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. Did you learn it?

Creating a Culture for Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

The culture that underpins a managing minds approach must support and encourage an ongoing and collective discovery, sharing, and appli­cation of knowledge and skills at the individual, team, and organization levels. A culture that supports managing minds is a culture of inquiry; an environment in which people feel safe challenging the status quo, taking risks, and enhancing the quality of what they do for customers, themselves, shareholders, and other stakeholders.

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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. MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 2: Designing a MOOC.

Eight Leader Habits of a Learning Culture

The Performance Improvement Blog

Eight leader habits are essential to a learning culture. These are behaviors ingrained in the routines and rituals of organizations that are continually learning and learning how to learn. Leaders in these organizations do the following: Send the message - Leaders communicate the importance of learning to the organization. This message is in the guiding principles of the business. This learning cannot be left to chance.

Creating a Culture for Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

The culture that underpins a managing minds approach must support and encourage an ongoing and collective discovery, sharing, and appli­cation of knowledge and skills at the individual, team, and organization levels. A culture that supports managing minds is a culture of inquiry; an environment in which people feel safe challenging the status quo, taking risks, and enhancing the quality of what they do for customers, themselves, shareholders, and other stakeholders.

How to Create a Learning Culture in Organizations

The Performance Improvement Blog

Several excellent blog posts have recently come to my attention that, when combined, provide a how-to for creating a learning culture in organizations. One of these posts appears in Jane Hart’s blog, Learning in the Social Workplace. In this post , she writes that workplace learning is: Structured learning experiences (e.g., training) and informal learning experiences (e.g., communities of practice).

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. MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 1: Some Points to Consider.

Are Managers Too Busy to Learn?

The Performance Improvement Blog

One of the barriers to creating and sustaining a learning culture in organizations is the no-time myth. Managers resist attending formal training events and participating in other kinds of learning activities (elearning, mentoring, coaching, action-learning, communities of practice, internal wikis, etc.) The problem is that managers don’t make learning a high priority. These leaders need to recognize and reward learning.

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. Central to this cultural shift is the understanding that learning happens by learners, not to them. That’s where learning ecosystems come in.

How to Optimize Organizational Learning

The Learning Circuits

Recently while researching on the web on topics regarding Communities of Practice I came across the Community Intelligence Labs (CoIL) website. While it seems the website may have gone the way of the Brontosaurus (the last update was in Feb 2004), it's resources are still there for the viewing. Recognize learning in all it's forms in order to find ways to nurture it and connect it across the organization. Keep learning as close to practice as possible.

50 Ways to Lever Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

In a learning culture , formal training is just one of many methods used to facilitate employee learning. In a learning culture, we start with the performance goal and then select the mix of methods that will help employees acquire and retain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs they need in order to achieve those goals. This is a list of 50 of those methods. I’m sure you can think of more ways to lever learning.

Personal Learning Networks: For Ongoing Learning in a Connected World

ID Reflections

I have recently joined the open section of #MSLOC 430 - a graduate course in the Master''s Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. This is the first week and I am absolutely looking forward to exploring the topics, learning from the other participants and participating in exciting conversations. These are all areas of interest for me, and my hope and plan is to find (make) sufficient time to explore each of these in depth.

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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Integrating Social Learning In The Workplace

Learnnovators

I have been writing about social learning and its related concepts – communities of practices , working out loud and skills for the networked world for quite some time now. Social learning has become a buzzword in the workplace learning space, and every other organization is claiming to have “social learning” as a part of the mix. The catch is that “social learning” cannot just be implemented or enforced.

7 Strategies to Facilitate “Working Out Loud”

Learnnovators

I spent the greater part of the weekend mulling over the practice of working out loud, what makes some folks adopt the habit with ease while others struggle, and what could be some of the possible enabling factors that support working out loud. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed to me that it is one of the fundamental blocks of building a community of practice. Take Linux or the GitHub community for example.

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.

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.

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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INTEGRATING SOCIAL LEARNING IN THE WORKPLACE

Learnnovators

I have been writing about social learning and its related concepts – communities of practices , working out loud and skills for the networked world for quite some time now. Social learning has become a buzzword in the workplace learning space, and every other organization is claiming to have “social learning” as a part of the mix. The catch is that “social learning” cannot just be implemented or enforced.

Clark Quinn – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT CLARK QUINN (Learning Technology Strategist): Clark Quinn, Ph.D., helps organizations align technology with how we think, work, and learn. 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. How do we ensure learning faster than everyone else?

CLARK QUINN – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

ABOUT CLARK QUINN (Learning Technology Strategist): Clark Quinn, Ph.D., helps organizations align technology with how we think, work, and learn. 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. How do we ensure learning faster than everyone else?

Decisions, decisions. Business decisions.

Jay Cross

Jay Cross examines decision making on learning at work, and gives the lie to some myths about the use of business metrics. To “earn a seat at the table” where the business managers sit, you must: Speak the language of business. Behave like an officer of the corporation. It is equally vital to understand that different officers of your corporation will approach decisions about learning in very different ways depending on their circumstances.

Supporting self-managed team learning in the organisation

Jane Hart

This is a post in a series that I am writing about how the future role of L&D is moving from “packaging learning” to “scaffolding learning”. In the first post I explained that “packaging learning” involves organizing and wrapping up everything an individual needs to learn in a neat parcel, delivering it to them on a plate, and making sure they do it, whilst “scaffolding” is about supporting learning in many other less top-down organized ways.

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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The Masterclass on Informal Learning

Jay Cross

Your organization has decided to tilt in the direction of informal learning. You’re concerned that your current offerings will not satisfy the new generation of workers. Masterclass for L&D managers, instructional designers, and senior instructors on the concept and implementation of informal learning. Here’s an overview of the topics from recent Masterclasses. How well are you preparing people for the future needs of the organization?

7 Strategies to Facilitate "Working Out Loud"

ID Reflections

I spent the greater part of the weekend mulling over the practice of working out loud , what makes some folks adopt the habit with ease while others struggle, and what could be some of the possible enabling factors that support working out loud. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed to me that it is one of the fundamental blocks of building a community of practice. Take Linux or the GitHub community for example.

People, Process and Product. P3 in eLearning

TalentLMS

Are you trying to find an eLearning consultant who would help develop learning and knowledge management solutions for your organization? Take charge of your organization’s learning needs before you appoint an external consultant. The best learning solutions developed for any company are the ones with intimate involvement of trainers and managers with the eLearning consultants. Just study the elements well and relate them with your immediate organizational needs.

People, Process and Product. P3 in eLearning

TalentLMS

Are you trying to find an eLearning consultant who would help develop learning and knowledge management solutions for your organization? Take charge of your organization’s learning needs before you appoint an external consultant. The best learning solutions developed for any company are the ones with intimate involvement of trainers and managers with the eLearning consultants. Just study the elements well and relate them with your immediate organizational needs.

Role of a Learning Consultant: Insightful discussion imported from LinkedIn

ID Reflections

I am copying a discussion we have been having on LinkedIn as a part of the Training&Development group. I started this discussion to understand the roles (tacit and explicit) that a learning consultant plays. The discussion that evolved has been one of the most insightful for me and I thought it should be shared with those who may not at present be a part of the T&D group on LinkedIn. Here’s to continuous, lifelong learning! Collective Learning rocks!!!

Building a Performance Ecosystem

CLO Magazine

By combining the power of the human brain with technology in a way that facilitates work, collaboration and communication, leaders can turn learning into multifaceted performance support. Things are moving faster, and organizations have to be more nimble, responding to changes in their audiences, competitors and the context of work. Survival requires continual innovation, and at the core is learning faster than everyone else. Yet both of these elements are important.

Top 113 eLearning Posts and 28 Hottest Topics for 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles - eLearning Technology , March 24, 2010. 10 Ways To Learn In 2010 - The eLearning Coach , January 3, 2010. Social Learning Strategies Checklist - Social Enterprise Blog , January 11, 2010. Four roles for social media in workplace learning - Clive on Learning , September 28, 2010. Performance Learning Productivity , May 28, 2010. Taxonomy of Learning Theories - E-Learning Provocateur , January 12, 2010.

Top 75 eLearning Posts - May 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning. Some great stuff again this month in the world of eLearning. Performance Learning Productivity , May 28, 2010 Instructional design is not only seen as a core competency for learning and development/training specialists, but it’s a huge industry, too. Most learning vendors tout their ‘expertise in instructional design’ as a key reason as to why we should engage them to produce learning content. May 2010.

So many thoughts, so little time

Jay Cross

The top posts from sources selected for Informal Learning Flow in the first six months of 2009: Work on Stuff that Matters: First Principles - OReilly Radar , January 11, 2009. Old Growth Media And The Future Of News - stevenberlinjohnson.com , March 14, 2009. Reinventing the Book in the Age of the Web - OReilly Radar , April 29, 2009. The Benefits of a Classical Education - OReilly Radar , June 21, 2009. Ten years after - Informal Learning , January 10, 2009.

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LearnTrends: Backchannel

Jay Cross

Clark Quinn and I led a discussion on Reinventing Organizational Learning at LearnTrends this morning. The back channel becomes part of the overall message. Moderator (Harold Jarche): traditional training & education has driven much of our self-direction and creativity out of us - need to relearn. Moderator (Clark Quinn): we're the people who've retained our love of learning despite our education. jadekaz: life long learning.