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Online Educa Berlin

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In two weeks I’ll be attending my favorite learning event, ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2013, the 19th International Conference on Technology-Supported Learning and Training. This will be my tenth or eleventh year attending OEB. Joining colleagues from over a hundred countries and hanging out at Christmas markets has become a habit.Berlin, the day after Educa
Big data and analytics top this year’s agenda. I can hardly wait for the discussions of the ethics of the NSA and invasions of privacy. For my part, I’m going to focus on small data.
storiesMy session, the last event at OEB, Friday December 6, at 4:30 pm, will consist of eighteen personal stories from the last fifty years.

Inspired by French director Jean-Luc Goddard who said that “Every movie has a beginning, middle, and end — though not necessarily in that order,” the audience will select the sequence in which I tell the stories. Pick a number, hear a tale.

I plan talk about aborigines, Andrew Carnegie, Gloria Gery, Hans Monderman, George Carlin, drunk tank pink, the hills of San Francisco, founding the University of Phoenix, the birth of eLearning, the Oxford Union, a trip to the Morgan Motorcar factory, and more.

December 6 is Saint Nicholas day. Leave your boot by the door so Santa can leave you candy if you’ve been good this year.

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2,154 delegates from 96 countries! Online Educa Berlin retains its title as the most diverse learning conference out there.

This is the speaker reception, one of the best networking events on my annual calendar. Looking at the full size photo (hi-res), I see Richard Staub, Patrick Blum, Dom Graveson, Gunnar Bruckner, Nic Laycock, David Mallon, Charles Jennings, Jack Wills, Sarah Frame, Astrid Jaeger, Harold Elletson, Sann René Glaza, Norm Kamilkow, Willem Manders, and Hans de Zwart. Can you find me?

You might want to check out Learning Technology in European Businesses 2011, a report from Toward Maturity that was issued at the event.

Shell’s Willem Manders and Hans de Zwart led a dynamite pre-conference workshop. Participants created four scenarios for the future environment of learning. We used this framework to reflect on content in the sessions. It’s compelling.

The most energetic session I attended was one that I led, a series of five five-minute Ignite sessions. This was the first time for four out of our five presenters and they were simply outstanding. You can get more from a five-hour Ignite presentation than a one hour lecture. For the life of me, I don’t know why organizations put up with crappy extended meetings instead of using the Ignite formula to get the word out.

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