Learning 2018 Participant Updates 

Update #2, September 24, 2018

In just six weeks, you will be participating in Learning 2018! Here is our most recent update for registered participants about the activities, design, energy, experience options, and plans for Learning 2018.

  • New: Booklet with Content & Experiences! You will be able to participate in a wide range of learning experiences – during our structured session times and throughout the length of Learning 2018. We just produced a colorful booklet that lists some of the over 200 learning activities, sessions, and experiences at Learning 2018. Your colleagues may be interested in joining you at the event so that your organization can participate in a wider mix of topics. View and share our Learning 2018 Booklet: http://www.learning2018.com/booklet
  • Schedule Design and Your Input: Our team is now laying out the schedule of sessions, activities, and labs – this list will be published by October 10th – and, we want your input. Look over this survey and take a few minutes to let our schedulers know the top 10 topics that strike your interest. This will help them slot activities into spaces that are optimal.  Please help out with your input at:  http://www.masie.com/Learning2018SessionPreferences
  • Curiosity and Learning: We will explore the role of “Curiosity” in the changing world of workplace learning. How do the shifts in learning formats, learning technologies, business expectations, and learning culture impact “Curiosity”? How do we curate content with an eye on optimizing content choices to leverage and increase learner curiosity in a rapidly changing info “ecosystem”? Our keynotes from author Dan Pink, Broadway star and author Leslie Odom, Jr., and a wide range of CLOs will explore Learning Curiosity in 2018.
  • Sunday Disney “Business Behind the Scenes” Tour: There are still a few spaces available in this optional, unique tour to see how the magic of Disney works from behind the scenes. There are morning and afternoon options: learning2018.com/disneytour
  • Learning 2018 Chatbot and App: We are developing an experimental Chatbot that will allow you to curate content as well as ask key questions via SMS or Messenger. In addition, you will gain access to a dedicated Learning 2018 App that will provide schedule updates and collaboration. Both of these will go live a few weeks before the event, so we ask that you bring a phone or other mobile device that has wireless and/or SMS texting.
  • Vote: Absentee Ballots! Participants from the United States should sign up to vote in the November General Election via absentee ballot. There are several places you can request your ballot. Here is one you can use: http://www.vote.org
  • Former First Lady Laura Bush Keynote: We have arranged for any guests who are traveling with you to attend this keynote on Monday morning. For security needs, they will need to sign up onsite, either sometime on Sunday or Monday morning by 9 am. Sign-up sheets for guests will be in the registration area.
  • Disney World and Epcot Party Ticket for You! Learning 2018 will be giving you a ticket for Tuesday evening to either Walt Disney’s Epcot (with Wine and Food Festival) or – new this year – Magic Kingdom! If you have guests who want to attend, you can purchase an after-5pm ticket for them onsite at the hotel concierge desk or in advance. More information is available at learning2018.com/Celebration.
  • Saturday/Sunday Connections: Many of our participants are coming to Orlando one or more days before the event. We will have a location at the conference site where you can connect with other participants for a meal or a trip to one of the parks in the area.
  • Hotel: Hotel rooms are booking fast, but there is still availability at Coronado Springs, where all rooms have recently been renovated. To book your room, go to: learning2018.com/hotel-travel
  • Learning Groups Still Forming: Every day or two, a new organization reaches out to us to form a small or larger group of learning colleagues who will be participating at Learning 2018. We can offer a discount and additional meeting space for a group that wants to have some pre- or post-event gatherings. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to arrange a group of 5 or more people.

Update #1, September 6, 2018

In just two months, you will be participating in Learning 2018! This is the first of several notes that I will be sending to our participants about the activities, energy, options, and plans for Learning 2018.

  • Content List! We are excited to share the working list of over 125 learning activities, sessions, and experiences at Learning 2018. These will be expanded in the coming weeks. Take a few minutes to look at the topic list at the bottom of this note and share it with your colleagues. learning2018.com/contentupdate1
  • Learning is Changing! My keynotes and the major theme at Learning 2018 will be Learning is Changing! We will explore how our learners, our designs, our technologies, and our business realities are changing. Take a few minutes to discuss how Learning is Changing at your organization.
  • Hotel! If you have not booked your hotel room, please do so as soon as possible. Space at Disney is tight during this season and we have reserved a block for our Learning 2018 participants at the Coronado Springs Resort. learning2018.com/hotel-travel
  • Sunday Disney “Business Behind the Scenes” Tour: There are still spaces available in this optional, unique tour to see how the magic of Disney works from behind the scenes. There are morning and afternoon options. learning2018.com/disneytour
  • Vote: Absentee Ballots! Participants from the United States should sign up to vote in the November General Election via absentee ballot. There are several places you can request your ballot. Here is one you can use: http://www.vote.org
  • The Police Are Coming! Well, 6 police officers from the now-famous Norfolk Police Department are coming to receive an “Engagement Award” for their Lip Sync of “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars. They will be with us throughout the event. Check them out: learning2018.com/norfolk
  • Additional Registrations & Groups: Once Labor Day passes, folks often turn to their calendars and want to expand the size of their organizations’ groups at Learning 2018. Whether you have just 1 or even 10 more colleagues who want to join us, please have them go to learning2018.com to register.
  • Former First Lady Laura Bush Keynote: We have arranged for any guests who are traveling with you to attend this keynote on Monday morning. For security needs, they will need to sign up onsite, either sometime on Sunday or Monday morning by 9 am. Sign-up sheets for guests will be in the registration area.
  • Disney World and Epcot Party Ticket for You! Learning 2018 will be giving you a ticket for Tuesday evening to either Walt Disney’s Epcot (with Wine and Food Festival) or – new this year – Magic Kingdom! If you have guests who want to attend, you can purchase an after-5pm ticket for them onsite at the hotel concierge desk or in advance. More information is available at learning2018.com/Celebration .

We will be sharing more details and exciting experiences in the coming weeks. Once again, the content and links from this note (and future participant notes) can be found at www.learning2018.com/participants

Yours in learning,

Elliott

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