Here is her story – enjoy!
My number one goal for the conference was to learn all I could about Social Media Learning and how to apply it to learning and development programs. NASA is on the cutting edge of many things, but at the Center-level we are in dire need of moving towards 21st Century Learning Methods. I hit the jack-pot in achieving this goal by completing the “Social Media for Learning Certificate” taught by Shannon Tipton. In this course I learned about and even used various types of social media tools. I sent my first Tweet at lunch on day 1. It was really EXCITING!! From there I tweeted throughout the entire conference on everything from key learnings to fascinating people I met. Shannon also shared with the class how to utilize Facebook, Pinterest, Diigo (a web collector), blogs, YouTube, etc. in our learning programs. The case study on day 2 was excellent. It took us through the entire process of designing with social tools—analysis to evaluation. The two key learnings I took away from this course were: (1) the need to develop a business case for social media learning, and (2) pick one or two social tools to use and work with them to see what the audience responds to.
Two of my staff members also attended the conference, one of which was enrolled in the “Mobile Learning Apps” preconference course. I have never seen him so enthused about anything. After day 1 he was already brainstorming different ways to use mobile learning apps in the development programs he manages. The two of us began sharing ideas with one another immediately and were anxious to begin implementing those ideas. We have already started on our first mobile app. It will be for our “New Hire Development Program”. We have identified what we will include in the app and have a point of contact at the Center to help with next steps. We plan to conduct a pilot with the new employees hired over the summer.
During the conference there were tons of interesting sessions to choose to attend. My favorite was the “Neuroscience of Learning” by Josh Davis. In his presentation Josh discussed how we can make learning stick more effectively through communication strategies. Of course this sent my brain right to how we could incorporate social media to achieve this. It was great how everything seemed to tie together for me. So, my #1 goal was definitely achieved during the conference.
My second goal was to team with my staff members who attended and network with talent development professionals. This goal was achieved as well. It was really an emotional high for me to share with others what I learned and hear what they learned as well. There was always something interesting to talk about with wonderful people. It was GREAT!! Can’t wait for Orlando!!
I can’t wait to see you there as well!
Tomorrow we will be hearing from Tom Spiglanin – Tom always tries to hit up as many sessions as he can, so his point of view will certainly be a different one – so stay tuned and watch this space.