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More stuff happening at #TK11

February 4, 2011 14:10 by Tora Estep

So I started trying to capture some of what was coming out of ASTD TechKnowledge 2011 Conference and Exposition on Twitter yesterday, but so much is happening that I ran out of time. Here's some more information to report from there (for more collections of backchannel info, check out Misadventures in Learning):

  • Well, ASTD got a couple of digs about the use of paper-based evaluations for TK. I guess we'll need to think about that for upcoming conferences!
  • Michael Allen had a session about instructional design that generated a lot of comments (what's really cool is that he is going to do a book for us called Leaving ADDIE Behind that will be coming out later this year! Because I will be working on that book, expect to hear about it here!). Some representative comments:
    • The "rules" get in the way of learning. Who's to say how long it takes or what path students should take to learning?
    • People want to "do" things, not read about doing things.
    • We need to create experiences, not instruction.
    • ESD instead of ISD.
    • A lot of people were asking, "Is ISD dying as an instructional design tool?" Seems like Allen may be saying it is.
    • What's the last thing learners should be doing, and in what context? Then ask, what challenges will learners face?
  • Several comments came out of Marc Rosenberg's session on managing organizational knowledge in the age of Web 2.0:
    • KM is getting knowledge from people who have it to people who need it.
    • Most of what you know is NOT on the internet. It's in your head. Social applied to the internet makes it easier to get it out.
    • Most companies can't surface the creativity and knowledge their people have.
    • When you produce and consume information on the internet, you care about the quality and can easily weed out the crap stuff.
    • Training can extinguish people's ability; learning to learn.  
    • Stop waiting for this to be perfected. It will never be perfected.
    • Moving beyond elearning to eknowledge. Think big, start small.
  • Anders Gronstedt's session about using games, social media, and virtual worlds in the workplace got several comments:
    • Points, badges, levels, time-pressure, challenges, and rewards to engage.
    • Use gamification to get unstuck from the academic paradigm.
    • Skillset may be different but cost is transferable when designing in virtual worlds or using video.
    • Moving role play from classroom to virtual environment giving much better results.
    • Being inside the data lets you see patterns you wouldn't otherwise see.
    • No one ever logged in to Webex just to hang out. They do in virtual worlds.

Actually, just a general reading of the Twitter feed illustrates different ways that it can be used. A lot of people obviously signed up for Twitter for the first time and started asking questions about how to use it. @stevier and @TerrenceWing, obviously long time users of Twitter, explained that you have to use Twitter to really understand its value and arrranged a Tweetup at a nearby bar. @TerrenceWing and @ASTD pointed to The ASTD TechKnowledge Daily, an online newspaper reporting what's going on every day at TK11. Some folks missed meet to eat, so they made other arrangements. And a lot of people who weren't able to make it to the conference commented that they were glad to be able to get in some of the action through Twitter. So there are a few things you can get from Twitter: basically live reports of the action, opportunities to meet virtually and in reality with people, and tons of information from multiple sources.  

And that's going to be it for what's going on at TK (at least as viewed through Twitter) for today, but I will get back with some more summaries and comments on Monday! Have a great weekend, and safe travels to all conference attendees! Oh, and I almost forgot, for those of you who want more or weren't able to make to the conference, all is not lost! You can still sign up for the Virtual Conference!  

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What's happening at #TK11?

February 3, 2011 16:01 by Tora Estep

ASTD's TechKnowledge 2011 Conference & Exposition started yesterday, and I have been keeping an eye on the Twitter feed to find out what's going on. Yesterday, Tony Bingham and and Kara Swisher did the keynote address. Cammie Bean liveblogged Tony Bingham's comments and Kara Swisher's keynote speech.

What are some of the takeaways from Tony's speech? Complexity will keep increasing, requiring leaders to become more creative. Mobile devices are and will continue to become a critical way to deliver learning (hm, maybe I should start thinking about upgrading my phone). Furthermore, new technologies are converging, creating whole new scenarios. What will that mean for learning professionals going forward? Learning is going mobile, and organizations are going to support more and more of that. That means ISD is up for a makeover. What else? Devices are going to figure out what you need, instead of requiring you to go looking for it.

Here are some of the frequent comments coming out of Twitter during Kara Swisher's presentation:

  • one of the top tech trends is the socialization of technology
  • information is every-changing, adding a level of instantness and thus changing the nature of information itself
  • everyone contributes, is an author; producers become consumers of content, thus improving the overall content
  • the masses are smarter than the elite; mistakes can be fixed faster
  • social changes the dynamics of how information gets to you; it's no longer controlled by gatekeepers
  • mobile is the future of everything; the geeks are right: We're moving to a Star Trek-like environment (oh, I guess I had better get some tall boots and mini-skirts...)
  • in a year everyone will have a tablet
  • people have relationships with their phones now
  • geolocation is another trend to pay attention to; it enables the real and the virtual worlds to collide--of course this has privacy implications...
  • everything is in the cloud; it makes sense to store everything in the cloud and not store it locally (allows you to pull it down from anywhere)
  • multitouch screens
  • how does this affect learning? The consumer drives everything.

I'll be back tomorrow with more from #TK11. To keep up with it in real time, follow the hashtag #TK11 on Twitter!

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New App Enhances TechKnowledge Conference Experience

January 11, 2011 09:29 by Colleen Raezler

If you're heading to the TechKnowledge conference next month, don't forget to check out the TK 2011 event app!

Available for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches, as well as Androids, this innovative app enables conference attendees to personalize the settings to get the most of their time at TechKnowledge. The app integrates the conference schedule, program guide, session handouts, and social media functions so attendees won't miss anything of interest.

Other features include:

  • A "Now" view for just-in-time information such as organizer messages, upcoming events, schedule alerts, and Twitter feed
  • Interactive conference program and animated floor plan maps
  • PowerPoint presentation slides integration with slide tweeting
  • Note taking and sharing, and speaker and session rating
  • Twitter posting integration
  • Speaker information with photo
  • Exhibitor details with web links and animated expo hall location.

Don't wait - download the app now to help plan your conference experience!

Learn more about the TK 2011 app here.



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ASTD TechKnowledge Gets Intimate with Hot Topics, Experts, and You

January 3, 2011 11:30 by Kristen Fyfe

ASTD TechKnowledge has added a new series of content to its e-learning conference event. ASTD TechKnowledge, taking place February 2 - 4 in San Jose, CA, will feature "TK Chat." Using an informal mix of interview and conversation, a series of topical discussions will give attendees a chance to connect with both experts and peers and challenge the thinking and knowledge on the latest trends in technology-based learning. Discussions will be moderated by Cammy Bean and Michelle Lentz.

Some of the topics include Virtual Classrooms, Mobile Learning, Instructional Design, and Social Media. Attendees will get to "chat" with revered experts including Bob Mosher, Allison Rossett, Ellen Wagner, Clark Quinn, and more.

Get the full list of topics, time, dates, and experts.

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@Tonybingham Shares Special #TK11 Discount Savings with You

December 9, 2010 13:54 by Kristen Fyfe

Our CEO, Tony Bingham, invites you to attend ASTD TechKnowledge at a special discount. Use MEETATTK when you register for ASTD TechKnowledge and receive $100 off your full registration rate now through 12/31/2010.

Use the code before 12/11/2010 and get a signed copy of Tony’s new book, The New Social Learning.

Visit TK2011 for more information!

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What Are Companies’ Top Concerns for Relocating Employees Over the Next Decade?

June 29, 2010 16:30 by Ann Pace

(From BusinessWire) -- A new report from Brookfield Global Relocation Services concludes that the coming decade will be a critical one for companies with international workforces as they grapple with several key issues, including the changing nature of temporary assignments, so-called "cross-border" commuters and emerging markets.

Titled “Employee Mobility in the New Decade,” the research report was released today at the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) annual conference in San Diego.

During the first quarter of this year, Brookfield Global Relocation Services surveyed senior mobility managers from multinational firms to determine their top concerns over the next five to 10 years.

“Our report is the first of its kind to take a detailed look at what challenges companies will be facing with their international mobility strategies during the next decade,” said Scott Sullivan, executive vice president of Brookfield Global Relocation Services. “This report validates research from our 2010 Global Relocation Trends Report, which found that emerging markets such as China, India and Russia, pose huge challenges to both expatriates and human resources executives.”

Read more.

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Gov 2.0 Expo: Private Sector Solutions Meet Government Challenges

April 8, 2010 14:35 by Jackie Hadley

Gov 2.0 Expo, happening May 25-27, 2010 in Washington DC is THE technology conference and expo for 21st Century Government. It's the premiere event that -- in just three days of sessions, workshops, keynotes, and rapid-fire presentations -- gives government employees and contractors the practical tools, in-depth technical training, and industry contacts critical to implementing new standards of transparency, collaboration, and cost containment.

Topic tracks include Agile Government, Cloud Computing, Open Data and Web Services, Social Networks and Collaboration, and Emerging Topics. Gov 2.0 Expo is co-produced by O'Reilly Media and UBM TechWeb and will showcase the real-world application of Web 2.0 technologies in government and municipal sectors, featuring a practical program that will teach government employees and contractors how to apply technology best practices to government programs, and in turn introduce new companies to the government market. Register Now & Save 15% using Discount Code: gxp10mp10 at:

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Attendees in the EXPO – Lessons Learned

March 2, 2010 09:50 by Stacey Mills

The following is written by Mark Stout, an ASTD Sales Account Executive.


While walking the EXPO hall at ASTD TechKnowledge® 2010 I ran into a woman rigorously flipping through her Program Guide. I inquired if she needed any assistance and she accepted, saying she was looking for a specific list of Authoring Tool vendors. I let her know I was unable to recommend any one particular vendor, but I did walk her through the Areas of Expertise reference in the back of the Program Guide.  She was excited to see the dozen or so names listed and immediately made a plan of action to look over their company descriptions and then visit and demo these providers. She went on to talk about her organization and how their leadership team was preparing for the 2010 calendar year and how they had been charged with supplying the same number of training hours as they did in 2009, but with a slightly less budget. They were looking to purchase an authoring tool to help assist them in converting some of their existing classroom content to the web to defray some of these costs and take more of a blended learning approach. Her organization found our event to be a great marketplace for her to demo software and interact with potential vendors.

Here are a few solid points to take from this story:


While ASTD events do attract high-level training professionals based on the world-class content at sessions and the opportunity for attendees to network and share best practices, the EXPO is still a major reason for attending. In this particular circumstance, finding a supplier was her organization's top priority for participating at TechKnowledge. Many attendees look at ASTD events as a way to cut-the-clutter and get a short list of potential vendors that they can interview and evaluate on the spot.


The Program Guide is a valuable asset for our attendees. In the above story, this particular attendee used our Areas of Expertise section to make her short list of companies to visit and then she looked through each company listing to start her evaluations. Sometimes the little thing such as getting the logo upgrade, purchasing a print ad or making your company description as clear and concise as possible, will make all the difference in helping these attendees find you on the floor.


ASTD attendees come from companies that still have sizable training budgets, despite the down economy. Their presence at our event is proof positive that they still cherish the learning function by investing upwards of $2,000 per attendee on registrations, airfare, lodging...etc. If a company is willing to make that investment on a single employee, they are willing to make that investment on their entire workforce.


As you prepare for the ASTD 2010 International Conference & Exposition in May, what is your company doing to reach attendees like the woman above?


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Education Extends to EXPO

January 14, 2010 08:22 by Stacey Mills

The ASTD 2010 TechKnowledge® Conference & Exposition is approaching quickly; less than 2 weeks away! Attendees love coming to TK because of the wide variety of sessions and learning opportunities. A unique benefit for attendees on the EXPO floor are the Exhibitor Demo Sessions. These short and informative sessions take place during EXPO hours and give attendees the opportunity to hear more about a training product or service. Stop and listen for a few minutes or take a seat for the full 30 minute presentation. The Program Guide will have a full list of sessions and descriptions or you can search for them online in the Conference Session list. Each company presenting will also be exhibiting at the conference. If you have questions, stop by their booth on-site or check our their Virtual Booth online now.

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How to Make the Most of the EXPO

January 11, 2010 13:22 by Stacey Mills
Often attendees arrive at a conference without planning their trip and end up feeling overwhelmed, especially when they enter the EXPO. There following are some tips to help make your visit a positive one.  
  • Come with an open mind – expositions are places to find out new trends in the industry.
  • Plan ahead of time to make the most of the EXPO. Go to the conference website and check out the “virtual EXPO” where you can search for companies by name, location, keyword, or areas of expertise.
  • Some exhibitors promote press releases, products, and show specials which will help you learn about hot topics and products in the industry. Use the Program Guide on-site and pre-show mailers to see what exhibitors have to offer.
  • Business will not happen through osmosis. The purpose is to talk to the exhibitors, not your colleague who is attending with you. Bring the questions you would like answered and test them.
  • It can be really hard work being an exhibitor, and approaching or being rejected by so many people. So if one does make the effort to entice you into their booth, give them the benefit of at least a few seconds of your time.
  • Conversely, be totally honest if you are not interested in their wares – but do explain why. Simply explain why you are not interested – that will help them in the future.
  • If you are visiting the EXPO with a colleague, split up; you are there to meet exhibitors. Meet up frequently to compare notes and consider which booths you may want to revisit.
  • Do not look longingly at any “freebies.” You may end up with another free pen, but you could miss a chance for a very useful conversation with another exhibitor.
  • Enjoy the show!
Check out the EXPO for the 2010 ASTD TechKnowledge® & International Conference & Exposition.


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