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?
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!
Many of us have witnessed the effects of age on the minds of parents and grandparents. In this week’s #lrnchat we’ll explore this with an eye turned especially toward: How can we protect our brains as we age? How can we continue to learn as we grow older?
Some prereading from the popular press, intended as food for thought:
New York Times: “Fast Time and the Aging Mind”
Daily Mail: “With Age Really Does Come Wisdom”
Time: “Want to Prevent Aging? Learn a New Language”
#lrnchat happens Thursdays at 8:30 PM ET, 5:30 PM PT (that’s Friday mornings in Oz!). We hope to see you there!
The late 20th century saw an increase in the perceived value of positive thinking, positive experiences, and positive feedback. But some recent research indicates that we learn more from negative experiences and feedback than from the positive. We’ll explore this in #lrnchat on Thursday, July 18. Join us on Twitter at 8:30 pm Eastern, 5:30pm Pacific (that’s Friday July 19, 11:30 am, in Oz).
Tugend,“Praise is Fleeting, But Brickbats we Recall”. NY Times, 2012.
Blue, “Why Do We Remember Bad Things?” Time, 2008.
Audia & Locke, “Benefiting From Bad Things”. HR Management Review, 2003.
See you soon!
“”When you ask, “What does learning look like?”, no one says, “People sitting in chairs watching someone else talk.” Sharing what we’re doing and have done, talking through our decisions and the obstacles we encountered, is a large part of how we learn and how we can help others learn.”” ~Jane Bozarth, “Show Your Work”, T+D Magazine, May 2013
Join us June 27 for a conversation about showing our work (also known as narrating work and working out loud). We’ll be talking about ways to do it, the benefits to individuals and organizations, and how those in workplace training endeavors can support and surface it.
#lrnchat happens at 8:30 pm ET, 5:30 pm PT. (Australia? That’s 11:30 am AEST Friday.)
More resources on showing your work can be found HERE.