Sunday, September 16, 2012

5 Articles on Association Meetings & Education

Education (whether conferences, seminars or webinars) represents a key component – and major revenue source – of most associations. Here are five articles for association executives.

Boring Conference Education Creates Zombie Attendees
By Jeff Hurt via Velvet Chainsaw’s Midcourse Corrections
What created this zombie army? Boring conference education! Bad And Boring Education Is Unacceptable. Bad presentations are not acceptable. But boring presentations are. Boring presentations are not effective. What can conference organizers do to limit boring presentations? What are some things presenters can do to create lively, engaging presentations?
College may never be the same 
By Mary Beth Marklein, USA TODAY
Massive Open Online Courses --MOOCs, for short. Learners of all ages around the world are flocking to them. Top universities are clamoring to participate. And MOOCs already have attracted the interest of some employers, paving the way for a potential revenue source. All in less than a year. The spark ignited last fall, when more than 160,000 people worldwide signed up to take a free artificial intelligence course taught by Stanford research professor Sebastian Thrun, who is perhaps best known as a leading force behind Google's driverless car.

An Effective Model For Online Learning
A review of Axonify from the eLearning Coach
Combining the latest in brain science with the art of gaming, Axonify has the only corporate e-learning solution that truly drives knowledge retention, engages employees in the learning process, and delivers specific and compelling ROI for you. We make learning fun, fast, personalized, bite-sized and rewarding.

Google Enters The Realm of Online Events
By Julius Solaris via Event Manager Blog
News is that Google just announced Course Builder, a suite of tools to run courses, seminars, workshops online. Here is what you need to know. COURSE BUILDER in Google’s own words is:
[...] our experimental first step in the world of online education. It packages the software and technology we used to build our Power Searching with Google online course. We hope you will use it to create your own online courses, whether they’re for 10 students or 100,000 students. You might want to create anything from an entire high school or university offering to a short how-to course on your favorite topic. [...]

Please Stop Requiring Your Speakers To Use Slide Templates
By Amber Naslund via Brass Tack Thinking blog
Event organizers: Please reconsider requiring your speakers to use slide templates. Really. Pretty please? We absolutely understand that you believe this practice will convey a certain amount of consistency with the event branding. But you’ve already got that with your site, your signage, your print materials, your badges, your squishy stress balls and your conference pens. The presentation template isn’t a good place to emphasize this. Here’s why.

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