Communities of Practice in your LMS: A hidden KM tool
MAY 12, 2015
One highlight of a learning management system is its collaboration within course participants. Extend this to the Subject Matter Experts and popular spokes-person through a defined communication framework and you have a community of practice in action! How would that help you create better eLearning? Ever heard of the phrase “listen to the market”?
MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 5: Skills Learners Need Today
JUNE 22, 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.
A Brief Introduction – Communities of Practice Manager
The Learning Circuits
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
As Ryann mentioned in a previous post, I’m the Community of Practice Manager for Learning Technologies at ASTD. In this role, I engage with the community and help build ASTD’s portfolio of content—from T+D articles to books to educational programs to conferences and beyond. also help foster discussion and debate within the community. I’ve been with ASTD for nearly five years, working primarily on books and Infoline with ASTD Press. My goal is to provide content and support that helps you get your job done, better and faster.
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. This is especially true of communities in enterprises. Not really.
Can PeopleCloud support learning in all its contexts?
Clive on Learning
MARCH 8, 2013
My argument was that well-designed formal interventions can extend beyond the confines of the course to include elements that would normally be regarded as 70 or 20 in the 70:20:10 model or experiential , on-demand or non-formal in the model I present in The New Learning Architect. Learning professionals have no real difficulty in supporting the formal element of their work, i.e. providing access to courses. So let's leave to one side the formal delivery of learning interventions, where there seems to be a clear path forward for the learning profession.
CP Square: the community of practice about communities of practice
Learning in a Sandbox
FEBRUARY 9, 2010
After being “a friend and lurking for a while, i became a full (paying) member of the CP Square (CP2) community. CP Square is a community of practice about communities of practice. Ever since i started my studies in HRD i’m interested in social forms of learning, communities of practice are one of them.
What are the risks of starting an internal community without thinking through effective community management? [Quora]
FEBRUARY 14, 2011
The question on Quora is expanded to ask: When launching an internal community platform, it’s often quite tempting to get lost in the technology implementation. Now it’s definitely quite important to provide an attractive first release of collabware, but what role does community management play in making the roll out effective?
Supporting self-managed team learning in the organisation
MARCH 11, 2013
This is a post in a series that I am writing about how the future role of L&D is moving from “packaging learning” to “scaffolding learning”. In this and my next post I am going to look at self-managed learning in an organization, and how that might be supported and scaffolded. Helping to provide the right conditions for ”team learning”, e,g. Social learning
6 Steps To Creating Learning Ecosystems (And Why You Should Bother)
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
70:20:10 has shone a spotlight on the limits of formal learning. In contrast, social and experiential learning continue to be veritable goldmines of productivity, placing learners at the centre of their story and demanding a major shift from Learning & Development professionals. SUPPORT AN ENGAGED, GROWTH MINDSET. Here’s a quick recap for those just tuning in….
Supporting the Social Workplace Learning Continuum
JUNE 4, 2012
In my previous blog post I explained how I recognized it is difficult for a lot of organisations to support informal and social learning in their organisations, because they are unable to jump the two mindset hurdles of (a) thinking that learning only happens in training courses, and (b) that all organisational learning needs to be controlled by Training/L&D departments.
The Case for Communities of Practice
Jay Cross's Informal Learning
AUGUST 19, 2010
Jay Cross is CEO of Internet Time Group and a thought leader in informal learning and organizational performance. In his 2001 book Kitchen Confidential , Anthony Bourdain describes how he became a professional chef and how he continues to support the community of professional chefs. They carry a set of knives that no one else is allowed to touch. They learn to be.
12 features of supporting social collaboration in the workplace
AUGUST 31, 2012
I am often asked how to support social collaboration in the workplace. Want to find out more, then in October we are running the Social media for professional development workshop at the Social Learning Centre. 3 – helping people work and learn effectively in this networked era (and within a social business), by developing their own Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) skills.
70:20:10 for trainers
JANUARY 11, 2016
At the time of writing this blog, over half the respondents have chosen “No” Assuming they are all L&D professionals, the extrapolation means most of us don’t think the 70:20:10 model is relevant to our work. – by the way, “fair dinkum” is Australian slang for “real” or “genuine” – Emeritus Professor David Boud says he doesn’t think there is proper evidence available for the effectiveness of the model. These can form part of the assessment. And I’m shocked by the results.
The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning
APRIL 14, 2015
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. Technology has brought about unprecedented changes at a pace that is challenging all notions of flexibility and adaptability. How will L&D be of service to such a workforce?
Integrating Social Learning In The Workplace
MAY 11, 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. Best practices no longer suffice.
Performance Support Second?
JULY 10, 2013
Once we’ve determined that social isn’t a solution to meeting the need, why wouldn’t we think of a course first? But also, unless we absolutely need a course, we should look to performance support next. Frankly, the learner ideally gets the minimal amount of help to get past their current gap, and if it’s a bit of information or decision support help, why would you make a course if you can avoid it? It’s the least assistance principle (or “what’s the least I can do for you” :), only providing what they need to get back to work.
How to support informal learning
Jay Cross's Informal Learning
JULY 12, 2010
Cross is a champion of informal learning, Web 2.0, and systems thinking. His calling is to help business people improve their performance on the job and satisfaction in life. He has challenged conventional wisdom about how adults learn since designing the first business degree program offered by the University of Phoenix three decades ago. Interview.
Community of improvement?
SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
In a conversation I had recently, specifically about a community focused on research, I used the term ‘community of improvement’, and was asked how that was different than a community of practice. First, let me say that a community of practice could be, and should be, a community of improvement. One of the principles of practice is reflection and improvement. The community should be looking to other fields for inspiration, and attempting experiments. But there should be more.
7 Strategies to Facilitate “Working Out Loud”
JULY 6, 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. community grows around a domain where practitioners share their insights, knowledge and doubts, the work processes.
Deeper eLearning Design: Part 6 – Putting It All Together
OCTOBER 8, 2015
This is the sixth and final post in a series of six that covers Deeper eLearning. The goal of this series is to build upon good implementations of instructional design, and go deeper into the nuances of what makes learning really work. It is particularly focused on eLearning, but much of what has been mentioned also applies to face-to-face or virtual instruction. We’ve covered objectives, practice, concepts, examples, and the emotional component. The typical process starts with the source of an overarching objective. The course is then released.
Social Learning: August Pick of the Posts
SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
The focus of my August Pick of the Posts is social learning, and these posts all include some great graphics too. They’ll help each other out. Maybe it won’t be on the scale of Pokémon Go —few things ever will be—but this is what “ social learning ” is. Communities emerge. audio clips?), and then figuring out how to best support them.” They’ll gripe.
the network era trinity
Learning and Working on the Web
NOVEMBER 1, 2015
There are advocates for a dual operating system to deal with the complexity of the networked era: one that is hierarchical and another that is networked. That space is the community of practice, which is neither project team nor professional network. Communities of practice are the bridge between these two, where we can test new ideas in a trusted space.
no organization is an island
Learning and Working on the Web
JULY 16, 2015
Organizations are alive when people can exert their autonomy in ethical practice. Fritjof [Capra] answers this question by saying that a human organisation is only alive when it contains networks of communication. These informal networks of communication he refers to as communities of practice and in larger organisations there are clusters of communities of practice.
Situated Cognition In eLearning: What eLearning Professionals Should Know
DECEMBER 7, 2015
Learners must be able to put their knowledge to use outside the virtual classroom, and simulating real world challenges is one of the best ways to achieve this. In this article, I’ll shed light on the situated cognition theory, from its core principles to tips that will help you use it in your next eLearning course. Situated Cognition Best Practices. Expert support.
a triple operating system
Learning and Working on the Web
NOVEMBER 21, 2015
[Note: this is a repost from medium.com and a combination of two previous posts]. There are advocates for a dual operating system to deal with the complexity of the networked era: one that is hierarchical and another that is networked. That space is the community of practice, which is neither project team nor professional network. This is the practice of PKM.
The dynamics of managing/nurturing networks of practice
Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning
JUNE 3, 2010
Keeping the Wheels Turning: The Dynamics of Managing Networks of Practice. Journal of Management Studies, 47(1), 85-108 The authors make a distinction between NoPs and CoPs; networks of practice and communities of practice. Twenty-two NoPs were formalized with the goal of integrating existing, dispersed knowledge. 2010).
New to E-Learning? Here are Some Simple Steps to Help You Get Started
MAY 24, 2011
He said that this would help me focus less on the glossiness of the commercials and more on their construction. made notes of the scenes, where the edits were, and what might have motivated the edits. This exercise was one of the best learning experiences for me. While every book is different, the structure of every book is similar. Take a book, for example.
I Believe in the Importance of a Personal Learning Network
DECEMBER 29, 2014
hadn’t yet recognized the value of connectedness , but knew immediately that I was learning from each of these encounters. Much of what I found I now consider useless or completely wrong. Still others were from the perspective of the educational community and how PLNs can replace formal education. Community I Believe Informal Learning Social Learning
learning in the network era
Learning and Working on the Web
DECEMBER 29, 2015
This week I am reviewing my posts from 2015 and putting some of the core ideas together. Did you ever have a coach who got you to a higher level of performance? Training helped us prepare for a relatively stable workplace. By extending the borders of work, through communities of practice and social networks, we can support social learning.
70:20:10 For Trainers
MARCH 21, 2016
At the time of writing this blog, over half the respondents have chosen “No”. Assuming they are all L&D professionals, the extrapolation means most of us don’t think the 70:20:10 model is relevant to our work. Indeed this observation doesn’t boast a wealth of empirical evidence to support it, although there is some – see here , here and here. TRAINING WILL NEVER DIE.
Eight Leader Habits of a Learning Culture
The Peformance Improvement
JULY 31, 2014
These are behaviors ingrained in the routines and rituals of organizations that are continually learning and learning how to learn. Leaders in these organizations do the following: Send the message - Leaders communicate the importance of learning to the organization. This message is in the guiding principles of the business. These are eight leader habits of a learning culture.
Learning and Working on the Web
AUGUST 2, 2012
Jay Cross has initiated an online conversation about the Coherent Organization/Enterprise: At the Internet Time Alliance, we’re big fans of narrating our work. We encourage clients to get their people to narrate their work, through blogs or other sharing media, for a number of reasons. Sharing your discoveries adds to the value of the networked Commons; I think of it as a requirement of good network citizenship. We’re each teasing out the meaning of what we call the Coherent Organization with models. Coherent communities from Harold Jarche.
The principles of learning
JULY 7, 2013
Yesterday I came upon a 13-year old cassette recording of Peter Henschel, executive director of the Institute for Research on Learning , speaking to a breakout session at Elliott Masie’s TechLearn conference. The mental model of “I teach/you learn” is fraught with problems. We’re seeing a more interactive model of learning. Shared practices create bonds between people.
12+ Books for Instructional Designers
MARCH 3, 2015
If you’re looking for some reading to improve your skills or get started in the field of instructional design, check out these books. Design For How People Learn by Julie Dirksen is one of my favorite books in the field. I’ve recommended it many times. It provides a model for the range of skills that fall under the umbrella of “instructional design.”