Dynamic Interaction: The Best Way to Learn

Educational psychologists are in agreement.  The best way to learn is through dynamic interaction, with highly engaged, motivated participants.  They also agree that it is important to make sure to appeal to all learning styles and preferences, which includes visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic learners.  What that means in everyday terms, is that if you learn best by seeing visuals, it’s important to have readings, presentations, maps, graphics, charts, and diagrams.  If you’re an auditory learner, then it’s important to give you a chance to listen to people talk, and to listen to presentations.  if you’re a kinaesthetic learner, you’ll need some hands-on action.  That means that you’ll need to be working on problems, and interacting with the content in a way that keeps your hands, eyes, and body active.

For the best learning environments, it’s important to engage the learner’s emotions.  You have to really care about something before you’ll take ownership of the idea and invest your heart and your mind.  So, it’s important to make connections between the course content and your real-life interests, wants, and needs.  It’s also important that whatever we do resonates with your own experience, so that you can relate to it in an experiential way.

Does this approach to learning sound like anything the AAPG offers? 

Your first reply might be “no.”

However, you may not be aware of our new Geoscience Technology Workshop (GTW) series.  We’re upgrading as we go, and our next GTW is sure to be a good one. 

Carbon sequestration is a broad field, and in many ways an underdeveloped one.  For example, do you really understand the full potential of CO2 EOR?   Are you aware of the fundamental controversies that surround some of the issues involved in geological sequestration?  What do some of the results of the experiments that have been going on mean for the future?

Attend our Carbon Sequestration GTW, August 10-12, in Golden, Colorado (near Denver), and jump right into the action!

There will be 8 sessions and around 24 presentations.  If you think that means that audience members will sit in the audience and be passive listeners, you’re in for a surprise!

Listen, weigh in, share, challenge, debate — ask the tough questions!
Jump-start your understanding by sharing the knowledge & experience of practicing geologists, engineers, geophysicists

While you’re at the event:

Dynamic interaction!
Brief presentations (5-15 minutes)
Q&A
Breakout Session:  Dynamic Interaction — Discussions
Each person will fill out individual worksheet for personal use
The group will have a facilitated session –  issues, problems, opportunities, and directions
Networking receptions
Poster sessions for continuing discussion and debate

After the event: 

Asychronous Dynamic Interaction!
**access to an ongoing collaborative wiki
**notes / analysis from the breakout sessions
**resource package for each session (website with bibliography of recommended readings / links to articles

Is this for you?  Ask a few difficult questions:

Are you a young professional ready to jump-start your knowledge?
Are you a seasoned professional eager to share your knowledge and learn what others are encountering?
Are you needing information to make decisions for the future?

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