It’s that time of the year again. Time to start looking forward to SXSW by picking the panels you want to see!
Enspire CEO Bjorn Billhardt is a part of a prospective panel called “Technology-Enabled Instruction: Hype And Promise.” The panel will answer the questions:
- What are real advantages of technology-enabled learning that should be capitalized upon and what is just hype?
- Are we making progress toward a classroom with personalized and social computer-based instruction?
- Will technology-based tools be free? If not, who will pay for them and how much will they cost?
Vote for Bjorn’s panel here!
Mindy Jackson, Director of Instructional Design at Enspire, also has a panel in the running. The “Feedback Mechanisms & Learning Analytics” panel will explore how current advances in instructional technology and pedagogy are helping teachers leverage the power of analytics to boost learning.
Vote for Mindy’s panel here!
Are you coming to Austin for SXSW 2013? What are you most looking forward to from SXSW this time around?
The Summer 2012 issue of The Dispatch, Enspire’s quarterly newsletter, is now available on the website.
This issue includes:
“Customer Service – Food for Thought” by Andrew Page
A Word from CEO Bjorn Billhardt
“3D or not 2D? That is the Question” by Mindy Jackson
“A Long Day’s Journey into HTML5” by Ed Garner
Click here to view the latest issue of The Dispatch.
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VCA Animal Hospitals operates over 580 small animal hospitals in 41 states and Canada. These hospitals are staffed by more than 2,600 fully qualified, dedicated, and compassionate doctors who provide the very best in general and specialty veterinary care.
In a national survey of VCA doctors, 87 percent identified “improving exam room communication” as the skill with the greatest impact on their job performance. To help doctors grow in this area, VCA partnered with Enspire Learning in 2011 to create the Communication Works: Happy Doctors, Loyal Clients, Healthy Pets program. Built from extensive field research with VCA doctors and over four decades of evidence-based studies on doctor-patient communication, the program is designed to lead to healthier pets, happier clients, and more professionally satisfied doctors. The program includes a classroom-based collaborative learning workshop, online training modules for content and skills reinforcement, and an online repository for readings, discussion forums, and other resources.
Enspire and our media arm, Houndstooth, developed a trailer (below) for the program’s launch. Read this case study to learn more about our work with VCA!
Enspire’s media arm, Houndstooth, and Sherry Matthews Advocacy Marketing recently collaborated on a video designed to help educators support prekindergarten programs in their districts. Click on the image below, and then scroll down slightly to see the video. This won a AIGA Texas Show Gold award. Enjoy!
Is 3D media a better choice than 2D for asynchronous learning experiences?
First, context: I think marketing and entertainment savvy have an important place in training and development. All cross-disciplinary approaches to improve the design and production of exceptional online learning experiences are welcome. Enspire’s own media subsidiary, Houndstooth, reflects this philosophy – cross pollinating heavily between the worlds of marketing, learning, and entertainment, and deploying 3D or 2D media as need dictates.
That said, I’ve noticed customers are specifically seeking out vendors to create 3D environments for asynchronous learning experiences. Note the “asynchronous” modifier. I’m referring to single user experiences, not multi-user virtual worlds.
Is 3D better for this kind of learning?
Enspire’s media arm, Houndstooth, designed and executed the lighting for the Austin Film Society premiere of Richard Linklater’s new film Bernie. The premiere took place at the Violet Crown Cinema, with director Richard Linklater, star Matthew McConaughey, and co-writer and Texas Monthly Executive Editor Skip Hollandsworth in attendance. Hollandsworth’s 1998 article “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas” recounts the strange tale of beloved Carthage, TX resident Bernhardt “Bernie” Tiede, his close friendship with the town’s most cantankerous widow, and her subsequent disappearance. The film also stars Jack Black and Shirley MacClaine.
A few weeks ago I posted about how we “outsource control of behavior to the environment.” This made me think about the concept “distributed cognition.” Distributed cognition proposes that knowledge is not confined to an individual, but rather is distributed throughout an environment. That is, we use external sources including other people, materials, and other tools and supports within the environment to help us in critical thinking and decision-making.
Distributed cognition always plays into my instructional design thinking. What and who do learners have at hand to support their thinking, ergo support their performance?
Recently, I heard the term “transactive memory” which proposes that groups of people collectively encode, store, and retrieve knowledge. This term is meant to explain the processes behind “hive mind” or “group think.” It’s not really a new idea either, but to me it seemed like another phrasing of distributed cognition.
A lot has been made that we are losing our memorization capabilities due to the easy and immediate access to information. My colleague Matt wrote about “second screens”; I find myself looking up information ever more frequently on my smart phone as I watch TV, read a book, listen to music, or take a walk outdoors. What is that flower, or tree, or snake!?
VCA Animal Hospitals (NASDAQ:WOOF) operates over 580 small animal hospitals in 41 states and Canada, staffed with 2,600 fully qualified, dedicated, and compassionate doctors. VCA partnered with Enspire to create an 11 hour blended curriculum focused on doctor communication skills, of which high quality video is an important piece. The large video shoot supporting the program took place recently in Austin, and while days were long it was a resounding success. Here’s how your shoot can succeed, too. Continue reading
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Instructional designers should apply the ADDIE Model to every aspect of their lives. It is particularly important on Thanksgiving Day.
Analysis: Before approaching any food, determine what you’re craving. What have you enjoyed in the past? How hungry are you? How large is your hunger gap?
Design: First, take an inventory of the food selections. What combination might fill your hunger gap? Next, pick a plate that is appropriate for your dinner objectives. You don’t want to find yourself at the end of the buffet with no more room on your plate.
Development: As you begin loading your plate, don’t lose sight of the big picture. For example, should you go for turkey, ham, or both? If you have both, will there be room for dessert?
Implementation: Finally, it’s time to eat. Your most important decision here is where to sit. It’s important to pick a seat that is appropriate to your dinner objectives. Is your hunger gap large? Don’t sit next to your opinionated uncle. You’ll be arguing politics instead of eating. Are your dinner objectives more focused on the second portion of “eat, drink, and be merry?” Then, avoid your judgmental aunt.
Evaluation: First we’ll cover formative evaluation. Be sure to check in periodically on your date/spouse. Make sure he/she is relatively happy to be there. Failure to do so will lead to a night on the couch. Also, remember to assess food as you go. Don’t fill up on that strawberry salad that just tastes so-so. It will prevent you from eating a second serving of green bean casserole later on. Summative evaluation is also very important. Can you still buckle your belt after dinner? Are you too sleepy to help clean up? Can you drive home?
As you can see, a systems approach to Thanksgiving will ensure that you get the highest ROI possible on Thanksgiving Day. We wouldn’t advise experiencing the holiday any other way.