Dive into the enriching discussions of the Learning Designers’ Dialogue, where participants explored the essence of learning through open communication and genuine connection. From the principles of adaptability and experiential learning to the transformative power of sharing and conversing, this post delves into the multifaceted nature of learning. Join us in reflecting on the collective wisdom shared and embrace a culture of collaboration and lifelong growth.

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of participating in a remarkable online event titled “Learning Designers’ Dialogue.” Bringing together about 16 passionate learning designers, educators and individuals from diverse corners of the globe, the dialogue provided a platform for rich exchange and exploration of ideas within the realm of education and learning design. It was an energizing and thought-provoking experience, highlighting the power of collective wisdom and shared insights in shaping innovative approaches to education.

Bohmian Dialogue

At the heart of the dialogue was the Bohmian Dialogue principle, emphasizing open communication, active listening, and a willingness to suspend judgment. Engaging in this dialogue format, I found myself immersed in a space where the focus wasn’t on formulating responses or asserting opinions but rather on deeply understanding and appreciating the perspectives of others. It was liberating to participate in conversations where the priority was on genuine connection and mutual learning, allowing ideas to flow freely without the constraints of ego or agenda.

Exploring Learning

The focal point of our first session during the Learning Designers’ Dialogue was “Exploring Learning,” a topic that delved deep into our understanding and experiences with the learning process. Reflecting on this theme, we engaged in a series of thought-provoking questions, each prompting introspection and sharing of personal insights. We pondered over the essence of learning, recalling our most profound learning moments, and acknowledging the sources from which these experiences emanated. I share below 5 major points highlighted by various participants from the following questions:

  1. What does learning mean to you?
  2. What was your deepest, most powerful learning experience?
  3. Where or whom did it come from?

Highlighted Points from Participants:

  1. Adaptability in Learning: Learning isn’t confined to the classroom; it extends beyond to various situations, scenarios, groups, and individuals. The ability to adapt what we learn to diverse contexts empowers us to navigate the complexities of real-world challenges with agility and effectiveness.
  2. Memory vs. Experiential Learning: Participants highlighted the distinction between memorization-based learning and experiential learning. While memory-based learning focuses on rote memorization of facts and information, experiential learning emphasizes immersive, hands-on experiences that foster deeper understanding and retention.
  3. Stepping Out of Comfort Zones: Learning often necessitates stepping out of one’s comfort zone and embracing unfamiliar territory. It’s through discomfort and stretching beyond familiar boundaries that true growth and transformation occur, propelling individuals towards new levels of competence and confidence.
  4. Application of Learning: True learning transcends the acquisition of knowledge; it manifests when we actively apply what we’ve learned in practical settings. Application solidifies understanding, reinforces learning outcomes, and catalyzes meaningful change in both personal and professional realms.
  5. Creation as a Catalyst for Learning: Creativity and innovation are integral components of the learning process. By engaging in the act of creation, whether through generating ideas, designing solutions, or producing tangible artifacts, learners not only deepen their understanding but also foster a sense of ownership and agency in their learning journey.

These insights underscored the multifaceted nature of learning, highlighting its dynamic interplay with adaptability, experience, challenge, application, and creativity. As we explored these dimensions together, it became evident that learning is not merely a destination but a continuous, evolving journey enriched by diverse perspectives and shared experiences.

Basic Learning Anatomy

In a previous article titled “Basic Learning Anatomy,” I explored the fundamental components of the learning process: Identification, Reflection, and Implementation. Identification involves recognizing opportunities for learning, Reflection encourages introspection and consolidation of knowledge, while Implementation emphasizes the application of learning in practical contexts. For a deeper understanding of these concepts, I invite you to explore the full article here

#1 – Learning by Sharing

I’ve come to appreciate the transformative power of “Learning by Sharing.” Too often, we confine our learning journeys to solitary pursuits, neglecting the immense value of sharing insights and experiences with others. Personally, I’ve found that my own understanding deepens as I articulate and share what I’ve learned with fellow learners. Joining learning communities that prioritize knowledge exchange has been instrumental in broadening my perspectives and accelerating my growth. Hence, I’ve made it a commitment to share my learning journey on this platform, in the hopes of fostering a culture of collaboration and collective learning.

#2 – Learning in Conversations

Furthermore, I’ve experienced firsthand the enriching dynamics of “Learning in Conversations.” Engaging in meaningful discussions and dialogues with peers not only enhances comprehension but also cultivates critical thinking and empathy. In the learning communities I’ve been a part of, conversations transcend mere information sharing; they spark curiosity, challenge assumptions, and foster genuine connections. As we look forward to future dialogues and sessions, I am eager to continue exploring the boundless opportunities for learning and growth that arise from authentic, collaborative conversations.

These reflections underscore the importance of embracing diverse learning modalities and fostering a culture of sharing and dialogue. As we continue on our learning journeys, may we remain open to new ideas, eager to engage with others, and committed to lifelong growth and development.


In conclusion, the Learning Designers’ Dialogue provided a platform for profound exploration and exchange of ideas, rooted in the principles of open communication and genuine connection. Through thought-provoking discussions, we delved into the essence of learning, recognizing its dynamic interplay with adaptability, experience, challenge, application, and creativity. Drawing from the foundational concepts of Identification, Reflection, and Implementation, I emphasized the importance of sharing insights and engaging in meaningful conversations to deepen understanding and catalyze growth. As we reflect on the collective wisdom gleaned from this dialogue, let us continue to embrace diverse learning modalities, foster collaboration, and nurture a culture of lifelong learning and discovery.

What other thoughts about learning did you have from the dialogue?

Series Title – My Reflections on the Learning Designer’s Dialogue Conversations

Session 1 – Exploring Learning: My Reflections

Session 2 – Personalised Learning, Insights from “Horse Play”

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