I attended the DevLearn conference last week. As usual it was a very interesting conference with great keynotes and sessions. I had the privilege of presenting two sessions. A concurrent session on: Trends leading to the end of the LMS, and I hosted a morning buzz discussion on WYSIWYG versus WYSIWYM. A white paper based on the trend session is available to download.
I attended a lot of sessions and wrote quite a few posts. In this post I will give an overview of all the posts I wrote so you can decide which one you may want to read in its entirety. Click on the title of any post to see the complete posting.
This session was an interesting discussion about knowledge management. A key outcome identified that an organization can’t manage knowledge but can facilitate it. To manage and facilitate knowledge successfully, an organization needs to use taxonomies (meta data) curation, and one central tool.
Keynote: Niel de Grasse Tyson: Science literacy and the future of work
The opening Keynote: Devlearn’s theme is exploring the new learning universe. Neill deGrasse Tyson is a scientist and he gave a great keynote. His message is quite simple: we need people who can solve problems and innovate. Our educational system (he was speaking mostly about the USA) is not focused on this at all. It is not about gaining knowledge but about learning how to think and solve problems. I created a small mind map with some of his quotes.
Session: Learning and performance ecosystems
This was a presentation given by Marc Rosenberg and Steve Foreman on ecosystems. It gave a good overview of the components and it served as a prelude to a Guild whitepaper due in November.
Session: Trends leading to the end of the LMS
This was my own session which was well attended and I enjoyed giving. I discussed eLearning trends I see that will rock our world. The disappearance of the LMS will not be the only consequence. It will include the way we create content, the content itself, the way we deliver it, the way we organize it — all this will change rapidly and fundamentally. This presentation is in the conference app for download, but it contains mostly images and a video. Easygenerator created a whitepaper with much more detailed information that you can download at https://www.easygenerator.com/13-trends-leading-end-lms/
DevLearn Day Two opening keynote. Beau Lotto is a neuroscientist. He explained how the brain works and how assumptions will determine what we see or hear. Conclusion: Based on how the brain works the only way to really learn is through play!
Session: Craig Weiss: top 10 authoring tools of 2014
This was Craig’s overview of the authoring landscape, trends and his top10 picks. Unfortunately Easygenerator did not make his top 10 this year, but you can check us out yourself. Despite not being on the top 10, it was still a great and informative session. He does know the landscape well.
Session, Lisa Minogue: What organizations can learn from the MOOC experience
The speaker presented lessons learned from MOOCs that can be applied to corporate learning. One of the most interesting ideas is to reuse MOOCS content and wrap your corporate context around them.
Session: The impact of wearable technology on performance support
This session covered two hot topics: Wearable devices and performance support. David gave lots of examples with the warning that this is happening today, and to make sure you’re aware of it. It will come fast and will change our world, so start preparing. David has a page with all the details and more.
Morning buzz: WYSIWYG is dead
This was the session I hosted WYSIWYG versus WYSIWYM. In a WYSIWYG environment, as an author you work in an application that will show you the content in exactly the same way as the learner will see it. Instructional designers like this because it gives you control. You can determine exactly where something will be. But with the rise of mobile devices the responsive publications came. Now, publication software determines, based on the device and screen size, where to place content on the screen, so it will fit that screen. The question is what will we need in the future.
This was a great presentation about filling the gap between the real world and our instructional design world. It talked about enabling users to create content instead of doing it all yourself. It was a thought provoking and inspiring session.
This is my ‘wrap up’ post. My conclusion is not positive. I see a growing gap between the audience (instructional designers and managers) and the presenters, and an even greater gap between the audience and the real business world.