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Upskilling Your Eng Team: The Problem with the Modern Approach to Learning w/ Skiller Whale's Hywel Carver
Do our personal learning preferences actually affect how well we learn? And what makes learning new skills - like a programming language - so hard in the first place?
On this week’s episode of Dev Interrupted, we’re joined by Hywel Carver, founder & CEO at Skiller Whale. An expert in the principles and practices behind learning and knowledge retention, Hywel walks us through the best learning techniques for engineers.
He also discusses how engineering leaders can upskill their teams without hiring additional staff, why modern approaches to learning often fall short (think YouTube), and why there is no evidence to support the idea that personal learning styles, such as visual or kinesthetic, impact learning outcomes.
(2:25) Why is it difficult to learn something new?
(4:30) Learning types: passive, constructive, interactive
(12:38) Learning hard skills vs 'power' skills
(15:00) Do children and adults learn the same?
(20:15) Problem with how new skills are taught
(25:24) Upskilling your eng team
(31:00) Tracking learning success
(35:42) Best ways for engineers to learn new skills
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