Distance Learning – What Are Your Insights?

Distance learning ranges from totally self-directed to totally instructor-centered. From specific attention to dialogue amongst the participants to little or no dialogue of any type. From synchronous to asynchronous to a combination of both. And from no interaction outside of the computer screen to hybrids (face to face class[es] in combination with online work). And, […]

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The Power of Less

Twice in the last week I heard stories about fewer agenda items leading to better learning and work. The first story was from Jeanette Romkema, GLP Partner. She and Clayton Rowe and Hugh Brewster of World Vision Canada together designed a two-day course on facilitation and they deliberately structured it to allow participants with ample […]

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Active Learning: Teaching without Talking

Geoff Petty has a lovely accent and offers a wealth of information and resources on his website www.geoffpetty.com and through the website called Teachers Toolbox: http://www.teacherstoolbox.co.uk (Cambridge Regional College, UK). While most of the research he refers to and teaches about is focused upon young persons, most is also appropriate for adult-learning. I especially enjoyed […]

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From Jane Vella’s Back Porch: LNRA at its best

My friend and colleague, Paula Berardinelli, shared how she is doing her LNRA (Learning Needs and Resources Assessment) with seventeen students in an online graduate course on LEADERSHIP. Paula telephoned each of the seventeen, and succeeded in talking with fourteen students. One graduate student said,” I have been a graduate student for two years, and […]

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Jane Vella 80th YEAR

A cherished group of beautiful people gathered at Karen Ridout’s home in Raleigh on June 30th  to celebrate with me as I entered my 80th year. What fun! Good food, good friends, good wine, good conversation. And lots of laughter! I am a deeply grateful woman whose daily prayer is THANK YOU.  I know this […]

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Reflection: Learning About Learning

A key practice of both Dialogue Education and Deep Structure Living (www.DeepStructureLiving.com) is reflection. This week, I’m asking: Just how important is reflection to learning, development and performance? Why do I ask this? THE PRAGMATIC: I am interested in continuing to deepen learning so that is meaningfully retained, and transferred, in other words people DO […]

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Part Two: Teasing-Out How Our Theory of Learning/Teaching Matters

The proper aim of education is to promote significant learning. Significant learning entails development. Development means successively asking broader and deeper questions of the relationship between oneself and the world. –Laurent A. Daloz (1999) Just for fun, let’s look at potential alternatives for each of the sentences in this quote. The proper aim of education […]

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