Over the past several weeks The Learning Guild has been alternating between their Friday 2 pm Twitter Chat and a Zoom based event where a guest explains, dives deeper and answers chat questions on topics that were presented during online events this year. I was a guest and this is a summary of several of the topics we covered and wanted to provide a summary along with links. A video will be shared on YouTube later this month so keep an eye out if you missed the session today.
Highlights during SpeakerChat
Design for Flexibility
- providing feedback – be sure to allow the user to fail and learn from their mistakes.
- don’t just say that’s incorrect.
- look for ways to provide users a way to dive deeper, explore and share what they learn
- provide tools for managers and leaders to utilize content to connect, blend and refresh on key elements they want to utilize in their toolbox
Keeping Up to Date
Growing up in a household of a teaching sparked a interest to always ask why, how, can I do it? So always be thinking about and breaking down what you do, why, how it works and what can you apply to your next learning experience? Tools that I use to keep up to date:
- Feedly.com is my favorite tool to stay up to date with topics, I try to check in 1-3 times a day on my phone in-between meetings, tasks and typically will review on a tablet in the evening. You can organize contents, tags, keywords, you can even remove words that you do not want to be included which is handy when you want to focus on a particular top or area. With the paid version you unlock more functionality with team sharing, annotation. Check it out, free to download or try via the web site.
- Sidebar.io is the second resource I use daily to keep inspired for creative ideas and to keep learning. You can sign up for a free email that delivers the 5 latest stories to your inbox which I love and will review weekly what I missed.
We got a question about using Snagit and Camtasia for creating, capturing, and building media. We use Snagit just about every day and Camtasia as needed, one thing I wanted to make sure you check out is their community support, blog, education (for registered users) via TechSmith Academy and resources. Make sure to follow Matt Pierce @piercemr on Twitter.
- YouTube DevLearn 50 Video Tips for Better Video
- Upcoming YouTube LiveStream on June 18 on Video in Higher Education.
Miro Play Activity
During the last part of the session, we invited 30+ attendees to experiment and add their thoughts around what they learned, what they wanted to share, and access to the resources. You can view the board and a gif below which shows the magic of 30+ people adding what they learned.
Download a PDF export of the board.
SpeakerChat Series on YouTube
Share Your Thoughts about SpeakerChat
Please reach out to twitter.com/learningguild or @learningguild on Twitter to share your thoughts if they should continue the series. I VOTE YES and would love to see more interactions to continue and dive deeper into the latest community challenges, sharing ideas, and looking at how we can continue to grow.
Emily Sheetz launched a new podcast L&D Forecast which is easy to listen to and provides a fresh perspective of what to consider and where to look in the world of learning. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Emily for over 10 years now and have seen her grow into a master storyteller with a creative edge that helps an audience connect with her ideas.
Check out her podcasts and you can connect with Emily on LinkedIn. You can also view Emily’s writings on Medium. You can listen to Emily’s fun interview with me that went so fast I can’t wait to do it again.
If you haven’t heard of the TLDC community online, you should strongly consider joining them. They offer daily chats using CrowdCast where you can listen in, share, and contribute as well as a Slack channel to stay connected within the L+D community.
Once you join, you have access to all the live broadcasts or can access via podcast or video replay post-event if you could not join in live. It’s $150 per year or $15 per month. https://www.thetldc.com
Last week, Jo Cook of Lighbulb Moment was a featured guest (she was amazing + dynamic) and I summarized some of her key points shared:
- wired connection to your router will provide a faster connection for improved bandwidth
- investing in a faster computer
- audio quality is the most critical
- adding a microphone or headset, based on the number and how often you use Logitech headsets recommended (I love them)
- giant monitor or multiple monitors to be able to see all the feedback
- minimize size and optimize assets to work with audience members who may have slower connections
- can link to tools – adding surveys, feedback based on your tool
- cameras = webcams – adding a external device leads to higher quality
- what do I love best about the virtual classroom – “what drives me is helping people “Love when I can see people get that lightbulb moment”
- what do I like least about the virtual classroom – “when the tech goes wrong” “this can happen in live classrooms, so learn around and how to work around these challenges
- love hearing and seeing different perspectives, all sorts of different options and styles
- Design interactions to avoid crickets, get the interaction from the start to help take advantage of the tools you have
- Crowdcast. Adobe Connect, Zoom, GoToTraining, Webex, plus a whole lot more
- What do you want to achieve?
- Who are you working with?
- Ease of use of the tool for the facilitator and the audience
- Interactive: role plays (breakout rooms Zoom and Adobe Connect),
- Need to let participants know what they need to do, prep and if they are using their webcam
- Jo prefers 10 people in a virtual classroom so that she can get to know them and have the interactions she thinks is most helpful to adapt to their needs
- More people, the fewer connections you can have with individuals which can prevent you from knowing the learning transfer
- During your session, always think about how to get your audience involved, ask a question, feedback and the outcome you want
- Think about “What can they be saying or doing instead of me?”
- Download Jo’s Facilitation Guide via Jo’s blog can help and plan your session.
- Adding a producer to assist, support, and provide quick feedback during a session.
- Deliver with energy to help break thru the technology barrier
- Get familiar with the technology ahead of time and get comfortable.
- Call out, acknowledge, and connect with your audience chatting with you to build a bond. This is where a producer can assist while you are speaking to help provide feedback and support participants.
- It’s ok to have silence for a moment.
- Asking participants, what is your lightbulb moment for today?
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Robert Iger shares his biography and experience of working at ABC and eventually leading Disney into its most successful 15 years acquiring Marvel, Lucas Films, and Pixar and launching Disney+ as well as the growths of the Disney Parks. After taking a step back towards retirement earlier this year has been asked to assist navigate through the current challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The book is written simply and walks through several challenges to eventually earning the role of CEO in 2005 until 2020 sharing stories good, bad, inspirational, and his relationship with his colleagues, managers, and even some insight into discussions with Steve Jobs.
One of my favorite shares, after becoming CEO most teams he worked with always thanked and directed attention to him directly and he always made it a point to share the limelight with everyone that was with him and made sure each person got a introduction which shows empathy, character and compassion.
He also shares several larger challenges, setbacks, and what we can learn, share, and apply within our teams to help us move forward.
I highly recommend reading or listening to the audiobook. You can learn more about the book on Amazon.
Apple release a new Pixar inspired video this week to connect with the creative community about putting yourself out there and sharing what you do.
Take a peak behind the scenes and learned about how they created the video.
Check out and learn what inspired Susan Kare’s original mac icons. Remember they fit on a disk.
One of my favorite parts of eLearning Guild events is DemoFest. During Learning Solutions last week, it provided an opportunity to look, learn, share and hear what worked, what didn’t and how a project evolves from concept to launch. There were over 50 tables to visit, and you learn about this year’s favorites on a complimentary Best of DemoFest Webinar on Thursday, April 12 at 10:00 AM PT.
We’ll be presenting our project which won an award for Best Social Collaboration Solution for Community Dashboard for C-Suite Idea Exchange.
Register below to learn about the award-winning projects in several categories and get some great ideas to apply to your work!
Watch the Recording at https://www.elearningguild.com/olfarchives/1586/best-of-learning-solutions-demofest-2018/
Most games today, focus on telling a story, providing a puzzle or provide you with a challenge. As you advance, you can level up, saving your progress or restarting from the last point. This new game by Bennett Foddy offers the complete opposite where he provides impossible gameplay and forces you to lose everything and start over. Good, bad, or just something you need to try because it is just different. Why not?
We moved to Zoom last month and loving it. I work with several teams every day brainstorming, reviewing, and focusing on creating new experiences for our audiences. We had been a Webex house for several years and during a recent visit to San Francisco last month saw a billboard with Zoom.US on it and decided to check it out. Wow, it is powerful, what I love in the first couple weeks:
- Using an iPad Pro in a meeting with an Apple Pencil to quickly communicate, highlight, sketch or visualize a concept while someone is sharing their screen. Great for quick feedback and communication. Previously, would have to switch presenters, files or take a picture we can now focus on the creative side. (Quick video highlight below demonstrates remote view, while I am drawing on an iPad, viewers can see the highlights, and we can brainstorm the user experience.)
- Recording can be automatically saved to your desktop or the cloud and shared immediately.
- Quick visual feedback with icons or via chat.
- No problem sharing an invite and having first-time users view in their browser or quickly install and video chat with no roadblocks to date (using with several users around the world.)