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Mar222017

958 - From London: Shooting & Reactions to Terror

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - March 12, 2017
#958 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,620 Readers -
www.masie.com - The MASIE Center. 

Dear Learning TRENDS Readers and Colleagues:

Hello. I am in London, England right now and the city is in a sense of shock with the terror attack that has just occurred at the Parliament Building.

The details are still coming in and investigations are underway as over 1,000 people are still at Parliament as the incident reaction is happening.

It was a personal shock, coming after a great London opening of our Broadway Show, An American in Paris, that just opened to rave reviews from the press.  We had just finished a meeting of producers, excited about the show and the desire of people to see a show that had heart, light and historical context.

But, when terror happens, we all stop. And, in the age of constant and global media, terror impacts people far and wide.

One personal perspective is that we need to be able to trust the statements of our government leaders, for we are dependent on them for trusted information and content at times of crisis and emergency. 

And, we will need to think about ways in which we can, as individuals, react to terror incidents.  I think of the citizens of London during World War II, who had to adapt to the regular bombing of their city and try to have both an emergency response alongside a sense of “normal”.

The security in London was quick and widespread with detectives in front of this hotel and conversations underway with the thousand people still at the scene.

Flying back to New York tomorrow.  Thoughts, prayers and wonders about our collective adaption to these changing times.  Thanks for listening at a stressful moment.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Email:
emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Curation & Learning LAB - May 9-11, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY. 
- Learning Systems & Tools ‘17 - April 19 & 20, Chicago, IL.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25 - Orlando, Florida.

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com

Friday
Mar172017

957 - Hello from Dublin: e-Learning Roots and St. Patricks Day

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - March 17, 2017
#957 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,618 Readers -
www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center.  

Dear Learning TRENDS Readers and Colleagues:

Hello from Dublin, Ireland, which I am visiting for meetings and enjoyment for the first time in many years. Ireland has a rich personal past for me and it also has a key history in the development of eLearning over the past few decades. And, today is St. Patricks Day, which has become a huge holiday festival in Ireland.

The first wave of Computer Based Training and several of the first Learning Management and Content Management Systems were developed in Ireland in the early 1990’s. Ireland had the perfect mix of skills in Design, Language, Coding and Literature - which created the earliest hub for Technology and Learning Content Development.  We held several early eLearning forums in Dublin and gave an award to its Prime Minister for support of our field.

And, I had lived and worked in Dublin for two years, right after college, helping to create learning and support programs for teenagers who were runaways or street kids. I worked for the Irish Government and was active in community organizing around changing youth culture.  It was an amazing experience in a rapidly changing country.

So, today the St. Patrick’s Day parade will pass through Dublin: 

The start of our eLearning content came from the culture of Ireland.  Driven by curiosity, love of education, passion for learning and mixing words, images, interactions, plus expanding access to masses who can’t get to the classroom, eLearning pays a big nod to its roots in Ireland.  May we add that to our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.  

“Sláinte - Good Health”
Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Curation & Learning LAB - May 9-11, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY. 
- Learning Systems & Tools ‘17 - April 19 & 20, Chicago, IL.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25 - Orlando, Florida.

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com

Wednesday
Mar082017

956 - Curation Futures, LMS Reconsiderations

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - March 8, 2017.
#956 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,616 Readers -
www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center. 

1. Curation Futures! Learning Panorama Expands.
2. LMS Reconsideration? Changes Coming.
3. An American in Paris Opens In London!

1. Curation Futures! Learning Panorama Expands:  For the past two days, we have hosted 42 learning colleagues from around the world in my Curation & Learning LAB.  It has been fascinating to dive deep into Curation - by the learner, by learning designers, by the corporate IT function, and, in the near future, by Machine Learning functionality.  We have been exploring the future of Curation as learners’ Panorama of content expands, including more “Open Content”, user created content, and non-L&D content.  The conversations are clearly validating the role that Curation will play in the future of Learning.  And, our design models, content management, and learning systems will have to adapt.

We sold out the first LAB and are announcing a new edition:

  Curation & Learning LAB
  May 9 to 11, 2017 at The MASIE Center LAB in Saratoga Springs
  Details and Registration: http://www.masie.com


3. LMS Reconsidered? Changes Coming: The conversations about Learning Management Systems continue to reveal a sense of change coming for many Learning Departments.  In the past week, I have been chatting with about 10 Learning Leaders who are reflecting on these key questions:

- Talent Systems and LMS: Will the Talent Systems that are coming in to do widespread management of the HR data function take over the LMS role?  A number of leaders have been asked to prepare for a possible rapid switch to the Talent system that is inbound.

- LMS Underneath - Innovation in Layers Above: I continue to hear a desire to make the LMS the “aggregator and integrator” down deep, with layers of learning apps, tools, and functionality - including the curation systems we discussed above. 

Many Learning TRENDS readers have echoed that in their recent emails.  If you can, consider participating in our annual Learning Systems & Tools ‘17 event.  We will dive deep on these key issues from April 19th to 20th.  Info at http://www.masie.com

3. An American in Paris Opens In London!  Excited to be heading to Dublin and then on to London next week for meetings with Learning Colleagues and then to attend the opening of our show, An American in Paris, on the West End.

If you are in Dublin or London and would like to connect for a drink, please send me an email to emasie@masie.com  And, if you are in the London area in the months ahead, be sure to head over to see An American in Paris.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Curation & Learning LAB - May 9-11, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning Systems & Tools ‘17 - April 19 & 20, Chicago, IL.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25- Orlando, Florida.

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com

Wednesday
Mar012017

955 - Cloud Goes Down & LMS Risks, Learners' Pins, "SITZPROBE"

Elliott Masie’s Learning TRENDS - March 1, 2017.
#955 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology Since 1997.
57,611 Readers -
www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center. 

1. When Amazon Cloud Fails, What Happens to Your LMS?
2. Employees Wearing Learning Pins.
3. “SITZPROBE” and Previews: Broadway Lessons for Learning.

1. When Amazon Cloud Burps, What Happens to Your LMS?  Yesterday, Amazon’s Cloud Servers had a BURP, as many software applications and servers around the world failed or underperformed for several hours. I had difficulty using 3 key software packages that were located on the Amazon Cloud.  Other sites slowed down or had an error message posted.  We all know that IT things sometimes fail or “burp”, but this was one of the most widely experienced cloud based failures.

What if your company had moved the Learning Management System or LCMS to a cloud like Amazon?  What are our “learning vulnerabilities” as we shift from servers located in our corporate IT facility to globally located clouds?  One lesson that many cloud users learned yesterday was to have “redundant or competitive clouds”. If an LMS were on a cloud and it had a short term failure, the user would be automatically shifted to a secondary cloud - either located in a different geography or hosted by a different supplier.

While learning professionals are not responsible for making cloud storage decisions, we should be advocates for redundancy or backups.  Enterprise Learning will need to have a failure roll-over capability.  Time to take your IT manager for a cup of coffee and talk about your cloud failure strategy.

2. Employees Wearing Learning Pins.  Imagine collections of your employees wearing small Learning Pins or Badges, sharing their engagement in a learning program or ability to be a learning resource to fellow learners.  We used this strategy at a government agency where employees were building their global language skills.  Learners enrolled in a language learning program would wear a small flag indicating they were building that skill.  And, employees who were fluent in languages wore a similar flag. It was fascinating to watch folks in the lunchroom connect with others to practice speaking the language while eating their meal.

There is a lot of conversation about digital badges and interest icons, but let’s also add wearable pins as an option.  Fellow employees and even customers can respond to these visual symbols. 


3. “SITZPROBE” and Previews: Broadway Lessons for Learning In the next several days, we will be going to several brand new Broadway shows and there are two elements of the production process that are intriguing to the world of learning:

“SITZPROBE” - Putting it Together:  Tonight, we will see the first preview performance of the return of Miss Saigon to Broadway.  It stars Katie Rose Clarke, who was a featured singer at Learning 2016.  Several days ago, they had their Sitzprobe day.  It is the magical moment when the full orchestra and the full cast sing the entire show together - at the same time.  Sitzprobe is the magical time when elements of a production merge and even adjust as tone, sound, pitch and overall effect come together. 

PREVIEWS - Notes and Corrections: Significant Other and Anastasia, two shows that MASIE Productions is engaged with, are in or are about to begin previews.  While there is a real paying audience for a preview, the creative team is actively watching every minute of the production and making an amazing number of “notes”, which become feedback and adjustments for the cast.  Rehearsals the next afternoon will implement some of these adjustments and fixes.

Learning Professionals could learn from the intense creative processes that a Broadway production goes through, even when it has a well tested “curriculum” like Miss Saigon. Sitzprobe and Previews embrace a development model that is intense, agile, honest and reflects a commitment to engage developers and professionals in a non-stop process of improving experiences for our “audiences”. 

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Curation & Learning LAB - March 7-9, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY. (3 Spots Left)
- Learning Systems & Tools ‘17 - April 19 & 20, Chicago, IL.
- Learning Innovations LAB - May 9-11, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25 - Orlando, Florida.

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com

Monday
Feb272017

954 - Assessment Improvement, Machine Learning Futures, Sensible Shoes for Trainers

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - February 27, 2017.
#954 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,604 Readers -
www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center. 

1. Assessment Confusion? Make it Challenging, Predictive & Data Rich!
2. Machine Learning and Your LMS?
3. Comfortable Shoes for Trainers and Presenters.

1. Assessment Confusion? Make it Challenging, Predictive & Data Rich!:  Let’s take a new look at our Assessment Traditions!  Based on conversations with learners, instructional designers, compliance coordinators, trainers and managers, there is a fair amount of Assessment Confusion in the learning world.  

Assessment serves many requirements.  It provides formative and summative feedback to the learning designers and trainers.  It can provide feedback and focus for a learner on their pathway to success.  And, it must keep the “compliance angels” happy with acceptable data results.

The MASIE Center is exploring new models for how we can supercharge and evolve assessments:

- Assessment as Challenging as a Video Game: Let the learner see the Assessment as an Engagement Challenge - with the probability that they will fail some elements on their way to success.  Let them take an eLearning program with the sense that they are making progress towards a much tougher assessment outcome and they are excited when they “pass”.
- Predictive Assessment: We can design short predictive questions or case studies that will accurately predict a learner’s readiness to do a task.  Rather than take an assessment that looks like a final exam in college, give the learner 5 queries that are laddered in difficulty and will be great predictors of success.
- Data Rich Assessment: Take a Big Learning Data approach to Assessment that gives both the learner and the learning designer a better sense of a person’s knowledge or gaps. Tie together the pattern of their responses to reveal that the gap to overcome is they don’t understand the concept of “X” rather than they got 4 answers wrong.  Run data rich assessment to baseline the value of multiple choice answers to avoid questions that are overall too easy or way too confusing.

Let’s go deep as a learning field to innovate on our Assessment models and to make them into valued and even exciting tools for both learners and designers.


2. Machine Learning and Your LMS?  Machine Learning is a growing and exploding field that may have deep impacts on how we design, deliver and personalize learning for our workforce.  Machine Learning is potentially applying an approach to design that will mirror the data rich personalization of Amazon on their shopping site.

We are pleased to announce that a special Machine Learning Forum will be added to our upcoming Learning Systems & Tools ‘17 event in Chicago on April 19th and 20th.  We will explore how some LMS and Learning Systems will add Machine Learning Capability, some will provide interfaces to Machine Learning Capability and others will be ignored in the Machine Learning evolution.  

And, we will do a Real vs. Hype vendor-neutral test of current uses of Machine Learning to enhance Workplace Learning.  Join us in Chicago.  Details: http://www.masie.com

3. Comfortable Shoes for Trainers and Presenters:  I wear very comfortable shoes or sneakers when I teach, facilitate or do a keynote speech. Folks will often ask me why I choose this footware.  In a nutshell, COMFORTABLE SHOES make the job of a classroom leader or presenter so much easier.  We are moving around project based classrooms much more than presenting from the front of the room at the whiteboard.  We want to be agile and nimble, to respond to learner activity and questions.  And, I want to feel like a learning athlete when in the facilitator role.  

While many of us cannot go as casual as sneakers in the more formal corporate learning areas, there are many shoes that look business-like and still have a bounce to them.  I would love to hear from Learning TRENDS readers about your own Comfortable Shoes for Days of Training or Presenting.  Send me a fun email to emasie@masie.com  (Of course, I do like sneakers that are orange or bright - but that is for another day’s column.)

Yours in Learning, 

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Curation & Learning LAB - March 7-9, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY. (3 Spots Left)
- Learning Systems & Tools ‘17 - April 19 & 20, Chicago, IL.
- Learning Innovations LAB - May 9-11, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017- October 22 to 25- Orlando, Florida.

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com

Tuesday
Feb212017

953 - Wages for Home eLearning, Apps and Coaching Mixture, Learning Systems Inside

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - February 21, 2017.
#953 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,602 Readers -
www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center. 

1. Learning from Home Wage Laws & Australia Finding
2. App Coaching and Dashboards: Diet and Feedback from Elliott
3. Learning Systems Inside! A Finding from the Field
4. Readers: Text or Rich Text?  Next Edition Here

1. Learning from Home Wage Laws & Australia Finding: Prepare for a series of court cases that will rule on the Wage Law issues of workers accessing online learning from home. Clearly, employees who are on an hourly wage basis must be compensated for access from home. This has led a number of companies to link their LMS to their wage system, to make sure that an employee only accesses courses while at work and on wage.

But, the conversation is getting more complex. If an employee voluntarily accesses content on a voluntary basis, for something that might improve their career, is that also a wage hour? And, if an employee who is not hourly accesses content, does that have an impact on their time off or other benefits? And, does that relate to someone accessing the HR site for benefits and taking an online course about their retirement investments?

The MASIE Center will be tracking and hosting conversations about this topic, including dialogues with labor departments, HR leaders and unions. 

Note, I just received a note from a TRENDS reader in Australia, where there was a finding i
n late 2016 by Fair Work Australia Federal body (that regulates workers rights, pays and conditions) ordering a major Pharmacy  group to back pay nearly $4million AUD to 6,000 staff that were doing online courses after their work hours.  The compliance monitoring of elearning based wages from home access will continue around the world.

2. App Coaching and Dashboards - Diet Feedback for Elliott: As a person who has had lifelong ups and downs with his weight, I embarked on a new model this year, leveraging a visit to a nutritionist with a Coach Monitored App that has me entering every thing I eat during the day - with almost daily coaching feedback from a designated advisor. 

It is working nicely, for me, giving a Dashboard of Data that helps me self-shape my eating and exercise with benchmarks of weekly weighing and real time feedback on each food item being Green, Yellow or Red, as it maps to my nutrition map. 

I am intrigued by how we combine the amazing work of live coaches working with employees on development and behavior issues with an “app” model to provide more real time feedback and guidance. Linking it with a coach, who might only spend 2 minutes a day scanning your behaviors and typing feedback - even assisted by a Machine Learning advisor - could be a fascinating stretch for the coaching model. Stay tuned for updates.

3. Learning Systems Inside! A Finding from the Field: Reports from the field are showing a number of companies are pushing their Learning Management Systems deeper inside - for sign-on verification and compliance data collection - while using newer Tools and Apps as the “layers” that are providing direct learner support.

We are tracking this rise of Learning Apps and Layers with lines of business asking for customization quicker than the LMS can respond to. So, they reach for another system or tool and integrate the results through an API back to the LMS. As Learning Apps grow, we will also see managers reaching for unique learning experiences for specific learners or situations, and want to then mix them back into the LMS reporting basket.  It might be xAPI or other integration layers from the LMS or App Community.

We will explore this issue in depth at our Learning Systems & Tools ‘17 forum to be held in Chicago on April 19th and 20th. Details and early discounts at http://www.masie.com


4. Readers: Text or Rich Text? Next Edition Here: I heard from several hundred Learning TRENDS readers with their preferences for Text or HTML formats for TRENDS.  The vast majority were voting for plain Text but many wanted some bolding for topics.  So, we are going to experiment with a range of options - and eventually will try to give each reader a preference.  So, today we are using a “rich” but simple format.  Keep the feedback coming to me at emasie@masie.com

Yours in Learning, 

Elliott Masie
Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Curation & Learning LAB - March 7-9, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning Systems & Tools ‘17 - April 19 & 20, Chicago, IL.
- Learning Innovations LAB - May 9-11, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017- October 22 to 25 - Orlando, Florida.

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com

Friday
Feb172017

952 - Learning Systems Ready for Changing Learners? Video vs. PowerPoint in Webinars!

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - February 17, 2016.
#952 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
57,598 Readers - www.masie.com - twitter: emasie - The MASIE Center. 

1. Learning Systems: Are They Ready for Changing Learners and Learning?
2. Video vs PowerPoint: Centerpiece of Online Learning Dialogues?
3. Format Question: Plain Text or HTML with Graphics for Learning TRENDS? 

1. Learning Systems: Are They Ready for Changing Learners and Learning? 

I am hearing a powerful and disruptive message from CLO’s and Learning Leaders about their LMS, LCMS and Learning Systems: 

“We need our Learning Systems to do enterprise learning, BUT our learning approaches and learners are changing quicker than our LMS and LCMS.  We need to do more curation, personalization, workflow support and agile video, YET our LMS and LCMS can’t make these changes in agile time.  So, what do we do?” 

This is not a knock on the LMS and LCMS marketplace, but it is a wake-up call.  We are hearing a clear direction that includes: 

* Burying the LMS as an internal system and adding new “layers” for social, curation and video elements.
* Adding Learning Apps as a new front end, customized to the learning needs of specific learners, which work with the LMS in the background.
* Shifting to non-Learning Systems, such as Talent ERP’s, to handle much of what was traditionally done with the LMS.
* Creating new Learner and Performance Metrics to take a more Data Analysis approach around the LMS. 

And, this conversation gets very intriguing when you add the phrase “Machine Learning”!  How will the emerging world of Machine Learning deal with legacy and non-agile Learning Systems? 

Two requests: 

A: I would love to hear from Learning TRENDS colleagues with your perspective on the shifting world of Learning Systems and your own organization.  Send me a private message to emasie@masie.com 

B: You and your team are invited to our updated event - Learning Systems & Tools - that I will lead with Richard Culatta in Chicago from April 19th to 20th.  Limited space, so register soon with discounted rates: http://www.masie.com 

2. Video vs PowerPoint: Centerpiece of Online Learning Dialogues? We have been experimenting at The MASIE Center Learning LAB with shifting the role of video in webinars and online classes.  For the past 20 years, PowerPoint has held a central role in most webinars.  Yet, the reason I want to be part of a live learning event with distributed contacts is to have an interactive and dynamic conversation. 

We have been experimenting with software like Zoom, which provides a “Hollywood Square” model of stacking learners, without the big PPT slide box.  And, I have been using a Virtual Background to share key headlines over my shoulder, like a television newscaster might have a story title.  It is intriguing and working.  Stay tuned for some of our upcoming experiments. 

3. Format Question: Plain Text or HTML with Graphics for Learning TRENDS?  I have a question for our tens of thousands of Learning TRENDS readers about the format of these news notes.  For the past 20 years, I have used a simple, text-only format for our Learning TRENDS notes, just like this one. 

Recently, we started to use an HTML format, which added pictures, font colors and more. I tried this shift, based on comments from some readers that it would be cool to add more “richness”. 

Yet, we received the opposite feedback from many readers, including a host of people who were not opening the TRENDS notes, since they appeared to be more like standard e-ads.  

So, I would love to get some feedback from you, the readers.  Could you send me a note to emasie@masie.com with a preference of format (HTML or Text)?  There might even be a format choice that we could use.  Thanks! 

Yours in Learning, 

Elliott Masie

Email: emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie 

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:

- Curation & Learning LAB - March 7-9, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Learning Systems & Tools ‘17 - April 19 & 20, Chicago, IL.
- Learning Innovations LAB - May 9-11, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017- October 22 to 25- Orlando, Florida.

Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com

Thursday
Feb092017

951 - Snow Day Learning and Collaboration?

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - February 9, 2017
#951 - Snow Day Learning; Two Types of Curation; London & Dublin 
www.masie.com - Twitter: @emasie - The MASIE Center - 57,293 Readers 


* Snow Day Learning:  It is a “Snow Day” right now in New York City and many of my colleagues (including our local staff) have been asked to work from home today.   When we were in school, Snow Day meant a day off.  But, what about a Snow Day for Work?  Is it an opportunity (especially for my friends in wintery regions) for a different learning or collaboration window?

So, the weather is bad and gives employees an option (or mandate) to work from home today.  Beyond doing the normal day’s work, why not have a Snow Day Plan ready to do some unique development, learning or collaboration?  Here are a few images of what a Snow Day might include:

- Let’s Work a Problem:  Pick 1 or 2 problems facing the organization and invite folks into small group Problem Workout rooms - for 30 to 90 minutes - to divergently develop fresh approaches.  All it takes is a facilitator, your normal webinar/video tools and a curator to capture and post outcomes.

- Lunch Lessons from the C Suite: Invite the CEO or other C Level officer to be interviewed by 4 folks from different offices (from their home) - with some questions sent back from the field.

- Snow Day Mentoring Meetups: Create a connection process to link employees to others with expertise or experience - as a Snow Day Meetup.

Snow Days actually were some of my BEST Learning Days in School.  The curriculum was replaced with cool projects, reading and conversations with friends and family at home. Make your Snow Days Learning filled and Collaboration Rich!

* Curation: Mine or the Organization’s?:  As The MASIE Center develops our Curation and Learning framework, it is clear that there are two parallel curator processes at work.  The Organization might provide the official curation of content from many resources, with recommendations and even personalization for each worker.  And, that could be an effective way of adding order to the Panorama of content choices out there.

BUT, the learner may create (and is already creating) their own Curation.  They are sorting content, finding colleagues to help rate choices and building their own curation perspective.  We are investigating how the Organizational Curation and Personal Curation can work together in an honorable and trusted fashion.  This will be one of our topics in the upcoming Curation & Learning LAB session in March.  http://www.masie.com

MASIE Heading to Dublin & London in March:  I will be meeting with learning colleagues in both Dublin and London in the middle of March.  If you are in either of those locations and would want to connect, send me a note to emasie@masie.com 

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2017
Email:
emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Curation & Learning LAB - March 7-9, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY
- Learning Systems & Tools ‘17 - April 19 & 20, Chicago, IL
- Learning Innovations LAB - May 9-11, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017- October 22 to 25- Orlando, Florida.
Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com

Wednesday
Jan252017

950 - "Fake News", "Alternative Facts" and Learning

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - January 25, 2017
#950: “Fake News” & “Alternative Facts” 
www.masie.com - Twitter: @emasie - The MASIE Center - 57,286 Readers 

 

“FAKE NEWS” & “Alternative Facts”: Learning Implications?

The current media and political conversations about FAKE NEWS and Alternative Facts are already impacting the world of Learning and Development.

I am in Germany this week and was asked by six different learning leaders if we need to address “FAKE NEWS” in the workplace.  Our workers receive and scan the widest range of information sources from in and outside the organization.  Some of those stories, even if coming from what seems like a trusted source such as a TED Talk or major publication, may contain content that the organization sees as “Fake” or Not Based on Facts.

How does an organization “CURATE” content and provide context, ratings or, in some cases, repudiation for high volume “FAKE NEWS”? One colleague from The Netherlands is asking his IT department to provide a trending report of the key external news stories accessed by workers - to guide their response.

And, in some cases the news is truly “FAKE NEWS”.  It might be a phony website that is created by a competitor or ex-employee, aimed at discrediting the organization

Or, it might be what has just surfaced as an “ALTERNATIVE FACTS” model.  Imagine how an employee might react to a statement by management that directly contradicts their experience dealing with customers or products.  Watch for the phrase “Alternative Facts” to start to surface in workplace discussion.

Your Thoughts Please:  I would love to get reactions from the widest set of Learning TRENDS readers about the possible implications for “FAKE NEWS or Alternative Facts” reactions. This is not a political issue; rather, it is a shift in how everyday people are using or evaluating content’s truthfulness.  Send me an email to emasie@masie.com 

- Upcoming MASIE Center LABS & Events:
* Learning Innovations LAB: February 1-3, Saratoga Springs, NY
*
Curation & Learning LAB: March 7-9, Saratoga Springs, NY
*
Learning Systems & Tools ‘17: April 19 & 20, Chicago, IL
Information and Registration at: http://www.masie.com

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2017
Email:
emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB -  Feb 1-3, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Curation & Learning LAB - March 7-9, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY
- Learning Systems & Tools ‘17 - April 19 & 20, Chicago, IL
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017- October 22 to 25 - Orlando, Florida.
Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com


Tuesday
Jan172017

Curation and Workplace Learning

You and your colleagues are invited to participate in our new LAB, focused on Curation and Learning.  I will facilitate a small group of Learning Professionals interested in exploring the evolving methods, tools, systems, and impacts of Curation for Workplace Learning.

Complete details at http://www.masie.com

Yours in learning,  

Elliott Masie, Host & Curator, emasie@masie.com

Wednesday
Jan112017

949 - Gadgets, Tech & Learning: Update from CES Vegas

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - January 11, 2017
#949 - Gadgets, Tech & Learning: Update from CES Vegas
www.masie.com - Twitter: @emasie - The MASIE Center - 57,272 Readers 
 

- Gadgets, Tech & Learning: Update from CES Vegas:  Each year, for the past decade, I have curated reports from my colleagues attending the CES Show in Las Vegas, where emerging gadgets, technology and systems are previewed and announced.  I have been smiling at the range of announcements made at CES that may have impact on the world of workplace learning:

- Sound Canceling and Connected Mini-Earbuds:  Nuhera IQBuds are intriguing earbuds that can be worn in a busy and noisy workplace.  They serve multiple purposes, providing a lower noise level in the ears, connecting to phones and wireless and still allowing clear conversations with a person right in front of the user.  Multiple microphones in each earbud and an algorithm of noise canceling software could be an asset for both communication and real time support information in employee ears in those high noise environments.   Info at: http://www.nuheara.com

- VR Without VR Viewer - Projected Mixed Reality - Project Ariana:  Here is a huge step forward in the ability to deliver Mixed Reality (VR, AR and More) to a group of employees without using wearable goggles.  Project Ariana, from Razer, is aimed at teens for gaming projection in a basement, but has huge implications for adding Mixed Reality Learning and Simulation displays in our workplace.  It is emerging technology and you should check it out at: http://www.razerzone.com/project-ariana

- Robotics: Learning to Read Pudding:  I am convinced that Robots will play a much larger part of our world of workplace performance and learning.  Here is an announcement of “Pudding” - which is a friendly support presence to assist a child in mastering reading skills.  It has a combination of Robotics, AI and Performance Support in a “cute” presence.  Information at: http://www.roobo.com/en/


- More CES Gadget/Tech Trends to Follow:
* Expansion of “Talk To” Systems (eg. Alexa, Siri and Google’s Home)
* Paper Thin Monitors - Mountable on the Workplace Walls
* Self-Driving Cars and Assisted Mobility
* Mixed Reality Expands Beyond VR and AR
* Health and Wellness Based Wearable Technologies

Check out several of the summaries of CES that are online.  Here is one that I read:
http://www.valuewalk.com/2017/01/consumer-electronics-show-2017/

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2017
Email:
emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB -  Feb 1-3, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017- October 22 to 25- Orlando, Florida.
Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com

Tuesday
Jan032017

948 - Content Reminders for January? AI App for Weight Loss, Research Intern 

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - January 3, 2017
#948 - Content Reminders for New Year, AI App for Weight Loss, Research Intern at MASIE
www.masie.com - Twitter: @emasie - The MASIE Center - 57,265 Readers  

I hope that our Learning TRENDS Colleagues around the world had a healthy and safe New Years.  2017 will clearly be a time of change, disruption and shifts in our businesses, marketplaces and lifestyles.  I am excited for the conversations that we have here on Learning TRENDS and look forward to engaging with you in the coming year. 

- Content Reminders for the New Year?  When I came to work this morning, as the first day of 2017, I wished that I had a New Year Reminder for Content.  Imagine if we each received very targeted and efficient reminders of key content, knowledge, skills and focuses on our first day back, at the start of a new year, a new month or even a new week.  

 

Whether you are 66 like me or a 23 year old, reminders in a digital age could be very powerful.  A sort of thread around your finger as a key content reminder.  Remember, the “e” in e-Learning can be about Evolving, just like our memories.
 
- AI App for Weight Loss:  At the start of the year, many folks turn to diets and exercise for support in learning and implementing healthier lifestyles.  Check out the app “Noom”, which combines machine learning, AI, personalized feedback and coaching to users.  Here is an interesting article in Fast Company about “Noom”


- Learning Research Intern at MASIE Center: We are looking for a great intern who will participate in learning research at The MASIE Center in the coming year.  You can be a graduate student, undergraduate or self-study student who can spend several months in Saratoga Springs working on learning research, with a wide range of corporations and government agencies.  Send a note to me at emasie@masie.com

- Learning Innovations LAB Added in February:  We have filled our Learning Innovations LAB in January. So, we added a new session that I will lead from Feb 1 to 3 in Saratoga Springs, NY.  It is a very high energy, hands-on exploration of new and emerging learning innovations, technology and methodologies.  Space is limited and online registration is open at: http://www.masie.com


Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2017
Email:
emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - Feb 1-3, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017 - October 22 to 25- Orlando, Florida.
Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com


Monday
Dec192016

947 - Global: Visual Translation, Captions for Learning & Engagement!

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - December 19, 2016
#947 - Global: 
Visual Translation, Captions for Learning & Engagement! 
www.masie.com - Twitter: @emasie - The MASIE Center - 57,255 Readers  

Global Learning: Visual Translate, Caption & Engagement!

I am sending today’s TRENDS from Venice as part of a 2 week trip to Saudi Arabia, Dubai, and now Italy. Here are some perspectives about working, learning, and collaborating on a global basis. As our organizations and colleagues are working across the globe, we need to innovate our approaches. A few examples and studies: 

- Visual Translation on Your Phone!  I have been using the Camera/Visual Translation capacity in the Google Translate App. I can point my phone at words in Italian and my phone will do an Augmented Reality /Translation into English. It is different and exciting to have that form of real time translation.    

 

I pointed it at a projected PowerPoint and could read most of the text in English. And, it works in a wide range of languages that are expanding. I have used German, Spanish, and Italian and was impressed with the real-time effecthttp://tinyurl.com/cameratranslate
 
- Captions for Learning:
 
Learners who are learning in a second language can often find amazing benefit in the optional use of Captions in learning content - from documents to video. In addition, learners that have a learning disability, which may be as many as 15% of the workforce, may also benefit from Captions. Here is a recent research paper from Oregon State University on learning captioning.  Check it out at: http://tinyurl.com/learningcaptions


- Global Learning Engagement: Working as a learning professional on a global basis requires balancing your own teaching style with the cultural norms of a country that you are visiting (in person or virtually). While I was delivering my keynote speech on Learning Changes in Saudi Arabia for SABIC, I wanted to engage the 150 executives in a discussion about their favorite teachers. I asked them to stand up in the briefing auditorium and engage in a dialogue about their most memorable teacher as they grew up. The room came alive - sharing their own stories about storytelling and teaching. Don’t be afraid to ask global colleagues to engage! Here is a picture from that meeting:


Learning Innovations LAB Added in February:  We have filled our Learning Innovations LAB in January. So, we are adding a new session that I will lead from Feb 1-3 in Saratoga Springs, NY. It is a very high energy, hands-on exploration of new and emerging learning innovations, technology, and methodologies. Space is limited and online registration is open at: http://www.masie.com

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2017
Email:
emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB -  Feb 1-3, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017- October 22 to 25- Orlando, Florida.
Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com

Monday
Dec052016

946 - Lights, Cameras, and Microphones for Video Effectiveness!

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - December 5, 2016
#946 -  Lights, Cameras, and Microphones for Video Effectiveness!
57,248 Readers - www.masie.com - Twitter: @emasie - The MASIE Center 

Special:  Lights, Camera and Microphones for Video Effectiveness!

As more of our communication, collaboration and content is done via video, often from webcams in our offices, we have to think about our lighting, sound, and lens to give the viewer the best experience.  Yet, many people’s video image has poor lighting, camera focus, and even sound capture.  Here are some of the tools and approaches that we use at the MASIE Learning LAB to enhance our video quality, right from our offices: 

- Small Lights Right On Your Desktop!  The lighting in your office may be great for reading, but your face often appears poorly illuminated in the camera.  So, we have added Video Lighting to desktops and screens.   First, let me show you a cute set of lights that sit on either side of your desktop monitor.  They are from Videssence: 

 

- Studio Lights in Your Office! My office has a large screen, so I have added Studio type lights to add larger illumination for Skype, Content Interviews and Webinars.  I turn them on and often look 10 pounds lighter and 10 years younger :)  Here are Studio Lights offered:  

 

- Microphones Matter: Your webcam microphone is often a small mic, buried in the computer or laptop case, with low agility for capturing the richness of your voice.  So, I found a cute looking and very effective microphone for less than $100 called the Widget C.  Again, less than $100 and posted here:


- Cameras Are Critical: Don’t go cheap on the camera.  We have spent as much as $950 for a very high quality, zoomable, responsive USB enabled camera with remotes.  The camera must have the ability to be white balanced and capture content for high and low definition qualities.  I use the AVer v520 USB Camera:

 

- Lights, Camera, Microphone, and Action: There are a wide range of lights, microphones, and cameras that can be leveraged for higher quality video from your desktop or office.  Try It —- It Makes a Difference for Your Learners!

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2017
Email:
emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - Jan 18-20 & Feb 1-3, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017: October 22 to 25 - Orlando, Florida.
Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com

Wednesday
Nov302016

945 - TouchBar Learning Support, Learning Themes eBook

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - November 30, 2016
#945 - TouchBar Learning Support, Learning Themes eBook
57,241 Readers - www.masie.com - Twitter: @emasie - The MASIE Center
 

1. TouchBar on MacBook Pro for Performance Support?
2. Curation in Action: Learning Themes eBook.
3. Elliott Masie to Saudi Arabia, Dubai & Italy in December.
 

1. TouchBar on MacBook Pro for Performance Support? My new MacBook Pro laptop has a unique and fascinating new Performance Support capability. Instead of a set of function keys, Apple has created a touchable screen, with program specific tools and images, to press or move for instant function.  

This functionality opens up new capacity for learning producers, for just-at-the moment prompting. And, we will soon see even more Personalized Prompts, based on each user’s history and skill level. Check it out at: www.apple.com/macbook-pro

2. Curation in Action: Learning Themes eBook: We are pleased to publish our first Learning Themes eBook - Curated from 1,600 Learning Colleagues.  View this 35 page open source resource at: www.masie.com/ebookL16


3. Elliott Masie to Saudi Arabia, Dubai & Italy in December: In early December, I will be delivering a keynote on learning in Saudi Arabia and meeting with learning colleagues in Dubai and Milan. If you are in those regions, drop me an email to emasie@masie.com and let’s see if we can connect. Love to meet global TRENDS colleagues.

Yours in Learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2017
Email:
emasie@masie.com
Twitter: @emasie

MASIE Center Seminars, Events and Services:
- Learning Innovations LAB - Jan 18-20 & Feb 1-3, 2017 Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM.
- Learning 2017- October 22 to 25- Orlando, Florida.
Details and Online Registration: http://www.masie.com