Day two of FUSION started early in the morning and finished well into the evening. We saw more brainstorming by clients on how to improve the end-user experience, a keynote from Karen Cator, a candid discussion of issues at our Leadership Summit, this year’s Desire2EXCEL awards, and an evening social gathering at the John F. Kennedy Museum on the Boston waterfront.
Yesterday we also ran what we call a poster session, which is one of my favorite events each year. We set aside one hour so that Desire2Learn users can display posters that tell other delegates about their successes. This year there were about fifty individuals or groups and I was able to speak with many of them in the morning. It was great to have meaty conversations about how to make best use of replace strings and intelligent agents. When I talk about the positive energy of FUSION, the poster session is a prime example.
Clients are happy to invest their energies because we implemented many of the ideas they put forward at last year’s FUSION 2012. The annual conference gives our clients tangible value. We have a wide client base, and we want to make sure everyone is happy as we move forward, and that all clients feel we will help them execute on their vision. They are excited around announcements such as Binder™ Shop, and our new publishing partners and resource providers.
Yesterday we also held the Leadership Summit, a full-day meeting of senior leaders from corporate, higher education and K-12 from as far away as Australia and Sweden. They welcomed the chance to express their views candidly, share concerns, and benefit from each other’s insights. They built new relationships that sparked ideas that they may not have seen so clearly on their own. Great presentations from Dr. Cable Green and Dr. George Siemens helped cut through the clutter around topics such as Open Educational Resources and MOOCs.
Today the conference wraps up and I’m already looking forward to FUSION 2014. We’ll announce this afternoon where it will be held.