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339 - The 1 Pager vs. Loads of Slides in Sessions; Tips for Trainers: BlueTooth Keyboards for Shared Content/Control

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - August 28, 2005.
#339 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
50,745 Readers - - The MASIE Center.
Learning 2005: Oct 30 - Nov 2 - Orlando, Florida.

1. The 1 Pager vs. Loads of Slides in Sessions.
2. Tips for Trainers: BlueTooth Keyboards for Shared Content/Control.
3. New Book - "Learning: Rants, Raves & Reflections" - Just Published.

1. The 1 Pager vs. Loads of Slides in Sessions: At Learning 2005, every session will only have one slide. Yup, a 1 Pager.

One of my pet peeves is the way in which one hour sessions at events overpromise the content to be addressed. And, when leaders roll out a two dozen slide presentation, there goes the interaction.

So, we are changing the model by dousing the overhead projector, placing the 1 Pagers on interactive wiki's for pre and post viewing/expansion and limiting the session leaders to a 1 Pager. Check out the design model and implications for this at

2. Tips for Trainers - BlueTooth Keyboards for Shared Content/Control: I have recently switched the keyboard and mouse in my classroom at The MASIE Center to a wireless BlueTooth version. This allows for both wide ranging mobility for the trainers in our classes, but it also starts to shift the ability of the learners to add their own content and share the control of the activity. The keyboard and mouse are easily handed to any learner in the room to use. It lets a group brainstorm at a table and document the results on the large screen in front of the class. I have also thrown away the fixed podium and use a standup table on wheels, so that the trainer location can be moved easily to any place in the room.

3. New Book - "Learning: Rants, Raves & Reflections" - Just Published: I am pleased to announce a new book, Learning: Rants, Raves and Reflections, has been published by Pfeiffer/Wiley. I am the editor of this collection of essays by Learning Executives from companies including McDonald's, Secret Service, IBM, BankOne, Saudi Aramco, AutoDesk, Pitney Bowes, Wachovia and Michelin. Every participant at Learning 2005 will receive a free copy of this 310 page hardcover book. If you are interested in ordering a copy, go to

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