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I Believe in the Importance of Personal Knowledge Management

Tom Spiglanin

But how do we sort through all this information, effectively filter content, judge the good from bad, and make sense of it all? The answer lies across several domains of a knowledge worker’s practice. So too are our personal learning networks. What we need is to exercise personal knowledge management, or PKM. Capturing Knowledge. Developing Knowledge.

#Informal learning and the master deck of the guru

Ignatia Webs

He simply has the gift to come up with simple, yet essential knowledge insights that lift me up time after time. Yesterday he shared his 'master deck on informal learning'. It is a treasure of key ideas and at the same time such a great personal time saver, as well as a knowledge/management tailoring device. I can see how such a deck, build with my own set of slides and key pointers would enable me to draw up a meaningful presentation in no time, or I could even tailor a presentation on the go having such a master deck at my back hand draw. great.

Pulling informal learning

Learning and Working on the Web

Take a look at these 8 demand-side knowledge management principles by Nick Milton. People don’t pay attention to knowledge until they actually need it. People value knowledge that they request more highly than knowledge that is unsolicited. People won’t use knowledge, unless they trust its provenance. Knowledge has to be adapted before it can be adopted.

I Believe in the Value of Connectedness

Tom Spiglanin

Most employees have far stronger connections through the organization’s hierarchy consisting of layers of manager/direct report relationships. While strong, hierarchical connections also vary greatly across the organization depending on the nature of the work and individual management styles. Personal knowledge mastery is essential for globally connected workers.

Social Learning Cannot Be A Bolt-On Strategy


recently wrote about the challenges of integrating social learning in the workplace. Social Learning and social business go hand in hand. To facilitate social learning, an organization has to become a social business first. An organization cannot bolt on social learning just as it cannot bolt on a few Facebook and Twitter-like tools and call itself a social business.

The Burden to Have an Informed Opinion

Tom Spiglanin

The conversation took place nearly two years ago and it still bothers me. I was taking a stand against accommodating learning styles and cited several online articles supporting my position. Nothing I could say or do, including offering the original research about the ineffectiveness of accommodating learning styles, would be heard. The Burden to Have an Informed Opinion.

eLearning as Part of an Informal Learning Strategy

Integrated Learnings

How did most of your workplace learning occur over the past year? Much of my learning came from brainstorming with peers, participating in online forums , reading (articles, books, blogs, etc.), Do you have a similar story of unstructured, experiential, informal learning? Jay Cross, known for his informal learning research, tells us that approximately 80% of workplace learning occurs informally. In contrast, only 20% of organizations’ learning budgets go toward enhancing informal learning. By Shelley A. Gable.

I Believe in the Many Emerging Roles for Learning and Development Professionals

Tom Spiglanin

The 70:20:10 framework helps to put the work of learning and development (L&D) organizations into perspective within the whole of employee learning ( previous article ). That leaves the question of what, if anything, should L&D do to facilitate the over 90% of learning that takes place outside of its traditional role. learned quickly how wrong I was. Donald H.

Ten Things I Believe About Workplace Learning

Tom Spiglanin

For nearly three years, I’ve been exploring social learning, informal learning, and the changing workplace. strongly believe my current understanding and knowledge wouldn’t be as rich without this critical knowledge management practice.  The many emerging roles for Learning and Development professionals. The 70:20:10 framework.

The key to informal learning is autonomy

Jane Hart

Jay Cross, the author of the 2007 seminal book,  Informal Learning, Rediscovering the Natural Pathways that Inspire Innovation and Performance ,  recently wrote a blog post in which he explained that although there has been a lot of talk about “informal learning” in the last five years, there has been very little action. Social learning

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Class is over; now what? Informal learning in the workplace

Obsidian Learning

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. It could be knowledge gained from reading, Web searching, or from colleagues and friends. In fact, we typically learn more from informal learning than from formal learning experiences.

Knowledge Management Core Issues

Tony Karrer

Great post by Denham Grey - Perennial KM issues that are very similar to the core problems that we deal with in eLearning: How to speed learning, increase awareness and share experiences. With an ever deceasing half-life of knowledge , just keeping up has become a major corporate imperative. We need practical ways to build personal informal networks. Helping groups learn from mistakes and errors, practices to carry over learnings from project to project and improve corporate memory. Finding tacit knowledge sources and helping to put these to work.

Is there a business case for SharePoint in informal learning? Thought leader interview with BT’s Sundar Balasubramanian

SharePoint and Assessment

Director of Learning Solutions at BT, Sundar Balasubramanian, describes use of SharePoint for informal learning within BT and other companies and advises how to make a business case for using SharePoint for informal learning. SharePoint is our knowledge management platform. Do you see organizations putting all their learning in SharePoint?

Is there a business case for SharePoint in informal learning? Thought leader interview with BT’s Sundar Balasubramanian

SharePoint and Assessment

Director of Learning Solutions at BT, Sundar Balasubramanian, describes use of SharePoint for informal learning within BT and other companies and advises how to make a business case for using SharePoint for informal learning. SharePoint is our knowledge management platform. Do you see organizations putting all their learning in SharePoint?

#OER #MOOC online learning papers from Open CourseWare conference

Ignatia Webs

The most interesting for my research and online learning interests was the one from Cohen, Omollo and Malicke which was an article on " a Framework to Integrate Public, Dynamic Metrics Into an OER Platform ". find this of interest, as it is part of something I want to investigate in relationship to peer/expert knowledge creation, MOOC, mobile learning.

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Free awareness games and how IBM embeds informal learning and training

Ignatia Webs

The strength of IBM's training department is of course in its people, and the European eLearning group is lead by Bert De Coutere who has an eye for new learning potential and strategies. recently had the pleasure of encountering Bert when he was presenting informal and game-based learning solutions from IBM. He is by no doubt a top competent training/eLearning visionary.

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personal knowledge management & wisdom

Learning and Working on the Web

PKM consists of practical methods for making sense of the increasing digital information flows around us. And while there are different ways to think of knowledge – processed, procedural, propositional – this model I think adheres to a more basic view. Data does not create information; information does not create knowledge and knowledge does not create wisdom. 

The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning


The rise of mobile computing in the form smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices accompanied by ubiquitous Internet connection is creating unforeseen change–in how we work, learn, communicate, do business, conduct personal tasks, and myriad other aspects. While Watson and Siri may seem far removed from our task of designing learning programs, the reality is they are not.

The Top Six Things Organizations Must Do to Enable Emergent Learning


What is common across the learning modes and methods mentioned? Social learning via an enterprise collaboration platform. Mobile enabled learning accessible anytime, anywhere, on any device of the user’s choice. MOOCs which straddle the line between social learning and e-learning with learner communities. But first, WHAT IS EMERGENT LEARNING?

Demystifying Working Out Loud


It has helped me to develop my personal learning network (PLN) and enabled my PKM. Given this context, I have tried to explain what #wol entails for those like me who might be trying to spread the approach, believe in the fundamental philosophy of transparency and open work, and wish to empower everyone with a simple yet powerful learning tool for self-driven learning.

Informal Learning 2.0

Jay Cross

Published in Chief Learning Officer, August 2009. Informal Learning 2.0. Corporate approaches to learning have to change, as well. Until the shift from industrial to network dominance, corporations could compensate for crummy learning by hiring experienced people and managing ingenious command-and-control structures. It’s learn or die. Jay Cross.

Six Obstacles To Building Communities In Organizations


have written before about the fallibility of trying to have social learning as a bolt-on strategy , on the role of social technology as an avenue for building communities in organizations , and the importance of building communities to facilitate emergent learning. And woe betide the manager who has too many high-performers and collaborators in his/her team. ” 3.

Learning Resources from Informal Learning (Jay Cross): Part 1

ID Reflections

I am re-reading Informal Learning by Jay Cross and was going through the resource links he has provided. Apart from the book, which is a must read for anyone interested in the field of learning, the resource links are gold mines of knowledge, information and insights. I am putting some of my favorite sites from the list here for reference.

The Six Hats Of A Community Manager


Community Management is an evolving role and organizations are beginning to see the need for this role. In this post, I want to talk about the different hats that we need to don as community managers. This shift calls for some intense community management and community building, and the post focuses on the different roles a community manager needs to play during this time.

I Believe in the Importance of a Personal Learning Network

Tom Spiglanin

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. simply found myself tweeting at a learning and development conference using its hashtag and others began connecting with me. even gave it my own name: “On-fire learning.” It wasn’t very useful.

Unbooks, Informal Learning, and Collaboration: The Age of Questions

ID Reflections

In an earlier post, The Meaning is the Message , I quoted from Stephen Downes' presentation: Knowledge has many authors , knowledge has many facets, it looks different to each different person, and it changes moment to moment. The definition of "unbooks" is similar to that of Informal Learning. Informal learning is never finished.

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Demystifying how we learn at the Workplace: Creating pathways for impactful learning


In the corporate scenario, Knowledge is what equips an employee to do his or her job better. Not only training managers, but employees themselves are fast realizing this and are open to the concept of ‘perennial learning’ in the workplace. There are many learning practices that are prevalent in the modern workplace and each one comes with its associated ‘knowledge behavior’.

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. For social learning to thrive (i.e.,

MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 5: Skills Learners Need Today


have been writing about MOOCs in the context of workplace learning from different perspectives for some time now. The earlier posts… MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 1: Some Points to Consider. MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 2: Designing a MOOC. MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 3: Launching a MOOC. They are good mistakes.

Becoming a Social Business – Beyond Culture Change


The crux of the problem lies in our inability to see how the culture of organizations stem from and is shaped by the very discourse of management that we have collectively subscribed to ever since the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing era. No matter how hard we try to change the culture – and I do believe that leaders and managers are trying – the discourse we use lets us down. Currently, our management discourse is permeated by the language of two metaphors – the military and the manufacturing. ” ~ Steve Denning. Our words define our worldview.

Social Technology, Community Management & Organizational Development


Read the post, How Social Technology has Emerged as an Enterprise Management Model , for an in-depth understanding. I am not going to tread into management theory or organizational structures in this post. wanted to set the premise for what is to come in the months and years ahead…and where do we come in as learning and organizational development specialists. Scary?

Workplace Learning in a World “Beyond Automation”


The remaining tasks will require individuals who fundamentally think differently about work and learning. The key question we (as L&D/HR) need to think of is how are we going to support workplace learning to build such skills in the workforce? Communities foster collaboration and cooperation, exchange of diverse perspectives and creation of entirely new knowledge. But how?

Filtering for Future ProFessional Frontiers #pkm14

Ignatia Webs

As the Personal Knowledge Management (PKM14) course moves into its second week, all the participants are asked to filter their social media / their networks. After only two days, I already found some immediately relevant information (e.g. The information streams in Hootsuite are currently based on one list, and keywords (e.g. mLearning, learning analytics). Again.

Micro-Learning as a Workplace Learning Strategy


In todays’ time-crunched, attention-deficit and multitasking world, micro-learning seems to have cropped up as a possible solution to corporate learning and personal development. However, what exactly is micro-learning remains a bit of an elusive concept with different people defining it in different ways. Can a 10-minute learning byte be defined as micro-learning?