If you were at DevLearn 2011 yesterday, then I hope your sessions have been productive. Or, at least interesting.
For my part, I really enjoyed the Keynotes from Michio Kaku and Thomas Koulopoulos. In fact, I found Thomas’ keynote especially insightful; I was compelled to pick up his new book, The Innovation Zone. As you can see, he was also kind enough to sign it for me… well, sort of.
I bought his book via a Kindle download right there in the conference room. I pushed that ‘ol Amazon 1-click button even he was making the case for why invention and innovation don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. Suffice to say, the problem of how to sign a Kindle book proved to be our own innovation challenge. So we snapped this picture instead.
Nov 2 (Day 1): DevLearn 2011 Highlights - Invention Does Not Equal Innovation (v-1.0)|2.9 MB|downloads: 699
Remember: You have to use Adobe Reader (NOT Mac 'Preview' or other PC 'viewers') to view this document. This opens in an INTERACTIVE Mindmap viewer. It has expandable branches and live hyperlinks. (Source)
The download above contains my notes highlighting the sessions from yesterday’s (Wed., November 2, 2011) Day 1 series. Feel free to download it. Spread it around. No need to sign up for anything. Just click it.
If I were to suggest a few branches in the mindmap to focus your attention, I’d have to say that in addition to messages under both keynotes, the Qualcomm presentation by Vicki Nardone and BJ Schone (How Social Technologies Connect Learners) had special relevance for me. The reason is that I’m working with Kareo right now to continue building-out and updating all their online customer training modules and courses. And, one of the plans on my 1-year horizon is to enhance all the online training modules with a social/community learning platform. I’d like to see Kareo strengthen the community that’s already growing around its brand and then build on that by facilitating an informal learning environment and knowledge reinforcement platform. Their use of Jive Software’s Social Business platform could play really well into this.
DevLearn Day 2, Next
I’m looking forward to another round of sessions today. Not the least of which will be finally getting to see all the buzz around Articulate’s long awaited follow-on to Articulate Studio. That is, their Storyline eLearning authoring tool. It’s not out on the shelves yet; but the industry is getting its first look at it this week at DevLearn. And, from what I’ve heard, it’s pretty huge.
I’ll check back in again with you tomorrow with updates from today’s sessions. In the meantime, I hope your week is going well. And, don’t forget to go ahead and download the mindmap notes above. See you tomorrow.