CPD Programmes

IAL Speaker Series: Pre-Adult Learning Symposium 2020 Workshop: PULSE: A Learning Methodology for the Whole Organisation

Complimentary

Arlene Egan (Dr) | Angus Cameron (Dr)

Speaker

7.00pm - 8.30pm (SG time)

Duration

The strength of any team comes from the diversity of skills and experience among its individual members. When some problems require abilities not possessed by team members, rapid learning is essential. This session introduces the PULSE learning framework, designed to facilitate rapid team-based learning in response to specific problems, fill in the gaps to address needs as they arise, and enhance the team’s effectiveness.

 

Notice

 

This is a fully online session conducted via ZOOM.  Participants can participate in the session from any venue of their convenience with a laptop / device that is compatible with ZOOM.  More details on participating in the session will be send to the confirmed registrants.

 

What is this programme about?

 

Every team consists of individuals who each bring unique  skills, ideas, and competencies to problem-solving situations. An interpersonal approach to learning allows different members of a group to contribute in a unique way best suited to their individual strengths and the needs of the team. It is important that team members work together to decide which skills should be developed by each individual to harness individual and shared abilities and provide opportunities for personal and collective growth.

The PULSE learning framework is a unique adult learning methodology developed by Roffey Park Institute is a simple but powerful tool to help integrate creative and critical learning into all areas of your organisation. Based on five iterative steps, PULSE is a process by which teams at all levels of an organisation are encouraged to treat each task and/or goal as a learning journey.

Drawing on Roffey Park’s own 75-year research into the changing needs of workplace learning, combined with wider adult learning research, PULSE is designed to give each learner the most effective learning experience for them. The process begins with an analysis of both the problem and the team’s existing skills and identifying missing skills. This leads to opportunities for individual team members to develop capabilities that contribute to the greater good of the team, shaping the group response to the problem. While a team might have a common learning outcome as their destination, each member of that team may have a different journey. This approach emphasises interpersonal learning.

This 90-minute session will introduce the PULSE methodology in an intuitive manner, through the application of PULSE itself. The session will begin with a short reflective introduction, comparing and contrasting different approaches to adult learning. Particular focus is given to the relative strengths and weaknesses of prescriptive, functional approaches to learning and more flexible critical/creative approaches. Following this, the various stages of the PULSE methodology — Plot, Unlock, Lever, Signify, and Embed — will be undertaken through a series of group activities. These stages address issues such as learning outcomes, potential blockages, required resources, meaning-making, and benefit to the wider community, respectively. With expert guidance and feedback from the programme leaders, you will come to understand and appreciate the PULSE approach as an effective tool for collaborative learning that is both personal and interpersonal, building on the abilities of the individual in order to strengthen the whole.

This PULSE workshop is part of a series of events related to a keynote speech being delivered by Roffey Park’s CEO, Dr Robert Coles to the annual IAL Symposium in August 2020. Dr Coles’ presentation, entitled The Human at Work, will lay out a radical agenda for human-scale dialogic learning as essential to the emerging workplace. While this was urgent before COVID-19, it is even more so now as we all struggle to maintain effective and affective communication via video conferencing.

In keeping with its long history of delivering world-leading adult learning, this PULSE session is supported by material available through the Roffey Park institute and through a reflexive workbook given to all participants.

 

What does it cover?

 

  • Have an understanding of different approaches to adult learning
  • Be able to articulate the importance of context for effective adult learning methods
  • Have a working knowledge of the PULSE learning method and its application
  • Understand the key differences, both in terms of practice and outcomes, between individual and interpersonal learning
  • Be able to identify learning methods appropriate to the context of themselves or the context of their organisation
  • Be able to apply the PULSE learning method to their organisational learning needs
  • Use the PULSE learning method to address specific learning issues for themselves, their teams, and their organisations

 

Who is it suitable for?

 

  • Adult Education: individuals involved in learning design, curriculum development, learning facilitation, assessment of learning competence, learning technology integration, or those involved in consultancy and advisory services relating to business performance
  • Learning Management: individuals involved in the management and support of learning programmes, systems and technology management and implementation, quality assurance of learning programmes, and driving business development
  • Senior management, human resources, or organisation development professionals looking to lead systemic culture change within their organisations, and seeking new ways to engage staff in workplace learning

 

About the speaker

Arlene Egan (Dr)

Head of Curriculum and Quality | Roffey Park Institute

Founded in the United Kingdom in 1946, Roffey Park Institute is a charitable trust which is internationally recognised for developing innovative learning approaches that enable individuals to achieve their full potential, both at work and in their wider lives.

Roffey Park’s charitable objectives are:

  • To conduct, promote, and support research into questions affecting the health and welfare of all those engaged in industry, commerce, and the public services, with a particular focus on the relations between management and employees, the application of the social sciences to such questions, and the publication of the results of such research for the benefit of the public
  • To advance education by providing training and discussion courses in all or any aspects of the science of personnel management for managers, administrators, supervisors, and others with similar responsibilities

Profile Link (if any): https://www.linkedin.com/in/drarleneegan/

Email Address:  arlene.egan@roffeypark.com

Angus Cameron (Dr)

Academic Operations Director | Roffey Park Institute

Founded in the United Kingdom in 1946, Roffey Park Institute is a charitable trust which is internationally recognised for developing innovative learning approaches that enable individuals to achieve their full potential, both at work and in their wider lives.

Roffey Park’s charitable objectives are:

  • To conduct, promote, and support research into questions affecting the health and welfare of all those engaged in industry, commerce, and the public services, with a particular focus on the relations between management and employees, the application of the social sciences to such questions, and the publication of the results of such research for the benefit of the public
  • To advance education by providing training and discussion courses in all or any aspects of the science of personnel management for managers, administrators, supervisors, and others with similar responsibilities

Profile Link (if any): https://www.linkedin.com/in/angus-cameron-01316730/

Email Address:  angus.cameron@roffeypark.ac.uk