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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.
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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.

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 

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 

Yours in Learning, 

Elliott Masie.
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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 

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