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#lrnchat January 30 – Learning by Making

January 30, 2014

In last week’s #LRNCHAT we talked about looking beyond creativity to cultivate imagination and learning. For this week’s #LRNCHAT we expand on one of the ideas we touched last week – learning by making. One of the trends in the ‘learning by making’ trend is the Maker Movement.

Maker Movement – Part of the maker culture is a contemporary culture or subculture representing a technology-based extension of DIY (Do It Yourself) culture. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker culture include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts. (Wikipedia)

Here are some readings on the Maker Movement and ‘Learning by Making.’

#Lrnchat November 14: The Implications of our Individual and Organizational Habits

November 14, 2013

Stop biting your nails!

Habits are those unconscious, automatic behaviors. Not always bad or good yet commanding much of what we and our organizations do each day. In Charles Duhhig’s book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business he explores various habits that impact our actions, those of the people around us, and even the organizations we work for. Success and failure are less about the strategies that are employed and more about the routines we unconsciously engaged in.

Join us November 14, 8:30-9:30 pm ET for #Lrnchat as we explore the habit cycle: cue-routine-reward and the implications it has for us and learning and development.

Pre-read: How You Can Harness “The Power of Habit”

#Lrnchat October 24: Learning From Others’ Work

October 22, 2013

Most of the #lrnchat moderators are at DevLearn this week. A highlight every year is DemoFest: “dozens of conference participants show off their latest projects at eLearning DemoFest, offering their fellow attendees the opportunity to see a wide variety of solutions to common eLearning challenges we all face, and sharing information about the tools, technologies and processes they used to build them.”

#lrnchat this week will be happening live from the DemoFest floor: Thursday, 8:30 PM Eastern, 5:30 PM Pacific (that’s Friday morning in Oz.)  Join us to discuss how we learn from others, like the DemoFest participants, who are willing to share their work.  What can we learn from this? Why do people share?   How can we encourage more of this?



Devlearn’s Demofest



#lrnchat October 10: Spinoff & Serendipitous Learning

October 9, 2013

When have you been learning one thing and found you were learning about something else? One #lrnchat moderator’s goal of learning to play the ukulele led to new interests in Tin Pan Alley era music and developing skills with percussion instruments, which then led to an interest in learning Garage Band.

So much of what we learn happens via serendipity. Join us October 10, 8:30-9:30 pm ET, for a conversation about serendipitous learning: When it’s happened to you, how it benefitted you, and how we can cultivate environments to increase the likelihood that it will happen.

Prereading: The Science of Serendipity

See you Thursday!

How Do We Cultivate Perseverance

October 2, 2013

In #lrnchat this week we look at how perseverance relates to success and how we may cultivate perseverance in ourselves, our families, and our work environments. Empirical research shows people with persistence and passion toward long-term goals handle challenges and adversity much better than others.  In addition,

From the Department of Education report “Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century”:

Grit (perseverance) entails working strenuously toward challenges, maintaining effort and interest over years despite failure, adversity, and plateaus in progress. The gritty individual approaches achievement as a marathon; his or her advantage is stamina. Whereas disappointment or boredom signals to others that it is time to change trajectory and cut losses, the gritty individual stays the course.

Some items to read and view:

Can Persistence Be Taught – Angela Duckworth – Dr. Duckworth is a leading researcher on grit and how it relates to success. She is 2013 MacArthur “genius” grant recipient.

Angela Duckworth’s TED talk. A brief overview of her research of grit.

Grit: The Top Predictor of Success – From Fast Company magazine


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