In this episode of the Leading Learning podcast, Jeff and Celisa continue with Part 2 of an informal After Action Review of Learning • Technology • Design (LTD). This time around, they talk about the range of topics delivered during concurrent sessions, the role of exhibitors, and why LTD wasn’t meant to be a one-off event.
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00:20 – Preview of what will be covered in this podcast as Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele conduct Part 2 of an After Action Review (AAR) of Learning • Technology • Design (LTD). If you haven’t already done so, check out last week’s podcast for Part 1 of the AAR where we talked about what LTD was supposed to accomplish, the concepts behind it, and the “questioning” framework that was applied to the full group sessions.
1:20 – A discussion about the content offered beyond the full group sessions. Each morning there were workshops (1h 45m) and attendees had a choice between 3 sessions–Content Pods™ (consisting of 3 focused content presentations) or two other longer workshops. Celisa adds that these were intentionally scheduled for the morning when everybody is most fresh and able to focus and engage. She also says that by offering a choice between sessions, people could choose what type of learning they wanted to engage in.
2:23 – Jeff shares that they are conducting this AAR prior to receiving any official feedback/evaluations, which is purposeful so it doesn’t influence their perceptions about the event. Jeff and Celisa feel that overall, the morning sessions seemed to go really well and that attendees were engaged and asked a lot of questions.
04:18 – Jeff adds that there was a lot of work done prior to LTD, going out to prospective attendees/registrants to find out what topics would be useful/relevant to their work. They also talk about a podcast interview they conducted with Dr. Brian McGowan (a speaker-facilitator at LTD) on the topic of flipped learning.
04:48 – A discussion about the range of topics delivered during the Content Pods™. It is also mentioned that these sessions were recorded and that some, or all, may be available for others to view.
06:21 – Celisa and Jeff begin to reflect on the afternoon sessions. These included a range of App Labs™ , designed to focus on the application of ideas. Attendees had their choice between two, 1-hour workshops (two sessions on Day 1 and one session on Day 2).
07:39 – Jeff shares about his experience participating in an App Lab™ session with Josh Goldman on the topic of microlearning.
09:04 – A conversation about the role of the exhibitors at LTD and how there was an effort to try and break down some of the traditional walls that traditionally exist between exhibitors and attendees. Exhibitors were placed in the main room and encouraged to participate in all parts of the event. Celisa and Jeff note that in the future, exhibitor participation will probably need to be more emphasized more since it may not be the norm.
11:48 – A further discussion about the barriers that often exists between exhibitors/attendees and how this is an opportunity to improve on going forward.
12:48 – Celisa and Jeff explain that as they wrapped up LTD, they didn’t think about it as the end. It wasn’t meant to be one-off event but rather a part of an overall approach to community (similar to the Leading Learning Symposium, which even has it’s own online community).
14:59 – Celisa talks about some of the advantages of LTD being a relatively small event such as the opportunity to easily connect with others. She says that because of this, they’d like to keep it small and focus on quality over quantity.
15:46 – A conversation about overall thoughts regarding LTD. All in all, Jeff and Celisa agree that it was a success and feel they accomplished what they set out to do. Going forward, they will need to continue to think about the context and how to provide the best framework for each event. They will also need to focus on finding the best content and talent, as well as ways to build a sense of community for everyone involved in the event.
18:01 – Wrap-Up
Celisa and Jeff end the podcast with the same quote they ended LTD:
“Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.”
– E.E. Cummings
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19:40 – Sign off