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Re-reading A New Culture of Learning

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A New Culture of Learning by John Seely Brown and Doug Thomas. This short book (136 pages) is inspiring. just read it a second time, something I very rarely do. These paragraphs lept out and grabbed me: Peer-to-Peer Learning. In this environment, the participants all stand on equal ground—no one is assigned to the traditional role of teacher or student. The college experience is a perfect example.

Change or die

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LX Briefing. Mixing case studies, stories, and actionable recommendations together with humor and easy-to-understand language, Jay Cross provides much more than buzzwords and back-patting, or so says his bio. He also has some very strong opinions on the future of workplace learning. Jay covers topics from 50,000 feet to ground level, depending on audience and need. This is a total phase change.

This blog is closing…

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

I started this blog when Informal Learning was released, November 10, 2006. The informal learning meme has gone mainstream. I am gratified. That crusade is behind me. Informal learning is more important than ever. It’s part of life. It no longer needs an in-your-face site to promote it. These days I focus my energies on helping organizations work smarter. Join me at Internet Time Blog.

Free webinar, Wednesday, February 16th

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Training Smarter, Working Smarter. Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 11 AM PST/ 2 PM EST. FREE. Considering the fast pace and super-connectedness of today’s business environment, is the old static classroom really the best place for achieving modern training objectives? Find out how smart businesses today are reaping the benefits of continuous, peer-to-peer learning and collaboration. Register.

How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training

Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.

2.0 is a philosophy, not a technology

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Internet Time Alliance spent a couple of days last week putting the 2.0 into a tedious proposal for a large, forward-facing multinational corporation. Among our recommendations were: Informal         Live webcasts. Informal         Recorded webinars. Informal         Video conferencing. Informal         Workshops. Informal         Audio/ podcasts. Informal         Learnshop. Informal         Case Studies. Informal         Non-formal video. Informal         Discussion group/ forum. Informal         SharePoint. Informal         RSS Feeds. Informal         Communities of practice.

An example of informal learning from Europe

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Three years ago I talked with a former KPPG consultant, Harm Wegstra, at Online Educa Berlin. Harm told me about his team’s experience with informal learning in an engagement with Sara Lee. Here’s an extract of an email Harm sent me. Hi Jay, As promised, I send you some details about the research I’ve done at Sara Lee, being then a senior manager at KPMG Consulting. Training programs.

Allen Tough, informal learning pioneer

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Allen Tough,  a brief talk at the 3rd New Approaches to Lifelong Learning (NALL) Conference. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. February 19, 1999. They’re not aware of other people’s learning, educators don’t take it into account and so on. It seems to happen in all demographic groups. We found a 20/80% split. And the other 80% was informal.

Overcoming Bipolar Thinking

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Learning is a continuum of degrees of formality • BY JAY CROSS. In the five years since the publication of Informal Learning, I’ve become the Johnny Appleseed of informal learning. didn’t invent the concept. Informal learning is older than civilization. Formal learning is characterized by a curriculum, i.e., content chosen by someone other than the learner. It’s like riding a bus.

Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

In this whitepaper, you will discover the main reasons why the LMS alone is no longer meeting the needs of the modern learner. More importantly, you will learn what you can do to enhance its value.

Informal Learning Center

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People acquire the skills they use at work informally — talking, observing others, trial-and-error, and simply working with people in the know. Formal training and workshops account for only 5% to 20% of what people learn from experience and interactions. Order the  Informal Learning book  or  read a summary  or download the  Informal Learning Poster. What is Informal Learning? The New Workplace.

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Agile instructional design

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I’ve been thinking about fresh approaches to instructional design. Instructional design was invented around the time of World War II. Starting virtually from scratch, America had to train millions of men to be soldiers and millions of civilians to make ships and armaments. The training film was born, soon to be followed with the ADDIE model. Training is generally imposed on people.

Each one teach one customer service

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Here’s a worthy idea. Mobilize your users to support one another via Twitter. This instance is part of the latest upgrade to Firefox. The push button takes you to their Tweetstream. Informal Learning Working_smarter

Workscape evolution

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This morning Jane Hart posted this 5-stage model of the evolution of workplace learning in an organization. I’ve re-worked the model to show: my domain is the workscape (the merger of work and learning, the learning ecosystem). overarching issue is who controls the curriculum. learning is a mix of formal and informal , not one or the other. Old pros don’t take classes.

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.

Informal Snake Oil

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“As soon as the software vendors and marketers get hold of a good idea, they pretty well destroy it,&# writes my colleague Harold Jarche in his post on Social Snake Oil. That’s his graphic above.) watched vendors hi-jack the term eLearning, and I don’t want to see it happen to social or informal learning. This was ground zero. The “e&# ? This old story is playing out again.

People Policy at IDEO

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John Foster describes human resources at IDEO during the Future of Talent Retreat at Asilomar.

Learning Styles

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Will Thalheimer reports on Learning Styles Reviewed by Association for Psychological Science AND FOUND WANTING. Do you believe meshing delivery format with a student’s learning style improves the quality of the learning? The learning-styles view has acquired great influence within the education field, and is frequently encountered at levels ranging from kindergarten to graduate school. For an indictment of learning styles as irrelevant to learning, see: Psychological Science in the Public Interest. Related posts: Learning styles? Ha, ha, ha.

Happy Multidisciplinary 2011!

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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.

Arts & Letters Daily, Denis Dutton RIP

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A moment of silence, please. Denis Dutton, a philosophy who founded the pioneering website Arts & Letters Daily , has died in Christchurch, New Zealand, at the age of 66. Arts & Letters Dail y broke new ground went it came online in 1998. The site’s archive shows what grabbed people’s interest back then. Chance and necessity don’t account for everything. … [ more ].

Mash-up of Michael Wesch & Santa Claus

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Social media Christmas circa 1 AD. Thanks to Marc Rosenberg for tipping me off to this one. General

L’apprentissage informel

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An artifact from Learning Day at the European Commission. My keynote was titled “The Impact and Inevitability of Informal Learning.&#. Informal Learning

Buy some inspiration before the year ends

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Amazon just dropped the price of Informal Learning to $28.96. The Kindle edition is $26.06. You can buy a giant (4′ x 2′), durable, grommeted Informal Learning poster in the Internet Time Store. The The Store also offers an online, read-only version of The Working Smarter Fieldbook for $12. Got money you have to spend before year-end? Informal Learning

Ditching the formal performance review? Kineo shares 3 Elements for Success

Is your organization thinking about moving towards a performance development culture? What are the elements to succeeding and keeping managers and employees engaged? Download “A Road Map for Change” to find out and gain insight into making the transition as smooth as possible on your journey into this brave new world.

Evolution of learning software

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From classroom scheduling to nose counting to connecting people. Time for a change in emphasis.

Can You Hear Me Now?

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Conversation has long been the most important learning technology. Unfortunately, not everyone is a born conversationalist. From an article in today’s Wall Street Journal, She Talks a Lot, He Listens a Little , tips on conversing: Set aside a time to talk. Taylor Keeney, a pilot, and his wife plan to speak for the first 20 minutes every day when they both get home from work. Ask for feedback.

Socialcast

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Today I visited a very cool company in the South Park neighborhood of San Francisco. These guys have developed what looks to be an ideal enterprise social learning platform. Internet Time Alliance will soon have an instance of the software for you to play with. In the late 1990s, South Park was ground-zero for the dot-com revolution because rents were dirt cheap. Open door policy? Not needed.

Reflections on DevLearn 2010

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“Evaluation sheets, be sure to hand in your evaluation sheets.&# I refuse to fill them out. It takes a while for the important lessons to emerge. What people blurt out 30 seconds after hearing a presentation bears little relationship to what’s going to stick. After the LearnTrends conferences , I wait six weeks until I send out the evals. The new face of learning was made of our faces.

Best Practices for Launching an LMS

When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process – and be able to measure success – is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook. Click to download.

Jay’s snapshots

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Poor man’s instructional technology. bought several 12″ electronic picture frames from Amazon for $120 a pop and installed them in a display case at the Internet Time Lab in Berkeley. NIX N’ EASY 12 Inch Hi Resolution SVGA Digital Picture Frame, 1GB Internal Memory, Remote Control, Photo, Video, Music, Split Screen Option, X12A. Note to self: should include videos, too.).

Aspirations

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You may have heard me spouting off about aligning the aspirations of workers with the organizations they work for. This falls on deaf ears in North America and most of Europe where we mistakenly think treating workers as humans intrudes on their privacy. Metizo is doing cutting edge work in the field. This is hot, hot, hot in Bejing and Singapore.

Giving up control

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In an article titled Taking the Social Media Plunge: Learning to Let Go , Andy McAfee explores the reluctance of traditional organizations to embrace social media (and informal learning). Many organizations appear scared to death of Enterprise 2.0. They’re worried that people will use the new tools and accompanying freedom to broadcast hate speech or porn, or harass each other. Andy and Jay.

Genesis of the Working Smarter Poster

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This morning Dave Gray asked me if I had a few minutes to talk on Skype about the Working Smarter poster I’d like to have as a companion to the Informal Learning poster Xplane and I created several years ago. The Informal Learning Poster. Dave shared his screen as we talked. rambled on about working smarter , and Dave sketched as we talked. Here’s the result. The pic on Flickr.

Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy

This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.

Join the Internet Time Alliance for a Day… in London

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On Thursday 16th December the Internet Time Alliance is conducting a day-long retreat in London to help senior managers prepare for the opportunities and challenges they will face next year. ? Jay Cross, Jane Hart, Clark Quinn, Harold Jarche, Charles Jennings. In this private session, we discuss our latest thinking on what’s important in: social learning. enterprise learning governance. Our choice.

Adobe’s Project Rome

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Donald Clark on training departments…

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If you want to learn what is really going on in learning and development while rolling on the floor laughing, you’ve got to read Donald Clark. Let me be clear here: I’m talking about the volatile, exuberant Scot who founded and later sold Epic, not the American author of the well-known Big Dog/Little Dog blog and site. Not Plan A.) He loves stomping on the toes of people who deserve it.

Talking Unbooks at the Sony Center in Berlin

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What's New In Adobe Captivate 9!

Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh, Sr. Adobe eLearning Evangelist, as she showcases the latest features & enhancements in the all-new Adobe Captivate 9. You will learn about the stellar features of this release along with Captivate Draft –the new storyboarding app.