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Tool Set 2009

Tony Karrer

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. Setting up a SharePoint for a community or work team is very different from teaching them about Personal Learning. In fact, the lack of attention to this topic was the reason I founded Work Literacy in June of 2008. But hopefully 2009 will be the year when that begins to change. This sounds a lot like a personal learning environment, personal knowledge management (PKM) and personal work and learning environment (PWLE) and PIM.

Work Skills Keeping Up?

Tony Karrer

In New Work and New Work Skills , I discuss the fact that most of us have not participated in formal learning since college on foundational knowledge work skills - especially metacognitive skills. Most of us have strong skills in some areas and are much weaker in others simply due to the fact that we acquire our skills in completely ad hoc ways. But, the fact that concept workers claim in surveys to be above average in their search skills but they don't incorporate these operators tells me that there's a gap.

Too Much Information or a Skills Gap

Tony Karrer

It's a big skills, knowledge, performance gap – see Work Skills Keeping Up. It's why I created Work Literacy about a year ago. Wesley Fryer discusses How are you dealing with TMI? Too Much Information) (found via Stephen Downes ). Wesley points us to a post by Kevin Washburn “TMI! Information Overload and Learning.” I’m overwhelmed just looking at these choices!

Dilbert Warns Me About Work Literacy

Tony Karrer

Should the following Dilbert worry me about Work Literacy? Much of the idea of Work Literacy is to help people who need to keep up with how technology impacts knowledge work. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs

Personal in Personal Knowledge Management

Tony Karrer

It’s a pick-and-choose sort of thing: the way we manage information has a lot to do with the information, and a lot to do with who we are and what we want the information for … Harold responded with Other PKM processes where he shows some other models and states: To be clear, my intention is to show what works for me and perhaps some part of this may work others. eLearning Technology.

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Prepare to Feel Old

Tony Karrer

I use similar kinds of examples in my presentations (and posts such as Work Skills Keeping Up? ). Workplace Learning Today pointed me to a post Ten Common Phrases That Could Soon Be History. I thought it might be fun for me to catalog some of the ones that I’ve used in my presentations and other places as well as have this ready for future presentations. Call me collect?

Twitter as Personal Learning and Work Tool

Tony Karrer

Thus, my opinion is: Twitter is not a tool for people who are new to social media and the use of social media for personal learning and work. For people new to the concepts of social media and reviewing their tool set, is Twitter a good choice as a tool? There is one exception to this. There are certainly powerful examples in Twitter Collaboration Stories and Twitter for Learning.

Search

Tony Karrer

2009 for recent materials. This is likely my last post in the Tool Set series. This post likely will be quite a bit different because I'm convinced that most people have used different search tools enough that they are pretty comfortable with their current search behaviors. This is by no means comprehensive and I welcome suggestions. Yes, I personally use Google 95%+ for searching. Search.

Better Memory

Tony Karrer

I'm only 43, but posts like New Work Skills are a bit of an eye opener that we were taught metacognition using note taking on paper, card catalogs, microfiche readers , rollodex, etc. The reality is that metacognitive techniques are changing rapidly - hence so are work skills. In work literacy terms, better memory relates to keep / organize / refind /remind.

Learning Power Laws

Tony Karrer

" – I cite this in Work Skills Keeping Up? This has big impact on us as it forces us to think about being in the flow of where the work and learning will occur. Great post by Dion Hinchcliffe - Twenty-two power laws of the emerging social economy where he discusses what Steve Balmer calls “the new normal”. The primary shifts he talks about are: New resource constraints.

Remote Collaboration

Tony Karrer

My primary interest here are the methods and tools that allow us to work better as part of remote work teams. In other words - How do we collaborate together in remote work teams to be as effective or even more effective than a team that works down the hall? At the start of these workshops, we put people into remote work teams. It's truly a thing of beauty.

Hot List

Tony Karrer

This is going to take some work to get it right, but we believe it will help to highlight various hot list content. This will be something like: Hot List for the Week of 1/2/2009 - 1/9/2009 Hot List Posts Tool Set 2009 The U.S. Air Force: Moving Full Scale Into Social Media i-Clickr Year of the cloud Rypple: telling it like it is 2009 Predictions, Remembrance and Challenges What is the TRUE cost Rapid eLearning? There are some very cool new features especially our hot list feature coming out soon on the eLearning Learning Content Community.

Hot List - Second Half of January

Tony Karrer

Hot List - 1/17/2009 - 1/31/2009 Posts Twitter as Personal Learning and Work Tool How to Convert Your PowerPoint Presentation into an Elearning Course Building a Learning Portal YouTube videos inside Slideshare Learning 2.0 As I was at ASTD last week, I missed doing my Hot List for the week. You can find out more about this in Hot List and Hot Last Week. So, I've compiled the list for roughly the second half of January. The posts come from the primary sources for this group. Other items come from other sources. Browse eLearning Content at www.elearninglearning.com

Enough Tools for Now

Tony Karrer

In Work Skills Keeping Up? , Still I’ll stick with: The bottom line for the Tilde Effect is that we live in a time of incredible innovation that directly affect the methods we use to work and learn. Our work skills cannot sit still. There's a lot of discussion about 21st century skills to be taught in schools, but what about the rest of us? Based on my post yesterday on Missed Opportunities , I received a really interesting email. The basic gist of the email could be summarized as: Don’t we have enough tools for now? I discuss the Tilde Effect.

ASTD Follow-Up

Tony Karrer

Last week at ASTD TechKnowledge , I did a keynote on Work Literacy and eLearning 2.0, Improve your Work Literacy I would highly encourage going through the recent series of posts all about Tools and Methods for Work and Learning : Work Skills Keeping Up Top-Down Strategy Better Memory Information Radar Processing Link Pages Network Learning Collaboration Twitter as Personal Work and Learning Tool Search Browser Short Cuts Work Skills Workshop Keynote Links I mentioned in Twitter Conference Ideas that I was sending messages and links during the keynote.

eLearning Topics

Tony Karrer

This works across any subset of the content including sources, keywords and arbitrary searches. 130) Work Skills (26) PWLE (16) Flash Quiz (8) Knowledge Work (40) That's a pretty fair representation of topics that I talk about. Topics by Year By selecting 2009 , I've selected a subset of the content, but in this case it's basically content associated with this year. Year by Topic You can also go the other way to see things like selecting Twitter and you can see that the associated years are: 2009 2020 2008 2020? Just a thought. eLearning Technology.

Top-Down Strategy

Tony Karrer

It's left to the reader to interpret where they fit into their day-to-day concept work. Trying to fit any tool into the myriad of different work lives is really hard. It starts by looking at your key knowledge work: Roles Projects For myself, these might be: Roles Small Business Owner Manager Acting CTO Community organizer Expert / Speaker / Writer Client Advisor Family Vacation Planner Fine Dining Planner etc. Opportunities) I generally look back at the Knowledge Work Framework and its task categories as a trigger to remind me of these things. hint :).

Work Literacy Skills - New Workshop

Tony Karrer

Harold Jarche, Michele Martin and I are pleased to announce a new workshop offering that relates to the recent posts on Tool Set 2009 and to the issues of Work Literacy. Work Literacy Skills Workshop Was the last formal training you had on knowledge work skills the use of a card catalog and microfiche reader? While there has been incredible innovation in tools and methods that support personal work and learning over the past 10 years, most of us have had a hard time with our Work Skills Keeping Up. You aren't alone in that.

Does Deliberative Practice Lead to Quick Proficiency?

Tony Karrer

It's interesting to see how these relate to and enhance the core elements of Deliberative Practice: Deliberate practice identifies specific, defined elements of performance that need to be improved and works them intently independent of actual performance. In reading studies on deliberative practice, it's pretty clear that there's a nice body of research showing that this works. And the reality is that likely you've seen this with your kids – think improving soccer skills, study skills, etc. I'm also trying to figure out how this relates to Work Literacy.

Is Social Learning Fun?

Tony Karrer

He chose to write about how he works differently from 10 years ago … one of my favorite topics. Some good stuff in his post, but something that caught my eye was: Have my work skills changed? Robert Kennedy recently posted 100 Conversations and Hot Wheels where he addressed one of my 100 Conversation Topics that you can find aggregated on eLearning Learning as 100 Conversations. Well, I use different tools now and I think my general approach to things has morphed slightly. However, I still look to incorporate the “oh that was fun” factor into learning. But maybe that's me?

Hot Last Week

Tony Karrer

Hot Last Week (1/9/2009 - 1/16/2009) Hot Last Week Posts Better Memory Ten years after Why Dissecting an E-Learning Course Will Improve Your Skills Basic mLearning with BlackBerries MixedInk Time to end “courseocentricism” Resources and Tools Interviews on Instructional Design Implementing a Virtual World Open source for learning costs less Hot Last Week Items Information Architecture for Audio: Doing It Right - Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design How To Find The Best Free Image/Photo/Graphics Downloads For Your Blog Posts | Smackdown! Other items come from other sources.

Metalearning

Tony Karrer

Within this context, metalearning depends on the learner’s conceptions of learning, epistemological beliefs, learning processes and academic skills, summarized here as a learning approach. The only way to handle long tail learning is to focus on providing the tool set and personal learning and working skills ( work literacy ) that are central to concept work. Where work and learning are not separate, metalearning is really the focus of performance improvement. It's a great article, definitely worth a read. Close the training department.

LinkedIn - Prospecting No - Conversation Yes

Tony Karrer

Serving Clients In terms of serving clients, I covered parts of Tool Set , specifically Work Skills Keeping Up , Better Memory , Information Radar , Processing Pages with Links , Networks and Learning Communities , Collaborate , and Twitter as Personal Work and Learning Tool. The reality is that management consultants are very much concept workers and as such have to shift how they perform their work and how they serve their customers. I recently did a presentation in Los Angeles on Web 2.0 for Professional Services for the Institute of Management Consultants.

Social Media for Knowledge Workers

Tony Karrer

This was a major reason that I started down the path with Work Literacy. Last week I had a presentation around using Social Media and Web 2.0 tools to improve your performance as a knowledge worker. One of the questions that always comes up is: How do I find more information to help me get started? The answer is that this information is a bit hard to come by. There’s a lot out there, but it’s often hard to find information that helps you get start. eLearning Technology. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs

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Ten Predictions for eLearning 2008

Tony Karrer

Unfortunately, you can ask all you want, you will still be doing a lot of work with LMS products this year. Prediction #10 => Knowledge Worker Skills - Just Beginning in 2008, Big in 2009 The discussion of knowledge work skills is going to be BIG. We won't hear much this year, but in 2009, this will be something you'll hear in a big way The Big Question this month are Predictions for Learning in 2008. Here are my predictions, but realistically they are more about trends in eLearning and eLearning Software. during 2008. world. Does a Learner WANT an LMS?