Apply the “WHY” to Learning


If you want someone to remember and forget keep on doing what you’ve always done as an teacher or professor or instructor. Talk about the WHAT and HOW of whatever you’re trying to get your students to learn. If you really want them to give you some of their  precious brainspace to really know about or know-how to something then please pay attention because I’m about to tell you why you need to know this and practice it every time you transfer knowledge from your brain into another…

It all about starting with the “WHY”.

My Latest Learning Obsession


I’m at the point where I’m beginning to think that we’ve come full circle. 350 years ago, before “education” became formal and public, we had spent hundred’s of thousands years learning stuff. We sat around fires and listened to stories. The best place at the fire was kept for the Shaman who was usually the storyteller. It was social. It went on all your life. It was all about continuous learning.

We moved to an apprentice model. Apprentices learned by watching, asking, making mistakes, and just doing. Their learning was a continuous experience from the day they started until the day they died. Experience did prove to be their best teacher.

So we move from that and more to the formal class and public schooling, corporate training events and then (drum roll please) informal, blended, social, virtual, simulated, digital games and … Did I miss anything?

Seems to me that, when you put it all back together, we’re back to the Continuous Learning Experience. So that’s what I’m going to focus on.

  • Are we back at the Continuous Learning Experience?
  • How do you disable the Continuous Learning Experience?
  • How do you enable the Continuous Learning Experience?
  • What does a Continuous Learning Experience design look like?
  • What does a Continuous Learning “Teacher” “Instructor” “Facilitator” do?
  • What are students expected to do during a Continuous Learning Experience?
  • Does it work?
  • Is it worth doing?
  • Can you measure the ROI?

… and more.

I want to hear from you since this blog gets between 3,000 and 12,000 hits per blog. What do you think?

Changing VILT One Student @ A Time


Here’s the press release from Cisco and a video of Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn explaining the importance of the new certification:

Cisco Introduces The New Virtual Classroom Instruction Specialist Certification

Vendor-Neutral Training and Certification Helps Instructors Make

The New Virtual Classrooms Engaging and Improves Student Outcomes

SAN DIEGO, CA and SAN JOSE, CA — (MARKET WIRE) — 02/07/11 — Training 2011, Booth 416 — With more educators using technology to advance the classroom experience, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced the Cisco® Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction certification, developed to build and validate the skills that educators and instructors need to effectively teach in virtual classroom environments.

Key Facts

  • According to the American Society for Training & Development, 37 percent of training in 2009 involved electronic technology, up from 15 percent in 2002, while face-to-face instruction fell to 59 percent.
  • The Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction (LVCI) course teaches participants how to prepare and manage a virtual classroom, effectively deliver material online, and use collaboration tools to maximize student participation and comprehension.
  • LVCI goes beyond tool usage and teaches instructors how to improve learner outcomes through more effective classroom collaboration. They learn how to become Facilitators and work collaboratively with their learners
  • LVCI is delivered virtually using Cisco WebEx™; however, the skills are readily transferable to other conferencing and collaboration tools.
  • LVCI consists of 17.5 hours of live virtual instruction and six hours of participant presentations, delivered over five consecutive days.
  • LVCI is designed and led by experienced WebEx University instructors, who have delivered more than 40,000 hours of virtual training sessions.
  • Certification will be based on a proctored multiple-choice exam (642-132 LVCI) and a practical demonstration (642-133 LVCIP), in which the candidate uses the best practices of virtual classroom delivery.

Supporting Quotes:

  • Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager, Learning@Cisco, said: “As the paradigm of education continues to evolve to meet new institutional and business requirements, developing instructional strategies for new virtual education environments is becoming key to improving student results. The Virtual Classroom Instruction Specialist training and certification help ensure that instructors have the most comprehensive understanding of the latest technologies and effective classroom collaboration strategies. Cisco’seducational offerings provide the skills and depth of knowledge required for educators to differentiate themselves in today’s job market and enable a competitive advantage for their employers.”
  • Kathy Cooper, senior product trainer, WebEx University, said: “Cisco Virtual Classroom Instruction Specialist certification not only covers the skills and techniques instructors need to prepare and manage a virtual classroom, but also shows how instructors can engage learners in the educational process and increase their participation and comprehension.”
  • David Mallon, principal analyst, Bersin & Associates, said: “Our Virtual Classroom research shows that learning in an online environment is both less expensive and can be more instructionally rich than physical in-class experiences. Our research also demonstrates that what makes a great instructor effective online is the skillful use of collaboration tools. As job training and education continue to move online, this type of certification is an important offering.”
  • David Grebow, Instructional Designer, KnowledgeStar said: “This course is a game changer and will make the virtual classrooms the choice for learning in the 21st century. I had the privilege of working with some of the most forward-thinking and smart people at Cisco and WebEx, and we produced a certification program that will turn instructors into facilitators and students into adult learners collaborating with each other and taking the learning beyond the virtual classroom. It’s a new model for making online education really work.”