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LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers

Tony Karrer

I do a lot of presentations where one of the topics is how to use LinkedIn more effectively as part of your knowledge work. And I consider knowing how to effectively use LinkedIn to be a core Work Literacy. Other Resources Linked Intelligence The Official LinkedIn Blog The Executive’s Guide to LinkedIn Networlding Alltop LinkedIn eLearning Technology.

Portrait of the modern knowledge worker

Jay Cross

The concept of ‘knowledge worker’ which Peter Drucker coined in 1959, is perhaps not so clear (as shown again in a recent LinkedIn discussion - access potentially limited) and can be understood at … Jay Cross ‘s insight: Brilliant. Desired traits in the modern knowledge worker: Gifts and skills: A synthetic mind that can ingest a lot of information and summarise it in clear and concise ways, perhaps using mnemonics.A

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You nailed me as a knowledge worker

Web Tools for Learners

On the Work Literacy blog Michele Martin posted on a paper written by Allison Kid. Knowledge workers solve problems and generate outputs largely by resort to structures internal to themselves rather than by resort to external rules or procedures. Unfortunately, many corporate software programs aim to level or standardise the differences between individual workers. Knowledge workers also rarely consult their filed information when in their oftlces.

Workplace Learning: Developing Effective Teams

The E-Learning Curve

One of the key functions of the corporate learning environment must be to support the development of individual expertise to create effective team performance. Continue Reading → The post Workplace Learning: Developing Effective Teams appeared first on E-Learning Curve Blog.

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Learnlets » How to get listed in a blog

Clark Quinn

Workplace Learning: Developing Effective Teams

The E-Learning Curve

One of the key functions of the corporate learning environment must be to support the development of individual expertise to create effective team performance. Workplace Learning: Developing Effective Teams is a post from: E-Learning Curve Blog. Tags: e-learning corporate learning environment holistic learning knowledge worker learning curve organizational development organizational learning team development workplace learning

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History of Informal Learning: the Early Years

The E-Learning Curve

The emergence of digital / digitisation / digitalization is forcing organisations to rethink and evaluate how workers learn and how to support effective performance. Continue Reading → The post History of Informal Learning: the Early Years appeared first on E-Learning Curve Blog. How do people learn? What accounts for the upswing in interest in informal learning? Does it work?

From Learning Management to Personal Knowledge Management

Jane Hart

If you want to grow as a person and a worker and if you want to gain skills that will help you take that next step in your career, you’ll probably have to learn those skills on your own. But in fact it has been clear for some time that many individuals are already taking responsibility for not only acquiring new knowledge and skills but for a wide range of activities for their continuous learning and professional development. So how effective are your own PKM skills?

Evaluating Non-formal Learning: Validity in Research

The E-Learning Curve

When considering research designs to evaluate the effectiveness of learning it's important to consider the types of data that you have access to. Evaluating Non-formal Learning: Validity in Research is a post from: E-Learning Curve Blog. Tags: e-learning evaluation formal learning informal learning Kirkpatrick knowledge workers non-formal learning nonformal learning organizational learning workplace learning

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. These are good practices that help us grow our knowledge, but what we really need are mindful, disciplined processes for managing it on a daily basis. What we need is to exercise personal knowledge management, or PKM. Capturing Knowledge.

Approaches to Evaluating Non-Formal Learning: the Case Study

The E-Learning Curve

I consider a case study methodology to be the most effective strategy to use when evaluating non-formal learning. Approaches to Evaluating Non-Formal Learning: the Case Study is a post from: E-Learning Curve Blog. Tags: e-learning evaluation formal learning informal learning Kirkpatrick knowledge workers non-formal learning nonformal learning organizational learning workplace learning

Informal Learning, Blogs, and Corporations

The Learning Circuits

One of the prime rules of blogging has to be that good information can come from just about any source. But what did make me want to blog was ideas raised in another article in the newsletter entitled Three Rules for Sharing Informal Knowledge. There have been several recent articles companies trying to control blogs/bloggers ( Apple suing bloggers for releasing information on Tiger or the Delta flight attendant fired for blogging about her travels.)

Characteristics of Informal Learning

The E-Learning Curve

Changes in the world economy are forcing corporations to rethink how workers learn and to perform effectively. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Tags: Jay Cross workplace learning formal learning learning characteristics knowledge worker Kevin Kruse corporate learning environment non-formal learning informal learning

Technology-aided learning: Changing the game in Organizational Learning


The success of an organization has always depended on how skilled and knowledgeable is its workforce. As more workers become knowledge workers, the demand for frequent training is further accelerated with each technological shift. Updating the skills and knowledge of employees critical in today’s economy, and the efficiency with which companies do so can thus be critical in helping them maintain a competitive edge.

3 Reasons why online training is cost-effective


Since it’s so hard to see crystal clear ROI for how more knowledgeable workers increase company profitability, training budgets are among the first to be cut in hard times. A cut training budget may positively affect cash flow in the short term, but may trigger some serious negative effects in the long run. Why online training is cost-effective. The post 3 Reasons why online training is cost-effective appeared first on MATRIX Blog.

Learners as consumers: Leading change through culture

Brightwave Group

Learning beyond 2020 is about adapting knowledge workers to industry 4.0. Creating new types of worker for the current industrial revolution requires a transformation of learning culture that prioritises experimentation and goes out to meet the learner where – and when – they are. 88% of workers know what learning they need. ? 25% find learning essential to develop their effectiveness. Blogs

Sahana Chattopadhyay – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


Her work with various companies like Tata Interactive Systems, Zensar Technologies, ThoughtWorks and Future Group has given her a width of experience that spans instructional design, workplace learning strategy, knowledge management, social learning and community management, and people development. She blogs at on topics related to the future of work, the shifting digital trends, and their deep impact on how we will work, learn and live in the future.

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The False Promise of Training as a Driver of Performance

Living in Learning

The Pain of Knowledge and Skills Falling Short. I gained the necessary knowledge and skills on how to skate earlier in life. Prior, self-taught knowledge and skills were still equal to the performance concept I had envisioned on my new skates. I failed to factor in that going uphill facilitated controlled, locomotive movement and that particular application had little in common with streaking downhill and a completely new knowledge and skill set.

Performance support “hearts” training and vice versa

Allison Rossett

You have to know something to effectively use performance support for matters of meaning. Take knowledge workers like doctors and Army captains. < more on the relationship between training and PS now available on a sister blog > Blog posting apps mobile Performance Support training Training + DevelopmentIn September I attended the eLearning Guild’s new conference, Performance Support Symposium.

Taking Stock and Making Choices: Working from home and other such stuff

ID Reflections

I have come back to blogging after a hiatus of almost 5 months. To be connected to colleagues and co-workers, be in office as much as possible. Work —complex knowledge work requires solitude as well as collaboration. Without the support of various online communities, I doubt if I would have had the fortitude or the skills required to do my work effectively. Are you a knowledge worker working from home? Knowledge Management Reflection

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Learning Experience, Collaborative Learning… The Learning Technologies Ecosystem explained

Training Orchestra

Navigating this ecosystem entails a certain knowledge of the market and the need for questions of integration between solutions. The problem: The LMS was built around the idea of the internal “knowledge worker” i.e. internal employees who have a desk and office. Gaps in the LMS: Technical Workers – for example, field workers in manufacturing, medical or transportation profession, who might form the bulk of the workforce but often don’t have learning portal access.

LearnTrends: Microlearning

Experiencing eLearning

These are my live blogged notes from Janet Clarey’s LearnTrends session on Microlearning. Microlearning – the learning that results from “micro” content published in short form and limited by the software and devices used to view it – offers alternatives to traditional development methods for workers who deal with web-based information as part of their job. Specifically focusing on OTJ skills & knowledge. Basic goal: make learning more effective through new media.

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. They squandered the opportunity to increase their effectiveness by becoming networked learning organizations.”

VUCA, or how to do business in interesting times


Many knowledge workers now perform their jobs remotely, while governments and individual business organizations look for ways to keep the world going. In general, there is knowledge available and you figure out how to solve the problem.

Workplace Productivity

Tony Karrer

One of the favorite quotes I used to use during presentations was Drucker - The most important contribution of management in the 21st century will be to increase knowledge-worker productivity. I firmly believe that all management and workplace learning professionals need to be constantly looking at how we can improve the performance of knowledge workers. However, when we look at concept workers, workplace productivity seems to be a fairly limiting phrase.

Asana’s Joshua Zerkel reveals the secret to truly working smarter, not harder


TalentLMS’s Eri Panselina had the chance to sit down with Joshua and discuss the causes, as well as the potential solutions to a problem affecting workers everywhere: too much time spent doing work about work instead of doing actual work. Do you think this is an adverse effect of technology and the use of too many apps nowadays? “In fact, the average worker wastes one hour, four minutes daily due to distractions.”

Mobile Learning: Definition, Examples, Advantages and Disadvantages


Mobile learning appeals to the millennial workforce and future workers who will also be raised on technology. Smartphones and tablets can be brought into manufacturing warehouses and corporate stores, and even carried in transit with workers, giving them access to learning and guidance they need. To embed this graphic on your site or blog, copy and paste the code below into the code of your site or blog. <a A Day in the Life of a Mobile Knowledge Worker.

Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

Over the past few years, I spend part of December going back through my blog to recap a bit of what some of the key things I’ve learned over the course of the year. Learning Coach Model Very Powerful In 2010, I had a great experience where Dr. Joel Harband wrote a series of articles for my blog on Text-to-Speech in eLearning. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs

Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis

Tony Karrer

This is happening in many situations: major publishers (CNN, Yahoo, Cnet) competing with niches publishers, competing with blogs; TV production facing a widely distributed audience across 500 cable channels and YouTube. The average knowledge worker has access to an increasingly large set of information resources and corporate learning is an ever smaller part of this set. Cost is most often not a factor in a knowledge workers decision about the use of information.

Training Specialist

Clark Quinn

Here's what he said: I just don't get why folks are trying to lump in wikis, blogs, rss, etc. RSS, Blog, Wikis, etc. To me if you make the definition of "e-learning" so expansive (and yes, I realize there is overlap between e-learning and knowledge management but to classify knowledge management activities as learning seem silly) it makes the term almost meaningless. So, why are they coming up in talks, blog posts, etc.

I Feel the Need - The Need for Speed

Tony Karrer

If you are reading this, you are a knowledge worker. Consider the content (knowledge, information, learning) you personally need to get your job done. Actually most of us that are Concept Workers will find that we play in that upper right quadrant most of the time. And when you consider the trends for most concept workers (knowledge workers), we clearly are heading towards faster moving content aimed at smaller audiences.

Enough Tools for Now

Tony Karrer

I discuss the Tilde Effect. Still I’ll stick with: The bottom line for the Tilde Effect is that we live in a time of incredible innovation that directly affect the methods we use to work and learn. And the focus of that post is really about general metacognitive tools and methods for knowledge workers. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs

Does Your Organization Need a Learning Culture?

The Performance Improvement Blog

The amount and complexity of knowledge and skills that each of your employees needs is increasing dramatically every day due to technology and globalization. Meyer, addressed this issue in his blog for Forbes online: Any corporate learning professional will tell you that sales and leadership training need to be processes, not events. The learning cognoscenti know there are no shortcuts to effective learning.

How The Business Goal of A Training Project Affects The Content You Should Include

Bottom-Line Performance

In a comment on Jen’s wonderful blog post last week , Jon Lloyd says “I think the first point ought to be ‘why are you doing this – what is the business reason and expected results for the conversation?” We’ve talked about this question before on this blog , because it’s one of our favorite questions. These knowledge courses are the bulk of the work I’ve done in my career. When I’m working on a knowledge project, I try and shape the content to show the information in action.

Web 2.0 Corporate Access

Clark Quinn

One of the comments I received on Network Effects - YouTube - Video Blogs and More that had a video hosted on YouTube was: We see and hear more and more about corporate content published on YouTube. Corporations have not woke up to the need for knowledge workers to reach out for expertise. I’ve been working with Steve Wexler and the eLearningGuild on the eLearning 2.0 survey. This is resulting in some pretty interesting data such as the Web 2.0

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Learning Professionals Leaders

Clark Quinn

world is becoming more about your network than your current knowledge. Gina Minks: Adventures in Corporate Education What Competencies do Knowledge Workers Need? She lists the tools and what you should know as: Wikis : How to edit, how to read, how to link to RSS Feeds : What are they, how do I read one, once I have a reader set up how do I scan info collecetd, how do I share info using one Blogs : How do I write one.

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Improving Personal Learning - A Continuing Challenge for Learning Professionals

Tony Karrer

From Wikipedia's description of Knowledge Economy , quoting Peter Drucker (1966): A manual worker works with his hands and produces "stuff". A knowledge worker works with his head and produces ideas, knowledge, and information. What's the most important skill of a knowledge worker? The most important skills of a knowledge worker are learning skills. Tools to Make Reading & Research More Effective ).