It all started in a quiet suburban street on a typical Monday evening. My wife was telling me about a course she had been on that day. An education consultant who is paid to deliver training to teaching staff had delivered a 2 hour session to my wife and a group of colleagues. A quick and dirty 2 hour session to frame some literacy content which this consultant used 91 sides to deliver.
Take a moment to think about that.
45 slides in an hour.
22 slides per half hour.
79 seconds per slide.
That’s almost ignite presentation pace.
If the content was engaging and interesting it might have been acceptable. If the content had been images and 3 words per slide it might have been acceptable. If the trainer handed the slides out and then talked round them it might have been acceptable.
This was PowerPoint. This was bullet points. This was wordy slides with lots of information. One slide contained 143 words. It described a classroom activity which the people in the session could try out. They didn’t practice the exercise – they didn’t see the resources for the exercise mentioned on the slide. They had the exercise explained to them while they read it on the slide.
I posted this on twitter and for almost a day the conversation has been maintained with people highlighting bad practice and their similar experience.
Think for a moment you are one of the people on that session. Imagine you don’t know what L&D can be like. Imagine that the last course you went on was similar in nature. Imagine you can’t speak to a L&D professional outside of that environment.
The consultant in that session is representing our profession. The experience they create will form perceptions and expectations of L&D.
They walk among us.
Massive thanks to Doug Shaw for the title of this blog post. Simple story – creativity in moments. What do you think…should we be calling this practice out? Can we? Who to?
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