A coworker of mine recently watched the replay of Catherine Lombardozzi’s presentation from ATD ICE and suggested that I do the same. Â The session was titled Fostering a Learning Culture: Six Strategies for Enabling People to Drive their Own Culture. Â I was pleasantly surprised by the topic because I only caught the first part of the title Fostering a Learning Culture.
I really enjoy learning and I’m a self-directed learner. Â That’s probably why I eventually found my way into Instructional Design. Â I’m always motivated to learn something about ID or Learning and Development but I will admit somedays that motivation is very high and somedays it’s not that high. Â There are days when I’m digging through the internet to find an answer to a question. Â Sometimes my 5 minute Google search turns into an hour trip down the rabbit hole following shiny things that look interesting. Â Of course my shiny distractions have something to do with what I was originally looking for or perhaps a guitar player or something travel related but I digress.
Ms. Lombardozzi states in her lecture that in her opinion that “motivation trumps everything” when it comes to learning and I would happen to agree with her. Â The concept of not being motivated to learn something, anything just for the sake of learning is actually foreign to me but there are a lot of people who need motivation. Â As IDs we have to motivate learners in the way they want to be motivated. Â That’s my big take away from this session. Â Find out what learners care about and leverage that.
I also liked her idea of scaffolding. Â We provide everything typically – the ILT, the eLearning modules and mandate that learners take what we tell them to. Â What about giving people direction and a few options to choose from. Â Wouldn’t this motivate them too? Â For example, maybe the next time I can’t figure out how to edit a vector image I could go to Grovo for a quick 2 minute tutorial rather than YouTube and oh look there’s a John Mayer video or I could choose from a job aid with instructions. Â That’s probably simplifying the concept but I would like to look more into this. Â She cites a white paper from the eLearning Guild Learning and Performance Ecosystems – Strategy, Technology, Impact, and Challenges byÂ Marc Rosenberg & Steve Foreman that goes deeper into these concepts. Â I think this framework could really benefit learners and I really like that it allows them to “choose their own adventure” when it comes to their learning.