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Communities of Practice in your LMS: A hidden KM tool


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


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. A MOOC is an intrinsically participative, collaborative mode of learning. They are good mistakes.

A Brief Introduction – Communities of Practice Manager

The Learning Circuits

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. I also help foster discussion and debate within the community. My goal is to provide content and support that helps you get your job done, better and faster. Indeed, no area in world of learning is more exciting than Learning Technologies.

Lurking is Not a Static State

ID Reflections

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.

Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

THE TOOLS THAT’LL HELP PEOPLE. resources WHO WORK FOR US people ONE OF THE BEST SOURCES OF. heroes Page 18 Introduction Page 6 6 The path of true. of good Page 9 What's next for. Page 31 4 Wisdom of. curation Page 26 Contents L&D “THE FUTURE OF LEARNING IS ON. professionals in a variety of sectors, contexts and countries. mode of operation.

Supporting Work

Clark Quinn

A number of years ago, I discussed a valued model that talks about how we solve problems in the world. If we find the answer, we should update the resources to help other people find the answer rather than having to rediscover it. I broke it up into two different forms of support: direct, and supporting the associated skills. There are lots of opportunities!

Can PeopleCloud support learning in all its contexts?

Clive on Learning

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.

Supporting self-managed team learning in the organisation

Jane Hart

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

Supporting the Social Workplace Learning Continuum

Jane Hart

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.

6 Steps To Creating Learning Ecosystems (And Why You Should Bother)


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. SUPPORT REFLECTION. “ WHAT’S YOUR EXPERIENCE?

The Case for Communities of Practice

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

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

Jane Hart

I am often asked how to support social collaboration in the workplace. 1 – moving from a focus on organising and managing training (which includes e-learning and blended learning) FOR others, to helping individuals and teams address their OWN performance problems. Want to find out more, then the Moving from training delivery to performance support workshop runs in December.

70:20:10 for trainers

E-Learning Provocateur

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.

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The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning


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 not doing (at least trying not to) today what I did five years back–not only in terms of professional and personal growth but with respect to the demands of the time. L&D will have to don the hat of community managers and become learners.

Performance Support Second?

Clark Quinn

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? Facilitation increasingly will be the role of L&D, I claim, and this is part of that path. Done right.

Community of improvement?

Clark Quinn

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.

Integrating Social Learning In The Workplace


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.

How to support informal learning

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Cross is a champion of informal learning, Web 2.0, 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. I’m the Johnny Appleseed of informal learning.

7 Strategies to Facilitate “Working Out Loud”


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. A 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


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

Jane Hart

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. and then figuring out how to best support them.” They’ll talk about problems.

Towards a “Maturity Model” for Learning Businesses

Web Courseworks

I have been a supporter and follower of Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele for almost a decade. Jeff’s book Leading the Learning Revolution is a reflective masterpiece that touches those of us who have been in educational technology since the pre-dot-com days. Of course the question you’ll ask yourself while reading the LBMM is “what stage is my learning organization at?”

Situated Cognition In eLearning: What eLearning Professionals Should Know


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. 4 Situated Cognition Best Practices. Expert support.

The dynamics of managing/nurturing networks of practice

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

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. Huysman, M., &

I Believe in the Importance of a Personal Learning Network

Tom Spiglanin

I hadn’t yet recognized the value of connectedness , but knew immediately that I was learning from each of these encounters. I had more than a dozen individuals I interacted with regularly, and we would discuss thoughts, ideas, and plans related to one or more aspects of learning and development. Much of what I found I now consider useless or completely wrong.

New to E-Learning? Here are Some Simple Steps to Help You Get Started

Rapid eLearning

He said that this would help me focus less on the glossiness of the commercials and more on their construction. I 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.

70:20:10 For Trainers


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

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.

The principles of learning

Jay Cross

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

Experiencing eLearning

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. It provides a model for the range of skills that fall under the umbrella of “instructional design.” Learning Communities.

Successful Online Employee Onboarding Strategies


That’s right, most of us remember our first day at work with the “fear of the unknown”. Gone are the days when individuals would feel lucky to be part of a successful organization. Companies now offer sign-on bonuses, yearly bonuses, a percentage of stock, competitive health and tuition benefits to attract the top talent. Size and general organization of the company.

At Healthcare Educators’ Conference, “A Culture of Performance Improvement in Practice”

Web Courseworks

CME and other forms of continuing education in the health professions have been influenced by the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), and with expected changes to that legislation, educational practitioners naturally wonder about the effects on their field. Theresa Frederick of Milwaukee’s Aurora Healthcare laid out her “MacGyver Approach” to performance improvement CME.

50 Ways to Lever Learning

The Peformance Improvement

In a learning culture , formal training is just one of many methods used to facilitate employee learning. In a learning culture, we start with the performance goal and then select the mix of methods that will help employees acquire and retain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs they need in order to achieve those goals. This is a list of 50 of those methods.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Defining an e-Learning Strategy: Planning the Kickoff

Learning Visions

Thursday, June 14, 2007 Defining an e-Learning Strategy: Planning the Kickoff In the spirit of building a Community of Practice -- sharing ideas and processes -- I thought Id try and share what I can of a current project. Ive done a lot of e-Learning projects, created a lot of courses, but this is the first time that Ive been a part of the strategy itself.

Role of L&D in the 21C Workplace

ID Reflections

The impact of technology, globalization, ubiquitous connectivity, remote work and distributed work teams, and economy of individuals to name a few drivers have changed the face of workplace learning and performance dramatically. Refer to Ross Dawson’s The Future of Work for a detailed overview. The more of the same task they performed, the more efficient they became.

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Learning by experimenting

Clark Quinn

Or, better yet, learn ahead of the curve. As a starting point, it helps to realize that adapting to change is a form of learning. That is, we need a cycle of: do – review -refine. In the model of a learning organization, experimentation is clearly listed as a component of concrete learning processes and practices. And my thought was that it is therefore clear that any business unit or community of practice that wants to be leading the way needs to be trying things out. And this led to some thoughts.