I was having a frustrated moment when I asked friends ( loose definition,ok twitter contacts) if people attending CPD sessions really need paper handouts. I’d decided to provide CDs with everything on, a wiki page, and not bother with paper for an upcoming session. It made sense to me and I was thinking of the planet!
Mike‘s reply in particular struck home. Feedback I’ve had from previous sessions has suggested exactly that, especially the “more time, different time”.
I’d also seen another friend saying the only negative feedback she’d had for her last session was about the lack of printed material.
So once again, I need to remember that I am not my learners. I hate handouts. They are heavy, take up space and resources and generally get in the way. Eventually they end up torn, lost or filed in the bin. But then I don’t print stuff out to read. Ever. I get frustrated when I can’t copy & paste or grab quotes. I hate having to type from a paper copy. Oh and Argh! I want to be able to click the links! This is not everyone’s way of doing things.
I have become a creature of the internet. In the main my learners are not. They have to be coaxed and reassured into the online environment. Insisting they can only re-read my notes if they go online is a step too far. I might think they ought to be able to handle it and go off on one about them being teachers but really, what do I want? I want them to be able to access and re-read my notes, to reflect on what I said. I want them to turn my ‘training’ into their own ‘learning’.
As Neil said (in the #lmchat), they take away the training but the learning they do themselves.
Off to prepare some printed handouts. I’ll still give them the CD and do a wiki page. There might be someone like me there 🙂
GMTKT said “read yr blog but yr orig tweet didn’t mention CPD, that puts a slight twist on the answer.” and she’s right. That’s one of the limitations of twitter conversations, just not enough space to give all the details or for people not to know the context or jargon. Also here is what I thought was my original tweet:
Quick question – do you expect paper handouts as well as a CD from a twilight session?
To me, and to many of my followers who are UK primary school teachers the word ‘twilight’ automatically means it’s about teachers and their CPD. Obviously not to everyone on twitter and then, well that wasn’t what she was replying to:
what have I learned today? That some people want paper handouts not online or on a CD even if I don’t think they need them #lmchat
which does indeed give it a different twist. In 140 characters it was indeed ‘what I learned today’ but it couldn’t carry the context within those restrictions.
What did I learn today? Twitter conversations are context poor, limited and don’t thread properly.