Organizational Learning Engineering
JUNE 28, 2016
Organizational learning processes – across L&D, Executive Development, Leadership Development, and more of the roles in HR and talent management – are largely still rooted in both industrial era models and myths. We see practices that don’t make sense, and we’re not aligned with what we now know about how we think, work, and learn. Let’s go! strategy
JULY 19, 2016
Last week I ran a workshop for an online university that is working to improve it’s learning design. Substantially. They’re ramping up their staff abilities, and we’d talked about how I could help. They have ‘content’, but wanted to improve the learning design around this. So, first of all, my focus was on formative evaluation. If we take activity-based learning seriously, we need to ensure that there are meaningful tasks set that can provide feedback. Ok, so not every formative evaluation should be such a situation. Then we moved on to more hands-on work. desig
What’s Your Learning Tool Stack?
JUNE 14, 2016
I woke up this morning thinking about the tools we use at various levels. Yeah, my life is exciting ;). Seriously, this is important, as the tools we use and provide through the organization impact the effectiveness with which people can work. What this represents is people talking about the tools they use to do their jobs, and I reckon it’s important for us to talk about tools for learning.
The wrong basis
JULY 20, 2016
Of late, I’ve been talking about the approach organizations take to learning. It’s come up in presentations on learning design, measurement, and learning technology strategy. And the point is simple: we’re not using the right basis. What we’re supposed to be doing is empirically justifiable: doing investigations into the problem. identifying the root cause. mapping back to an intervention design. determining how we’ll know the intervention is working. implementing our intervention. testing to see if we’ve achieved the necessary outcome. Please?
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Learning in context
APRIL 26, 2016
In preparation for the upcoming FocusOn Learning Conference, where I’ll be running a workshop about cognitive science for L&D, not just for learning but also for mobile and performance support, I was thinking about how context can be leveraged to provide more optimal learning and performance. Naturally, I had to diagram it, so let me talk through it, and you let me know what you think.
Two separate systems?
MAY 10, 2016
I frequently say that L&D needs to move from just ensuring optimal execution to also supporting continual innovation. Can these co-exist, or are they fundamentally different? I really don’t know, but it’s worth pondering. On the other hand, there is quite a bit of expression for more flexible systems, a more podular approach. This is what led to our Coherent Organization model.
A richer suite of support
MAY 25, 2016
While it’s easy to talk about how we need to support the transition from novice to expert, it might help to be a little more detailed. While it’s easy to say that the role of formal learning wanes, and the role of informal learning ramps up, what are the types of support we might look to? As they start performing however, their needs change. There are cultural factors as well. Can you?
MARCH 3, 2016
So, if you haven’t figured it out yet, I do mindmaps. As I’ve recited before, I started doing it as a way to occupy my brain enough so I could listen to keynotes, but occasionally I use it to other purposes, such as representing structure or even planning. Mindmaps are a visual way of representing knowledge. And the links can be plain or directional. design meta-learning
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70:20:10 and the Learning Curve
JANUARY 27, 2015
My colleague Charles Jennings recently posted on the value of autonomous learning (worth reading!), sparked by a diagram provided by another ITA colleague, Jane Hart (that I also thought was insightful). In Charles’ post he also included an IBM diagram that triggered some associations. The point was that the closer to the work that learning is, the more value. Hence the revolution. :).
Ambiguity Denial Syndrome?
JUNE 23, 2016
I was talking with a colleague at an event one of the past weeks, and I noted down the concept of ambiguity denial syndrome. And I’m retrospectively making up what we were talking about, but it’s an interesting idea to me. What we did was explain away the few times it didn’t work. And our learning designs, and organization designs, and our cultures, need to recognize this.
Activities for Integrating Learning
APRIL 30, 2015
I’ve been working on a learning design that integrates developing social media skills with developing specific competencies, aligned with real work. It’s an interesting integration, and I drafted a pedagogy that I believe accomplishes the task. It draws heavily on the notion of activity -based learning. For your consideration. As they work on the deliverable, they’re supported.
MARCH 1, 2016
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the xAPI Base Camp, to present on content strategy. While I was there, I remembered that I have some colleagues who don’t see the connection between xAPI and learning. And it occurred to me that I hadn’t seen a good diagram that helped explain how this all worked. So So I asked and was confirmed in my suspicion.
Storyboarding for eLearning
Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.
DECEMBER 17, 2015
One of the things to do with models is use them as the basis to explain and predict. And right now I’m working with the Coherent Organization model and looking at the implications for decisions. How does this model map to choices you make in the organization? At the work team level, you want people to be able to communicate with one another effectively, and collaborate to find answers.
A complex look at task assignments
APRIL 6, 2016
I was thinking (one morning at 4AM, when I was wishing I was asleep) about designing assignment structures that matched my activity-based learning model. And a model emerged that I managed to recall when I finally did get up. I’ve been workshopping it a bit since, tuning some details. No claim that it’s there yet, by the way. There could even be a model presentation.
MARCH 30, 2016
I was talking with my ITA colleagues, and we were discussing the state of awareness of social learning. And we were somewhat concerned that at least from some evidence, there’re some misconceptions around about social learning. So I thought I’d take another shot at it. First, let me make the case why it’s important. There are number of reasons to be interested in social learning: it’s more natural : our learning mechanisms were social before they were formal. Then, let’s clarify what it’s not. So what is good social learning? social strategy
Top 10 Tools for Learning 2016
APRIL 12, 2016
It’s that time again: Jane Hart is running her 2016 (and 10th!) Top 100 Tools for Learning poll. It’s a valuable service, and points out some interesting things and it’s interesting to see the changes over time. It’s also a way to see what others are using and maybe find some new ideas. She’s now asking that you categorize them as Education, Training & Performance Support, and/or Personal Learning & Productivity. All of mine fall in the latter category, because my performance support tools are productivity tools! So Books are still a major way I learn.
Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI
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John Black #ICELW Keynote Mindmap
JUNE 16, 2016
Professor John Black of Columbia Unveristy gave a fascinating talk about how games can leverage “embodied cognition” to achieve deeper learning. The notion is that by physical enaction, you get richer activation, and sponsor deeper learning. It obviously triggered lots of thoughts (mine are the ones in the bubbles :). Lots to ponder. design games meta-learning
The Grail of Effective and Engaging Learning Experiences
FEBRUARY 10, 2015
There’s a considerable gap between what we can be doing, and what we are doing. When you look at what’s out there, we see that there are several way in which we fall short of the mark. While there are many dimensions that could be considered, for the sake of simplicity let’s characterize the two important ones as effectiveness of our learning and the engagement of the experience.
JUNE 30, 2016
So, I was chided that my last post was not helpful in moving people forward, as I was essentially being derogatory to those who weren’t applying the new understandings. And I’ve previously provided lots of ways to think anew about L&D, such as posts on the topics (both carrot and stick), pointed to readings that are relevant and can help, created a group to discuss the issues, and even written a book trying to point out the ways to move forward, so I’m not apologetic about also trying to point out the gaps (hey, let’s try all levers). It’s not easy. strateg
eLearning Process Survey results!
JUNE 21, 2016
So, a few weeks ago I ran a survey asking about elearning processes*, and it’s time to look at the results (I’ve closed it). eLearning process is something I’m suggesting is ripe for change, and I thought it appropriate to see what people thoughts. With those caveats, what did we see? The first question was looking at how we align our efforts with business needs. design strategy
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Working and learning out loud
DECEMBER 22, 2015
I’ve been thinking about some of the talk around the Future of Work, and in addition to the free flow of information I recently posted about from the Coherent Organization, I think working out loud is another component. Inspired by a post from my colleague Harold Jarche, this is how I see it, in actionable terms. (And I expect this is also part of Jane Bozarth’s Show Your Work , but I’ve yet to get my mitts on a copy, mea culpa.). The point is to make your work visible. And there are two dimensions: within the organization, and outside the organization. strategy social
JANUARY 13, 2016
I have to admit that I’m continually flummoxed by those who rail against the 70:20:10 model. Recent posts by Mark Britz and Ryan Tracey both take this on, Ryan’s in particular pointing to a poll where more than half of the respondents said it wasn’t relevant. And there’s been quite some vehement opposition. Really? Really. There’s a chapter in a book about myths by a few academics who claim that it’s not bolstered by academic research! Similarly in a complaint linked off of Ryan’s post. It’s certainly what I see way too often. strategy
Aligning with us
MARCH 22, 2016
One of the realizations I had in writing the Revolutionize L&D book was how badly we’re out of synch with our brains. think alignment is a big thing, both from the Coherent Organization perspective of having our flows of information aligned , and in processes that help us move forward, but with, well, our humanity. First, our thinking isn’t all in our heads.
Scenarios and Conceptual Clarity
DECEMBER 10, 2015
I recently came across an article ostensibly about branching scenarios, but somehow the discussion largely missed the point. Ok, so I can be a stickler for conceptual clarity, but I think it’s important to distinguish between different types of scenarios and their relative strengths and weaknesses. These are all approximations to full games, with various tradeoffs. design games
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Content isn’t a silo
MARCH 2, 2016
I mentioned in my previous post that I was talking at the xAPI camp about content strategy, and on the way in I created a new diagram to convey a concept I wanted to discuss. Of course one of the things I agitate about for the revolution is that L&D can’t hide away but has to start engaging across the business. And, let me add, that’s only increasing. Our silos are breaking down.
Bill Nye (Science Guy) #LSCon Keynote Mindmap
MARCH 16, 2016
Bill Nye gave an entertaining talk on the benefits of science and learning, drawing on his experience. meta-learning
The Quinnovation eLearning Process Survey
JUNE 1, 2016
In the interests of understanding where the market is, I’m looking to benchmark where organizations are. Sure, there are other data points, but I have my own questions I would like to get answered. So I’ve created a quick survey of seven questions (thanks, SurveyMonkey) I’d love for you to fill out. My interest is in finding out about the processes used in designing and delivering elearning. While I’ve my own impressions, I thought it would be nice to bolster it with data. So here we are. . welcome your comments or questions as well. Thanks! design strategy
MARCH 8, 2016
So, as another outcome of the xAPI base camp a few weeks back, I was wondering about tracking not only learning , but meta-learning. That is, not only what activity might mean learning, but what mean meta-learning? I started wondering about a vocabulary, but realized that you’d have to have activity that you could actually detect was evidence of meta-learning. meta-learning technology
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Annie Murphy Paul #LSCon Keynote Mindmap
MARCH 18, 2016
Annie Murphy Paul closed the Learning Solutions conference with a valuable presentation on the myths in learning. She used a nice structure stating what the problem is and some useful alternate ways to frame the discussion. meta-learning
Rethinking Design: Curriculum
AUGUST 21, 2014
In addition to yesterday’s post about pedagogy , I also mentioned the need to get deeper on curriculum as well. The notion is that we need to redefine curriculum as a way to get away from a content base, and start moving to an activity base. These tasks can be viewed as competencies that, if the learner possesses them, there is evidence that they are prepared to perform. Fingers crossed ;).
Soraya Darabi #FocusOnLearn Keynote Mindmap
JUNE 9, 2016
Soraya Dorabi opened the second day of the FocusOn Learning conference with a presentation on how data is changing learning and performance. Hampered by technology hiccups, Soraya talked about the ways in which all digital platforms generate data and how that data could be leveraged to support personalized education. She also raised the issue of the ethical entailments
The Human-Centered Organization
MAY 18, 2016
As I talk about aligning work with how we brains think, work, and learn, I realize I’m talking about something bigger. While I want L&D to lead the way (as those are the folks I know), it’s really about leading the way to an organization that’s aligned with us , with people. And I think that’s something bigger, and definitely better. The point being, as we reorganize work to tap into the best of us, we’re creating organizations that are humane in a very specific, and hopefully deep, sense. Humane for all employees, and further. adopt a total system approach.
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