Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Online eLearning Summit - January 23, 2008

I absolutely love being on panel discussions. Mostly because I get to learn so much from some of the smartest people in this industry. This is no exception! It is going to be GREAT fun!
I am honored to be sitting amongst greatness.

In the early years of my 10+ year career, Dr. Allen was the first person I heard address the stupidity of many "traditional" ISD models...BLASPHEMY!!! Yet so darn true! Every word he uttered to an Intel conference room of training specialists rang true for me. It was comforting to hear the "hired gun" define new methods, new models, and exploring new solutions to business problems. (You'll notice I did NOT say TRAINING problems) I was forever convinced that eLearning Design was moving beyond...WAY beyond...the constraints of industrial age educational theory. Dr. Allen has been 2.0 WAY before we even knew we were in eLearning1.0.

I'll be meeting Jennifer for the first time and I am looking forward to it. I know she is highly regarded as one of the leading minds in synchronous learning and I'm very curious to hear how she sees the evolution of eLearning.

These are my sessions but there are many others filling the day.

8:00 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET
Expert Panel: The Next Evolution in eLearning – 2008 and Beyond

Join a panel of distinguished experts who will investigate the technologies and trends that are shaping the future of training in 2008 and beyond, including social communities and Web 2.0 trends.

Speaker: Brent Schlenker, the Emerging Technologies Analyst, The eLearning Guild
Speaker: Dr. Michael Allen, Chairman and CEO, Allen Interactions Inc.
Speaker: Jennifer Hofmann, President, InSync Training

Heidi and I will close out the day with a fun look at the future of collaborative learning and the emerging trends we are hearing from Guild members. Lots of great stuff to talk about!

(Pssst...before I forget. The eLearning Tools Report is being released VERY soon. Its awesome! Download it ASAP)

1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET

Emerging Trends in Collaborative Learning

Drawing upon the most current research and fascinating case studies, this closing session will examine present and future trends in collaborative learning – from synchronous platforms to wikis and blogs to virtual worlds and beyond.

Speaker: Heidi Fisk, Co-Founder, The eLearning Guild
Speaker: Brent Schlenker, the Emerging Technologies Analyst, The eLearning Guild

Check out the website and let me know what you are MOST interested in hearing about. These topics are HUGE and while I have a good idea of what to include in our short time together, I'd love to hear from you. Comment on this post with your suggestions.

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