Don't Talk At Me, Talk With Me

Insufficient permission
I had an opportunity to attend the Google Cloud OnBoard ML yesterday in NYC. My expectations were an introduction to the Google Cloud, some Machine Learning, and a bit of a sales pitch. I expected to walk away with some minor new skill in doing a linear regression on Google's Platform. What I walked away with was a clear experience of what education should not be. Even as a theatrical experience it should not be what Google gave us. Large companies would benefit from engaging with life long educators on how to model and connect with other during their events.

On arrival I set myself up at a hightop to do some work. It wasn't long before a Googler was engaging some attendees behind me. Of the three being chatted up there was a vast range of skills sets with their experience in cloud technologies and machine learning. One had no experience, another had played with cloud products and another had run some machine learning with scikit-learn. This was a good snapshot of what I saw the rest of the day; various skill levels with a common interest to learn and know more about machine learning.

The event started in a large ballroom with close to 1000 of us seated at thin tables facing a presenter and two large screens. This was my position for the majority of the day. A brief video was presented on organizing data and machine learning. Then a kickoff by a customer relations manager. All a basic intro with housekeeping format to begin the day. This degraded educationally from here.

ROITraining lead the training elements of the day. The format was a lecture that almost wanted to be socratic but failed in a large room. Followed by a demo that moved so fast if you wanted to follow along on your own terminal you needed to have an understanding of what was being demonstrated before the demonstration. This went on for six modules with lunch and a break in between.

While I soaked up the knowledge of the Google infrastructure and gained a better understanding of how the cloud worked there wasn't an opportunity to try the skills presented or anyone easily accessible to support when stuck. The intention is to "on board" the users to machine learning on the cloud. What I experienced was being talked at for a day.

Teachers capitalize on the basic fact that students show up everyday to learn something. Often not all students want to be in the classroom learning. Large events such as what Google offered provide rare opportunities of a filled space of eager learners. When you have that level of attention on a topic of product every moment counts. Engage the learner, build connections, and develop entry level skills. Avoid a chalk and talk scenario.


  • Provide opportunities for intimate questions or anonymous questions. Have a back channel going. a place for some one to ask that question they don't want to feel stupid for asking publicly or wasting time on. 
  • Setup sections for various levels of support help. Provide the support for that section. 
  • Direct attendees to live help in the moment. You have me in the room now. Don't direct me to an online course. I would stayed at home and done in. 
  • Connect members in similar and diverse fields. Such similarities and diversities can solve more problems when connected than apart. Create the opportunities for connections. 
  • Talk with me, not at me. You have me present engage me. Work with me. Provide opportunities for me to explore and be successful under your guidance. 
  • Give immediate reference resources. Don't assume everyone knows how to begin a demo. provide the lowest level documentation or be clear about prerequisites. 
I've been in many effective classrooms. The most effective for older learners provide autonomy to the learner with direct facilitated support and easily accessible resources. Consider the least skill level in the room and provide ways for them to be successful and grow. 

13 comments:

  1. Really this article is truly one of the best in article history and am a collector of old "items" and sometimes read new items if i find them interesting which is one that I found quite fascinating and should be part of my collection. Very good work!
    Data Scientist Course in Gurgaon

    ReplyDelete
  2. Nice post. This is a great article and am pretty much pleased with your good work. Very helpful information. Thank you.
    Best Data Science Courses

    ReplyDelete
  3. Very informative Blog! There is so much information here that can help thank you for sharing.
    Data Analytics Course in Bangalore

    ReplyDelete
  4. Interesting post. which i wondered about this issue so thanks for posting and very good article which is a really very nice and useful article. Thank you
    Data Science Course in Noida

    ReplyDelete
  5. Very interesting blog and lot of the blogs we see these days don't provide anything that interests me but i am really interested in this one just thought I would post and let you know.
    Data Science Training Institute in Noida

    ReplyDelete
  6. Nice Post i have read this article and if I can I would like to suggest some cool tips or advice and perhaps you could write future articles that reference this article. I want to know more!
    Data Analytics Course in Gurgaon

    ReplyDelete
  7. Well done for this excellent article. and really enjoyed reading this article today it might be one of the best articles I have read so far and please keep this work of the same quality.
    Data Analytics Course in Noida

    ReplyDelete
  8. Excellent work done by you once again here and this is just the reason why I’ve always liked your work with amazing writing skills and you display them in every article. Keep it going!
    Data Analytics Courses in Hyderabad

    ReplyDelete
  9. I like viewing this web page which comprehend the price of delivering the excellent useful resource free of charge and truly adored reading your posting. Thank you!
    Data Science Certification Course

    ReplyDelete
  10. Just a shine from you here and have never expected anything less from you and have not disappointed me at all which i guess you will continue the quality work. Great post.
    Data Science Training in Gurgaon

    ReplyDelete
  11. Excellent post to make this blog more wonderful, attractive and cool stuff you have. Thank You.
    Data Science Course in India with Placements

    ReplyDelete
  12. Tamiloneindia is the go-to digital platform for the latest security news and high-level analysis. Each day, we offer multiple expert perspectives, engaging the private sector to find solutions and foster dialogue on what events mean for businesses and organisations around the world. More than just reporting on the news, Tamil One India helps readers understand what the news means to them.

    ReplyDelete
  13. They know various algorithms applied to massive data to extract meaningful pieces of information from it.
    data science course in trichy

    ReplyDelete

Social Emotional Well-Being During Online Teaching and Learning

The world is a bit nutty right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools are switching to online learning and parents are working from...