Snack Bite-Size Learning Rules The Roost At Conferences

Blogger Karla Gutierrez gives five reasons why bite-size learning works at Shift's eLearning blog. Here's one key point all conference organizers and speakers should know and implement: Chunk Content In 10 Min Sections Bite-size learning as well as bite-size instruction improves an attendee's psychological engagement. It prevents cognitive overload and mental burnout. It also encourages us to process information and consider its application. It is impossible for us to focus on any one … [Read more...]

Cheat Sheet: Using Group Talk As Discussions For Conference Education

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The evidence is loud and clear that peer discussions are more effective than lectures if memory and knowledge retention, attitude, behavior and skill change, and learning are the goals. Just dividing a traditional lecture into 10 minute chunks and then giving the audience two to ten-minute breaks for time for discussion increases learning. How Discussions And Democracy Are Intertwined Using discussions as a learning method is a valuable and exciting way for revealing diverse … [Read more...]

Five Ways To Combine Conference Lectures With More Effective Education

In principle, there are many education methods that could replace conference lectures. The research is loud and clear that the majority of these education methods are more effective than the conference lecture. Yet, the conference lecture dominates the most conference education. Yes, the lecture has a place. Unfortunately, conference organizers give it too much prominence. To paraphrase Professor Donald Bligh, the heavy reliance placed upon conference lectures and its frequent use as an … [Read more...]

Want To Know Why Your Conference Fails At Changing Behavior?

The traditional lecture, the primary education method of your conference, fails at promoting learning! Yes, it’s true. The conference lecture is only good for transmitting information. (Bligh 1970, 2000). It is not good for changing attitudes, behaviors or skills. (Bligh 1970, 2000) The Lecture Is Good For Teachers Bad For Learners As long as your conference promotes lectures as the primary method of providing education, it will fail at changing behaviors and skills. According to Professor … [Read more...]

Overcoming These Six Barriers To Audience Resistance To Participation

Even when you’ve adequately communicated the transition from passive attendee to active participant, some audience members will still resist. You’re challenging their comfort zone of passively sitting in a lecture. You are now asking them to engage on a different level which requires being fully present and doing something. And you’re challenging their past school years. Six Common Attendee Complaints To Participation Here are six common attendee complaints (obstacles*) and suggestions for … [Read more...]

How Do Your Learning Opportunities Compare To These Top Ten Traits Of Quality Education Programs?

In order to be successful in the 21st Century, organizations must make continuous learning and unlearning a core competency. If your organization’s team cannot learn quickly, unlearn outdated processes and data, and adapt and apply new knowledge and insights to current challenges, then it will be left behind. Organizations need team members committed to learning and unlearning. These organizations also need the best tools to rapidly disseminate and share the best learnings as well as … [Read more...]

Why Speakers And Attendees Resist Participant-Centered Education

Once you as the conference organizer are convinced that you want to move your education to more learner centric approaches, with a focus on the attendee as participant and learner, you may discover that your speakers do not respond with the same zeal. In reality, speakers and attendees may resist the new approach both passively and openly in front of others. Change can be frightening and it's easier to keep things the way they've always been done. Change requires work and it's often stepping … [Read more...]

Getting Started With Brain Friendly Presentations

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Ideas that the brain thinks about and accepts usually lead to some type of action. That seed of a concept, thought or insight can transform you life. Ultimately, learning involves change. When you learn something new, your brain changes and then our attitude or behaviors also change. When you refuse to adapt to change, you are actually refusing to learn! Ready, Set....Oh Wait, Are You Ready? Putting brain friendly principles to work is really much easier than you think. The biggest … [Read more...]