I only attended the first day but found it to be action-packed with keynotes, breakout sessions and a great expo area. I was disappointed to see how few people there were tweeting, but I did manage to meet almost all of those who were. It just goes to show Twitter is indeed a very social tool! I recommend following these fantastic people: @ryantracey @rhysatwork @MarnieBristow @roseg @mdoriean @mylearningspace @Janebozarth
So, here are my top 7 takeaways from Day one of the LearnX Conference:
- Dr Jane Bozarth: "Social Media for Trainers: Extending learning, building community"
- Environmental scans are great because people do not argue with their own data
- Traditional model of learning = structured events: It's vain and naive to think this is what makes a difference in an employee's career
- As much as 80% of learning seems to occur outside of the classroom
- Adobe Team and Philip Roy: "Delivering engaging eLearning to your organisation with best practices learnt from experience"
- Les Lisz: "Running L&D like a business"
- Ask yourself - could your people do their jobs the way you want them to if their lives depend on it? If the answer is 'yes' it's not a skills gap and you shouldn't be looking for a training solution.
- Ian Whitehouse and Chris Toselli (GlobalNet ICT): "Design and development strategies for engaging programs, including m-learning"
- Tania Tytherleigh: "Learning Leaders - Build and maintain learner connections"
- 'Connection' is most important to being a great trainer: likeability, being connected with your content and showing passion
- Connect with learners in session using music, props, matching body language, matching tone and language, experiences, skills, stories and beliefs
- Rhys Moult: "DIY ID: Releasing your inner Instructional Designer"
- Explore and make use of free tools - Rhys mentioned Google Drawing, part of Google Apps
- Learn some html
- Dr Helena Popovic: "The X Factor for Xcellence"
- Every event in our lives is neutral until we apply a label to it ie. a good event or a bad event
I'm looking forward to LearnX 2011!