CEO of Easygenerator

Day 2 of the conference. I started the day with the keynote session, before the keynote some announcements were made. Joe Ganci received a guild master award from the eLearning guild and rightfully so. Great guy, always presenting, writing, reviewing and moderating.

Eric Berg of Lingos got on stage to announce the 2013 global give back competition, I’m an ambassador for Lingos, it is a great organization that helps non-profit organizations that work internationally with eLearning facilities. They help people who do well, do even better. This year there will be an global give back competition again (, your chance to contribute to this great organization. Get involved, donate your time and talent, it is a course and an organization worth supporting!

Key note: Daniel Coyle, Author and Contributing Editor to Outside Magazine
What makes high performance, what bridges the space between being bad and being great are the questions he started out with. We are told that becoming great is about your talent, hard work and passion. In order to find out if this is true he visited ‘hot beds’ that develop high performing people, looking for patterns.

What have high performers in common? They have all spent 10.000 hours learning their craft. Practice is magical and trans formative. What makes people learn? You learn when you have to struggle. When you present someone with all complete crystal clear information, they will not learn. When the information is not complete you are challenged to process this info, which enhances retainment. Making mistakes will make you learn, you need to push yourself to the limits, forcing mistakes. When you correct your mistakes they will trigger your brain into learning. Learning happens in a space where you are pushed to your boundaries and are allowed to make mistakes and fix them.

In your brain neurons will grow when used a lot, building better ‘wiring’ in your brain. This is why practice is so useful. It will deliver signals much faster when they have grown. Practice grows broadband connections in your brain! It will take 10.000 hours to make it perfect.

Daniel has three ‘habits’ that enhances great learning, we  can learn from this.

Habit 1: Maximize reachfulness

  • Ruthlessly eliminate passive learning
  • Aim for the 60-80% sweet spot
  • Check reps Gauge
    • Reaching the edge of your ability and repeating
    • High level of emotional engagement
    • Is there purposeful action?
    • Is there swift feedback?

This takes a lot of energy, how do you motivate someone to put in the work? Does passion comes from the inside? Fast runners all are the youngest of their family. Because they were always challenged by their older siblings that were older and faster. You are motivated if you can make a connection to a role model.

Habit 2: Fill the Windshield

  • Promote staring
  • Encourage stealing
  • Create a mistake club

The world is a learning contest and we are the coaches. What makes a good coach? Coaches know a lot and talk a lot. Coaches are older, are able to connect to student. Great coaches don’t give long inspiring talks, but they will give short burst of inspirational information

Habit 3: Communicate like a coach

  • Connect
  • No speeches, sent short vivid information to individuals
  • Praise for effort, not ability

CMI-5 and XAPI (Tin Can API), Bill McDonald, Kris RockwellIt took me a while to figure the meaning of TinCan and I understood the impact it can have on our learning community, but I never understood why we have two competing standards (Scorm and AICC), and now there is a new standard emerging CMI-5 based on TinCan. So I was lost again. I attended this session and now I finally understand how it all fits together and where it is going. here is the story, I hope you can follow it, if you can it will help you.

The AICC developed in the early 1990 the AICC standard. Later on the ADL was formed and they wanted a more extended standard, based on the AICC specs. But they got into a technical argument (http vs API or something like that). So the ADL developed Scorm in a different (technical) way and we ended up with two standards. Both the ADL and AICC where working on a new generation of standards. ADL announced TinCan (version one will be out shortly) and the AICC worked on CMI-5. The TinCan announcement got a lot of attention, because it is more open and it facilitates the recording of learning experiences outside the LMS (mobile!). The problem with TinCan is that while it is very cool we don’t now exactly what to do with it. How will the fact that we can record learning experiences influence our learning design?? Tincan supports a learning model that we can envision (a bit) but that we don’t have yet. Scorm and AICC support the current model with reporting through a LMS. And this is where CMI-5 comes into play. The AICC will build CMI-5 based on TinCan but it will expand TinCan with the in-LMS tracking and tracing we are used to, replacing both Scorm and AICC standards we are currently using.

Pfff a whole story.To cut a long story short, we will end up with one standard based on Tincan and it can do reporting on learning inside a LMS and outside a LMS. That seems to be a very good thing (I think). Sometimes I feel a bit stupid not understanding all of this at once, but I guess I’m not the only one.

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