@TisForTraining 330: Lifelong Learning Brought to Life

Feb. 23 crewOn this episode, joining Maurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Paul Signorelli were Alec Couros, Susan Spellman Cann, Daniel Bassill, and Erin Luong for the topic of how do you create a sustainable learning community.

10 years ago, five of our participants (including Paul) participated in a massive open online course (MOOC) created by Alec on educational technology (#etmooc). Alec began with telling us how his MOOC was born and a definition of the different types of MOOCs.

Before #etmooc, Erin did her thesis on how to build communities online. which she finished in 2005-2006, 7 years before #etmooc. Her work helped #etmooc create connections between participants and build community. The #etmooc community has annual reunions. Daniel noted that  CLMOOC (which was born out of #etmooc), also has maintained an ongoing community. [CLMOOC is Connected Learning MOOC.]

How do they (or can we) create and maintain community?

      • Learn together.
      • Volunteer activities (raising money for scholarships).
      • Use social media as a way of continuing the conversation outside of the MOOC platform.
      • Work together on projects (textbook, research papers).
      • Connect with people with people from other parts of the world and then seek collaboration.
      • Bring the personal into the community. In other words, don’t leave your personal self on the sideline. Bring your offline self online.
      • Model digital citizenship.
      • Get to know the other participants (the co-conspirators).
      • Provide a structure on which to build the activities, and then use the structure.
      • Community will grow over time if people interact with each other.

Important to have the right people together at the right time for the right reasons.

BTW #etmooc had 12,000 participants, with a smaller number being truly active participants.  No matter how much those people participated, those 12,000 have spread information and created a ripple effect.

BTW they are thinking about doing a new smaller MOOC, perhaps on ChatGPT. And they bounced other ideas off of each other.

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Host notes from T is for Training 329

These are the notes I took while hosting T is for Training 329 “This Sucks, Start Over.” Read Jill’s Organized and otherwise awesome recap.

Live notes help me both remember excellent quotes and select a name title, since the title of the show is always something said in the podcast. [I did this before Lucifer, btw.]

Our guest was fanTASTIc Glenn Seki, Ed. D. Author of the book How to Become the Best at Anything did not disappoint. Stories, idioms and a book thrown in for good measure.

I didn’t want the world to remember him like that.  [Glenn was the LMU photographer when Hank Gathers died on the court]

K Anders Ericsson, the Expert at Expertise.

[I would make a bad photojournalist] because I want to save the kid on fire.

Companies should retrain injured employees for free.

I learned to compensate.

Make sure you have a plan B.

Planning and Pre-focusing. Anticipation matters in photography

You can only use one good eye for photography.

Have an editor who can tell you “This Sucks, Start Over.”

Glenn practiced action photography by following seagulls.

Drive to get better. Takes deliberate practice with goals.

Observe habits. 

You don’t have to be born the best; you have to work at it.

Persistence is the key.

It depends on where you attribute failure.

“Practicing Knowledge”

Teach me how to tell someone to f-off and they say thank you.

Education and Expertise don’t go hand in hand. 

Be your own coach.

Tom quoted the book “Deschooling Society” by Ivan Illitch.

I just needed help cracking my chest.

You’re about to experience some discomfort.

Automate Procedure,  Going on Auto-Pilot to a destination.

@TisForTraining 329: This sucks, start over

On this episode, T is for Training with Glenn SekiGlenn Seki joined Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Tom Haymes, and Maurice Coleman. Glenn wrote a book during the COVID pandemic entitled How to Become the Best at Anything (paid link). His website is https://howtobecomethebest.com/ and he’s on Twitter.

Glenn’s book talks about going beyond passion to how you build expertise. In order to become good at something, you need to engage in deliberate practice.  As a photographer, part of his deliberate practice was photographing seagulls, who fly erratically. Photographing them helped him understand how to create good photographs in other situations.  He then build deliberate practice into his teaching.

Among the topics we discussed were (of course) lifelong learning, teaching, and coaching. According to Glenn, the best way of learning something is to practice and get immediate feedback. This is hearkens back to his work as a photographer.

Glenn has had a quite varied career, which surfaced as we talked. Clearly, he has done what he has written about and become the best at whatever he did.

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