Uberizing Organizational Learning – Thinking Beyond Courses
JANUARY 6, 2016
Designing courses is passé! In a world where the shelf-life of knowledge and skills are rapidly shrinking, where best practices of yore yield increasingly little or no return on investment, where exceptions are the norm, and constant change and flux the new normal, designing set courses using SME-defined content is like trying to build a dam to rein in the surging waves of a tumultuous ocean.
Micro-Learning as a Workplace Learning Strategy
MARCH 31, 2015
In today''s time-crunched, attention-deficit and multitasking world, micro-learning seems to have cropped up as a possible solution to corporate learning and personal development. However, what exactly is micro-learning remains a bit of an elusive concept with different people defining it in different ways. Should it be something that takes less than 5 minutes to consume? How can I help you?
"Working Out Loud": Using the Tools We Already Have
JULY 9, 2015
While the concept of "working out loud" has been gaining popularity, thanks to the work done by thought-leaders like Jane Bozarth ( Show Your Work ), John Stepper ( Working Out Loud ), Austin Kleon ( Show Your Work ) and such, I still encounter bemused looks when I bring up this topic. wrote about the strategies and benefits of working out loud earlier here and here.
MOOCs in Workplace Learning - Part 2: Designing a MOOC
JANUARY 25, 2015
@ignatia (Inge de Waard) describes MOOCs thus in her Master’s Thesis, which I have referred to: “MOOC is above all referring to a pedagogical model with independent learners, access to information, opportunity to create emerging, spontaneous, yet not directed learning communities, etcetera. All of these are putting organizations and individuals in a tough spot.
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The Changing Nature of Workplace Learning
NOVEMBER 1, 2014
Recently, I read two posts that to me reflected the changing nature of work -- from divergently different perspectives. One was from the field of architecture and the other was by Harold Jarche on workplace and learning. Given below are excerpts from both. His concept split the office footprint into a handful of smaller "neighborhoods." In addition, tacit knowledge flows best in trusted networks.
"Digital Mindset": What is it All About?
AUGUST 7, 2015
"Digital mindset" seems to have become another buzzword--rather buzz-phrase to be grammatically precise--whenever the conversation (online or offline) veers toward social business, social learning, collaboration, and other 21st Century phenomenon in general. It has become a specter looming over everyone's head. In an attempt to crystallize the skill sets, some of the finer nuances have been lost.
Personal Learning Networks: For Ongoing Learning in a Connected World
JANUARY 28, 2015
I have recently joined the open section of #MSLOC 430 - a graduate course in the Master''s Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. This is the first week and I am absolutely looking forward to exploring the topics, learning from the other participants and participating in exciting conversations. Here''s a list of related posts on learning in a networked world.
7 Strategies to Facilitate "Working Out Loud"
MAY 25, 2015
I spent the greater part of the weekend mulling over the practice of working out loud , what makes some folks adopt the habit with ease while others struggle, and what could be some of the possible enabling factors that support working out loud. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed to me that it is one of the fundamental blocks of building a community of practice. Their inbox is deleted.
Re-imagining Work & Learning in a Networked World
DECEMBER 28, 2014
"The nature of work is changing. People’s relationship with work is changing. The changes to society will be vast" by @gapingvoid We are on the eve of 2015! Most of us do a retrospection of the year gone by, and a future-spection of the year to come. thought I''d do the same from an L&D and workplace learning perspective. Two books I have recently read influence my thoughts in this post.
Heutagogy, Self-Directed Learning and Complex Work
MARCH 10, 2014
Pedagogy had always established an unequal relation between the teacher and the taught. Andragogy stepped in to rectify this and foster awareness about how adults learned. However, the premise was that there was someone doing the "teaching" so to speak. While the principles of Andragogy clearly stated what it takes to motivate adults to learn, the role of a teacher / the expert remained undisputed.
Role of L&D in the 21C Workplace
JUNE 29, 2014
It is increasingly becoming evident that L&D department in organizations can no longer function the way they used to, at least not if they want to be relevant and be a business partner to the organization. Refer to Ross Dawson’s The Future of Work for a detailed overview. The more of the same task they performed, the more efficient they became. And time to production improved.
Social Learning is Voluntary; Collaboration Platforms are Enablers
OCTOBER 19, 2014
I love this description from Jane Harts post: FAUXIAL LEARNING is about forcing people to use social media in courses – or even in the workplace – and then confusing compliance with engagement (and even worse) learning. This totally hits the nail on the head. As an Instructional Designer and L&D Consultant, I am often asked questions like: 1.What social collaboration platform should we use?
Demystifying Working Out Loud
OCTOBER 23, 2015
“When people leverage collaboration platforms to contribute and to build relationships, that appeals to their intrinsic motivators of autonomy, mastery, and relatedness. ” ~ Working Out Loud-Better for You; Better for the Firm Working out loud has been steadily gaining popularity and has become a topic of conversation on many forums including the Facebook community of the same name.
Skills for the Networked World
MARCH 6, 2015
".learning is ubiquitous in ongoing activity, though often unrecognised as such - Jean Lave (1993)" Recently, I read a series of posts and articles related to digital literacy, 21st Century Skills and the behaviours and practices required for working and learning in a connected world. Last week I wrote about MOOCs in Workplace Learning-Part 5: Skill Learners Need Today.
Working Out Loud 101 | Some Thoughts
MAY 22, 2015
My posts are usually pretty detailed, researched, and long. I am trying to move to a mode where I'll write shorter posts more regularly on specific topics, questions posed to me, or an aspect of modern workplace learning that interests me. will keep my longer posts for topics I am researching on and deep diving into. These will probably be one per fortnight or so. have tried to keep them concise.
Social Learning Cannot be a Bolt-On Strategy
APRIL 27, 2015
“I’m arguing that something much bigger is happening than the application collaborative tools within the enterprise – it’s a profound transformation of the enterprise as we know it. ” Don Tapscott (italics mine) I recently wrote about the challenges of integrating sociallearning in the workplace. Social Learning and social business go hand in hand. The question is what comes first?
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.
The Top Six Things Organizations Must Do to Enable Emergent Learning
NOVEMBER 4, 2015
“…changes in mindset are more important than changes in hardware or software.” Steve Denning What is common across the learning modes and methods mentioned? Social learning via an enterprise collaboration platform Mobile enabled learning accessible anytime, anywhere, on any device of the user’s choice MOOCs which straddle the line between social learning and e-learning with learner communities While an organization can facilitate these, the onus lies with the users/learners. These are essentially “pull” and collaborative learning modes and cannot be imposed. Shift from networks to communities.
MOOCs in Workplace Learning - Part 4: Their Role in Corporate Universities
FEBRUARY 8, 2015
The world has gotten complicated. We live in an age of dramatic oxymoron - unemployment is high yet there is a talent shortage. It is no surprise that skills required to meet this changing trends are in woefully short supply. The formal education system still functions as it always did churning out graduates ill-equipped to meet the demands of the current day organizations.
The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning
NOVEMBER 26, 2014
I am not the kind to crystal gaze. I lay no claim to being able to predict the future. Now that my disclaimers are in place, let me explain the premise of the post title and what I intend to discuss in this post. I am trying to re-imagine how my work will shape up five years from now. Five years seem like a pretty short time but in today''s context, it can be a very long time. Utopian? Maybe.
L&D's Role in a Purpose Driven Workplace
MAY 31, 2015
This post is inspired by last week's # ihrchat on Twitter hosted by Dr. Tanvi Gautam and supported by Team #ihrchat. The chat was full of insights and learning, as always. Flood of tweets poured in with inputs and suggestions on this thought-provoking topic - Reinventing HR for a Purpose Driven Workplace (PDW). And we have to acknowledge and respect that. That's a result. It's always a result.
Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI
Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!
Integrating Social Learning in the Workplace
APRIL 10, 2015
I have been writing about social learning and its related concepts – communities of practices , working out loud and skills for the networked world for quite some time now. Social learning has become a buzzword in the workplace learning space, and every other organization is claiming to have “social learning” as a part of the mix. And therein lies the problem. Skills were no longer freely shared.
MOOCs in Workplace Learning - Part 5: Skills Learners Need Today
FEBRUARY 26, 2015
While the title of the post specifies MOOCs, the skills and mindsets I have explored in the post are, IMHO, required by all to survive and thrive in the digital and connected world. And participating in MOOCs could well be one of the ways to inculcate and hone the skills. have been writing about MOOCs in the context of workplace learning from different perspectives for some time now.
Six Obstacles to Building Communities in Organizations
JANUARY 17, 2016
This is one of the most inclusive descriptions that captures the various threads and reasons for building communities in organizations. Yet, this is where organizations are struggling. In this post, I want to explore a few reasons for this struggle. Here are some of the challenges: 1. As Andrew McAfee, et al. highlight in their book Leading Digital.: ".we Bye bye communities and collaboration! 5.
The Importance of Being Agile in a VUCA World
JANUARY 15, 2015
We are well aware that to survive and thrive in the VUCA world, we need to be agile in all respects – in learning, towards change, regarding work as well as life. We talk about learning agility, organizational agility, individual agility, agile as a philosophy and much more. Yet, we are still unclear as to what makes an organization agile. It is time organizations and individuals took note.
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.
11 Differences between a MOOC and an Online Course
JUNE 26, 2014
I love this definition of MOOCs by Ignatia Inge deWaard in her e-book, MOOC Yourself: “A MOOC is a non-defined pedagogical format to organize learning /teaching/training on a specific topic in an informal, online, and collaborative way.” This captures the key essence of a MOOC highlighting the key differentiators between a MOOC and an online course. think the confusion between a course on an LMS and a MOOC—especially now that MOOCs are all set to enter the workplace where course tracking has so far been the norm—is going to be rampant. Online courses are close-ended with static content.
Workplace Learning in a World "Beyond Automation"
JUNE 12, 2015
I just finished reading an HBR article by Thomas Davenport and Julia Kirby called Beyond Automation , which is the trigger for this post. With automation, AI and robots looming over the job scene, there seems to be a constant fear of humans losing out to computers and technology. It's akin to one of our childhood sci-fi movies finally becoming a reality - the machines are taking over. But how?
The 21st Century Curator
FEBRUARY 5, 2012
If Web 1.0 was aboutonline access and Web 2.0 is about social nets, Web 3.0 will be coring down tocontent that really matters. wrote Martin Smith in the post, Curation- The Next Web Revolution. As mentioned by Harold Jarche in theslide share presentation, NetWork , the internet changed everything—in volume, velocity, virtualization and variability. But I digress. How do we make sense? approaches?
Emergent Workplaces: Learning in the Networked World
FEBRUARY 20, 2015
This is my area of passion. recent, very brief conversation with @krishashok triggered a few thoughts related to emergent workplaces and what learning in the networked world will look like. And after mulling over some of these, I thought they were worth putting down on virtual paper. The central term in this definition is connections. Ref: [link] We are in an era of ubiquitous connectivity.
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MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 1: Some Points to Consider
JANUARY 19, 2015
MOOCs – you can love them or hate them but you can definitely not ignore them. Despite countless stats on MOOC dropout rates, MOOCs are appearing everywhere. And IMHO, we will continue to see this phenomenon rise. Having taken the world of higher education by storm (though not everyone will agree), MOOCs are all set to disrupt/re-invent workplace learning. can be put together to design a “program”.
Instructional Design in the VUCA World
DECEMBER 6, 2014
The current trends of technology, globalization, shifting demographics and a connected globe clearly portend a dramatically changing world. We are feeling the impact in all spheres of our lives -- professional, personal and private. In my last post, I took a macro-view of the changing landscape of work and learning. L&D team''s work has become more complex and challenging. Design was linear.
From Courses to Micro-Learning
MARCH 5, 2014
Micro-learning , micro-content, Learning Flows , and mlearning are some the current and upcoming trends in the world of learning and development. They all have a common denominator—they require very little “at-a-stretch” time commitment from learners/users. have put those here for reference. Businesses grew and became mega-businesses. Accumulated experiences counted. The future reflected the past.
Working out Loud and Serendipity
NOVEMBER 21, 2014
I started my day reading a post by Rawn Shah called Work Out Loud because Everyone is Figuring Out Their Job. The post of course struck a chord and reminded me that this is #wol week. It is serendipity that I also happen to be reading Austin Kleon''s Show Your Work ! at this time. All of this made me think I should write a post on working out loud and its place in workplace learning.
5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget
In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.
The Inimitable Jay Cross
NOVEMBER 9, 2015
I had the good fortune to meet Jay in 2011 when he, along with Clark Quinn came down for EDGEx – The Disruptive Education conference. That was the first time I met him face to face, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. An iconic figure in my mind… The individual I encountered was full of zest and spirit, fun-loving with a quirky sense of humor, and a warm, affectionate heart. I was bowled over.
Why Organizations Must Encourage Collaboration: Building a Case
NOVEMBER 4, 2014
Organizations, i.e., the business leaders and executives are not interested in learning. Nor do they care much about collaboration. Business cares only about the outcome. It is up to us--L&D professionals--to connect learning and collaboration to business goals like customer satisfaction, efficient troubleshooting, innovative design ideas, reduced production time, and such. And it has.
Micro-Learning: Its Role in Formal, Informal and Incidental Learning
AUGUST 7, 2014
What is micro-learning? When and where does it work well? What characteristics define micro-learning? In this post, I have looked at micro-learning from the point of view of efficacy as well as applicability. Microlearning deals with relatively small learning units and short-term learning activities. Generally, the term ''microlearning'' refers to micro-perspectives in the context of learning, education and training. Clients who earlier asked for elearning are now further specifying the type of elearning. Our employees are busy and want to learn on the go.” In short, micro-learning is the need.
MOOCs in Workplace Learning - Part 3: Launching a MOOC
FEBRUARY 5, 2015
This is a continuation of my MOOC series and also a post that draws a lot from the #MSLOC430 community and MOOC ("C" type) that I am participating in -- the open section of the graduate course in the Master''s Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. The central term in this definition is connections. Here are a couple of things that MOOCs are NOT.
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Lurking is Not a Static State
JULY 20, 2011
Lurking and its role in communities has been on the forefront of my mind for the past few days. It has received a lot of attention in the past from the thought leaders in the realm of learning and the role of communities in personal as well as organizational learning. They are lurking on the edge, consuming content. They are the free riders. However, is that truly the case? Not really.
Role of Community Management in Workplace Learning Today
NOVEMBER 22, 2014
When I read Rachel Happe’s (@rhappe ) post, The Emerging Career Path of Community Professionals , I was reminded of my older posts on community management and the skills required. wrote about the tenets of community management based on my experience. This requires anyone playing the role to wear multiple hats. Defining clear guidelines and directives go a long way toward user adoption.