L&D Matters is written to help L&D professionals and trainers become even more effective. It discusses all things L&D related, with a particular emphasis on practical advice for those new to L&D or who wish to develop their practice further. It is written by Rachel Burnham.
Rachel Burnham writes: If you want to be learning every day, then one of the
most effective ways in my experience is to find someone to learn alongside, a
practice partner, someone to collaborate in learning with.
I have had two
brilliant experiences of this recently.Over the last three months I have been engaged in collaborative learning
about how VR (Virtual Reality) can be used effectively in workplace learning,
with my friend and fellow independent L&D consultant Niall Gavin
(@niallgavinuk).We both participated in
a webinar on the subject of VR and that kickstarted a series of conversations,
which led to us finding out more about VR and giving it a go.As a result of our collaborative learning we
put together a series of blogs, Sketchnotes and video conversations to share
what we discovered under the #VRinLearning.
In a similar way, I
have also been learning practical skills of video making and particularly how
to use Snapchat for this purpose, with my fellow Manchester-based Mike Shaw (@MikeShawLD).Learning alongside, can be a great way of
learning a practical skill such as video making, where there are skills &
confidence to be developed both behind and in front of the camera, which can be
difficult to practice on your own.
There are many
benefits to collaborative learning:
can pool resources – sharing your insights and helpful resources – thus accelerating
the learning process.
tips – when you get stuck, your partner can often help you practically
problem-solve.I’m not sure that I would
have ever got my head around Snapchat without tips from Mike.
your thinking – being able to share ideas and talk them through with another
person can challenge and develop your thinking.This was key in working on the VR project with Niall and seeing Mike’s
completed Snapchat videos has inspired me to try out different ways of
all encouragement & fun – learning alongside someone else is just more fun
and encourages you to keep going when otherwise you might just give up.It is great to go to an event such as CIPD’s
L&D Show 10th & 11th May (for details) with a colleague
and share the learning from this together, comparing and contrasting your
learning from the event. Or follow the event via #cipdldshow
Why not give collaborative
learning a go yourself?Or share your
stories of how you have done this – I would love to hear about your
L & D Consultancy helps L&D professionals update and refresh their
skills. I am particularly interested in blended learning, the use of
digital skills for learning, evaluation and anything that improves the impact
of learning on performance.