The facilitated applied-learning sessions (or App Labs, for short) represent the chance to work collaboratively with peers at other organizations and with seasoned consultants who, collectively, have helped hundreds of organizations transform their businesses. Faculty will present relevant content and context and then guide participants in working together to solve a problem or develop innovative opportunities in situations highly relevant to their everyday work.
Two of the sessions will be repeated on the second day to allow attendees to participate in the App Labs most closely aligned with their needs and interests.
- Setting the Pace: How to Lead Learning in Your Field (facilitated by Seth Kahan)
What does it mean to lead learning? When should we lead, and when should we run with the pack? How can we set the standard for learning in our field or industry? What’s the role of the individual leader versus the organization? When does management trump leadership? (Note: This App Lab will only be offered once at the symposium.)
- Beyond Credentialing: Validation as a Key to Education Business Success (facilitated by Mickie Rops)
Which of our offerings warrant validation? What are our validation options (self-assessments, microcredentials, certificates, digital badges, etc.)? How can we leverage the data generated by our validation efforts? What opportunities does validation open up for our education business? (Note: This App Lab will be offered both days of the symposium.)
- Growing—and Breaking—Market Boundaries (facilitated by Jeff Cobb)
What are the key trends and market forces you can leverage to improve reach into your existing audience? How can you reach beyond the known customer base to develop products and offerings that serve new markets effectively? How can you more consistently—and effectively—play the role of “Chief Learning Market Officer”? (Note: This App Lab will be offered both days of the symposium.)
The real world is complex, and most challenges and opportunities require collaborative, cross-functional thinking and access to expert insight. Attendees will have the chance to apply their experience and what they learn in the morning to deal with situations that come as close as possible to real-world complexity.