#Lrnchat Talent Show!

19 January 2017 8:30 pm ET, 5;30 pm PT

Do you have a talent?

Take photos?
Make music?
Paint murals?
Have a gift for cooking?
Write poems?
Green thumb?
Draw pictures of chickens?

This week’s #lrnchat will explore talent and how it’s cultivated. Please bring an example –  photos, a link, a short video clip, whatever – and be prepared to talk about why this is a talent you cultivated, how  you did it, what obstacles you encountered, etc.

Important: In Oz? For you this will be Friday,  20 January, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm AEDT.

we were here movie premiere

Photo by: Steve Hanna, “we were here movie premiere“, CC: BY-NC-ND-2.0

Work Out Loud Week

It’s Working Out Loud Week!

It’s Working Out Loud Week!

Working out loud can solve so many problems, from reducing duplication of effort, to reducing time spent looking for things,  to making the path of a new worker easier.  While you can certainly work out loud anytime, this week is set aside especially for promoting the idea and encouraging others to try. Simon Terry, Austen Hunter, and Jonathan Anthony are our hosts for  International Working Out Loud Week.

In support of International Working Out Loud week this week’s #lrnchat topic will be “Working Out Loud”.  And to help encourage you to work out loud, we’ll be raffling off a copy of Jane Bozarth’s Show Your Work: The Payoffs and How-Tos of Working Out Loud.

So do join us for #lrnchat this Thursday, November 10, 8:30-9:30 pm!

Friday, November 11,  12:30 pm AEDT

To Participate in the Raffle:

  1. Sometime this week create an example of working out loud. It could be a photo, a video clip, a screenshot, a paragraph of explanation. It could be a note of reflection, or a flow chart or process map. If this is new to you, as you go about your work this week think about who else might want to learn about something. Think about: how you organize a project, how you learned something, what you learned the hard way, what you’d do differently next time, or what’s one thing you wish you’d known before you started a new task or project. Check this Pinterest board for ideas of what we’re looking for.
  2. Before 9 pm ET this Thursday, November 10, tweet the item or a link to it to the @lrnchat account and include the #lrnchat and #wolweek hashtags. Be sure to do this so we’ll be certain to find your entry.
  3. We’ll make a list of all who’ve submitted an example of working out loud, will place the names in a box or other suitable vessel, and at 9:15 pm on Thursday (during #lrnchat) will, via live video, draw a name from said vessel. Name drawn gets a copy of Show Your Work: The Payoffs and How-Tos of Working Out Loud.
  4. You don’t have to be present to win but we’d love that, really.

#lrnchat Feb. 23: The Mind, Body and Learning

“Over the past decade, in study after study in animals and people, exercise has been shown to improve the ability to learn and remember. But the specifics of that process have remained hazy. Is it better to exercise before you learn something new? What about during? And should the exercise be vigorous or gentle?”

– New York Times: Article ‘How Exercise Can Help Us Learn’, Aug. 7, 2013 written by GRETCHEN REYNOLDS

Join us February 13, 8:30-9:30 pm ET for #Lrnchat as we The Mind, Body and Learning


Brain activity after a 20 minute walk – via @scienceporn
Mental Practice Makes Perfect – via PsyBlog
How Exercise Can Help Us Learn – via NY Times

#lrnchat January 30 – Learning by Making

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

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”