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Friday, May 14, 2010

Summits, Conferences and Some Relaxation

It has been a busy few weeks and May continues to be busy as I have a couple of presentations with my co-author Tony O'Driscoll coming up. We are co-presenting at the ASTD 2010 International Conference & Exposition May 18, 1:00-3:30 in Chicago, Illinois on the topic of "Learning in 3D" we are looking forward to the presentation

We are then doing a workshop together at the Corporate University Technology Assisted Learning Conference on May 24th called "Learning in 3D: Adding a New Dimension to Enterprise Learning and Collaboration"

Meridian Know and Learn Conference

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of working with the great folks at Meridian on a panel discussing learning trends. I was on a panel with Mark Bower and Susan Smith Nash. It was a lot of fun discussion whether or not we thought a trend was "fact" or "fiction."

Here are some photographs from the panel discussion.
Mark, Karl and Susan prepare for audience questions. 
We considered switching seats to have some fun with the audience:)

Susan makes a point to Karl and Mark about Social Media.

Kaplan-EduNeering Knowledge Summit

Last week I attended the Kaplan-EduNeering Knowledge Summit and once again had a great time. It was the Seventh Annual Summit and I believe I have attended all seven. And speaking of "seven." I had the opportunity to meet Jeffrey Hollender the executive Chairman and Chief Inspired Protagonist of the Seventh Generation Corporation which is a company that is committed to creating authentic, safe, and environmentally-responsible products for a healthy home.

I also had a chance to have a few moments with the fascinating, interesting and highly educated Bror Saxberg, the Chief Learning Officer of Kaplan, Inc. His vision for the future of education is exciting, interesting and will be scary for traditional institutions. The data that Kaplan will be able to collect in the near future concerning student performance, learning methods and strategies and the delivery of content to life-long learners is staggering. It will be an exciting and unsettling time in higher education in the next 5-10 years when Bror begins to mine the data and opportunities within Kaplan.

Bror Saxberg discussing the application of research 
to learning design to an enthralled audience.

And, at the Knowledge Summit, Kaplan-EduNeering and ProtonMedia announced a strategic partnership.

As the press release indicates:
Kaplan EduNeering, a leading provider of compliance and knowledge management technology solutions, and ProtonMedia, the developer of the ProtoSphere virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace, today announced a new multi-year partnership. The companies will develop and offer a uniquely comprehensive suite of tools for compliance training, product life cycle management (PLM), and collaborative decision-making for life sciences organizations.

Kaplan EduNeering’s online compliance solutions are used by over one million individuals in more than 50 countries by companies in regulated industries, including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, biologics, dietary supplements, and medical devices.

ProtoSphere is the market-leading virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace, and the #1 virtual environment for collaborative product life cycle management (PLM) in life sciences. ProtoSphere’s virtual environment provides an arsenal of business-focused collaboration and communication tools that help companies accelerate decision-making and raise productivity, improving workplace performance overall.

Together, Kaplan EduNeering and ProtonMedia will create a best-of-breed 3-D virtual collaboration environment, driven by the powerful compliance tracking engine of the Kaplan EduNeering Platform. Kaplan EduNeering’s expertise in delivering solutions that help companies meet regulatory and compliance requirements will augment ProtonMedia’s ability to effectively foster product life cycle collaboration within research, development, production, marketing, and customer engagement phases.
But it wasn't all work, we had a nice dinner at the Adventure Camden Aquarium.

Having a compliance discussion with 
Dave Peterson and Gilly, the aquarium mascot.

Having fish dinner among the sharks.

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