Teacher of the Year!

We are honored to feature the 2018 Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning, at Learning 2018.




We are excited to announce that the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning will be featured at Learning 2018!


Mandy teaches English to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. In her classroom, Mandy uses experiential projects like map-making to help her students process trauma, celebrate their home countries and culture, and learn about their new community.

While Learning 2018 is primarily focused on Workplace Learning, it is critical that we recognize, collaborate with and learn from our education colleagues at K-12 and higher education!

“Let’s teach our students to be fearless,” she says. “Let’s teach them to be brave when confronted with uncertainty. Brave when they fail. Brave in meeting new people. Brave in seeking opportunities to experience things outside of their understanding.”

Here is a video clip about Mandy Manning, Teacher of the Year: 


Norfolk Police Department Lip Sync Hit

Special Engagement Award at Learning 2018!

It is amazing to watch the Norfolk Police Department show its diversity, creativity, humor, and engagement as its staff performs a lip sync rendition of Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk. Their video, which has been viewed over 50 million times, was created in response to a challenge from another department.

At Learning 2018, they will be honored with a special “Engagement Award” by learning leaders from some of the nation’s major corporations, including: McDonald’s, Google, Amazon, American Airlines, Humana, Microsoft, Walmart, and more.

“The officers and staff of the Norfolk Police Department are an amazing example of how music, creativity, team work, caring, humor, and risk taking can be a powerful tool for engagement. As they lip sync the words to Uptown Funk, you can see and feel the engagement of the wide diversity of the workforce – as well as feel the pride the community of Norfolk must have for its police force,” said Elliott Masie, Host of Learning 2018 and Broadway Producer (The Prom, Kinky Boots, and The Cher Show).

Here is a link to the viral video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZO7ADSwXAc

According to Norfolk spokesperson Cpl William Pickering, “We wanted to show the community our primary objective is to protect and serve the community, but we’re not robots. We share a lot of the same interests the community has.”

MIT Research: Neuro-Complexity

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We are so excited to announce the return of MIT's Office of Digital Learning to collaborate on a Live Research Study at Learning 2018.  Our topic this is:

Neuro-Complexity & Learning

We will engage dozens of Learning 2018 in fun and challenging activities throughout the event - and gather brain wave and other bio feedback - to look at how processes impact learning and achievement.

The collaboration of MIT's Office of Digital Learning with the MASIE Learning CONSORTIUM is a unique live research experience.  We gather data during sessions on Monday and Tuesday - providing overview feedback on Wednesday to the entire Learning 2018 conference.

It is key to combine the scientific evidence research models of institutions like MIT with the learning innovation efforts of the corporate learning workplace.

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Hour of Code for You!

HourOfCode logo RGB It is time for Learning Professionals to take an hour and learn more about the evolving world of “Code”.

Learning 2018 is working with Bloomberg to offer event participants an “Hour of Code”(tm) experience (https://hourofcode.com/us). Bloomberg is a global information and technology company focused on delivering data, news and analytics as well as building innovative products and solutions needed for the 21st century. Over the past couple of years, Bloomberg has launched initiatives to bring coding skills to traditionally non-coding areas of the business, specifically around the skills needed for advanced data analytics and data science. One of the opportunities Bloomberg has leveraged is the “Hour of Code”, which we will offer as an experience to Learning 2018 participants!

Originally developed for K-12 students around the world, “Hour of Code” is working to address the fact that fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented in computer science classes, and in the tech industry. Hour of Code hopes to change this.

At Learning 2018, Bloomberg will facilitate several opportunities for participants to experience Hour of Code activities in which they can learn and practice a variety of coding languages, plus learn how to run “Hour of Code” experiences in their own organizations.

Suzanne MulderSuzanne Mulder, Global Data Training Manager at Bloomberg, will be one of the Hour of Code facilitators at Learning 2018. She said, “Learning to code can seem intimidating or out-of-reach for employees who are new to it. We have offered this program as a way to spark conversation about innovation that is possible by learning to code and to demystify the process, so that it seems accessible to everyone. We are excited to explore the world of “Code” with our learning colleagues from around the globe.”

Elliott Masie, Host and Curator of Learning 2018, said, “Learning is changing, and the language of innovation is also evolving. It is key for learning producers, managers, designers, and teachers to better understand the world of computer coding. We are deeply pleased to have our colleagues from Bloomberg facilitate an “Hour of Code” experience for the global learning participants at Learning 2018.”

“The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week [csedweek.org] and Code.org [code.org] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.”

Data Analytics for Learning!

Data Analytics is a Key, Critical and Missing Skill for Learning!

At Learning 2018, you will have multiple opportunities to participate in our new Data Analytics for Learning Boot Camps! 

  1. Explore what the skills, competencies, frameworks and language of Data Analytics for Learning. 
  2. Build a vocabulary of Data Analytics terms, definitions and models, that will allow you to have a more informed discussion about this rapidly expanding field.
  3. Understand the job requirements and experiences of new Data Analytics for Learning professionals.
  4. Consider the Re-Tooling needs for a learning developer to evolve into a Data Analytics for Learning implementer.
  5. What is Hype, Real and Doable in Data Analytics for Learning.

Our Boot Camps will take place throughout Learning 2018, including a General Session presentation by a CLO on the need for Data Analytics as a competency in the focused Learning organization.


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