The impact of learning impacts

Gary VanAntwerp at SMMconnect (Sales & Marketing Management magazine’s online community) recently introduced me to the concept of learning impacts.   After a workshop participants post in a forum the most important things they learned and the value (qualitative or quantitative) of these insights.

While learning impacts resemble the minute papers many of us already use, they have the added advantage of being communal.  Students can learn from their peers’ learnings, and instructors can offer feedback.

This concept could work very well on a course management site or class blog.  In fact it is very similar to a focused discussion in Blackboard.

SMMconnect has goal-setting tools and other free resources as well: you need to register on the site to make use of them.  Though designed for the corporate world these tools could also have an impact on classroom learning.