Pick of the Month: June 2012 – Informal learning, Yammer, collab platforms, change, and keep learning

Jane Hart

1 – Informal Learning. Informal Learning continued to be a dominant theme through June. Clark Quinn, (6 June) started us off with a post: Getting pragmatic about informal. And most importantly, support our informal professional development.

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Informal Learning Does Not Have to Be Formal

Mindflash

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. It is understandable because a free-for-all in any function is hardly an effective way to run a business.

6 Steps To Creating Learning Ecosystems (And Why You Should Bother)

Learnnovators

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.

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. Hence the learning experience suffers – even for the lurkers.

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Business applications of Twitter

E-Learning Provocateur

I had the privilege of facilitating one of the breakout sessions, which focused on the business applications of Twitter. Some of the ideas specifically relate to e-learning, while others may fall more comfortably into other portfolios.

The Power of Your Network | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

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.

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

eFront

In this third part of our series of behind-the-scenes posts, we’ll be interviewing Simon Birt, a recent addition to the eFrontPro team, who is in charge of the product’s global business development. For the past nine years, this has been in the field of Corporate Learning and Development.

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5 Ways to Kick-Start Great On-the-Job Sales Training

Mindflash

Most businesses realize this already — but many often allocate sales training resources in the wrong areas. According to Bersin & Associates , 73% of companies believe their most valuable learning approaches are informal, yet only 30% of resources are focused there.

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

eFront

In this third part of our series of behind-the-scenes posts, we’ll be interviewing Simon Birt, a recent addition to the eFrontPro team, who is in charge of the product’s global business development. For the past nine years, this has been in the field of Corporate Learning and Development.

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The Year’s Most Thought-Provoking Training Blog Posts

Mindflash

In the article Learning Difficulties: Making something hard to read means it is more likely to be remembered from The Economist Magazine , a team of psychologists reached the radical conclusion that all the font readability rules we’ve been following don’t actually support learning.

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.”. Learning is social. Informal Learning

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My Twitter Weekly Links Digest for 2011-08-14

Jane Hart

RT @ CommonCraft : In case you missed it: We are now a video subscription service for educators and businesses: [link] #. elearn Magazine: The Oxford Union Debate on Informal Learning, Style or Substance?: Turn Up Engagement With A Yammer Treasure Hunt! link] via @ Yammer #. My upcoming webinar Social Media and its impact on how we learn in the workplace [link] # realwplearn #. RT @ charlesjennings : Looking to manage informal learning?

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.

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

2010 Predictions - Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

January's Big Question at the Learning Circuits blog asks for our 2010 predictions. So, here we go; m-Learning continues to grow. I think the growing popularity of social media apps on mobile devices will assist with a growth of social learning (I consider social/informal learning on mobile devices m-learning too). I recently started using Yammer so I will make a few predictions regarding Yammer. Social Media e-Learning

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.

LearnTrends Tweetstream backchannel

Jay Cross

Feature | Block yuuhey RT @jackiegerstein : mLearnopedia – [link] – blogs, activities, research, resources for mobile learning – #learntrends -4:15 PM Nov 18th, 2009. voicethread, thinkingworlds, inxpo, odijoo, caspian learning, 5 moments of need – #learntrends -3:21 PM Nov 18th, 2009. Feature | Block VKunze RT @jaycross : RT @psychemath : “Mobile Learning&# is coming up on #learntrends. Tags: Informal Learning

Bright Corporate Outlook for Employee Development Doesn’t Mean You Need a Bigger Budget

Mindflash

Chief Learning Officer magazine recently reported that its Business Intelligence Board (BIB) of learning leaders is more optimistic about the outlook for 2011 than they were in 2010. Sixty percent of learning executives report feeling more optimistic about employee development in 2011. Even though optimism is increasing and the economy appears to be showing signed of recovery, learning leaders may not way to step on the gas just yet.

Flexing Your Tools to Create Maximum-Impact Online Training

Mindflash

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.

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.

How Social Networks Can Harness the Power of Weak Ties | Social.

Dashe & Thomson

The power of tools like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Yammer, are pretty astounding. Because the people on the edge were more likely to be connected to other network clusters, and therefore had access to information that was not available to people who were “buried” at the middle of a cluster.

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. This makes Elgg an ideal platform for learning and collaboration.

Surfing the Net: Waste of Time or Personal Directed Learning.

Dashe & Thomson

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Surfing the Net: Waste of Time or Personal Directed Learning? Only recently has the training industry begun to tap into this realm of informal, social learning.

Social Media’s Impact on Workplace Communication & Learning

G-Cube

Winning new clients or building your professional reputation, LinkedIn connects you to your peers, and ideal business partners.’ ’ So, while Social Media is definitely useful for a workplace, has it made its impact on learning or training? Its still early days, and the potential of social learning in the workplace is still to be tapped. I think social networks would have tools for informal learning but they are rarely attempted.

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)? We wanted to find out, so we surveyed 74 diverse LMS vendors about the social learning functionality available in their platforms.

What is social learning?

From the Coleface

Last week I attended #SLCONF , a conference on social learning. Social learning is a zeitgeisty term which is very much in the early stages of the Gartner hype cycle for most organisations. I participated to find out more about what social learning is and what L&D practitioners should be doing about it/ with it. There does not seem to be commonly accepted definition of social learning. accountancy e-learning legal training

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. Learning Analytics 6. It may or may not involve learning.

What's on Your Social Wish List?

CLO Magazine

Imagine a senior executive in your company returns from Thanksgiving weekend having read white papers from IBM that say social business is the next step in the overall evolution of business. Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Fast Company already told him brainpower has become the engine of innovation. Social business is the flavor of the day in the C-suites of the Fortune 500. You’re a learning leader. and learning networks.

5 eLearning Trends Leading to the End of the Learning Management System

easygenerator

With so many changes underway, it is time to re-examine the direction of learning and more specifically of eLearning. Outlined below are the major shifts I identify in eLearning and the greater landscape of learning and technology. Self-directed Learning – Learners Take Control.

What Universities Must Learn About Social Networks

Jay Cross

What Universities Must Learning About Social Networks. Increasingly, businesses are looking to more social approaches to employee learning and development. Businesses are being transformed into social businesses. How do I search for information?”.

Bob Little – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Bob Little is a writer , commentator and publicist who works globally, specializing in the corporate online learning industry. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape. There’s lots to be learned! Cloud-based learning.

50 best articles on Working Smarter for the first half of 2012

Jay Cross

If you haven’t had time to keep up with what’s going on in learning, design, social business, and intellectual capital this year, here’s a reprieve: the top 50 articles from the last six months. Flipping Corporate Learning . It will be big in corporate learning.

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Working Smarter eFieldbook $12

Jay Cross

Point your smart phone at a QR code, and you’ll be led to a location on the net with more information. In this 2011 edition, we added a more lucid description of workscapes, streamlined the social learning chapter, updated the cheat sheets, and included a glossary. Informal Learning.

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Storyboard Templates iPhone - Best of eLearning Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning. Luckily eLearning Learning was able to point me at the top 63 posts for the month! Top 20 E-Learning Blogs for 2009 + Some Reflections on 2009 - The E-Learning Curve , December 14, 2009. and Change Present Challenges to Many Learning Executives - Informal Learning , December 13, 2009. Top Learning Resources of 2009 - Learn and Lead , December 23, 2009. Google Goggles will rock m-learning.

Enterprise 2.0

eLearning Weekly

the use of social media and social networking tools in a business setting, is having a major impact on how employees learn and share information. As learning professionals, it’s becoming increasingly important that we stay aware of these changes and understand how and why they’re happening. Let’s dive in to learn more about Enterprise 2.0 and learn more about why it matters to us. Yammer or Present.ly ), social bookmarking sites (ex.