Thoughts on Learning Design Strategy
NOVEMBER 29, 2016
At the DevLearn conference, I ran a Morning Buzz on Learning Design Strategy. I’m happy to say that the participants threw in lots of ideas, and I thought they were worth capturing. Attendees suggested it’s your goals and approach, ensuring you are delivering effectively. It’s also your review approach, and metrics. These are all elements that indeed contribute to strategy.
Tony DeRose #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap
NOVEMBER 17, 2016
Tony DeRose opened the second day of DevLearn with a geeky (and intriguing) presentation on the links between math and story in making animation. With clips and anecdotes he showed how it works, and inspired about how they’re connecting this to STEM. The post Tony DeRose #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap appeared first on Learnlets. design meta-learning technology
DECEMBER 6, 2016
Last week, at Online Educa in Berlin, I gave a tutorial on deeper elearning as a pre-conference event. In it, I talked about getting more meaningful objectives, writing practice that actually develops meaningful outcomes, and content (concepts & examples) aligned to support effective practice. also talked about emotional engagement and social learning, before talking about revising design processes to incorporate these deeper elements in an effective and not-too-different approach. In short, I was talking about aligning our designs, and our design processes, to how we think and learn.
Learning Strategy Issues
DECEMBER 7, 2016
The other thing that I was involved in at Online Educa in Berlin was a session on The Flexible Worker. Three of us presented, each addressing one particular topic. One presentation was on collaborating to produce an elearning course on sleeping better, with the presenter’s firm demonstrating expertise in elearning, while the other firm had the subject matter expertise on sleep health. And, per our design, issues emerged. The format was interesting: our presentations were roughly 10 minutes each. And we were using a tool (sli.do) to collect and rank questions. user-generated content).
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Demoing Out Loud (#wolweek and #DevLearn)
NOVEMBER 8, 2016
Demoing is a form of working out loud, right? So I recently was involved in a project with Learnnovators where we designed some demo elearning (on the workplace of the future), and documented the thinking behind it. (The The posts, published by Learning Solutions, are aggregated here.) And now there’s be a chance to see it! So, a couple of things to note. First, this is Work Out Loud Week, and you should be seeing considerable attention to working out loud (aka Show Your Work). Once it does, you see more awareness of activity, improved outcomes, and more. Hope to see you there!
Kaihan Krippendorff Keynote Mindmap
SEPTEMBER 14, 2016
At a private event, I had a chance to hear Kaihan Krippendorff talk about thinking differently about innovation. He used an 8P’s model as a framework to illustrate how to think differently. strategy
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
How to learn and learn-to-learn
SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
I was asked by a colleague to answer some questions for a project on how to learn. I naturally decided to answer in a blog post ;). In your working life, how have you learnt effectively from experience, please provide an example if possible? While obviously reveling in the positive ones, I look for constructive feedback that I can try to improve upon. Stay curious, my friends. Look for links.
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Reconciling Activity and Decisions
OCTOBER 25, 2016
In preparing to work with a client on developing their learning science understanding, I realized that I was using two representations about meaningful learner interaction that could be seen to be conflicting. On the one hand I talk about using decisions as a basis for design, and on the other I refer to activity -based learning. And I have separate diagrams for each. Does it make sense to you?
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.
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. :).
‘Cooking up’ some learning
AUGUST 30, 2016
So, I like to cook (not bake, but cook). And possibly the first thing I ever really mastered was enchiladas. I’d put a chunk of beef in the crockpot, with a can of enchilada sauce and half-to-most of a beer. (I experimented with making my own sauce for a while, but ultimately the differences weren’t worth it.) With some extra across the top. It really slows things down.
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Maxwell Planck #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
Maxwell Planck gave the afternoon keynote for the opening day of DevLearn. He talked about the trajectory of VR, with very interesting reflections on creativity, story, and meaning. The post Maxwell Planck #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap appeared first on Learnlets
Learning Through the Wild
AUGUST 10, 2016
So last week I was in the wilderness for some more time, this time with family. And there were several learnings as an outcome that are worth sharing. As context, Yosemite National Park is one of the world’s truly beautiful places, with the valley as an accessible way to see the glacier-carved rock. And then there’s one other option: the High Sierra Camps. meta-learning
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.
Collaboration, Communication, and Cooperation
NOVEMBER 15, 2016
In thinking about the Coherent Organization , the original proposal from my colleague Harold Jarche was that were two key attitudes: collaboration and cooperation. And I find myself talking about collaboration and communication. It’s time to try to reconcile those, and propose why I think collaboration is a new business watchword. So why do I talk about communication and collaboration?
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China is mobile!
SEPTEMBER 7, 2016
I’ve had the fortune to be hear in China speaking on mlearning. And there are a couple of interesting revelations that I hadn’t really recognized when I did the same last year that I thought I’d share. But they’re all phones, I seem to see few tablets. They vary in size from phones to phablets, but they’re here. Which leads to a second recognition. mobile
OCTOBER 18, 2016
The time has come to ask: what should be my next book? I’ve written four so far: Engaging Learning was something I felt was needed because people had written about the importance of games but no one was writing about how to design them, and I could. Then, while I wanted to write about elearning strategy, my publisher wanted a book on mobile and I realized one was needed and the other likely candidates deferred. Hence, Designing mLearning. After that, my publisher’s sister company wanted a book on mlearning for higher education, and I ended up writing The Mobile Academy.
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.
Measuring Culture Change
NOVEMBER 1, 2016
Someone recently asked how you would go about measuring culture change, and I thought it’s an interesting question. I’ll think ‘out loud’ about what might be the possibilities. A learning culture is optimal for organizational innovation and agility, and it’s likely that not all elements are already in place. So it’s plausible that you’d want to change, and if you do, you’d like to know how it’s going. think there are two major categories of measures: direct and indirect. And indirect would be activity likely to yield that outcome.
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JULY 6, 2016
Our everyday lives are decreasingly connected to nature. We’re increasingly separated from the context we evolved in. Is that a good thing? Now, our relationship with nature hasn’t always been one of benevolent protection, as Roderick Nash has let us know. But are there reasons to consider wilderness benefits for our thinking and learning? The evidence appears to say yes. Happy trails!
The Inaugural Jay Cross Memorial Award winner is…
JULY 5, 2016
Reposted from the Internet Time Alliance website: The Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award is presented to a workplace learning professional who has contributed in positive ways to the field of Real Learning and is reflective of Jay’s lifetime of work. Recipients champion workplace and social learning practices inside their organisation and/or on the wider stage. It’s wider than that.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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 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.
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NOVEMBER 9, 2016
In a couple of recent posts, I’ve been telling tales of helping organizations, and I wanted to tell at least one more. In this case, I’m extending the type of work I’ve done to have a real impact, still with a low overhead. The key is to include some followup activities. Serious eLearning. In one instance, a person who’d attended my game design workshop wanted to put it into practice. With a colleague, they were wanting to improve their online learning to better support their stakeholders, and wanted to deepen the experience. Learning Strategy.