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The Dialogic Learning Weekly #164

Thanks for taking the time to checkin with this issue. I hope you are safe and well in these challeng
The Dialogic Learning Weekly
The Dialogic Learning Weekly #164
By Tom Barrett • Issue #164 • View online
Thanks for taking the time to checkin with this issue. I hope you are safe and well in these challenging times.
It seems that despite the physical disconnect we all need to establish, we can still deepen our bonds through digital worlds. It is times like these that we need more dialogue not less.
Of all the links and articles I could be sharing this week - I have decided to stick to sharing some practical, thought provoking ideas.

Calmness in crisis
A succinct post from Ryan Trainor below about the importance of staying calm of mind during these days of uncertainty and peril.
He believes the following leadership principles will have the highest impact:
  1. Openness & communication. Obvious one, but the ongoing dialogue with my team, partners and stakeholders is paramount. Leaders need to lead.
  2. Managing with my eyes wide open, forecasting potential impacts and opportunities – clearly understanding where you are exposed. What are the areas within my control to manage the sustainability of the business? 
  3. Empathy for the impact for others. It is a highly emotional time and we need to lead with integrity and put ourselves in another people’s positions. 
The importance of calmness reminds me of our Negative Capability from John Keats.
I mean Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason
Keats, John (1899). The Complete Poetical Works and Letters of John Keats, Cambridge Edition. Houghton, Mifflin and Company. p. 277
Take a look at Ryan’s full article on LinkedIn below.
Calmness in crisis.
Learning Design on-the-line
If you are looking for insight about how to design great learning and for it to occur online, I highly recommend Chris Harte’s work. I am lucky to call him a friend and his work is really important at the moment.
Chris has written an insightful article about the challenges of learning in an online environment. He shares at length the lessons he learned from building Emerging Sciences Victoria seven years ago.
We all need to listen closely to voices of expertise like Chris. Here is a summary of the key lessons he learned.
  • Where you can, go synchronous.
  • …make it interactive and uplifting.
  • If you can, co-teach in a digital space. 
  • Aim to design learning which requires collaboration and creativity.
  • Homework is now just work. 
  • Design learning with short and long arcs.
Read the full article for more depth on each one.
Learning Design on-the-line
Crash Course
I know everything is happening quickly, in a way we need to hold on for the ride. In 48 hours I created an online space for a 2 day design thinking and learning design workshop. Seat of my pants stuff.
This great article from Rachel Smith explores some considerations for moving workshops and facilitation online.
If you are an educator we can also explore these lessons and consider how they transfer to learning online.
So you have a face-to-face process for [strategy, visioning, brainstorming, decision-making, you name it], and you suddenly need to deliver this session remotely. You don’t even know where to start. Great! Let’s do this.
The article explores:
  • Your mindset
  • Your mental model
  • Converting your existing agenda
  • Getting help
  • Matching processes with tools
  • Common problems you may encounter
Just all round practical gold from Rachel Smith. Highly recommended. I hope you find it useful.
A Crash Course in Translating Your Process to a Virtual Setting
Thanks for taking the time to read the update this week. Remember that we can still have great dialogue online, it might look and feel different, but it is still within our reach.
If there is anything I can do to help you, all you have to do is reach out and say. See you next time.
In dialogue we trust.
~ Tom Barrett
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