In March 2013 I had the opportunity to make a presentation to colleagues at the Association for Project Management (APM) Volunteers Forum, a two-day event, of 60+ volunteers and representatives from APM, HQ.
My chosen subject Improving Meetings with Technology: Learning technologies & skills; how do we adapt to a changing environment? The initial challenge to provide a synopsis of the session in less than 150 words. So here it is:
“In March 2012, at APM’s Scottish Conference Andrew Bragg, Chief Exec., told us that the APM had run more than one thousand events over four years. He also mentioned that the APM web site ‘run rate delivered more than 300,000 absolutely unique visitors per annum.’ But what does this actually mean? How are we doing when it comes to our key priorities for Branch and SIG Business plans which include ‘the continued growth in website visitors?’
Merv will look to engage and edutain, as he shares some of what he has learned about learning technologies through his recent attendance at #fresh13, Learning Technologies Exhibition and Biggerplate unplugged.
Donald Taylor, Learning Technologies & Skills guru & conference organiser, says ‘Things may change fast, but people don’t … we only really begin to understand how to make the most of our environment once we have begun to adapt ourselves to it’ Merv believes this to be the challenge for the APM, and our forum in particular.”
Having resisted pressure to supply my slides at least seven days before the event, I decided to try something a little different choosing to use Thinglink, which I recently reported in an article entitled Digital Storytelling
So how did it go and what did I learn?
Firstly, I did have some assistance from a willing ‘volunteer’ who agreed to operate the laptop allowing me to roam about the room hands-free and leave the controls to her.
Secondly, the presentation, including the interactive voting using Sendsteps appeared to start well but faltered badly towards the end due to a poor, and intermittent, Wi-Fi in the hotel conference room. [Sendsteps Report],
Thirdly, the level of engagement, and vibe from the audience, was good, and the feedback received via the post-event questionnaire generally positive, with one notable exception [see below] The associated learning for me has proved to be invaluable!
“I am sorry and he seemed like a nice bloke but I was lost when I saw the word “edutain” on the agenda – the square with snake/numbers was bizarre …if someone is fiddling with their phone uploading 6 seconds of video (to what end?) to the social networks I would think that they are not listening to you and are also learning nothing.”
Undaunted by the feedback, I decided to ‘hot-foot’ it over to #Event13 and see Sendsteps in action. My mission now: to help speakers engage and audiences participate in creating memorable events with high impact and value [using learning technologies] #eventroi