Electric Learning 2011 – the backstory
Welcome to Electric Learning – the partnership devoted to giving you training that is more engaging and challenging, more immersive than your average course.
Last year we ran a number of research courses which some of those who came, were kind enough to say broke the mould. We didn’t just talk about bulletin boards. We gave participants the chance to sample different bulletin boards and chatrooms for themselves in their own time as well as during the day. Experiential learning.
So we’ve decided to change the name from Mike Imms & Partners to Electric Learning. Same trainers, more immersive courses. Mike Imms passed the baton to Joanna Chrzanowska and John Griffiths – who will put together the programme and draw in other trainers when needed.
Our first major outing as Electric Learning was at the MRS 2011 Conference; both the subject and the nature of the workshop were so leading edge that we were shortlisted for a brand new award – Best Workshop.
Our subject was Crowdsourcing and the workshop method used Gaming principles to create engagement. Our Great CrowdSourcing Experiment drew on experts from 4 different continents using Skype enabled laptops with webcams: Hanne Kristianson in New York, Han Zantingh in Shanghai, Jaroslav Cir in Prague and Kate Tribe in Sydney. In real time. Our participants learned what crowdsourcing was, experienced it themselves, and came up with ideas for using it in research scenarios. And then the ‘crowd’ voted for the winning idea.
It epitomises the kind of courses that we want to run: expert training with a strong dose of experiential learning.