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Explore Online Distributed Cognition with our upcoming webinar

A problem shared is a problem halved. Unlocking the power of teams.

11th March 2024

Explore Online Distributed Cognition with our upcoming webinar
Have you ever heard the saying "a problem shared is a problem halved". This is in essence what distributed cognition is all about ie understanding and leveraging the collective brainpower of teams. The concept of distributed cognition is a fascinating principle that pushes the boundaries of traditional teamwork and problem-solving. 

This is an interesting concept for how we structure our teams and tackle challenges. Our upcoming Zoom webinar fo promises to explore "Online Distributed Cognition". We'll do this by introducing participants to three virtual tools designed to harness this collective intelligence: 

  • Online Workstations
  • Emergency Delivery
  • Celtic Cross

Interested? Here are the details:

The essence of Distributed Cognition
At its core, distributed cognition is a concept that views cognitive processes as spread across individuals, objects, and tools rather than being confined within the boundaries of a single mind. It's the idea that knowledge and understanding can be pooled together from various sources, creating a richer, more comprehensive tapestry of insights and solutions. This approach leverages the strengths and unique perspectives of each participant, ensuring that no single person needs to shoulder the entire cognitive load. Instead, every member contributes a piece of the puzzle, relying on the collective to navigate complex challenges.

Imagine a scenario where a team faces a daunting problem. Instead of relying on a lone genius to find a solution, distributed cognition leverages the diverse knowledge and skills of all team members, as well as the tools and technologies at their disposal. This not only speeds up the problem-solving process but also leads to more innovative and robust solutions.

Navigating challenges with Workstations
One of the virtual training tools we'll explore during the event is the online version of Workstations. This tool embodies the essence of distributed cognition by creating a virtual space where team members can converge, share information, and work collaboratively on the task.
The exercise pushes teams to efficiently process information, make informed decisions rapidly, and collaboratively devise and refine strategies. With the clock ticking, participants must navigate challenges, adapt to feedback, and ensure optimal outcomes.

While the exercise necessitates both task and group leadership, it also sharpens critical thinking. Merely sharing the card details won't reveal the solutions. Instead, teams must collaboratively interpret the combined information to deduce answers to the posed questions. This immersive experience mirrors real-world challenges teams often encounter, offering insights into effective problem-solving dynamics.

Mastering crisis with Emergency Delivery
Emergency Delivery takes the concept of distributed cognition and applies it to crisis management and urgent problem-solving scenarios. This activity simulates high-pressure situations where quick, effective decision-making is crucial. Participants are divided into teams, each team member is assigned a role with access to different pieces of critical information necessary to resolve the emergency. 

This is one of our most popular problem-solving activities that we will explore through the lens of  Distributed Cognition. Success hinges on the ability to communicate effectively, share insights, and piece together the puzzle in real-time. It's a test of not just cognitive agility but also of communication and collaboration under pressure.

Exploring strategic depth with Celtic Cross
Celtic Cross is a popular and challenging team problem solving activity with powerful messages about managing team communication - teams need to create a process to manage and categorise individual contributions and shared understanding. 

All communication is verbal; strategic thinking skills are essential. Each participant is provided their own individual task information contained on images of playing cards.

Why Attend Our Zoom Event?
This event is more than just a showcase of our range of innovative online learning tools; it's an opportunity to explore firsthand the transformative power of distributed cognition with the Experiential Learning Tools team. You'll get to actively participate in the activities designed to stretch your cognitive abilities, enhance team collaboration, and improve problem-solving skills in a virtual environment. Whether you're a team leader, a project manager, or just someone passionate about the future of work and collaboration, this event will equip you with insights and tools to leverage the collective intelligence of your team.

By comparing and contrasting how the online group activities Workstations, Emergency Delivery, and Celtic Cross can be utilised in various aspects of team development, we aim to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of distributed cognition and its practical applications. Don't miss this chance to unlock the potential of collective intelligence and take your team's performance to new heights.

Together, we'll explore how distributed cognition can transform the way we collaborate, solve problems, and achieve our organisational goals and objectives. RSVP now to grab your spot on 26th March 2024.

If you would like to experience these activities sooner or prefer a 1:1 guided tour of the platform book a free demo at your convenience. If you're ready to dive in and start using our range of exciting online learning tools you can subscribe today and gain instant access from as little as £34 per month for an annual subscription.

If you're from the future reading this the webinar will be recorded and uploaded to the
Experiential Learning Tools YouTube channel.

Graham Cook @GrahamCookRSVPD

Cofounder of Experiential Learning Tools

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