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ElNet Workplace E-learning Congress 2011

15 March 2011

Last week I attended ElNet’s Workplace E-learning Congress in Sydney.

As per my tradition, I will share my 1-line takeaways with you here, and I am more than happy to discuss them further. Simply add a comment!

Please note my 1-liners don’t necessarily reflect a synopsis of each presentation. Instead, they represent something specific that I found particularly worthwhile.

ElNet 2011

Tom Kuhlman knows that learners won’t complain about a lack of interactivity if the content is relevant.

Aside: Tom’s insight reminds me of one of my earliest blog posts, Text ain’t half bad, and aligns with thoughts I’m having currently about mobile learning. Stay tuned… ;o)

Lisa Vincent – well actually, Lisa’s guest – claimed the responsible investment approach predicted something bad was going to happen to BP.

Aside: His claim reminds me of another blog post, Noise pollution, in which I argue real environmental management is in the hands of corporations and individuals, not governments.

Ruth McElhone assigns points to her students for their contributions to an internal social media platform, and they require 1000 points to pass the course.

Aside: This one surprised me because the motivation is extrinsic rather than the universally admired intrinsic. Ruth also explained that she pre-approves all the contributions for relevance and substance. I see it as a Catch 22: If you drop the points system, will anyone bother participating? If you relieve yourself of the burden of pre-approval, will superficial junk ensue?

Mark Samuels shared success stories in the corporate sector that demonstrate m-learning works if you align it to your purpose.

Aside: This one seems obvious until you consider all the time and energy that’s wasted on hot trends and buzzwords that end up going nowhere. While m-learning is not a flash in the pan, you should harness it carefully as a means of achieving your desired outcome (whatever that may be). Don’t do it just because everyone else is.

Alison Bickford demonstrated content-rich VLEs on the Confluence platform.

Aside: Alison’s VLEs are wonderful examples of Informal Learning Environments (ILEs) as per How to revamp your learning model.

Erin McCuskey recommends treating your training video like a mini Hollywood production – with character development, a storyline and emotional connection – which makes it so much more engaging.

Aside: With the advent of the Flip camera, anyone can create authentic video clips. All you need is a dash of creativity.

Clinton Smith contrasted the main varieties of e-learning in the VET sector in 2004 – self-paced learning (online courses), online distance learning and web in class – against those in 2008 – which now include live online learning (virtual classes), knowledge sharing (social networking) and virtual worlds, simulations and games.

Aside: I see a similar trend in the corporate sector in terms of increasing use of virtual classes and social platforms. Will these, coupled with Alison’s VLEs, kill the online course? Apparently not according to Clint’s comment below, or perhaps it depends on the sector…?

TEDxCanberra 2010 in brief

25 October 2010

TEDxCanberra signI was lucky enough to attend the inaugural TEDxCanberra last weekend.

Whenever I attend an important event like this, I like to distill it into a series of 1-liners that give any unlucky non-attendees a bite sized synopsis.

So here goes…

Ash Donaldson presenting at TEDxCanberra

Dawn O’Neil kicked off with a jolting exposé of the sorry state of suicide prevention in Australia, a country that does so well in the face of other crises.

Mitchell Whitelaw advocated the show everything model of information discovery, instead of the presumptuous search model. (This was my favourite talk, and I will blog about it in more depth.)

Kevin Bales opened our eyes to modern slavery. (Pre-recorded talk from TED2010)

Miriam Lyons posited that a successful society relies on a mix of self interest and altruism.

Miriam Lyons presenting at TEDxCanberraMark Pesce illustrated the allure of hyperconnectivity over maternal instinct, which should scare the bejesus out of all of us.

Kristin Alford called for ideas of the future to be linked to action via integrated stories.

Simon Taylor demonstrated the theory of mind with a simple magic trick (and a Freudian slip).

Temple Grandin explained why the world needs all kinds of minds to work together, especially autistic ones. (Pre-recorded talk from TED2010)

Marco Ostini described how Lunar Numbat is using open source technology to win the Google Lunar X-Prize.

Ash Donaldson advised us to use evidence to reach conclusions, not vice versa.

Francis Owusu claimed our dreams can come true if we overcome the fear of embarrassment and failure.

Marco Ostini presenting at TEDxCanberraWilliam Dejean spruiked the success of AVID in turning mediocre students into high achievers.

Melinda Gates crystallised 3 lessons that non-profit organisations can learn from Coca Cola. (Pre-recorded talk from TEDxChange)

Pete Williams recounted how social networking aided the residents of Flowerdale after the Black Saturday bushfires.

Ed Bosworth explained the GFC in an Australian context.

Sunny Forsyth exemplified how passion can solve some of the world’s most serious problems.

And finally, Professor McGorry (yes, the 2010 Australian of the Year) outlined his revolutionary approach to the treatment and prevention of mental illness.

These ideas are well worth spreading!

Pearls of wisdom from LearnX 2010

10 June 2010

This week I attended the 2010 LearnX Asia Pacific Conference in Sydney.

While I jotted down reams of notes, I’m a big fan of one liners.

So here are some single-sentence pearls of wisdom that I gleaned from the sessions I attended…


Jane Bozarth – Pre- or post-questioning your learners via Twitter stops them from rambling.

Philip Roy – Massey University uses pre-recorded presentations and realtime web conferencing to reduce the transactional distance among their geographically separated students and instructors.

Roger Courville – Twitter can support informal learning outside of formal training sessions.

Miriam Scurrah – Technologies like iClone can make safety training enjoyable.

Ruth McElhone – Rapid authoring tools make in-house development a feasible option.

Chad Outten – Moodle is the #1 LMS among eLearning Guild members.

Tania Tytherleigh – The connection you make with your learners is more important than your experience or your expertise.

Rhys Moult – A little bit of HTML goes a long way.

Helena Popovic – Excitement is food for your brain.

Ramesh Nava – The fundamentals of assessment are validity, reliability and fairness.

Dawid Falck – User generated content is really powerful.

Anne Moore – Don’t think a degree will get you a job; it might get you an interview.

Eric Shepherd – Identity impersonation during e-assessment can be combated by invigilation and microcertification.

I can’t wait for the next one!