825 - Brain Research by Game; Dubai, Australia and New Zealand; OJL Lab Added

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - May 14, 2014.
#825 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,461 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Video and Learning LAB - Next Week in Saratoga Springs.

1. Brain Research Via Game by MIT Student.
2. Birthday Connections with Social Media Clip.
3. Travel Ahead: Dubai, Australia and New Zealand.
4. On The Job Learning LAB - Session Added.

1. Brain Research Via Game by MIT Student: Imagine doing breakthrough Brain and Cognitive Research - using a crowdsourced game - engaging students as researchers around the world. That is the cool approach taken by Claire O’Connell, a MITx Fellow, who I am honored to announce will be one of our Featured Speakers at Learning 2014.

Claire focused on Brain and Cognitive Science, as she graduated as a Junior from MIT last year.  Now she is working on very cool new approaches to content delivery and assessment in her role as a Fellow at MITx - working on a neuroscience program they are developing.  When she was 20, she was a featured speaker at a TEDx event and is a wonderful representative of a new approach to learning, research and innovation.  I can’t wait to interview her at our opening General Session at Learning 2014.  You can watch a TED Video of Claire at http://www.learning2014.com/blog/item/gamebrain

2. Birthday Connections with Social Media Clip: Yesterday, I had fun with celebrating my birthday. Friends and colleagues from around the world waved at me with loads of messages, text and emails as I celebrated my happy birthday.  So, how to respond? Rather than cut and paste a “thank you”, I made a short video note back to say thanks with some news about turning the next year of life.  If you want to take a peak, it is live at http://vimeo.com/95283953

3. Travel Ahead – Dubai, Australia and New Zealand: A big trip ahead with keynotes, meetings and fun in Dubai, Australia (Brisbane & Melbourne) and New Zealand starting on May 24th. If you are in any of those cities and would like to have a cup of coffee and chat, please send a note to me at emasie@masie.com  I’ll post some video from the road from discussions with learning leaders in the various countries.

4. On The Job Learning (OJL) LAB - Session Added: We just added a new section of our popular “On The Job Learning (OJL) LAB & Seminar”, taught by Bob Mosher and Conrad Gottfredson.  It will be held at The MASIE Center in Saratoga Springs, from July 9th to 11th.  Details at http://www.masie.com/ojl

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2014

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Video & Learning LAB.
* On The Job Learning LAB.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

824 - Interns in Learning

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - May 12, 2014.
#824 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,459 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Video and Learning LAB - Next Week in Saratoga Springs.

Special Note: MASIE Learning Interns Sought! I am seeking several high-energy graduate students or independent learners who want a 2 to 5 month “deep dive” experience as:

* MASIE Learning Interns: Graduate students coming to Saratoga Springs to help with key projects and experiments in The MASIE Center Lab - working closely with Elliott Masie.

Every year, we invite a global colleague to play a special role in the learning work at The MASIE Center.  We have had Interns and Fellows in previous years from Korea, Brazil, India, Italy, China and Eastern Europe. We are also open to applications from colleagues in the United States.

You will be living in Saratoga Springs, NY, a wonderful community several hours north of New York City.  Included is an honorarium to help cover expenses during this project.

The ideal candidate will be deeply involved in the worlds of learning, training, performance, technology and/or workplace improvement. The duration of the program is flexible, based on your experience and availability.

Please start the process by sending a short email to Elliott Masie at emasie@masie.com Share your educational and work experiences, and why you want to be one of our next MASIE Learning Interns.

Pass this along to colleagues who might be interested!

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2014

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Video & Learning LAB.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

823 - Compliance and Learning Crisis, Laptop Learning? ASTD to ATD

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - May 9, 2014.
#823 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,454 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2014 - Oct 26-29, Orlando. 238 Registered Already!

1. Compliance & Learning: A Crisis!
2. ASTD Becomes ATD.
3. Laptop Learning? Mobile Learning? Sigh!
4. Video for Learning: Last Call.

1. Compliance & Learning: A Crisis! There is a crisis in the learning field. Compliance, regulatory-based and mandated learning and training programs are out of control!  Many major organizations are reporting that as much as 70% of learning time and expenditures are being spent on programs mandated by compliance and regulatory requirements. Sadly, many of these do not really move the “performance needle”, nor do they account for what employees already know.

There are alternatives, but it will take an industry-wide effort and conversation to re-align Compliance and Learning.  We can include more pre-testing, followed by learning for those missing competency or information gaps.  We can increase the use of sampling of a subset of employees vs. testing every employee, every year.  And, we can shift to a more granular and distributed content publishing model throughout the year, where we aggregate compliance conformance over time.

We are proud to announce the “Compliance & Learning Crisis” forum at Learning 2014 (Oct 26 to 29 in Orlando).  These topics and a deep conversation about new approaches to Compliance & Learning will be explored.  An article about this is at: http://www.learning2014.com/blog/item/compliance-learning

2. ASTD Becomes ATD: I was a speaker at the recent ASTD event in Washington, DC, where there was a big announcement about a branding and name change for ASTD.  They are shifting to “Association for Talent Development”.  Details at: http://www.astdnews.org/

We are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the bookstore at Learning 2014 with a wide range of both Talent and Learning publications.

3. Laptop Learning? Mobile Learning? Sigh! One of the most frustrating conversations that I had at ASTD was with folks looking for “Mobile Learning” solutions.  I usually laugh and sigh, since I am an active user of mobile devices but not a fan of using the term or the current limited view of Mobile Learning.

Yes, our workforce and our computing platforms are going more mobile.  I touch my mobile phone throughout the day, read most articles on my tablet, travel with my laptop for some webinar hosting and use my desktop in the office for video capture and large document editing.  I am a multi-device user and I want BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) access.  I want your learning programs to sense and adapt to the screen and other capabilities of my devices.  And, I don’t expect to have all of my learning resources working perfectly on my mobile device.  The funniest thing is to see someone squinting to take a course on a small phone - with small text and tight spaces.  It would work perfectly on a larger screen or could be adapted for a different type of program on a mobile phone.

Yes, I await great Learning Apps. I want a learning app for new hires, for newly promoted folks, for key projects, for performance support and more.  I want apps that use the camera, video, GPS and other mobile device capabilities that would never work on a laptop.  And, I look for more apps that would leverage the mobile device for content, context, community, collaboration or even learning commerce throughout the day.

But, it won’t be called Mobile Learning or M-Learning!  It will be the natural development of learning assets to changing platforms and functions.  For example, when was the last time someone said, “Look at my cool Laptop Learning Program”?  Let’s think more broadly and not worry about cute new titles for transformations in the technology and learning world.  We will use the cloud, the mobile devices, the Internet and more.  Focus on design and usability, focus on mobility and BYOD access, and focus on performance tools in the hands of our workforce.  It will be way bigger and way more transformational than “Mobile Learning”.

4. Video for Learning: Last Call! This is the last call for our Video for Learning LAB to be held at The MASIE Center in Saratoga Springs, NY from May 19th to 21st.  I am pleased to facilitate and host this program, which will engage a small group of learning professionals in using video and video equipment to explore the shifting world of learning content.  We will explore user created video, live video, video and collaboration, video in eLearning, the connected classroom and much more. Plus, you get full use of the 10,000 square feet Masie Learning LAB.  There are just a few spaces left and we will close registration soon.  Details and online registration at http://www.masie.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2014

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Video & Learning LAB.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

Video: Learning Extender and Disrupter

TO: Learning, Training, Performance and Technology Colleagues
FROM: Elliott Masie, The MASIE Center

You and your colleagues are invited to a small and hands-on program that I will be leading on the changing role of Video and Learning in Saratoga Springs:

Video and Learning LAB.
Exploring the Changing and Disruptive Role of Video and Learning.
May 19-21, 2014 - The MASIE Center, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Complete details and online registration at http://www.masie.com 

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Video & Learning LAB.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

822 - Big Data Too Big, Meet Me at ASTD, Video for Learning Shifts

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - April 23, 2014.
#822 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,449 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Video and Learning LAB & Seminar - May in Saratoga Springs.

1. When is Big Learning Data Too Big?
2. Meet Me at ASTD Conference in DC.
3. Video for Learning - Shifts & Moves.
4. Robin Roberts Book Released.

1. When is Big Learning Data Too Big? An interesting question arose in our conversations about Big Learning Data:

When is Big Learning Data too Big?

The question is framed around the ability of an individual or an organization to process really large amounts of data. Can a learning designer or even a learner “handle” really large amounts of data? When is someone (or even an organization) handicapped by the size, scope and variety of data that is available to reflect learning patterns and outcomes?  When do we want a tight summary vs. a scatter gram of many data points?

As we grow the size, volume and variety of Big Learning Data elements, we will also need to respect the ability (or challenge) of people to process the data. A parent may hear that their kid has a B- in mathematics - and want a lot more data. But, the same parent does not want 1,000 data elements covering 500 sub-competencies. The goal is to find a way to reflect Big Learning Data to an individual in a fashion that enables them to make better sense of the process - and have a “Continuum” that they can move to get more or less data as a situational choice.

Sometimes we get too small in data.  I gag when I read about a company claiming a 1,034% ROI on learning investments.  What does that reflect?  Does that include wage costs, soft costs, manager costs etc.? It is an impressive Big Learning Number with VERY SMALL validity.  Let’s continue an honest conversation about when Big Learning Data is too Big or Small.

2. Meet Me at ASTD Conference in DC: I am honored to be presenting and exhibiting at the ASTD International Conference in Washington, DC from Sunday, May 4th to Wednesday, May 7th. I would love to connect with any Learning TRENDS readers or your colleagues attending the ASTD Event:

* Session: Monday, May 5 - 4:30-5:30pm M301 - Big Learning Directions & Big Learning Data - Ballroom A.
* Learning 2014 & MASIE Center Booth 438. I will be in the booth for learning conversations throughout the event.

Or, send me an email to emasie@masie.com and let’s try to meet.  See you in DC.

3. Video for Learning - Shifts & Moves. As we track the use of Video for Learning in the workplace, here are a few of the shifts that are emerging:

- Video Outside the LMS: A large percentage of companies are placing video clips outside the LMS - without adding viewing to the learning record.
- Video Templates: Just as PowerPoint yielded a series of templates for presentations, we are now seeing Video Brand Templates emerging.
- Animated Whiteboards Soar: Colleagues like Dan Pink made whiteboard animations quite popular with his presentations. There are now online packages to automate the production of these quick sketch segments.
- High Def and Low Overhead: Organizations are pushing the high definition quality while reducing the overhead and time of production.
- Open Video Blends: Adding corporate content as a blend with “open” content from TED and other sources for a unique mix.

These are just a few of the topics that we will investigate in our twice a year offered “Video and Learning LAB” that I will be hosting in Saratoga Springs from May 19 to 21st.  There are just 10 seats available for this session. Content and online registration at http://www.masie.com

4. Robin Roberts Book Released: Yesterday, as we released the Learning 2014 Keynote Speakers, it was also the day that Robin Roberts’s book was launched: “Everybody’s Got Something”. Details at http://www.learning2014.com/blog/item/robertsbook

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2014

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Video & Learning LAB.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

Robin Roberts, Chef Bobby Flay and More About Learning

TO: Learning, Training & Performance Colleagues
FROM: Elliott Masie, Host & Curator – Learning 2014

We are honored to invite you and your colleagues to participate in Learning 2014, focused on the changing, evolving and sometimes disruptive shifts in the world of workplace and workforce learning.

This year, our Learning 2014 Keynote Speakers will include:

* Robin Roberts, the co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, sharing her experiences as a journalist and anchor covering breaking news events, interviews with world leaders and her courageous and public battle with breast cancer and a bone marrow transplant.
* Chef Bobby Flay, providing us with a real-time demonstration and conversation about the connection between Cooking and Learning. Bobby will create a cool dish in our Learning 2014 Kitchen and share his experiences about design and learning.
* Sir Ken Robinson, one of the most viewed TED Speakers, will lead a one-hour discussion with Elliott Masie and Learning 2014 participants on “The Learning Revolution” and how it will impact the workplace and workforce.

We will explore key themes including: Learning Personalization, Video Clips & Content, Engagement, Compliance & Learning, Collaboration & Social, Mobile in the Workplace, Leadership Shifts, Massive & MOOCs, Big Learning Data and more. Our sessions will be high engagement conversations, benchmarking, and colleagues sharing with colleagues.

In addition, Learning 2014 will be loaded with hundreds of high engagement activities and conversations focused on the ever-changing world of learning.

Early Registration Discounts and Group Discounts now available. Information and online registration at http://www.learning2014.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Learning 2014 Host & Curator

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Video & Learning LAB.
* On-The-Job Learning LAB.
* MOOCs & Corporate Learning.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

821 - Rethinking Webinars, Mobile Knowledge, Video from Train

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - April 15, 2014.
#821 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,444 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: MOOC’s in Corporate Learning LAB - July in Saratoga Springs, NY.

1. Rethinking Webinar Design - Your Ideas Please.
2. Mobility with Knowledge in the Hand.
3. Video of My Cross Country Train Trip.

1. Rethinking Webinar Design - Your Ideas Please: Webinars are increasingly popular for distributing content and context to large numbers of distributed workers without the cost of travel.  Yet, webinars are suffering from a weakened brand in many organizations.  Here are some common complaints/brand descriptions:

* Attrition Before Arrival: In some companies, as few as 40% of individuals registered for a webinar actually show up.
* Departure Before Completion: We track early departure, after 12 minutes, as increasing in recent years.
* 2 or 3 Multi-Tasks: Many learners, including me, often engage in 2 or 3 other activities during the webinar.
* Low Engagement: Webinars are meant to be live to facilitate learner engagement. But, it is often quite low or just symbolic.
* PowerPoint Obsession: What is the right role for slides or PowerPoint during the webinar, especially as we add live video to the screen?
* Decreased Brand Sparkle: In many companies, the brand of a webinar is dropping, reflecting decreased learner value.

Bob Mosher, the Learning Advocate at The MASIE Center, is heading up our project to take a collaborative look at rethinking and redesigning the webinar.  We are interested in your comments and perspectives.  Could you send a note to mosher@masie.com with your thoughts about webinar redesign.

2. Mobility with Knowledge in the Hand: I have spent the last few days in Los Angeles in dialogue with a wide range of younger colleagues, most of whom are avid users of mobile phones.  I took some time with each to talk about their view of the mobile device and how they use it for learning:

* Not a single person was doing “mobile learning” in terms of constructed learning activities.
* Search was the single most commonly used function, beyond text messaging.
* Few of my colleagues had made a phone call in the last five days. They use their devices for content, messaging and apps, but rarely for calls.
* They actively see the mobile device as a core part of their memory and knowledge system.  They consciously keep large amounts of their own memory in the memory of the device. 
* They each wish for more focused performance or job assistance apps.  Their apps are for shopping, entertainment, travel and community.  Each colleague wishes for apps that are more deeply mapped to his/her role, job, career or job outcome.
* Work IT security issues actually hamper their use of mobile devices to support work.  Firewalls, security validation and other issues often kept them from using the mobile device as a work assistant.

We need to change our conversation away from “M-Learning” or “Mobile Learning”. Instead, let’s fully engage, innovate and explore how a range of mobile devices, in the hands of workers and customers, can be fully enabled for assisting performance at work.  We must widen our BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices) approaches to make content and collaboration more device enabled.  And, let’s apply a usability model to assess the best enabling approaches with workplace mobile use.

3. Video of My Cross Country Train Trip: As I mentioned last week, my trip from Chicago to Los Angeles involved a 2 1/2 day train ride on Amtrak.  I used my new, very high-def video camera (Cannon VIXIA Mini) to make a 4 minute sample of my ride across America: http://vimeo.com/91977484 

For once, I changed the ending of this video from “Yours in Learning” to “Yours in Training”. 


Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2014

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Video & Learning LAB.
* On-The-Job Learning LAB.
* MOOCs & Corporate Learning.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

820 - LA by Train; Massive Collaboration; Mergers in Learning; Masie Sessions

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - April 11, 2014.
#820 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,434 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: OJL - On The Job Learning LAB - April in Saratoga Springs.

1. Heading to Los Angeles by Train!
2. Collaboration & Massive Together.
3. SkillSoft and KnowledgeAdvisors Acquired.
4. MASIE Center Sessions Announced.

1. Heading to Los Angeles by Train! Readers of TRENDS know that I have a fun interest in taking long distance train rides.  So, tomorrow (Saturday, April 12th), I will fly to Chicago and, at 3 PM, board the Amtrak Southwest Chief for a 2 1/2 day wonderful train ride to Los Angeles.  I get a small bedroom with great windows and for several days I enjoy the views of America as the train runs along the rails.  I would love to connect with any colleagues by either phone or a quick hello at the train stations during my journey across America.  If you are along the way, send me an email to emasie@masie.com - with a phone number - and we can connect along the way.  And, if you are in Chicago and want to meet for a few hours before my 3 pm trip, send a quick note. 

Why trains?  Well, I am not afraid of flying and, in fact, do hundreds of thousands of miles of air flights. But, there is a relaxing, stimulating and reflective process of experiencing a long rail journey with great views, interesting folks on board and a large sense of history out the windows.  I am on wireless most of the way and look up both GPS and local history to understand the sights I pass along the way.  Plus, it is a great way to do some reading and planning - and I am finalizing a big announcement in a few days about the keynoters and themes for Learning 2014.  So, wish me well and get in touch if you want to connect.  All aboard!

2. Collaboration & Massive Together: There were many learnings about the world of massive design and delivery during our recent MOOCs in Corporate Learning Symposium and Lab.  I wanted to share a “word cloud” done by the 70 global participants on our 3rd day, as they looked at the futures of MOOCs.  Note the size of the word “Collaboration”.

Word Map: http://www.learningmoocs.com/index.php/item/collaboration-design.html

We are excited to announce the next edition of MOOCs & Corporate Learning.  It will be held in Saratoga Springs on July 9-11. Information and registration at http://www.learningmoocs.com

3. SkillSoft and KnowledgeAdvisors Acquired: In recent weeks, several learning and education companies have been acquired or merged.  Here are two announcements to follow and track:

* SkillSoft Acquired by Charterhouse Capital Partners for 2 Billion Dollars:  http://www.skillsoft.com/about/press_room/press_releases/march_14_14_release.asp -
* KnowledgeAdvisors Acquired by CEB for 52 Million Dollars: http://knowledgeadvisors.com/about-us-2/

Stay tuned for more mergers and buyouts in the ever-changing learning world.

4. MASIE Center Sessions Announced for Spring 2014:

Here is the list of new and continuing programs offered by The MASIE Center for Learning Professionals:

* On-The-Job Learning (OJL) LAB - By Bob Mosher & Conrad Gottfredson - April 23 to 25 (Saratoga Springs).
* Video and Learning LAB - By Elliott Masie - May 19 to 21 - (Saratoga Springs).
* Learning Directions Briefing - April 29th - Led by Elliott Masie - (Houston).
* Learning Directions Briefing - April 16th - Led by Elliott Masie - (San Jose).
* MOOCs & Corporate Learning: Symposium & Lab - July 9 to 11 - (Saratoga Springs).

Complete information and registration for all of these programs at http://www.masie.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2014

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Video & Learning LAB.
* On-The-Job Learning LAB.
* MOOCs & Corporate Learning.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

819 - Fewer Commas, Mobile Movements, Sensible Sneakers

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - April 1, 2014.
#819 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,427 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: OJL - On The Job Learning LAB - April in Saratoga Springs.

1. Comma is Evaporating: Text & Twitter Reduce Comma Use.
2. Mobile Phone Micro Movements: Reacting to User Stress.
3. Sensible Shoes: Can Classroom Trainers Wear Colorful Sneakers?

1. Comma is Evaporating - Text & Twitter Reduce Comma Use: A recent study on writing and composition has revealed a major decline in the use of the commas. “Recent trends indicate a 48% decline in the use of commas in sentence construction. People are being influenced by the short nature of a text message or tweet - reducing sentence length and almost wiping out use of the comma.”

In addition, the Institute on Writing Construction has asked if the reduced use of commas would help or hurt the learning process for workers.  Often, a writer adds several subtle modifications to a sentence, each with a comma, raising complexity but perhaps hurting the comprehension level of a new learner.

The MASIE Center has agreed to participate in a study with the Institute on Writing Construction and will be monitoring and analyzing comma use in both formal writing and also peer-to-peer texting. Our hunch is that learners want shorter and less modified statements such as “Press the Blue Button” rather than “There are several options, including the blue button and other alternatives, open to you as a new user.”

2. Mobile Phone Micro Movements - Reacting to User Stress: Most of the new smartphones have a movement monitor that can sense micro movements of users as they read or watch a message or video.

This movement sensor was added originally to automatically align the screen shot with the way in which the mobile device was being held. However, new apps are emerging that will monitor your hand movements as you read a screen, watch a video or send a message. Decades of research has shown that as the users’ stress rises, their hands provide a “TELL”, indicating stress or dishonesty. Poker players have mastered watching for these movements in the hands of their competitors, which reveal a bad hand or really stupid bet.

Learning may become more adaptive and responsive as our authoring systems can tap into the real-time movements of each user, filtering any normal, everyday shaking caused by habits or disease. Imagine if a user with higher movements would get an automatic offer of assistance or even if the typeface would become larger when their micro movements increase. Learners may even learn to use micro movements as a request for more detail or assistance.

3. Sensible Shoes - Can Classroom Trainers Wear Colorful Sneakers? While many corporations have standards and even rules requiring business shoes for employees, we are mapping a recent change in how classroom teachers and trainers are dressing.

Colorful sneakers, when worn by a trainer, add several pluses to the classroom environment:

- Sensible shoes like sneakers encourage trainers to walk more in class, show more energy and reflect enthusiasm for their material.
- Learners enjoy and closely monitor the color choices for their trainers’ shoes. These add a sense of connection and humor to the classroom, which can be powerful, even when teaching difficult topics.
- Colorful sneakers are often ventilated to allow more air to pass over the trainer’s toes, which increases their energy and personal presence in the classroom.

There are difficult aspects, however. When wearing sneakers with orange, green and blue elements, coordination with the rest of your business attire can be challenging. For example: http://tinyurl.com/colorfulsneakers

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Each year on April 1st in the United States, we celebrate April Fool’s Day with several “TRENDS” that may not be totally real, yet!  Hope you enjoyed these and have a great April 1st. Feel free to send me a note to emasie@masie.com


Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2014

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Video & Learning LAB.
* On-The-Job Learning LAB.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

Can Learning Go Massive?

TO: Corporate Learning, Training and Higher Education Colleagues
FROM: Elliott Masie, Editor - Learning TRENDS
DATE: March 26, 2014
RE: Can Learning Go Massive?

Dear Colleague,

In just 7 days, we invite you to join a unique gathering of 75 global learning professionals exploring the future of truly “Massive” learning programs at:

MOOCs & Corporate Learning: Symposium and LAB.
April 2 to 4, 2014 – Saratoga Springs, NY.
Host & Curator: Elliott Masie.
Info: http://www.learningmoocs.com .

MOOCs are an experimental model, gaining traction, hype and innovation in Higher Education.  We will explore if a workplace can adapt the MOOC to offer a Massive, Open, Online Course (with Collaboration).

We are honored to have participants attending from Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies and countries like the U.S., Canada, Russia, Netherlands, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and others to consider these questions:

M is for MASSIVE: Can we scale learning activities to hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of workers?
O is for OPEN: Can we leverage and adapt Open content from TED, Universities and User-Created Sources?
O is for ONLINE: Can we design and structure Online Delivery, Community and Support for massive programs?
C is for ???: Does the C stand for Credit, Certification, Cost, Competency or Compliance?

I will lead this program and include perspectives from corporate MOOC implementers, technology platforms and Higher Education partners.

Although the event is only a week away, there are still a dozen spaces available.  Space is limited.

Details and online registration are available at http://www.learningmoocs.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
The MASIE Center & Learning CONSORTIUM

818 - Learning Budget Shifts, Melinda Doolittle Again, Global Colleagues Coming to MOOC Lab

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - March 20, 2014.
#818 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,419 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: MOOCs & Corporate Learning: Symposium & Lab.

1. Learning Budget Survey Results - A Shift in 2014.
2. MOOCs Lab Draws Colleagues from US, Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, UK and More.
3. Melinda Doolittle - Update from Learning 2007 & American Idol.

1. Learning Budget Survey Results:  Our Learning Pulse survey for 2014 is underway and we already have over 400 responses from organizations throughout the world.  In a few weeks, we will publish the complete results.  But, I wanted to share the responses to a question about the sizing of budgets for Learning in 2014:

Overall Learning Spending/Budget Direction in Your Organization: (Based on 430 Responses)
-  5.5% Increasing Significantly.
- 27.7% Increasing Modestly.
- 37.3% Staying Stable.
- 14.6% Decreasing Modestly.
-  6.3% Decreasing Significantly.
-  8.5% Did Not Respond or Do Not Know.

While there is usually a fairly even “bell curve” of increasing, stable or decreasing, we did notice a real shift this year.  There are more organizations that are increasing their learning budgets modestly (27.7%).  When we sorted by size of organization, this trend was similar from organizations with over a million employees to ones with a workforce under 5,000.  We will continue to gather data and have a full report in several weeks.  There is still time to take our 9 minute confidential survey at:  http://www.masie.com/2014pulsesurvey

2. MOOCs Lab Draws Colleagues from US, Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, UK and More:  We are honored to report that our upcoming MOOCs & Corporate Learning event (April 2-4) has drawn learning colleagues from across the globe. Participants from major corporations and government agencies in the US, Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Netherlands, UK and other countries are coming to Saratoga Springs, NY for a robust and highly interactive exploration of how MOOCs might be adapted or evolved for use with Corporate Learning.  There is space for about 15 more participants. Registration at http://www.learningmoocs.com

3. Melinda Doolittle - Update from Learning 2007 & American Idol:  Last night, I had an incredible time at 54 Below, a concert club in New York City, where I reconnected with one of my favorite singers, Melinda Doolittle. Many will remember that she was the 3rd finalist on American Idol in 2007 and I then featured her for her first commercial singing gig at Learning 2007.  Melinda has a golden voice, a stage presence and an honest and warm spirit that is incredible.  Last night, I spent time with her before and after her concert and we chatted about Learning 2007 and her father, who works in the learning industry. I brought along a friend who is a Broadway Director and we hope to see Melinda starring in a show before too long. Check out her site and listen to a few of her songs. She sings magically: http://www.melindadoolittle.com/

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2014

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Learning Directions Briefings.
* MOOCs and Corporate Learning: Symposium and LAB.
* Video & Learning LAB.
* On-The-Job Learning LAB.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

817 - Talent and Learning Impressions, Mobile Curiosity, Brainstorming

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - March 12, 2014.
#817 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,395 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: MOOCs & Corporate Learning: Symposium & Lab.

1. Impressions from Talent & HR Conversations.
2. My Curiosity Mobile Device.
3. Stormboard - Online Brainstorming!
4. Massive Learning - Less Instructor Time.

1. Impressions from Talent & HR Conversations:  Hello from Scottsdale, Arizona, where I have been meeting with senior Talent, HR and Performance leaders at the annual i4cp conference.  On Monday, I led a 2 1/2 hour facilitated discussion with 10 senior leaders from companies including Boeing, Yum! Brands, Shell, Agilent and others on Trends in Learning.  Although I was the briefer and facilitator, I came away with several key impressions on trends:

* Global Leadership Requirements:  We need to take a fresh look at the competencies needed by leaders of global organizations.  How do we build global leadership capabilities in candidates who have not lived in multiple countries?
* Talking Talent and Learning at the Same Time:  The languages of “Talent”, “Human Capital” and “Learning” are similar but different dialects that address similar issues with quite different words and phrases.  Learning leaders will need to find ways to be trilingual in these focuses.
* Lazy LMS:  There is widespread frustration with the current agility of Learning Management Systems to meet an ever expanding menu of content models.  Most organizations are looking at using the LMS as more of an underneath enterprise system, adding needed functions as software as service or overlays. The best example is the inability of most LMSs to be agile with video as a content mode.
* Learning Personalization:  There is serious interest in how organizations build Learning Personalization into current and future programs.  The learner is evolving quicker than our designers or learning systems.

If you are interested in exploring these and other Learning Directions, check out my one-day blended program that will soon be offered in New York City, Chicago, Houston and Silicon Valley.  Details at http://www.masie.com

2. My Curiosity Mobile Device:  I just checked how often I do a Google or Bing search on my mobile phone or tablet.  Wow! On average it is between 15 and 30 times a day about thinks like a phrase from a presentation, a name mentioned in a news story or a topic in a conversation.  Check out the search history in your mobile devices to get a sense of your own mobile search intensity.  While many talk about Mobile Learning, I am more intrigued with how we optimize and personalize Mobile Search - including secure access to corporate intranets - right alongside external search engine results.

3. Stormboard - Online Brainstorming!  Check out a new version of a shared brainstorming/mind mapping software.  This is highly visual, sharable and there is a free edition for a small team.  I am experimenting with it for Learning 2014 team design.  Details at http://www.stormboard.com

4. Massive Learning - Less Instructor Time:  “How do we deliver short learning to massive numbers of employees - without having to increase the amount of available instructor time?”  This question quickly follows most discussions about Massive, Open, Online Courses/Content.  The desire for organizations to find new and scalable models for delivering a short program to tens or hundreds of thousands of workers - with a high level of engagement - without the cost of instructor time for each learner is a fascinating aspect of exploring MOOCs.

We will delve deeply into this at our rapidly filling MOOCs & Corporate Learning: Symposium and Lab, to be held from April 2 to 4 in Saratoga Springs, NY.  There are a few spaces still available and online registration is open at http://www.learningmoocs.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2014

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Learning Directions Briefings.
* MOOCs and Corporate Learning: Symposium and LAB.
* Video & Learning LAB.
* On-The-Job Learning LAB.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

816 - Internal Expertise Ads, Badges for Skills, Baby Horse Video

 Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - Feb. 28, 2014.
#816 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,384 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: MOOCs & Corporate Learning: Symposium & Lab.

1. Internal “Google Ads” with Expertise.
2. Badges Conversation Growing.
3. Baby Horse Born Thursday - Hello Video!

1. Internal “Google Ads” with Expertise:  We are quite accustomed to having Google or Bing or Yahoo “ads” pop up as we do a web search, linking us to a site, vendor or content collection.  But, what about an internal “ad” that links us to a person with expertise within our organization?

Imagine if an employee is conducting a search on compliance issues on your internal search engine and the results page included 2 or 3 small boxes with the name of a key fellow employee who has relevant experience or expertise on the topic. Much of the knowledge base of your organization is in the minds and experiences of current employees, who are often unknown to the rest of the workforce. Let’s experiment with appropriate and non-disruptive ways of building personalized “ads” that would link employees to other employees with sharable expertise.

2. Badges Conversation Growing:  Are there any fellow Girl or Boy Scouts out there as Learning TRENDS colleagues?  I have deep and powerful memories of the various Boy Scout “badges” that I earned in my teen years.  I even earned one in group leadership techniques.  The badges required Scouts to demonstrate a skill or competency and often successfully complete a project.

There is a growing conversation in the world of learning and higher education about bringing back the badge model for workforce competencies.  The badge might be smaller in scope than a certification.  And, it might not imply instant readiness to do a job.  But, it could be one of many badges that a worker would gather/earn over time - visible to others in the workplace and an input to future deployment decisions.  Many of my colleagues are looking towards industry-wide recognition of badges that are used and valued by a larger group of employers.  Let’s imagine a badge in Customer Complaint Handling earned by an employee of a fast service restaurant that would also be honored when he/she applies or is hired by another food service employer. 

The MASIE Learning CONSORTIUM and Learning 2014 will be focusing on badges and some of the opportunities and hurdles with adapting this model to our workplaces. If you are interested in being part of this conversation, please send a note to me at emasie@masie.com

3. Baby Horse Born Thursday - Hello Video! As many of you may know, MASIE Stables owns several thoroughbred horses.  Yesterday morning, we got a great phone call.  At 6 am, Miss Matzo gave birth to a healthy and cute female (filly) baby horse.  Four hours later, this video was taken in the barn where she is with her mom.  Note how long the legs of a baby horse are, which were important when they were born on the wild “range”.  Watch her at https://vimeo.com/masie/babyhorse

UPDATE: We are quickly filling spaces in the upcoming MOOCs & Corporate Learning event to be held in Saratoga Springs from April 2 to 4th.  Info and online registration are available at http://www.learningmoocs.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2014

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Learning Directions Briefings.
* MOOCs and Corporate Learning: Symposium and LAB.
* Video & Learning LAB.
* On-The-Job Learning LAB.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

Learning for Learning Professionals

TO: Learning, Training & Performance Colleagues.
FROM: Elliott Masie, The MASIE Center
RE: Learning for Learning Professionals

We are pleased to invite you and your colleagues to one of our upcoming Learning Programs for Learning Professionals:

* Learning Directions:  What is Up, Down or Just Hype in Learning?  Elliott Masie leads an intensive one-day briefing for Learning Professionals, supplemented with additional on-demand resources.  Topics include: Learning Personalization, The Connected Classroom, Mobility & Learning, Rethinking Compliance Training, and Social/Collaborative Learning.  Hosted by Elliott Masie.
Locations:  New York (March 21), Chicago (March 25), Silicon Valley (April 16), and Houston (April 29)

* MOOCs & Corporate Learning: Symposium & LAB:  This is the first event focused on applying the MOOC (Massive, Open, Online Course) to the corporate learning space.  We will explore adapting the MOOC model, integrating higher education MOOCs into the workplace and finding low-cost ways of making learning more “massive”, yet still accountable and effective.  Hosted by Elliott Masie.
Location:  Saratoga Springs, NY (April 2-4)
 
* On-The-Job Learning (OJL) LAB & Seminar:  How did you learn your job?  Ask 100 employees in your organization that question and very often the answer will be, “From a colleague, on the job”.  We invite you and your colleagues to participate in a new program: On-The-Job Learning LAB & Seminar, which will provide a deep, agile and hands-on approach to maximizing the impact of OJL – adding the power of technology and performance support.  Hosted by Bob Mosher & Conrad Gottfredson.
Location:  Saratoga Springs, NY (April 23-25)

Details, agendas and online registration for these programs are available at http://www.masie.com.  Space is limited and discounts are available for government, higher education and Learning CONSORTIUM Members.

If you have any questions, please send a note to amh@masie.com.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
The MASIE Center
http://www.masie.com

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

815 - Previews for Learning Design?; On-The-Job (OJL) Learning

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - Feb. 19, 2014.
#815 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,374 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: MOOCs & Corporate Learning: Symposium & Lab.

1. Previews for Learning Design?
2. MOOCs Linking Workplace & Higher Education.
3. On-The-Job Learning (OJL) LAB & Seminar Announced.

1. Previews for Learning Design?  This month, I went to two Broadway Previews.  For approximately one month before the official opening of a Broadway show, audiences see a “preview” of the show - in various forms of readiness - as the creative team tweaks the script, scenery and even the music of the show.  The reactions of the audience can help deeply shape the final product.

This evening, a show that I am helping produce, “Bridges of Madison County”, opens.  In the preview process, more than a dozen minutes of the show were reduced.  A song was eliminated. Props were changed. And, the pacing of both Act I and Act II were improved through the changes.  Previews are a key element in making a show more ready for audiences, using audience reactions as a key data point in the process.

Why not add previews to Learning events? What if we were rolling out a new class or eLearning module on a key leadership or technology subject? Imagine if the first few sessions were really viewed as previews. Imagine if the instructional designer could add or delete segments and see how the learners reacted and performed.  Previews could radically alter the design process.  Try it!

2. MOOCs Linking Workplace & Higher Education: As we explore the role of Massive, Open, Online Courses in the world of workplace learning, there is an interesting connection emerging between MOOCs offered via higher education and employee training. Here are a few models that are emerging:

* University and College MOOCs paid for through employee tuition reimbursement funds.
* Corporations purchasing a block of seats in a higher education MOOC at an affordable per-employee rate.
* MOOCs offered by a higher education group with corporations building in private discussion areas.
* Universities partnering with a corporation to syndicate a workplace MOOC to other organizations.

Every day, I am engaged in conversations with higher education and private venture MOOC providers about their desires and plans to collaborate with corporate learning and development groups. 

We will delve into these topics at MOOCs & Corporate Learning Symposium & Lab, which I am hosting in Saratoga Springs, NY from April 2nd to 4th.  Information and online registration (space is limited) is available at http://www.learningmoocs.com

3. On-The-Job Learning (OJL) LAB & Seminar Announced: The MASIE Center is pleased to announce a new LAB & Seminar focused on:

On-The-Job Learning (OJL) LAB & Seminar.
Led by Bob Mosher & Conrad Gottfredson.
April 23 to 25 - Saratoga Springs, NY.
Info: http://www.masie.com

What we used to call OJT, or On-The-Job Training, has evolved to a more agile and personalized approach called OJL, or On-The-Job Learning.  Add technology, performance support and collaboration, and OJL is emerging as a key part of the corporate learning process.

We are honored to have Bob Mosher and Conrad Gottfredson lead this exciting lab.  Space is limited.  Info is available at http://www.masie.com

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2014

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Learning Directions Briefings.
* MOOCs and Corporate Learning: Symposium and LAB.
* Video & Learning LAB.
* On-The-Job Learning LAB.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

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