DevLearn Keynote – Jon Landau Speaking With eLearning Professionals?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Jon Landau Keynoter at DevLearn

Day 1 at DevLearn kicked off with keynoter Jon Landau.  In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade or so, Mr. Landau is an Academy Award-Winning movie producer.  Most notably: Avatar and the Titanic.  But, what’s a movie producer doing at the DevLearn conference talking to a bunch of eLearning professionals?

Well, as it turns out, he was here talking about innovation, telling stories, communicating messages and developing education content for audiences without regard for what’s possible, technologically speaking.  (??)  Yeah, you heard me right, “without regard for what’s possible.”   

Some of the highlights:

  • What does a movie producer have in common with eLearning professionals?
    • We have similar challenges with change management each time we each start a new project
    • We’re both producers of media with intent of communicating messages and teaching lessons within the themes of a story
  • We’re continually searching for new ways to innovate… it should be the goal of any product to evoke emotional response.  It’s out of that feeling that people get more and develop brand loyalty
  • In the same way that movie professionals (the big ones anyway) innovate in their industry, eLearning professionals also have the opportunity to push the envelope and innovate and tell stories in a similar way he uses to engage audiences
  • The movie industry needs people who aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of technology and are not afraid to innovate… each project they tackle find them seeking to separate themselves… being not afraid to try something new.
  • We have to believe we an do the impossible… Jim (Cameron) writes his scripts without regard to what’s possible. 
  • Don’t wait for the technology… if you can come up with the ideas and be ahead of the wave of technology you’ll be on for a long and successful ride
  • Think: What would the best eLearning be?  Then go find the people that would make your dream… your vision possible.  (Of note:  Jim Cameron wrote Avatar in 1996… but had to wait a while for technology to catch up.)
  • The technologies we put to use on Avatar are now being used across the industry.  And the people who worked on the first project are now industry leaders in their field.
  • What we do is create creative content, we don’t create technology.
  • Re: new technology adoption… you’re always presented with a new problem to solve… and when that problem is solved it’s then available for everyone else in the industry to follow.
  • There has to be a symbiotic relationship between dreams and innovation…

Sound off!

Did you attend Jon’s keynote at DevLearn?  What topics jumped out at you the most in terms of innovating your own eLearning projects?

Day 1 – eLearningGuild DevLearn Conference

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

DevLearn 2012

Good morning!  If you had to suffer through Sandy’s “Frankenstorm” wrath, I hope you arrived safely and relatively uneventfully.  If, regrettably, you had to turn back and miss out on this year’s conference (reputedly the largest DevLearn conference to date!), then I hope you arrive safely at your home destination.

If you’re one of my many readers, new friends and colleagues who can’t make it to the conference this year, then you may be pleased to know that you can actually follow some of the highlights via the Twitter #DevLearn hashtag.  For my part, I’ll also be posting summaries of keynotes and sessions I attend.  I plan on also posting audio and/or video where possible.  (Should be able to at least get audio.)  So, check back here regularly during the week for highlights and updates.  You can also sign up for my newsletter and I’ll notify you when new updates are posted.

Drop By Session 210 – Seven Stages For Launching An Enterprise Social Network

And, if you’re actually in attendance here at DevLearn, then you’ll want to drop by my session today, October 31, 2012 at 1:15 p.m. – It’s Session #210- The Seven Stages For Launching An Enterprise Social Network.  That’s where I’ll be walking attendees through a case study of the social enterprise network we implemented over at Kareo.  It’s working wonderfully… but, even I have to admit, it was touch and go in the beginning.  So, I’ll definitely be lifting the veil on what some of those barriers were to adoption and how we were able to navigate them.  The idea is for you to ping me with questions and also learn about the hurdles we made so you can be on the lookout for them when you tap social media for implementation as a closed network social network for your organization or for one of your clients.   (Hint:  Suffice to say, “build it and they will come” is definitely not an implementation methodology.)  😉

Professionals Connect!

Finally, if you attend one of my sessions or if we at least have the wonderful opportunity to connect here and shake hands, I’d love to extend the opportunity to stay in touch long after this week.  So, let’s connect!  You can find out more on the About page above or you can also hit me up on LinkedIn.