Thursday, May 31, 2012

#iel12 Prepping for the Conference

Doing a little conference prep for next week. As usual - lots of great sessions, one of me.
Thankfully I have minions coworkers who will attend stuff I can't. Hopefully - I can con get some feedback from them and share it with you.

Here is my personal to-do list for preparing for the conference:

1) Figure out what I need to get out of this conference. This year I am focusing on mobile strategy and analytics / reporting. Because "Mobile" and "Reporting" are the two buzzwords going around my office.

2) Take a look at the sessions I need to attend.
    + Programs at a glance
    + Progran Details

3) Decide on 1st and 2nd choice sessions for each time period.
Because I reserve the right to change my mind :)

4) Download the Mobile App for the conference.
Optional: If I get really motivated - play with the Events section of the mobile app and create my schedule within the App.

5) Test all of my communications - Twitter, Blogger, Mobile, the feeds between each of them. This is doubly important for me since I have not really been engaging in social media this year beyond scanning my feed reader. Bad eLearning specialist.

6) Get lots of rest this weekend.  It's going to be a busy / fun / educational / exciting week.

The Year of Learning Quietly

It's been almost a year since I last blogged.

My list of excuses:

- I didn't have anything to add to the discussion.

- I didn't get out to conferences.

- I wasn't engaging in the eLearning social media discussion. Lurking, yes. Engaging, no.

- I had some projects on deck that required some quiet time to process.

- I decided to focus on personal development vs. professional development in 2011-2012.

Stepping back, I was able to see a few changes in my immediate environment that tells me that our 5+ year discussions on performance vs. training / support systems vs. courses / mobility / networks are finally gaining critical mass.

 - Much of my time over the past year has been spent doing eLearning conversions. Admittedly - most of these conversions have been straight from PowerPoint. Still - getting my environment to even THINK about looking online for information is a HUGE step. One day - (maybe 5 years from now) - I can convince people to actually do something interesting / useful / educational with this technology.

 - My organization is starting to develop a mobile strategy. In the IT department, we are putting together the "Evil Mobile Troika" (myself, a network engineer and a systems engineer) in an attempt to get our hands around all of the devices and methods of distributing information. Again - another illustration of the importance of befriending really smart folks in IT.

 - More people in our organization are starting to use the support tools we set up vs. calling folks. Again, this is a huge cultural shift for us.

- Our vendors (particularly in the enterprise and LMS realms) are starting to offer mobile solutions. Some faster than others. Huge cultural shift forthcoming.....

- HTML5 (and the dying of Flash) is forcing me to re-think the way I have personally developed training over the past 10 years top-to-bottom. Systems, tools, design assumptions, everything.

I've been trying to do this as an evolutionary process. Time for a revolution!

Now that I've absorbed this need (change is scary) - I will be reaching out. Promise.