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Community of Practice and the TorranceLearning Download

The Performance Improvement Blog

One of many methods of organizational learning is a “community of practice”. This is a term coined by Etienne Wenger to describe “…groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” TorranceLearning has created a kind of community of practice that they call the Torrance Download. One type of Download discussion is called “Flash Project”.

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Organizations as Communities - Part 1

ID Reflections

Today, the very definition of organizations has changed. The impact of digitization is going far beyond a few collaboration tools and platforms. Today’s organizations are no longer defined by fixed workplaces, nine-to-five working hours or even a set of homogeneous employees. Operational and business models have been turned on their heads with the advent of enterprises like Uber , Airbnb , Etsy and Amazon. It requires a complete re-imagining of how business gets done.

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From Instructional Design to Enterprise Community Facilitation

ID Reflections

This is a long overdue post, the draft of which had been languishing in my dropbox for some time--half forgotten. But finally I felt this needs to see the light of day. I have reached something of a cross-roads in my career, and I wanted to document the process of this arrival. It has been a long and exciting journey so far, dotted with exciting projects, some wonderful clients, and a tremendous amount of learning. The age of Connectivism was truly upon us.

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

Learnnovators

While the title of the post specifies MOOCs, the skills and mindsets I have explored in the post are, IMHO, required by all to survive and thrive in the digital and connected world. And participating in MOOCs could well be one of the ways to inculcate and hone the skills. I have been writing about MOOCs in the context of workplace learning from different perspectives for some time now. A MOOC is an intrinsically participative, collaborative mode of learning.

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MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 5: SKILLS LEARNERS NEED TODAY

Learnnovators

While the title of the post specifies MOOCs, the skills and mindsets I have explored in the post are, IMHO, required by all to survive and thrive in the digital and connected world. And participating in MOOCs could well be one of the ways to inculcate and hone the skills. I have been writing about MOOCs in the context of workplace learning from different perspectives for some time now. A MOOC is an intrinsically participative, collaborative mode of learning.

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What Exactly is Business Agility?

Rob Hubbard

For me it conjures up images of acrobats and contortionists. Although this is a little strange, it’s probably not too far from the truth because business agility is indeed all about being flexible and adaptable; being able to adjust to changes in the business environment without wobbling or losing your balance. So what’s the role of learning technologies in all of this? The variety of technology available can also make for an overwhelming choice.

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Agile instructional design

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Instructional design was invented around the time of World War II. Starting virtually from scratch, America had to train millions of men to be soldiers and millions of civilians to make ships and armaments. ADDIE (analyze, design, develop, implement & evaluate) made it possible to manage the process of creating useful training programs systematically. Instructional purists still revere the logic of ADDIE. (It’s Agile Software Development.

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The Need for Learning Agility

CLO Magazine

CLOs’ approach to learning needs to become much more agile to realize its true potential. Not only is there the backdrop of a tough economy, but there is pressure to deliver development more rapidly, more often and with much greater impact. A recent survey of HR and learning professionals by Lumesse revealed the full scale of the challenge. To overcome this challenge, HR leaders need to adopt more agile learning strategies that respond quickly to change.

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5 long-lasting lessons from 2021 to speed up workforce competitiveness in an accelerated world

CLO Magazine

Businesses have faced many drastic changes during the times of the pandemic. On one hand, it slowed down businesses in certain areas, but on the other, it caused an over-acceleration of the adoption of unimaginable levels of changes and technologies.

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The future of learning: Co-creating skills development strategies with employee preferences

CLO Magazine

I believe the future of learning will be a system where employees and learning teams co-create experiences. Gone will be the days of conducting exhaustive needs analysis that can add layers of complexity for program delivery. Taking charge of one’s learning process.

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Coherent Implications

Clark Quinn

One of the things to do with models is use them as the basis to explain and predict. There are three layers: work teams composed of members from different communities of practice, that are connected outward to broader social networks. An important element is the flow of information within the model; ensuring that there are no barriers to making effective choices. And of course they should share their learnings back with the community.

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Learning from Experimentation

Clark Quinn

We were talking about how to lift the game of Modern Workplace Learning , and each had staked out a position, from human performance consulting to social/informal. Mine (of course :) was at the far end, innovation. Of course I diagrammed the relationship in a quick sketch. I’ve re-rendered it here to talk about how learning from experimentation is also a critical component of workplace learning. In fact, celebrate the lesson learned, regardless of success!

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Extreme Times

Clark Quinn

This was originally intended to be one of my Learning Solutions Mag columns (Quinnsights). Guess this is part of the extreme times! Titled The Agility Factor , I think the lessons we wrote about are all the more important now in these extreme times.

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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | November 20, 2020

Mike Taylor

One of the highlights was all the texts, emails and other notes that make me smile as I reflect on the people sending them and how our paths have crossed over the years. It is a neat trip down memory lane of lots of really great people from literally around the world.

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Making compliance easier: Ten steps to invigorate your compliance training

Learning Pool

To establish a culture of compliance, training is vital. But compliance learning often falls short, failing to sufficiently engage and motivate employees- leaving your organization at risk of non-compliance. Breaking training down into small chunks has a number of advantages.

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The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning

ID Reflections

Now that my disclaimers are in place, let me explain the premise of the post title and what I intend to discuss in this post. I am not doing (at least trying not to) today what I did five years back--not only in terms of professional and personal growth but with respect to the demands of the time. Technology has brought about unprecedented changes at a pace that is challenging all notions of flexibility and adaptability. I am not the kind to crystal gaze.

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Laura Overton: Are today’s L&D leaders sticking to the familiar?

Sponge UK

Since 2003, we’ve been tracking the extent to which our aspirations for an agile, flexible, technology enabled approach to learning have been met. Last year, 4 in 5 were predicting that by 2016 they will be using some kind of mobile learning. The same number believed they will have incorporated video in their offering and will have turned to communities of practice to support social collaboration.

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

ID Reflections

While the title of the post specifies MOOCs, the skills and mindsets I have explored in the post are, IMHO, required by all to survive and thrive in the digital and connected world. And participating in MOOCs could well be one of the ways to inculcate and hone the skills. I have been writing about MOOCs in the context of workplace learning from different perspectives for some time now. A MOOC is an intrinsically participative, collaborative mode of learning.

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Smarter employee evaluation

Litmos

What do you use as a basis for evaluation of employees? Instead, you should have multiple measures and a clear idea of what ‘acceptable’ is. This requires a nuanced notion of performance, and an associated approach to development. In The End of Average, Todd Rose discussed his experience in overcoming evidence that he was a low-performer. There are many different proposals of what the critical elements are, so the important step is to identify the ones critical to you.

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L&D's New Hatrack

ID Reflections

The future of work is going to be radically different from what we have experienced so far. An increasingly global and uber connected workforce, globally distributed organizations, dispersed expertise, ubiquitous connectivity powered by the affordances of social, local and mobile (SoLoMo) and the economy of individuals are giving rise to completely different working and learning behaviors. The table below summarizes some of the ways that users can contribute.

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What the ACCME Is Saying about Tailoring Your CME Experience

EthosCE

Their standards reflect the values of the educator community and respond to the evolving healthcare environment. As a result, clinicians and teams can drive improvement in their practice and optimize care for their patients. They use real-world practices to help build a community of practice that enables CME providers to learn from each other, continually improve their education, and demonstrate how accredited CME measurably improves healthcare.

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John Seeley Brown Keynote at #ASTD2013

Learning Visions

10,000 or so training and development people here to extend their practice. We have been in a period of instability and it won’t be stable for a long, long time…. Corporations have yet to organize in high-end guilds like world of warcraft. The half life of any skills is shrinking to less than five years. Stocks = assets that we packaged (the old order of corporate training). A lot of it is still tacit. Our ways of working need to be reframed.

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Workplace Learning in a World "Beyond Automation"

ID Reflections

With automation, AI and robots looming over the job scene, there seems to be a constant fear of humans losing out to computers and technology. It's akin to one of our childhood sci-fi movies finally becoming a reality - the machines are taking over. The digital disruptors in the shape of Robots, Big Data and Sensors are here. However, this HBR article takes a different view of automation and digitization of work, going beyond the gloom and doom mindset.

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Best No-Code LMS Mobile App Builders for mLearning Courses

learnWorlds

That’s why they have become an integral part of every business, due to their accessibility and ease of use, adding valuable points to an enhanced user experience. Some of the most powerful things in life are the most simple ones: a cliché phrase but an undeniable truth on its own.

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Guff: a conversation in 3 parts. Part 1

Clark Quinn

A: “Yeah, I mean, learning’s learning, and who needs to make a ‘social’ out of it? A: “Oh, so you’re one of those, eh? You’ve got to be agile!”. You’ve got to have the ‘total customer experience’ locked down, and that means optimal execution is just the cost of entry. There are informal forms of learning that are just the aspects you need to get on top of.”. Just a few small firms you might’ve heard of. A: Looking up from reading. Guff!”.

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Meet the CLO Advisory Board: David Vance

CLO Magazine

Vance is the founding and former president of Caterpillar University and the author of “The Business of Learning.” In 2006, he was awarded CLO of the Year. I grew up in South Bend, Indiana, not far from the campus of Notre Dame.

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Want organizational improvement? Adopt a smarter approach to evaluating employees.

Litmos

What do you use as a basis for evaluation of employees? Instead, you should have multiple measures and a clear idea of what ‘acceptable’ is. This requires a nuanced notion of performance, and an associated approach to development. In The End of Average, Todd Rose discussed his experience in overcoming evidence that he was a low-performer. There are many different proposals of what the critical elements are, so the important step is to identify the ones critical to you.

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Quotes and excerpts on the need for Learning 2.0 from the Best of T+D: 2007-2009

ID Reflections

Excerpts from the Best of T+D | 2007 - 2009 Harold Jarche in Skills 2.0 : As knowledge workers, we are like actors--only as good as our last performance. Professionals are anyone who does work that cannot be standardized easily and who continuously welcomes challenges at the cutting edge of his or her expertise. And that’s a really exciting place for the learning profession to be because what you are capturing, then, is the performance of an organization.”

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THE CHANGING FACE OF WORK AND WORKPLACE LEARNING

Learnnovators

Now that my disclaimers are in place, let me explain the premise of the post title and what I intend to discuss in this post. I am not doing (at least trying not to) today what I did five years back–not only in terms of professional and personal growth but with respect to the demands of the time. Technology has brought about unprecedented changes at a pace that is challenging all notions of flexibility and adaptability. I am not the kind to crystal gaze.

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The Challenges of Executive Education

Training Industry

This “anytime, anywhere, any device” trend has entered the world of education. It’s an experience that has made me realize just how many challenges there are in the highly competitive world of executive education. These challenges include the transformation of the traditional learning model, the need to be agile and the existence of communities of practice. Today, we need to know everything, right away, at all times, whenever it suits us.

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Social Learning: Key resources from January

Jane Hart

Here is my pick of 10 articles about social learning since my last posting just before Christmas. I have listed them below in chronological order, and also added a short quote from each of them to give you a flavour of what each is about. ” 2 - A company of one in an architecture of cooperation , Stowe Boyd, 1 January 2012. Sadly, there are a few reasons … Profusion of tools.

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Facilitating Learning

Clark Quinn

In last night’s #lrnchat on instructional design,there was some discussion of the term ‘learning facilitator’ versus ‘trainer’ (which now I can’t find!?!), I’ve also been thinking about a set of talks I may be giving, and how to break them up. It happens best when the task has a level of ambiguity where learners collaborate to understand.

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The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning

Learnnovators

Now that my disclaimers are in place, let me explain the premise of the post title and what I intend to discuss in this post. I am not doing (at least trying not to) today what I did five years back–not only in terms of professional and personal growth but with respect to the demands of the time. Technology has brought about unprecedented changes at a pace that is challenging all notions of flexibility and adaptability. I am not the kind to crystal gaze.

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This Learning ‘Project’ Is Not that Serious

CLO Magazine

The Project Management Institute defines a project as temporary, having a beginning and an end, as unique, in terms of its objective, and as having a defined scope and resource requirements. Most of us have argued against one-and-done learning events with little or no follow-up, reinforcement or long-term ROI. To change best practices, redefine roles or create a sustainable solution requires a sustained effort that goes beyond the limited parameters of a project.

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Knowledge Management Core Issues

Tony Karrer

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. practices ? This requires ethnographic digging, an understanding of the organization, a deep appreciation of knowledge practices and emergent affordances.

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Performance Support Second?

Clark Quinn

Once we’ve determined that social isn’t a solution to meeting the need, why wouldn’t we think of a course first? Frankly, the learner ideally gets the minimal amount of help to get past their current gap, and if it’s a bit of information or decision support help, why would you make a course if you can avoid it? Facilitation increasingly will be the role of L&D, I claim, and this is part of that path.

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Free L&D webinars for December 2019

Limestone Learning

A bit of both? Those vital signs of health are critical to the body working. In your training world, there are also vital signs of health. Explore six ideas you can use to put people in charge of their own learning. How creating learning communities boost engagement.

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