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I think this quote captures the book and the idea pretty well,
"...learning leaders would do well to pay heed to Gloria Gery’s assertion that: “We don’t need new technology, we just need new thinking.”
This is the author's clarion call to all of us involved in helping people learn in new and powerful ways:
"The enterprise learning function is responsible for developing the talent that drives sustainable competitive advantage for the firm. In remaining bound to the formal classroom as the primary learning modality, the learning function is significantly limiting its ability to deliver strategic value to the enterprise at precisely the time when the ability to learn and adapt in perpetuity is becoming a core capability required by all firms. Just as businesses have had to change their strategies, structures, and infrastructures to remain competitive in increasingly dynamic market environments, the learning function must also adapt to meet the dynamic needs of the enterprise it serves. Ironically, while business has clearly learned to change, the learning function itself has not."
I was fortunate enough to meet both of the authors separately at two very cool conference I attended. I met Tony O'Driscoll at Fusion Productions DigitalNow Conference in April, 2010 where he talked about the Immernet - the next iteration of the internet. And just in time for the "gamer generation" who are looking for new ways to collaborate in immersive learning environments.
The almost one week later I met Karl Kapp at the Meridian Learn & Know Conference where he gave us a shout out on his blog Kapp Notes. Karl had the audience's heads spinning as they were trying to grasp what this might mean to their traditional learning systems.
If you want to see the future of learning (which is already here), get this book now!
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The session will be live at the MACPA CPA Center in Towson, MD and virtual via webcast and in the BLI Conference Center in Second Life (click on this link to teleport to the session) on April 26th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm (ET).
MACPA has led the CPA profession into this exciting virtual world platform. Tom Hood and his alter ego, Rocky Maddaloni will show you how virtual world’s like Second Life can be used for real training, conferences and meetings. You will learn how this fits within the Web 2.0/social media software spectrum, discuss possible uses, and see examples of real life business applications that can be done in Second Life.
Friday, April 23rd 10:00pm - 11:00pm Australian continuing education session entitled Communicating, Collaborating, and Learning in Virtual Worlds - taught by Prof. Allan Ellis. It is sponsored by CPA Australia.
Yesterday I particpated on a panel at the MBAA International Conference in Chicago this week, except I did not get on a plane. I joined them from inside of Second Life right from CPA Island.
The program titled, Teaching IFRS: Technological Innovations and Best Practices is a moderated panel by the Chair: William Miller, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and features Panelists:
Mark Holtzblatt, Roosevelt University
Tom Hood, Maryland Association of CPAs
Norbert Tschakert, San Diego State University
I got invited to this after meeting Norbert at a Pearson Accounting Educators Symposium last year. He and the oether members of the panel are doing some real innoavtive teaching methods and using them to bring IFRS into the college classrooms. They discussed how they used student produced videos, technologies liked Linked in to find experts and start dialogs, and looking ahead at technology aids to teaching like social media and mobile.
I hope I added to the conversation by sharing our experience with Second Life as a learning environment, and a meeting environment, and share the stories of several accounting educators I have met in Second Life.
Here are a couple of resources that my fellow panelists wanted to make available:
Also, we are contnuing to make kiosk available on CPA Island for any accounting educators to feature their school and accounting program as well as use of our facilities to hold classes - contact Tom Hood at the MACPAmailto:email@example.com for details.
In case you missed the major announcement yesterday, Linden Lab released its beta of the new Second Life Viewer. The launch itself was noteworthy as it used social media and the Building 43 team to create buzz and offer a great demo and interview between Robert Scoble and Linden Lab, CEO Mark Kingdon.
The new viewer is the beginning of the next era of Second Life which will feature even more integration with the social web, more development tools, and more collaboration tools. I am excited by these developments. Although we never did think SL needed a "second life", we have found it to be a terrific environment for training and collaboration. Then there is the first ever Accounting music video produced in Second Life and released on Valentine's Day, If I were an auditor.
Check out the interview with Scoble and Kingdon, check out the detailed description on the Second Life blog, then download the new viewer here. I downloaded it and installed with no problems, love the interface and starting to figure out all of the new features.
We were the first CPA presence in SL (since 2007) and now have two islands (CPA Island & CPA Island 2) dedicated to training, meeting, and an accounting education pavilion for students and educators. Look for our group in world, SLACPA (Second Life Association of CPAs).
Take a creative idea about an auditor love song from FEI chief blogger (and Policy Analyst), Edith Orenstein add a talented CPA musician, Steven Zelin, The Singing CPA, a cadre of talented A-list accounting bloggers (comfortable with the latest social networking tools) and host it a virtual world for CPAs, here on CPA Island and you get this fun accounting music video.
It really has started people talking - see what they are saying:
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The top five ways that Second Life and social media have transformed MACPA :
1. Connecting - Going to where our members, prospective members, and students are
2. Building our Whuffie (Social Capital)
3. Access to thought leaders, ideas & information
4. Innovative ways to deliver CPE to our members
5. International recognition and relationships
Join us for our special "mixed reality" session on Monday, December 7th, 2009 8:10 am - 9:50am (EST) as part of MACPA's Technology Conference at the Sheraton Columbia Hotel in Columbia, Maryland or live in Second Life at our BLI Conference Center (click this link to teleport to conference).
Here is what we will be covering in this special 100 minute session:
We can’t hide behind the web any longer, to get your company and yourself adaptable for the 21st century learn the real life story of how MACPA has used blogging, twitter, and other social media tools to reach out to current members and find new members. Learn what it was necessary for the MACPA to do this in order to keep up with the younger generation. Learn what it took to get there, what it takes to keep it up, and what wasn’t such a good idea.
Date: Monday, December 7, 2009 8:10 am 9:50 am (EST) 5:10 am - 6:50 am (PST/SLT)
After "what the heck is Second Life?", this is the most frequent question we continue to hear.
As you know we have been using Second Life for training applications for awhile now. Having run over forty events virtually and "mixed reality" for over 500 people, we believe in this format as a viable, cost effective training platform.
But don't take our word for it listen to what the experts are saying:
Tomorrows CPA (Student site) The student sit from the Maryland Association of CPAs - includes free membership for students (high scholl thru college) interested in an exciting career as a Certified Public Accountant.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics recently showed the CPA career as one of the fastest growing careers (in demand) for 2008 thru 2018.
Biz Learning Blog Thought leadership for talent management, learning, and strategy from the Business Learning Institute
Second Life Association of CPAs The first Assocition for CPAs, students, accounting educators and all of those interested in the possibilities of virtual worlds for the accounting profession.
CPA Island (Second Life) Life's a beach - at least for CPAs. The CPAs have formed a beachhead in Second Life called CPA Island. You must be a member of SLACPA group in order to visit. See the latest happenings on the island...
Maryland CPA Summit (MDBIZEXPO) The show for meeting the challenges facing business today - the credit crunch, rising health care and energy costs, developing human capital, globalization are issues everyone is concerned about.
It is time to “get real” about the challenges we face and seize new opportunities, and build sustainable organizations that grow profitably and create jobs. The Expo’s goal is to provide a gathering place of resources and ideas which help everyone meet these challenges. That is what is unique about this event.