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Blogging with Freire

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not exactly. Paulo Freire, that great Brazilian educational thinker died in 1997, just as the World Wide Web was emerging in the Western world. So Freire didn't actually live to see the power and potential of social media, or the impact blogging would have on education. But what would he have said about blogs if he had been witness to the participatory web in all its present glory? Freire wrote: ".dialogue

Controversy over Informal Learning

Jay Cross

When the book on informal learning came out, nay-sayers attacked me as some kind of loony. Some still do. I’ve got a thick skin. QUESTION: How do you know that informal learning works? ANSWER: How did you learn to walk and talk? How did you learn to kiss? QUESTION: How can you measure what people learn? ANSWER: By judging what they do. Has their performance improved? ANSWER: Cost-benefit analysis.


Learning and Working on the Web

One of the consultant’s dilemmas is that you have to stay ahead of the curve to remain relevant. Yesterday’s problem doesn’t need to be solved – there’s probably an app for that already. This is why “perpetual Beta” informs all of my work. used to work as a training designer but there’s really not much to differentiate one course from another.

Cultural hegemony and disruption

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The Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci is best known for his theory of cultural hegemony. In a Gramscian sense, hegemony describes the power exercised by the ruling class over the population in order to maintain control of the means of production. In doing this, the elite impose a view that 'that's just the way it is', but as musician Bruce Hornsby once exhorted, 'Don't you believe it.'

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Informal Learning is Business

Jay Cross

This is the second in a series of posts about how business can profit from  informal learning. We’re recapping  the book  before getting into the current scene. What makes informal learning effective. Informal learning is effective because it’s personal. The individual calls the shots. The learner is responsible. It’s real. We 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 That’s someone else’s opinion of what they need to know. Just Ja

Communal Reading of the News


In the world of smartphones and tablet computers, have we lost "communal news"? Like most of my readers, I love these devices which keep us connected to the world around us. However, in our connectivity are we losing some of our ability to connect with each other? How long will this curiosity last? What  What message is being taught? We're together, but our we? Kennedy).

Informal Learning Revisited

Jay Cross

Six years ago I wrote Informal Learning, Rediscovering the Natural Pathways that Inspire Innovation and Performance. The book came out before iPhones and iPads. Facebook Facebook was only available to students. Twitter had not been born. eLearning eLearning was still haled as a panacea. Andy McAfee had just coined the term Enterprise 2.0, and nobody was talking about Social Business. It’s time for an upgrade. This is the first in a series of posts about what informal learning is and how to put it into practice. Synopsis of Informal Learning. What is learning? They want the job done. Just Jay