Thursday, June 12, 2014

Emotional Experiences: The Underrated Key to Successful Online Learning, David Guralnick #ICELW Concurrent Session Notes

These are my live blogged notes from the International Conference on eLearning in the Workplace (ICELW), happing this week in NYC.  Forgive any typos or incoherencies.

David Guralnick, Kaleidoscope Learning (and the organizer of this very conference)

Our most memorable learning experiences have an emotional component to them...

What about motivation? Extrinsic (coming from the outside) vs. Instrinsic (coming from within)

People who had to eat radishes vs. chocolate chip cookies -- the radish eaters gave up on unsolvable puzzles more quickly then the cookie eaters. (Baumeister, et al 1998)

Acts of self-control and responsible decision making seem to interfere with actions that follow. They take away our attention.

Top characteristics of great learning experiences (what people in David's seminars have reported):

  • Personal relevance
  • Coaching
  • Feedback (how you're performing) from a person...
  • Feedback from the environment -- where you can tell how you're doing (you can actually SEE if you're crocheting correctly)
  • Appreciation by someone else
  • Learning by doing (none of the top learning experiences were passive learning experiences)
So what emotions came up a lot for people? How did they feel about these experiences?
  • Confident
  • Happy -- they enjoyed the experience
  • Supported 
  • Encouraged to experiment (and fail)
  • Energized
How can we create online experiences that bring out these characteristics?

" alone is not enough. It's technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing." ~ Steve Jobs

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