As a developer you spend your entire life learning. But what happens when the tables are turned and you become the teacher? Do you want to become a conference speaker or a mentor, talk at your local user group, give presentations at work, or become a technical trainer? As a previous classroom teacher with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development, I will take you on a journey to understand the various learning styles and how to effectively reach everyone. We will look at how to present your information, best ways to structure it, and learn ways to reach all students no matter their level. We will also cover a number of best practices for crafting your presentation decks themselves. Join me for this exploration into the inner workings of the human mind.


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Koen Cornelis at 23:47 on 24 Jan 2020

Learning styles are scientifically debunked. There is not a "lack of evidence" for them. The theory has been debunked over and over again. Anyone who presents an abstract stressing how she has a "Master's Degree in Curriculum Development" should be responsible enough to not present snakeoil like this.

Please do any aspiring student a favor and stop spreading this myth. It is not true and is harmful to anyone trying to learn how to study.

A lot of information to process during the talk. It was worthwhile hearing to get a better understanding of how I learn.

Daan at 09:48 on 26 Jan 2020

I do not feel good about giving such a low rating as Heather is a good speaker, but i just feel like the subject didn't really fit in here.
The examples were based on teaching young kids. I know this is just examples, but it made it a bit too difficult for me to relate with it and actually be able to do something with the information presented.
As I said, Heather is a great speaker and there were absolutely some nice pieces of information given, but in all honesty it is not what I expected.

Patrick Blom at 09:56 on 26 Jan 2020

Cool talk about an exciting topic. It opens my mind about teaching and I love to hear, that you have a personal story of success with your students behind the concepts you showed us.

You managed to keep me engaged and interested through the entire talk, which really is quite an achievement for the last talk of a long day!! You delivered the talk very well, with humour and experience in the topic, engaging the audience and telling real stories which a lot of us could relate to.

For me as a conference speaker, an apprentice trainer, a mentor and a parent it's really valuable to get a reminder to keep in mind that different people need to learn in different ways. And wether or not we "believe" in learning styles, it's true that we are all different, because brains are different, and keeping this in mind is great.

It reminds us to not have only one way of presenting something, but to really mix things up a bit... And I'll definitely remember what you said about ending strong.

Thank you for a great, entertaining and engaging talk with lots of takeaways.

Niels C at 09:54 on 27 Jan 2020

I took away that it is important to reflect on your own method of learning and be attentive to that of anyone you teach to. I did find there was a lot of extra information given in the talk that didn't help me reach the above conclusion, so it felt a bit long.

The latter part of the presentation was the most interesting, but didn't get the time & attention anymore (over time). Too long a focus on the learning styles (which are quite known I'd guess, expected more foucs on the practical application).