Virtual Learning?

Technology is zooming ahead, changing the way we interact and influencing the way we learn. Or maybe not? I do not think we learn any differently but we certainly have easier access to what we want to learn in a format that is much, much more accessible. clip1

Learning has always been a blend of skill, knowledge and understanding, delivered to us by those already in possession of the skills, broad knowledge and depth of understanding. In the past if I wanted to study under a specific person I would have needed to attend their classes, courses or if lucky, have access to a book. “A book”. Hmmm, this might only give me a peek at what I could learn, a series of books might be better, mixed with a series of videos showing the skills, and lots of exercises from their experience and knowledge.

I enjoy learning today, I get to choose what I want to learn and how I want to learn it. I do not have to fit into someone else’s learning shoes or learning pace. The progression is at my pace.

I am studying online in the virtual classroom. I choose my topic and follow a series of videos over a 5 or 6 hour course. I have written material to study, tremendous visual explanations and I am learning from a professional in that field. Someone who has mastered the 10,000 hours and can bring to life the processes with the tips that make the tasks much easier, success is within reach and clearly understood. It is a inspiration, and motivates the between-class learning, training, note taking, practice and exploration.

It also makes me laugh out loud: see the video

No, not dog training, “resource production” may be closer. I have been in possession of the Adobe Creative Suite for several years, trundling along with the instruction manuals that explain to me each of the features of the system.

I now follow the Lynda.com courses and have fallen in love all over again. Addicted to learning new aspect and confident enough to explore, test and try out new things.

Can we achieve that joy with learning about dogs? Absolutely. The science is copiously written down explored and taught – that is the software manuals that describe how each function works. Do the software designers build inspiring videos, breathtaking graphics that hook our interest? Very unlikely.

We need the practioners, the professionals, the people who take this software and explore blending ideas together, stretching the edges of what is possible and imagining new ways of using the tools.

clip2I have the tools, I have talented dogs, great trainers, and now can produce the resources for sharing the learning.

This is never going to be limited to books. No more than Adobe writing the book on After Effects (animation etc). It has to be seen, it has to be stepped at a pace for the individual to absorb, learn and explore. It has to be experienced to raise more questions. It has to be shared.

Shared learning is truly a gift. One person’s question is another person’s solution. A different view can crystalise understanding.

So welcome to our new learning format which opens with our first perpetual course:

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Enrol: Access by subscription

Initial Subscription: 85 (6 months)

Initial Subscription is for a 6 month period from enrolment. This gives you access to the extensive course videos, resources, training plans and exercises and enables you to share your training with other learners in the forums. You can share videos to benefit from “another eye”, to show a particular issue, ask questions or browse the videos linked by other learners. You will also be able to follow the tuition for all the Open Tuition Subscribers.
At any time you will be able to upgrade for additional video tuition from Kay Laurence

You can continue subscription in 6 monthly blocks for as long as you wish to access the resources. Continuing Subscription: 25 (6 months). Upgrade from Basic Subscription to Open Tuition: 135 (6 months)

 

Open Tuition Subscription: 195 (6 months).

Open Subscription provides coaching feedback and recommendations for 120 minutes of viewed video from Kay Laurence which will be shared with the other subscribers on the course. A maximum of 20 minutes per month to cover a 6 months training period. The course develops strength and balance over time.

Video should be ruthlessly edited to show only the essential points required for feedback, and recommended short videos of 4-6 minutes. A written introduction to the dog and trainer, with specific goals if relevant can be submitted with the videos. Written and/or re-edited video feedback will be supplied within 14 days of submission.

Only feedback appropriate to the course material is available. You will need to upload to a video hosting site such as YouTube or Vimeo etc.

Initial or Continuing Subscription is included in this fee. You may subscribe for an initial six months and progress to Open Tuition for the next six months, or the other way around. Continuing Subscription Open Tuition: 135 (6 months). Upgrade from Basic Subscription to Open Tuition: 135 (6 months)

Private Tuition Subscription: 450 (6 months)

Private Tuition provides coaching feedback and recommendations for 120 minutes of viewed video from Kay Laurence. This should be a maximum of 20 minutes per month to cover a 6 months training period. The course develops strength and balance over time.

Video should be ruthlessly edited to show only the essential points required for feedback, and recommended short videos of 4-6 minutes. A written introduction to the dog and trainer, with specific goals if relevant can be submitted with the videos. Written and/or re-edited video feedback will be supplied within 14 days of submission.

Only feedback appropriate to the course material is available. You will need to upload to a video hosting site such as YouTube or Vimeo etc.

Initial or Continuing Subscription is included in this fee. You may subscribe for an initial six months and progress to Private Tuition for the next six months, or the other way around.Initial Subscription Private Tuition: 450 (6 months)
Continuing Subscription Private Tuition: 390 (6 months). Upgrade from Basic Subscription to Private Tuition: 390 (6 months)

 

Play to Learn: Learn to Play

Sheepballs3Play is for all dogs, from the high energy to the gentle souls. Play lets them be themselves, plays is how we learn, play is nature’s classroom.

We learn co-operation and trust, we learn inhibition and freedom. We usually smile, we always light up.

Getting the very best from your play-time. Learning to use play well and safely. From Whippit to Sheepballs. Games covering a wide range of preferences and energy levels. Shaping the reluctant or creative retriever. Shrugging off the stresses of every day life.

This is a six month subscription course, starting at 85.  Course opens 16 Feb 2017

chemical soupNew games are always being unvented by our creative partners: the dogs!. They will engage our playfulness, deepen our connection and ensure we forget about everything else when we play. Play is therapy!

In the course we look at the variations of chasing games, carrying, fetching, flypasts, the classic Whippits and Sheepballs, flyers, sausage games, sharing toys, mouse. We examine the underlying motivations, what the dogs will be learning, how to play well and play safely.

Learning to read your dog when playing is a lifelong skill, discovering what their pleasures are, whether they want to be chased, or are just flirting with you.

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Dressage and Micro Movement.

Teaching dogs natural movements through developing awareness, balance, strength and fluency. Letting nature rule.

Tclip4he course begins with developing observation skills to see the critical points that indicate awareness of movement and balance. Learning to see what we are seeing, not just looking at it. We help the dogs find the key points that enable them to find balance, not just in preparation to move, but through the movements and stillness.

Gaits are examined in detailed and taught through a series of constructive exercises building core strength and mobility. Walking, trotting, lateral actions, rotations, backing, maintaining momentum and positioning.

A foundation of learning for trainers and dogs developing well-being for every day life and for sports, in particular where duration, stamina and collected movements are required.

This collection of resources included extensive videos, graphics, written texts, exercises, training plans, shared forums.

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07 February 2017

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