Road Trip USA – Vegas & Richmond
Las Vegas and Richmond, USA | Some of the B Online Learning team have spent the last few weeks in the USA.
We like to travel every few years to keep up to date with industry happenings and more importantly to see what’s on the horizon. What was obvious this trip is how far Australia have progressed in the last few years that we are getting closer to even ground.
Las Vegas – DevLearn
The adventure started in Las Vegas at the DevLearn 14 Conference.
In a nutshell here are the sessions that inspired me and some screenshots:
- How Technology is Changing the Future of Learning by David Kelly (@LnDDave)
- The Future of Learning: The Mee Vision slides by Jane Bozarth this was a great session with a few presenters – see my favourite mem below.
- Ian Huckabee (@WeejeeLearning) describing Ways xAPI can improve elearning design
- Tom Kuhlmann (@TomKuhlmann) sharing his experience on building an online community. I heard the Articulate community now have 140,000 members so this is good advice from someone that knows how.
- Designing User-friendly Navigation for eLearning by Nicole Legault (@Nicole_Legault) Articulate Community Manager
- David Kelly has posted curated resources on the back channel here.
Michael Allen‘s presentation about the eLearning manifesto explored the differences between traditional eLearning and serious eLearning, which is available here and well worth a look. It was great to see how similar our Master eLearning Course, now in its 5th year, is to his suggested best practice delivery model.
Memorable quotes from Michael’s session:
- Put people at risk – active eLearning – people start thinking about the consequences of what may happen, which is the prerequisite to learning. They start making decisions on likely outcomes.
- Fun gaming provides a playful and therefore memorable learning experience.
- Performance strength comes from meeting challenges that are not too hard or too easy.
- Spaced practice – Time between short practice sessions should increase to maximise retention.
- People use there brains more if its not immediately presented – a trick to increase effectiveness, is to delay the measure of learning.
- Optimal use of learning is to provide a sense of overlearning.
It was great to catch up with Tom and David from Articulate and hopefully will see you guys in 2015.
Articulate Training Partner Summit – Las Vegas
Next we had the inaugural Articulate training partner Summit. Articulate global footprint has expanded, much to the translation capability of Articulate Storyline 2 and to this end, the partner network has expanded from UK and Australia to China, France, Malaysia with other locations about to be added.
The goal of the network is to ensure consistency and a quality delivery approach, the program is endorsed by Articulate and regularly updated to meet their standards. The Summit was a thinking pot of ideas with improvements for the training and learning what others are doing and how we can build on the synergies between clients around the world, to ultimately provide a better experience for all.
I have to mention, before I move on to our next destination, for future travellers to Vegas the Premium Outlet North is a must for top brand bargain shopping. And there was time for fun at the tables and restaurants and casinos and shows and . . . . well what happens in Vegas .!
Articulate Storyline 2 Training – Richmond, Virginia
We are already developing in Articulate Storyline 2 for clients, and used it during the Beta testing, so we have had experience with the new features and functionality. But we had the opportunity to attend the first Articulate Storyline 2 Certified Training Session in Richmond, and to catch up with our friends and partners Yukon Learning.
The program has not only been updated to include the new features but also structured to accommodate people that are upgrading from Storyline 1. Day 3 provides the perfect day. It introduces new features with some excellent activities that build on the skills you already know.
Similar to our training in Australia, the group was diverse – varied industries (eg airlines, health, education, business, community organisations) and skill level – from eLearning beginners to people that have been designing for years.
I’ve watched the training quite a few times but it never ceases to amaze me how I always learn something new and pick up tips to speed up the development process. Participants enthusiasm as the features are explored is also inspiring. They learn from the expert facilitator but also from sharing each others experiences.
Special thanks to the Yukon Learning team for their hospitality – Chris, Ron, Charles, John, Brooke, Stefanie, Kim, Raye – to name just a few. It was great to meet their talented development team and see some of the great work they have done.
It’s been a busy 2 weeks and the motivation level is at an all time high. The connections we have and the new ones formed place us in an enviable position.
Next stop New York for the Articulate Sales Partner Summit.