Fish are the last to recognise water = informal learning?
AUGUST 4, 2009
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.
10 Best (Learning) Books of 2009
JANUARY 11, 2010
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. A clear winner for my best 2009 book! Kenneth Fee's book was a timely read for me in 2009! a fine line continued my reading in 2009 around design, not specifically learning design in this case. 3 a fine line. 10 Pow!
Top six business (learning) books of 2009 (so far!!)
JULY 10, 2009
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
Online social networks, learning and viral expansion loops
DECEMBER 14, 2009
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?
If knowledge and skills are so important.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2009
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. What if it doesn't?" Web 2.0
AUGUST 30, 2009
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
AUGUST 27, 2009
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
JULY 24, 2009
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.
Waiting for "Free"
JUNE 30, 2009
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
JUNE 24, 2009
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!
Learning styles and fixed ideas
NOVEMBER 14, 2009
Where am I coming from? Over the last few months I've read a number of blog posts about learning styles (see references at end of post). So, do learning styles exist? for what it matters, I'm in the 'no they don't' camp) However, this post isn't so much about whether or not they exist, rather I'm more interested in why people believe so strongly that learning styles indicators do in fact provide a measure of how an individual learns best. Let's put aside our opinions for a moment! Just for the sake of it, put aside your personal view for a moment and join me. They say, "What do you mean?
Twitter for learning
OCTOBER 25, 2009
Why wouldn't you use Twitter?! I've only been actively participating on Twitter for 4-5 months now. I tweet (as @stickylearning ) mainly about learning related topics and follow people who also have learning as their main focus. I'm also interested in how design thinking impacts upon learning and the use of visuals to communicate ideas and knowledge. In the few months that I've been active on Twitter I have been exposed to more ideas from more sources than in whole years previously. Twitter keeps me current. I could attend workshops, but they take time and cost money. on Twitter. rnarchana.
Breaking the learning drought
OCTOBER 11, 2009
In the city I live in, Melbourne, Australia, we have been in drought for most of the last decade. Water storages had recently fallen to just over 25% full. A few weeks ago however it rained and rained and rained, not drought ending rain, but the best anyone could remember in ages. Each day in the local papers are updates on the state of the city's water storages, the updates show how many megalitres the storages have gone up or down from the previous day. In fact they kept going up for a week after the rain had stopped. What has this got to do with learning? Avoid learning droughts!
'Scared of first' - why business is resisting new learning.
OCTOBER 7, 2009
The past I'd like to take you back to where I was 5 years ago. My role was working for Australia's then largest retailer, ColesMyer. I managed a team of facilitators whose role was to deliver face-to-face workshops to staff, from entry level, through to senior management. Face-to-face learning was the dominant delivery method with some elearning to deliver generally fact-based knowledge, for example, induction, food safety, OHS and so forth. Other than the elearning component it was really a case of, 'training' = workshops. Since then what has changed? What do I see today? 10 Reasons. Web/Tec
My Personal Learning Environment
SEPTEMBER 2, 2009
Today's post flows nicely from yesterday's post on one type of Personal Learning Environment, Alltop, a site where you are able to aggregate your blog interests in one area. The difference today however is that I'm writing about my very OWN personal learning environment, a personal website, michaeleury.com , that I have published only in the last few days! OK, what is a personal learning environment? For me it is a place where I park my ideas and knowledge, links and reading resources, it is a bit like a slice of my brain on the web! Another purpose relates to branding. Web 2.0 Weblogs
Personal learning environments, stickylearning and Alltop
SEPTEMBER 1, 2009
This is just a short post to point you to another interesting tool for personal learning, it's called Alltop.I've ve been using Alltop for a couple of months now and I reckon it's a great way of keeping up with multiple blogs, way easier than trying to remember! You do need to create an account, but after that it's pretty easy to use! For those who don't know Alltop, it is a creation of the fertile mind of Guy Kawasak i. Guy describes Alltop as a new version of your magazine rack and it's not a bad description. I've focussed mainly on learning/business blogs - not surprisingly!
Informal/Social Learning - Concertina Style
AUGUST 16, 2009
In recent times I've seen and heard much discussion around informal and social learning. For example, is informal learning necessarily social in nature? Has the rise of new technologies altered the traditional view of social learning? How can we harness new technologies to foster a culture of learning within our business? And so on. Firstly some definitions - mine. Informal learning is learner driven and takes place when and how the learner decides. As it is driven by individuals it can look quite different from learner to learner, the main test is whether learning occurs. Web/Tech
The Powerpoint 12 - the slideshow!
AUGUST 13, 2009
My last post was a list of tips for using Powerpoint/Keynote more effectively - The Powerpoint Dozen ! Here is part 2, the slideshow. The first installment provided the written tips, much like many slide presentations you are subjected to - heavy on text. Now, there's nothing wrong with text, it just doesn't belong in any quantity on Powerpoint or Keynote slides! Below you will find the slideshow of my powerpoint tips, The Powerpoint 12! In reality, an actual presentation on this would use these slides with the text from yesterday's post forming much of the basis for what I would be saying.
The Powerpoint Dozen
AUGUST 12, 2009
I use Powerpoint in some of the workshops I run, not all, but when it suits the audience, venue and most importantly learning objectives. I have, on the other hand, been a participant where slides have been the 'star'! Slides that contained too much text in colours and sizes that were too hard to read and more bullets than Ned Kelly's last stand! That said, Powerpoint can have its place. So I've put together a list of 10(+1) tips for using Powerpoint more effectively. Plan your workshop. Ask yourself what is the best way to get the message/learning across. Story before slides. How much text?
Permission Learning - encouraging the informal
AUGUST 10, 2009
I've been a keen reader of Seth Godin's perspectives on marketing (and everything) for a while now. But this morning one of his books caught my eye as I went to sit at my desk - Permission Marketing. It's strange how the mind works, I saw the title and I thought "mmm, that's how to get traction for informal learning in the workplace". If you're not following my train of thought yet, let me explain! From this position, Seth coined the term 'Permission Marketing' to describe a way forward for marketing messages in an world of information overload. So, to informal learning! It's a good point!
Stickylearning - now a part of eLearning Learning!
AUGUST 9, 2009
I suppose for most people it's fair to say that, 'You know what you know, but you don't know what you don't know.' For me this changed about 12 months ago. How did it change? I subscribed to one blog, PresentationZen. From here I soon realised that there was indeed a lot that I didn't know - so I read one book, then another, subscribed to one more blog, then another and on it went. My library of books grew, as did my appreciation of the learning that could occur via blogs and other online sources. Click here and you will be taken to the site (you'll see the stickylearning articles featured).
There's still a place for Learning 0.0
AUGUST 3, 2009
I've written a range of posts over the last few months that in some way have referred to the rising use of various technologies in workplace learning environments. Technologies such as elearning generally, twitter, personal learning environments, wikis, webinars and so forth. As I've looked over the posts I've written, one thing stuck out, I have made no reference to 'standard', 'old school', face-to-face delivery of workshop-based learning? that is low tech in nature!) I think it is time for a little breather! New technologies can lead to greater engagement from learners. Do web 2.0 Web 2.0
The Village of Twitter
JULY 21, 2009
In an earlier post on Informal Learning I made the observation that social networks allow people to create their own villages of learning. What I meant by this is that people once had only one source of knowledge, the village. Even when a visitor brought new ideas, this new knowledge was shared amongst the group. The industrial revolution introduced the benefits of scale to industry, further enhanced over the last 100 years by the structure introduced through Henry Ford's production lines. Education and learning followed a similar path, larger schools and prescribed curriculum. Web/Tech
10 Steps to creativity
JULY 14, 2009
A few posts ago I mentioned that I'd just received a copy of ' Ignore Everybody ' by Hugh MacLeod (of gapingvoid ). I read the book on the flight to Hobart Tasmania last week, the book makes a great 'airplane book', short, sharp and easily readable. In the book Hugh writes on 40 keys to creativity, here are my top 10: Good ideas have lonely childhoods. Everyone is born creative: everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten . Don't try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether. Sing in your own voice. If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you .
JULY 1, 2009
Short and sharp post today! Amazon delivered a package this morning so I'll have some reading material for my trip to Tasmania next week. I've tried resisting reading it already, got 3 chapters in (they're really short!) but then put it down, I'll save it for the flight. So, what is the book I'm talking about? Ignore Everybody - and 39 Other Keys to Creativity" by Hugh MacLeod. For those who don't know of Hugh, he has an excellent blog, called ' gapingvoid ' where he posts cartoons and short comments on business, life etc! I've added his cartoons to my blog, see top right.)
Journal of Learning Design
JUNE 16, 2009
I have been reading articles lately from the Journal of Learning Design. For those who don't know of the journal, it is a journal that focuses on designing the learning environment to assist the learning process, concentrating on a design focus rather than technology and looking to move beyond a traditional instructional focus. One article in particular has appealed to me, Beyond Instructional Design: Making Learning Design a Reality, by Rod Sims. It has in some ways the same focus as this blog, looking beyond traditional learning approaches. This blog itself, in some measure.
2009 Top Posts and Topics: Kapp Notes
DECEMBER 4, 2009
The ASTD Big question this month is an annual question: What did you learn about learning in 2009? So one of the tasks I will do to answer this question is to see what posts were the Best of 2009 from several different sources. How Long Does It Take to Develop One Hour of E-Learning-Updated for 2009. Here are my top posts via Google Analytics for 2009.(I'll Learning Statistics How Long Does It Take to Develop One Hour of E-Learning-Updated for 2009 What Sports Teach Our Kids and Why Video Games are Better.This post had a lot of play outside of the learning community.
Top 100 Learning Game Resources
JUNE 24, 2009
Building Better Learning Games- Learning Visions, April 9, 2009. Marc Prensky – Twitch Speed, June 17, 2009. Using computer games in education- ThirdForce Blog, January 30, 2009. Digital games and learning gains (PDF), June 17, 2009. Examples from TWITCHSPEED.COM Digital Game-Based Learning, June 17, 2009. Casual Games get Serious, June 17, 2009.
Best of eLearning Learning - First Half of December 2009
eLearning Learning Posts
DECEMBER 21, 2009
December 1, 2009 to December 15, 2009. eLearning Templates – 20 Resources - eLearning Technology , December 7, 2009. It’s Culture, Leadership and E2.0 … or fail - trainingwreck , December 13, 2009. Hot Topics in eLearning for 2009 - eLearning Learning Posts , December 2, 2009. Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter - Adobe Captivate Blog , December 11, 2009. Dont Waste Your Time , December 10, 2009. Free-to-Use E-Learning Development 19: Techsmith Jing (Part 3) – Conclusions - The E-Learning Curve , December 8, 2009.
eLearning: Top Posts of 2009 - Upside Learning Blog
DECEMBER 31, 2009
As we knock on 2010’s doors, it’s a good time to look at what we did on this blog in 2009. We started this blog in March 2009 and in its 10 month existence has more than a 100 posts. Here’s a screen grab of tag cloud for our posts: Here is a list of some of the best posts of 2009: Top 20 Most Viewed Posts. Our Top 10 Learning Tools 2009. Please Opine).
Tool Set 2009
JANUARY 5, 2009
But hopefully 2009 will be the year when that begins to change. If you care about being relevant and valuable in 2015, you had better be making moves in 2009. Recommendations The intent of this series is to capture my thinking at the start of 2009 about the tools and methods for work and learning. I thought I'd kick off this year by posting a series of posts on topics related to tools and methods for work and learning. I'm hoping to address questions such as: How do you create a personal tool set or Personal Learning Environment (PLE) for yourself? So, here goes.
Instructivism, constructivism or connectivism?
MARCH 16, 2009
Instructivism is dead. Gone are the days of an authoritarian teacher transmitting pre-defined information to passive students. In the 1990s, constructivism heralded a new dawn in instructional design, turbo-charged by the rise of Web 2.0. Students morphed into participants , empowered to seek new knowledge and understanding for themselves, in the context of their own unique, individual experiences. In turn, teachers enthusiastically transformed themselves into facilitators , guiding and coaching the participants to inquire, explore, discover and even generate new learnings. Slippery slope.
Effective virtual facilitation
OCTOBER 13, 2009
As virtual classes rapidly become de rigueur , the need for an effective virtual facilitation framework accelerates. I propose the 5-stage model of e-moderation developed by world-renowned networked learning guru, Gilly Salmon. While Salmon’s model primarily supports asynchronous networked learning, I contend that it supports synchronous networked learning just as well. The Model.
Top 50 Mobile Learning Resources
NOVEMBER 2, 2009
The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2009. 2009 Horizon Report. I’ve spent an inordinately long time writing a whitepaper on mobile learning trying to expound our thoughts about it and how it might be used in the workplace. I’ve been doing some research around it and I’ve documented some of the better links I’ve come across. Again, as with the links I posted about Games and Simulation, these aren’t categorized in any way nor does the order assume any significance. Apple Education. Mobile Learning Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training.