More powerful than your current offerings.
More effective than your current industrial-strength-stupid monologues and ineffective-panel-methods.
These trends are poised to give you the upper hand and differentiate you from your competitors or send your conference committee suggestions into a downward spiral that will take years to recover from.
Take heed. These trends will be knocking on your conference door whether you realize it or not.
The Next Five Industrial-Strength Education Trends
As a recap, here are the first five trends discussed in yesterday’s post:
- Transformational Learning Instead Of Informational Learning
- Focus On Adaptable Challenges Not Technical Challenges
- Lossless Learning
- Appointment Learning Mixed With Just In Need Opportunities
- Micro-Learning Before, During And After The Conference
Here are the next five awesome education trends.
6. Competency Based Sessions Instead Of Compliance Based
Simulations, scenario-based exercises and real-world applications rule in 21st Century conference education sessions. Distributing facts and knowledge for memorization for credit or to pass a test for certification is quickly becoming a commodity. Organizations are moving to competency based certifications which require a different type of learning session. Online companies like Flat World are giving organizations the ability to use adaptive learning, analytics, and competency based tools instead of just knowledge-based assessments for certifications.
7. Post-Conference Job Aids And Learning Prompts
The learning research about our forgetting and memory curves is prevalent. The goal of most education sessions is relevant takeaways that we apply back on the job. But our brain can’t recall everything. Research by learning professionals like Dr. Will Thalheimer show that if we provide some type of post-conference job aid or learning prompt, our audiences are more likely to remember and apply their learnings.
8. Radically Revised Smile Sheet Evaluations
Few conferences actually provide adequate evaluation strategies. Some provide smile sheet strategies that are grossly biased as Dr. Will Thalheimer has proven. His research and writings show a better smile sheet strategy to use that is more effective.
9. The Conference Content Weaver
The traditional emcee role is morphing into a more instructionally sound facilitated conference content weaver. This person frames general sessions and overarching issues connecting threads and context of pivotal content. The conference content weaver asks provocative questions, guides audiences to watch and listen for specific things and provides more intentionality to a conference experience than the traditional emcee.
10. Meetings With Impact
Many conferences start with a goal of changing attendees’ attitudes, behaviors and skills. However, they use outdated lecture models that fall short. The only way to change people’s minds is to work with their existing knowledge and experience. We have to empathize with their perspectives. The next step is to move beyond facts with stories and visuals that resonate with participants and align with the biology of the brain. That is followed by strategic-conversation-exercises that include audience participation. Meetings with impact move beyond the traditional transmission and reception of information to focusing on the art and science of designing and engaging participants in strategic conversations about adaptive challenges. The result is transformational learning!
BONUS: Rise Of The Strategic, Education-Professional As Meeting Steward
The boundaries between a meeting planner and education professionals are blending. Effective conference education requires a professional who knows, understands, applies and coaches others to apply the current learning research to adult education. Scheduling speakers is no longer enough. Allowing committee volunteers to select and secure speakers and content is like allowing neighborhood volunteers to oversee your child’s schooling. It’s time to become more professional and transition volunteers into advisory roles with an expertise on the content and away from planning conference curriculum and instructional design!
Which of these trends is your organization ready to adopt and apply? Which of these trends do you think you will research more to discuss with your conference team and committee members and why do you think they are important?