My #AITD2014 Experience

A personal collection of tweets, links and notes that reflects my experience as a participant and workshop presenter at the AITD national conference, held at Australian Technology Park, Sydney 14-15 May 2014.

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  1. The AITD President, Catherine Logue, opened the conference with a reminder about why we were here.
  2. First keynote was presented by Nigel Paine  (Twitter @ebase) "What is really going on in Learning?"  He explored four significant challenges facing every learning leader:
    1) Survival is not mandatory - The value that L&D contributes to an organisation is in question.
    2) If you cannot provide that what you do adds value to the organisation you work for, you are in trouble.  Long live impact measurement.
    3) Forget mobile! No one cares! - What people want is the ability to learn whenever, wherever and however they choose.  Your legacy materials may be a liability rather than an asset.
    4) Social and informal learning are not new!  How you define your role in these areas will define your future.
  3. CHALLENGE 1 - L&D SURVIVAL IS NOT MANDATORY
  4. "One size fits one" - a key idea.  The technology exists to enable this (think Amazon or Google online 'user' experience).
  5. My pondering point on this theme - how does personalisation of learning align with business needs and strategy?  How do we provide learners with the personalisation they seek, and still ensure that the skills and knowledge required by the business are available?  (Or am I stuck in an old/disappearing world paradigm even using the terms 'skills' and 'knowledge'?)
  6. Nigel raised the point that it's getting a bit messy and chaotic 'out there' with social media, MOOCs, communities of practice and other learning options outside of the organisation.  He suggested that L&D professionals need to let go of control and make it work.  Links to points made next day in Harold Jarche's keynotes about what L&D professionals will need to juggle.

    Personal reflection - previous evening I participated in a #ozlearn Twitter chat on the topic of 'consistency'. While context was alignment of learning to organisation strategy the chat was in favour of consistency in messages and materials.  Embracing the messiness of learning beyond the corporate boundaries will indeed be a challenge to our profession.
  7. CHALLENGE 2 - HOW DOES L&D SHOW THAT IT ADDS VALUE?
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