We can’t have all the answers, much to our chagrin. But, what we can have is access to the resources that will lead us to (most of) those answers. One such resource are the popular TED Talks where subject matter experts are given a maximum of 18 minutes to speak on a particular topic.
So how can we, as eLearing and training and development professionals, benefit from these TED Talks? By taking a look at the cream of the crop below! Here are the 10 best eLearning and training TED Talks ever given…in our opinion. In no particular order, they are:
Maria breaks down the process (via a cooking metaphor) necessary for us to not only learn knew things, but how we also commit them to our biological memory. She includes some ideas on how to make learning more engaging as well.
This is a wonderful TED Talk, not only because Sir Ken brings his British wit along for the ride, but because he eloquently puts into words the problems with education today and the transformation (not reformation) that needs to take place. Take a few minutes to watch and apply these same lessons into your own training.
John stresses the importance of building and facilitating a learning community instead of an environment where learning is seen as hurdles to overcome. The same should be true of your eLearning and training programs.
While this video seems to be speaking to educators in a classroom setting, the concepts and the rules can be applied to any learning environment. This is especially great video for instructional designers and learning managers.
There are many TED Talks around the topic of motivation but this one from Dan Pink speaks directly to the right and wrong way (proven by scientific research) to motivate your employees.
Sean makes the case for a more self-directed or collaborative learning environment in the workplace as opposed to a formal training environment.
We’ve all been told that in order for training to be effective we should take into account the different learning styles of our learners. However, Tesia gives examples to show that learning isn’t based on learning styles but by applying meaning, content and multiple senses to what we’re learning.
The examples Jessie uses in this TED Talk are based on young K-12 learners. However, the concepts of blended learning and adapting a learner-centric training method are 100% relevant to a corporate or non-education environment because of the outcomes when compared to a more blanketed learning/training method.
Storytelling isn’t just an effective way to communicate with friends and family or market a product, it’s also an effective way to teach new concepts and information.
This is one of the better TED Talks we’ve seen because it so succinctly lays out how modern advances in technology have completely disrupted learning (and aren’t even finished yet) but how not all learning has changed to meet the demands of this new, modern learner as we see in the same lecturer style of teaching in most settings today.
Case and point: you’re learning right now in a way people even 10 years ago wouldn’t have been able to do by searching for content on the internet and watching videos of SMEs from all over the world speaking on a variety of topics. Imagine the costs of plane tickets alone to be able to replicate this in an in-person setting!
These TED Talks offer not only a wide variety of opinions and research on numerous topics and concepts, but also resources you can use in your own eLearning or training courses! I mean, why not? They’re often insightful and really get the viewer thinking and questioning.
Which of the TED Talks above was your favorite? Or, is there another one that you’ve seen that should be added to the list?