Technology and Brain-Friendly Learning – Making It Real!

BFLG group Img_6958It is all too easy to get lost in “process”. As a creative type, I go to extraordinary lengths to avoid processy things. Indeed the fact that I am blogging now rather than completing my tax return – after all, there are still two days left – is a case in point!

Last Friday, I was up to my neck in processes. I am finalising my new electronic tool ‘Whose Shoes? – Making It Real’ in partnership with Think Local, Act Personal (TLAP) and there are lots of things to think about. Oooh, my poor head. But I want it to be a quality product that does indeed help with ‘Making It Real’ – getting people to discuss the real issues and work collaboratively for positive change in health and social care – so that is what keeps me on track (…ish).

I thought long and hard about whether I could afford the ‘luxury’ of attending one of my favourite “creative peeps” groups – the Midlands Brain Friendly Learning Group (BFLG). And then, because stuff like this nourishes the soul and stops me climbing round the picture rails, to coin a phrase from my mother, off I went…

As always, it was a great session.  We started by finding out where, on a scale of 1-5, people were in terms of enthusiasm for internet-based learning. Naturally I was a 5/5 and took the opportunity to put in a pretty shameless plug for #dementiachallengers. Yay! 🙂

There were people at every point between one and five.
Everyone had a good reason for their position.
A perfect Whose Shoes? approach…

It was important, as always, to challenge assumptions:

If you’d like to know more about BFLG, check out our LinkedIn group. Or, to find out more about this particular session, Stella Collins who leads the group, has written a lovely ‘Storify’.

So, back to my story… I went along more single-mindedly than normal. The topic of the session was  “Technology and Brain-Friendly Learning” so it was directly relevant to  the stage I am at with developing Whose Shoes? – Making It Real.

In developing the electronic tool, a key driver has been:

 How can I make sure that it is as relevant, interactive and effective as the established paper-based (board game) tool?

The facilitator, Ant Shearn, suggested Dave Meier’s established 4-phase Accelerated Learning framework as an evaluation tool…

In the afternoon we always have a ‘Learning Clinic’ and I was privileged to lead a small group of highly skilled learning and development specialists, showing them Whose Shoes? – Making It Real.  Together we put it through its paces (excuse the pun). It was a great little group – a couple who had seen the board game version; the others knowing nothing about it but with one person working in an induction role with care professionals.
What a wonderful opportunity!

And so I promised a blog. I lied. 🙂

I am writing TWO blogs – this one to set the scene… and another one “soon” (definitely after the tax return!) to explain what we did. I am hoping to get some of the people who were there to contribute – I don’t promise as people have busy lives working on their own projects, but … watch this space.

And, just in case anyone is still in doubt about online learning opportunities…
You can learn about new products and like-minded people on Twitter
and hopefully raise awareness of your work … and get new business!

 Thank you Karen – and everyone at #BFLG – for your fantastic support.


About Gill Phillips - Whose Shoes?

Passionate about personalisation in health & social care. Creator of Whose Shoes? - an imaginative approach to helping people work together to improve lives.
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One Response to Technology and Brain-Friendly Learning – Making It Real!

  1. Rob Osborne says:

    Hi Gill, sounds really exciting to be working on an electronic version of Whose Shoes? Rob


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