My Learning Solutions 2012 Experience #LSCON


I’ve just returned from Learning Solutions 2012. The eLearning Guild put on another great show, with a good mix of stages, keynote presenters and speakers. Art and creativity seemed to be a theme, and that was wonderful to see. Check out Eric Wahl’s Tribute to Steve Jobs and Sheena Iyengar’s The Art of Choosing.

Aaron Silvers and Tim Martin were all over the place sharing information about Project Tin Can. I’m excited to see where this is headed, and I’m encouraged by the current pace of development. They want our input, so don’t be shy. If you want to see change, get involved.

My podcast buddy rocked a few stages and the Foundations Intensive. Judy‘s Rapid Power Tools chart was helpful to a lot of attendees. I like that she left the easy-to-difficult to use scale open, because you rod need to try them out for your project and apply your background and skills before you can determine its ease of use.

I met Connie (The eLearning Coach) in person, finally. Her session on developing a mobile app was excellent, especially for someone who has an idea for an app. I walked away with a process for working through a new app idea and mapping out requirements and specs. I look forward to having her as a guest on The ToolBar soon.

As usual, I felt like I was in the sessions with Sumeet Moghe, Cammy Bean, Clark Quinn and David Glow. And, of course, David Kelly has the best resource site out there, with over 100 links, articles and other goodies in his back channel posts.

After hours were never boring. A Medieval Times outing with a large group was quite an experience. I had epic bacon and Chimay Blue at Johnnie’s Hideaway, which is now an LS tradition. I finally made it to Havana Cafe, the best Cuban food I’ve ever had, and the best value in Orlando. We also held a game night Wednesday after the expo reception. I learned how to play Settlers of Catan. I think we’re going to make this a regular thing at conferences — it’s fun, it’s social and it’s learning.

Settlers of Catan Game

Special thanks to Trina, Stevie, Neil, Reuben, Matt, Ryan, Kevin, Mike Taylor, Mike Enders, Nicole, Alicia, Kris, Jane, Jeff, Janet and many others I’ve failed to mention here for the great conversations and opportunities to learn and share.

Until next time…