Posts Tagged "#LT11uk"

Do you ever provide a take-away resource and…

….wonder it is destined for anywhere other than the bin? Well that was exactly what went through my mind when I was preparing my ‘take away’ calendars for my Learning Technologies 2011 session. The desktop calendars had been designed to provide the attendees with a very ‘loose’ roadmap to assist them in implementing Learning Technologies into their role/workplace and were placed on the tables as a ‘freebie’ take away. I have often wondered how many people took the calendars out of politeness and were ultimately destined for the bin,  so you will appreciate how chuffed I was to receive this email from Lisa Johnson. You will be pleased to hear that your desk calendar is being put to good use.  Before I re-ordered it from Mar to Apr I realized I hadn’t looked at blogs so I made the effort to set up a blog page in WordPress!  I just need to get the creative cap on and consider how I am going to use it.  Now that we are in April and on podcasting, I’ve had our Director record a webex presentation.  He was delivering an all staff meeting in London and for those staff that couldn’t make it we recorded it and sent it out at the same time.  It’s the first time we have used the technology for communications and it’s been well received with staff feeling connected and seeing the Director being more accessible. I’d like to thank Lisa for providing this feedback and hope that she’s continues to let us all know how she is getting on with using the resource. Which brings me to you Dear Reader… Did you attend the session? If so, have you had any success in implementing any of the suggestions? If you didn’t attend, have you got any tips or suggestions for ensuring that your take-away resources make it beyond the...

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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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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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Now I wasn't expecting that!!

Many of you will know that I didn’t really take my first formal foray into Learning Technologies until 10 months ago at the Learning Technologies conference. Since then I have taken what I consider to be an active role in pursuing current and emerging technologies and using them as part of my own Personal Learning Network to (if I may say so myself) some success. Over the past 10 months I have become an active Twitter user which has led me to connect with some wonderful people, allowed me to attend some great workshops and has allowed me to work with some great organisations. I have created my own Blog and am truly benefiting from the reflection that this provides me, I have set up my own Delicious, Flickr, Slideshare and YouTube accounts. I have also started to introduce the concept of Social Media and Learning Technologies to my organisation. But I had never for a moment, not one moment expected that my lowly activities would warrant anybodys attention. How wrong I was… .. During the summer I was speaking with the wonderful @juliewedgwood who suggested that the story of my ‘first 12 months with Learning Technologies’ might be a story that others would be interested in, that might convince others that you don’t have to have lengthy experience in this field to implement these tools and start to benefit from them and suggested that I speak to @DonaldHTaylor on the subject. And so it came to pass that 2 emails, 1 face-to-face meeting and a phone call later and I am really chuffed (and proud) to announce that I have been asked to speak at the Learning Technologies Conference 2011 on the subject of ‘Getting started with learning technologies‘ If you’d like to find out how a real novice has gone about using these technologies then why  not register to attend the Learning Technologies Conference...

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