E-Learning Symposium 2011 Houston Speakers

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E-Learning Symposium 2011
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Master of Ceremonies | John Gillis

Dr. John Gillis, Jr. is a Partner with First Order Consulting, focusing on Global Talent Management and providing clients with consulting and implementation expertise in leadership, learning and development, organizational development, performance management, succession planning, and career development. With a focus on change management and strategic business value, Mr. Gillis delivers implementations impacting human capital. Mr. Gillis was a Human Performance Management Consultant for Accenture, Certified Management Consultant for IBM’s Strategic Change and Business Transformation solution groups, HR Outsourcing Performance Consultant and Business Development for Convergys, Leadership Resources for The Center for Creative Leadership, and a Malcolm Baldrige Quality Examiner.

Social Learning | Jane Hart, Ralph Mercer, Sanjay Nasta

Sanjay Nasta, founding member of the E-Learning Council, will moderate a panel of Social Learning experts, including Jane Hart and Ralph Mercer. Social Learning has been around since the first caveman showed his buddy how to light a fire, but the increase in communication and connectivity brought about by the internet and mobile devices have taken social learning to a limitless new level.

The panel will discuss:

  • What is Social Learning?
  • How do you help your organization embrace Social Learning?
  • How do you focus your Social Learning towards organizational goals?

Five Superpowers of Disruptive Learning and Communications | Anders Gronstedt 

A new breed of game-savvy, socially-networked people are entering your workforce, with little patience for the traditional doldrums of one-way E-Learning and webinar dronathons. They want to be engaged, in control, and part of the storyline, with learning that focuses on doing, simulating, socializing, playing, sharing, and collaborating. How are you reaching out and energizing a dispersed organization of digital nomads? In this session, we’ll discuss five design principles of the digital age:

  • Tell a story: Hollywood-style, character-rich, story-centered learning simulations are redefining learning by doing.
  •  Play a game: Game concepts such as points, levels, time pressure, and cut scenes make learning engaging.
  • Make it social: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and similar company internal social networks are embedding learning in every-day work processes and connecting people with each other.
  • Make it immersive: A new generation of browser-based, high fidelity 3-D virtual simulations are energizing learning.
  • Make it mobile: Podcasting and mobile and location based apps are changing the paradigm from employees coming to the class room to the class room coming to the employees.

How to Become a Rapid E-Learning Pro | David Anderson 

Rapid E-Learning is all the rage. And it makes sense. With the current economic situation, organizations are trying to find ways to bring their training online that is both effective and efficient. Rapid E-Learning meets those needs because the tools are effective and generally easy to use. And because they require no special programming skills, you can get up to speed quickly. In this session, we’ll look at the three core areas of becoming a rapid E-Learning pro.

  • How to Get Results with Rapid E-Learning: Explore E-Learning strategies and course authoring technology
  • Quickly Create Reusable Assets: Learn to create E-Learning assets and templates that can be shared and used across course
  • Develop Rapid Instructional Design Models: Look at some instructional design models that work well with rapid E-Learning to create effective courses that impact performance

Involved Learning: Using Push and Pull Visual Thinking Methods with the iPad | Allison Crow

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” – Chinese Proverb Visual thinking practices engage attention and emotion in the brain. Using hand-drawn visuals, or doodles, contributes to both efficient and emotional learning. Efficient learning helps synthesis and recall of mass amounts of information. Emotional learning results in deeper engagement that can lead to greater retention, action, and implementation. Visual thinking methods also stimulate individual creativity in thinking, while at the same time producing documentation in an attention-grabbing visual reference. These processes combined with new technologies provide a fresh and effective invitation for learners to rediscover the joy of exploring ideas while expanding learning. Participants in this session will engage in a brief conversation on the value of visual thinking and will experience the process of creating both a visual push and a visual pull of information ready for course integration or social media distribution. In this session, participants will experience:

  • Review and collaborative conversation on why visual thinking is so powerful
  • Introduction of how to replace words with visuals
  • Example creation of “push of content” using viz-notes on the iPad: demonstration of and conversation on potential applications
  • Example creation of “pull of information” through visual templates on the iPad: demonstration of and conversation about potential application

Science in 3D, The Glass Horse | Flint Buchanan

Creating impactful educational tools requires skillsets across many disciplines, and those skillsets must constantly evolve as new technologies and more sophisticated audiences emerge.  In a well-functioning team, content experts must work together with artists, instructional designers, and programmers to develop a shared vision.  The Glass Horse Project, winner of the 2007 Netter Award for Excellence in Medical Education and the 2009 Vesalius Trust Certificate of Excellence, is one example of such a team at work.

This presentation will cover our process of development, testing, and implementation, as well as how this process has changed for us over the past decade.  In so doing, it will chart a trajectory showing not only where digital media in education has been, but more importantly, where it is going.

Selecting a Learning Management System | Hiram Kuykendall

Selecting a Learning Management System for your department of organization is one of the critical decisions in your learning program. Learning Management Systems are a large investment, and not only control the management of the learning process, but can limit and control your content. Learn how to choose the correct LMS for your organization from an experienced technical leader. We’ll review questions you should be contemplating before you engage a Learning Management System vendor, as well as:

  • What is a Learning Management System
  • User Management: Authentication and Enrollment
  • Course Management: Catalogs VS Courses
  • Reporting: Sharable Content Object Reference Model
  • Host: Internal or SAaS
  • Open Source LMS Overview: Docebo and Moodle

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