The run up to the conference made the expectations enormous. Having followed DevLearn 2010 and Online Educa 2010 remotely, I was fairly used to following the backchannel.
This time I wanted to get as much out of it as possible. The single thing that made that possible was Karyn Romeis blog post.
It really inspired me to meet and greet (“press the flesh” as Craig Taylor put it) some of my personal heroes as well as get to know new people that I hadn’t had contact with. I shared many experiences together with Mattias Kareld and his great post here captures much of how I feel.
I think I was most pleasantly surprised to meet the people that I didn’t know beforehand. I had great discussions with Ollie Gardener, Chris Atherton and Karyn Romeis and had had little or no contact with them before the conference.
There were also pleasant chats with Paul Simbeck-Hampson, Craig Taylor, Donald Taylor, Clarke Quinn, Jane Bozarth, Cathy Moore, Steve Wheeler, Kate Graham and Nick Shackleton-Jones.
Now that I’ve got the namedropping out of the way I can continue with some of the trends and messages that I noticed during the sessions, including the backchannel. Where appropriate, each point will become a blog post in it’s own right.
So the trends, themes or messages, in no particular order:
- Failure is OK, and in fact is a great opportunity to learn
- Twitter as PLE, to build PLN
- L&D has a measurable business impact
- Link learning objectives to business objectives
- How to identify and negate the Innovation Prevention Department
- Detailed discussions of Social Media being used for organisational learning
Thanks for reading and there’s more to come!