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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. That’s where learning ecosystems come in. social networks (yammer, chatter).

They’re not like us

E-Learning Provocateur

As learning in the workplace becomes increasingly informal, the motivation of employees to drive their own development becomes increasingly pivotal to their performance. You see, we love learning. The consumption of content is an important element of “learning” No argument there. Hence the learning experience suffers – even for the lurkers.

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Informal Learning Does Not Have to Be Formal


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. Central Knowledge Hub.

Impact of informal learning: output learning #LCBQ

Challenge to Learn

The question of the month #LCBQ is: How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning and performance support initiatives have the desired impact or if they achieve the desired results? All these terms have one common denominator; they all are non-formal learning activities and processes. The what: Output learning.

Ridiculous research findings on informal learning

Jay Cross

companies spent money on informal learning tools or services last year. Most informal learning takes place despite training departments, not because of them. Informal learning is mushrooming as organizations implement social software. An analyst reports that her company’s research finds that only 30% of U.S. What an astounding finding! Just Jay

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The Key to Adoption of Collaboration Tools: Process Integration

Social Learning

Along comes an internal collaboration tool like Yammer, or the aforementioned Yakabod, and employees have to launch a whole new workflow to get engaged.  Collaboration Tools Social Media social learning user adoption Collaboration tools enterprise 2.0 Informal Learning Klint Finley Laurie Buczek Social Enterprise workforce collaborationThis makes a lot of sense. 

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Learning in the workplace

Learning and Working on the Web

Jane Hart asked readers “ how regularly are you “learning” in the workplace? ” Here are the top five ways that people learn, with my comments below on how this can be facilitated in the organization, either by management or the learning support group. Notice that these are all informal. Informal LearningCreate space for people to talk.

The Power of Your Network | Social Learning Blog

Social Learning

From a personal perspective, networking builds new relationships through which you can share information, answer questions, and make new connections. People in your network become the portals to knowledge, opportunity, and information you might not find on your own. Keep contact information updated – yours and those in your network. So big deal, you say. Blog this! Properly d.

Using social media for onboarding

Learning and Working on the Web

Last year, I looked at new hire practices and found some interesting methods: Ensuring new hires understand the shadow or informal part of the organization through the use of tools such as network maps (Jon Katzenbach, Senior Partner of Booz & Company, author of The Wisdom of Teams). The conversation was recorded and will be available at the Social Learning Centre shortly. Tweet.

Evaluating Social Learning

Social Learning

There are people looking at applying the Kirkpatrick model, there are people measuring the use of social learning tools, and there are people talking about something similar to Brinkerhoff’s Success Case Method. and his take on using Kirkpatrick’s four levels to create and evaluate social learning. Learning – What must they learn to be able to perform?

Technologies for collaboration and cooperation

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Whether we’re working or learning, how we communicate is a key part of everything we do. Informal, opportunity-drive (serendipitous) collaboration is more like the free-for-all of an event like #lrnchat. There is an opportunity for platforms like Yammer & Socialcast or Brainpark to bridge the structured with the informal.

Working Smarter, one day at a time

Learning and Working on the Web

Tweet Yesterday we hosted a conversation on social learning and working smarter, facilitated by the folks at Citrix and the eLearning Guild. In Jane’s social learning community a few comments arose about the lack of interaction. What tools are you using to create the performance/support and learning communities? Yammer & ). Learning Socially.

The Other 90% of Learning

Jay Cross

Knowledge workers learn three to four times as much from experience as from interaction with bosses, coaches, and mentors. They learn about twice as much from those conversations compared to structured courses and programs. It’s a handy framework to keep in mind, particularly when someone mistakenly thinks all learning is formal. As Charles Handy has written, “Real learning is not what most of us grew up thinking it was.”. Today’s world is a kaleidoscope, information is a tsunami, and workers face novel, complex situations every day. Learning is social.

Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles

Tony Karrer

In a recent conversation, I was asked what I thought about twitter as a learning tool. Over the course of the past few years I’ve moved from saying “I don’t get it” – to feeling like it’s a good addition to my Learning Tool Set. But I also think that there’s a lot more help now around how to make effective use of Twitter as a learning tool. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs thought it would be worthwhile to pull together these resources. Now What?

Guarding Against Primitive eLearning Programs

Vignettes Learning

In our love of everything instant, we tend to develop “primitive-like” behaviors in learning and lose significant insights present in a “contemplation mindset”learning environment. The training and learning industry has this love affair with technology. We openly embrace technology since it makes our job of providing and delivering learning faster, cheaper and highly effective.

Business applications of Twitter

E-Learning Provocateur

Some of the ideas specifically relate to e-learning, while others may fall more comfortably into other portfolios. Well, you can do that with Yammer – a Twitter-like platform that allows you to set up a “group&# comprising your employees only. This is a classic example of informal learning , and it’s central to the evolution and modernisation of workplace training.

7 Informal Learning Services for the Training Function

Gram Consulting

Interest in informal learning by the training function is tangible and growing.  The 2008 ASTD State of the Industry report contained a special survey section on informal learning.  More than half of respondents reported that informal learning would increase during that time period&#. From the ASTD study: 7 Informal Learning Services.

Sense-making with PKM

Learning and Working on the Web

We may learn on our own but usually not by ourselves. People learn socially. One is internally focused, as in “How do I learn this?” and the other is external, as in “Who can help me learn this?”. The Web has given us more ways to connect with others in our learning but many people only see the information overload aspect of our digital society. Yammer.

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Bringing learning to the workplace, step 3: People

Challenge to Learn

One of the most effective ways of workplace learning is support offered by colleagues. When you have a question or problem, you find a colleague who knows the answer, you apply what you have learned and you go on with your job. As any type of informal learning you can’t organize this, but you can facilitate this. Yammer. tool that could support you in this is Yammer. The most important is that you can control who has access to your Yammer, based on email address or invitation. What about the learning department, do they play a role?

The Connected Educator: Building a Professional Learning Network

Allison Rossett

Her topic– personal learning networks, also known as PLNs. Here is a way for people to turn their interest in lifelong, independent learning AND social connections into a way of life. Educators today are pursuing professional development by building their very own Professional (or Personal) Learning Networks (PLNs). An Educator’s Professional Learning Network.

The Connected Educator: Building a Professional Learning Network

Allison Rossett

Her topic– personal learning networks, also known as PLNs. Here is a way for people to turn their interest in lifelong, independent learning AND social connections into a way of life. Educators today are pursuing professional development by building their very own Professional (or Personal) Learning Networks (PLNs). An Educator’s Professional Learning Network.

10 Tips for Incorporating Ed-Tech Into Your Own Development

ATD Learning Technologies

Even those of use working in talent development can be overwhelmed by the constant flow of learning technology trends. Often, the surge new tech can leave us wondering how to keep up with all the fads—and how to incorporate useful new tools into our learning initiatives. Develop, cultivate, and continually refresh your Personal Learning Network (PLN). Listen to a podcast.

The Year’s Most Thought-Provoking Training Blog Posts


Watch and appreciate the clever and informative use of pictures and words. Like millions of other trainers, I was taught to vary my training delivery style to appeal to the learning styles of my trainees (i.e. In the excellent post,  Learning Styles: Worth Our Time? Learning in the Workplace. Enjoy! Visual Design in Online Training. PowerPoint & Presentations.

Using Social Media to Drive Social Learning

ATD Learning Technologies

The ATD and i4cp study Instructional Design Now: A New Age of Learning and Beyond reported in early 2015 that social learning was in use by fewer than three in 10 organizations. However, another 46 percent of surveyed talent development professionals said they were considering social learning for future use or had it in development, suggesting significant anticipated growth.

Our Many Hats

eLearning Cyclops

Social Media (SoMe) expert and Informal Learning Catalyst - Sometimes I''m the go to guy to coach staff on utilizing SoMe or I''m the guy implementing informal/social learning. Then appropriately incorporating them in courses, your Intranet, Yammer, etc. eLearning Designers wear many hats – some by choice, some placed upon us. Here are the hats I wear because I need these skills as an eLearning one-person shop. you are an IT guy, right?). Instructional Designer & Developer - These are the obvious ones and why most of us are hired. Did I miss anything?

Flexing Your Tools to Create Maximum-Impact Online Training


The management and administration tool of choice is often a Learning Management System (LMS). Take your LMS’s functionality into full consideration to make maximum organizational impact via your learning solutions. Teaching Formally vs. Informally. Whatever your preference, flexible learning strategies include a combination of both types of learning and more, as needed.

5 Practical Online Training Trends You May Have Overlooked


Here are six trends you should learn more about (or get back to) and think about how you can use them to improve how you deliver training in your organization. Informal learning. Google changed everything, and as long as people can just Google anything they want to learn, people will demand informal learning. Cloud Authoring Tools. The process is painful.

10 Social Media Tools For Learning

The eLearning Coach

Do you have a training or information need that could benefit from a social media strategy? So here are descriptions of ten applications representing different social media technologies that promote learning. In terms of promoting learning, employees could use blogs to write first-hand accounts of case studies, lessons learned, project debriefings, travel tips and cultural customs.

3 questions to ask before starting social learning

Sponge UK

You’re thinking about introducing social learning, but before you start you need to ask some questions. If you can find out the answers to these questions you’ll be in a better position to start incorporating social learning into your elearning strategy. Yammer. We’re going to take a look at a couple of case studies featuring social learning in action at Sponge UK.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Learning apps. Branon Learning Management System App Stores Bob Little Apps, Not Courses Inge de Waard Augmented reality moves towards augmented learning with easy tools: Wikitude , Layar , ARToolKit. Situated learning (learning within context in a community of practice) grows thanks to augmented mobile reality. Learning Analytics 6. Video galore. Rovy F.

Social Media vs. Social Learning

Integrated Learnings

As a learning professional, I have been pondering this question a lot. This has included reading some books, attending some webinars, and talking with other learning professionals about how they are making social media work in a learning environment. For the sake of this post, I want to focus on an end goal of collaboration among learners experiencing a learning event together. What a great way for them to collaborate and discuss the informal learning that is taking place on the job. By Dean Hawkinson. We hope you found this post helpful.

Top Social Learning LMS Features

Talented Learning

But how are these new social business behaviors influencing social learning features of today’s learning management systems (LMS)? Here is what we found: What’s Going on with the Social Learning LMS? Unfortunately, content quickly became stale and learning interaction ceased. Effective drip, drip, drip micro learning and marketing. Proof of Change?

3 Secrets of Workshop Facilitators: Leverage Them to Author eLearning Rapidly


relish the idea of taking a break from work and life, particularly if it’s at an exotic location or a posh hotel, to sit back and absorb learning away from the fires of daily life. So, it works out for the best for everyone if the facilitator plays the role of the “guide on the side” who facilitates experiential learning among the participants. But, don’t use generic content.

Meet the Team Part 3: Simon Birt, VP of Global Business Development


For the past nine years, this has been in the field of Corporate Learning and Development. My role at eFront is to lead the business development of the eFrontPro Learning Management platform throughout the global corporate marketplace. eFrontPro is a unique platform because it addresses formal and informal learning needs in an Enterprise Deployment Model (Private Cloud).

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