You may have seen that I’m looking to run an event called the Modern Learning Practitioner on 5-6 October of this year. As part of the fundamental design of the session, what I’m interested in doing is building a community of people who are interested in the topic area, and want to access content that they may not normally have access to. The purpose of designing it in this way, at this stage, is that this is what modern learning looks like, and I want people to fully appreciate it and experience it themselves.
Part of this follows the ‘working out loud‘ methodology that John Stepper talks about. We don’t have to have all the answers to everything before something becomes a reality. It’s ok to be open and transparent in your thinking, and when you show people what that looks like, they can be involved and become part of the process. It’s a way of inviting collaboration, and you never know how it’s going to turn out.
As someone who spend a lot of time commenting on our field of L&D and OD and putting into practise as much as I can in terms of modern learning solutions, I recognise that there are a good many practitioners out there who just don’t know where to start with such things, or even what topics they should be trying to understand. It’s as much my responsibility to share what I know and support others in improving what they do, as it is for suppliers to be part of the programme and for me to learn about what is helping people, what’s getting in their way, and creating an environment where people can figure things out together.
I’ve created a Slack channel where we can connect and discuss these things further. If you haven’t used Slack before, don’t worry – I’m pretty much a novice in the tool too! We’ll be figuring out how to use it together, and supporting one another along the way. Through Slack, we’ll be able to discuss discreet threads such as:
- How do I use digital technology better in classrooms?
- What does a community of practise mean, and how do I set one up?
Those are just two examples, and there will be others.
I don’t have all the answers when it comes to modern learning. What I do have is access to people who, when brought together, are experts and we can collectively create the solutions and ideas that help us be better at what we need to do. At the workshop itself, there will be a few different people coming together to help make the face to face stuff happen. In the online space, there will be people contributing and part of the community who have practical experience of making things happen and designing modern learning solutions.
If you want to be part of the Slack community leading up to the workshop, get in touch and send me your email so I can invite you to join. Don’t worry, your email will only be used for the purposes of inviting you to be part of Slack, I won’t use it for any other purpose – that’s now how I work, and it’s not what I’m about.