Start with who

Dec 12, 2019 – Online webinar

Start with who

Dec 12, 2019 – Online
13.00 – 14.00

For many years, professionals worldwide have been inspired by Simon Sinek’s ‘Start with Why’. Would this approach also be useful for learning and development? In this free, interactive webinar, Ger Driesen explains why he wants to ‘transform’ it into ‘Start with Who’. Join in and learn all about ‘the Golden Circle of Learning Design’. Definitely interesting for learning designers.

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For many years, we have benefited from Simon Sinek’s ‘Start with why’. This inspiring idea also guided learning designers in their approach although it originates from a leadership and marketing perspective. In the era of Learner eXperience Design, it’s time to put the learner back in the centre of our design. To do so, we have to replace the ‘why’ with ‘who’ and create the ‘Golden Circle for learning design’.

Why ‘Start with why’ is a pitfall for learning design:

  • Start with WHO to really understand the people that have to get the job done;
  • Explore different types of WHAT kind of ‘jobs to be done’ for real empathy;
  • Understand the characteristics of the context WHERE the job takes place.

Use your understanding to design the right blend of learning and performance support interventions and modalities

Even more inspiration about learning?

Here are some interesting blogs from Ger to get you started.

Ger’s Learning Notes #43 – Conferences are back!

This spring is a special one, as conferences are back. Some people are still a bit hesitant about whether to join conferences, and if they do, how to behave? But, in general, those who do are very happy to have the opportunity again to meet in real life with peers and have a conversation over a cup of coffee or tea.

I had the opportunity to visit three different conferences recently and to deliver a presentation. I’m a lucky guy because visiting conferences is part of my work, and I really like that.

It is also part of my job to share interesting content and insights from those conferences with the Learning Community via the Learning Notes. So for this episode, I curated a ‘video-only’ version in which you can watch videos of keynote speakers at the aforementioned conferences, videos in which they share (partly) the same message as on stage. I hope this will help you, minimising your FOMO.

Ger’s Learning Notes #42 – Less is more

As a learning designer and trainer, I always want(ed) to serve my audience in the best way possible. Often, my concern was: do I deliver them enough content? Of course, content doesn’t equal learning.

Over time and by mistake, I learned that too much content could be harmful too; often a bigger risk as compared to ‘too little’. Recently, I had the privilege of being part of the judges’ team of the aNewSpring ‘most inspiring learning journey award’. While reviewing shortlisted candidates, I not only saw some great work but also some examples of ‘content overkill’. That motivated me to take ‘less is more’ as the topic of this episode of the learning notes. And don’t worry: you still get four resources!

Everything ‘skills’ for training providers

Reskilling, upskilling, the skills gap, the skills odyssey, skills-forward approach… The talk of the town in the learniverse is all about skills, skills, skills. Why is this and what’s exactly going on? More importantly, is it relevant for training providers or are the opportunities only for corporate L&D departments? We are finding out together with the people from Mind Tools in this recording. Yeah, you could call it a podcast.

Ger’s Learning Notes #41 – Learning and Pain and Desirable Difficulties

Do you remember the last time or the most awkward moment when your professional values, norms or standards came under pressure? I experienced this many years ago when I had to team up and work with someone else in the design and delivery of a learning program. The target group was what you could refer to as ‘millennials’. I don’t like to stereotype target audiences in this way, but the other person insisted on it.

What science says about blended learning

Research shows that blended learning is effective. In 2017, Dr. Will Thalheimer published his findings on the question: does e-learning work? Although his initial question is not about blended learning, his main conclusions are. In general, blended learning tends to outperform e-learning and classroom training; a combination of the two seems to be more successful.

It’s not that black-and-white, though. We’ll get into the nuances after we first take a step back and look at how the concept of blended learning began. Finally, we’ll provide five steps to help you choose the right blend.

Ger’s Learning Notes #40 – Special: Productive Learning Strategies

Have you ever seen the movie The Matrix? I especially like the scene where Neo and Trinity try to escape from the bad guys chasing them. They arrive at the rooftop of the building and see a helicopter parked there. Neo asks Trinity: ‘Can you fly that thing?’ Trinity answers ‘Not yet’ and calls an operator to upload the ‘helicopter flying app’ to her brain, and off they go.

Although I believe some learning might be as simple as uploading one day, I also believe that there are many, many more years to come in which learning has to be done ‘the old fashion way’. So let’s use evidence-informed practices for the time being. We know that this means that (hard) work needs to be done by the learner. Productive Learning Strategies are all about this.