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Experience Design: “Experience is the Best Teacher” January 26, 2011

Posted by mlongstreth in e-SIG Presentations.
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Presented by Ken Spero at our December meeting at LaSalle’s Plymouth Meeting Campus.

Ken Spero

Ken Spero

  This is an age old adage that is universally accepted. Unfortunately,  organizations have neither the time nor the budget to allow their people to learn through the “school of hard knocks”. It’s odd, then, that when an organization chooses to invest in building the capabilities of staff to enable them to navigate through the changing environment, the chosen method is often instructional, not experiential. Instructional design has many good tools and techniques and is an important and compelling field. Its focus, however, is primarily on leaning the “what” and the “how” of the required changes not on gaining insight from understanding and practicing the “why” and “when” of things. The “how” and “what” are necessary but not sufficient for bringing about change; they are static and not contextual. A contextual environment is required to ensure that the instruction can be effective. When it comes to demonstrating the “why” and “when,” a more dynamic approach is required, one that takes into account context and inter-relationships. In other words, what is required is a method for capturing experience within a context that provides opportunities to use judgment to make decisions and live with and learn from the consequences of those actions.

Simulations offer the opportunity to capture the necessary experience into a more deployable format and allow participants to gain experience in a safe environment without the ‘bruising’.

If you missed the meeting, here is a link to the slides Ken presented to the group. Experience Design.pdf 182KB

About our speaker:
Ken is a Founder and the Chief Marketing Officer of Humentum. Ken has focused his career on helping organizations do a better job of critical thinking and decision-making. Encouraging mindful behavior with his clients has enabled him to produce measurable improvements in productivity inside many of his clients’ strategic initiatives.

Ken is a Founder and the Chief Marketing Officer of Humentum. Ken has focused his career on helping organizations do a better job of critical thinking and decision-making. Encouraging mindful behavior with his clients has enabled him to produce measurable improvements in productivity inside many of his clients’ strategic initiatives. He has spent the last 21 years developing and deploying learning solutions with computer simulations at their core.

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