Clark Quinn

Learning to Learn

Clark Quinn

As a response to my post where I offered to ‘listen’, I’ve had several comments giving me topics, and so I thought I should respond. One asked about meta-learning (learning to learn), in the particular situation of courses with a variety of expertise levels, and getting into issues of learner responsibility. The author pointed to a presentation on learning to learn, that had a nice framework, and I thought I should elaborate.

Before the Course

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It appears that, too often, people are building courses when they don’t need to (or, more importantly, shouldn’t ).

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eLearning Land

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This post is just a bit of elearning silliness, parodying our worst instincts… Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends. We’re so glad you could attend. Come inside, come inside! – Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression, Part 2.

My Professional Learner’s Toolkit

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My colleague, Harold Jarche, recently posted about his professional learning toolkit, reflecting our colleague Jane Hart’s post about a Modern Learner’s Toolkit. It’s a different cut through the top 10 tools. So I thought I’d share mine, and my reflections.

2018 Customer Training Goals

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3 E’s of Learning: why Engagement

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When you’re creating learning experiences, you want to worry about the outcomes, but there’s more to it than that. I think there are 3 major components for learning as a practical matter, and I lump these under the E’s: Effectiveness, Efficiency, & Engagement.

Reflections on 2017

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The end of the calendar year, although arbitrary, becomes a time for reflection. I looked back at my calendar to see what I’d done this past year, and it was an interesting review. Places I’ve been and things I’ve done point to some common themes. Such are the nature of reflections. One of the things I did was speak at a number of events. My messages have been pretty consistent along two core themes: doing learning better, and going beyond the course.

Revisiting the Ecosystem

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One of the keys to the L&D revolution is recognizing the full performance ecosystem and the ways technology can support performance and development. I’ve tried to represent and share my thinking via diagrams (including here , here , and here ).

The Quinnov 8: An online course

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Ok, so I told you the story of the video course I was creating on what I call the Quinnov 8, and now I’ll point to it. It’s available through Udemy, and I’ve tried to keep the price low. With their usual discounts, it should be darn near free ;). Certainly no more than a few cups of coffee. It’s about an hour of video of me talking, with a few diagrams and text placeholders. I’ve included quizzes for each of the content sections.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

Learning Design Insights

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I attended a recent Meetup of the Bay Area Learning Design & Technology, and it led to some insights. As context, this is a group that meets in the evening maybe once or every other month or so. It’s composed of students or new graduates as well as experienced-practitioners.

Conceptual Clarity

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Ok, so I can be a bit of a pedant. Blame it on my academic background, but I believe conceptual clarity is important ! If we play fast and loose with terminology, we can be be convinced of something without truly understanding it. Ultimately, we can waste money chasing unwarranted directions, and worse, perhaps even do wrong by our learners. Where do the problems arise? Sometimes, it’s easy to ride a bizbuzz bandwagon. Hey, the topic is hot, and it sounds good.

Thoughts on Learning Design Strategy

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At the DevLearn conference, I ran a Morning Buzz on Learning Design Strategy. I’m happy to say that the participants threw in lots of ideas, and I thought they were worth capturing.

Microdesign

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There’s been a lot of talk about microlearning of late – definitions , calls for clarity , value propositions, etc – and I have to say that I’m afraid some of it (not what I’ve linked to) is a wee bit facile. Or, at least, conceptually unclear.

State of the Front-Line Manager

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Developing Decisions

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I mentioned in yesterday’s post that one thing I do in getting objectives is focus on decisions. And, simple ones will get automated; we can train AI to handle these. What will make the difference between ordinary and extraordinary organizations is the ability to make decisions in this new VUCA environment (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous). And it made me wonder how you develop the ability to make better choices.

70:20:10 and the Learning Curve

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

The change is here

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For a number of years now (at least six ), I’ve been beating the drum about the need for organizations to be prepared to address change. I’ve argued that things are happening faster, and that organizations are going to have to become more agile.

An objective request

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So, I’d like to ask a favor of you. I would like to improve my thinking about elearning design, and where this starts are objectives. Or outcomes. Now, they can be easy, or challenging. I’d like to see some of the latter. When the goal is fairly obvious, it’s simple to address.

Content Planning Map: A Template for Training Teams

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Organizational Learning Engineering

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Organizational learning processes – across L&D, Executive Development, Leadership Development, and more of the roles in HR and talent management – are largely still rooted in both industrial era models and myths.

Grappling with Groups

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I’m a fan of the power of social learning. When people get together (and the process is managed right), the outcomes of a negotiated understanding can be powerful. However, in designing learning, working in groups has some real negative perceptions and realities.

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Activities for Integrating Learning

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I’ve been working on a learning design that integrates developing social media skills with developing specific competencies, aligned with real work. It’s an interesting integration, and I drafted a pedagogy that I believe accomplishes the task.

Workplace of the Future video

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Someone asked for a video on the Workplace of the Future project , so I created one. Thought I’d share it with you, too. Just a walkthrough with some narration, talking about some of the design decisions. One learning for me (that I’m sure you knew): a script really helps!

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The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

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2018 Trajectories

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Given my reflections on the past year, it’s worth thinking about the implications. What trajectories can we expect if the trends are extended? These are not predictions (as has been said, “never predict anything, particularly the future”). Instead, these are musings, and perhaps wishes for what could (even should ) occur. I mentioned an interest in AR and VR. I think these are definitely on the upswing.

Acknowledging Changes

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There are a serious number of changes that are affecting organizations. We’re seeing changes in the information flow, in technology, and in what we know about ourselves. Importantly, these are things that L&D needs to acknowledge and respond to. What are these changes? It’s old news that things are happening faster. We’re being overwhelmed with information, and that rate is accelerating. On the other hand, our tools to manage the information flow are also advancing.

Kaihan Krippendorff Keynote Mindmap

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At a private event, I had a chance to hear Kaihan Krippendorff talk about thinking differently about innovation. He used an 8P’s model as a framework to illustrate how to think differently.

Because quality matters

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I was reflecting on some of the actions my colleagues and I take. These are, in particular, colleagues that have been contributing to the field for a long time, ones who know what they’re talking about and that I therefore respect. I retweeted one who called for being careful of the source in message. I’ve supported another who has been on a crusade against myths. And I joined with some others to promote quality elearning. And it led me to wonder why. Why care?

The Essential Template for Your Customer Training Strategy

Looking to build your customer training strategy? The process can be overwhelming, if you don’t have a set plan from the start. This template can help.

Reordering the Serious eLearning Manifesto

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So, as you may know (and if you don’t, you should ), almost three years ago now, I teamed up with colleagues Michael Allen, Julie Dirksen, & Will Thalheimer (all worth knowing about) and put together the Serious eLearning Manifesto. And I believe it’s a good thing.

A ‘Field of Dreams’ Industry

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In the movie, Field of Dreams, the character played by Kevin Costner is told “If you build it, they will come.”

What’s Your Learning Tool Stack?

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I woke up this morning thinking about the tools we use at various levels. Yeah, my life is exciting ;). Seriously, this is important, as the tools we use and provide through the organization impact the effectiveness with which people can work.

Metaphors for L&D

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What do you see the role of L&D being in the organization? Metaphors are important, as they form a basis for inferences of what fits. We frame our conversations by the metaphors we use, and these frames guide what’s allowed conversation and what’s not. To put it another way, metaphors are the basis for mental models that explain and predict what happens.

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

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Karen Hough ATD Core 4 Keynote Mindmap

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Karen Hough kicked off ATD’s Core 4 event with a lively keynote talking about how improvisation reflects many core factors involved in successful organizational agility.

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Tony DeRose #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap

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Tony DeRose opened the second day of DevLearn with a geeky (and intriguing) presentation on the links between math and story in making animation. With clips and anecdotes he showed how it works, and inspired about how they’re connecting this to STEM.

A Bad Tart

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Good learning requires a basis for intrinsic interest. The topic should be of interest to the learner, a priori or after the introduction. If the learner doesn’t ‘get’ why this learning is relevant to them, it doesn’t stick as well. And this isn’t what gamification does. So tarting up content is counter-productive. It’s a bad (s)tart! Ok, to be clear, there’re two types of gamification.

xAPI conceptualized

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the xAPI Base Camp, to present on content strategy. While I was there, I remembered that I have some colleagues who don’t see the connection between xAPI and learning.

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Aligning Customer Training With Certifications

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