As learning and development professionals, it's our job to help facilitate great classes, create great courses, and generally speaking - get content into the hands of learners.
One program that succeeds at this is the altMBA. At the surface, it's a four-week intensive online course created by Seth Godin that offers leaders an alternative path to an MBA. But it's so much more than an online leadership course.
The altMBA has no grades. There's no lectures. No facilitators. There's weekly assignments, group video calls, and peer-to-peer feedback on your work. And all work is supported by coaches, in a 10:1 student to coach ratio.
It was unlike anything I have ever encountered. I learned more in 30-days than I learned in the last five years of my life combined.
Nearly two years after taking it, I am still talking with people in the program - coaches, peers, people in different sessions. I'm still inspired by the books I read, the connections I made, and I use what I learned daily. It was (and continues to be) a truly magical experience for me.
I recently pondering: How can I create learning and development programs that have the same magic at the altMBA? And decided it was time for a phone call with my altMBA coach, Peter Shepard, where I could ask that very question.
I was looking to come away from the call with some tips on how to design learning experiences that mimic the altMBA, and while I did get a few tactical tips, my biggest learning is that the magic isn't in how the curriculum is put together or the assignments are written, it's in the posture of everyone - the students and the coaches - involved in the course.
The goal for each session of this course isn't just for the students to learn, but for the coaches to learn as well.
The magic happens because everyone is approaching the experience with a growth mindset.
Which got me thinking, what if we approached every learning experience we design as an opportunity not just for our learners to learn and grow but also for ourselves to learn and grow? How might your work change?