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The Learning Solutions Conference and Expo 2011: Thursday Update

by Bill Brandon

March 24, 2011

Spotlight

by Bill Brandon

March 24, 2011

It’s interesting to see which sessions are drawing the largest crowds at this conference. This gives you an idea about where the attendees are and also about the topics that are likely to be generating the most interest this year.

The Learning Solutions Conference and Expo continued into a second exciting, learning-filled day. Here are some highlights and photos from yesterday and today.

Thursday keynote: Nancy Duarte on transforming learners and audience

photo of Nancy Duarte presenting her keynote at Learning Solutions Conference and Expo

Nancy Duarte presents the Thursday keynote: Virtual Stories.

Nancy Duarte, author of Slide:ology and resonate: Presenting Visual Stories that Transform Audiences, kept attendees spellbound during her keynote. She used stories from her personal experience and analysis of excellent presenters, including Steve Jobs and Dr. Martin Luther King, to demonstrate the principles that enable instructional designers to connect with learners. Some of her stories of personal presentation disasters were funny, and some struck a chord with anyone who has ever had a presentation that succeeded beyond their wildest dreams (as well as those that were total failures).

While the basics (know your audience, know your outcomes) were familiar ideas, Duarte also introduced the techniques of good screenwriting and the systems for developing good story structure, from Aristotle and Joseph Campbell to Freytag. She then presented her own approach, a presentation “shape” that will capture learners and bring them along to the bliss of their new learning, new abilities, and new world. Duarte showed how to use media and engagement to get physical reactions and move learners in support of the learning objectives. It is especially important to include “STAR moments” (STAR = Something They Will Always Remember). As she said, make sure the last thing your learners hear is how glorious their new world will be once they adopt it.

Stories are not easy. But they are essential to learning.

Popular sessions

It’s interesting to see which sessions are drawing the largest crowds at this conference. This gives you an idea about where the attendees are and also about the topics that are likely to be generating the most interest this year.

Some of the heavily attended sessions the first two days were those concerned with:

  • Using the Mac (OS X) ecosystem to cut e-Learning development time and improve delivery

  • Rapid e-Learning development with SME collaboration

  • Emerging instructional design and outcome measurement strategies

  • Making attractive e-Learning in order to obtain engagement

  • Linking mLearning to business strategy

  • HTML 5

  • Free tools

  • Visual design

  • Lessons learned in design and implementation

  • Use of social media and social learning

Postcards from the Conference

photo of Kevin Thorn presenting at the Learning Media Studio

Standing Room Only for Kevin Thorn at the Learning Media Studio.

photo of large screen TV displaying TwitterCamp

The Twitterscreen displays a constant flow of tweets from conference attendees.

photo of lots of people attending the general session

The Opening General Session audience.

photo of John Medina presenting his keynote

Dr. John Medina, the Opening Keynote.

photo of Neil Lasher in session

Neil Lasher shows how to make learning attractive and engaging.

photo of several people outside a session room looking in

You were standing in the hall if you were late to Tom Kuhlmann’s session on “Lessons Learned From 200 Rapid e-Learning Gurus.”

photo of lots of people gathering and discussing in the Expo Hall

The Expo was as popular as always.


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