4 reasons why you need to be at the Adobe Learning Summit 2017

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Having the opportunity to attend my first conference not too long ago had a huge impact on my outlook towards community based learning. We’ll be following up with more posts specifically around what to expect at ALS 2017, session tracks, speakers,sneak peeks on new tech.

For now, we’ll give you 4 reasons why you should attend ALS 2017 in October at The Mirage in Las Vegas.

 

“They have webinars”, “You would be losing a lot of time”, “It’s an expensive investment”,”There are conferences for learning?”

If you’re already hearing these comments on bringing up the subject of conferences you may already be heading into a spiral to and fro of perceptive reasoning and you may walk away with an extended lunch break and not an airline ticket and a full event pass.

 

I wanted to share my experience on why conferences are and will always be important for the workforce that make things tick around the brick and mortar.

 

The first time I heard about a conference natural human tendency set in “It’s probably an educational way to get some time off in an exotic location”, could not be farther from the truth. When I walked into the main hall where everyone had their stages set up and you could see the software’s on display projecting their prowess, the scent of innovation and the drive to solve real problems was addictive and I was hooked.

 

Meet the one in the video : All influencers and community professionals contribute heavily to our ecosystem through videos and online writings, they conceptualize and create and offer their expertise through these and the chance to meet them in person is invaluable, you get to know how and more importantly why they did it. There is nothing more invaluable meeting someone in person, social media keeps you connected over distances, reading and viewing online still does not fill the gap as much as having a sit down and exchanging ideas that work.

 

Your network is your networth: Meet, mingle, dinner, coffee. The way to someone’s heart could very well be through their stomach J. The opportunity to strengthen existing relationships and form new ones present themselves at these conferences, at a track or a session you could run into your next client or meet a customer who you could listen to and understand what they need and are aspiring. Customers forge loyalty with brands that are represented with full force in flesh and blood, they relate and most barriers and layers of are broken in that moment.

 

DIOG-Doing it on ground: The expo floor is like a hangar for awesome products, something that makes a process faster, saves cost or just looks infinitely better. Visual interest is followed by the urge to DIY, having an expert demonstrate and applying your idea real time is an experience you would only appreciate at the conference. Yes you can experience them on their websites and read all about them, this is different, you can solve business problems that you forsee upcoming and think through other roadbloacks, 2 heads are always better than one (the power of community and inclusion).

 

Inspiration comes from everywhere: That chair and table at work has invisible chains which have magnets which bring you back to the same cubicle like clockwork, a fresh outlook and perspective can churn your thought process and an innovation and educational enabled conference can do just that.

 

It’s one of the most powerful learning environments being in the same room with like minded people who are out there with you trying to better themselves, learning new techniques and strengthening hard wired practices.

 

It’s about investing in yourself, calling out that I am still learning, not only for myself, my company but for everyone who would meet me professionally and personally. Learning something new which assists in accomplishing a task or solving a problem is like a breath of fresh air and leads to change for the better.

 

If you’re the boss reading this, have faith in the ability of your team, believe that this is an invaluable investment towards their growth an accelerator for their motivation and an opportunity for them to bring back ideas and methods which have been vetted or would have been discovered with them at the helm!

 

The 10th Annual Adobe Learning Summit is on the horizon, the bold future of learning and its related technologies have arrived for us to explore and utilise. Smart is Now, Smart is You.

 

Looking forward to meeting all of you at the conference.Please do share your own thoughts and experiences from past conferences and what you look forward to this year.

Thanks for your time

Bhim

“Think lightly of yourself, and deeply of the world-Myamoto Mushashi”

 

Adobe eLearning RoadshowIThe Complete eLearning Journey | Sydney

The Complete eLearning Journey | Sydney
Tuesday 28 March 2017, 03:00 AM – 05:00 AM
Register: Register
Wouldn’t it be great if you could take charge of your eLearning environment right from storyboarding your ideas to generating responsive eLearning courses to being able to effectively deploy and track your learners’ performance?   

With Adobe eLearning solutions, you can: 

1) Give expression to your ideas using Adobe Captivate Draft, the storyboarding app for iPads. 

2) Enrich the storyboards and turn them into responsive eLearning with Adobe Captivate 9. 

3) Deploy, deliver, track and manage your eLearning using Adobe Captivate Prime, the all-new self-service LMS from Adobe.  

4) Deliver your global training live with the world’s leading virtual classroom technology, Adobe Connect.

Join Dr. Allen Partridge in an informative session on how to best use these industry-leading Adobe eLearning solutions to stay ahead and be in control of your eLearning environment. 

Register now as seating is limited. This is a very special eLearning event that should not be missed.  Allen has flown in from the USA to share his insights on global elearning trends.

This meetup is ideal for

- Chief Learning Officers and Directors of Learning
- Corporate Learners in Government and Corporate organisations
- Teacher development including K-12 and Higher Education
- Instructional and Educational Designers
- Human Resource Management
- Learning professionals

Time

0830 – 1030hrs | Australia

Location

Adobe Systems

Tower 2, Level 27 Darling Park

201 Sussex Street, Sydney

New South Wales 2000

Adobe Roadshow IThe Complete eLearning Journey | Melbourne

The Complete eLearning Journey | Melbourne
Friday 31 March 2017, 03:00 AM – 05:00 AM
Wouldn’t it be great if you could take charge of your eLearning environment right from storyboarding your ideas to generating responsive eLearning courses to being able to effectively deploy and track your learners’ performance?   

With Adobe eLearning solutions, you can: 

1) Give expression to your ideas using Adobe Captivate Draft, the storyboarding app for iPads. 

2) Enrich the storyboards and turn them into responsive eLearning with Adobe Captivate 9. 

3) Deploy, deliver, track and manage your eLearning using Adobe Captivate Prime, the all-new self-service LMS from Adobe.  

4) Deliver your global training live with the world’s leading virtual classroom technology, Adobe Connect.

Join Dr. Allen Partridge in an informative session on how to best use these industry-leading Adobe eLearning solutions to stay ahead and be in control of your eLearning environment. 

Register now as seating is limited. This is a very special eLearning event that should not be missed.  Allen has flown in from the USA to share his insights on global elearning trends.

This event is ideal for

- Chief Learning Officers and Directors of Learning
- Corporate Learners in Government and Corporate organisations
- Teacher development including K-12 and Higher Education
- Instructional and Educational Designers
- Human Resource Management
- Learning professionals

Time

0830 – 1030hrs | Australia

Location

The Westin Melbourne
205 Collins Street
Executive Room II

I Think This Applies to the Adobe eLearning Conference in Washington D.C. As Well

I just read this great article by Adam Moran on Why Humans Should Attend Conferences – Like Adobe Summit 2017 and I think it applies to the Adobe eLearning Conference as well. If you are trying to convince your manager why they should fly you to Washington in April and book you into a fancy hotel you might be able to pull some key points from this article:

https://blogs.adobe.com/digitalmarketing/digital-marketing/humans-attend-conferences-like-adobe-summit-2017/

Now if you’re successful, make sure you register for the conference. You don’t want someone else taking your seat:

http://carahevents.carahsoft.com/event/register/21705-web

Showcasing different approaches to building a #CMALT portfolio #ALTC

As part of the 2015 Winter ALTC Conference I am chairing a session on CMALT portfolios, and the creative ways to design and publish them.

This session will showcase three portfolios from recently accredited Certified Members, Elizabeth Charles (Birkbeck), David Watson (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and Daniel Villalba Algas (Sheffield University). Facilitated by David Hopkins (Warwick Business School) we will focus on exploring different approaches to building CMALT portfolios and discuss how different job roles can be reflected.

In preparation for this event we’d appreciate your stories, experience, or progress on your journey to CMALT (on-going, completed, passed, failed, given up, etc.) by dropping a pin on our Padlet notice board.

If you have the time please join us online for the webinar Showcasing different approaches to building a CMALT portfolio – Wednesday December 9th, 2015, at 9:30AM.

Image source: ALT (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

I’m going to … #altc

As part of the 2015 ALTC conference a few PDFs were provided, in a flipped classroom approach, for us to advertise our thoughts, expectations, or hopes for our time at the conference. I decided to draw mine, here it is. What’s yours?

ALTC 2015 Sketchnote

Image source: David Hopkins (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Gearing up for #ALTC 2015

So, with only two weeks to go before this years ALT conference (ALTC) it’s time to start making sense of the programme and sessions, see what’s happening and when, and then trying to work out how to be in several places at once.

So, after a first pass at the ALTC programme here are my plans, subject to change once I spend more time reading more of the abstracts and changing my mind. I think I may need to compare notes with someone who can get to some of the sessions I miss? 

ALTRC 2015 Programme

Other ways I’m getting ready and gearing up for ALTC is making sure I have the necessary ‘stuff’ around me, and working, now so I won’t be rushing on the days before hand. Perhaps the most important is to have enough power with me for phone and tablet, for this I’ll be taking a wall charger as well as an Anker Astro Mini battery.

For note and sketchnotes I’ll be taking both my old, not quite full notebook I’ve used at previous events and my new ALT Moleskine notebook (thank you ALT!)

As always I’ll really enjoy the sessions as well as catching up with old friends, and making new ones .. and meeting ‘virtual’ friends for the first time. So please come and say hello, either in the sessions or in the down-time between (and at the evening events!)!

Big question .. how many sketchnotes can I get this year? Comments?

Image source: Mike Kniec (CC BY 2.0)

Future of Technology in Education #FOTE14

This post is definately posted under ‘better late than never’!

I made a choice in 2013 to miss FOTE due to a couple of reasons, but I’m glad I went this year.

The line up this year seemed it was going to give me more of what I was looking for – education and technology, in a present/future perspective. I already knew what to expect from the likes of Steve Wheeler, James Clay, Miles Metcalfe, and David Coplin. The inclusion of the panel discussion would be an interesting concept, not one I’ve seen work well in a conference/event location before, and the start-up pitchfest.

Right from the start I wasn’t sure whether I’d tweet or sketchnote, or just sit and listen:

#FOTE14 - tweet, sketchnote, or listen?

In the end (actually, quite quickly) I was doing all three. Again! It seems I like the variety the different options gives me: I can engage in sharing and the backchannel on Twitter if I like (or not). I can sketch something that I either want to refer back to or investigate further, or not. Or I can enjoy the speaker and immerse myself in the experience, which or course I can do just as well when I’m doing all three.

To that, here are my sketches from the day:

#sketchnotes from #FOTE14

#sketchnotes from #FOTE14

Full size versions are available on Flickr: hopkinsdavid / Flickr

Also a huge thanks to Martin Hawksey (again) for his amazing TAGSExplorer archive. I’ve still to explore this amazing resource properly but if you click on an individuals name you can see all their individual tweets, replies, and mentions. The best bit, for me, is the ability to replay the interactions and conversations as a time-line, watching them enfold and grow. Click the image below to access TAGSExplorer and ‘play’.

TAGSExplorer / Martin Hawksey, FOTE14

Luddites #altc

Here’s what I learned last week … to call someone a Luddite, in the context of someone who is reluctant to be involved or get involved in technology, is wrong.

Hang on, back up a bit. At ALTC last week Audrey Watters spent a whole hour walking us through technology in history and literature without actually talking about technology at all. From Frankenstein’s monster to Luddites I learned more then than in any single History or literature lesson at school! Yes, really.

So, what’s wrong with Luddites? Well, nothing really, but it’s how we use the term when referring to colleagues who ‘fight’ against technological change or development. Audrey set all of us straight on this – the history of Luddites, and our use of the term, is far from fear of technology or technological change.

I was inspired by Audrey to find out more about Luddites to better understand why I’ve had it wrong for so long. From this article on the Smithsonian website – What the Luddites Really Fought Against – I have a much fuller understanding that “the original Luddites were neither opposed to technology nor inept at using it.”

The brief historical perspective here is that the Luddites existed at a time of change in the UK, a time when industrial revolution was taking manufacturing into a new realm of mass production and large factories. The misconception about Luddites is that they opposed this new direction, the new factories and production techniques. Many of those who were involved in the remonstrations against the factories were “highly skilled machine operators” already embracing the technology. No, what they opposed was the ownership and control the companies who implemented the technologies had over their workers, and the protests started around the need for “more work and better wages“.

Luddites

As with some highly emotive protests, historical and recent, the situation escalated and violence ensued. While some protests that were labelled as being organised by Luddites were centred around, for example, knitting looms, the Luddites themselves “confined their attacks to manufacturers who used machines in what they called ‘a fraudulent and deceitful manner’ to get around standard labor practices.

Bring this forward to the modern classroom, and this article – Towards a Luddite Pedagogy – brings this knowledge into sharp focus. The modern “Luddite pedagogues will wield a [metaphorical] hammer, but they won’t see any urgency in bringing it down on trivial things like touch-screen gadgetry. Instead, the targets lie elsewhere.”

So, Luddites do not oppose development or advancement. They do not oppose technology in any form. To brand someone a Luddite is to acknowledge their understanding of the implication and application of technology in the setting described. To call someone a Luddite is to show respect to their moral and ethical consideration of the use of technology?

So, being a Luddites is, well, a compliment?

Image source: Mark Cassal (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)