information are available 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 - January 2016 - 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

 

901 - Rocket Lands and My Tesla, Theater Invite

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - December 23, 2015.
#901 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,175 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Innovations LAB - January in Saratoga Springs, NY.

1. Rocket Lands on the X and My Tesla: Innovations in Action!
2. Holiday Learning Exploration!
3. An Invitation to Allegiance in New York City with MASIE Productions.

1. Rocket Lands on the X and My Tesla: Innovations in Action!  This was a really exciting week for me - based on a rocket that landed back on earth perfectly!

Exactly, one year ago, my new Tesla arrived.  Not only was I driving an all-electric car, but over the year the car upgraded itself with loads of new features.  One of the features included Auto-Steering and Automatic Self-Parking.  Quite fun to see the car use its 20+ sensors and cameras to steer or park without the need for hands on the wheel.

This week, Space-X, another Elon Musk company, made history by launching a rocket into space to deliver satellites into orbit - and then return the launch booster rocket to a perfect vertical landing on an X marked on a pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida.  Normally, these expensive boosters end at the bottom of an ocean, adding huge costs to each launch.

There is a key relationship between my driving experience in the upgrading Tesla and the rocket landing perfectly from space: both are the result of deeply integrated and expansive creativity applied to new technology in two diverse fields - space travel and car driving.  Yet, it is the integrated knowledge that Musk’s companies and engineers have harvested that is so exciting.

I love owning a car that is an ongoing science experiment. Sure, with the price of gas down to $2, it is not a pure economic return. But, the regular innovation and pushing of envelopes - both engineering and behavioral - are so exciting.  If you want to share my excitement check out the SpaceX video/photos at http://www.spacex.com/webcast/  And, here is the Tesla Auto-Steer Video: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/14/watch-this-self-steering-tesla-model-s-drive-itself-and-us-down-the-highway/#.f89dpmu:kb7I

2. Holiday Learning Exploration! Over the holiday vacation, I usually spend some time exploring new learning trends and technologies. Here are a few items that we are exploring:

- IOT and Learning:  What are the implications for “Internet of Things” and learning and performance?
- Aggregated Assessment: Imagine a daily question that rolls up to a certification or performance indicator.
- Multi-Site Webinar Production: How do we weave together content experts from multiple locations into a high energy “experience”?
- Learning Apps: Rapidly creating apps that are laser focused on a learner’s needs and requirements.
- Dynamic Badges: Take the “scout badge” model and make it life-long and dynamically pushed.
- Learning Curation: What’s the role for a curator and/or a curation algorithm in learning organizations?
- Creative Compliance: Moving from massive assessment to targeted compliance sampling for increased results.
- The Empowered Learner: What happens when the learner truly gets power - even for design and delivery choices?

These are some of the innovations that we will be exploring and writing about.  And, if you would like to dive into many of them, be part of our Learning Innovations LAB in Saratoga Springs from January 12 to 14. We have 8 seats still available.  Details and last minute registration at: http://www.masie.com

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://wwww.allegiancemusical.com .

I have blocked a set of discounted great seats and we will watch Allegiance together - and 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.  If you want more information, please send me an email to emasie@masie.com and I will send you details.  It will be an AWESOME afternoon.

Yours in learning,

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - January 2016 - 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

 

900 - Video Clips and Curated Content Now Online

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - December 17, 2015.
#900 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,154 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Innovations LAB - January in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Special: Video Clips & Curated Content Now Online from Learning 2015

This is one of my favorite Learning TRENDS of the year.  After a wonderful and dynamic Learning 2015 in Orlando in November, we are now honored to place dozens of video clips and over a hundred resource files in Open Source for free access online.

Most of our keynote sessions have been curated into discreet clips and are now posted. There are several speakers for whom we do not have license to place them online. And, we will add more content in the weeks ahead. We are delighted to use colorful Graphic Illustrations as the canvas backdrop for the keynote video clip selections:

Go to: http://www.learning2015.com/curated

In addition, there is content from most of the seminar sessions as well as other curated elements at the above sight. Enjoy, refer and leverage this content. Thanks for your support.

Registration for Learning 2016:

We have already received quite a few Very Early Registrations for Learning 2016, which will be held from October 23 to 26 in Orlando, Florida. To take advantage of the Very Early Registration Discounts or to start organizing a learning retreat at Learning 2016, go to:

Learning 2016 Info and Registration:
http://www.learning2015.com/index.php/learning-2016-early-info.htm


Yours in learning,

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - January 2016 - 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

899 - Memorization Specifics; Streamed Theater: "Daddy Long Legs"

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - December 9, 2015.
#899 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,145 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Innovations LAB - January in Saratoga Springs, NY.

1. Do I Memorize It? Or, Have Navigational Readiness?
2. First Free Broadway/Off-Broadway Streamed Theater!
3. Tech Recycle Tables at Work.

1. Do I Memorize It? Or, Have Navigational Readiness? When you structure a learning activity, from a class to an e-Learning program, what level of recall do you expect of your learner?

- Memorization? They can fully recall the new information without prompts?
- Assisted Memorization? Given a small prompt, they can recall it from memory?
- Overview Recall? The learner understands the overview (concept) but does not memorize details?
- Navigational Readiness? The learner does not “know it” but is ready to access or search for it?

We could add to this list as we look at the various flavors of memorization. Some of these will be personal choices by the learner herself while others will be decided by the Designer/Producer of the learning activity. It would be great if the learning field were more explicit about the differentiation - from a design, expectation and even acceptance point of view. 

2. First Free Broadway/Off-Broadway Streamed Theater! Here is a personal invitation to watch, free of charge, an awesome theater experience - streamed live on Thursday, December 10th. “Daddy Long Legs”, produced by my friend and colleague Ken Davenport, is a delightful musical now featured in New York City. Ken is experimenting with offering a free worldwide viewing of this powerful and funny play.  There are multiple time zones and I would love some of our Learning TRENDS colleagues to check it out.

Details and free signup at for Daddy Long Legs, Thursday - December 10th:
http://www.daddylonglegsmusical.com/livestream/

3. Tech Recycle Tables at Work: Our employees have more and more used but still workable technology at home. As we upgrade our tablets, phones and other digital devices, there are rarely good places to have them continued to be used, rather than sending them to the recycle dump. What about setting up a Tech Recycle Table at work, where folks donate smaller sized tech for use by fellow employees or to be passed along to schools, community centers or neighbors that would deeply value something like a laptop (even if it is 4 years old)?

Yours in learning,

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - January 2016 - 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


 

898 - I'm Taking Online Classes from Usher and Dustin Hoffman

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - December 4, 2015.
#898 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,136 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning Innovations LAB - January in Saratoga Springs, NY.

1. I’m Taking 2 Online Classes from Usher and Dustin Hoffman.
2. Analysis of Our Search - An Intriguing Metric.
3. Gamification & Engagement - Cousins for Impact.

1. I’m Taking 2 Online Classes from Usher and Dustin Hoffman: When I woke up this morning, I took an Acting Performance Class from Dustin Hoffman.  And, this afternoon a Singing Performance Class from Usher. 

Now, while I am a Broadway Producer, I don’t aspire to sing or act on a theater stage.  But, I am intrigued by leveraging the celebrity and experience of “hero” level subject matter experts for an online class.

This is a venture called MasterClass and offers courses with a dozen asynchronous classes featuring the teacher, including activities and office hours.  These courses cost about $50.

While it is just the beginning of my experience, I decided to do some research - and have enrolled a few Broadway actors and non-actors in the sessions - that will expand to include Kevin Spacey, Serena Williams and others as the teachers.

Do “hero” teachers add to the learning cycle beyond enrollment interest? Intriguing! I will share more feedback as we experiment.  MasterClass is at http://www.masterclass.com

2. Analysis of Our Search - An Intriguing Metric: I wish for a personal and simple metric that I can look at every week or month, which is an analysis of all of my searches from both Mobile and Desktop devices. It would be a fascinating mind-map of my searches.  And, it gets really interesting if we could roll up the searches of a group of people - for instance, all new employees in a group. It would be cool to have that feedback loop.

3. Gamification & Engagement - Cousins for Impact: A few TRENDS readers have asked me why I combined the topics of Gamification and Engagement in our January LAB.  My experience with experiments and projects in the Gamification field led me to add Engagement into the mix. The sustainability of a gaming element - especially aimed at learning or performance - seems to rotate around the level of Engagement that the employee has and grows. We can build fun or cute games, but what we are looking for is deeper Engagement and mixing in some elements of social or collaborative Engagement.  As we blend Gamification and Engagement, including elements of collaboration that are not explicit game elements, we have a higher chance for Impact and Sustainability.

Gamification, Engagement and Learning LAB - January 26 to 28, 2016 - Saratoga Springs, NY.  Info and registration: 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 - January 2016 - 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

897 - Learn-A-Thon Model, Short Video Mentoring, Coin App

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - December 1, 2015.
#897 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,122 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2016 - Oct 23 to 26, Orlando, Florida.

1. Learn-A-Thon Model.
2. Short Video Mentoring Explored.
3. COIN - 1 Card for Many Credit Cards.

1. Learn-A-Thon Model: As many TRENDS readers know, I am a fan of and experimenter with the Hackathon model: a creative way to pull together a group of people - many with computer coding skills - to create a working prototype of a new app or program, in a few days of working intensely. I helped create a Broadway Hackathon model last year with the NY Public Library at Lincoln Center that created very cool new apps in 2 days with the only expense being pizza for lunch.

But, as we applied this model to the world of learning, the challenge was that the hackathon was most appreciated and engaging for people who write code. So, we developed a new model called:

Learn-A-Thon.

The difference is that the Learn-A-Thon will imagine a new method, learning process or even a technology system/app, but it is brainstormed by subject matter peers regardless of their coding skill.  They will dream, stretch and even sketch out what a process or an app might look like, but not actually build the app in real time. 

The IT process of creating the actual code can be put down later - or even overnight remotely - but the emphasis is on the User Experience and the Learning Process.

We have experimented with the Learn-A-Thon model in several of our classes and are now rolling it out as a major function at The MASIE Center.

The first public implementation of the Learn-A-Thon will be at the upcoming Learning Innovations LAB to be held in Saratoga Springs from January 12th to 14th. We invite you and your colleagues to take a stimulating, start-of-the-year retreat and participate in this high energy program, which includes the Learn-A-Thon. Details and online registration at http://www.masie.com

2. Short Video Mentoring Explored: Sometimes all one needs as a learner is a few minutes of conversation or feedback from a peer. That is the core of On-The-Job learning. And, as we add video and more distributed workers, we need to stretch the process. We have been tracking increased use of short Video Mentoring sessions - sometimes using Skype or corporate video desktop systems - to connect a learner to a mentoring peer in another location. The fun part is that the duration can be very short. For example, someone who is learning a new sales process might have the option of dialoging for 3 to 5 minutes - a few times each day for a week - with an experienced sales person located in another part of the world. Their mentoring is not meant to be behavioral coaching; rather, it is focused on what the learner is about to do - or what they just did. In the sales example, pre-brief a sales call or do an autopsy after a failed sale. 

This process does not take much infrastructure and can be amazingly engaging for both the learner and the mentor! Try it!

3. COIN - 1 Card for Many Credit Cards: We have been experimenting with a new application called “Coin”. It is a high tech single card onto which I securely load the data from a range of my credit cards. It synchronizes with my mobile phone and is only authorized when I use a code on the card or turn it on by the nearby mobile phone. It allows me to go from many to 1 credit card - and to get ready for a smaller wallet. The synchronizing of data to a digital format is intriguing and may lead to other applications for corporate access and security. Here is the link: http://onlycoin.com

Yours in learning,

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - January 2016 - 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

 

897 - Learn-A-Thon Model, Short Video Mentoring, Coin App

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - December 1, 2015.
#897 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,122 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2016 - Oct 23 to 26, Orlando, Florida.

1. Learn-A-Thon Model.
2. Short Video Mentoring Explored.
3. COIN - 1 Card for Many Credit Cards.

1. Learn-A-Thon Model: As many TRENDS readers know, I am a fan of and experimenter with the Hackathon model: a creative way to pull together a group of people - many with computer coding skills - to create a working prototype of a new app or program, in a few days of working intensely. I helped create a Broadway Hackathon model last year with the NY Public Library at Lincoln Center that created very cool new apps in 2 days with the only expense being pizza for lunch.

But, as we applied this model to the world of learning, the challenge was that the hackathon was most appreciated and engaging for people who write code. So, we developed a new model called:

Learn-A-Thon.

The difference is that the Learn-A-Thon will imagine a new method, learning process or even a technology system/app, but it is brainstormed by subject matter peers regardless of their coding skill.  They will dream, stretch and even sketch out what a process or an app might look like, but not actually build the app in real time. 

The IT process of creating the actual code can be put down later - or even overnight remotely - but the emphasis is on the User Experience and the Learning Process.

We have experimented with the Learn-A-Thon model in several of our classes and are now rolling it out as a major function at The MASIE Center.

The first public implementation of the Learn-A-Thon will be at the upcoming Learning Innovations LAB to be held in Saratoga Springs from January 12th to 14th. We invite you and your colleagues to take a stimulating, start-of-the-year retreat and participate in this high energy program, which includes the Learn-A-Thon. Details and online registration at http://www.masie.com

2. Short Video Mentoring Explored: Sometimes all one needs as a learner is a few minutes of conversation or feedback from a peer. That is the core of On-The-Job learning. And, as we add video and more distributed workers, we need to stretch the process. We have been tracking increased use of short Video Mentoring sessions - sometimes using Skype or corporate video desktop systems - to connect a learner to a mentoring peer in another location. The fun part is that the duration can be very short. For example, someone who is learning a new sales process might have the option of dialoging for 3 to 5 minutes - a few times each day for a week - with an experienced sales person located in another part of the world. Their mentoring is not meant to be behavioral coaching; rather, it is focused on what the learner is about to do - or what they just did. In the sales example, pre-brief a sales call or do an autopsy after a failed sale. 

This process does not take much infrastructure and can be amazingly engaging for both the learner and the mentor! Try it!

3. COIN - 1 Card for Many Credit Cards: We have been experimenting with a new application called “Coin”. It is a high tech single card onto which I securely load the data from a range of my credit cards. It synchronizes with my mobile phone and is only authorized when I use a code on the card or turn it on by the nearby mobile phone. It allows me to go from many to 1 credit card - and to get ready for a smaller wallet. The synchronizing of data to a digital format is intriguing and may lead to other applications for corporate access and security. Here is the link: http://onlycoin.com

Yours in learning,

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - January 2016 - 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

 

896 - Learning Innovations LAB and Gamification, Engagement & Learning LAB

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - November 16, 2015.
#896 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,119 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2016 - Oct 23 to 26, Orlando, Florida.

1. Learning Innovations LAB Announced!
2. Gamification, Engagement & Learning Announced!

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing two new programs that I will be hosting and curating in Saratoga Springs, New York in January 2016:

1. Learning Innovations LAB Announced! (January 12 to 14 - Saratoga Springs, NY)

Imagine spending 2 1/2 days in a 10,000 foot Learning Innovation LAB, working with emerging technology and methodology, exploring:

- Learning “Apps”
- Learning Personalization
- Hyper “Search” & Learning
- Mobile Learning Models – Mobility & Performance
- Big Data & Metrics for Innovation
- Gamification in Design
- Video: Fast, Short, Targeted, User-Created, Open, Digital Studios
- LMS, LCMS & Learning Systems Refreshed
- Emerging Virtual Reality - Oculus, Cardboard & Simulation

You will have hands-on experiences and experiments in a wide range of new and emerging learning innovations. LAB size is limited so please register soon. Details at http://www.masie.com

2. Gamification, Engagement & Learning Announced! (January 26 to 28, Saratoga Springs, NY)

Join me for a high-energy and hands-on event, focusing on Gamification, Engagement & Learning. We will explore every aspect of:

- Gamification
- Games vs. Gamification
- Impacts on Learners and Learning
- Engagement: Social and Beyond
- Links Between Gamification and Engagement
- Simulation and Gamification
- The Role of Failure
- Badging and Ratings
- The Upsides and Downsides of Gamification or Engagement

This is a deeply hands-on and research-based experience. Complete details 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 - January 2016 - 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

 

895 - Farewell, Jay Cross; Google TensorFlow; Curated Learning Content

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - November 11, 2015.
#895 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,109 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2016 - Oct 23 to 26, Orlando, Florida.

1. Jay Cross, Innovator and Informal Learning Remembered.
2. Google Open Source Machine Learning Code: TensorFlow.
3. Learning 2015 Curated Content and Flow.

1. Jay Cross, Innovator and Informal Learning Remembered: Whenever I received an email from learning innovator and colleague Jay Cross, I smiled. Jay’s emails would push me, disrupt some of my thinking and make me smile. Yet, the email that came the other day made me cry.

Jay Cross died at his home in California on Nov. 6, 2015.  Very appropriately, Jay was working on his latest project, “Real Learning”, advocating for a strong slice of DIY in learning.

Jay leaves us with great work, strong thinking, rich dialogue and learning disruption. One cannot change a field without disruption - and Jay brought that, with a smile. I have known Jay for decades, spanning our mutual work in IT, Learning and Innovation. His passing leaves a gap in our field and his contributions have moved our field forward.

Here is a great collection of tributes to Jay Cross and samples of his work, compiled by David Kelly: http://davidkelly.me/2015/11/an-industry-remembers-jay-cross/

Goodbye and Farewell, Jay!

2. Google Open Source Machine Learning Code: TensorFlow. Google made an exciting announcement about the open sourcing of their new Machine Learning Framework, TensorFlow.

Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. In the past decade, machine learning has given us self-driving cars, practical speech recognition, effective web search, and a vastly improved understanding of the human genome.

Check out TensorFlow and follow the exploration of how we engineer a construct of “learning” into machines and programming. It may have intriguing implications for workplace learning and the performance support field. TensorFlow info at: http://tensorflow.org/

3. Learning 2015 Curated Content and Flow: We were honored to have 2,066 global learning professionals participate in Learning 2015 last week. It was an amazing 3 1/2 days of content, context and collaboration. We are now starting the curation of the sessions and conversations from Learning 2015 and will post waves of links in the weeks ahead.

Get started by looking at the cool graphic illustrations of our six keynote sessions - including interviews with WOZ (Steve Wozniak), Sal Khan, Karl Kapp and Susan Cain:

Check these out at: https://emasie.smugmug.com/Learning-2015/Graphic-Illustrations/

Watch for more content and video clips to be curated and published.

Yours in learning,

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

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
- Learning 2016 - October 23 to 26 - Orlando, Florida.

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

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894 - A Personal Thank You for 25 Years of Learning

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - October 30, 2015.
#894 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,097 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - 2,062 Colleagues Now Registered!

Dear Learning TRENDS Colleagues,

This is a Thank You note for your support, connections and history over the past 25 years!

I am now in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World with our Learning 2015 Production Team - and we are doing the assembly work to greet 2,062 learning colleagues from around the world starting on Sunday.

This year is a special honor and treat for me.  It marks the 25th year that I have hosted and curated an annual Learning event in Orlando, Florida.  Over the years, the name of the event has evolved from Computer Training & Support to TechLearn and now to Learning 2015.

The focus has always been workplace learning - and we have added eLearning, Computer Training, Social and Mobile Methodology, and Learning Personalization along the way.  Over 25 years, we have hosted tens of thousands of new, experienced and even about-to-retire learning colleagues. Our keynotes have ranged from Apolo Ohno, Robin Roberts, General Colin Powell, The Midtown Men, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, Susan Cain, President Bill Clinton, Jack Welch, 50 Chief Learning Officers and even ABC’s Brit Hume coming by video from the White House explaining how the first presidential user of WordPerfect learned to use a word processor.

I look forward to the fun, excitement and learnings ahead in the next few days.  As always, we will curate a large amount of the content from the event and post it online in the coming weeks.  And, you can follow our twitter accounts - @learning2015 and @emasie - for real time blasts.

To each of our Learning 2015 readers and colleagues, thanks for your ongoing support and idea generation.  I hope we have an opportunity to meet at Learning 2016, Learning 2020 or continue to connect with shared ideas and innovation virtually. 

Finally, if you would like to send a note as we celebrate 25 years of Learning Events, send it to me at emasie@masie.com   We will have a “toast” to our 25th Anniversary on Monday night and I would love to share a few of your thoughts with the group.

Learning Really Matters! It is the powerful way we as humans develop new skills, awareness, job readiness and evolving knowledge.  What we do in learning is cool and important.  Thanks!

Yours in learning,


Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie

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

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

My Train and TESLA to Learning, Forwarding Video

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - October 23, 2015.
#893 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,093 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - 2,003 Colleagues Now Registered!

1. Taking the TRAIN & TESLA to Learning.
2. Video to Forward?
3. Just in Time Learning - 9 Days!

1. Taking the TRAIN & TESLA to Learning: One of my traditions is to take an Amtrak train from New York to Orlando each year for the start of our annual Learning event. While I love flying, it is powerful for me to take an overnight train as a way of reflecting, planning and relaxing before hosting 2,000 colleagues. This year, my trip will have an extra element. I’m taking my all-electric TESLA, which was just upgraded to Auto-Steering, on the train.

I will be driving the TESLA from Manhattan to Lorton, VA on Tuesday and then loading it on the AutoTrain, which will take me and the car on an overnight trip to Orlando. I will relax in a small bedroom with my wireless and books. At Learning 2015, we will explore the impact of innovations like Auto-Steering and Self-Driving as we look at the larger issue of robotics, machine learning and more. Steve Wozniak owns 2 TESLAs, my colleague Nick Howe is coming with his TESLA, and several learning designers from the TESLA factory are registered. We will have the TESLA on display next to our NASCAR tire changing contest.

Here are some pictures and my blog about the “Train-to-Learning” habit of mine:  http://www.learning2015.com/index.php/item/countdown.html

I would love to chat by phone with you if you are along the route from VA to Orlando on Tuesday afternoon and evening. Send me an email to emasie@masie.com and a good time to call.

2. Video to Forward? We are hearing from many learning coordinators that they are moving much of their video content collections to alternative hosting sites in order to allow learners to securely forward key video segments to other learners (usually behind the firewall). The viral nature of great video, where peer-to-peer sharing occurs, is an intriguing trend to follow. Check it out!

3. Just in Time Learning - 9 Days! In just 9 days, we will have the honor of opening Learning 2015 to over 2,000 participants. Last night, at 1:14 am, we took our 2,000th registration (this one is from Singapore). There is still time for you and your colleagues to come to Orlando for Learning 2015, which kicks off on Sunday, November 1st. We have added extra hotels and extra cool innovations focused on learning! Check out website at http://www.learning2015.com   Hope to see you in Orlando!

All Aboard the Train to Learning :)

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie

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

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

892 - MEMEs in Learning ala George Takei, Learning Diversity

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - October 16, 2015.
#892 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,076 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2015 - Nov 1 to 4 - 1,917 Colleagues Now Registered!

1. MEMEs in Learning? Lessons from George Takei.
2. Diversity in Learning Universe - Honor the Range!
3. Music Added to Learning 2015 - Over 1,917 Participating.

1. MEMEs in Learning? Lessons from George Takei: Yesterday, I had the honor of delivering a Keynote Address for several hundred media professionals who work in the world of US Intelligence (CIA, DOD, Army, etc).  My opening slide had a photograph of George Takei, the star of our musical Allegiance that is now in previews on Broadway.  Interestingly, once people saw that slide before I began my address, dozens came up to start talking about George Takei and his Social Media Presence.  So, I did a just in time adjustment and reframed much of the talk about him and how he has used MEMEs - illustrations with striking comments - as his primary vehicle for building and communicating with over 10 Million likes, followers and contacts on Facebook and Twitter.

Our conversation evolved to how we might use the Meme, taking a key still (or now we are starting to see VEMEs, which use 6 second videos) to communicate a key learning lesson or provocative statement.

I am fascinated about this conversation and will explore it at The MASIE Center.  If you want to respond about MEMEs, send me a note to emasie@masie.com and let’s explore this.

2. Diversity in Learning Universe - Honor the Range! We must be careful not to innovate around a non-diverse sense of the audience of learners.  I hear people say things like “our workers are all mobile” or “no one wants to go to class anymore”.  In fact, some of those may be true, but there is also a huge diversity of learning styles, histories, preferences and even managerial permissions.  Let’s keep open our learning choices, aiming to touch and support a much wider range of learning modes. At the end of the day, our goal is to support the workforce in learning for performance, regardless of the learning method chosen.

3. Music Added to Learning 2015 - Over 1,917 Participating:  As we close in on 2,000 registered learning leaders at our upcoming Learning 2015 event (Nov 1 to 4, Orlando), I am adding the last minute musical and artistic elements to sweeten the settings at our General Sessions.  We are pleased to announce:

- Learning 2015 Musical Director: Marco Paguia, who will be providing music throughout the event.  Marco is an accomplished Broadway Musical Director, having led shows like If/Then, Peter & The Starcatcher, The Adams Family and our new show Unknown Solider.
- Anna María Pérez de Tagle, a powerful actress and singer, will add a fun and engaging musical welcome for both Steve Wozniak and Sal Khan.  Anna María starred in Godspell on Broadway and was featured on Hanna Montana, Fame, Camp Rock and other shows.
- A Surprise Opening Number - can’t give it all away.  It will weave music, history and learning together.

There are still Just in Time registration discounts available and 2 more hotels with free transportation.  Info and online registration at http://www.learning2015.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2015
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: emasie

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

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

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