Designing Next Generation Conference Education Sessions

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In the digital age, people are learning in new ways that are both communal and autonomous. They contribute to Wikipedia, comment on blogs and teach themselves programming. They follow links and discuss issues in online chats. All of these acts are collaborative and democratic, and all occur amid a worldwide community of voices.

So how does this affect the traditional conference or event? What about the typical lecture presentation with a sage on the stage and a passive listening audience?

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

1. Identify sixprinciples of designing next generation conference education sessions.
2. Discover new ways to integrate and structure horizontal, collaborative, networked learning opportunities in your conference or event.
3. Compare and contrast how room environments and traditional setups affect learning.

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Designing Next Generation Conference Education Sessions

  1. 1. Designing Next Generation Conference Education Sessions<br />Creating an Environment for <br />Informal & Formal Learning <br />in a Digital Age<br />Part 1<br />
  2. 2. Thank You!<br />
  3. 3. Presenter – Attendee Agreement<br />
  4. 4. Law of the Click<br />
  5. 5. Texting, Typing Welcome#2010Connect<br />
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  8. 8. Seek First To Understand<br />
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  10. 10. About Me<br /><ul><li> Coal Miner’s Grandson
  11. 11. West Virginia Hillbilly
  12. 12. Nonprofit Junkie
  13. 13. Environmental Advocate
  14. 14. Meeting & Event Professional
  15. 15. Education Evangelist</li></li></ul><li>
  16. 16. Director of Education & Engagement<br />
  17. 17. @JeffHurt<br />
  18. 18. 1) Identify six principles for designing next-gen conference education sessions<br />
  19. 19. 2) Discover new ways to integrate horizontal, collaborative learning opps<br />
  20. 20. 3) Discuss how room environments & traditional setups affect learning<br />
  21. 21. What is education?<br />
  22. 22. Is there a difference between education & information? <br />
  23. 23. According to US EPA:<br />Information provides facts, figures, opinions.<br />Education teaches skills<br /><ul><li> critical thinking
  24. 24. problem solving
  25. 25. collaboration
  26. 26. decision making
  27. 27. evaluation
  28. 28. analysis</li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinkerbots/4347648540/in/photostream/<br />
  29. 29. Conference education often embraces a Clone Culture<br />
  30. 30. Conference education often embraces a Clone Culture<br />Cloned:<br /><ul><li> Learning
  31. 31. Knowledge
  32. 32. Ideas</li></li></ul><li>Why<br />
  33. 33. Our education endeavors built on outdated, traditional model<br /><ul><li> Oxford University</li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/69691418@N00/4368951793/<br />
  34. 34. Our education endeavors built on outdated, traditional model<br /><ul><li> Oxford University
  35. 35. WW II</li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/69691418@N00/4368951793/<br />
  36. 36. Our education endeavors built on outdated, traditional model<br /><ul><li> Oxford University
  37. 37. WW II
  38. 38. Industrial Revolution</li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/69691418@N00/4368951793/<br />
  39. 39. Anyone from the 1800’s could walk into most conference education sessions and feel right at home.<br />
  40. 40. Traditional Conference Education uses a push method<br /><ul><li>Old
  41. 41. Training
  42. 42. Rigid
  43. 43. Program
  44. 44. Mandated
  45. 45. Formal </li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  46. 46. New Conference Education uses a push method<br /><ul><li>New
  47. 47. Learning
  48. 48. Flexible
  49. 49. Platform
  50. 50. Self-Service
  51. 51. Informal
  52. 52. Old
  53. 53. Training
  54. 54. Rigid
  55. 55. Program
  56. 56. Mandated
  57. 57. Formal </li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  58. 58. The Traditional Conference Push Method <br />Conference & Event Organizers decide where bus going, attendees along for ride.<br />(Good for newbies, bad for veterans)<br />LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  59. 59. The New Conference<br />Pull Method <br />Riders choose destination, speed, route & decide if they want to take detours or help others. (Best for veterans and experienced professionals)<br />LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  60. 60. Four Information Ages<br />Writing<br />Scroll to Codex<br />Printing Press<br />Internet<br />Historian Robert Darton<br />
  61. 61. Learning undergoing major change <br />Internet<br />MMOs<br />Informal learning<br />Work changes<br />Culture changes<br />Brain science<br />
  62. 62. 1) Identify six principles for designing next-gen conference education sessions<br />
  63. 63. #1: Conference ed sessions must transition to Participatory Learning<br /><ul><li>Internet changed how we all learn, play, socialize, engage in life</li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  64. 64. #1: Conference ed sessions must transition to Participatory Learning<br /><ul><li>Internet changed how we all learn, play, socialize, engage in life
  65. 65. Commonplace not exotic
  66. 66. About a process, not product</li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  67. 67. #1: Conference ed sessions must transition to Participatory Learning<br /><ul><li>Internet changed how we all learn, play, socialize, engage in life
  68. 68. Commonplace not exotic
  69. 69. About a process, not product
  70. 70. Not passive
  71. 71. Conversations and comments</li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  72. 72. #2: Conference ed sessions must transition from Presumed Authority to Collective Credibility<br /><ul><li>Communal
  73. 73. Democratic</li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  74. 74. #2: Conference ed sessions must transition from Presumed Authority to Collective Credibility<br /><ul><li>Problem solving through group processes
  75. 75. Interdisciplinary</li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  76. 76. #2: Conference ed sessions must transition from Presumed Authority to Collective Credibility<br /><ul><li>Requires helping attendees learn skills to address different points of views </li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  77. 77. #3: Conference ed sessions must transition to More Horizontal Structures<br /><ul><li>Traditional – authoritative, top-down
  78. 78. Knowledge gap between speaker & audience shrunk</li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  79. 79. #3: Conference ed sessions must transition to More Horizontal Structures<br /><ul><li>Corporate world emphasizing collaboration, teamwork, problem-solving
  80. 80. Knowledge making together</li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  81. 81. #3: Conference ed sessions must transition to More Horizontal Structures<br /><ul><li>Emphasis on Peer2Peer
  82. 82. Less monologues and panel dialogues</li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  83. 83. #4: Conference ed sessions must provide a variety Formal & Informal Learning<br /><ul><li>80% of learning is from informal learning
  84. 84. Move from push to pull methods</li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  85. 85. #4: Conference ed sessions must provide a variety Formal & Informal Learning<br />LO #1<br />LO #2<br />Source: Jay Cross’ Working Smarter<br />
  86. 86. #4: Conference ed sessions must provide a variety Formal & Informal Learning<br />LO #1<br />LO #2<br />Source: Jay Cross’ Working Smarter<br />
  87. 87. #4: Conference ed sessions must provide a variety Formal & Informal Learning<br />LO #1<br />LO #2<br />Source: Jay Cross’ Working Smarter<br />
  88. 88. #5: Conference ed sessions must transition toNetworked Learning<br /><ul><li>Learning is social
  89. 89. Conversational and partnering
  90. 90. Developing mediation skills: Learning to… “Disagree without being disagreeable.”</li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  91. 91. #5: Conference sessions must transition toNetworked Learning<br /><ul><li>Rejects “Prisoner Dilemma”
  92. 92. Emphasizes flexibility & outcomes</li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  93. 93. #5: Conference sessions must transition toNetworked Learning<br /><ul><li>See’s learning as mobilizing networks
  94. 94. From assertive to enabling</li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  95. 95. #6: Conference ed sessions must beInteractive & Without Walls<br /><ul><li>Life-Long Learning
  96. 96. Venues with free Wi-Fi
  97. 97. Encourages sharing of social media experiences</li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  98. 98. #6: Conference ed sessions must beInteractive & Without Walls<br /><ul><li>Many-to-multitudes (engages those not present, extends messages to those restricted by $$ or schedule)Examples: Darfur, Tibet</li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  99. 99. #6: Conference ed sessions must beInteractive & Without Walls<br /><ul><li>Extending ideas, practices and even failures for betterment of the industry, profession</li></ul>LO #1<br />LO #2<br />
  100. 100. Sources: Digital Media & Learning funded by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation from the University of Michigan & MIT<br />
  101. 101. 2) Discover new ways to integrate horizontal, collaborative learning opps<br />
  102. 102. Embrace Learnscaping For Conferences & Events<br /><ul><li>Remove barriers to learn & network</li></ul>LO #2<br />
  103. 103. Embrace Learnscaping For Conferences & Events<br /><ul><li>Seed communities with content to discuss</li></ul>LO #2<br />
  104. 104. Embrace Learnscaping For Conferences & Events<br /><ul><li>Increase the bandwidth of learning opps (provide informal seating areas, free charging stations)</li></ul>LO #2<br />
  105. 105. Embrace Learnscaping For Conferences & Events<br /><ul><li>Plan structured, facilitated opps for peer discussion</li></ul>LO #2<br />
  106. 106. Embrace Learnscaping For Conferences & Events<br /><ul><li>Give preference to facilitators more than presenters</li></ul>LO #2<br />
  107. 107. Embrace Learnscaping For Conferences & Events<br /><ul><li>Be a conduit for facilitated conversations</li></ul>LO #2<br />
  108. 108. Embrace Learnscaping For Conferences & Events<br /><ul><li>Conversations are the stem cells of learning: they create & transmit knowledge ~ Jay Cross</li></ul>LO #2<br />
  109. 109. Embrace Learnscaping For Conferences & Events<br /><ul><li>Open conversations increase innovation</li></ul>LO #2<br />
  110. 110. People usually forget 90% of what they learn in a class within 30 days. Majority of loss occurs within hours of class.<br />German psychologist & memory researcher Hermann Ebbinghaus <br />LO #3<br />
  111. 111. LO #2<br />
  112. 112. 3) Discuss how room environments & traditional setups affect learning<br />
  113. 113. Traditional Theater & Classroom<br />LO #3<br />
  114. 114. Decreases<br /><ul><li>Peer Engagementlooking at back of heads & not eyes</li></ul>LO #3<br />
  115. 115. Decreases <br /><ul><li>Attention & LearningThose sitting stage right & stage left must turn head and body up to 80 degrees to see presenter</li></ul>LO #3<br />
  116. 116. Decreases <br /><ul><li>Blood Flow To BrainAny attendee that must turn neck 15 degrees or more to either side </li></ul>LO #3<br />
  117. 117. Decreases <br /><ul><li>OxygenIf presenter moves around room or down aisles, turning bodies up to 180 degrees causes lower back & leg pain and the ability to breath deeply</li></ul>LO #3<br />
  118. 118. How To Resolve <br /><ul><li>Set to the long wall</li></ul>Source: Dr. Paul Radde, Ph.D.<br />Seating Matters<br />LO #3<br />
  119. 119. How To Resolve <br /><ul><li>Set to the long wall
  120. 120. Curve seating or use Chevron </li></ul>Source: Dr. Paul Radde, Ph.D.<br />Seating Matters<br />LO #3<br />
  121. 121. How To Resolve <br /><ul><li>Set to the long wall
  122. 122. Curve seating or use Chevron
  123. 123. Face each chair directly </li></ul>Source: Dr. Paul Radde, Ph.D.<br />Seating Matters<br />LO #3<br />
  124. 124. How To Resolve <br /><ul><li>Set outside chairs, still in straight rows, toward presentation</li></ul>Source: Dr. Paul Radde, Ph.D.<br />Seating Matters<br />LO #3<br />
  125. 125. How To Resolve <br /><ul><li>Set outside chairs, still in straight rows, toward presentation
  126. 126. Provide multiple screens</li></ul>Source: Dr. Paul Radde, Ph.D.<br />Seating Matters<br />LO #3<br />
  127. 127. Stimulate More Of The Senses<br />LO #3<br />
  128. 128. Visuals Trump Other Senses<br />LO #3<br />
  129. 129. 80% of the info the brain receives is visual<br />Source: Dr. Robert LeamnsonUniversity of Massachusetts at Dartmouth<br />LO #3<br />
  130. 130. Light & Coloraffects how the brain learns<br />Source: Dr. Robert LeamnsonUniversity of Massachusetts at Dartmouth<br />LO #3<br />
  131. 131. Long Wave Colors (red, orange, yellow) stimulate more active brain responses<br />Source: V. Vuontela, 1999<br />LO #3<br />
  132. 132. Short Wave Length (green, blue, violet) more conduciveto relaxation<br />Source: V. Vuontela, 1999<br />LO #3<br />
  133. 133. Combine Audio With Visual<br />+<br />LO #3<br />
  134. 134. LO #3<br />Source: Edgar Dale, Audio-Visual Methods in Teaching<br />
  135. 135. Odors Help With Brain Recall <br />LO #3<br />
  136. 136. When tested on details of movie while smell of popcorn wafts into air, remember 10%-50% more<br />LO #3<br />Source: Proust Affect, Chue, S. & Downes, JJ (2002) <br />
  137. 137. LO #3<br />Source: Proust Affect, Chue, S. & Downes, JJ (2002) <br />
  138. 138. Active Learning Increases Memory Retention & Stability<br />LO #3<br />Source: Edgar Dale, Audio-Visual Methods in Teaching<br />
  139. 139. Active Learning: Discussions help recall<br />LO #3<br />
  140. 140. LO #2<br />
  141. 141. 1) Identify six principles for designing next-gen conference education sessions<br />
  142. 142. 2) Discover new ways to integrate horizontal, collaborative learning opps<br />
  143. 143. 3) Discuss how room environments & traditional setups affect learning<br />
  144. 144. Designing Next Generation Conference Education Sessions<br />Continue The ConversationThursday, May 13, 12 pm ET, 9 am PT<br />Twitter - #Eventprofs<br />
  145. 145. Case Study: Unassociated – An Unconference for AssociationProfessionals<br />Part IITuesday, May 25, 2 – 3 pm ET<br />Lindy Dreyer & Maddie Grant <br />
  146. 146. <ul><li> jhurt@velvetchainsaw.com
  147. 147. jeffhurtblog.com
  148. 148. @JeffHurt</li>

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