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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Corporate Advisory Council Starts Today

Today marks the beginning of one of my favorite events of the year. Our annual Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) event. This is an event where students of instructional technology have a conference with professionals in the field where they can learn, exchange ideas and select students for jobs and internships. It is a great win-win event.

 Audience looks on at the CAC presentations
 which are interesting, funny and informative.

This semester we have over 40 individuals representing 35 different companies including representatives from Media Site, KPMG, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Tyco Electronics, Aetna, MetLife, and others are in attendance. Including several entrepreneurial companies started by alumni of the program. The first day the corporations will present to the students and each other. On the second day students will present solutions to a mock Request for Proposals (RFP) while the CAC members evaluate their presentations and on the third day students will interview for internships and job opportunities.

Here is a brief synopsis of the RFP the students will be answering this semester. The focus of the RFP is on developing training for call center representatives. The RFP has opportunities for e-learning, hands-on instructor-led elements, social media and follow up training.

And, as an added bonus, this year we are going to be streaming live the presentations by our CAC members on Wed (today).

Here is a list of the presenter and link to the streaming video. Also, you should be able to even email in questions using this system so if something is of interest, drop an email. All times are Eastern Standard.

For Twitter: Follow the #BUCAC hashtag!

Nathan Eckel IntelliDesign, LLC presents on the topic of Finding and Leveraging Your Professional Network

12:30-1:00: View Nathan's presentation
Nathan (alumni) asks the audience about professional group membership.

Nathan reminds audience that you
 need to "give" before you can "get."

1:00-1:30: Think BrownStone presentation with Carl White and Brian McIntire (proprietary information so not available for streaming or archived information)> They discussed how they get at the ideas inside of their cleint's heads. They described the "Thinkspace" they have designed as well as describing the experience design process and they focus on the users of the system.

Carl and Brian talk about creating user experiences.

The presentation explained how they worked together to develop creative ideas and to create graphics that convey compelling and moving information.  That helps clients to create better experiences for the users of software and leaning environments.  They showed exciting dashboards of data and information. Read Think BrownStone's blog.

Enjoying a fun moment with the CAC audience!

1:30-2:00: View Media Site presentation with Ferdinand Bergen
Ferdinand talking about the history of Media Site

Mediasite allows you to record and deliver online learning, interactive lectures and multimedia presentations automatically and provides webcasting and a knowledge management platform. We are using it to stream and archive the information for this event. Very rich media presentations are provided with Mediasite. Mediasite records everything a presenter says and shows and immediately delivers the multimedia presentation online for an audience to watch anytime, anywhere.

Discussing how Mediasite records content and
 allows for simple and straightforward playback.

2:15-2:45: View JHT Incorporated presentation with Michael Shutt

Mike (alumni) detailing the history of JHT and describing
how he worked on a distributed team to develop coursework.

Mike started his presentation with an overview of JHT. He then discussed the issues of working across time zones and working as a virtual team to create courses. Mike provided an overview of the design process including the topics of scoping and sequencing, storyboarding,  "look and feel"  development, the development of the proof of concept and the actual module development process.

Describing the rapid module development
 process at JHT for Florida Virtual Schools.

Mike discussed how to make 21st Century Skills as part of the curriclum. He also discussed the integration of life skills and described the creation of Adobe Flash-based interactions.  He then demonstated a Spanish course for middle school kids.

2:45-3:15: View Zerion Software presentation with Chris Reichart

Chris introduces his company 
(Yes, another company started by our alumni.)

Chris talks about using the iPhone and iPad as platforms as well as Android and how his company exZact is used to collect data and leverages the Apple-based platforms and how they have gotten world-wide distribution on apps they've developed.

Chris shows the iPad simulator used to test 
applications designed to run on the actual physical hardware.

3:15-3:45: View The Phoenix Group presentation with Cliff Sobel and Rhonda Dorsett The Phoenix Group creates a mash up of training, marketing, education and user experiences.

Cliff and Rhonda discuss the development
 of online instruction and how to make it interesting.

Rhonda talks about the development of Shooter's Insights for Canon. Audience asked how Canon has driven learners to the tutorials on the site. Currently the tutorials are the most popular part on the site. Content is on YouTube and available on Canon site. Look for NFL sports photography to be one of the future tutorial that is being released. Check out the items on Vimeo as well. Also, when on Vimeo go to Winter Solstice to see the video they shot with the Canon EOS.

Discussing the changing world of videography.

3:45-4:15: View TestTrack presentation with Jay Kellett

Jay Kellett (alumni) discusses his company TestTrack.

Jay talked about the advantages of a learning management or content management system and how organizations can leverage these systems to be successful.  He discusses the different templates that can be used to rapidly design courses.

Jay makes a point about the value of interactions for learner's retention.

Jay described how you can upload questions easily into the tool and how it can save time to upload answers using the bulk method as well as student bulk uploads which make maintenance easier and more efficient.

All in all, great presentations, great formal and informal learning and tomorrow...student presentations.


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