MOOCs and Corporate Learning: An Invitation

TO: Corporate Learning, Training and Higher Education Colleagues
FROM: Elliott Masie, Editor - Learning TRENDS
DATE: January 23, 2014
RE: Invite: MOOCs & Corporate Learning: Symposium and LAB

Dear Colleagues:

What will Corporate Learning do with the emerging model of MOOCs: Massive, Open, Online, Courses/Certificates/Content?

MOOCs are a disruptive and interesting innovation under experiment in Higher Education and starting to be adapted and leveraged by Learning, Training and Development groups in the workplace. 

The MASIE Center and The Learning CONSORTIUM are pleased to invite you and your colleagues to a new, drill-down, vendor-neutral, evidence-based exploration of the roles of MOOCs for employee learning:

MOOCs & Corporate Learning: Symposium & Lab.
April 2, 3 and 4, 2014.
Hosted by Elliott Masie.
MASIE Center Learning LAB.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  USA.
Info: http://www.learningmoocs.com

We will be exploring, examining, dialoguing and even designing the formats for a variety of MOOCs aimed at the workplace.  It is exciting to think about 10,000 employees taking a high engagement program - without traditional faculty/trainer involvement!  It is scary to think about 80% drop out rates! Together, we will examine the opportunities, adaptions, HYPE, technologies and learning behavior shifts in the world of MOOCs - implemented at work.

Our issues and questions include:

- Current MOOC Use: What’s Working? What’s Hype? What’s Changing?
- Designing MOOCs in a Corporate Setting.
- Why MOOCs?
- Playing with the MOOC Letters:
* Massive: How wide can a corporate MOOC extend?  To a half million workers?  What support needs does a Massive MOOC require?
* Open: How Open is a corporate MOOC?  Is access Open?  Is content from Open sources?  Is MOOC content placed in an Open Format?  Can we bill or charge for an Open program?
* Online:  MOOCs that are 100% asynchronous? MOOCs that include real-time live collaboration?  MOOCs blended with Face to Face?  MOOCs on a global basis in many languages?
* Course/Credentials:  What does the C stand for? Course, Content, Credit, Credential, Certificate?  How accountable is the MOOC user?
* MOOCs and Certification?
* Using External MOOCs for a Workplace Learning Activity.
* Mini-MOOCs:  Creating a Behind-the-Firewall Subset of a MOOC.
* Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS) & MOOCs:  Friends, Foes or Cousins?
* Completion & Attrition Rates for MOOCs.
* MOOCs and Compliance/Regulation?
* MOOCs and Assessment Models: Credits, Courses, Certificates?
* MOOCs and Learning Preferences/Personalization?
* MOOCs:  Fans and Opponents – Evidence For and Against MOOCs.
* Design Skills for MOOCs.
* Branding Issues:  Do We Call it a MOOC?
* MOOC Partners and Providers:  From MIT to Coursera to edX to FutureLearn.
* Corporate MOOCs in Action:  From Yahoo to Bank of America to New Hire Orientation MOOCs.
* Your Questions about and Issues with MOOCs.

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

Space is limited and we encourage Early Registration with a time limited discount.  The program includes a 2 1/2 day Face-to-Face Program and a series of MOOCs and Design MOOCs you can utilize before and after your visit to Saratoga Springs.

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

Yours in learning,

Elliott
Elliott Masie


email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2014 - October 26 - 29, 2014 - Orlando, Florida.
* Video for Learning LAB - Feb 10 to 12, 2014 - Saratoga Springs, NY
* Learning Directions: New York City, Chicago, Houston and Silicon Valley.
* MOOCs & Corporate Learning: April 2, 3 and 4, 2014 - Saratoga Springs, NY
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

810 - 12 Years a Slave from Saratoga; My New Learning Thermostat

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - Jan. 20, 2014.
#810 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,344 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.

1. 12 Years a Slave - From Saratoga on Martin Luther King Day.
2. My Learning Thermostat - Google Buys Nest.
3. Learning Directions Events: NYC, Chicago, Houston and Silicon Valley.

1. 12 Years a Slave - From Saratoga on Martin Luther King Day.  Yesterday, I went to see “12 Years a Slave,” a powerful and provocative movie about a freeman who lived in my hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY, who is kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery in the Louisiana.  I wanted to honor Martin Luther King Day by seeing this movie and reflecting about the broad history of civil rights and slavery.  If you can, please go see this movie.  Here is a clip: http://youtu.be/pA-vxW3d3Fw

2. My Learning Thermostat - Google Buys Nest: Last week, I ordered the Nest Learning Thermostat. A few days later, Nest was acquired by Google for $3.2 Billion dollars. It was random timing rather than inside knowledge. I spent an hour yesterday replacing the thermostat in my home with a new “Learning” thermostat.

I was fascinated at the usability that went into the design and user experience of Nest.  I had ordered it online from Amazon.  There was a sealed sticker that told me to do the pre-install checkout, before opening the sticker, in case I had to return it.  So, here is what I did, as per instructions:

* Went to the Nest website and called up very visual and performance support graphics.
* I opened up the old thermostat and indicated which color wires it was using.
* It suggested I take a picture of the wires and thermostat and send by email to Nest for guidance.
* In less than 30 minutes, it verified that I could simply make the switch and installation.
* I mounted the new Nest with 2 screws, pushed the 2 wires into marked slots and it went LIVE.
* It asked for my Wi-Fi connection, zip code and a few other items.
* And, it WORKED!
* The thermostat is now learning my heating choices and building a personalized schedule.
* I can monitor temperature and change if from a smartphone or web.
* And, it senses presence in the room for adjustment.
* A great approach for installation and usability.

Some might be worried about how Google will “invade” the home automation market and use our big data.  I am more on the curious side and a learner about the learning thermostat.  Every month, I will receive an email with detailed use information.  And, soon our local energy companies will provide advantaged pricing for folks with this type of thermostat.

It was a cool learning hour for me, from unwrapping the product to having a fully active new thermostat.  Information is available at http://www.nest.com

3. Learning Directions Events: NYC, Chicago, Houston and Silicon Valley! We are excited to announce a new series of blended learning events that I will be leading in 2014:

Learning Directions!
NYC (3/21), Chicago (3/25), Silicon Valley (4/16) & Houston (4/29).
Info: http://masie.com/ld2014

Several hundred learning colleagues participated in this series last year.  We will focus on Learning Trends, Directions and Challenges.  Our topics this year will include:

* Learning Personalization!
* Mobility - Learning Everywhere!
* “Big” Learning Data!
* Social - Learning Together!
* Beyond “e”Learning!
* Rethinking Compliance Training!
* The Connected Classroom & Expertise!
* The Learner as Co-Designer!

We will combine a one-day, interactive briefing with a blend of virtual and asynchronous learning activities.  Space in each city is limited and group rates are available.  Info and online registration are available at: http://masie.com/ld2014

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.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

809 - Learning Directions, Learning Hackathon, White House Education Datapalooza

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - Jan. 10, 2014.
#809 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,342 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.

1. Your Learning Hackathon - Ideas Pleas.
2. White House Education Datapalooza on Wednesday.
3. Learning Directions Events: NYC, Chicago, Houston and Silicon Valley.

1. Your Learning Hackathon - Ideas Pleas: We are excited to announce that the Learning Hackathon, launched at Learning 2013, will happen at MIT on the weekend of February 21st and 22nd. In a nutshell, we will ask small teams of MIT and other engineering/design students to engage in a Hackathon that will create agile and rapid learning apps, solutions and approaches. For example, what would be a cool tool for a learner, a teacher, a designer or a subject matter expert? Imagine 2 days of ideas, invention, brainstorming and creation. There will be a prize for the winning team. And, we hope it will be sharable with learning colleagues around the world.

So, help us out in our planning process. Can you send an email to me at emasie@masie.com with a few ideas of challenges or problems that you would like these Hackathon teams to tackle? Our planning meeting is on Monday afternoon, so send them along and it will help dramatically. Thanks to Ken Zolot and John Abele for leading this effort. Together, we will all benefit from the Learning Hackathon.

2. White House Education Datapalooza: Talking about Hackathons, next Wednesday I am honored to be attending the White House and US Dept. of Education’s second annual “Education Datapalooza”. These follow two Data Jams at which more than 200 entrepreneurs and developers, college and university leaders, researchers and policymakers, along with students and others, came together to brainstorm ideas for new products, services, tools and apps to help students. At the Datapalooza, we will explore and celebrate these innovations and new venture ideas.
 
President Obama has called for encouraging innovation in several key areas related to learning:

* Increasing the quality of teaching and learning, including through technological approaches to learning and student support.
* Finding ways to stimulate further innovation, including by encouraging competency-based education, dual enrollment, and facilitating students gaining credit for prior learning.
* Empowering students with more information to help them make more informed decisions about college value, including deciding on where to go to college and how to pay for it.

Info at http://tinyurl.com/ap9tduv  I will curate and send a blast from this gathering next week.

3. Learning Directions Events: NYC, Chicago, Houston and Silicon Valley! We are excited to announce a new series of blended learning events that I will be leading in 2014:

Learning Directions!
NYC (3/21), Chicago (3/25), Silicon Valley (4/16) & Houston (4/29).
Info: http://masie.com/ld2014

Several hundred learning colleagues participated in this series last year. We will focus on Learning Trends, Directions and Challenges. Our topics this year will include:

* Learning Personalization!
* Mobility - Learning Everywhere!
* “Big” Learning Data!
* Social - Learning Together!
* Beyond “e”Learning!
* Rethinking Compliance Training!
* The Connected Classroom & Expertise!
* The Learner as Co-Designer!

We will combine a one-day, interactive briefing with a blend of virtual and asynchronous learning activities. Space in each city is limited and group rates are available. Info and online registration at: http://masie.com/ld2014

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.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

808 - Schoolhouse Rock, CES Nuggets, Video Grows Radically

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - Jan. 8, 2014.
#808 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,339 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.

1. Schoolhouse Rock - 41 Years Old & Powerful!
2. CES Nuggets Curated from Vegas - Shifts in Tech Market.
3. Video Grows Radically for Learning.

1. Schoolhouse Rock - 41 Years Old & Powerful! Yesterday, I read a great Twitter message from Billy Porter, the star of Kinky Boots (one of our Broadway production investments). Billy was highlighting that it was the 41st birthday of the start of Schoolhouse Rock. I immediately got a huge smile - remembering the short videos that combined music, learning, animation and spirit to teach kids (and adults) cool things.  Schoolhouse Rock was one of my introductions to what media and learning could do to make learning fun and engaging.  Here are two of my favorite Schoolhouse Rock videos:

* I am Just a Bill! A lesson in the way that Congress operates (at least in those days): http://youtu.be/tyeJ55o3El0 .
* Conjunction Junction! A grammar lesson that still vibrates in my brain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPoBE-E8VOc .

Happy Birthday Schoolhouse Rock!  And, thanks to Billy Porter for the reminder. Say Yeah!!

2. CES Nuggets Curated from Vegas - Shifts in Tech Market. Every January, I either attend or remotely curate tech announcements and nuggets coming from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  This year, I have been chatting with several colleagues and reporters at CES and here are some early impressions:

* Gadget Spending Dropping. There is a $13 Billion drop in technology gadget spending … even though interest in mobile and apps are going up.  Why?  Most analysts see that folks now have a very high tech smart phone that can take video, photos, GPS readings and a range of options. Consumers are not saying, “Give me a new gadget to buy.” They want better and faster and more personalized functionality - on existing devices.

* 4X Video and Cloud, Cloud, Cloud. Personally, I am intrigued by two themes. In the video world, 4X is now going to be highly affordable. A major jump in resolution and definition will be available in a corporate video device that is only $1,400 (which was previously in the $90,000 range). We will explore the ways that 4X might be useful in simulations and other high def learning moments.  And, the conversations about Cloud, Cloud and Cloud are intriguing, especially as we see the ability to easily integrate software as a service from multiple vendors in the cloud.

* Wearables. As one of Google’s Explorers, I have been fascinated and, in some ways, underwhelmed with wearables. I don’t use my digital watch (too heavy, awkward and not overly helpful). I am intrigued with health and wellness wearables.  I am waiting for the next generation of both Google Glass and other wearable glasses, contact lens inventions and more. There may be ways in which wearables will quite helpful with work learning, OJT and coaching. The idea of a work Performance Support system embedded in a wearable is intriguing.  Yet, there are Big Data issues and privacy concerns to watch.  I am monitoring a few of the announcements this week on wearables and will send an update at the end of the week.

3. Video Grows Radically for Learning.  We are tracking significant growth in the offering and use of video for learning at the workplace.  We are filling up my upcoming Video and Learning LAB that will be offered in Saratoga Springs in February. Here are the details:

Video and Learning LAB.
Elliott Masie, Facilitator and Host.
MASIE Center - Saratoga Springs, NY, USA.
February 10 to 12, 2014.

Spend 3 intense days in our Video and Learning LAB exploring how organizations are adding a wide range of video resources for learning in the workplace.  Together, we will explore video content segments, User Content, video in the Classroom, chat/video conferencing for access to expertise, video storage and search, and a wide range of topics. Come to Saratoga Springs for 3 days in February and roll up your sleeves to explore the changing world of Video and Learning! Details and registration (space is limited) at: http://www.masie.com/videolab

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.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

807 - Video From Learning Plus Video and Learning

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - Dec. 23, 2013.
#807 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,333 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.

Video: In Learning & From Learning!

1. Video and Learning LAB 2014 Announced.
2. Video from Learning 2013 Now Posted.
3. Video Linked to Graphic Recording Illustration.

Here are 3 notes about Video and Learning - in many ways.

1. Video and Learning LAB 2014 Announced: We have just opened registration for our most popular LAB that I lead at The MASIE Center:

Video and Learning LAB.
Elliott Masie, Facilitator and Host.
MASIE Center - Saratoga Springs, NY, USA.
February 10 - 12, 2014.

Spend 3 intense days in our Video and Learning LAB exploring how organizations are adding a wide range of video resources for learning in the workplace. Together, we will explore video content segments, User Content, video in the Classroom, chat/video conferencing for expertise access, video storage and search, and a wide range of topics. Come to Saratoga Springs for 3 days in February and roll up your sleeves to explore the changing world of Video and Learning! Details and registration (space is limited) at: http://www.masie.com/videolab

2. Video from Learning 2013 Now Posted: 90% of the General Session content from Learning 2013 is now posted and available free of charge at:

Video from Learning 2013 Segments.
http://www.learning2013.com - select Video from the menu

3. Video Linked to Graphic Recording Illustration: Here is an interesting experiment that we are conducting. You can access a Graphic Recording Illustration of the General Sessions that was done by a facilitator - long distance and in real-time - during the event. We have taken her illustrations and used them as the launch pad for the Video Clips mentioned above. You can choose short clips based on segments illustrated on the graphic. Access these at:

Graphic Illustrations with Video Links from Learning 2013:
http://learningtalks.com/learning2013/sunday-opening-session/

Special thanks to Lauren Boughton, our Producer, for her very hard work in segmenting and slicing the video clips. Our goal is to create short and reusable clips for use by the larger Learning field. And, thanks to Rachel Smith from Grove - www.grove.com - for amazing remote illustration.

—— Holiday Greetings ——-

Best greetings to Learning TRENDS readers and colleagues throughout the world for the holidays and the New Year! My recent trip to Asia and The Middle East has energized my thoughts and plans to address Global Learning challenges and opportunities in the coming year. Whether we are learning designers in Kansas City, learning managers in Beijing, college students learning online in Afghanistan or classroom teachers in Brazil, together we will help create the future of learning to empower people with changing and dynamic workplace skills. Let 2014 be our Learning Year!

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.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

806 - Vietnam to Las Vegas - Remote Keynote and Search Engines

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - Dec. 3, 2013.
#806 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,327 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.

Hello from Vietnam - Remote Keynote, Search Learning & University eLearning!

1. Hanoi to Las Vegas – Remote, Blended Keynote to Autodesk!
2. Search and Learning - Major Connections and Futures.
3. University and eLearning: Meetings and Roles.
4. Personal Notes.

1. Hanoi to Las Vegas – Remote, Blended Keynote to Autodesk! It is now 2:22 AM in Hanoi, Vietnam and I am about to deliver a blended, remote keynote all the way over to Las Vegas at the global Autodesk Conference.  Since I was traveling to Asia, the only way to keynote was to use a blended model. So, I made a 20 minute Learning Futures video tape before I left that is now being played in Las Vegas.  And, in about 15 minutes, we will shift to an interactive Q and A with hundreds of Autodesk colleagues. 

Sure, we had to alert the front desk in Hanoi about the call and test the quality of the connection by phone.  And, it works. So, in a few minutes, I will pause the writing of this TRENDS and keynote over quite a distance.  Cool!

2. Search and Learning - Major Connections and Futures: I am more and more convinced that the learning field must do a deeper exploration of the role of search engines in learning design and delivery.  In each of the Asian countries that I am visiting, the role of mobile devices and search engines is dominating the conversation about the directions of learning.

In Beijing, I had dinner with a colleague who is a leader at Baidu, the primary search engine used in China.  They are on a parallel and even more innovative path than Google.  We talked about the building of active API (computer interfaces) between learning design and search engines.  After I return to the US in about 10 days, we will start an exploration of how corporations can better leverage Search into Learning Design!

3. University and eLearning - Meetings and Roles: Today and tomorrow, I will be meeting with Learning Leaders at Vietnam National University in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon) to discuss the role of changes in eLearning in the higher education and workplace readiness arena. For the past 10 years, Vietnam’s universities have been advocates for increasing the role of online learning to connect learners with remote colleges and to provide blended options for expanding classroom offerings.  Stay tuned for updates.

4. Personal Notes: The trip to Vietnam is quite exciting, including a home dinner with the family of a learning colleague whose Dad was an Army veteran and had fought deep battles in 1972.  We had great conversations about war, foreign policy and societal changes.  And, yesterday I took a Cooking Class that included a trip to the market to buy and eat a “fried River Maggot omelet”, which was totally yummy.

And, the remote keynote with Autodesk went great.  It was wonderful to hear the questions and perspectives from educators at that conference and to weave my current Asian learning experiences into the dialogue.  One of the interesting questions was how to support teachers and educators as they make the shift to using technology more creatively. My answer is that they must experience it first as learners to understand how to then use it as teachers. We must be learners as learning professionals.

Xin chào (Goodbye). Mai mốt gặp lại (We’ll meet again soon).  

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.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

805 - China and Singapore Learning Perspectives

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - November 26, 2013.
#805 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,322 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.

Learning Perspectives from Beijing & Singapore!

Hello (Ni Hao) from Beijing, China where I am delivering a keynote speech at the China eLearning Forum tomorrow morning.  A few days ago, I was honored to work for one day with 190 Learning Executives in Singapore.  Here are some learning and personal perspectives from conversations and observations:

* Learning and Digital Learning are seen as key economic and career development issues in Asia.  People see the digital extension of learning - from online degrees to You Tube knowledge videos to Skype access to expertise - as a powerful tool to democratize access to education and radically shift the working opportunity curve for individuals.  There is less focus on the compliance process and more on how a dramatically larger number of people can have a dramatically larger knowledge and career curve.

* Coming to You From a VPN:  The internet in China is increasingly available in homes, public places and on my mobile phone. Yet, there are key sites, including Facebook and some social media/search engines, that you cannot access from the “normal” internet.  I was advised to get a $10 a month account with a VPN that redirects my access to servers in LA, Seattle or other countries.  The IP address is shown as a foreign address and I can access my Facebook account or watch Hulu from my hotel room.  In fact, I am reaching the Learning TRENDS server through my VPN.  Ah, the multiple sides of any policy.

* The MOOC as a Transformational Structure:  While few people have actually taken a Massive Open Online Course, there is much work underway to create versions of the MOOC offered by traditional, newly-formed and non-degree granting colleges.  My colleagues here in Asia see the MOOC as a way of breaking out of the 20-people-at-a-time limitation of the classroom and leveraging more social and collaborative design into “e” courses.

* Thirst for New Instructional Design Models: I have had dozens of conversations with colleagues intrigued about new models of learning design, moving beyond ADDIE and reflecting a greater role for learner impact on choices.  They want more micro-level “modules” with smaller elements of content and testing, and a model that would tie these together into a course, program or style of study.  Many asked about “Daily Learning Models” where each learner receives a “Suggested Mini-Content Segment” each day predicated on his/her role, learning objectives and changes in the business.

* US - Get Global Ready: I am struck at how different the “Global” readiness of colleagues and citizens here is compared to that of my peers in the United States.  Here are a few “global readiness” differences:

- Airport Language Arrival: Four to five languages were reflected in the signs and speaking languages of airport staff.  I arrived in Beijing and was in line with a person from Spain and a couple from Russia.  They were able to interact and transact in their own languages.

- Plugs in the Hotel: While I always carry several adapters on international trips, I have never had to use them as the hotels have global ready electrical plugs. Right by my bed were two USB plugs for digital device recharging.  Ask global visitors to New York City about the difficulty of getting an adapter for their room.

- Global Work: There is a culture of working globally and awareness of not only currency, but also traditions, holidays and more about other cultures.  I have had eight suggestions for where I might have Turkey on Thursday as my colleagues (many of whom have not traveled abroad) wanted me to not “miss” my Thanksgiving.  Two asked if I could do “Black Friday” online for sales the day after Turkey Day.  Working globally requires a strong sense of respect for the divergent traditions and cultures of new colleagues.

As learning professionals, we have a role in advocating for and building a stronger, global-ready workforce and workplace.  Increasingly, technology will allow organizations to access expertise from anywhere and our business and knowledge relationships will have to be globally ready.  Advocate for more language training in schools and promote awareness of the global aspects of your customers, colleagues and partners in the workplace.

After spending time with several hundred learning colleagues tomorrow in Beijing, I will make my way over to Vietnam, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

It is a great honor to meet and collaborate with learning colleagues in each of these countries.  From our conversations about Big Learning Data to sharing the vision of how to best mix face-to-face with technology in learning designs, I always come away with new ideas, new stories and, most of all, new friends.

Have a Great Turkey Day and talk to you all soon.

Ni Hao & 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.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

804 - Cheap Learning Apps for LMS, Curated Learning Resources

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - November 14, 2013.
#804 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,319 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.

1. Cheap Learning Apps for Your LMS?
2. Singapore & Beijing Next Stops!
3. Curated Learning Resources Posted.
4. Yes, Learning 2014 Registration Now Open.

1. Cheap Learning Apps for Your LMS: What if you wanted to schedule lunch meetings for 3 rising leaders with senior executives as part of their development program.  Great idea!  Now, ask your LMS to help schedule it.  Ask the LMS vendor how much it would cost to build a “Lunch Matching and Mentoring” function in your LMS - and sit down to hear the quote (5 figures, 6 figures?).

Yet, you can buy an App for your smart phone that will do much more for $1.99!  What if we had Learning Apps for our LMS?  Seriously, what if there was a standard that allowed us to buy Apps that would add functionality to our LMS, safely and without recoding the base system, and do it for let’s say $1,000? Though, I would love to see some at $1.99, too!

Here is an article on Apps for LMS Systems that I just published in ILT, a UK learning magazine: http://buff.ly/1blll9y

2. Singapore & Beijing, Next Stops! In a few hours, I will be boarding a plane for Singapore and then a week later for Beijing. I will be delivering a Learning Directions Seminar in Singapore and keynoting at a Learning Conference in Beijing. I always love to meet with new learning colleagues as I travel around the world. If you are in these cities (or have a colleague there), send an email to masie2@masie.com and let’s try to get together for a conversation.  If you would like to follow my personal blog on this trip, visit http://elliottmasie.blogspot.com

3. Curated Learning Resources Posted: Our team is deeply involved in posting the curated content from Learning 2013.  This includes our Graphic Recordings of the keynotes, photos from the event and soon the video from most of our General Sessions.  Check out http://www.learning2013.com under the Follow Up & Resources TAB.  Video will be added in about a week to 10 days.

4. Learning 2014 Very Early Registration Open: Yes, we are already being asked when folks can register for Learning 2014.  Here are the dates and Very Early Registration rates:

- Learning 2014 - October 26 to 29, 2014 - Orlando, Florida
- Very Early Registration Rates: $1,495 ($1,395 for CONSORTIUM, Government and Education)
- Details at http://www.learning2013.com/details/tuition.html

In addition, some of our colleagues want to use 2013 funds to pre-pay (refundable) deposits for groups to participate in Learning 2014.  If you are interested (minimum $5,000), please contact amh@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.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

803 - Resources from Learning 2013

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - November 7, 2013.
#803 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,311 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.

Learning 2013 has just ended.  We had 1,626 participants and keynotes from Secretary Hillary Clinton, George Takei, Jane Pauley and many more.

The curated resources from Learning 2013 are already starting to be published and shared in open source. 

You can already get graphic summaries of our General Sessions and pictures.  Soon, we will share dozens of hours of video.

Check these out (along with a cool picture of a laughter moment between myself and Hillary Clinton at the end of my interview):

http://www.learning2013.com/blog/item/resources.html

More to follow…

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2013

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2013 - November 2013 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

802 - 72 Hours - Last Minute Design and Logistics

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - November 1, 2013.
#802 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,309 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2013 - Nov 3 to 6 - Orlando - 1,617 Registered Already!

72 Hours Last Minute Design and Logistics!

Dear Learning TRENDS Reader,

I am now in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World and in just 72 hours, 1,630 colleagues from around the world will be arriving for Learning 2013.  So, what does the Design Team do in the last 72 hours?  Is it calm and orderly, like a Big Greek Wedding, or what?  Here is a sample of the final Design and Logistics that are underway:

* Building a 60 foot wide stage and screen - 20 techs have already arrived this morning to hang, construct and create a Broadway level stage and AV setup in Walt Disney’s Coronado Ballroom.
* Secret Service and Secretary Clinton’s Advance Team are on site working with me on the detailed and seamless process of hosting Secretary Hillary Clinton.  Having hosted President Clinton and other senior keynoters with governmental security, this is less disruptive for us.  It is all about creating a very specific plan and process.
* Trucks with “stuff” are arriving at the hotel as I type, delivering supplies, equipment, registration materials and bags with Program Guides for everyone.
* Final Food Counts: Today is when we have to make our best and most accurate “bet” on how many breakfasts and lunches we want to guarantee to Disney for our food minimum on Monday.
* Last Minute Shifts: With 170 sessions being led by almost 220 people, someone will call today to sadly say that they can’t come to Orlando on Sunday due to professional or personal crisis.  We are ready to adjust the online schedule when that call comes in.
* Welcoming Early Arrivals: Yes, some people are already here - with families - to take advantage of Orlando fun before the event begins on Sunday.
* Rewriting Wireless for 1,600 Connected People: We create an alternate, high speed wireless system throughout the Convention Center to give our participants better and more reliable throughput at the event.  But PLEASE don’t watch my good friend Uzo Aduba’s show Orange is the New Black during the General Sessions. No one has that amount of bandwidth :)
* Last Minute Registrations: This laptop has just indicated that two people have registered while I am typing TRENDS. Last minute registrations are welcome! Just go to http://www.learning2013.com
* Twitter in Place: If you can’t come to Learning 2013, we will share content and community with the wider world in two ways.  #learning2013 is our Twitter hash tag for the event and you can follow along from afar.  And, we will be posting a large number of content segments in the weeks after the event at http://www.learning2013.com

I am honored to be hosting Learning 2013 and want to thank our Learning TRENDS readers for your support and interest in our process.  Wish us well and, as I will say to our Broadway Stars that are performing here, tell me to “break a leg”!


Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2013

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2013 - November 2013 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

801 - Track Your Own Big Data; Training My Way to Learning

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - October 25, 2013.
#801 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,299 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2013 - Nov 3 to 6 - Orlando - 1,581 Registered Already!

1. An App That Monitors How Your Data is Tracked!
2. Big Learning Data Book Released.
3. Training My Way to Learning - Choo Choo!

1. An App That Monitors How Your Data is Tracked! I rarely write about an App, but this one is both fascinating and game changing for personal “big” data transparency.  If you use Firefox, I would urge you to download a free add-on app called Lightbeam. Using real-time visualization, it will monitor how any sites that you visit are tracking your presence - with or without your permission/knowledge. The result is a set of Infographics that is a powerful and personal view of the degree of “Data Exhaust” that each of us is creating to be monitored.  As an active student and analyst of the ups and downs of Big Learning Data (see next item), I believe that we will have radically greater transparency of our own data sets, including what learning or knowledge data is being harvested about us.  Take a minute to download and explore Lightbeam: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/lightbeam/

2. Big Learning Data Book Released: ASTD is releasing our latest book Big Learning Data at Learning 2013.  It is a project by our Learning CONSORTIUM, with chapters on the benefits and challenges of Big Learning Data by a dozen learning leaders from organizations around the world. It is also the fastest book publishing process that I have ever experienced as we wanted to reduce the time from writing to release in this rapidly changing field. Most of the authors will be at Learning 2013 and it will be sold there by the ASTD Bookstore. Info on Big Learning Data and online ordering at: http://www.learning2013.com/blog/item/bigdata.html

3. Training My Way to Learning - Choo Choo! I am on the first leg of my annual Train Trip to Florida for Learning 2013.  For the past decade, I have taken the overnight from New York to Orlando, with a comfortable bedroom to view the backyards of America on the way to our annual event. This year, I will be taking the train from NY to Washington DC on Monday for a few presentations and meetings. And, on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm, I’ll be boarding Amtrak’s Silver Meteor for an overnight trek through DC, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL. http://tinyurl.com/ElliottTrip It is a perfect way to make the transition from my role in Saratoga Springs to the Host/Curator role at Learning 2013. There are interesting people and good food on board - and great views of America - with tunes from my iPhone playing along the way. If you live along the route, I’d love to call you (at a decent hour). Send me a note to emasie@masie.com  One of my fantasies is to someday put together a 2 week long Train for Learning Trip - with a hundred colleagues visiting each other’s corporate learning sites along the way.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2013

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2013 - November 2013 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

800 - 800th Learning Trends; Learning Personalization Requests Grow

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - October 22, 2013.
#800 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,293 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2013 - Nov 3 to 6 - Orlando - 1,551 Registered Already!

1. 800th Edition of Learning TRENDS Today!
2. Learning Personalization Self-Confidence Rises.
3. Last Minute Registration Open Now!

1. 800th Edition of Learning TRENDS Today! I just noticed that Learning TRENDS has hit the 800th edition mark. So, I went to our archives and saw that the first TRENDS was sent on Nov 19, 1997. I had just finished one of our TechLearn Conferences and thought that it would be fun to have an occasional email digest that was sent to a few hundred colleagues. TRENDS became (and continues to be) a professional and personal digest from Elliott Masie and The MASIE Center. And, it grew. We now have 56,293 email recipients - some being recirculated to thousands of additional colleagues. I made several design decisions along the way, including keeping it a simple (non-HTML) email to get through most corporate email firewalls, not selling ads or branded titles and never circulating the mail list to any other organization.  TRENDS is my way of communicating about a range of topics, including learning, training, performance and, on a personal side, my Broadway Productions.  If you would like to see archived Learning TRENDS from 1997 go to: http://trends.masie.com

2. Learning Personalization Self-Confidence Rises: I have been tracking shifts in how learners talk about their expectations as workplace learners.  In the past 24 months, we have seen a noticeable increase in learners desiring and selecting (or demanding) greater personalization in their learning choices. These phrases are spoken often by learners:

* Do you have a SHORT video on that topic?
* Can I take that program remotely rather than travel to the class?
* Is there a digital version of that Learning Manual that can be used on my tablet?
* If I can pass the test, do I have to take the compliance program again?
* Can I see ratings by other employees on each of those courses so that I can choose the best one?
* Is there a simulation where I can practice my new skills?
* What is the name of a worker who is an expert in this new topic that I can use for support?

Learning Personalization is following the rise of people’s increased use of personalization in how they consume content at home - from media and other sources. The shift is being felt at work in a clear and growing pattern.

3. Last Minute Registration Open Now! In the world of ever-changing business cycles, learning colleagues often have to make their conference attendance plans later and later.

As of today, we have 1,551 colleagues registered for Learning 2013, which will start the evening of Sunday, November 3rd.  Yet, there are over a hundred additional participants that will register for Learning 2013 in the next two weeks. This year, we have made Last Minute Registration as simple and friendly as possible.  There is a discount rate for registering online before coming to the event.  And, we have reduced the cancellation rate to just $100 since we know that corporate plans can suddenly change.

We are holding a block of discount rate rooms at the Coronado Springs Hotel and are even adjusting our food orders daily, based on last minute registrations.

We look forward to seeing you at Learning 2013, whether you registered on January 5th or will make a Last Minute Registration in the next two weeks.  See you in Orlando!  Details at: http://www.learning2013.com/blog/item/lastminute.html

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2013

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2013 - November 2013 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

799 - How Many Meals for 1654 Learning Colleagues?

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - October 18, 2013.
#799 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,289 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2013 - Nov 3 to 6 - Orlando - 1,507 Registered Already!

1. How Many Meals to Order for 1,654 Learning Colleagues?

Let me take you behind the scenes of the planning process for Learning 2013 - as the countdown is just 17 days before we start in Orlando, Florida.  The program content is now finalized, the Guide is at the printer and online and the A/V equipment is ordered.  But, in the last two weeks - many of the Design decisions shift to predicting the exact number of people —- and making a “bet” on food orders!  You see, we will order severl hundred thousands of dollars of food - and numbers mean everything!

Just like a big wedding, the food costs are based on how many people will be attending.  Unlike a wedding, we will serve food from Sunday afternoon (coffee) through Wednesday breakfast - with 6 big meals and loads of breaks.  So, how many cookies to order for an afternoon break or how many people will get up for Wednesday breakfast after a cool party the night before.  It is all about numbers.  And, as the author of the new ASTD book, Big Learning Data, this really is a BIG data question.

So, how many people will be at Learning 2013?  Right now, we have approximately 1,507 people. On a daily basis we are taking about 18 to 22 more registrations.  So, our projections - with only a few last minute cancels, take us to a projected number of 1,643.  However, once the government shutdown ended, we took some Federal employee registrations.  And, more and more people are waiting to the very last minute to register.  But, using the “Elliott Curve”, we are pretty confident of the 1,645 target.  However, not everyone comes to eat every meal.

Over 30 years, The MASIE Center, has developed our own formulas for predicting how many people will arrive at Learning 2013 by time breakfast is served on Monday morning, November 4th.  And, how many of them will eat breakfast before the first session.  Our predictor is about 87%  But, we adjust that as the hotel gives us updates - and we have to make our final final head counts for food 3 days prior to each meal.

Our guarantee to our participants is that there will be food for them exactly when it is scheduled - and our guarantee to Disney is for an exact amount of food for them to prepare and serve.  And our goal is to get those two numbers close - without wasting food or dollars.

Just like planning a wedding, you have to account for special needs and changes.  Disney is fully equipped to handle people with unique eating requirements and people are not shy about alerting us to medical food needs.  And, the logistics of preparing to serve a hearty and complex lunch to 1,643 people (give or take a handful) - is immense.  Throughout Learning 2013, there is a major team from Disney, working with our Conference Manager, to make sure that the dozens of food carts are filled, just the right temperature and ready to roll out at exactly 6:45 for Breakfast or noon time for Lunch.

Design for an event is often a mixture of designing the learning experience - and also designing the community and hosting experience.  So, for the next 17 days, our team is closely watching the daily registration numbers and the “Elliott Curve” - adjusting the number of Ice Cream Pops that will be handing out to each of you - as you come to the Broadway @ Learning Concert with 4 Musical Singing Stars on Tuesday night.

My Blog on Design Planning for Learning 2013 at: http://www.learning2013.com/blog/item/meals.html

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2013

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2013 - November 2013 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

798 - Gamers Solve Enzyme Puzzle; My Global Trip to Asia and Middle East

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - October 16, 2013.
#798 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
56,287 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.
Host: Learning 2013 - Nov 3 to 6 - Orlando - 1,507 Registered Already!

1. Gamers Solve Decade Old Enzyme Puzzle in 10 Days!
2. My Global Trip to Asia and Middle East Scheduled.
3. 167 Learning Sessions and Activities.

1. Gamers Solve Decade Old Enzyme Puzzle in 10 Days! Scientists from Washington University have been struggling for the past decade to decipher the complex structure of an enzyme that exhibits AIDS-like behavior, and which might hold a critical role in building a cure for the disease. Gamers playing spatial game Foldit have managed to collectively determine the enzyme’s structure in ten days.
Check it out at http://tinyurl.com/gamesolve

This has great implications for the role of gaming and “crowd inventing”!  Now, let’s apply this to our learning design models.

2. My Global Trip to Asia and Middle East Scheduled:  I will be spending a month on a global learning trip - including stops in Singapore, Beijing, Manila and Dubai - starting on November 15th.  If you or your colleagues are in those locations, please send me a note. As always, it would be fun to meet and dialogue with peers from around the world.  Send a note to masie2@masie.com 

I look forward to connecting with you and your global colleagues.

3. 167 Learning Sessions and Activities:  In just 3 weeks, we will be wrapping up Learning 2013 in Orlando. The Design process takes almost an entire year and we are honored to release the complete Learning 2013 Program Guide with 167 learning activities described in depth.  There is still time to take advantage of the discounted hotel rates and our Advanced Registration Tuition.  Go to http://www.learning2013.com/guide

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2013

email: emasie@masie.com
twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
* Learning 2013 - November 2013 - Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
Info and Registration: http://www.masie.com - twitter: emasie

167 Learning Sessions - Guide Posted

TO: Learning, Training and Performance Colleagues
FROM: Elliott Masie, Host and Curator, Learning 2013

RE: Learning 2013 Program Guide Posted: 104 Pages - 167 Learning Sessions

We have just posted the complete Learning 2013 Program Guide online at http://www.learning2013.com/guide

Learning 2013 will take place from Nov 3 to 6 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  There are currently 1,480 learning colleagues from around the world registered.

Keynoters include: Former Secretary Hillary Clinton, Actor George Takei, Journalist Jane Pauley, Columbia University’s Betsy Sparrow and CLO’s from GE, P&G, YUM! Brands and many other major organizations.  And, a very special Broadway @ Learning 2013 Concert, featuring Telly Leung, Adam Pascal, Eden Espinosa and Marcus Paul James from Wicked, Glee, Rent, Chicago and Allegiance.

The Learning 2013 Program Guide details the 167 sessions, taught by learning professionals for learning professionals.  In addition, this year we have added Learning MeetUps to the program - real-time sessions organized by participants at the event - around common interests, curiosities, learning frustrations or innovations.

Learning Topics include: Learning Personalization, “Lazy LMS”, Mobile and Social Learning or Hype, Content Compression, Big Learning Data and “ReBranding Learning”. 

View or Download the Program Guide at: http://www.learning2013.com/guide

Conference Rates at hotel and Advanced Registration Discounts are still available.

Yours in learning,
Elliott Masie
Host and Curator

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