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EdTech Fast 5 - Dr Jane Bozarth on the art of learning

March 4, 2019

Jane Bozarth has spent more than 2 decades in Learning and Development, from classroom trainer to eLearning Coordinator for North Carolina, USA state government. She's the author of many books, including Social Media for Trainers, Better than Bullet Points, and From Analysis to Evaluation. Her abiding interest is in social and collaborative learning: the focus of her doctoral dissertation was tacit knowledge sharing in a community of practice.  This interest inspired her latest book, Show Your Work: The Payoffs and How-Tos of Working Out Loud. Dr. Bozarth currently serves as Director of Research for the eLearning Guild. Catch Jane on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

1. What’s the most overrated topic in education right now?

Microlearning, because it’s almost always really what we’ve always called performance support, and it is not new, and it should be common sense.

2. Does technology motivate creativity?

Yes, for the people who see it as an opportunity rather than a threat. Nearly everyone I know – including me in past work life – doing interesting eLearning work on tight budgets are able to do it because they’re willing to experiment and push all the buttons of new technology. They often find uses for a tool that even the designers never even envisioned.

3. What app can’t you live without?

Google Maps. How did we ever get anywhere before?

4. What events from your own experience as a learner have informed your approach to your work in education?

From taking up a new instrument and learning a new language: Learning is HARD, even when it’s a subject you want to learn about and enjoy working on. Those of us in the business sometimes act as if we just deliver fabulous instruction than any learner who pays attention should be able to do whatever it is we put in front of them. Also, learners have a million other things on their minds, jobs to do, problems at home, interruptions all day long… and we need to remember to leave room for that.

5. Which actor would play you in the movie about your life?

I used to say Whoopi Goldberg, but now I’m leaning toward Awkwafina.