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E-Learning conferences in Australia in 2020

8 January 2020

The iconic “2020” has dawned.

What does it mean for digital learning?

Let’s find out…

Sydney Opera House at night

EDIT: The COVID-19 pandemic may affect these events. Please refer to the event’s website for more information.

International Conference on E-Learning and Distance Learning
Sydney, 30-31 January 2020

International Conference on Virtual and AR Simulations
Sydney, 14-16 February 2020

Blended Learning & Innovation Summit
Sydney, 24-27 February 2020

iDESIGNX
Sydney, 26 February 2020

AITD Conference
Sydney, 17-18 March 2020

National FutureSchools Festival
Melbourne, 18-19 March 2020

International Conference on Mobile Learning Technology and Online Education
Sydney, 26-27 March 2020

#play14
Sydney, 17-19 April 2020

Learning & Development Leadership Summit
Sydney, 29-30 April 2020

International Conference on Education and E-Learning
Perth, 8-9 May 2020

Strategy & Innovation World Forum
Sydney, 13-14 May 2020

Online & e-Learning Summit
Melbourne, 18-20 May 2020

Melbourne Learning Summit
Online, 18 June 2020

EdTEchSA State Conference
Adelaide, 9-10 July 2020

The Learning Conference
Online, 3-5 August 2020

Australian Digital Workplace Conference
Melbourne, 18-19 August 2020

Future Work Summit
Melbourne, ? August 2020

FuturistiX
Melbourne, 16-17 September 2020

L&D Innovation & Tech Fest
Sydney, 26-27 October 2020

Future Work Summit
Sydney, ? October 2020

Learn@Work
Sydney, 9-10 November 2020

CEBIT Australia
Sydney, TBA

If you’re aware of another Australian conference relevant to e-learning professionals, please let me know and I’ll add it to the list!

Less is more

3 December 2019

Well that’s my excuse, anyway.

2019 has been a tumultuous year for me, so I haven’t been able to write as much as I have in previous years.

Nonetheless, I hope the few articles I was able to publish proved useful and worthwhile.

Here they are again in case you missed them or fancy a refresh…

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20 real-world examples of Augmented Reality

As with VR, there’s plenty of talk out there about how wonderful AR is and the incredible potential it offers us. But I’m more interested in what people in the real world are currently doing with this emerging technology.

The L&D maturity curve

By looking through the lens of “Performance First”, an L&D team can work backwards to focus its energy on where it’s needed.

Micro-learning’s unsung sibling

While I’m an advocate of micro-learning, a less buzzy but perhaps just-as-important variant is micro-assessment.

5 podcasts every e-learning professional should listen to

If like me you’re just getting started with podcasts, or perhaps you’re looking for another one to add to your subscription, I offer you 5 of my favourites.

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I wish you loads of joy over the Christmas season, and I look forward to reconnecting with you in 2020!

5 podcasts every e-learning professional should listen to

3 July 2019

…or should that be “to which every e-learning professional should listen”? Never mind, I can end a sentence with a preposition if I want to.

Arcane grammar jokes aside, I’m a late bloomer to podcasts. While everyone else was apparently obsessed with them, they never really appealed to me until I starting taking long trips on the bus. Now I’m hooked.

As many of my peers will attest, there’s no shortage of podcasts directed to the L&D practitioner. In fact, the sheer volume of options can be overwhelming.

If like me you’re just getting started with podcasts, or perhaps you’re looking for another one to add to your subscription, I hereby offer you 5 of my favourites.

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1. Learning Uncut

Produced by three of the best in the business – namely, Michelle Ockers, Karen Maloney and Amanda Ashby – Learning Uncut recently celebrated its first birthday.

Over the course of the past year, Michelle and Karen have interviewed an impressive cross-section of experts in my corner of the globe. The episode featuring Nic Barry is a standout.

2. The Learning & Development Podcast

A new comer to the podcasting scene, The Learning & Development Podcast is hosted by David James.

David’s view of our profession largely mirrors my own (hence he is a genius) and I consider his interview with Simon Gibson a must-hear.

3. Learning is the New Working

Given his experience as Microsoft’s Chief Learning Officer, Chris Pirie’s Learning is the New Working is well worth a listen.

Chris reaches out to people around the world whom I haven’t heard of before (to be perfectly honest) which is welcome because they diversify my feed.

4. The eLearning Coach Podcast

No self-respecting e-learning professional would fail to devour Connie Malamed’s The eLearning Coach blog, which she complements admirably with The eLearning Coach Podcast.

What I love about Connie’s expertise is her focus on practicality. Thought leadership is great and all, but how do we apply it to our work?

5. Hardcore History

While educational, Hardcore History isn’t about education. I include it in my list of faves however because it flies in the face of contemporary notions of instructional design.

Each episode spans several hours and frankly I could listen to Dan Carlin talk all day. Despite the hoopla over micro-learning (which, for the record, I advocate) clearly one size does not fit all.

My point is it’s healthy for we professionals to continually re-assess our own philosophies by appreciating contrarian approaches – especially those that are raging success stories!

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If you’d like more ideas for what an e-learning professional should do, check out the following blog posts by yours truly:

And these by my friend Matt Guyan:

E-Learning conferences in Australia in 2019

2 January 2019

Guess what… it’s less than a year to the iconic “2020”.

I wonder what will emerge in the lead-up to this futuristic milestone for so many talkfests gone by.

Now is the time for action and I sincerely hope our PD calendar is dominated by demonstrations and showcases.

C’mon Aussies, let’s lead by example…

The National Carillon on Aspen Island in central Canberra, Australia.

International Conference on E-Learning and Distance Learning
Sydney, 30-31 January 2019

Learning & Development Leadership Summit
Sydney, 19-20 February 2019

International Conference on Virtual and Augmented Reality Simulations
Perth, 23-25 February 2019

iDESIGNX
Brisbane, 27 February 2019

APAC Totara User Conference 2019
Melbourne, 18-19 March 2019

Learning Disruption
Melbourne, 20 March 2019

National FutureSchools Expo and Conferences
Melbourne, 20-21 March 2019

Digital Disruption X
Sydney, 26-27 March 2019

Learning Disruption
Sydney, 28 March 2019

International Conference on e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies
Hobart, 2-3 May 2019

Online & e-Learning Summit
Melbourne, 7-8 May 2019

National Future Work Summit
Melbourne, 15 May 2019

The Higher Education Technology Agenda
Wollongong, 19-22 May 2019

Australian Workplace Learning Conference
Sydney, 6-7 June 2019

Leading a Digital School Conference
Melbourne, 8-10 August 2019

CanvasCon
Sydney, 13 August 2019

Learning & Development Leadership Summit
Melbourne, 20-21 August 2019

Ignite Asia Pacific
Gold Coast, 16-17 September 2019

FuturistiX Live
Melbourne, 15-16 October 2019
Discount codes to try: IDESIGNX10 or LEARNX10

Future Work Summit
Sydney, 15 October 2019

EdTechPosium
Canberra, 28-29 October 2019

CEBIT Australia
Sydney, 29-31 October 2019
Discount codes to try: CC15OFF or CCEAS19

L&D Innovation & Tech Fest
Sydney, 18-19 November 2019

Eportfolio Forum
Canberra, 20-21 November 2019

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If you are aware of another e-learning related conference down under this year, please let me know and I’ll add it to the list.

My decade of provocation

27 April 2018

On this day 10 years ago, I pressed the “Publish” button on my first ever blog post.

It was a welcome message pitching my corner of the World Wide Web as “a forum to share my thoughts and ideas about everything e‑learning, to explore new tools and technologies, and to highlight trends and changing behaviours in the online world.”

A cupcake with 10 candles.

I initially titled my blog Ryan 2.0 – hence the URL – because “on a personal level, it represents my next big step in our evolving participatory culture. Just as the shift from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 represents a change from one-way transmission to two-way participation on the Internet, the shift from Ryan 1.0 to Ryan 2.0 represents a similar change in myself.”

Early posts such as Text ain’t half bad and Don’t convert… transform! were about getting ideas off my chest and seeing how they fared among my peers. Later posts such as Collateral damage and The 70:20:10 lens have been more about reflection and sense making, accompanied by the joining of dots to generate fresh insights.

I soon re-titled my blog E-Learning Provocateur, not only for unique branding, but also to better convey my intent to provoke deeper thinking in the digital learning space and across L&D more broadly.

Some of my posts have been contrarian, others counter-contrarian. Some such as Taxonomy of Learning Theories and Online courses must die! have proved surprisingly popular, while my annual list of E-Learning conferences in Australia has become somewhat of a tradition.

But it hasn’t all been beer and skittles. As a result of my blogging, I’ve been insulted, trolled, condescended to, and talked at. On the flip side, however, I’ve also been validated, supported, engaged with, and commended. I’m pleased to report the latter interactions have far exceeded the former. By a country mile.

Over the years I’ve encountered peers with a growth mindset, and peers with a fixed mindset. Some of their comments have been constructive, others less so. I’ve agreed with many, disagreed with many others. Plenty of folks have convinced me to change my mind, or at least tweak my original thought. And so I’ve grown intellectually.

Through my various interactions I’ve acquired an allergy to absolutism. I now have the wisdom to recognise declarations such as “X is dead” or “Y doesn’t work” to be nonsensical. What is “right” for you may not be right for me, and vice versa. It’s all circumstantial.

I’ve also significantly raised my profile – both locally & internationally. When a stranger approaches me at a conference to praise my blog, it still blows. my. mind.

Yet at the end of the day, I don’t think I’m that clever. I just strive to be open and honest, sharing my ideas and experiences while respecting those of others.

I also like to think I add a dose of courage. Otherwise I never would have pressed that “Publish” button in the first place.