Social Learning Has Its Place…And Informal Learning Does Too.
AUGUST 11, 2011
Two weeks ago Jane Hart wrote an article titled, Social Learning: to be or not to be? , in which Jane expresses her dislike of the term Social Learning (big S, big L). Jane claims that “Social Learning has come to refer exclusively to the use of social media in top-down, formal learning.” But social media does not define social learning.
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. The earlier posts… MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 1: Some Points to Consider.
Informal Learning – the other 80%
APRIL 16, 2013
The start-up stiffed me but the paper morphed into the Informal Learning book. I’ll be leading a series of master classes on informal learning and working smarter in Europe. Informal Learning – the other 80%. Employees and partners with more capacity to learn are more versatile in adapting to future conditions. Learning is social.
From Instructional Design to Enterprise Community Facilitation
AUGUST 13, 2011
This is a long overdue post, the draft of which had been languishing in my dropbox for some time--half forgotten. But finally I felt this needs to see the light of day. I have reached something of a cross-roads in my career, and I wanted to document the process of this arrival. It has been a long and exciting journey so far, dotted with exciting projects, some wonderful clients, and a tremendous amount of learning. And my own foray into the world of social media with Twitter. The age of Connectivism was truly upon us.
Time for a New Look at Learning: Or What I Learned from Reading “Informal Learning at Work”
MARCH 21, 2017
Your team learns informally all the time. You can support those efforts for more learning bang for your buck. With a shift in your views about what learning is, you can still build a powerful learning organization and demonstrate the value to executives at the same time. Informal learning happens when people chat about their experiences or ask someone a question.
Class is over; now what? Informal learning in the workplace
FEBRUARY 26, 2015
When you’re designing learning, don’t overlook the importance of informal learning. This is learning that takes place outside of the classroom or the eLearning activity. In fact, we typically learn more from informal learning than from formal learning experiences. Build a Learning Culture. Foster Employee Engagement.
Social, Informal Learning Can Be ?Measured
JANUARY 29, 2014
Key performance indicators for social and informal learning identify knowledge hubs and lead to better results. Just as social learning and technology have modernized the way learning occurs in companies today, they also have made a mark on the key performance indicators learning leaders should capture and measure. • The types of activities they engage in.
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. That’s where learning ecosystems come in. SUPPORT REFLECTION. “
Where is L&D heading?
OCTOBER 6, 2015
The topic of the evening was Where is L&D Heading? and some questions were posted through by the attendees ahead of time, while others emerged through the discourse. Here is an overview of my answers, plus elaborations and suggestions for further reading, for each of the questions that was (and was not) asked. The moot point of MOOCs. Informal first.
Why “70:20:10” Is Not Enough
FEBRUARY 11, 2016
Learning demands placed on workers have exceed workers’ capacity to meet them. In other words, we are inundating today’s workers with training and asking them to complete all of it while still maintaining high levels of productivity. Our shared experience (things gleaned from others, informal learning we do via social networks, interactions with peers, etc.).
Informal Learning Does Not Have to Be Formal
DECEMBER 30, 2013
One of the biggest problems with social learning is that it is an informal type of learning and organizations can’t help but to try to formalize it in any way possible. If you are trying to get your head around how you can leverage informal learning in your organization, consider three ways in which Mindflash can help you do just that.
How to support informal learning
Jay Cross's Informal Learning
JULY 12, 2010
Cross is a champion of informal learning, Web 2.0, 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. They are currently refining informal/web 2.0 learning management approaches that accelerate performance. Interview.
Eight Leader Habits of a Learning Culture
The Peformance Improvement
JULY 31, 2014
Eight leader habits are essential to a learning culture. 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.
Informal Learning is Business
APRIL 28, 2012
This is the second in a series of posts about how business can profit from informal learning. What makes informal learning effective. Informal learning is effective because it’s personal. We learn in context, with others, as we live and work. Recognizing this fact is the first step to crafting an effective learning strategy. People with experience like to learn but hate to be taught. People who already know the lay of the land don’t want a curriculum. That’s someone else’s opinion of what they need to know.
I Believe in the Importance of a Personal Learning Network
DECEMBER 29, 2014
When I started using Twitter for my professional growth and development, I didn’t realize that I was also starting to build my personal learning network. I simply found myself tweeting at a learning and development conference using its hashtag and others began connecting with me. I even gave it my own name: “On-fire learning.” It wasn’t very useful.
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 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. How do I see workplace learning shaping up five years from now?
I Believe in the Value of Sharing
DECEMBER 31, 2014
As a workplace professional, I believe strongly in the value of sharing. I’m not talking about the monetary value of a social share (which business people are keen on doing ), but rather the less tangible value that comes from sharing knowledge, making an individual more productive, effective, and efficient. The Value of Sharing Outside the Organization. Learns.
Online courses must die!
JULY 7, 2010
There’s method in my madness… The myth of rapid authoring. The proliferation of so-called rapid authoring tools over the last few years has coincided with an explosion in the number of online courses developed in-house. In tandem with this trend, though, has been the increasingly familiar cry of “It’s not interactive!. The best of both worlds.
Informal Learning 2.0
AUGUST 7, 2009
Published in Chief Learning Officer, August 2009. Informal Learning 2.0. In the world of business, the era of networks is crowding out the Industrial Age. In sum, networks are ushering in new ways of doing business. Corporate approaches to learning have to change, as well. Such an approach fails in the face of rampant change. Jay Cross.
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.
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.
Workplace Learning in a World “Beyond Automation”
JULY 29, 2015
With automation, AI and robots looming over the job scene, there seems to be a constant fear of humans losing out to computers and technology. It’s akin to one of our childhood sci-fi movies finally becoming a reality – the machines are taking over. The digital disruptors in the shape of Robots, Big Data and Sensors are here. That is the topic for another post.
Informal Learning Part 2 from Jay Cross: Informal learning is like a bicycle ride
JUNE 5, 2009
Jay Cross compares formal learning to a bus ride--where everyone is travelling together, in almost the same direction, and will, on an average, reach the same destination at around the same time. Informal learnign, on the other hand, is like a solo bicycle ride. This is great for novice learners. I can change my own direction, go where I want, stop when I want to and take a break.
Price of Real Learning going from $2.99 to $6.99
OCTOBER 18, 2015
The price of the pdf version of Real Learning will increase from $2.99 Buy Real Learning here. Table of Contents Bibliography. Learn from experience without instructors or classrooms. . Learn faster and remember more. Embrace openness and learn out loud. Make sound learning practices into lifelong habits. to $6.99
Jay Cross – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators
SEPTEMBER 2, 2015
Jay is the Johnny Appleseed of informal learning. Jay has challenged conventional wisdom about how adults learn since designing the first business degree program offered by the University of Phoenix. A champion of informal learning and systems thinking, Jay’s calling is to create happier, more productive workplaces. He literally wrote the book on Informal Learning. Jay works from the Internet Time Lab in Berkeley, high in the hills a dozen miles east of the Golden Gate Bridge and a mile and a half from the University.
How to Improve Learning Outcomes With Performance Support
JANUARY 8, 2012
Given that the goal of instructional designers and training developers is to improve employee performance, it’s surprising that many continue to create blended learning programs with little or no reliance on performance support tools or systems. As you design and deliver your next learning program, you can improve outcomes by keeping these three things in mind: 1. In Summary.
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. A community grows around a domain where practitioners share their insights, knowledge and doubts, the work processes.
50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10
APRIL 6, 2013
Post 1 People learn their jobs by doing their jobs. Knowledge work has evolved into keeping up and taking advantage of connections. We learn to do the job on the job. To stay ahead and create more value, you have to learn faster, better, smarter. These posts offer guidance to managers who want to make learning from experience and conversation more effective.
Theories for the digital age: Self regulated learning
Learning with e's
OCTOBER 29, 2012
Informal and self regulated learning are defining characteristics of 21 st Century education. Various commentators suggest that as much as seventy percent of learning occurs outside of formal educational settings (Cofer, 2000; Dobbs, 2000; Cross, 2006). The central tenet of heutagogy is that people inherently know how to learn. Cofer, D.
50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10 (3)
FEBRUARY 17, 2013
The 20 percent: learning through others. Learning is social. People learn with and through others. Conversations are the stem cells of learning. People learn more in an environment that encourages conversation, so make sure you’re fostering an environment where people talk to each other. The kids will learn a lot more this way. I smiled. Mentoring.
The Angry Birds Community: Social Learning Utopia?
OCTOBER 3, 2011
The game was introduced to me by my 10-year-old daughter, and we both seem to have the same (huge) amount of fun with it. Angry Birds – the game – can certainly be used as a model for eLearning; it has all the attributes that make for effective game-based learning: immediate rewards and feedback, increasingly challenging tasks, focus on action and decision-making. Probably not.
What’s REALLY Going On? 6 Truths About Training in 2012
DECEMBER 18, 2012
Most of us are curious about tomorrow (hence, our fascination with all the predictions for the upcoming year)… but we live in today. Here’s the sources we used to help formulate a picture of today: Responses to Training Magazine ’s Training Top 125 submission. ASTD State of the Industry Repor t. Lots of folks talking about it. of work time. Feel free to comment!
The Future of the LMS
AUGUST 31, 2009
We started the month talking about the features and functions of learning management systems. Soon, it won’t be enough that the LMS tracks formal learning like instructor-led training courses or e-learning modules; the future is here, and learning management systems are changing rapidly to keep up. In this online community, learners can create their own “real with profiles and list their experience; by searching the profiles, learners can use the LMS to contact others for help and support in a specific subject area.
Re-imagining Work & Learning in a Networked World
DECEMBER 28, 2014
"The nature of work is changing. The changes to society will be vast" by @gapingvoid We are on the eve of 2015! Most of us do a retrospection of the year gone by, and a future-spection of the year to come. I thought I''d do the same from an L&D and workplace learning perspective. This has wide-ranging implication on learning and the future of work.