I was able to attend the International Conference and Exposition in Orlando this year. Â Tonight I spent some time viewing the recordings of sessions that I didn’t have the opportunity to attend and reviewing the sessions that I did attend. Â I did take a few minutes to watch Karl Kapp’s Solving the Mystery of the Disengaged Learner.
I really enjoyed this session in person and it was fun when I watched it again tonight. Â Kapp is one of the few presenters at the conference who actually practices what he preaches. Â He made his session engaging. Â He told the story of detectives solving a case on how to engage learners. Â He was funny. Â It was interactive in a big lecture hall. Â He polled the audience via cellphone. Â Asked the audience for input and allowed people to answer verbally if they preferred. Â He didn’t rely on just one method to get people involved. Â We all could choose the way in which we wanted to participate.
One of my favorite quotes from his presentation was; “Adults learn best when they have a need to learn. Â Our job is to tell them they have a need to learn.” Â A sense of urgency is important and perhaps something that I could incorporate more often into the training that I build. Â Not everyone is as enthusiastic about learning for the sake of learning.
This was my favorite session at ICE this year. Â I wish more presenters were like Karl Kapp and did apply theory to their sessions rather than just lecture about it. Â It was fun and engaging and the one session that I learned the most from. Â He said that he delivers this presentation at other conferences, so if you have the opportunity to hear him I wouldn’t miss it.