Back in October of 2009 I wrote a posting titled "The New Learning and Development Virtual Cocktail Party," which was about the weekly "chats" that occur on Twitter amongst dozens of learning professionals. Known as #lrnchat (think "learn chat"), these occur each Thursday at 11:30 a.m. EST and 8:30 a.m. EST. Each week has a topic or theme, and several pre-determined questions to keep participants all generally talking about the same subject. (For more information visit http://www.lrnchat.com/.)
Frequented by many top experts and thought leaders in the Learning and Development industry, these Twitter chats can be very powerful learning opportunities. But they can also be hard to keep up with, especially for newcomers, but even for regulars as well. These exchanges can be a firehose of facts, opinions, speculations, questions, links, and more, and it can be hard to keep up with it all, let alone reflect upon what you are being bombarded with.
That is why I was so pleased when my friend David Kelly started writing blog postings that serve to gather together his learnings from the lrnchat events he participates in. While each participant will naturally have somewhat different key takeaways, being able to read one participant's reflections can not only provide intrinsic value, but also help you to clarify some of your own thoughts on what you read in the chat.
Kelly started providing us with such postings at his relatively new blog Misadventures in Learning in October. Since then he has summarized his reflections on the following lrnchat events:
- Learning malpractice
- Learning in the workflow
- Aligning and evaluating effective, efficient, and engaging learning
- What is holding us back as an industry?
- Using a conference backchannel for attendees and non-attendees
- 21st century skills, literacies, and fluencies
- Our own learning and development: past, present, and future
- Working as a one-person training department
- Learning technology standards
If you miss a lrnchat event, you can always read the transcript posted quickly to the http://www.lrnchat.com/ website. But now, another option is available from participants, like David Kelly, who take the time to reflect on the discussion and organize some of the key points into coherent blog essays. Much appreciated David!