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  • The Technology Guy 09:07 on April 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Reflections from #LSCon 2012 

    I have had a short week to get my feet back under the desk after a whirlwind trip to Orlando.

    Such a great week amongst some of the clever people in our industry, so much to listen to and so much to learn from other’s ideas.

    Of course they tweet the same about being with me and listening to my presentations, I just get embarrassed in the normal way.

    What was clear in this week and in reflection since leaving the hot sun in Florida is that there are a number of interesting changes taking place across the world in T&D. The first is that T&D is on it’s very last legs in large corporations. If you are still working in a department with this name or have a business title of L&D Manager, get ready as sweeping changes will knock you off your feet if you are not ready.

    The changes are a distinct move towards the Business Performance Department, delivering a set of technologies that include training where required but more of acquiring and rolling out technology that assist your workers to make more money for the organisation. The talk in the back rooms and of course on the backchannel were about revenue and profitability, not about good LMS scores or completion rates. Jay Cross almost had it right last year with ‘Work Smarter’ concept but I think in times of economic downturn that we are all experiencing, Work Leaner may have been a better term. But I take my hat off to Jay as he was ahead of the game on this one.

    Those who understand business and how to generate higher revenue through capability and capable staff certainly have the edge. (Check out my paper i2 that was launched at #LSCon which aims to replace ROI with an Incapabiity Index. Paper available at http://www.thelearningcoach.co.uk/media.html)

    The tools being spoken of were more of performance support, remember how that came and went, it was just too early and is making a huge comeback. Other technologies in the frame are those that provide a social lounge for the workforce to talk about what is important to them, where they can dip in and out learning materials and use new concepts like IVR (see http://www.phone2know.com) to deliver contextual information in numerous ways.

    New products were in the expo to deliver to mobile devices, the imminent product from Articulate, Storyline, is the first of a new breed of tools to help deliver this type of learning. I have used the beta of this product, the latest version includes mobile and html5, very exciting prospects for the future.

    The second big thing to come out of #LSCon was the concept of Conversation in learning. I was not the only person presenting or talking of this. Conversation in communication is key to creating a platform where people can learn. The presentation I made ‘Conversational Learning’ is available to watch in a cut down form from http://bit.ly/HesHMt

    I have come home very enthused about this coming year. I have launched a great service at Phone2Know using the latest technologies to add conversation to learning, eLearning, mLearning and delivered as an addition to face to face training. Some cool concepts that will grow over the coming months.

    The next conference I attend is Congreso de Recursos Humanos in Mexico City later this month http://www.congresorh.com.mx/ where I will be presenting what can be achieved using conversation and mobile learning. Then I am onto mLearnCon in San Jose for June to host the Mobile Tools and Tech Stage. By this time we should be seeing some very cool additions to the mobile scene.

    • Aleymi 09:44 on May 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Right on BJ! I also can see mLearning as an additional recourse to classes, instead of printouts that rest in shelves, wouldnt be more useful to provide main ideas in nuggets (memory cards type) that learners could access via cell phone when needed, thus,extending learning beyond classrooms and real performance?

  • The Technology Guy 12:15 on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Conversation as a way of learning 

    If you like me are on your way to Orlando for #LSCon, then you may want to look up my session 513 on Conversational Learning.

    For someone to learn there has to be a behaviour change or a new behaviour to be learned (Freud and Yeun). Social media tools are not all cutting it to deliver the correct level of conversation to make these changes. They are merely a carrier for information. How can we change this?

    This session will explore what a conversation is, how we learn from it, the four dimensions of the way we use conversation in learning and some example of a real live conversation inside an electronic learning course using IVR systems from Phone2Know, http://www.phone2know.com

    Come and find out what we need to do to get conversation back on the table and let’s stop fooling ourselves that all social media tools are a way of learning.

    Come to session 513, let’s talk!

    • Michael 12:26 on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I wish I were attending #LSCon. I got so much out of your sessions at #DevLearn last year. Best of luck, and know that your work is inspiring others!

      • The Learning Coach 21:06 on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. Very nice of you to say. I will post slides etc on Conversational Learning after the event for you. Neil

    • Brian Dusablon 17:23 on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      See you next week, Neil. Conversation is good!

    • Francislaine 05:05 on May 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi BJ! I’m actually ptirenseng on Twitter at DL08, although now I’m a bit intimidated by all the folks who use it so extensively. I’m used to an audience that is new to it. Ah well this just means less ptirenseng and more discussing! My Twitter ID is writetechnology.Can’t wait to meet everyone!

  • The Technology Guy 23:36 on January 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Driving Engagement: Innovation and Interactivity eLearning Guild online forum 

    This coming week sees Learning Technologies in London. For the first time in 12 years I will not be taking a stand or speaking. Instead I have opted to spend my time listening to what others have to say.

    The day after the show on Friday, I will be presenting for the eLearning Guild’s online forum as the closing general speaker.

    The two days online are set to be a very exciting time for those attending.

    Research has shown that engagement is critical to online learning. But with today’s constant distractions, how do you get online learners to not only pay attention, but to truly engage with content, with trainers, and with other learners?

    Driving eLearning Engagement Through Innovation and Interactivity focuses on how you can use innovation and interactivity to create engaging and effective eLearning experiences.

    Beyond the Talking Head
    Ensuring Engagement in Synchronous eLearning
    Developing a Scenario-Based Conversation Simulation
    eLearning Design and Development for Multiple Learner Preferences
    Increasing Cognitive Challenge and Participant Engagement and much more from 9 great speakers over two days.

    I am proud to be joining in this event, especially as my session is:
    601 – What Does the Future Hold for Engaging the Learner? What’s the Next Trend?

    Join and see where I think this year will take us, you may be surprised by what I have to say.


    • Craig Taylor 09:41 on January 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Neil,

      Sounds like you’ve got a relatively stress free LT coming up (compared to speaking or manning a stand).

      I’ll be on a stand for the 1st time this year and I must admit to being slightly uncomfortable at the thought :-/

      Is the eLearning Guild session for members only?


      • The Learning Coach 09:47 on January 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Actually I am really looking forward to it. For the first time in 12 years I will be able to just mooch about and talk to people without the stress of knowing I need to recuperate £12k in costs.

      • The Learning Coach 08:44 on January 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        It was stress free. Check out latest blog on it. N

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