Posts Tagged "Learning Technologies"

Podcast #5: Now the dust has settled…

Craig chats with Lillian Soon, Kate Graham, Karyn Romeis, Laura Overton, Christie Fidura and Don Taylor on the ‘actions’ that they personally took away from their attendance at Learning Technologies 2011, along with the challenges that they anticipated in trying to achieve them! Audio MP3Audio MP3 Download podcast in mp3 format: Now the dust has settled Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Shownotes Small Chunks (blog post that started me making simple action planning points, post events) Following #LT11UK, it’s back down to Earth… (my reflections and action planning blog following Learning Technologies 2011) Towards Maturity website Learning Technologies 2011 TV channel (this contains some of the sessions that are mentioned in this blog post) Music Source....

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“My favourite elearning interaction is”….

…. was one of the questions that was posed by Saffron Interactive at their stand during Learning Technologies 2011. It was a novel idea to capture exhibition visitors ideas around certain L&D topics by asking them to pick a question from a list of questions which included: Mobile Learning Social learning Favourite elearning interactions Effective compliance training point a Flip camera at them and ask them to answer it. Simple, quick and effective! Anyway, here’s my response Which leads me to ask…. What are your fave elearning interactions? Are you so passionately opposed to elearning that there is no possible interaction that would float your boat? Do you have simple tastes and would be happy with any interaction? Why not let me know in the comments box...

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Following #LT11UK, it’s back down to Earth…

…. with a bump! At least it will be on Monday morning when I’m back in work, having left behind the visionaries, disruptivists, forward-thinkers and all round ‘good eggs’ that I was surrounded by at Learning Technologies (LT) 2011. Following last years attendance at LT 2010 I went back to work envigorated, inspired and with a spring in my step, so much so in fact that my organisation created a Communications Technologist role (it’s a Learning Technologist role… don’t ask its complicated)! Unfortunately, what they didn’t create was any strategic support or vision to accompany that new post! In order to reduce the sense of frustration that arises from that situation, I made a deal with myself to ‘reign in’ my excitement following LT11. That said, I still find myself ‘buzzing’ 48 hours after the conference finished so in order to make best use of that ‘buzz’ before it disappears (i.e. Monday morning) I thought I’d blog about my experiences at LT11. As regular readers will be aware I always try to commit to a couple of action planning points from any event that I attend, in the hope that they will assist me in transferring any learning back to my workplace. I have outlined those actions in blue below. Day 1 Keynote – Roger Shank, Getting it right: how the corporate learning world must change Never sit at the very front left of the auditorium at a future LT for 2 very good reasons If Roger moved more than a metre from where he was stood I couldn’t see him! The event photographer seems to take up residence in this area and his camera flash is brighter than the surface of the Sun (my retinas will bear testament to this!) Exhibition nosey on Day 1 Recommend that my organisations project team look at the digital room booking displays that were being exhibited by Steljes, ahead of a new-purpose built learning centre being built on my site. Prof Steve Wheeler – e-Learning 3.0 – Learning with the extended smart web Consider how AUgmented Reality might be used as part of a new-starters induction tour. This approach (if we ever get handsets this side of Alexander Graham Bells prototype), could also be of benefit to all employees as part of their standard workphone handset package. Obtain a copy of the book Distraction by Mark Curtis. Clark Quinn – Using games for effective learning Serious gaming is something that has only just started to seriously register on my radar so I was extremely keen to find out a little more about it and how it could enhance what I am currently doing as well as enhance my skillset for the….. future Unfortunately for me, I found that the session seemed to be pitched at those who already made the decision to go ahead with gaming and not those who were just entering the fray. I also thought that a great opportunity was wasted to prove the value of gaming by actually running the session as a game itself, an example of using the concept to sell the concept. I assume (there’s the gaming naivety in me coming out) that this would have taken some time to prepare and given that Clark very kindly stepped in at the last moment to cover for another speaker, maybe this would have been his choice with more preparation time? Obtain a copy of Clark’s book on the subject of mobile learning. Day 2 Exhibition nosey Day 2 Consider whether the Moodle off-shoot Totara LMS offered by Kineo may be a better option for my organisation than Moodle...

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Happy Twitterversary to me!!!

I am typing this Blog from a hotel room in London where I am staying during my attendance at the Learning Technologies conference 2011; I tell you this because it is entirely relative to my Twitter history….. I had heard of Twitter prior to attending LT10 but admit to having dismissed it as a celebrity ‘fad’, LT10 was the catalyst that I needed to pop my Twitter cherry! So here I am 12 months later with over 2600 tweets under my belt, over 200 followers and following over 1oo other people. Everyone one of these people is in some way shape or form involved in L&D, Learning Technologies, Social Media or more usually all 3! Twitter has enabled me to attend Jane Harts Masterclass on Using Social Media for Learning, James Clays Mobile Learning Boot Camp, the eLearning Network 2010 showcase (which subsequently led me to joining the eLN) It has provided me with some excellent contacts and some fantastic learning opportunities. So if you haven’t yet set up a Twitter account then please don’t let this fantastic opportunity pass you by. If you don’t know how or where to start, then you could do a lot worse than checking out these resources which will help you on your way… How to sign up on Twitter See you in the Twittersphere! Image...

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Once bitten…

I’ve spent the last few nights putting together a few slides to underpin my session ‘Getting started with Learning Technologies’ at the Learning Technologies Conference 2011. I was the using approach cited by Cliff Atkinson in his book Beyond Bullet Points, to develop a slide deck that uses full screen images to graphically underpin my story. Whilst the sourcing of appropriate quality images took some time to locate, it took nowhere near as long as setting up the Auto-Tweet function which would allow me to autotweet during my session. So you can imagine the language in my office when I discovered that this presentation had ‘disappeared’ from my USB stick – and for those of you are thinking “what’s the problem Craig, surely you had backed it up on your laptop or on Google Docs” Erm… (embarrassed silence)… no I didn’t. Like I say, once...

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