Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - June 11, 2012.
#725 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
55,725 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
1. Lighting for a Class? Dark Exposed by App!
2. Learning 2012 Key Themes: From Mix to Personalized to Fundamentals
1. Lighting for a Class? Dark Exposed by App! I was in an awkward spot last week as a classroom trainer when the light was not just bright enough for learning.
The day before I led a program at a hotel, we were setting up the classroom and I noticed that it seemed sort of dark in the room. I tried to push the lighting up a notch, but the controls didn’t add any more light. Turns out that the hotel had recently gone to “greener” light bulbs that were not as bright and the room had an air wall divider in the middle, without any down lights. So, several of the round tables would sit participants in lighting more comfortable for a cocktail lounge than one of our interactive classroom discussions.
The hotel had a different perspective about the lighting levels, so how could I make the case for shifting us to another room? If only I had a light meter, that would help. But, I did have an iPhone so I searched for a lighting reading App and, sure enough, found a free one called “Lightmeter” from a company named Whitegoods.
It used the camera in the phone to take a dozen scans of lighting from each spot in the room and gave a reading in Lux or Foot-candles along with a suggestion of the suitable activities in that spot. Turns out my App validated my hunch. One table had only 14 Lux, good for emergency lighting or movie watching. The other tuned in at 54 Lux, good for romantic dinners. When I went to a space across the hall of the conference center, the app showed a reading of 114, great for classrooms and corporate meetings. Using the App, it gave me metrics to make the case for shifting to a better and more appropriate learning space. Check it out at www.whitegoods.com and thanks for advocating for the lighter side of learning :)
2. Learning 2012 Key Themes: From Mix to Personalized to Fundamentals! We are proud to announce the 10 Key Themes for our Learning 2012 event, which will be held in Orlando from October 21st to 24th. These themes are “curated” from conversations with hundreds of learning colleagues in corporations and government agencies around the globe. I am excited by the focus of our Learning 2012 Key Themes, which focus on the current opportunities and challenges in learning without getting swept away by the “buzz, hype or what’s cool” factor. Here are our Learning 2012 Themes:
* The Learning “Mix”.
* Learning Together: Social/Collaborative.
* Learning Everywhere: Mobile, Video & Performance Support.
* Learning Hype OR Innovation?
* The “Learner” in 2012!
* Personalizing Learning.
* Learning Systems: Stretching Beyond eLearning.
* Learning Evidence: Metrics, Scorecards & Impact.
* Learning Fundamentals: Designs, Classrooms & SME’s.
* Learning Strategies & Leadership.
Plus, there is an Early Registration Discount of several hundred dollars available until July 15th. Check out the complete site, including details on keynotes by General Colin Powell USA (Ret) and Susain Cain, best-selling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts, at http://www.learning2012.com
Yours in learning,
MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning Directions - Dallas or New York City.
* Video for Learning LAB - July in Saratoga Springs.
* Learning 2012 - Oct 21 - 24, 2012 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie