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15 April 2008

eLearning Guild Keynote: Keith Sawyer

Clark @ 12:32 PM

Today I’m at the eLearning Guild’s Annual Gathering. Yesterday I was part of two different pre-conference symposiums, one on Immersive Learning Simulations (read: serious games) and Mobile Learning, and today we started off with a keynote. I mind-mapped it, which I sometimes do, and here’s the result:

Keith Sawyer Keynote Mindmap

Overall, I confess I was a wee bit underwhelmed, as some of the talk was that a constructivist approach fostered more innovative folks. Well, yeah. However, there were some good points, and he told a great story about the real history of Monopoly.

The main good point was debunking the myth that innovation is individual insight, and his research on creativity shows how teams iterate over time to create new ideas. He also pointed out a couple of ways to facilitate creativity, which included building layouts (pointing to his book, ahem), and re-assigning staff as a systematic organizational policy.

There were also some good details about making effective learning (see the subtrees from the ‘challenges’ node in the mind map, above), including identifying a relevant problem, supporting active learning, fostering effective collaboration, and creating shared artifacts.  Most specifically, the details underneath these were more depth than you often get.

Of course, the question is whether the talk was relevant for the general audience, not me (after all, I too have studied creativity, and the learning sciences). My informal poll seemed to support my view, but the eLearning Guild is making some good efforts at linking in social tools, so there should be lots of reactions being tracked. Did you see his presentation? If so, what did you think?


  1. […] I was off to the keynote by Keith Sawyer. Clark Quinn already blogged about it and has a cool map of the talk, so you can read more about the keynote on his blog. While I enjoyed […]

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  2. Wow. Thanks for doing this. I look at it and am baffled at how you did it. However, being at the session I can at least follow what you created and understand the points placed in. I’m going to definately give this a try at my next CEO’s forum. Try to figure out and truly visualize what he is dreaming for our company next. I’m glad Brent mentioned this at the confernece.

    Comment by Tracy Hamilton — 16 April 2008 @ 4:59 AM

  3. Tracy, I use OmniGraffle, but it’s Mac only (it’s a diagramming tool). Visual thinking is a powerful tool (just ask Tom Crawford ;).

    Comment by Clark — 16 April 2008 @ 5:13 AM

  4. Note that Brent Colescott is live blogging the content of sessions from the Learning Management colloquium.

    Comment by Clark — 16 April 2008 @ 9:20 AM

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