The second Instructional Designers meetup organized by the Instructional Designers Community of India happened on May 23, 2009 in Adobe office. Here is a brief sum up of the meetup.
Rupa, SAP, Bangalore
Ram, Cisco, Bangalore
Shameer, Adobe, Bangalore
Abhinava, Astutix, Bangalore
David, ValueMomentum, Hyderabad
Shaji, META-i Technologies Pvt., Bangalore
Nikhil Joseph, InVidya, Bangalore
Mayank, Siemens, Bangalore
Raymond, Invidya, Bangalore
Akshay, Adobe, Bangalore
Dr. Pooja, J P Morgan, Bangaglore
Malini, Educomp, Bangalore
Sahana, Zensar Technologies, Pune
Indu, Symphony Services, Bangalore
Hareesh, Convergys, Hyderabad
Reaching the venue
All of us reached the venue by 10:00 am. The adobe office was really good. I forgot to click some snaps of the office premises. I promise to do it next time
It was great to connect with learning professionals who had taken some time to come on a saturday morning. We had people travelling all the way from Pune and Hyderabad to attend the session. Kudos to their enthusiasm.
All of us chit chatted over a coffee and the session kicked off at 10: 30 am.
Welcome and Ice Breaker Activity
I did a brief welcoming and moderated the ice breaker activity. Each of us introduced ourselves, spoke about the kind of work we do and about our interests and hobby.
The ice breaker activity was fun. Each of us took turns to pick up three chits from a bowl of chits and we had to answer the questions written in the chits. Thanks to Indu for framing nice questions and we really had witty and smart answers from the participants.
When asked what would he grab and dash out if his house was on fire, one participant said ” His wife and then added that “only because he is newly wed” and the others interpreted lots of meaning to it
When asked to tell a lie, one other participant, he very spontaneously said” I am a man” and you can imagine what happened after that.
The ice breaker activity was fun and got all of us comfortable with each other.
Introduction to the Instructional Designers Community of India
After the introductory round was over, Ram took over and introduced us to the community and its objectives. He briefed us on the registration process and suggestions to grow the community. He did a really good job in keeping the presentation brief and telling us only what was really important for us to know.
His powerpoint presentation is very well created. Please access the presentation here : IDCI
Session on Shift from Traditional E-learning to Rapid E-learning
After brief break of 5 mins, Shameer (Product Manager, Adobe Captivate) took over and started off with his talk about rapid e-learning. Shameer’s session was awesome. He spoke about the typical scenarios where rapid e-learning is applicable, a comparison of traditional e-learning and rapid e-learning, and a glimpse into some of the rapid e-learning tools.
He began by defining traditional e-learning and rapid e-learning. This led to a very useful discussion about concept of rapid e-learning vs use of rapid e-learning tools.
Participants agreed that rapid e-learning could be information in pdf format or even a blog post. Rapid e-learning as a concept could be good information in any format and not necessarily with the instructional design principles applied.
Shameer continued to give a lot of information about the changing trends in the e-learning market and how people in the US have shifted to rapid e-learning tools during these recession times, with lot of cuts in the training budget.
He also said that most companies these days want information out to the employees, without paying much attention to the presentation of the content or format of the content.
Somewhere between the session we also had a brief discussion on the Push and Pull approaches and we all agreed that the pull approach is more relevant.
Shameer did an excellent job and gave away lot of useful information. He also gave a demo of interactive e-learning content created using Captivate. Please access Shameer’s presentation here : Trends in E-learning
Closing and Feedback
Indu did the closing bit and Shameer gave away evaluation version of the Adobe E-learning Suite to the participants.
Then the participants took time to write their feedback on the session.
The participants conveyed that they found the meetup really useful and asked for longer sessions. This is a big boost for the community to conduct many more such sessions.
Shameer was kind enough to offer Adobe office as the location for forthcoming meetups. The Instructional Designers Community of India is thankful to Shameer.
For June meetup, we will try to get the other members of the community to join the meeting online. The next meetup is happening on June 27, 2009 in Adobe office. Watch out for more news on this!
Looking forward to your active participation