707 Meme-ing Today’s Hottest Learning Trends
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Friday, October 26
Technology has completely changed the way we live, work, and learn. Technology has brought us the internet, smartphones, tablets, and many more tools that have changed our lives forever. Of course, these same technologies have also brought us memes like Socially Awkward Penguin, Success Kid, and yes, Grumpy Cat.
In this session, these two worlds collide as six industry experts use today’s memes to explore the hottest trends in our field. The rules of each presentation are simple: Each speaker’s presentation has 20 slides that automatically advance every 20 seconds. That provides each speaker with six minutes and 40 seconds to paint their vision for the future of learning. And there’s one last rule—slides can only use common internet memes for visuals. Join us for what is sure to be a fun and informative session.
Here are the topics our speakers will be exploring:
- Julie Dirksen: Neuroscience, The Good, Bad, and Ugly
- Jane Bozarth: Evidence Vs. Myth
- Tracy Parish: Robots are Taking Over the World
- Sam Rogers: Big Data & Little Problems
- JD Dillon: The Only Learning Platform Your Will Ever Need!!
- David Kelly: Do You Suffer From SOS (Shiny Object Syndrome)?
In this session, you will learn:
- The truth behind some of the biggest trends in learning
- How to separate the fab from the fad
- How Ignite session formats can create unique learning opportunities
- Way more about internet memes than you ever thought possible
Designers, developers, and managers.
Julie Dirksen, an learning strategist with Usable Learning, is a consultant and instructional designer with more than 15 years’ experience creating highly interactive eLearning experiences for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to technology startups to grant-funded research initiatives. She’s interested in using neuroscience, change management, and persuasive technology to promote sustainable long-term learning and behavior change. Her MS degree in instructional systems technology is from Indiana University, and she’s been an adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is the author of Design For How People Learn.
Director of Research
The eLearning Guild
Jane Bozarth, the director of research for The eLearning Guild, is a veteran classroom trainer who transitioned to eLearning in the late 1990s and has never looked back. In her previous job as leader of the State of North Carolina’s award-winning eLearning program, Jane specialized in finding low-cost ways of providing online training solutions. She is the author of several books, including eLearning Solutions on a Shoestring, Social Media for Trainers, and Show Your Work: The Payoffs and How-To's of Working Out Loud. Jane holds a doctorate in training and development and was awarded the Guild Master Award in 2013 for her accomplishments and contributions to the eLearning community.
Education Technology Specialist
Southlake Regional Health Centre
Tracy Parish is an education technology specialist for a regional health centre in the Greater Toronto area. She has a diverse educational background of computer programming, adult educational training, and eLearning design and development, leading to an instructional design career. Tracy has over 12 years of experience in face-to-face and online instructional design, development, and project management, as well as LMS implementation and administration. She is an active Articulate Community Hero, co-host of the Toronto Storyline User Group, the social media/marketing director for the Canadian eLearning Conference, and one of the moderators of the weekly Twitter event, #lrnchat.
Executive Vice President and Executive Director
The eLearning Guild
David Kelly is the executive vice president and executive director of The eLearning Guild. David has been a learning and performance consultant and training director for more than 15 years. He is a leading voice exploring how technology can be used to enhance training, education, learning, and organizational performance. David is an active member of the learning community and can frequently be found speaking at industry events. He has contributed to organizations including ATD, eLearn Magazine, LINGOs, and more. David is also known for his curation efforts, especially related to conferences and events for learning and performance professionals.
Chief Learning Architect
JD Dillon is the chief learning architect at Axonify. He is one of the most prolific authors and speakers in workplace learning today. With his practical approach, JD integrates science, technology, storytelling, and common sense to enable employees, improve performance, and drive business results. For 20 years, he has executed learning and performance strategies for global organizations, including the Walt Disney Company, Kaplan, Brambles, and AMC Theatres. He is the founder of LearnGeek, a corporate advising and education services firm. At Axonify he partners with an award-winning team to solve business problems for leading organizations through modern learning practices and cutting-edge technology.
Sam Rogers, the president of Snap Synapse, creates more effective, efficient, and engaging ways to deliver learning for clients including Google, Capital One, Deloitte, and AAA. He produced YouTube’s first online certification training, and he is a writer, director, producer, composer, and performer for stage and screen. Sam also writes and speaks frequently at conferences, sharing his passion for solving the problems that matter and inspiring learners to action.