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Top Five Takeaways from #Brunchography2017

By on May 9, 2017

Thank you so much to everyone who attended and contributed to Brunchography’s great success this past Friday! The only thing more plentiful than the delicious brunch foods were the ideas shared between bites. It was wonderful to see the many discussions each panel stimulated around the room, and the enthusiastic additions and productive disagreements shared at each table.


In case you were not able to join us at the event, worry not! You can reflect on the discussions had with the hashtag #Brunchography2017, and tweet your own thoughts to keep the conversation going. Check out the photos and live stream recording on our Facebook page (and be sure to tag yourself!).

For those of you with an appetite for some of the panel highlights, here are my Top Five Takeaways:

  1. Blended Modality Sweet Spot – In the Expanding Corporate Learning panel, Jay McDowall reminded us that choosing between classroom instruction and e-learning is not an either/or equation. Instead, the trick is to find the sweet spot between instruction and automation that benefits the learners and their companies most.
  2. What’s in it for me? – Gabriella Fermo brought the focus back to the learner by suggesting that one of the most important factors in learning success is the learner’s attitude going into any training – and that this factor should never be overlooked. “They need to know what they are getting out of the program beforehand so they are invested in the learning opportunity.”
  3. Asking Why – In the Disrupting Public Education panel, Michael Prosserman pushed us to consider our motivation when working with K-12 students. “Don’t just give them stuff,” he says. “Ask yourself why you are interacting with these young people and what you are trying to accomplish.”
  4. Life Follows You Everywhere – Annie Kidder reminded us to look at the whole student – not just the body in a seat. A boy facing challenges outside of school once said to her, “The thing about life is it follows you everywhere.” People didn’t understand that his life followed him to school and weren’t considering those outside obstacles to his learning. “If we get too stuck in just delivering content, we miss a huge part of education.”
  5. Knowledge Mobilization –  Everywhere there is information, there is difficulty disseminating it. Anne Bergen and Erica van Roosmalen forwarded the need for all areas of learning to bridge the gap between what we know and what we don’t. They suggested we can see this problem in our lives with many nods of recognition from the crowd. “We rarely read reports, but we all write them, and we write them in language people don’t want to read.” A lot of great research and resources have already been produced, but a whole new challenge arises when trying to mobilize that information and foster its widespread use. How can we transfer academic research in new and engaging ways?

We hope that #Brunchography2017 allowed you to challenge your thinking, form long-term connections, and bring actionable ideas back to your work. And if you missed this year’s event, we are already brewing up ideas for #Brunchography2018. We can’t wait to see you then!

By Lauren Huxtable

Lauren HuxtableLauren is a Toronto local but has a hunger for learning and the rest of the world that rarely lets her stay home for long. After completing a specialized program at King’s College in Halifax, she returned to complete degrees in Writing, Philosophy, and Psychology at the University of Toronto. She continues to develop her writing and philosophizing skills through post graduate studies and backpacking abroad whenever possible.