Friday, January 30, 2009

Learning Technologies 09 - random, fresh reflections

I am back in my little office at home after two whirlwind days of Learning Technologies 09 conference. I have to write up a report on Track 2 (learning in practice) and on George Siemens's keynote, which will no doubt be published somewhere. Once I've written the report, I will probably unpack a few of the sessions in greater depth. But I thought I'd just unload some of the initial swirling impressions... in no particular order.

  1. L&D professionals are getting the message about learner empowerment. I'm sure the battle is a long way from won, but we're gaining ground
  2. L&D professionals are falling out of love with courses and are demonstrating a decrease in the idea that 'we have a performance gap' translates to 'we need a training course'
  3. Nevertheless, many L&D professionals are still having a hard time persuading senior management teams that this is not some namby pamby, pink and fluffy HR fad
  4. Some organisations and, tragically, some L&D leaders still think it's alright to force, compel, blackmail, threaten, bribe, coerce and otherwise corral staff members into completing a training initiative
  5. We need to be careful not to see each shiny New Thing as a replacement of existing things. Sometimes a New Thing is just that: a new thing. One which we can add to our toolkit. When you buy a hammer, you don't throw away your entire toolbox
  6. George Siemens is a genius. I had been looking forward to meeting George in the flesh ever since I heard he was coming to the conference. So how did I choose to ensure that our first meeting was the beginning of a lasting, meaningful friendship? The very first words out of my mouth were, "You're a lot smaller than you seem online." Way to go, Karyn! How to win friends and influence people
  7. L&D people need to come out of their ivory towers and engage with the business, aligning their provision with the business goals and taking an active role in steering the business forward
  8. Apparently - according to Jay Cross - I look like Sarah Palin :o( . He took this photo at dinner on Tuesday night to prove his point. You decide. He had threatened to say as much from the platform, but even though he didn't, before the conference was over, word had spread and I was being 'Palin-ed' left and right
  9. Some noted luminaries need to move away from the idea that learning = recall!
  10. Rapid no longer = quick and dirty. But rapid is not the only option!


Rina Tripathi said...

You do look like Palin and you look so fresh. Interesting points,looking forward to the detailed versions of these. I am taking a break but am finding my interest in learning deepening as I read more and more each day about mind, learning and retention. It would be surreal to figure out a way to retain all that we learn. Learning is application but not retention? As I write this I learn about learning! Thanks for sharing.

Barry Sampson said...

My own random reflection would be to wonder what the people around us thought when I came over to say hello, and you barked "on your knees boy!". Shall we leave them to guess?

Karyn Romeis said...

@Rina Trying to decide whether to be flattered or offended. My husband says it's no bad thing to look like Palin - as long as that's where the resemblance ends!

@Barry LOL - I didn't even think about that! This is where I demonstrate my non-Englishness by not being inhibited by my surroundings! Yup - let's leave 'em guessing ;o)

Mireille Jansma said...

Good points you make here! And the one about meeting George Siemens made me explode with laughter (sorry).

Karyn Romeis said...

@mireille - don't apologise. I full deserve to be laughed at. It's not the first time I've done something like that, either. 50 HP mouth, 5 HP brain.

Barry Sampson said...

"50 HP mouth, 5 HP"

Now that's like Sarah Palin...

Karyn Romeis said...

@barry Oh hush! Well, at least I don't pretensions to run a country!