Thursday 28 February 2019

Liveblog @mathvermeulen #JustDoIt #vovpitstop @vovnetwerk

Liveblog Mathias Vermeulen Ode aan Angus
(Great keynote, capturing the audience first, coming to business with strong ideas)
Lang leve technologie!
Technologie is (ahem)
  • ·       Ons LMS
  • ·       Ons eLearningmodules
  • ·       Onze course vending machine

MacGyver is biggest inspiration of @mathiasVermeulen
Fabulous learning is developed by thinking ‘What would MacGyver do?”
·       Find what is out there, and use it to your own advantage and needs!
·       L&D is a party for everyone: becoming best friends with IT. HR, L&D
·       “Ik ben een bricoleur”

Zwitsers zakmes
  • ·       xAPI – LRS
  • ·       VR/AR
  • ·       Games (bury me my love – try it, text but serious game on Syria)
  • ·       Mobile
  • ·       AI and chatbots

Don’t worry be crappy (Guy Kawasaki)
Try out tools, set aside time (e.g. Friday afternoon) to test, think, come up with ideas on learning solutions.
Think ahead
  • ·       New people (we are good in this)
  • ·       More (what can we do to train our people)
  • ·       Apply (e.g. performance support when they need it: just-in-time learning)
  • ·       Solve (again, take time to learn what is out there)
  • ·       Change (produce a lean learning approach)

(Dutch) Yves Bosteels from Jan De Nul on eAcademy #vovpitstop @vovnetwerk #liveblog

Liveblog from Yves Bosteels over Kennis, Proces and Innovatie (just some pointers from his talk) Mostly in Dutch

Jan De Nul eAcademy (eLearning begonnen in 2017), combineren van opleidingen.
6500 medewerkers, internationaal, (80 – 100 lopende projecten, waarvoor opleiding aangeboden moeten worden, met een oplossing voor verschillende infrastructuur problemen, o.a. schepen).
Cornerstone on Demand (offline niet interessant voor schepen)
Online/offline LMS
Recurrente vragen van klanten
·       Training & Needs analysis
·       Show me training background
·       Show me certification
·       What other career training do you provide
·       Project-specific training (eg. Parkwind (nieuwe installatiemethode) – efficient bout placement
Schepen getest vanaf 2018
7 eModules (in 2018, gerigistreerde opleidingen, merendeel klassiek).
Iedere nieuwe werknemer krijgt onmiddellijk upcoming learning sessions, with training programs (cfr AICCM)
Impact van eAcademy precies gemeten?
  • ·       Kwisformule ingewerkt in modules (zie volgende slides)
  • ·       Dashboards voor teamlead en departementshoofden
  • ·       Hoe wordt er voor verankering en transfer gezorgd van wat geleerd wordt?

o   Testen in de module
o   Materiaal blijft in de eBib beschikbaar
o   Nadien ook aan bod laten komen in klassieke training
o   Van aanvraag tot aanlevering (3000 – 25000 eur per module, met module ca. 30 minuten – we automate parts to 2000 EUR per module, with adapted assessment)
Hoe zorgen ze ervoor dat mensen naar de eAcademy gaan?
  • ·       PR actie om animo te geven
  • ·       Mensen wel enthousiast qua materiaal

Implementatie voor eAcademy
·       PM aanstellen om dit gestructureerd en ‘serieus’ aan te pakken
·       Use case vroeg om eigen IT-inbreng om alles op schepen te kunnen implementeren
·       HR & IT
Flipped classroom approach: manage the expectations, ensure pre-contact knowledge acquisition
·       Alle schepen online krijgen
·       Interne opleidingsmatrices in eAcademy + mails met uitnodigingen
·       1370 externe cursussen naar eAcademy krijgen met een approval flow
·       Tegen eind maart: 16
·       Tegen eind 2019: 90
Recurrent materiaal
·       Bedrijfsrichtlijkenen
·       QHSSE
·       Recurrente treainingen zoals baggercursussen, DMS, IT, andere software
·       Inducties (projectsites & opslagplaatsen).
Expert academy: Finex portal (financial project and contact information): data and reports, ITA, Links, Tools, …. (test spec IT roll out)
Vraag naar soft-skills and Gamification (Check Marloes, Elizabeth interest: GC, Spain…)

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Just sharing a few rejections: paper & funding, and solutions #academicLife #life #loveMyNetwork

Life can be hard, both personally and professionally, yet at the same time life can simply push you towards a more pleasant option along the way, seemingly using rejections to get you on to the right track. I sure hope this will be the case, but only hindsight will tell. [addition one day after writing this post: while sharing these ideas on Facebook, I got such an inspiring response from my network, I decided to add the ideas and remarks they had below, between square brackets]
Today I was informed that my co-authored paper for the eMOOC summit 2019 in Naples was rejected. Rejections rarely result in joy, and this was no exception. For some reason writing a paper is also a personal effort. You try with all your ability (and mostly under a bit of time pressure) to come up with a paper that shares your research in just a few pages. Referencing to prior great minds in your field of expertise. So, when a paper gets rejected, it simply hurts. It feels personal to some extent.
The rejection came one week after my submission to get a prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship got rejected as well, it did not get the threshold. The review did have a lot of positive points though (which did soften the blow). Granted, I wrote this submission as a plan B in order to increase my options to get back to work after I recovered from the year rehab after the cancer diagnosis. I put my heart into it, not only me but also the professor who was willing to employ me in his department if the fellowship was successful. Luckily, I was able to get back to work and on good terms, and on an inspiring project.
[It seems that rejections are common to everyone, even the highest esteemed scholars get them despite their obvious wisdom and knowledge. My friends shared some good advice and resources that help to bounce back from rejection. First off: upward and onward, as simple as it sounds, it works ... once you have managed to soften the feeling of a work being rejected. The process is to reflect, look at the feedback (or if they did not send any, ask for all the feedback, of course, anonymized), and rewrite and resubmit. Next, a great article in Medium on The Iceberg Illusion, adding the picture here as well.]

But the above two rejections just made me realize once more that I am not a traditional academic and as such, I doubt whether I can ever be part of the whole deal. Maybe this frequency of rejection is simply normal, but at present, I just feel I need to take another leap. Just like I did three times before. Maybe I am not made to gradually move forward? Maybe my thing is just this .... jumping ahead and then working on that 'new' concept until it becomes more mainstream.
[Feedback is an essential first step, next of course is to get going and to know thy self. And to repeat to yourself that critique is not personal, and it can be based on a number of reasons that do not even have to be immediately related to the work you did. In a way, emotion wins over ratio every time, but that does not mean we cannot rationalize after the first emotions have gone.]
Ciska sometimes tells me: "don't wine because you are living off the beaten track, even if you could walk the straight and narrow, you still would roll out your own route to get to the next place". Maybe she is right, but it does not make things easier. Maybe, it is never easy for any of us. Even for those who walk the more traditional roads to achieve a professional space in society. I don't know, but each time I get such a rejection, I just feel it's because of me, and it feels personal.
Okay, time to move forward again. Working on a project which combines human resources, AI and learning... fun, I must admit.
[and this is - and has always been - an inspiring Last Lecture]

Cartoon in this blogpost is from the fabulous Nick D. Kim - the site