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How to learn and learn-to-learn

Clark Quinn

In your working life, how have you learnt effectively from experience, please provide an example if possible? In your working life, how have you learnt effectively from people, please provide an example if possible? In your working life, how have you learnt effectively from courses, research or investigation, please provide an example if possible? Stay curious, my friends.

What’s Your Learning Tool Stack?

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Seriously, this is important, as the tools we use and provide through the organization impact the effectiveness with which people can work. And we should be connecting with colleagues in other organizations, so we might be using society-provided platforms or leverage LinkedIn groups. I woke up this morning thinking about the tools we use at various levels. Maybe OneNote?

Learning Through the Wild

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This is very  necessary for me! :) And, importantly, the processes in nature provide a counter-balance to the artificial processes we put in place to breed plants and animals. Similarly, there are rangers who visit these camps, and provide after-dinner campfire talks. So last week I was in the wilderness for some more time, this time with family. meta-learning

70:20:10 and the Learning Curve

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sparked by a diagram provided by another ITA colleague, Jane Hart (that I also thought was insightful). My colleague Charles Jennings recently posted on the value of autonomous learning (worth reading!), In Charles’ post he also included an IBM diagram that triggered some associations. The point was that the closer to the work that learning is, the more value. Hence the revolution. :).

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives.

Learning in context

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In preparation for the upcoming FocusOn Learning Conference, where I’ll be running a workshop about cognitive science for L&D, not just for learning but also for mobile and performance support, I was thinking about how  context can be leveraged to provide more optimal learning  and performance. medicine, transportation. But that’s not as often as we think.

China is mobile!

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Establishing the consistent use of a standard can help build a powerful, and valuable, ecosystem.  I can wish that the providers in the US would work and play together a little bit more! I’ve had the fortune to be hear in China speaking on mlearning. But they’re all phones, I seem to see few tablets. They vary in size from phones to phablets, but they’re here. mobile

Collaborative Modelling in AR (and VR)

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What I was thinking of, extending my thoughts about AR in general ,  that annotating the world is valuable, but how about collaboratively annotating the world?  If we can provide mechanisms (e.g. A number of years ago, when we were at the height of the hype about Virtual Worlds (computer rendered 3D social worlds, e.g. Second Life), I was thinking about the affordances. And one that I thought was intriguing was co-creating, in particular collaboratively creating models that were explanatory and predictive. Models are hard enough to capture in 2D, particularly if they’re complex.

‘Form’ing learning

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So, first of all, my focus was on formative evaluation.  If we take activity-based learning seriously, we need to ensure that there are meaningful tasks set that can provide feedback. Last week I ran a workshop for an online university that is working to improve it’s learning design. Substantially. They’re ramping up their staff abilities, and we’d talked about how I could help. They have ‘content’, but wanted to improve the learning design around this. Ok, so not every formative evaluation should be such a situation. Then we moved on to more hands-on work.

Understanding Skill Based Learning for Business

This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture One significant way that training and learning organizations can play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization is by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives.

A complex look at task assignments

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And the instructor reviews the reviews, and provides feedback. I was thinking (one morning at 4AM, when I was wishing I was asleep) about designing assignment structures that matched my activity-based learning model. And a model emerged that I managed to recall when I finally did get up.  I’ve been workshopping it a bit since, tuning some details. Of course, this could continue.

The Grail of Effective and Engaging Learning Experiences

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real world consequences providing feedback coupled with scaffolded reflection. Serious games are one way to achieve this end, by contextualizing practice as decisions in a meaningful environment and using a game engine to adapt the challenge and providing essentially unlimited practice. There’s a considerable gap between what we can be doing, and what we are doing. design

A richer suite of support

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And, of course, once an individual advances far enough, there’s little anyone can be providing for them, instead they need the ‘creative friction’ of interactions with other experts and ideas to generate the new understandings that will advance the individual  and the organization. As they start performing however, their needs change. There are cultural factors as well.

The probability of wasting money

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providing a sufficient and elaborated suite of examples to  illustrate the concept in context. If you don’t provide examples, what’s the likelihood that learners will understand the full range of situations and appropriate adaptations for each? When you provide support at just the right places, and put in place the subtle tweaks on things like working with SMEs, you can develop and deliver learning that has a high likelihood of having the desired impact, and therefore have a process that’s justifiable for the investment. developing emotional engagement.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

but might be a little vague in providing concrete actions, so you’ll need to dig a bit deeper. Providing OTS courseware in these situations has several advantages. OTS curriculum, it’s fairly easy to provide training to individuals or groups whenever you. While the mainstream social media platforms can provide opportunities for. Seven Simple Secrets to. capital. You’re.

Ambiguity Denial Syndrome?

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We should be providing them with models to use to interpret and adapt to situations (explain and predict). I was talking with a colleague at an event one of the past weeks, and I noted down the concept of ambiguity denial syndrome. And I’m retrospectively making up what we were talking about, but it’s an interesting idea to me. And yet, in so many ways, they don’t.

Defining Microlearning?

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Microlearning as a phrase has probably become current (he says, cynically) because elearning providers are touting it to sell the ability of their tools to now deliver to mobile.   But it can also be a watch word to emphasize thinking about performance support, learning ‘in context’, and minimalism.  So I think we may want to continue to use it, but I suggest it’s worthwhile to be very clear what we mean by it. Last week on the #chat2lrn twitter chat, the topic was microlearning. That is learning, but it’s not microlearning. To explain, let me digress.

Reactivating Learning

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don’t just provide abstract knowledge). Reapplication : this is the best, where instead of consuming a concept model or an example, we actually provide a new practice problem. (I looked because I’m sure I’ve talked about this before, but apparently not a full post, so here we go.). If we want our learning to stick, it needs to be spaced out over time. But what sorts of things will accomplish this?  I like to think of three types, all different forms of reactivating learning. Reactivating learning is important. All of these serve as reactivation. design mobile

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eLearning Process Survey results!

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The alternatives were ‘providing what’s asked for’ (e.g. The third question was looking at the feedback provided. So, a few weeks ago I ran a survey asking about elearning processes*, and it’s time to look at the results (I’ve closed it). With those caveats, what did we see? The first question was looking at how we align our efforts with business needs.

Microlearning Whitepaper: Small Bites, Big Impact

been providing lukewarm results for years. techniques and solutions that provide more impactful methods for improving employee. But microlearning offers far more than that: • It adapts to the pace of today’s business and meets the needs of your modern learners, providing learning in short bites that are fast and easy to absorb. Aside from providing access over the.

Moving forward

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And I’ve previously provided lots of ways to think anew about L&D, such as posts on the topics (both carrot and stick), pointed to  readings that are relevant and can help, created a group  to discuss the issues, and even written a book trying to point out the ways to move forward, so I’m not apologetic about also trying to point out the gaps (hey, let’s try all levers). The notion of starting small and scaling is a proven approach, and provides a chance to understand and leverage it as a basis for both internal improvement and to take it further. strategy

Social Training?

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She goes on and says it’s got to be “relevant, purposeful and appealing”, and what you do is provide the environment and conditions. Help people ask for help, and to offer help, and about how to provide feedback, and… And of course you need to manage the messaging around it. Sparked by the sight of a post about ‘social training’, I jokingly asked my ITA colleagues whether they could train me to be social. And, of course, they’ve posted about it. And it made me think a little bit more too. Particularly if it’s not safe to share.

Why Work Out Loud? (for #wolweek)

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They can provide pointers to useful information, they can provide tips about what worked, and didn’t, for them, and they’re better prepared for what will be forthcoming. Why should one work out loud (aka Show Your Work )? Certainly, there are risks involved. You could be wrong. You could have to share a mistake. Others might steal your ideas.  So why would anyone want to be Working Out Loud ? Because the risks are trumped by the benefits. Working out loud is all about being transparent about what you’re doing. The benefits of these are multiple. Those risks?


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While she’s more focused on developing complex products with interfaces that remove barriers like cognitive load, and provide incremental capability, this applies to learning as well. That’s the actual title of a book, not me being a bit irreverent.  I’ve been a fan of Kathy Sierra’s since I came across her work, e.g. I regularly refer to how she expresses ‘ incrementalism ‘ She’s on top of usability and learning in very important ways. So what’s she doing differently? It’s an easy read, too. design

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

would love to provide, we need a change. We must go beyond providing great content. to instead take responsibility for providing. Totara, an open source LMS), provides structure. Our platform provides. well beyond providing content to include. provide the manager with talking points. We provide practice guides to help Sue. We now. Right?

Serious Comics

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However, more serious games, requiring applying the knowledge available through the comic, could provide an embedded practice environment.  It’s sort of a blend between a pure comic and a pure game, for important outcomes. I attended  ComicCon  again this year, and addition to the wild costumes, crowded exhibit hall, and over-priced food, there are a series of sessions. They cover television, movies, and print in a wide variety of markets. And I like the sessions that aren’t associated with popular media (as waiting in lines is something I’m fairly averse too).


Supporting our Brains

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Other phenomena include that previous experience can bias us in particular directions, but we can put in place supports to provide lateral prompts. This applies more broadly to performance support in general, so I though I’d share where my thinking is going. So what I’ve done here is to outline the flaws, and how we’ve created tools to get around those limitations.

L&D Value

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If, instead of just providing courses, P&D were focused on making sure people could do their jobs, using performance consulting and developing the appropriate solutions – whether job aids, contextual support, coaching, or what have you – they’d be contributing to optimal execution. If they went further, and were also facilitating the ability for the organization to continually innovate – fostering communication and collaboration via tools, practices, and culture – they’d be key to getting people to provide their best. Together. strategy

The Learning Styles Zombie

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Then, if the learner has trouble with that approach, provide help. It’s June, and June is Learning Styles month for the Debunker’s Club. Now, I’ve gone off on Learning Styles before ( here , here , here , and here ), but  it’s been a while, and they refuse to die. They’re like zombies, coming to eat your brain! Er, no. So, what’s a learning designer to do?

Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy

The purpose of this guide is to provide you with the information and tools you need to. Provide a step-by-step work-plan to show you how to integrate gamification into. Game-based learning is often used as a one- time event to provide insights and instruction in a formal learning setting, either online or. Most games provide. Introduction.3 What is Gamification? system.

2015 top 10 tools for learning

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99.99% of the time) provides me with links that give me the answer i need. WordPress: my blogging tool, that provides regular reflection opportunities for me in generating them, and from the feedback others provide via comments. Share with Jane in one of the methods she provides, and it’s always interesting to see what emerges. Twitter: I am pointed to many amazing and interesting things via Twitter. Skype: the Internet Time Alliance maintains a Skype channel where we regularly discuss issues, and ask and answer each other’s questions.

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The magic question

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A number of years ago, I wrote a paper about design, some of the barriers our cognitive architecture provides, and some heuristics I used to get around them.  I wrote a summary of the paper as four posts, starting here.  I was reminded of one of the heuristics in a conversation, and had a slightly deeper realization that of course I wanted to share. Clarke quote ). And while I indicated one in the past, I think there are two benefits to this approach. First, if you consider what you’d do if you have magic, you can help prevent a common problem, premature convergence. design


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We should expect errors, and provide support with checklists, not naively expect that people can perform like robots. I’m realizing that a major theme of my work and the revolution is that what we do in organizations, and what we do as L&D practitioners, is not aligned with how we think, work, and learn. And to that extent, we’re doomed to failure. We can, and need to, do better. Let’s start with thinking. The major mismatch here is that our thinking is done rationally and in our head. Particularly rote information. This carries over to how we work. itashare.

Laura Overton #learnatworkau Plenary Mindmap

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Laura used Towards Maturity data to provide insight into how leading L&D organizations are making their way

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

We provide both. GIVING FEEDBACK: I provide constructive. properly, managers provide a concrete and comprehensive. The following models provide guidance on how to both set. Sure, we have provided a model above. How can you provide the systematic process. to provide the system and environment. to provide coaching and accountability to. sprints.

Quinnovation Fall 2016 Schedule

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My fall  schedule is coalescing, so I thought I’d provide pointers to when and where I’ll be for the rest of this year: I’m doing two  webinars for a government agency, one at the end of August, and one at the end of September. I’ll be in Beijing running a mobile learning workshop on the 6th of September, and keynoting the CEFE conference on the 7th. The week after I’ll be keynoting a private event in Connecticut. Then, on the very last day of November, I’ll be running an elearning design workshop at Online Educa in Berlin. If so, say hi!