Engage Your Learners: 2 Speakers! 2 Days! 2 Big to Miss!

August 31, 2015 8:59 PM | Deleted user

It’s the perennial question—how do we engage our learners? This year’s cutting edge, 2-day Special Event offers you a 360° opportunity to learn about Whole Brain® Thinking to engage learners, as well as to share and learn from your peers using Open Space Technology. Our speakers, Anne Herrmann-Nehdi and Tom Leahy, will guide us through this 2-day learning journey.

During Day 1, Anne Herrmann-Nehdi will engage and inspire our Whole Brain® Thinking. Whole Brain® Thinking focuses on showing people how to use their whole brain—not just the parts with which they feel most comfortable. It acknowledges that while different tasks require different mental processes, and different people prefer different kinds of thinking, organizations will get better results when they can strategically leverage the full spectrum of thinking available. To help in our understanding of this, each event attendee will complete the HBDI Assessment® prior to the event (and included in the registration fee). You will receive your assessment results upon event check-in to reference during the morning.


Later that afternoon, Tom Leahy will start our Open Space experience! Open Space is an incredible meeting technology developed by Harrison Owens, who observed the tendency for people to self-organize into groups. He created a process that facilitates a high degree of spontaneity, choice, and personal responsibility that fits perfectly with today’s learners.


We will spend Thursday afternoon uncovering potential session topics, expertise, and questions that revolve around learner engagement. Tom will cover the necessary details and boundaries that make this technology work as the participants look forward to a day of self-selected learning and sharing of topics in demand by their peers on Friday.


Friday will be filled with five sessions, of your choosing, based on the topics you and other attendees determined. Using the “Law of two feet,” be ready to request sessions from others who may have a skill or experience that you seek. It is also an opportunity to bring your own “bag of tricks” by coming prepared to share your expertise and/or your favorite go-to resources (e.g., books, articles, games) for learner engagement. You know what you want to learn – participate in what is meaningful to you. Join us on this exciting quest!


Thursday, October 29 & Friday, October 30

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

UWM – School of Continuing Education


  • v  Breakfast and lunch provided each day.
  • v  Free Parking included with registration!
  • v  Earn points for CPLP recertification!


Click here for more information [link to: http://sewi-atd.org/fall-special-event-engagelearners ]





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