Learning Technologies Manager for Bupa International. Dreaming of a day when we can drop the e from elearning and the m from mobile learning & just crack on....
@pfern Hi @pfern I'd certainly agree in your observation about the time to have quality conversations during the vast majority of conferences, however where is the accountability on behalf of the attendees to continue the conversations *after* the event itself?
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Some simple ideas on how to redesign the conference experience
@jrandersoniii Thanks for dropping by, reading and commenting. I know that when I first started to attend conferences/workshops etc back in 2010 I found it a wonderful way to get up-to-speed quickly in my chosen field as well as a catalyst to further specific career-interest areas.
What became apparent very quickly after attending a few conferences is that many sessions simply repeat the same material, ideas, practices etc - which is of course great for people who are new to those ideas, but not much use for the experienced practitioners you mention. I know that the @Devlearn conference has a separate 'open invite' track for those experienced track to put their heads together and discuss emerging thinking etc.
1 month ago on Some simple ideas on how to redesign the conference experience
@JulianStaddon Hi @julianstaddon thanks for reading and commenting. Whilst I agree wholeheartedly on your point of avoiding 'sales pitches', I have fallen foul of having some speaking gigs taken away from because I had become a vendor. Even though my sessions were in no way, shape or form a sales pitch (or even referred to the services my employer was involved in at the time) I was still excluded from speaking/sharing.
@Designs_JoanK Hi @designs_JoanK thanks for reading and commenting. I guess this would mean that the content of the session would need paring down, but 'hey', if we're talking quality over quantity, then why the hell not?!
@eGeeking Hi @egeeking As I mentioned to @burrough in the thread below, the other benefit of a short pre-con session is it would allow the speaker to be more transparent about their session content, just in case it's changed since they were asked to submit their speakers proposal (usually months earlier!)
@burrough Cheers @burrough I had a good chat with @donaldhtaylor about the discrepancies between the stated session objectives and what *actually* happens on the day. One of the likely reasons for this is the amount of time ahead of the conference that the organisers need some text from the speakers in order to market it etc. If course in the ensuing period of time, the world moves on, the speakers thinking may change, which can lead to the discrepancy.
I think a way to mitigate this would be the 'pre' conference 10-15 min session I mention in the post above to hear from the speaker themselves as to what they will be covering.
@becktacular Hi! Thanks for taking the time to drop by and comment. I'm really chuffed that you found my session useful and would be keen to hear how (if at all), you use any of its content.
Don't hesitate to give me a shoot of I can help at all in the future.
1 month, 1 week ago on Designing interactions? Perhaps you shouldn’t bother…
Hi @LightbulbJo thanks for reading and commenting. The next instalment may be some time off as it will deal with the ongoing comms of the survey findings on a weekly basis up to and including 01/04/13.
2 months, 1 week ago on What Learners Want – Part 3 – The ‘marketing’
@Laura Overton Hi Laura, the next instalment is now posted and talks through the marketing process up to and including the launch......
My latest conversation: What Learners Want – Part 3 – The ‘marketing’
2 months, 1 week ago on What Learners Want – Part 2 – The ‘questions’
@jcufaude Hi. This broadstroke question is indeed included in the survey and a significant number of the questions allow for free text responses too. Many participants have made use of this option and it has allowed us to gain some additional insights.
2 months, 1 week ago on What Learners Want – Part 1 – The ‘why’
Hi @pfgill69 it sounds like you are planning to use your LMS as more of a 'social area' than a 'traditional' LMS - which in my humble opinion is a good thing.
My latest conversation: My #COLF L1 Assignment
2 months, 3 weeks ago on "I have a quandary - Help"!!!
@richardthyde Hi @richardthyde Thanks for dropping by and commenting. I'll keep a close eye on the work you are undertaking in this area - keep me in the loop!
3 months, 1 week ago on Desperately seeking the Holy Grail of #mlearning authoring platforms
@maberdour Hi @maberdour, Thanks for dropping by and commenting. I'd had a little self bet as to who'd be first ;-)
Here's an idea I'm working on at the moment....... An app that focusses on an organisations 'personal behaviours' i.e. the behaviours that an organisation expects it employees to demonstrate.
The app initially pushes Content to people to explain what those behaviours are and provide 'real world' examples. On a periodic basis (say every Friday afternoon) a popup appears on screen asking people how they have demonstrated those behaviours that week.
I 'click through' and can then Capture those behaviours I have demonstrated using text, voice, video, image. (If I am unsure I can check what the 'organisations take' on those behaviours are, without leaving the app) They are then Communicated to a central location to:
a) provide the employee with a record of their behaviours for use during 1:1s, mid years, end of years etc
b) provide the organisation with data regarding understanding of the behaviours and any associated trends
c) provide other users with the ability to see 'other peoples' examples in order to kindle their own realisations of behaviours that they themselves may be demonstrating but may not be self-aware enough to realise.
H&S 'Content pushing' apps (like the NHS one) would, I feel benefit from having native functionality baked in so that when an individual is being told about workplace hazards and the process for reporting them they could use the device to Capture the hazard and then automatically Communicate it to a central, reporting location for action - I suggested such here
@Mark Britz Thanks @britz I really appreciate your support - fingers crossed!
My latest conversation: A few bits ‘n’ bobs from #LT13UK
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Tayloring It is open for business!
@lisajohnsontm Thanks @tuppymagic Much appreciated
@simbeckhampson Thanks Paul - "once more unto the breach Dear Friends"
@JamesMcLuckie Thanks James, who knows where it will lead? I hope you'll give me a shout if I can ever help you out - especially in this neck of the woods.
@lightbulbjo Hi @lightbulbjo Thank for the feedback Jo, exciting times eh?
@adamcrooker Hi Adam, if there was no other way to introduce the benefits of learning and in turn performance within an organisation then I'd be happy to accept this notion of a 'Learning at Work' day.
But let's be honest, there are far more effective methods to be used than a single 'throw-away' day. Take a look at the work that @burrough has been doing here http://clearlylearning.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/love-learning-lives/
I'm no psychologist, but I reckon I'm fairly safe in saying that a longer term, embedded, 'real world' approach to demonstrating the benefits of lifelong learning and in turn the advantages that that brings will have a far greater effect on increasing morale for the 'drones' (a pity you had to use such a derogatory word) than a single, annual concentration of effort.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Another bandwagon I’m avoiding…
@burrough I remember from my vendor days that lots of Orgs used to want some sort of 'campaign' or 'activity' for the day. I've also seen a few commentators who are normally all about 'informal', 'performance' and 'continual learning' jumping on the bandwagon too!