My DevLearn 2014 Experience

It’s been 10 days since I got home from DevLearn 2014 in Las Vegas, and I’ve almost recovered! This was the first L&D conference that I have attended but not really “attended.” By that, I mean that I didn’t sit in on a single concurrent sessions or visit an expo booth. Instead, thanks mostly to the eLearning Guild (props to David...

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5 OTHER things you should do before heading to DevLearn 2014

Every major industry conference is preceded by a cacophony (credit to Brandon Carson for that gem of a word) of blog posts about how to best prepare for the event. Well, here’s another one. However, rather than reiterate the importance of session schedule preparation (always pick at least 2 or 3 per slot), keynote research (read their books), and personal...

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QUESTION: What will learning look like in 2024? (#LRN2024)

ANSWER: The same … Well, it’s not quite that simple. As a precursor to their #GuildChat series, the eLearning Guild hosted a Twitter chat about the (possible) future of learning last Friday (09/05/2014). David Kelly (programming/curation guru from the Guild) also challenged L&D folks to share their thoughts via other media (blog, comment, video, discussion, etc.) on his latest Twist post. While no one...

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Practical Applications for Workplace Social Tools – Tacit Knowledge

I’m partnering with Learn Camp to deliver Breaking Down Silos – 5 Practical Applications for Social Tools in the Modern Workplace on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 2pm EST.  Before I claim to know what I’m talking about during the webinar, I’m organizing my thoughts on workplace social technology in a series of blog posts. Here’s post #2 – social technology and hunt for tacit knowledge. Does this...

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Practical Applications for Workplace Social Tools – Onboarding

I’m partnering with Learn Camp to deliver Breaking Down Silos – 5 Practical Applications for Social Tools in the Modern Workplace on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 2pm EST.  Before I claim to know what I’m talking about during the webinar, I’m organizing my thoughts on workplace social technology in a series of blog posts. Here’s post #1 – social technology in employee onboarding....

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My Top 10 Tools for Learning (2014)

As far as I’m concerned, Jane Hart = GOOD STUFF in the world and learning and performance. Beyond her insightful, thought-leader posts and other development offerings (which I have not experienced but hear only good things), she also drives the annual Top 100 Tools for Learning survey. This is a cool opportunity for everyone who uses tech tools for learning (which would be...

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My 6 Favorite ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Videos (and a few other takeaways)

I won’t waste time in this post arguing the merits of the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. My former Disney peer Andrea Levine already said it all in her post An Open Letter to Haters (mad props, yo). Yes, it’s a good thing. No, it won’t solve the problem. Yes, some people don’t get it. But, it’s raising money AND (more importantly) awareness. Plus,...

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5 BIG Reasons I’m Heading to DevLearn 2014

The eLearning Guild has already published its Top 10 Reasons to Attend DevLearn this October along with a pile of insightful endorsements from industry practitioners in their TWIST Blog. While I struggle with Halloween costume ideas for my time at the conference (currently torn between going as Clark Quinn or the Serious eLearning Manifesto), I figured I’d share my 5 BIG reasons for...

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6 Things We Need to STOP Doing in Email

CAUTION – This blog post isn’t an attempt at insightful, thought-provoking, discussion-starting writing. It’s a rant – pure and simple. But, I hope it’s a rant with which you can identify. After all, I can’t be the only one thinking about this stuff (can I)?!?! Email isn’t work. It’s just not. For most people, email is the thing that distracts you...

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My Pretend Session Schedule for ASTD ICE 2014

For the first time in 5 years, I won’t be attending this week’s ASTD International Conference and Exposition. Between my plans to attend DevLearn in October, TechKnowledge in January, and Learning Solutions in March and the fact that ICE is back in Orlando in 2015, it was time to take a year off from the big show. But, that doesn’t mean...

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