Informal Learning 4: Your path to learning - How to find your way alone


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During the hour-long free Webinar, learn techniques for quickly learning new software applications as well as new procedures regardless of the subject. Learn strategies for gaining the information you need to get up and running when something familiar has changed or when you are faced with an entirely new experience. Using the right strategies can save time and energy. Learn:

• How to use the MISS strategy to quickly learn about a new software product.
• Different strategies for information gathering.
• Different individual instruction strategies for professional growth and lifelong learning.
• How to leverage online help strategies

This Webinar will provide valuable tips and best practice for learning about new processes and procedures. 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 4: Your path to learning - How to find your way alone

    1. 1. Your path to learning: How tofind your way alone Stan Skrabut @uwcesedtech #uwces
    2. 2. Every day there seems to be something new to learn.
    3. 3. On a regular basis, you find yourself facing new challenges.
    4. 4. You are concerned about the time and energy it takes to get on the right path.
    5. 5. You want to be able to pick up something new with minimal effort.
    6. 6. Let me show you four strategies to help you learn something new easier. Trial Information & Gathering Error Individual Online Instruction Help
    7. 7. Trial and error is a tried and truemethod for finding the right path.
    8. 8. "Trial and error, or trial by error, is an experimental method of problem solving, repair, tuning, or obtaining knowledge" ~Wikipedia
    9. 9. You try a possible solution, and repeat until you have success.
    10. 10. When faced with a similar problem, you will start where you last left off.
    11. 11. This strategy is most useful when you are familiar with similar tools, devices, and applications.
    12. 12. When learning by trial and error, expect to make mistakes.
    13. 13. In order to learn something new, we must eitherlearn from someone else, or learn from our mistakes.
    14. 14. Your risk taking may be informed by your experiences and knowledge, but it is still a risk.
    15. 15. Mistakes should be shared so that others can learn from the process. This helps reduce mistakes in the future.
    16. 16. Here are two strategies for using trial and error to learn new software applications.
    17. 17. The first is the Menu Item Search Strategy (MISS).
    18. 18. When MISS does not work, you may have to read the manual or access online help.
    19. 19. Information gathering is auseful strategy fordiscovering a new path.
    20. 20. Technology has significantly changed how we conduct information gathering.
    21. 21. Many people start with the Internet and then move on to more specialized libraries and databases.
    22. 22. Always keep an eye out for and capture best practices.
    23. 23. Share useful finds with others either independently, placing them in subject guides, or on another Web resource.
    24. 24. Determining the sources for information changes with each problem that is encountered.
    25. 25. Odds are that you are not the first person to run into the problem you are facing.
    26. 26. In many cases, people go to the Internet first,specifically Google, before talking to a colleague.
    27. 27. You should become more familiar with the search query structure for different systems
    28. 28. Here a couple of suggestions for gatheringinformation on a topic on a regular basis.
    29. 29. One of the most powerful learning tools available to individuals is the RSS feed.
    30. 30. Twitter searches are another powerful way to tap into the information stream.
    31. 31. When you find information, you are strongly encouraged to share it with others.
    32. 32. One of the more powerful things we can do for adultlearners is to create learning resource guides or lists.
    33. 33. Here are tools you can use to collect and share resources for others
    34. 34. With Evernote, you can capture virtually everything and organize them with tags and "notebooks".
    35. 35. Sometimes you need some individual instruction tomove you along on your path.
    36. 36. Individual instruction is any activity done at a learner’s pace without unneeded instruction ~ Hoffman
    37. 37. One of the methods for supporting employees andtheir informal learning is with a corporate library.
    38. 38. Learning management systems are another method for distributing learning content to employees.
    39. 39. Developing a video tutorial library is another great way to help others learn how to do something.
    40. 40. Learning guides are invaluable resources for helping others develop skills. ~ Tobin
    41. 41. Job aids can be pushed out to users when and where a person needs it most, while performing a task.
    42. 42. For a learning organization, learning materials can be prepared for individual consumption.
    43. 43. There are a number of ways in which organizations can support individual instruction.
    44. 44. Recognize instruction completion in performance reviews.
    45. 45. Reimburse learners for expenses incurred for individual instruction.
    46. 46. Make learning a job requirement.
    47. 47. Sometimes youneed a guide, andonline help can be that guide.
    48. 48. Most software applications have hundreds of features and it is virtually impossible to be an expert on all of them.
    49. 49. Help system are often task aware, and will provide users with solutions specifically related to the task at hand.
    50. 50. The help feature can be accessed through either a toolbar menu item, or by pressing the F1 key.
    51. 51. Help systems can be loaded on the computer with the application, or they may be Web-based.
    52. 52. Some software applications are supported bydiscussion forums where participants help each other.
    53. 53. These forums help users solve problems as well as providetips and tricks to get the most out of a software application.
    54. 54. These help forums may be sponsored by the software companies or be operated by interested users.
    55. 55. Today I showed you four strategies to help you learn something new easier. Trial Information & Gathering Error Individual Online Instruction Help
    56. 56. Here are the sessions scheduled for the next five months.  Individual Strategies Organizational Strategies  Collection Strategies  Creation Strategies Interpersonal Strategies
    57. 57. Questions?