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924 - Pokemon Go and Learning; MIT Open Education Keynote

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - August 3, 2016.
#923 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,323 Readers - - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2016, Oct 23 to 26, Orlando - 718 Colleagues Registered! 

1. Pokemon Go and Learning Ideas?
2. MIT Open and Digital Education Keynote. 

1. Pokemon Go and Learning Ideas? 30 million people downloaded the Pokemon Go app in 2 weeks! And, you have seen video or live examples of everyday people - walking around outside - steering themselves in an active Pokemon Go adventure. Take a minute to check out this amazingly viral new use of Augmented Reality (an extension of Virtual Reality) - 

But, there is an interesting set of questions that this viral Pokemon phenomena has triggered for The MASIE Center: 

- Can we adapt or add a “learning layer” to Pokemon Go for a learning project at the workplace? For example, could it be adapted for a new hire orientation self-tour?
- Will the popularity of Pokemon Go lead to other technology pushes in the Augmented Reality Space?  Might we see a large range of learning oriented apps come forth?
- Will Pokemon Go users move from fascination to sustained use over time? In fact, what is needed to trigger continuous use of an Augmented Reality framework?
- Pokemon Go is also collecting a large amount of personal Big Data for each user. What will be the ethics for use of data collected?
- What types of people, situations, challenges or rewards are needed to create a Learning focused extension of Augmented Reality? 

I would love to hear your personal stories about, fascination with, or even revulsion to Pokemon Go.  And, what are your thoughts about the application of this to learning in the workplace? Send me a note to 

2. MIT Open and Digital Education Keynote: I am so excited to add Sanjay Sarma as one of our Keynoters at Learning 2016. He is amazing advocate of innovation in learning and is working to map emerging Brain Science, Machine Learning and Learning Innovations at MIT and beyond. 

Sanjay Sarma is the MIT Vice President for Open Learning. He also leads the Office of Digital Learning, which oversees MIT OpenCourseWare and supports the development and use of digital technology for on-campus teaching and massive open online courses (MOOCs). He is also the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.

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Note, there are over 718 learning colleagues from around the world already registered for Learning 2016 - which will take place from Oct 23 to 26 in Orlando, Florida. Complete details at

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie

Twitter: emasie 

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