Excellent take-a-ways from the Elliot Masie Learning 2008 conference in Orlando. We were not in a “vendor” role (although once a vendor always a vendor). I was a learner. I have some great insight into the momentum in virtual world learning, social media and mobile learning. Here is a brief summary of interesting “facts” (personal opinion I admit) from a buffet of sessions:
- 59% said that less than 20% of workers have “from home” option - this is going to change fast
- 50% said that gaming is their learning future
- 49% do not use social networks in the workplace
- 20% of crowd had an Avatar in Second Life
- Mobile Learning Sessions @ Capacity
- Virtual World Sessions @ Capacity
- Social Responsibility and Green topics in every timeslot
- Building modules faster is a must
- Smaller companies are doing more with less employees
It strikes me that most of us don’t consider trust a competency. And, how do we truly find people who are trustworthy and how do we execute on trust. Transparency builds trust. Arch Lustberg (a Leading CEO and Political coach) emphasized how trust is built with an “open face”, eye contact and the sincerity of your body language. I have believed in this for some time - you can’t fake being trustworthy. At least, not over time. You either hold the virtue near and dear to your heart or you don’t. Now, there is hope.
Dr. Covey, contrary to popular belief, feels that trust can be taught and learned. Not easy, but it can be done. Your character dictates if you have a “character of good intent.” Then, do you behave in ways to build trust? Like the progress bar in our eLearning courses, it would be great if we had a “trust bar” above everyone’s head, indicating their trustworthiness. Trustworthy people talk straight, speak with sincerity, can shut up and listen, and constantly “right their wrongs.”
One final thought…
Schooling has confused us into thinking that learning was equivalent to pouring content into people's heads. It's more practical to think of learning as optimizing our networks. (Jay Cross)
LMS’ organize by topic, the internet organizes by tasks. Organizations are going to have absolutely no choice but to organize their learning differently. Any resistance is futile, and any barriers must be overcome. At minimum,Generation Y will demand the change. But, it is not just a Gen Y phenomenon. Once other generations achieve learning in this fashion, they don’t go back. Microsoft’s new internal learning function Academy Mobile has a mantra - “Do You Dare to Share”. They believe, that no one person has the only version of the “truth”.