E-Learning Council is proud to introduce our fantastic ELS 2011 Austin Speakers!
| The Five Superpowers of Learning for the Digital Age
Anders Gronstedt – President, Gronstedt Group
A new breed of game-savvy, socially-networked people are entering your work force, with little patience for the traditional doldrums of one-way, eLearning 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:
Anders Gronstedt, Ph.D. is the president of the Gronstedt Group, which helps global companies like Coldwell Banker, Deloitte, Dell, HP, Jamba Juice, Volvo Cars, Ericsson, Eli Lilly and United Healthcare improve performance with innovative learning approaches, including next-generation digital simulations, podcasts, vodcasts, mobile learning, social media, gaming and virtual worlds; teaching people the skills they need in a context that’s immersive and energizing. . His articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review and he is the host of the popular weekly virtual world speaking series “Train for Success” (http://www.facebook.com/TrainForSuccess)
| Involved Learning: Using Push and Pull Visual Thinking Methods with the iPad
Allison Crow, M. Ed. – Founder, Crow Hill Conversations
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:
Allison Crow is a professional trainer, facilitator, and executive coach, who specializes in how thinking impacts behavior. She uniquely employs both large-scale and digital communication visual thinking methods in her work. Allison earned a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. Early in her teaching career, she was a pioneer in the use of visuals and technology with elementary and middle school students. This launched her quickly into education technology. Her drive for continuous learning and expansion eventually led Allison to performance coaching and training in the sales industry. In 2009 she successfully launched Crow Hill Conversations, a visual thinking company providing group and individual training and facilitation services for audiences worldwide. She has been hired by Dell, Shell Energy, MAPS Coaching, Educational Alliance Advancement, Keller Williams Reality International, and various non-profits to demonstrate the value of visual thinking in learning situations. Her current studies include advanced coaching skills, neuroscience, leadership, and personal transformation. Allison is also in the process of completing a certification program for graphic coaching.
| Can You Hear Me Now? Using Voice-Over in E-Learning
Aimée Smith – Program Coordinator, TEEX
While a wealth of ‘do-it-yourself’ tools allow for rapid eLearning development, a focus on professional and effective training must be maintained. Citing recent examples from my own eLearning projects, I will share challenges, lessons learned and best practices for effectively incorporating voice-over into online training. Specific topics would include:
Aimée Smith serves as the program coordinator of the Knowledge Engineering Center. Founded in 1999, KEC was an early proponent of web-based training development. With suites of courses targeting the semiconductor manufacturing industry and the supply chain industry, Aimée has worked with Fortune 500 companies and large trade associations to provide web-based training to new and entry-level employees. Aimée also provides custom eLearning instructional design services, along with development and hosting services through KEC’s software development team. Aimee’s interests and experience are centered in software user interface design, training and facilitation, and marketing.
In addition to her work with Knowledge Engineering, Aimée has served TEEX as part of the State Administrative Agency, monitoring use of homeland security funds and assisting jurisdictions across the state with associated training and compliance. Prior to joining TEEX, Aimée worked as a business consultant for a software start-up company, and assisted with curriculum development, research and instruction of Computer Applications in Distribution at Texas A&M University.
Aimée is a two-time graduate of Texas A&M University, earning her MS from the Lowry Mays School of Business in Management Information Systems. She also holds a BS from the Dwight Look College of Engineering in Industrial Distribution.
| Make Learning Memorable
Linda Warren – Instructional Designer, MicroAssist
When we design training we need to think about what is meaningful to our intended audience and design a learning experience that meets their needs. Marketing concepts, motivational factors, knowledge of learning strategies, and adult learning principles can be combined to create remarkable E-Learning. In this session we’ll look at examples of online training and participate in exercises to analyze what makes learning memorable.
Session will focus on:
Linda Warren is MicroAssist’s lead Instructional Designer. With a Masters in instructional technology and a Bachelors in biomedical communications arts, she has lent her E-Learning expertise to graduate level courses at universities, state agencies, and private corporations.
Before bringing her focus to E-Learning, Linda worked as a visual communicator, using static and motion graphics to educate audiences about complex and abstract medical subjects. Her visual art background, college-level teaching experience, and web design work lend themselves naturally to her interest in E-Learning.
|Using Mobile Devices for Post-Training Reinforcement: Lessons from Research and Practice
Keith Cox – Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Mobile Attainment
Research reported in a recent ASTD State of the Industry Report suggests that, on average, only 30% of training participants can accurately recall major concepts 48 hours after completing a training event. And, an even smaller portion of participants actually make changes in their personal or work life to integrate trained strategies and skills. These statistics pose a significant challenge to training managers thinking about how to improve the impact of training on their organization.
However, turning these observations on their heads, when you investigate the relatively small number of training participants who actually succeed in integrating new ideas and skills into their personal or professional habits, one of the lessons that emerges is the importance of small, but consistent and continuous reinforcements in establishing changes in behavioral routines.
The evidence indicates that if you provide post-training reinforcement you can double or triple the number of people translating training into life changes. And, fortunately, in recent years there have been innovations in providing simple, yet effective post-training reinforcement.
In this session we will address:
Keith H. Cox is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for Mobile Attainment, a company providing innovative post-training reinforcement campaigns using text messaging technology. Mr. Cox has over 25 years of experience as both an executive and consultant in technology and information services companies. He has pioneered the development of interactive and web-based educational and electronic publishing products for medicine and co-founded a leading web-based medical education company (IC Axon) which has provided continuing medical education to over 100,000 U.S. physicians and created more than 3,000 custom e-learning modules serving 12 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies.
Keith currently provides business strategy and product development consulting services to a range of small and large companies in pharmaceutical marketing services, publishing, corporate training and web services industries. He has participated in founding and managing venture-backed companies in healthcare eLearning, electronic publishing, energy efficient building systems and digital communications. Keith has been twice nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year for the Greater Philadelphia Region in the annual Ernst & Young recognition award, including advancing as a Finalist in 2002.
He holds an MBA in Finance (with Distinction) from The Wharton School and a MS in Development Sociology from Cornell University.
|Experiencing Social Media in Learning: A True Story
Carlos Oliveira – Vice President, Application Development, Operitel Corporation
The social learning revolution has begun. Today’s learning organization needs to find strategic and effective ways of moving beyond the top-down delivery of content and engage people to succeed at developing their own knowledge, skills, and abilities in the workplace. This session will offer a true story about the successful use of social media in training programs. Learn when social media is effective in a learning organization, and explore the forces that influence behavior within social platforms.
Carlos is the Vice President of Application Development at Operitel Corporation, a leading software and E-Learning development firm based in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. With over ten years of experience in the development of learning solutions for the web, Carlos has a strong strategic focus on the enhancement of existing technologies as well as the implementations of new ones.
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