David McCandless gave a graphically and conceptually insightful talk on the power of visualization at the Callidus Cloud Connections. He demonstrated the power of insight by tapping into the power of our pattern matching cognitive architecture.
12 May 2015
27 March 2015
Juliette LaMontagne closed the Learning Solutions conference with the compelling story of the Breaker project, connecting kids to real world experiences.
26 March 2015
Michael Furdyk gave an inspiring talk this morning about his trajectory through technology and then five ideas that he thought were important elements in the success of the initiatives he had undertaken. He gave lots of examples and closed with interesting questions about how we might engage learners through badges, mobile, and co-creation.
25 March 2015
Tom Wujec gave a discursive and well illustrated talk about how changes in technology were changing industry, ultimately homing in on creativity. Despite a misstep mentioning Kolb’s invalid learning styles instrument, it was entertaining and intriguing.
5 February 2015
I’ve been interested in process, so I attended this month’s Bay Area Learning Design Meetup that showcased LinkedIn’s work on Agile using Scrum for learning design. It was very nice of them to share the specifics of their process, and while there were more details than time permitted to cover, it was a great beginning to understand the differences.
Basically, a backlog is kept of potential new projects. They’re prioritized and a subset is chosen as the basis of the sprint and put on the board. Then for two weeks they work on hitting the elements on the board, with a daily standup meeting to present where they’re at and synchronize. At the end they demo to the stakeholders and reflect. As part of the reflection, they’re supposed to change something for the next iteration.
There’re different roles: a project owner who’s the ‘client’ in a sense (and a relation to who may be the end client). There is a Scrum master who’s responsible for facilitating the group through the steps, and then the team, which should be small but at least represent all the necessary roles to execute whatever is being accomplished.
When I asked about scope, they said that they’ve found they can do about 100 story points (which are empirical) in a sprint, and they may distribute that across some elearning, some job aids, whatever. They didn’t seem too eager to try to quantify that relative to other known metrics, and I understand it’s hard, particularly in the time they had. Here’s the Mindmap:
Allen Interactions also discussed their SAM project (which I know and like), but the mind map didn’t match too well to their usual diagram (only briefly shown at the end), and I ran out of time trying to remedy. It’s better just to look at the diagram ;).
31 October 2014
Belinda Parmar addressed the critical question of women in tech in a poignant way, pointing out that the small stuff is important: language, imagery, context. She concluded with small actions including new job description language and better female involvement in product development.
30 October 2014
Beau Lotto gave a very interesting keynote that built from perceptual phenomena to a lovely message on learning.
29 October 2014
Neil deGrasse Tyson opened this year’s DevLearn conference. A clear crowd favorite, folks lined up to get in (despite the huge room). In a engaging, funny, and poignant talk, he made a great case for science and learning.
28 August 2014
Kris Duggan spoke on gamification at the Bay Area Learning Design & Technology MeetUp. He talked about some successes at his Badging role and then his new initiative bringing gamification more intrinsically into organizations. He proposed five Goal Science rules that resonated with other principles I’ve heard for good organizations.
25 June 2014
Karen McGrane evangelized good content architecture (a topic near to my heart), in a witty and clear keynote. With amusing examples and quotes, she brought out just how key it is to move beyond hard wired, designed content and start working on rule-driven combinations from structured chunks. Great stuff!