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Informal Learning 5: Learning from others - Informal Learning can often be a team sport
 

Informal Learning 5: Learning from others - Informal Learning can often be a team sport

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During the hour-long free Webinar, learn techniques for getting the most out of informal learning opportunities involving others. Learn strategies for effective peer coaching and observation session. ...

During the hour-long free Webinar, learn techniques for getting the most out of informal learning opportunities involving others. Learn strategies for effective peer coaching and observation session. Maximize your time when attending a conference or workshop. Turn a professional group or community of practice into your personal learning platform. Using the right strategies can save time and energy.

• Become familiar with the process to successful peer coaching or observation sessions.
• Walk away with a list of key steps to perform before, during, and after attending a conference or workshop.
• Identify best practices when participating in a professional group or community of practice.

This Webinar will provide valuable tips and best practices for learning how to get the most out of learning opportunities involving others. Because we are involved in informal learning each and every day, these sessions are intended to provide you with ideas and strategies to help you get the most of your learning opportunities and help you excel in your career.

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Informal Learning 5: Learning from others - Informal Learning can often be a team sport Informal Learning 5: Learning from others - Informal Learning can often be a team sport Presentation Transcript

  • Informal learning can often be a team sport Stan Skrabut @uwcesedtech #uwces http://www.slideshare.net/skrabut
  • Everywhere learners are improving by interacting with others.
  • You are an educator who is looking to improve as an educator and subject matter expert.
  • Sometimes you only have a simple question to ask,but other times you want to get intensive coaching.
  • Because you are working with others, you donot want to waste their time as you improve.
  • Let me show you five strategies as they vary across the time needed. Peer Coaching Conferences Communities Questioning Workshops of Practice a neighbor Observation/ Shadowing
  • The strategies thattake the least time and effort butproduce significant results are questioning neighbors, peer coaching, and observation.
  • Getting help from more experienced colleagues is a great informal learning strategy.
  • We often dont ask for help because we are expected to know it or we do not want to interrupt.
  • Do some research first, and provide as much detail as possible, so that you get the answer you need.
  • Choose the right time to ask for assistance, if they are obviously busy, wait until a better time.
  • A peer coach can sit back and observe what you are doing and offer suggestions for improvement.
  • Find people who you trust and who have the knowledge and skills to assist you.
  • Effective peer coaching is achieved through a process. Presession Observation Meeting Period Trade Roles Feedback Session
  • Time, dedication, and resources are necessary for peer coaching to work.
  • Where peer coaching is more evaluative, observation is a useful method for learning from others.
  • To get started, simply request to watch a specific professional in action.
  • Come into the session with a plan of what you are specifically looking to observe.
  • Take detailed notes, share your notes with the individual observed, and take time to reflect.
  • Workshops andconferences take longer and aremore definitive intime and results.
  • Taking time to plan ahead will make your conference or workshop experience smoother.
  • Collect everything you can about the conference: hotel, travel, schedule, location, etc.
  • Plan opportunities to network with others at meals, or other events.
  • Prepare your note taking strategy. I recommend Evernote or live blogging.
  • Take time to reflect on your learning as well asnetwork with others for future learning opportunities.
  • From each session try to capture the learning moment.
  • Collect information not only for you but also for your colleagues.
  • Keep an eye on the backchannel for more ideas
  • Summarize your daily activities by taking a moment to review on your notes.
  • Share information back to your organization.
  • Post conference, organize your thoughts, develop a plan of action, andshare information with others.
  • A good trip report helps you take care of all three objectives. Share information with others
  • Consider sharing lessons and ideas in an email to colleagues and on a blog.
  • Talk to others about what you have learned, it reinforces your personal knowledge.
  • Participation in professional groups and communities ofpractice take thelongest time andrequire the most energy but alsohave the longest lasting results.
  • Take time to do research on the professional organization before joining for the right fit.
  • Professional organizations have a number of great benefits. Event listing Publications Web site Job Listings Chapter Mentorship & Meetings Opportunities Conferences Job Fairs
  • To get the most from a professional organization, you should participate in meetings and conferences.
  • You should also contribute to the organization through articles and presentations.
  • Many professional organizations and chapters also use LinkedIn to distribute information.
  • "Communities of practice are groups of people who share ideas and insights, help each other solve problems and develop a common practice or approach to the field." ~ McDermott
  • There are three key dimensions to communities of practice.
  • The most important part of a community of practice is the documentation of success or failure.
  • Organizations need to encourage learning andsupport communities of practice, but not force it.
  • Here are the sessions for the next couple of months.  Individual Strategies Organizational Strategies  Collection Strategies  Creation Strategies  Interpersonal Strategies
  • Questions?