STC virtual trackThis piece is written by Lloyd Tucker of e-Learning Solutions, a consulting company that assists associations in starting and expanding their e-learning programs. Prior to founding e-Learning Solutions, Lloyd worked in the association space for two decades. Most recently Lloyd was deputy executive director and director of education and membership for the Society for Technical Communication (STC). The virtual track described in this piece was added to STC’s May 2014 annual meeting. If you’re interested in more about virtual events, check out the recent Tagoras Association Virtual Events report.

For some time I had been thinking about a low-cost way to deliver a virtual track to my conference and at the same time not break the bank and even make a profit. From the beginning I had a whole list of requirements besides the cost. The virtual track had to be interactive, easy for staff to put together, easy for virtual attendees to come and go, and not technologically challenging for staff or attendees.

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While it should be useful to anyone interested in the topic of microlearning for professional development and continuing education, this post is primarily intended to provide background and supporting materials for a session I will deliver at the ASAE Technology Conference on December 17. The session is titled Massive, Micro, Flipped and More: Key Trends and Technologies Driving the Future of E-Learning, and it is part of the Next Generation Learning track. If (and only if!) you plan to attend the session, I would be truly grateful if you would participate in this very brief survey.

The additional posts in this series are:

Definition of Microlearning

In contrast to traditional educational experiences, which tend to be designed in 50 to 90 minute units, microlearning experiences may last anywhere from a few seconds – the time it might take to answer a quiz question, for example – to roughly 15 to 20 minutes – the time it might take to watch a video, for example. While microlearning does not necessarily imply online learning – pecha kucha, for example, can be considered a form of microlearning – Internet and mobile technologies have certainly made creating and accessing microlearning experiences dramatically easier.  The explosion of smart phone and tablet usage – along with, many argue, shrinking attention spans – have set the stage for microlearning to become a major force. (Depending on who is talking, you may also hear microlearning described as “nanolearning.”

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Leveraging the Flipped Classroom for Professional Development and Continuing Education

December 9, 2014

While it should be useful to anyone interested in the topic of the flipped classroom for professional development and continuing education, this post is primarily intended to provide background and supporting materials for a session I will deliver at the ASAE Technology Conference on December 17. The session is titled Massive, Micro, Flipped and More: Key Trends […]

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Leveraging MOOCs for Professional Development and Continuing Education

December 8, 2014

While it should be useful to anyone interested in the topic of MOOCs for professional development and continuing education, this post is primarily intended to provide background and supporting materials for a session I will deliver at the ASAE Technology Conference on December 17. The session is titled Massive, Micro, Flipped and More: Key Trends and […]

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A Remedy to the Strategy Vacuum in Our Mobile Learning White Paper

December 1, 2014

There’s often a vacuum when it comes to organizations’ strategy for their learning business—we’ve seen this over and over again in our research and when working with associations. And we’ve lamented that lack of strategy in more than one publication. The most recent lamentation comes in our new complimentary “Mobile Learning and Associations: A Chance to […]

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3 Learning Trends, 2 Predictions in Less Than 1 Hour

November 19, 2014

Like so much these days, it can seem like the learning field is innovating at an unprecedented pace. Or is firmly mired in old and ineffective ways. The reality, of course, is both—learning is happening all along the spectrum that ranges from stale and outmoded to outlandish and novel for the sake of novelty. Last […]

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What Does the Future Hold for Learning? Come See Thursday.

November 10, 2014

Jeff and I are holding the last of the 2014 Leading Learning Webinars this Thursday and focusing on what’s happened with learning in 2014—the key trends—and then looking out to 2015 and beyond—what’s coming down the pike, and what does it mean for associations that are in the business of lifelong learning? You can register […]

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Our New Association Virtual Events Report Released—and a Bonus From-the-Field Story

November 7, 2014

We’ve officially released the new version of our Association Virtual Events report, and you can download a free copy by signing up for the Leading Learning community list below (or find out more here). Thank you to Digitell for sponsoring the report, so we can offer it for free. The report represents our ongoing effort to […]

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7 Rules Successful Internet Marketers Live By – and You Should Too

October 27, 2014

Want to lead your education business to significant growth? It pays to follow the lead of successful Internet marketers. The term “Internet marketer” doesn’t mean just any old company or person who markets things online. Rather, it applies specifically to entrepreneurs who make their living – and in some cases make a fortune – primarily through […]

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What would 10x better look like?

October 13, 2014

Having done a lot of strategy work with organizations over the years, one commonality I have found is that nearly all organizations make strategy more complicated than it needs to be. Indeed, I suspect that a view of strategy as being something time-intensive and complex is one of the key factors that keeps many organizations […]

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