Learning 2014 Reflections - Tuesday

Today began with an early session learning about TED Ed. The TED Ed platform is pretty incredible allowing you to easily create and share lessons on just about anything. The platform integrates with youtube and allowing anyone to search for a video, then create a lesson around that video complete with knowledge checks, discussions, and links to other relevant content. you can even track who has completed the lesson and who is still working through the lesson. Oh, and best of all, it's FREE!

After that, I attended a session on creating and editing video using your iPhone and iMovie. I'm already very comfortable with video and editing but I still learned a ton! There are some cool rigs for the iPhone which help to make the video more stable. This session confirmed for me the iPhone 6 Plus was the right choice. For video and photos, the larger screen is simply invaluable. I was also able to download the iMovie app for FREE! Can't wait to start playing around and making movies.

The morning general session included keynote talks on Brain Science by Ann Herrmann-Nehdi and a cooking demo by Chef Bobby Flay.

After lunch, I attended a session on making On-the-Job development part of your daily habit. While I found this session to be informative and interesting, it wasn't entirely what I was hoping for. None the less, the discussions were good and focused on the importance of daily employee feedback, debriefs, and regular 1:1 meetings on development not status.

The next session included good discussion on disruptive learning and a demo of a video portal where employees upload their own user generated learning videos. I was surprised to find there is no review of the content prior to upload. Employees commit to the organization's code of conduct and are listed as the video author. This appears to be working for the organization. Adoption is high and overall use of the platform is growing.

I am finding this to be the direction more and more companies are going. I've heard similar stories from other organizations who launched a very similar platform with high adoption. In each case, the level of control and review over the content is different. Some are strict and have to approve the content before it goes live, some have no review process. Some groups even require a periodic review of the video to ensure it is still relevant. I like this approach.

The afternoon general session included more keynote speakers. Paul Leblanc joined us virtually and spoke about a new approach to education that is happening in some higher ed institutions. At the Southern New Hampshire University, the more traditional model of credit hours has been replaced with a competency-based model where students have to demonstrate mastery in 120 competencies. Time is variable that is removed as a requirement and it's the learning that becomes non-negotiable. In this model there are no letter grades and the opposite of success is not failure, it's try again.

This is an interesting approach that will no doubt generate a good deal of healthy discussion.

After Paul, The Second City improve comedy group performed several very funny skits around training and learning. This is a talented group of individuals. They spoke about the importance listening plays in Improvisation. You have to be ready for what the other person may throw at you. The takeaway for us was to listen like an improvisor and listen creatively. As learning professionals, this is a critical skill to have an an important part of what we do.

The general session continued with an interesting discussion by Marc Hodosh on the next generation of medicine. Fascinated with the question of why we age, Marc studied medicine but eventually left that path to become an entrepreneur. Mark whet on to establish several companies, products and television shows. He is currently working on a show called Longevity which explores the implications of living longer. He believes aging to be a disease and wants to find a cure.

The general session ended with a brief talk with Larry Israelite on Lies about Learning. He has a book of the same title which I am interested in reading. We need to consider the affordances  a new technology provides. Think about the application of that technology to specific problems that need solving. Remember when Second Life was going to revolutionize learning?

Overall, today was another successful day! I met so many new people from different backgrounds and industries. It's so good to be part of such an amazing industry. Everyone wants to learn from each other and they are so passionate about their work.

I'll leave you with some photos from the day.