#LSCON Nick Floro, the future of elearning in 2015

An incredible amount of trends and tips. There is something for everyone here.




#LSCON #ECOCON Keynote @MFurdyk: The future of learning

This was another awesome keynote. I have to confess that I had never heard before of Michael, but he is an impressive guy. He created his first website as a teenager and sold it when he was 17 and became a millionaire. But that is not what impressed me. He decided to put a part of his money and energy into TakingItGlobal. A not for profit organization he started with Jennifer Corriero aimed primarily at youth to raise awareness and discussion on a number of global issues and encourages youth to take action that affects their local and global communities. To do that at the age of 17! That is special. From their website:

“Our Vision: Youth around the world actively engaged and connected in shaping a more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable world.
Our Mission: TakingITGlobal empowers youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges.”

Impressive. It makes you think and wonder, what did I do for meaningful things with my life. On top of that he gave us a great keynote. With insights and also a lot of great practical examples and apps. He shared his presentation through learning exchange, If you are not a member, here is my mind map.

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#LSCON @marcjrosenberg: The training to competency myth

Marc presented the journey to competency. Key message: the level of competency determines what kind of learning facilities people need. Competency is not a fixed thing, you need to take the levels into account. I added a photo of one slide, because I could not capture that in my mindmap.

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#LSCON session @bbets: From content to curation, moving your strategy beyond creation

Good session. His key message is content is only the start of a leaning process. he uses a Lego metaphor: Focus less on the blocks (content) and more on the learning. Here is the mind map.

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#ecocon #lscon session @JD_Dillon: How Kaplan build a smarter learning ecosystem

A great presentation on the 5 year journey Kaplan took from old school training to an integrated ecosystem. Inspiring story with great lessons to be learned and practical tips as well. Here is the mind map.


#LSCON and #ECOCON day one

The end of the first day of LSCON and Ecocon. Time for a first retrospective.

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The highlight of today was the opening keynote by Tom Wujec. I wrote a post earlier on this presentation, but it made me think a lot. So I checked him out in more detail. Here is a link to his Marshmallow challenge. My research did not help me much, so for now the conclusion is: He tells us everything will change and that means that we are educating people for jobs and roles that do not exist today. Therefore there is litle sense in training them in the job skills and knowledge. We need to get them ready for a life of life long learning, enabling them with skills for that. On top of that the role of the computer will increase dramatically forcing us to focus on the creative side of things.

Panel and ecosystem

Both the panel on performance support and the ecosystem session I attended were interesting. But there was much more to this day.

I started the day with a morning buzz session of LINGOs. The organization that helps great people doing even greater things, they support 80 NGO’s with eLearning facilities and knowledge. I’m an ambassador for them. We as learning community should support them as much as we can. You can meet them at LSCON (they have a table close to the registration desk) chek in and see what you can do. Not on Orlando, check out their website, especially their volunteer section.

I had a whole bunch of other meetings, some business meetings with which I will not bore you. But I also spoke with Bill Brandon about publishing some articles in the Learning Solution magazine. We came up with some nice ideas. But again, you can do this as well. You can write for the magazine or the twist blog or just publish your content at the new Learning exchange platform that was launched today by the guild. Don’t be shy, your experiences are valuable to other members, so start sharing!

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#LSCON session, Catherinne Lombardozzi: scaffolding learning in the ecosystem

Cool session. Practice vs theory. The theory of ecosystems will tell you that you have to facilitate the learner providing them with all the resources and tools they need to do their job. Catherine has a very practical view. She thinks that you will just overwhelm the learner with information. She sees an ecosystem as a fish tank, an artificial environment set up for a specific purpose. A ecosystem is a scaffolding method for learning. She also has a list of 7 pillars that you need for a succesful participation of the learners.

I do have mixes feelings about her approach. On the one hand it does feel like a practical approach and a great first step in the world of ecosystems.mbut on the other hand it feels like you are patronizing your learners.



#LSCON performance support panel

Panel about performance support. They were in agreement most of the time. it is about changing behavior, in the workplace, by using context and without interfering in the work. Here is my .

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#LSCON keynote Tom Wujec: Return on imagination

The opening keynote of LSCON was interesting. I’m still processing it. Here are some quotes from Tom:

  1. “Pure computer power can mimic natural selection mechanism coming up with a best fit solutions”
  2. “Fostering creativity and innovation will be the role of learning”

What I think that he is telling us is that the way we work and produce in the future will be very different from today. Computers, big data and 3d printers will do a lot of things for us, and they are better at it than we are. As humans we need to focus on creativity and imagination. If this is true we need to educate and train in a very different way. Here is my mind map, but I do have to think on this and read more before I can give a more detailed opinion on this. Conclusion: a great keynote because it really makes me think and wonder on the implications.


People that inspire me: my 5 eLearning heroes

My elearning heroes

Recently I was doing a presentation on eLearning trends. During that presentation I realized that there are just a handful of people driving fundamental change in eLearning. These are the people who really change our landscape and have a big influence on my working eLearning life. So I decided to share these 5 eLearning heroes with you, so you can plug-in to these sources of inspiration as well.

ELearning Hero #1: Jay Cross

Jay Croos in his famous kethup bottle shirt- by  Ignite Gnomedex 2009

Jay Cross in his famous ketchup bottle shirt- by Ignite Gnomedex 2009

Jay is the guy that coined the term eLearning for the first time in 1998. So he is around already for a while. Not only has he been a driver and an advocate for online learning, but he moved beyond. He is also the person that initiated the informal learning movement. His book Informal learning was at least for me the start Informallearning Jay Crossof that. He writes about informal learning at the informl blog. He is the founder of the internet time alliance, a group (Jay Cross, Jane Hart, Harold Jarche, Clarck Quinn and Charles Jennings) that focuses on workplace learning. together they created the great book ‘The working smarter fieldbook’, that is all about workplace learning. You can buy it as a book but they are constantly changing it, you can follow the changes here. So for me if I’m thinking about someone who inspires me in eLearning, it is Jay in the first place. But there is more. He is also a great person. I met Jay for the first time at the Online Educa Conference. He gave a workshop that I attended and we spoke briefly afterwards and exchanged business cards. In 2010 I became CEO of easygenerator, one of the first things I did was writing a mission and vision statement to give clarity to our direction. I was having a lot of doubts on it and decided to mail it to Jay. To my big surprise he did respond and in great detail, it was more than helpful. I was so impressed. He is not only a great inspiration but also a great person. To get inspired, check out this video where Jay is talking about Informal learning.

ELearning Hero #2: Michael AllenMichael Allen

Michael Allen is also someone who is around for a long time, but as with Jay he doesn’t stick to his old ideas, he is an innovator and a driver for change from the very first start of his carreer (he was the man behind the very first authoring tool ‘Authorware’.)  Michael is also one of the leading alleninstructional designers in the world. He fights against boring and bad eLearning and does that in a very constructive way. He wrote a ton of books, all of them are classics and must reads.  He is the CEO of Allen interactions, in my mind one of the leading instructional design firms. His book ‘Michael Allen’s guide to e-Learning’ will cover all the basics on eLearning for you but  I can recommend reading all his other books on instructional design as well. But there is more to Michael. His fight against boring and bad e-Learning. He is one of the instigators of the Serious eLearning manifesto but he is also the founder samof ZebraZaps. ZebraZaps is a tool that will enable you to create all kind of interactive elements for your eLearning, and it is one of the truly innovative tools out there. There is nothing like it. But that is not all. He is also the one that made agile e-Learning development main stream with his book Leaving ADDIE for SAM.  ADDIE is the ‘old’ approach of building eLearning through the so called waterfall model, Sam use agile principles that come out of the world of software development.  And as with all his books it is very practical, it is not just theory, but he shares a lot of practical stuff based on his vast experience. I wrote a book review on this one. Read this interview with Michael Allen, it is a great way to get to know him and his ideas better and to get inspired by him.

ELearning Hero #3: Cathy Moorecathy moore

Cathy Moore is the only one of my heroes that I haven’t met in person, but that does not mean that she inspires me less. As Michael she is an instructional designer that fights boring eLearning. But with a very different approach. Cathy came up with the action mapping approach back in 2008. The approach is very simple but has a huge impact on learning and my thinking about learning. There are four principles:

  1. Identify the business goal
  2. Identify what people need to do (instead of need to know), translate them into actions
  3. Design a (real world) activity for each action that help people practice each behavior
  4. Identify what people really (really?) need to know, add that information

action-mappingThe first big thing is that she connects learning to the business goals, and with that she helps to integrate learning into the business. The second thing is that she points out that learning is about changing behavior, it is about what people do, not what they know. Also a game changer. I wrote several blogs on her ideas because her ideas may have the most direct impact on my work. To get inspired check the action mapping blog and read this interview with Cathy.

ELearning Hero #4: Bob Mosher and Conrad Gottfredsonmosher-gottfredson

I could not decide between them, so I marked them as hero #4 together. They do work at the same company together as well. Our eLearning world is changing rapidly, Workplace learning, retention, performance support and more are all developments that have a big impact on eLearning now and in the near future. It is a real Performance supportstruggle to juggle all these balls. Bob and Conrad came up with a very comprehensive approach that combines all these things and gives you clear guidance in how to make that work. I attended last year a session by them at the Learning Solutions conference that was really an eye opener for me. The have a solution for the ‘Forgetting curve, and they found a way to give you guidance in workplace support as well with their 5 moments of learning needs. I wrote about their ideas Performer support logoseveral times in this blog so check that out for more detail. To make it even more practical they run the performance support community. The best way to get inspired by them is to join that community. It is by invitation only. If you want in, drop me an email @ mail@kasperspiro.com and I will invite you to this community.

ELearning Hero #5: Aaron SilverAaron

Aaron is probably the least famous person of this list, but he is very likely the guy that will have the biggest impact on learning for the next decade. Aaron is the driving force behind TinCan, now


called the XAPI. For more than a decade eLearning was confined in the bounderies of your LMS. We needed (outdated) standards to run our course in a LMS and track results from our learners. To make things worse we also had competitive standards (Scorm and AICC). Aaron is the guy that changed all that. XAPI is a real revolution for learning. First of all it is about tracking and tracing experiences not just formal learning outcomes, that is a big one. The second thing is that it xapiallows tracking and tracing from anywhere (also mobile devices). Freeing us from the tight boundaries of the LMS and opening up a whole new range of possibilities. Third is that it is personal, you can track and trace your experiences and you can decide what or when to capture. It opens up the possibility to build a personal learning and development portfolio, and a lot more. In fact it is so new, that we all still struggle to wrap our headS around it and come up with applications that use XAPI to its full potential. On top of that he also managed that both SCORM and IACC will merge into a new standard CMI5, based on XAPI. It will enable the tracking and tracing of formal learning in a unified way as well, with all the benefits of this new open standard. Get inspired by Aaron and read this interview with him.


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