Tuesday, November 30, 2010
There's an almost tragic community (including those who should know better) who espouse the beliefs and all the wonders of ADDIE. I see it time and again in job postings where an "understanding of the ADDIE model" is an essential job requirement.
For an instructional designer planning e-learning solutions.
From organizations claiming to be on the leading edge of innovative solutions and technologies.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Fortunately, that wasn't the only thing I took away, but it wasn't the most comfortable setting, nor was it really conducive to the kinds of learning that Ann Naymie & Maureen Hannah were trying to get across. (According to them, Peter Block was in the room before them and wreaked a little havoc on the dreadful theatre style seating that the MTCC seems to think is a good idea for conferences.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
It's been so long since I was at an event like this that I'd forgotten what kind of a mental rush and high I get from this sort of thing. I revel in the exchange of ideas and the challenging of assumptions and the bringing together of peers, colleagues, and gurus.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I know it's tough to try and cram everything into a short duration, but I'm struggling to grasp why we had to deal with the overlap between the core sessions and the Thought Leader tracks? For example, @robsof and I were both in the A7 Session on Design Thinking (Valerie Hickey & David Brown), but the session with Karl Kapp started 15 mins before the end of that session AND ran through a significant portion of the lunch hour.
Opening Keynote - Peter Block
Wow. Wow. Wow.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Transformational Learning Experiences across Multigenerational Workplaces
Thomas Michael Power - Implementing Technology-based Learning
Given that this is more or less what I do on a regular basis (and what I did in grad school), I was tempted to this one a miss, but I'm really glad I didn't because I think this was the hidden gem for the day.
This talk was a lot less about just the basics of implementation but really about a transformative experience getting Educators to understand and leverage the power of technology as a means to support their learning efforts. So, yes, you could say "it's just about implementing it" but the title really undersold the value of the content included and if we get access to the slide decks, you can see why.
He opened by sharing some of his training experiences in some exotic parts of the world and talked about the challenges of trying to front-load a lot of the design process. What really surprised me was the result of the quick poll on the relative effectiveness of ADDIE as a model for developing technology-based learning. A shocking majority of people think it is! Could it be because they haven't been exposed to other models and frameworks? Personally, I couldn't go back to ADDIE for the work that I do simply because I'm now so spoiled by being able to move from concept to production that much faster. ADDIE is so ideally suited to ISD and instructor-led settings, but that methodical, gated process just doesn't scale up for e-learning development...unless you really want to wait 4 months to develop 20 minutes of Level 2 e-learning.
What I liked about his presentation was that his research coincided with my own experiences in changing processes, tools, and approaches to dealing with our customers. Sure, we've still got some learning to do at my place of work, but that's really half the fun when you think about it. If nothing else, I felt a little validation for what we discovered largely by accident.
The day ended with a panel discussion with all presenters. I won't get into the details of that
So...a good day. One that realized more promise than its superficial description might have warranted. I'm hopeful for similar inspirations and happy findings on Day 2.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Case in point...
Given the nature of what I do, I gravitated to (and actively follow) the #elearning hashtag on my TweetDeck. The connected nature of things in the interwebz, I soon found this thing called the #lrnchat - a regular chat among L&D professionals and Educators, where 5 questions get posted for participants to ponder and respond to.
I'm headed to the CSTD Conference and Tradeshow next week. It's been a shocking 5 yrs since I've been able to attend a big conference like this, my last one being E-LEARN 2005 in Vancouver. No, it hasn't been 5 years since I've done any kind of professional development...I did have that whole grad school thing in there, too...but at long last the magical trifecta of availability, workload and all-important employer approval managed to present itself and I'm off, as they say, to see the Wizard.
Having watched - with no small envy - the backchannel from DevLearn, I'll be interested to see what kind of Twitter/Blog backchannel will come from CSTD '10 I had a quick (re)glance at the conference sessions to get some basic picks in (because time was running out to get registered) and there seems to be some interesting stuff on the go. Granted, not as much on the leading edge side of things as DevLearn, but the audience is somewhat different..because it's a bit more of a generalist training & development constituency. However, given that not all in the world is based on rapid e-learning (sadly), I'll be looking at the sessions that help keep my horizons broad and keep me reminded of all the other things out there in the corporate training & development world.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Can't believe I'm gonna say this, but, "W00T!!"
Friday, November 05, 2010
But it's interesting to see how the dynamic changes when we add a technology layer like a blog or some kind of Social Networking tool (like Facebook or Twitter) to the mix. All of a sudden we have myriad tendrils of communication; some more tenuous, some more essential, some humourous, and some time-limited. I know I'm not saying anything new here about the power of Social Media, but I think it's an observation worth repeating.
After listening to Harold Jarche in today's PLENK session,
Well, after a very enlightening session on Personal Knowledge Management with Harold Jarche, he reminded me that getting all these ideas out of my head and - as someone said - "taking them for a spin" isn't such a bad thing, so I'll blow the dust off this blog and start plunking down some more ideas.
I dunno what I'll talk about first, but if nothing else, I've taken the Defibrilator Paddles to this thing and can hopefully bring it back to life and get some of my various technical/industry/theoretical/educational/knowledge thoughts in order.