Elearning and Instructional Design Musings

Monday, October 16, 2006

Elearning Guild Conference, October 10-13, 2006

As a first time attendee to the Elearning Guild Conference, I got a lot out of it. I thought the staff did a great job putting together the conference. I wished I had more time viewing the DemoFest before the final ballot.
The 3 keynote speakers were Nick Bontis, Ze Frank and Allison Rossett.
Nick Bontis: Cracked us up with his anecdotes and 100mph opening presentation. He drove home the point of how technology will be drastically changing the way we acquire knowledge. Does that mean that I will soon be left in the dust?

Ze Frank: Well..., he was something else. There's no doubt that his creative and luny antics attract many to his site. His video clips and games elicit comments and prompt the user to do something and come back for more. He separates this into different levels of audience engagement which range from passive, active to interactive. See Tony Karrer's blog on Ze Frank (http://elearningtech.blogspot.com/). So as elearning professionals we try to limit passive engagement and move up to the active-interactive levels of engagement. But it ain't easy to be outrageous, funny and engaging when it comes to compliance training and other dry stuff.

Allison Rossett: As expected, Allison was an engaging closing session speaker on performance support tools. This is a revisit of an old topic but Allison threw in some nomenclature that I had not thought about :planner or sidekick, standard or tailored. These were the terms she quizzed us on as she gave us several examples of performance support tools ranging from the low tech printed job aid to the high tech electronic performance support.

O.K. I think this one is a "sidekick" and is "tailored". Darn, the correct answer is a "planner" and is "tailored". After several incorrect guesses I got them right. O.K. I am finally getting the hang of this... Yeah, performance support tools are cool and they should be a breeze to create if you have some elearning content from a training module. Just take the crux of what learners need to know and put it on a page for FAQs and voila, there's your performance support tool.

By the way this is a response to Tony Karrer's call to action during his session on elearning technologies and practices. So here I am riding the wave of elearning 2.0 and will explore wikis, podcasts and social networks.