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70:20:10 through a beginner's mind

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One of the lovely things about life is seeing your children grow up and show interest in the world around them. A few days ago my 10 year old son looked over my shoulder as I was reading a blog post by Charles Jennings titled From Courses to Campaigns : using the 70:20:10 approach. Tom is becoming interested in the work that I do, so he asked the obvious question, 'Dad, what does 70:20:10 mean?". quick explanation from me went a bit like this, "well, many people think that learning at work means that you have to go to a classroom for a workshop. Ideas Learning

Thoughts on informal learning

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It doesn''t matter if you are old/young, experienced/inexperienced. Performing well in your career is never a static knowledge/skills position. To continue to perform well requires continuing skills and knowledge growth, we are always beginners. The way we grow IS mostly through informal channels, whether we are 18 or 58. Perhaps the curse of knowledge is that as we grow older we only remember the formal learning of our younger years. Creativity Design Thinking Ideas Learning

Learning & Design Thinking - part 1

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This post and the subsequent part(s) over the next week or so are designed to accompany the visuals (below) from my session at the AITD 2012 conference. The posts are more or less the words that went along with my presentation, adding depth and detail to the quick succession of images in the presentation. Learning & Design Thinking on Prezi. Design. What does Design mean to you?

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Performing through design

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Jane Hart raises an excellent point with her post, Learning without Design. but of course the real world isn’t about manufacturing missing pieces of a ‘knowable’ puzzle made up of knowledge/skills & behaviours. The way I see my work is that it’s not so much about helping people learn things, but instead it is about helping people do things (their work) ‘better’…….and Design Ideas Learning

New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends

Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.

Learning Evaluation - good or good good

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There''s always a lot of talk in the L&D community and in businesses about how to meaningfully evaluate learning. For years the evaluation of learning in workplaces has been driven by the Kirkpatrick model and it''s 4 levels. Let''s all agree (for a moment) and call this ''good''. But, the world of learning at work has changed. The rise of collaborative, networked learning doesn''t fit so well with Kirkpatrick-style evaluation. This morning I read Seth Godin''s blog and this post "Marketing good." and as often happens I found a link between the world of Marketing and Learning.

The step-wise evolution of Social Learning

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For a few months now this post has been bouncing around my head. It's been through a number of diferent forms until earlier today I read a science article that brought it all together for me. The article I read was titled, "Step-wise evolution of stable sociality in primates", I'll provide the link at the end of this post for those inclined to dig a little more deeply. Learning when flying solo.

Touching the Earth Lightly - 10 thoughts for learning

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As someone who makes his livelihood by designing and facilitating learning experiences for businesses I should encourage all businesses to design bigger. Bigger, longer workshops, more complex online learning, more post-workshop mentoring and more assessments of all sorts - in all ways possible I should encourage business to design learning that works best for me. Bigger, bigger, bigger. Well that's what seems to be happen a fair bit of the time! Big, complex learning interventions! Even within businesses there seems to be a desire to impress others with the size and complexity of programs.

Without delivery there is no design

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I enjoy the design process, working creatively with clients to design ways to help their teams perform more effectively. The bottom line however is delivery - learning designers must be good project planners and managers. When I begin a learning design project I follow a 3-stage design process. Discovery. Design. Delivery. The last stage, delivery is what I am paid to do. .

My Top 10 'Learning' books from 2010

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Another year comes towards to an end and its been another year of great reading for anyone with an interest in learning. Once again I have read from a wide range of areas, all with something to add to how I think of learning. Below you'll find my top recommendations for the year along with a short summary of what I got out of reading each book. Do you think there is a standout number one?

We are Learning Designers

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Let me explain why I don't call myself an Instructional Designer - I do a lot more than design instruction! To me the word instructional brings forth notions of teacher led instruction in formal education settings. Chalk and Talk, Tell and Do, information being 'pushed' from the facilitator to the student. We design so that people can do what they need and/or want to do more effectively.  .

Fish are the last to recognise water = informal learning?

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I just twittered a thought - 'The benefit of Informal learning is that fish are the last to recognise water' - and then I started thinking. This is the real essence of informal learning. People become so engrossed in what they are doing that they don't see that they are learning - until they have learnt (if this makes sense?) So what does this mean for workplace learning? the easy way out.

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.

PresentationZen Design - Review

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Garr Reynolds' new book, PresentationZen Design , is his follow-up to his first book, PresentationZen of 2008. His first book was in many ways a summary of Garr's presentation style, looking at presentation preparation, design and delivery. what should you expect from a book that's subtitled, 'Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations'? Design Matters. Components.

What's wrong with Tweeting at conferences?

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OK, here's my short follow up post as promised in my last post on the recent AITD conference! Throughout the conference I did the same thing, tweeting snippets of each keynote and workshop I attended and providing links to articles and information mentioned by speakers. decided to use the hashtag #aitd I thought it a good guess that this would be the 'official' tag for the conference. Quickly I found that there were others using the same tag but guess how many? I'll give you a clue, there'd have been about 250+ people. Maybe you'd guess that 20 people tweeted, perhaps even 40 people.  Web 2.0

Design with, not for.

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I've had a short phrase stuck in my head now for a few weeks, in fact it is stuck so well that I have found myself using it numerous times when speaking with clients. The phrase is: Design with, not for.  . simple philosophy, however so often it is the straightforward things that cut right to the heart of the matter! When designing learning we have a choice, to push our approach, emphases, content, style etc onto our learners and clients. In other words we can 'design for'. The result, design is pulled towards learners' needs.

Autonomous Learning - is it the same as informal learning?

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Formal learning and informal learning. I get the idea here, there is learning that is structured and there is learning that happens outside of structured environments. Marcia Conner's explanation of informal learning is a good starting point in understanding the thinking underlying informal learning. have also written previously on informal learning in these three posts: Informal/Social Learning - Concertina Style. Permission Learning - encouraging the informal. Fish are the last to recognise water = informal learning. Is the term, informal learning, the best description of non-formal learning?

Destinationism - why does it have to be this way?

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What is destinationism? Destinationism - probably not a real word so lets explain what I'm getting at! have a 4 year old boy who is really beginning to love playing with Lego, alot like his Dad used to do! Looking at the Lego that's on sale these days however, I've noticed one key difference between Lego when I was a boy and today, let me explain. Nearly all the Lego sold today is designed so that the builder has a particular item to build, for example my son has Lego to build the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars, a helicopter, a semi-trailer and so on. This is all good, but. I'm not so sure.

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.

Social Learning - this is how it can look!

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Let's begin with some context to this post! Like many of my blog posts the ideas come when two or more ideas collide in my head and I think, Mmm, that's interesting. Writing the blog post itself is one of the ways I get my thoughts in (some sort of) order. Right now I'm reading an excellent book, The New Social Learning by Marcia Conner and Tony Bingham. You can watch it below). Web 2.0 Web/Tech

Exploring the learning landscape

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In my previous post I asked the question, 'Is Autonomous Learning the same as Informal Learning?' I'd been reading Daniel Pink's new book Drive and my mind had turned to thinking about autonomy, learning and motivation. The post itself was a fair reflection of this thought, but not the end. Now look again at my doodle. I'll start however by clarifying what I mean by structure and control. Control.

5 great speakers from the AITD conference - a summary of ideas

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A couple of weeks ago I flew up to Sydney for a few days to attend the Australian Institute of Training and Development's 2010 conference. I'd seen the program 6 months earlier and thought that there were a few sessions that looked pretty interesting. So here are my top 5, in no particular order! 1. Preconference workshop with Janet Clarey. I was looking forward to Janet Clarey 's workshop!

TEDxMelbourne - a great day of learning!

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A quick post to review today's excellent TEDx day. For those who don't know of TEDx or TED, a quick explanation. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design and is an event originally held in the US where notable thinkers spoke in these three areas spoke to other (invited) like-minded people in a spirit of "Ideas worth spreading". TEDx is related to the original TED but is local and smaller.

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!

Lists are the enemy of learning!

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I have to begin here by saying, I've never been a fan of lists, I like things a little more 'free-form', I find lists stifling.  Lists put an artificial order on things, they say, after doing/reading this, the next 'logical' point is X.  To make matters worse, we tend to prioritise lists by placing numbers next to each point, we tell the reader, 'point 1 before point 2, before point 3.'. When you put something in a list you tend to simplify things because a list is really a series of BRIEF points.no explanation, let's keep things brief! And of course we've got the dreaded b ullet pointed list!

Learning and Design Thinking - an introduction

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Just over a month ago I was given the opportunity to present a session on 'Learning and Design Thinking' at the Australian Institute of Training and Development's 2012 conference in Sydney, Australia. The words streaming up the page were small 'tasters' representing some of the ideas and influences that would be covered in the session. So, what's next on the Learning and Design Thinking agenda?

Top six business (learning) books of 2009 (so far!!)

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6 months of 2009 have already passed me by. Amazon and my local bookstores have been kept pretty busy keeping up with my reading habits and last night I was looking at my bookshelf thinking to myself which books would make a list of the best business books I've read so far this year.  After sleeping on it I came up with a shortlist of around 10, but have cut that down to 6, one for each month so far! These are, in no particular order: The Designful Company by Marty Neumeier. Right Between the Eyes by Andy Nulman. Tribes by Seth Godin. In Pursuit of Elegant Solutions by Matt May. Web 2.0

(Learning) Design with Intent

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In this post I'll introduce you briefly to the tools and how I think they apply to learning design. You can also find out heaps more by going to Dan Lockton's "Design with Intent"  page  (where you can download the tools for free!) as well as the Design with Intent Wiki where you'll be able to read even more about the system and the thinking behind it! Are you getting the picture - even a little?

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.

Informal Learning and Black Swans

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Stickylearning got stuck! If you've been reading my blog since it began early two years ago you will know that I like to read. like to challenge how I think about things, books and blogs are a couple of ways I get new ideas to think about. The Black Swan. So let's start with a (tiny) review of the book (try Wikipedia  for a fuller outline). But down where I live in Australia, swans are black.

'Virtual/actual' reality - WonderMart

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A week ago I read an interesting newspaper review of a theatrical 'show' called Wondermart. As I read the article I was intrigued, it sounded interesting and I could already begin to imagine that it could have some relevance for learning!  Now let's begin on the right track, Wondermart is nothing like any theatre event I've attended. So.what has this to do with learning? The outcome!

Why do we label learning?

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OK, this is a post written as I'm thinking. I was just reading comments from my post on Autonomous/Formal/Informal Learning  and thought I'd put some of my thoughts down in a post as they come! Let's see how it goes? My thinking is this - formal/informal/autonomous/individual - they are all labels, descriptive in their own way. Basically, if you are at work, you are learning.

10 Best (Learning) Books of 2009

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After my longest break away from the stickylearning blog I thought a good place to begin was by reviewing the 10 books that I got the most from during 2009. When writing blog posts I draw ideas from a pretty wide range of areas and my reading over the last year has been equally wide. If you haven't seen or read all the books in the list, I can highly recommend all of them! 1 The Designful Company.

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

A better way to develop front-line managers !It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

Online social networks, learning and viral expansion loops

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It's just about Christmas time and now is the time of end of year catch ups and Christmas parties. The most common question at these is, 'so what have you been up to lately?" I respond, 'well I'm becoming more and more interested in the use of social media and microblogging for learning', I then get puzzled looks that say, "too much time on your hands", "what is he talking about?" Where are we at?

Anchors and Twists - making learning stick

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It should come as no surprise to readers of my blog that I'm a fan of the book Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath - I mean where did I come up with my blog's name !? Today I was sent a link to a video from a friend in Texas (thank's Sue!) The video features Dan Heath speaking on the subject of 'Selling your Innovation". however just below is the link to the video.

Why do I write a blog?

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I've been blogging for a year now, time flies! But with one year down my mind has turned to the question I'd imagine many bloggers ask themselves "Why do I write a blog?". I've written on books I've read, webinars, design thinking, presentation skills, twitter, informal learning, personal learning spaces and more. Am I an expert on all these areas - the answer is simple, no, I am not! . think more.

Designing successful learning - walking 'a fine line'

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Designing a way forward Designing - the first word of this post's title and the overall focus of this post! Over the last couple of months I've read and re-read Hartmut Esslingers book, ' a fine line '. It's rare that I re-read a book straight after reading it, however my mind was drawn back again and again to the book. When he began his business his goal for frog design was.'to

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.

If knowledge and skills are so important.

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  I have just read a really interesting post on the Frog Design site! The article by Tim Leberecht is titled " The future of news: Hyper-distribution or Hyper-branding? " The focus of the article is on possible future business models for news media. As I was reading the article, I was struck by what I felt were parallels with learning and the distribution of knowledge. This What if it doesn't?"

Learning Web

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I know I'm influenced by ideas outside classical learning/educational circles. Yesterday I began a doodle of all the areas that I feel influence how I design programs, develop resources and facilitate workshops. The doodle evolved into the following "Learning Web".   As you can see I am influenced by a pretty broad range of disciplines. What sort of things influence the way you approach learning?

Everywhere - the future of knowledge and learning

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I watched a very interesting show on TV recently with Englishman Stephen Fry ( @stephenfry ) discussing the invention of the printing press and it's impact upon culture and knowledge. Throughout the program I was struck by the parallels between the impact of the printing press and the impact the internet is having upon culture and knowledge today! But things have changed! Where are we now?

Putting DESIGN into Learning Design

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I've written previously about my use of the term 'Learning Design' rather than the more regular 'Instructional Design'. Briefly, I approach my work from the perspective of designing a way forward for learners to take them from where they are now to where they would like to be. To me this put the learner at the centre of what I do, so therefore I am a person who DESIGNS learning.

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.

Waiting for "Free"

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Waiting doesn't cost me anything! However, Chris Anderson, in his soon to be released new book, "Free: the future of a radical price" , goes beyond this and today on  Seth Godin's blog is a review of a review of 'Free' by Malcolm Gladwell, author of "Outliers" and "The Tipping Point" as well as a writer for the New Yorker. Here is Malcolm's review of Free. Web/Tech Weblogs

Read Write v Read Only

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I am reading a book called Remix at the moment by Lawrence Lessig.  Whilst the books main emphasis is upon how restrictive/outdated copyright laws are inhibiting creativity by preventing me from including an excerpt from a film or TV show on my blog (OK I still might do this! But doing so is criminal according to copyright laws!) My post today though isn't about copyright however!