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Oops: Embracing Training Failures and Learning From Them

Event Type: SWFLN Webinar
Date: 12/6/2017
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:00 PM
 While every one of us who serves as a trainer-teacher-learner in our library settings dreads that moment when something goes wrong, we also know that what goes wrong often leads to something tremendously right: effective learning. In fact, we realize that failure is an integral part of the learning process. In this highly-interactive webinar focusing on the importance of “failure” in learning, panelists Maurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Paul Signorelli discuss real-world common and uncommon training mishaps and pitfalls; encourage participants to focus on what has come out of their own failures and those of their learners; and help participants walk away with concrete strategies to implement as they prepare their next learning sessions.

Participants, by the end of this webinar, should be able to:

Identify at least three steps they can take to turn a moment of failure into a moment of success

Cite at least three examples of how colleagues have turned training failures into training successes

List three actions they will take, when they return to their worksites, to better prepare for situations that commonly interfere with successful learning

Optional Pre-session Work:
Watch the following brief video and be prepared to discuss what it suggests for your own digital literacy efforts.

“How Learning From Failure Makes You Stronger”
Capture Your Flag
Posted on YouTube June 24, 2011

Location: Web Based Training
Other Information:
 Maurice Coleman, Technical Trainer for Harford County Public Library and a Library Journal Mover and Shaker, is the host of the long-running biweekly library training podcast T is for Training and a frequent keynote presenter on technology implementation, presentation and training skills, and other topics. He can be reached at or through the T is for Training blog (

Jill Hurst-Wahl, an associate professor of practice in the Syracuse University School of Information Studies, is a member of the USNY Technology Policy and Practice Council and the Onandaga County Public Libraries Board of Trustees. She can be reached at, through her website (, or through her Digitization 101 blog (

Paul Signorelli is an independent writer-trainer-instructional designer-presenter-social media strategist-consultant focused on community collaborations and educational technology in libraries and other educational organizations. He can be reached at, through his website (, or through his Building Creative Bridges blog (
Contact: Aaron Blumberg
Contact Number: 2393136218
Presenter: Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Maurice Coleman
Status: Closed

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