Monday, October 11, 2010

Upcoming ASTD Philly chapter meeting to cover learning in virtual worlds

This Wednesday I'll be taking the stage for my next great performance. Unfortunately I'll be leaving my guitar at home. This stint is for my day job!

I'll be presenting at the October meeting of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of ASTD (American Society for Training and Development). For the unacquainted, ASTD is the world's largest professional association for the training and development industry.

I'm honored to have several industry thought leaders with me at the podium this week.
  • Wain Ballard, President of Ballard Education. Wain is very proficient in enterprise learning strategy and technology, having spent about 20 years in education, IT consulting, and banking/finance. We asked him if he would contribute a guest post for us about what he'll be covering, and we're hoping to share that with you soon.
  • Dr. Lia DiBello, President and Director of Research for Workplace Technologies Research, located at City University of New York. She's spent over 18 years in workplace research at organizations including Harvard, IBM Cognitive Science Labs, and the Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of Work.
  • Dr. Karl Kapp, Bloomsberg University professor whom we know and love.
  • Dr. Tony O'Driscoll, Duke University professor and also close bud, who will be joining us virtually in ProtoSphere.
The topic of the meeting is the business value of 3-D immersive environments for enterprise learning and collaboration. We'll be taking a look at the present and future of virtual world technologies and their use for learning and collaboration.

You'll gain insight into how and why some companies are using virtual worlds today, and advice on deciding when, where, and how to use virtual worlds for enterprise learning in your organization. It will be an informative, educational event, and a good opportunity to bounce ideas off of us and your peers.

The meeting will be held Oct. 13 from 6 p.m to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Center City Philadelphia. For those of you who are out of the area or can't make it, I'm planning to bring my camera to capture the goings-on. We'll post the footage to our blog, so keep your eyes peeled. Hey, if I can't bring my guitar, I guess a camera will have to do!!

1 comment:

Tony said...

Ron, great presentation last night! We work on data visualization at my job. I've shared your company's video page because I was very interested when you talked about the ability to do 3D Data Visualization. Great stuff! Thanks again!

Tony

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