Thursday, 6 November 2014

Flipped Classroom, Flipped LMS, Flipped Conference... Flipped Motivation?

So if you've followed any of my recent blogs you'll know I'm a fan of improving learning by looking at the techniques we use - flipping is one of those.  When we flip things like the classroom it's about us really getting the most out of the facilitators rather than just using them to dump knowledge - the face to face time is used to apply rather than just regurgitate.  With Flipping the LMS I talked about how we can't expect the LMS to hold all the knowledge either and that our real focus there should be on the assessments. 

A recent conversation with +Ryan Tracey led us to stumble upon a great idea.. the flipped conference.   The simple concept was that with less presentation and more interaction both in the sessions and not just in the breaks.  It's really just the flipped classroom idea I guess, but if the theory is good enough for classrooms and 'lecture' theaters then it applies equally well to conferences.  It's again about sharing and collective knowledge and experiences rather than us continuing along the all-knowledgeable teacher and no-nothing student model which should be put as far behind us as possible.

So now another new; Flipped Motivation.  This came from another discussion (yes, walking the walk of learning means I usually get ideas from others!) this time with +Kari Scrimshaw at the end of the #NZATD conference.  I was commenting on the old idea of learning motivation and what over the years has been termed WIFM (what's in it for me).  It's the idea that if you want people to be motivated to do your learning then you have to show them something that they gain from it; promotion, pay rise, stick and carrot ideas.  We then moved to the more healthy ideas of altruism and doing things for others rather than yourself.  Funny thing is if you flip ME you get WE; flipping motivation should we be asking what's in it for we instead of me?
Call me an optimist but I think that most people actually do want to do something that benefits others.  Isn't this a lot of the theory behind social learning; you comment on wikis or contribute to discussion boards or twitter chats not for your own sounding board or to broadcast but to try and raise knowledge for others as well as yourself.  It's all about the interactions so focusing on and helping others is perhaps the greatest way to achieve the biggest gains out of social learning.

I'm really against the ideas that knowledge is power and you get that by hoarding the knowledge and keeping it to yourself.  Knowledge only has power when it's shared and applied, and if it can be shared and applied for the greater good then even better.