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| || LearnFest 2019: Transformative Learning|
by Executive Director, Lorianne Weston, CTDP
LearnFest 2019 on June 12th saw an enthusiastic audience of L&D professionals from across Canada enjoying a deep dive into how learning can be a transformative experience for the learner and the workplace. The opening speaker, Haesun Moon, regaled us with her bright humour and wit and introduced us to a model that jump starts coaching — the Dialogic Orientation Quadrant. When we tried it ourselves, we were amazed by how this communication tool drives right to the heart of the matter, while always directing the conversation into positive territory. Kate Woolhouse shared with us innovative relational practices that she herself implemented when designing onboarding for the City of Kingston. These methods were used to co-create and involve office teams in a meaningful way that resulted in champions of the process and the output.
Mike Leon from Brand Heroes
Next, Brett Nesbitt recounted how he used experiential learning practices to prepare Special Operations Forces and design thinking to transform the way senior defense officials analyze and make critical decisions. One of the examples that stuck with us from Brett’s talk was his description of the challenge of training for events that cannot be known or predicted — in other words, how someone can learn to be prepared for anything. After lunch, Ginny Santos got everyone involved using Stormz digital facilitation technology that allowed everyone in the room to have a say, interact and simultaneously create meaningful data in real time, using specially configured tablets supplied by the Niagara Institute. The afternoon wound up on a high note, with an innovative group discussion technique known as a World Café. Audience members exchanged ideas in groups that rotated to transform the discussion into a dynamic process and the results were “harvested” when the table scribe reported back out to the group while a graphic recorder illustrated the flow of ideas that was projected in real time on a large overhead screen. Brand Heroes provided the graphic recording and, along with their audio recordings from the session, will be producing a video to be distributed to participants and shared on our website as a permanent memory of this lively session. For those who couldn’t make it this year, we hope you can join us in 2020!
Collaborative work during Ginny Santos’ session
Speaker, Ginny Santos
Tracy Sicard (on right) from TAM, Registration Sponsor
Brainstorming during a morning session
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| || 2019 Conference – Early Bird Extended to June 28th!|
Member’s Early Bird Rate until June 28th: $695.00
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| || Performance and Learning in the News|
The idea that certain children learn better visually and others learn more effectively kinesthetically has clear appeal. It explains why some kids thrive in certain academic settings, providing a convenient excuse for poor performance as well as a way to couch failure in intellectual individuality. Unfortunately, it’s nonsense.
Harvard Business Review
Last year, U.S. companies spent roughly $90 billion on learning and development efforts, a sum higher than the gross domestic product of 130 countries. In 2018, the average American employee received training at a cost close to $1,000 per person. On its own that might not sound like much, but to put those numbers into perspective: for companies with headcounts of over 50,000 that’s around $50 million a year.
Effective leadership is a transformational journey made up of four “spheres of influence.” These are self leadership, one-on-one leadership, team leadership and organizational leadership.
For more than 40 years, education researchers have advocated the use of concept mapping as an effective approach to fostering higher-order thinking skills, moving students from mere knowledge acquisition to knowledge utilization and creation (Novak and Cañas, 2008). By specifying and linking concepts in a concept map, students and language learners create a visible structure of their understanding in a given domain that can be modified over time to assimilate new concepts and reflect new understanding.
Small Business Trends
Education doesn’t stop after you’ve earned your degree. As a business owner, you might recognize a gap in an employee’s experience or skills that might be bridged with further learning, or that as new tools and approaches develop, you need people on hand who are mentally flexible enough to not only learn the systems, but embrace the possibilities.
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