Recommended Reading Summary: A Chapter of “From Practice Fields to Communities of Practice”

Adobe Captivate

Last October, I posted some recommended reading that complemented one of my classes on gamification. I’ve since started writing chapter summaries (here is the first one ) so people can “preview” some of the great books out there and hopefully end up reading them! Chapter 2: From Practice Fields to Communities of Practice by Sasha Barab and Thomas Duffy (2012). based on levels of performance rather than academic interests.

Situated Cognition In eLearning: What eLearning Professionals Should Know

TalentLMS

Learners must be able to put their knowledge to use outside the virtual classroom, and simulating real world challenges is one of the best ways to achieve this. In this article, I’ll shed light on the situated cognition theory, from its core principles to tips that will help you use it in your next eLearning course. Situated cognition is based on the idea that learning is most effective when it is in context. 4 Situated Cognition Best Practices.

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7 Challenges to Social Learning

Origin Learning

Instructors may feel more comfortable lecturing employees as they feel they are covering the ‘necessary’ course of the training material. Little acts of acknowledgement like paying attention to them or thanking them for bringing up a point can do a lot to boost their confidence and increase their participation. Social learning is more of an abstract concept. Truth is, the best organizations play lesser emphasis on documenting every form of learning.

Content is a tyrant.

Learning with 'e's

The imminent arrival of widespread 4G broadband and LTE ( Long Term Evolution ) will usher in wider availability to information and push even more data to our mobile devices over the same amount of radio spectrum. But in adopting these communication advances, are we also opening the door for a deluge of content? Are we not already swamped by a tsunami of content? Knowledge comes about through learning and through the diligent application of information.

Is all learning social?

Learning with 'e's

Just about every day I find myself embroiled in a discussions about fundamentals of learning, the nature of knowledge and the processes of education. It comes with the territory of working as an academic in a university, and I expect to do it much of the time. In the post I made the remark that today's learning needs to be personal, social and global, all of which can be mediated through technology. This is known as the zone of proximal development (ZPD).

Learning, making and powerful ideas

Learning with 'e's

I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. My last post explored Donald Norman''s ideas around perception and the design of every day objects. In this post, the work of Seymour Papert will feature, especially his work on learning through making, also known as constructionism. By contrast, when a child learns to program, the process of learning is transformed.

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Key Social Learning Resources: Part 2

Jane Hart

not only about learning from others, but about continuously learning from others at the time of need to get the job done.”. “This mentality is very different from the mindset that many of us are used to – officially “learning&# or gaining knowledge during a teaching session, but then immediately storing that knowledge away afterwards in order to “get back to work.&#. But too often there is talk of the need for “community management&#.

5 Tips for building your resilience in trying times

Matrix

Within the hippocampus and amygdala, seats of memory and emotion, dendrites shrink and synapses vanish. Cognitive function declines, depression sinks in, the immune system weakens, and metabolism goes awry.”.

Sims as CTA

Clark Quinn

I had several great conversations over the course of last week’s #mLearnCon that triggered some interesting thoughts. We were talking about both the value of sims to support deep practice, and the difficulty in getting the necessary knowledge out of the subject matter expert (SME). First, the best method to get the knowledge out of the heads of SMEs is Cognitive Task Analysis (CTA). CTA is highly effective, but also very complex.

Starting from scratch

Clark Quinn

From a conversation with my ITA colleagues, talking about the (self-imposed) death of L&D that Charles wrote about, Jane wondered what we might do if we were starting from scratch. I decided to take this on, thinking about an org that was already in operation, with it’s goals, processes, and practices, and what I might do if I were to come in and get it going (with the support of the executive team to do what I thought was right).

Re-imagining Work & Learning in a Networked World

ID Reflections

"The nature of work is changing. The changes to society will be vast" by @gapingvoid We are on the eve of 2015! Most of us do a retrospection of the year gone by, and a future-spection of the year to come. These are The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here by Dr. Lynda Gratton (a book review coming up soon), and The Second Machine Age by Andrew Mcafee and Erik Brynjolfsson. This has wide-ranging implication on learning and the future of work.

The Social Learning Revolution in eLearning

TalentLMS

The boom in social media and the round-the-clock need to connect in communities is doing wonders for the eLearning industry. Social learning is an age-old learning and teaching strategy, backed by many cognitive scientists. Leveraging social learning with the eLearning content is the new norm of eLearning courses. Let’s examine some top benefits of social learning in organizations. The learner is not a passive recipient of information.

How to go about a multi-generational approach to e-learning

Matrix

Read more: Setting knowledge profiles for different generations of employees. In this article, I will note some of the strategies that will prove effective in rendering corporate learning content that will be relevant and useful to a wide array of users.

Why You Should Adopt Social Learning

EI Design

It is exciting to be part of the new era in corporate learning that leverages on social and collaborative learning. In this article, I will outline why you should adopt social learning ; I will also outline some best practices and ideas on where you can use social learning meaningfully. What are the aspects that most of the popular social networks provide that can be used to learn or collaborate and learn? How Effective Is Social Learning In Helping Learners Learn?

8 Best practices to facilitate informal learning

Matrix

Educating children and young people is the main concern of parents starting with the potty and ending with a good college. And even though formal education is definitely important and plays a big role in their development, it’s actually but a small piece of the picture. They hear about Santa Claus around Christmas, they find out about marine creatures when they visit an aquarium and they get familiar with all sorts of noises and textures by experiencing them.

Self fulfilling prophecies

Learning with 'e's

This is number 36 in my continuing series of blog posts about learning theories. Psychology has contributed much to our understanding of how people learn, and listed alphabetically below are all of the previous theories I have featured in this series. My most recent post featured locus of control theory, and today's post is about the Pygmalion Effect in education. It is possible that this effect also extends to students in higher and further education.

DevLearn 2016: Must see sessions to spark your creativity

Sponge UK

This year the tagline for the show is Sparking Creativity, and the keynote sessions back that up with a variety of speakers who will inspire and excite. The Magic of Storytelling and Learning. Best known as part of the magician duo Penn and Teller, Penn Jillette’s stage show is about explaining the magical performance whilst still amazing audiences. Knowing how to tell stories effectively in this new medium will be critical for learning professionals in the near future.

Deeper eLearning Design: Part 6 – Putting It All Together

Learnnovators

This is the sixth and final post in a series of six that covers Deeper eLearning. The goal of this series is to build upon good implementations of instructional design, and go deeper into the nuances of what makes learning really work. It is particularly focused on eLearning, but much of what has been mentioned also applies to face-to-face or virtual instruction. We’ve covered objectives, practice, concepts, examples, and the emotional component.

Adapting an Off-The-Shelf Course to a Custom eLearning Solution

Obsidian Learning

Here are 5 ways to extend the usefulness of off-the-shelf courses and transcend their limitations by adapting them into custom eLearning solutions. Being generic, off-the-shelf courses are inherently limited in terms of the context they provide. Context orients learners so they can settle in and pay attention, increases the credibility of the content, clarifies what’s really expected of learners (especially important for behavior change), and boosts retention.

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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Jay Cross – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Jay is the Johnny Appleseed of informal learning. Jay has challenged conventional wisdom about how adults learn since designing the first business degree program offered by the University of Phoenix. A champion of informal learning and systems thinking, Jay’s calling is to create happier, more productive workplaces. Jay works from the Internet Time Lab in Berkeley, high in the hills a dozen miles east of the Golden Gate Bridge and a mile and a half from the University.

Workplace Learning in a World “Beyond Automation”

Learnnovators

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.

Action Mapping for ELearning

eFront

You even have an effective community-of-practice style conversations under your courses. The ultimate goal of any eLearning course is to improve employee performance or change their attitude towards their job. A growing organization needs to be a learning organization to meet the challenges of a dynamic market. In this article we explain the benefits of Cathy Moore’s Action Mapping when integrated in the eLearning design.

Design for life

Learning with 'e's

I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In this post, I explore Donald Norman''s ideas around the design of every day objects. The Theory An examination of the work of JJ Gibson, as previously documented on this blog , shows that people perceive affordances in any object. It can also be present in the design of the objects you use to perform the skill.

Performance - Collaboration - Social Network Analysis - eLearning Hot List

Tony Karrer

Can We Enhance People's Cognitive Outcomes? June 4, 2009 From E-Learning to Social Learning , June 10, 2009 Investigating the Application of Social Software to Support Networked Learning , June 4, 2009 Top Keywords Social Learning (34) Social Network Analysis (4) Collaboration (43) Mobile Learning (18) Performance (46) Learning Management System (11) eLearning Technology.

Interesting Information via eLearning Learning

Tony Karrer

We've implemented a few features in the eLearning Learning Community. This is far from perfect, but it generally gives you a pretty good sense of what relates to what. I'll be curious what people find that are interesting associations of terms. Below are some of the bloggers who are participating in the community and when you click on the link, it will show you the community page with them selected. I've listed a few of the terms that I saw.

JAY CROSS – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

Jay is the Johnny Appleseed of informal learning. Jay has challenged conventional wisdom about how adults learn since designing the first business degree program offered by the University of Phoenix. A champion of informal learning and systems thinking, Jay’s calling is to create happier, more productive workplaces. Jay works from the Internet Time Lab in Berkeley, high in the hills a dozen miles east of the Golden Gate Bridge and a mile and a half from the University.

Clark Quinn – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

He integrates creativity, cognitive science, and technology to lead development of strategic solutions including award-winning online content, educational computer games, and websites, as well as adaptive, mobile, and performance support systems. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. We need to practice this in organizations, and model this for others.

CLARK QUINN – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

He integrates creativity, cognitive science, and technology to lead development of strategic solutions including award-winning online content, educational computer games, and websites, as well as adaptive, mobile, and performance support systems. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. We need to practice this in organizations, and model this for others.

Learning first, technology second

Learning with 'e's

Many teachers welcome the idea of bringing new technology into the classroom. They see it as a means to engage learners, and as a way of making connections between school curricula and familiar territory. Ideas range from games based learning , to the use of social media and networking, to simpler approaches such as the use of digital cameras in art or data logging in science. Sometimes, the technology does get in the way of learning and teaching.

Digital Assets Creates New Role for L&D Pros: The Content Curator

ATD Learning Technologies

The volume of information being created is increasing faster than we can make sense of it. Think: blogs, email, wikis, communities of practice. Indeed, the ease with which organizations can generate, review, and retrieve information has helped them build a considerable amount of potential learning resources. On his website Content Curation World , he advises curators to forego quantity in favor of high quality and consistency.

Top 113 eLearning Posts and 28 Hottest Topics for 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Taxonomy of Learning Theories - E-Learning Provocateur , January 12, 2010. The Org Structure of Enterprise 2.0 - trainingwreck , April 18, 2010. Anatomy of a PLE - Learning with e’s , July 11, 2010. 25 places to find instructional videos - Jane Hart - Pick of the Day , February 8, 2010. Nuts and Bolts: Brain Bandwidth - Cognitive Load Theory and Instructional Design by Jane Bozarth - Learning Solutions Magazine , August 2, 2010. Effectiveness (1464).

Theory-informed design tips

E-Learning Provocateur

In my previous article , I proposed a Taxonomy of Learning Theories to organise a few of the myriad of theories into some semblance of order, and to assist instructional designers in using theory to inform their work. In this article, I go one step further by listing specific, practical instructional design tips that are informed by those theories. Strengthen the association with a short burst of Italian and Spanish music respectively.

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Informal Learning 2.0

Jay Cross

Effectiveness – Jay Cross. In the world of business, the era of networks is crowding out the Industrial Age. In sum, networks are ushering in new ways of doing business. Such an approach fails in the face of rampant change. Some cutting-edge corporations are adopting a new bundle of practices — let’s call them informal learning 2.0 — in order to improve operating efficiency by: • Slashing time to performance.

Reach out and connect

Learning with e's

One of the digital literacies I identified in yesterday's blogpost was effective social networking. Most of us have a Facebook account, and maybe a LinkedIn account too. Lots of us use Twitter, and some of those out on the periphery may still be using Myspace or Bebo. If I am illiterate (in the sense of reading and writing), I cannot read the signs or engage with text - I am not able to fully participate within my culture.

Free L&D webinars for December 2019

Limestone Learning

A bit of both? Product Manager, Instructure, to discover how effective talent development comes to life by connecting career planning, enabling meaningful connections, facilitating continuous performance management, and bringing all your learning programs into one cohesive experience. Those vital signs of health are critical to the body working. In your training world, there are also vital signs of health. Some topics covered will be: Building a community of practice.

Informal Learning – the other 80%

Jay Cross

I’ll be leading a series of master classes on informal learning and working smarter in Europe. It’s all a matter of learning, but it’s not the sort of learning that is the province of training departments, workshops, and classrooms. Most people in training programs learn only a little of the right stuff, are fuzzy about how to apply what they’ve learned, and never address who are the right people to know. Achieving balance requires a scale of measurement.