Formal training is an important component of corporate learning systems, but leaning too heavily on monologue-type workshops and seminars means your education programs are lacking opportunities to improve the knowledge and skills of employees through social learning.  According to Jay Cross, formal training and workshops account for only 10% to 20% of what people learn at work; the rest is acquired informally through conversation, observation and experimentation.

So this brings to mind the concept of “flipping” which was explored recently at Elliott Masie’s Learning 2010 conference and something that Blackboard consistently advocates for and facilitates. Technology allows you to do your seminar-type learning online and then really use your classroom time for a meaningful, social dialogue.  If you haven’t already – it’s time to rethink your classroom time and have people come together to discuss seminar materials, collaborate on projects, and problem-solve.

This is where Blackboard comes in.  We offer tools to ensure you don’t fall into the trap of thinking your off-sites, seminars, and training classes cover all the learning for your company. We recognize that people learn far more about doing their jobs outside of formal classes and training, and help you to take advantage of that fact!  You should encourage knowledge sharing and social learning by thinking of classrooms as a place for DIALOGUE… your learners can watch you lecture anytime. 

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  • Mona Piontkowski

    Seminars are useful in that they provide needed information in an easy atmosphere outside of the stress of the workplace. They also serve as motivational sessions to get the creative juices flowing once again. Anyone who attends a seminar and expects to learn everything they need to know on a topic is overestimating its worth. If everything we need to know can be taught to us in one session then we’d all graduate after the first grade.
    They also provide the invaluable opportunity to network with individuals who have the same problems and needs. Anyone who goes to a seminar and just sits and takes notes from the lecture is missing the most valuable part of the experience. Sometimes you can learn more from the person sitting next to you than you ever could imagine.

  • Kevin Alansky

    We couldn’t agree more! Seminars need to be about creativity, collaboration, and networking, as you suggest. Especially since today’s learning technologies allow for lectures to happen anytime, anywhere.