Getting Experts To Share

Getting Experts to Share

At the recent eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions conference in Orlando, I presented a session on how managers can enable greater subject matter expert collaboration with design and development teams (IDD). I was excited to see a packed room with a very attentive group of eLearning project managers and instructional designers.

Adding to the inspiration were the two conference keynote speakers (Sir Ken Robertson and Jonah Lehrer), who also addressed the value of understanding the tacit knowledge that experts may know but find hard to share.  Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide, talked about his flight simulator experience and the importance of understanding how emotions and hidden patterns play a big part in an expert’s decision-making process.

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Learning Solutions Conference: Experts Of The Guild

Learning Solutions Conference: Experts of the Guild

I have been impressed over the years with the fine work of David Holcombe and Heidi Fisk, founders of the eLearning Guild. When it comes to eLearning, the Guild is a trusted source of information, networking and a true community of practice. The information on their website says it all: “As a member-driven organization, the Guild produces conferences, online events, e-books, research reports, and Learning Solutions Magazine—all devoted to the idea that the people who know the most about making e-Learning successful, are the people who produce e-Learning every day in corporate, government, and academic settings.” As an experienced speaker of various training conference sessions each year, I give Heidi and her team high marks for how they treat “experts” and how they motivate “experts” to perform  and share information with conference participants.

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