What is a Cognitive Apprenticeship?

Kapp Notes

The concept of cognitive apprenticeship is grounded in the theory of Situated Cognition. Situated cognition is a theory of instruction that suggests learning is naturally tied to authentic activity, context, and culture. To grasp subjects, learners need much more than abstract concepts and self-contained examples, they need to be exposed to the use of the information and cognitive tools in an authentic activity.

Situated Learning: Essential for a Learning Culture

The Peformance Improvement

John Seely Brown , Allan Collins, and Paul Duguid labeled this kind of learning: “ situated cognition ”. One example of this technology is KnowledgeStar TM. I’ve written extensively about creating and sustaining a learning culture in organizations.

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Hiring for a Learning Culture

The Peformance Improvement

One of the keys to creating and sustaining a learning culture is hiring people who are continuous learners and who help others learn continuously. Edgar Wilson, in a post on e.Mile , writes that a “healthy” learning culture has four features: . How do you hire for a learning culture?

7 Challenges to Social Learning

Origin Learning

Social Learning is a self-propagating concept, that is- once a social learning culture is achieved in an organization. Here is where they need support from people and the culture around them to give them enough thrust to bring their ideas into the open and share whatever knowledge they have.

Your Ticket to Great Instructional Design

Origin Learning

Allowing for mistakes is another mark of a good learning culture; it is inherent human nature to learn and retain best from our own mistakes. Give them facts, instances, stories and examples that they can directly relate to. Instructional design is certainly not an easy business.

Being Human in an Automated Workplace

The Peformance Improvement

Take Tesla , for example. Employee Engagement Human Resource Development Learning Culture Organization Culture Teamwork


Wonderful Brain

Let’s not forget the climate for innovation and the dissemination of knowledge will only thrive when there is a culture of collaboration. Example: After the introduction of a new financial product in the U.S., Management wondered, “Is a cultural bias that would predispose local investors to accept this type of product, or, did the advisors have a key plan, language, and technique that invited interest, opportunity, and sales that could be imported back to the states.

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Hire Learners for the Knowledge Economy

The Peformance Improvement

Edgar Wilson, in a post on e.Mile , writes that a “healthy” learning culture has four features: Humility – accepting that you don’t know everything, that you need to be continually learning new things, that you embrace change as an opportunity to develop new skills.

The Learning Curve and The Pivot Point

The Peformance Improvement

When Stephen Gill and I were researching and writing our latest book, Only Smart Companies Win, about what it means to create and work in a “Learning Culture”, we tried to imagine what it would mean to develop training programs in that culture.

Sahana Chattopadhyay – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


This includes areas of her expertise from the effectiveness of MOOCs in corporate learning to informal learning, collaboration, community management and organizational culture. The focus must be on people, mindset and culture. An entrepreneurial mindset will permeate the culture.

4 Ways to Improve Performance across Cultures and Borders

Training Industry

People with different cultural backgrounds work closely within and across teams. No other medium simultaneously engages the cognitive and affective learning domains as well as video. People from diverse cultures flock to YouTube videos, even when they cannot understand the dialogue. When the story, the video and the interactivity are top-notch, captioning in different languages adds to a product’s ability to engage populations across cultures.

How to Hire an Agile Learner

The Peformance Improvement

Ask about specific examples of these behaviors in their previous work. 1 thing we look for is general cognitive ability, and it’s not I.Q. Can they adapt to a culture in which collaborative learning is the norm.

How to Revolutionise Workplace Learning

Marcia Conner

Marcia: Years ago, workplace educators began to segment what they provided employees into artificial and misleading categories, for example “formal” and “informal” learning, or “e-learning” “blended learning” or “social learning”. change culture learning

Cognitive Age, Training, Memory, Instructional Technologies, & Captcha

Big Dog, Little Dog

The Cognitive Age - New York Times. We're moving into a more demanding cognitive age. But the cognitive age paradigm emphasizes psychology, culture and pedagogy - the specific processes that foster learning.

Cognitive Load Theory Coming Under Withering Attacks

Will at Work Learning

Here are some recent criticisms of Cognitive Load Theory: -- Ton de Jong says: What has cognitive load theory brought to the field of educational design? The three main recommendations that come from cognitive load theory are: present material that aligns with the prior knowledge of the learner (intrinsic load), avoid non-essential and confusing information (extraneous load), and stimulate processes that lead to conceptually rich and deep knowledge (germane load).


Wonderful Brain

Here’s an example of, at least for me, the best kind of informal learning. One might be told to look elsewhere for examples and so on, but nonetheless it’s scripted. Just like “Midnight in Paris,” was a nucleus from which students set off on explorations of culture, history, literature, art, and architecture, each strand could then be explored in depth, individually. There seems to be a revival of interest about informal learning.

7 Top Benefits Of Collaborative eLearning

EI Design

They also have the ability to share their skills and knowledge for the improvement of others, which creates a stronger learning culture. For example, delegating responsibilities and managing their time effectively. For example, closed social media groups with fewer members.

How To Improve Memory Retention In Online Training

Growth Engineering

For example, tech troubleshooting, customer service complaints, or even complicated compliance issues that may result in costly citations. For example, humorous stories and motivational characters stick with us long after we complete an online training course.

Changing Culture: Scaling Up Excellence

Clark Quinn

I’ve found myself picking up books about how to change culture, as it seems to be the big barrier to a successful revolution. I’ve finished a quick read of Scaling Up Excellence , am in the midst of Change the Culture, Change the Game , and have Reinventing Organizations and Organize for Complexity (the latter two recommended by my colleague Harold Jarche ) on deck. No one’s claiming this is easy, but they have lots of examples and guidance.

10 Future Work Skills to Teach Your Members

WBT Systems

For example, association management societies like ASAE provide education on competencies such as governance, chapter relations, and membership engagement. Everyone has cognitive biases that impact their thoughts and actions. Topics for your professional development program: cognitive biases, dissent in the decision-making process, and divergent thinking. 6 – Cognitive Load Management. 10 – Cross-Cultural Competencies.

10 Ways To Design For Emotions (Part III)

The eLearning Coach

For example, if group members are reviewing each others work, encourage them to offer detailed explanations rather than superficial comments like, “Nice work.&# Tags: COGNITION DESIGN emotion

Blooms Taxonomy: The Science of Learning Objectives – Part 4

CommLab India

We have also seen the six levels of the cognitive domain of Bloom’s Taxonomy, viz. Examples of behavior at this level are listening to the instructor and asking for and remembering the names of the parts of a machine.

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I Believe that Learning is Inherently Social

Tom Spiglanin

Returning to the examples above, what we glean from reading alone is based on our own understanding and in the context of what we already know. As a loyal Starbucks customer, I see their barista training as one such example. “Human agency in social cognitive theory.”

7 Knowledge Retention Techniques For eLearning

Obsidian Learning

Just make sure that your visual representations don’t include too much data , or else you run the risk of triggering cognitive overload. Research your target audience beforehand to determine what is culturally appropriate.

Heroes and villains

Learning with e's

In my last post I featured Bärbel Inhelder''s work on deductive reasoning and her work with Jean Piaget on the formal operations stage of cognitive development. Anderson ACT-R Cognitive Architecture 2. Festinger Cognitive Dissonance Theory 12.

Learning’s Role in Innovation

CLO Magazine

Our cognitive strengths are pattern-matching and meaning-making, while computers instead excel at performing rote tasks and complex calculations. A nurturing innovation environment requires explicit skills, ongoing facilitation, leadership and a welcoming culture. The world has changed.

Intelligence Augmentation and Learning and Development


Artificial Intelligence (AI) – cognitive computing, machine learning, chatbots, etc – is hot. Cognitive Limitations. Overall, there are specific ways in which our cognitive architecture doesn’t mimic the myth of formal logical thinking.

How to pair social learning with your LMS for a more engaged workforce


What is social learning and how can it help develop a culture of learning? Social learning is a theory by psychologist Albert Bandura that suggests learning is a cognitive process that takes place in a social context and can occur purely through observation or direct instruction, even in the absence of motor reproduction or direct reinforcement. Learning by example. Basically, Bandura’s theory is that human beings can learn by example.

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Social Learning Cannot be a Bolt-On Strategy

ID Reflections

In such cultural settings, social learning naturally fails in spite of state of the art enterprise collaboration platforms and other technology. Most organizations are still missing the cultural aspect of it. Digital transformation or Cultural Transformational?

Authentic learning

Learning with e's

Most people learn best by being "with it," yet school makes them identify their personal, cognitive growth with elaborate planning and manipulation.' There are endless examples of situated learning in a school near you. 1989) Situated cognition and the culture of learning.

Spreading the Love at Work


Workplace culture. In fact, research shows that 86% of business leaders rate culture as one of the most urgent talent issues. And it isn’t just the need to talk about company culture, but also the need to define culture, measure it and examine how it may be misaligned.

MOOCs in Workplace Learning - Part 3: Launching a MOOC

ID Reflections

Having said this, I also understand that MOOC as a design methodology is flexible and can be crafted to suit an organization''s needs, culture and context. The rest of the points below are more to do with the culture within an organization.

Using graphics in eLearning: where to draw the line?

Unicorn Training

The key to this is that an object might not be recognised by other cultures unaware of its specific meaning, whereas a simpler image of an object might be known across cultures and languages.

Addressing Changes

Clark Quinn

For example, we need to understand situated and distributed cognition. We also need to understand cultural elements. Yesterday, I listed some of the major changes that L&D needs to acknowledge. What we need now is to look at the top steps that need to be taken. As serious practitioners in a potentially valuable field, we need to adapt to the changing environment as much as we need to assist our charges to do so. So what’s involved?

eLearning Modules will Die… and 70:20:10 will hold the Smoking Gun


They still embrace an engaging, highly visual approach but also incorporate recent understanding of cognitive load, strategically combining text, audio and images for greater effectiveness. When talking about technology and learning it’s hard not to think about elearning modules.

Deeper eLearning Design: Part 6 – Putting It All Together


We’ve covered objectives, practice, concepts, examples, and the emotional component. To start with, we will use a sample process as an example, and you will have to infer how to adapt this for you. When people work together the output is better (particularly if you have the right culture and process). What are the minimal examples that will facilitate transfer to the assessment (and beyond)? Deeper eLearning Design: Part 4 – Examples.

Narrative Strategies for Learning

Usable Learning

A lot of learning and development folks *are* fiction writers, in the form of learning scenarios, examples and case studies, but (in my experience) it’s frequently pretty dull stuff (and I say this as someone who has written some dull scenarios myself).