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Four Values To Super Charge Your Conference Participant Peer Learning

In today’s high-tech, information-at-your-thumbs world, education models have shifted.

Our conference participants now have the capacity and cultural motivation to produce their own knowledge. They experience overwhelmingly support for creating and sharing information and connections in their daily lives.

Seeing is not remembering, it turns out

People may have to 'turn on' their memories in order to remember even the simplest details of an experience, according to psychologists. This finding, which has been named 'attribute amnesia,' indicates that memory is far more selective than previously thought.

Is Your Conference Fostering Conscious Cognitive Misers?

Are you creating intellectually lazy conference participants?  Your conference programming may harbor bias toward minimizing cognitive efforts. In other words, your conference sessions and speakers may actual curtail participants’ thinking. Your conference could be creating happy fools.

Decision 'cascades' in social networks

How do people in a social network behave? How are opinions, decisions and behaviors of individuals influenced by their online networks? Can the application of math help answer these questions?

Give Participants Time to Talk

It is a common error, and one that I made early in my career. Because bringing participants together is so costly to the company, and because it happens so infrequently, there is a natural tendency to cram as much information as possible into the available time.

Does Cooperation Require Both Reciprocity and Alike Neighbors?

Evolution by definition is cold and merciless: it selects for success and weeds out failure. It seems only natural to expect that such a process would simply favour genes that help themselves and not others. Yet cooperative behaviour can be observed in many areas, and humans helping each other are a common phenomenon. Thus, one of the major questions in science today is how cooperative behaviour could evolve.

Moving Towards More Peeragogy Learning Experiences For Conferences And Associations

(Jeff Hurt)
What if at your next education experience, the speaker gave all the expert-power to the audience?

What if the participants were empowered to take more control of their learning, collaboration and dialogue? It’s happening in secondary schools, colleges, universities and some education experiences across the globe. It’s peeragogy or paragogy, also known as peer-based learning.

Defining Peeragogy

Conferences Need To Focus On Creating Experiences, The E Of EPIC Conferences

(Jeff Hurt) Imagine it’s 2084.

You are craving a new experience that you’ve not had in the past.

You decide to visit Rekall to get a memory implant of a new vacation experience.

This is the setting of the 1990 movie Total Recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger or the 2012 remake with Colin Farrell.

While Total Recall is set in the future, it is a perfect illustration of today’s society that is consumed with collecting experiences.

Creating Participatory Conferences, The P In EPIC

(Jeff Hurt) Do you remember Pop Rocks candy?

It was the candy that exploded and jumped in your mouth.

Or perhaps you recall Zotz, the candy that fizzed in your mouth.

Interactive Candy

What's Your Name Again? Lack of Interest, Not Brain's Ability, May Be Why We Forget

(ScienceDaily) Most of us have experienced it. You are introduced to someone, only to forget his or her name within seconds. You rack your brain trying to remember, but can't seem to even come up with the first letter. Then you get frustrated and think, "Why is it so hard for me to remember names?"


(ASTD) Media are not interchangeable, a learner using the Web has a completely different experience from one in a classroom. As we use more electronic media for learning, it's essential that we understand the unique nature of each expressive medium we encounter. Here's a new theory for educational systems that's based on four primordial learning spaces: campfires (information), watering holes (conversation), caves (concept), and life (context).



(one+ magazine) I have always hated online courses. Even though I’ve been a Net enthusiast since before there was a Net, I have never appreciated when intimate, real-life encounters are relegated to the digital realm. Education is a particularly human-to-human transmission. Students learn as much from watching their professors think in real time as they do hearing whatever facts and ideas come out of them.

Show me your FB page and I will tell you how smart you are

(Science Daily) Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's (BGU) Social Networks Security Research Group in its Department of Information Systems Engineering has developed a novel method to predict how well or badly a student will perform in an academic course.

On the Road to ROI

DOWNLOAD THE PDF: A Current Report on How Audience Response Systems Deliver Value in Corporate Training Applications

Overcoming These Six Barriers To Audience Resistance To Participation by MidCourse Corrections

Even when you’ve adequately communicated the transition from passive attendee to active participant, some audience members will still resist.
You’re challenging their comfort zone of passively sitting in a lecture. You are now asking them to engage on a different level which requires being fully present and doing something. And you’re challenging their past school years.

Six Common Attendee Complaints To Participation
Here are six common attendee complaints (obstacles*) and suggestions for overcoming them.

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