Affinity exercises are great for taking chaotic amounts of information and forming them into cohesive groups. But too often people try to do it by throwing sticky notes on the wall and clumsily having teams move the notes around. Learn the methods of an organized affinity exercise so you can fully harness the power of this tool. This session will use hands-on practice and show how to run an effective Affinity Exercise.
Maybe it's the eyerolls. Maybe it is the rapid clicks of the "next" button. Regardless of what the action is, we know the look and feeling of learner disengagement. If we know that we don't want our end users to feel this way, then why is it a common occurrence in so many organizations? Instead of only focusing on research and high-level theories, this session will explore solutions to this common problem in a unique way—an interactive mystery! In this session you’ll join Detective Knowles, a character who needs your help to solve his first L&D mystery—why someone is enjoying a pleasant slumber in front of a training module. This session doesn't only tell you about the research and tools but applies them during this interactive learning experience. Along your journey, you’ll explore three constructs of learner engagement and be challenged to apply them to your current setting using a scale of engagement for each. You’ll walk away with from this session not just having solved the mystery, but also with practical resources and tips to focus on learner engagement in face-to-face, blended, and virtual settings. Detective Knowles is counting on you, gumshoe.
Many L&D leaders are being given increasing budgets for learning initiatives, but that doesn't mean they are receiving increasing decision making influence. As leaders in learning, we need to be influencers in the learning strategy, design, and process that the companies we work with implement. In this session, we'll do a high level review of the trends in L&D funding (https://learning.linkedin.com/resources/workplace-learning-report), and then help each learner identify specific influential executives to align with, and what L&D effort the individual wants to tackle with their help. Then we'll each set specific measurable objectives for that initiative, which will help elevate the individual's effort to become more influential.
We will explore the question: What role can creativity play for dedicated learning professionals? Creativity is a mindset. Innovation Bytes will engage skills that feed into creative solutions: imagination and vision, multiple ways of thinking, inquiry, and action to create the vision. We will be conscientious of the creativity mindset which is non-linear, playful, and expansive. Participants co-create a deep dive inquiry into the question using the nine-whys format and multiple ways of thinking, ending on a personal learning take-away and do-able action item. We will gain perspectives and clarity on the true purpose and deepest need for creativity in our work as dedicated learning professionals in this highly interactive session.
Sylvia Artiga Monreal
Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), the classic tabletop role-playing game, is everywhere right now - why not bring it to your L&D work? In D&D, Dungeon Masters (DM) guide the gaming experience for the players, which includes everything from describing dragon lairs, deciding how to settle a disagreement between characters, and modifying rules on the fly as players roll and act unexpectedly. The best DMs learn to strike a balance of player-led flexibility with rules-led guidance, and it'd help any facilitator of adult learning to figure out how to do the same. Visit this session to learn a simple design for lesson planning, including how to plan for when your learners inevitably roll a Critical Fail.
Radical acceptance is the crazy idea that there are things outside of our control and reality must be accepted. Buddhists use it as part of their practice and psychologists use it in therapy. There are a number of great books published on the topic, most of which are focused inward. But what if you are a manager and your reality consists of employees that are coping with loss, depression, mental illness or disability? Do you accept them? I mean, do you REALLY accept them without judgement? When the rubber meets the road, how do you practice radical acceptance of your team while still driving your business forward? I've got a couple of key things that I do that help my people succeed, which ensures the ongoing success of my company. Working in a creative industry, chances are you are going to have personalities that present unique challenges. This session will help you support them with compassion.
Are you tapping into the curiosity of your team? Find out how to design and plan learning experiences that spark the curious side of all of your teammates. After attending this session, participants will be able to: -Recognize the benefits of igniting curiosity on your team -Brainstorm and plan low cost but creative models to design new learning opportunities that spark curiousity
Mind Mapping is a simple skill that anyone can learn. The Mind Mapping Book by Tony Buzan describes Mind Mapping in this way: "It offers exciting new ways of using and improving memory, concentration, and creativity in planning and structuring thought on all levels, in order to accelerate the ability to learn, remember, and record information."
45% of employees’ time is spent listening and this goes up to 75% in the C-Suite. 20 minutes after a meeting, less than 50% is retained 60% of employees don’t feel their ideas are being heard by their boss/employer. This leads to a serious under-utilization of the biggest asset of an organization- It's people. Leading organizations are responding to this by adding coaching skills in their leadership competencies. The purpose of this session is to introduce the basic principles of coaching skills that will give the participants the confidence to start applying and be curious for more.
Alternate Reality Gaming (ARG) is a little-known sub-genre of gaming that involves collaborative learning, internet sleuthing, clue-finding, intrigue, and intrinsically-motivated discovery. Think of it as "found footage" movie making - but with clues spread across the internet and social media, mixed with real-world individuals and artifacts (like QR codes, or hidden messages), with the end-goal of being immersive. And one of the main (hotly debated) tenets of ARG is that it's not really a game at all - in fact it's all in your head. Participants to this session will get a crash course in ARG history, purpose, design, and educational intent.
Energize your teams with a game then blow their minds with the skills they just learned! In each session we will play a *different* theater game. After each game we'll discuss the key communication skills we're using and how they relate to our daily lives.
It is easy to rely on the old standby instructor-led classroom facilitation for all topics, however, it is not always the most efficient or innovative way to communicate content to learners. What if technology can be used to create and implement training that is fun, interactive and engaging?