Organizations as Communities - Part 1

ID Reflections

Today, the very definition of organizations has changed. The impact of digitization is going far beyond a few collaboration tools and platforms. Today’s organizations are no longer defined by fixed workplaces, nine-to-five working hours or even a set of homogeneous employees. Operational and business models have been turned on their heads with the advent of enterprises like Uber , Airbnb , Etsy and Amazon. It requires a complete re-imagining of how business gets done.

Six Obstacles to Building Communities in Organizations

ID Reflections

Rachel Happe begins her latest post, 10 Trends for the Future of Communities , with a comprehensive description of the various intersecting and intermingling streams and characteristics that inform communities, and I am quoting her below: Communities sit at the intersection of a number of trends; social media, digital transformation, a generational shift to prioritize purposeful work, the future of work, change management, leadership and social learning.

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Lurking is Not a Static State

ID Reflections

Lurking and its role in communities has been on the forefront of my mind for the past few days. It has received a lot of attention in the past from the thought leaders in the realm of learning and the role of communities in personal as well as organizational learning. I have recently taken on enterprise community facilitation and was curious to see how people are interacting on our enterprise collaboration platform.

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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. A MOOC is an intrinsically participative, collaborative mode of learning.

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. A MOOC is an intrinsically participative, collaborative mode of learning.

Social Learning Experiences: Making Better Connections

Talented Learning

Maybe the answer lies in the beauty of a simple human truth: “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” After a decade of affordable high-speed internet access, smartphones, mobile apps and social networks, it’s easy to take our digital connections for granted. And each of those people has the potential to teach us something new. In a sense, we’re all part of a grand social learning experiment.

When Will AI Stop Being “Artificial?”

Learningtogo

It was coined by mathematician John von Neumann to define a theoretical moment when the artificial intelligence of computers surpasses the capacity of the human brain. The term is borrowed from physics and quantum mechanics, where the term gravitational singularity is used in the study of black holes. While we are far from attaining the goal of artificial intelligence, there was a brief flurry of excitement recently when a computer passed the Turing Test , to mixed reviews.

What Does It Mean to Be Intelligent?

Learningtogo

It was coined by mathematician John von Neumann to define a theoretical moment when the artificial intelligence of computers surpasses the capacity of the human brain. The term is borrowed from physics and quantum mechanics, where the term gravitational singularity is used in the study of black holes. While we are far from attaining the goal of artificial intelligence, there was a brief flurry of excitement recently when a computer passed the Turing Test , to mixed reviews.

11 Differences between a MOOC and an Online Course

ID Reflections

I love this definition of MOOCs by Ignatia Inge deWaard in her e-book, MOOC Yourself: “A MOOC is a non-defined pedagogical format to organize learning /teaching/training on a specific topic in an informal, online, and collaborative way.” This captures the key essence of a MOOC highlighting the key differentiators between a MOOC and an online course. Hence, it is essential to identify the key aspects of what makes a MOOC a MOOC. The power is back in the hands of the learners.

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27 Books for L&D Folks.

ID Reflections

There are many more that can be added to the list but I will keep that for another post…You can see some of them in the picture of my bookshelf above. Some of the might seem out of place in a list for L&D folks, but I think it is important to read around a subject to understand the context, and the emerging patterns. 6 Knowledge Management Cultivating Communities of Practice Etienne Wegner, et al.

Blended Learning For Better Results

Actio Learning

[updated from the original publication of February 2019} We find the challenge of designing, and engineering, effective blended learning experiences exciting and compelling. sources of information ( resource repositories , job aids, etc.),

Workplace Learning in 10 years?

Clark Quinn

There’ll be flexible customized learning paths, that will not only skill you, but introduce you into the community of practice. They’ll also be looking for opportunities to introduce new tools that can augment the community capabilities, and create new learning, communication, and collaboration channels. We’ll distribute the roles to the tools, leaving the important pattern matching to the facilitators.

How To Create an Interactive Learning School and Engage Your Learners

learnWorlds

“In the social learning system, new patterns of behavior can be acquired through direct experience or by observing the behavior of others.”, An Ecology of Learning. Built-in Community Inside Every School. Advantages of Social Learning to Edupreneurs.

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.

In Delhi: EDGEX2012

ID Reflections

I am sure Viplav Baxi has already started his day and the folks are already meeting at the Habitat Center, the location of the conference. I am looking forward to 3 days of insights, learning and most importantly, getting to meet others similarly passionate about education. I was introduced to the work, ideas and blogs of most of the speakers via Twitter. I am a part of a huge global network of educators and learned, a virtual community of practice.

MOOCs in Workplace Learning - Part 5: Skills Learners Need Today

ID Reflections

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. A MOOC is an intrinsically participative, collaborative mode of learning.

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Coherent performance

Clark Quinn

This model came from a look at how people act in the world and I was reminded of it during a conversation on informal learning. Most of the time, we’re acting in well-understood ways (e.g. However, there may be times when we can’t rely on that well-practiced approach (say, for instance, if our usual route home is blocked for some reason). Ideally, if we find the solution, we reflect on it and make it part of our well-practiced repertoire.

Top of Mind: Experimenting with Social Physics

CLO Magazine

Allison Horn is the managing director of learning and leadership development at Accenture. MIT professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland, often called the father of social physics, defines social physics in his 2015 book, “Social Physics: How Social Networks Can Make Us Smarter,” as “a quantitative social science that describes reliable, mathematical connections between information and idea flow on the one hand and people’s behavior on the other.”

Role of L&D in the 21C Workplace

ID Reflections

The impact of technology, globalization, ubiquitous connectivity, remote work and distributed work teams, and economy of individuals to name a few drivers have changed the face of workplace learning and performance dramatically. Refer to Ross Dawson’s The Future of Work for a detailed overview. The more of the same task they performed, the more efficient they became. Economy of scale was achieved. This is the world of work that L&D must support today.

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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. If there is a learning problem, look for patterns of social participation and exclusion. Keep learning as close to practice as possible.

L&D's New Hatrack

ID Reflections

The future of work is going to be radically different from what we have experienced so far. An increasingly global and uber connected workforce, globally distributed organizations, dispersed expertise, ubiquitous connectivity powered by the affordances of social, local and mobile (SoLoMo) and the economy of individuals are giving rise to completely different working and learning behaviors. The table below summarizes some of the ways that users can contribute.

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Six Tenets of Community Management: Learnings

ID Reflections

I have beenplaying the role of an enterprise community manager for some time now—6 monthsto be precise—and thought it would be a good idea to jot down my learnings fromthe past few months. This post is directed towards new community managers, whohave recently donned the mantle of community management and are perhaps findingthat there are more things to do than one had thought of. Here are some of learnings crystallized over the past fewmonths.

The Working Smarter Fieldbook: A Glimpse and Some Thoughts

ID Reflections

Image via Wikipedia "Collaboration is a process through which people who see different aspects of a problem can constructively explore their differences and search for the solution that go beyond their own limited vision of what is possible." ~ Anecdote And informal learning is hinged on collaboration. The book is a synthesis of years of collective experience, know-how, knowledge and deep passion for improving and enabling human performance.

Posts that Influenced Me in 2009

ID Reflections

That is when I thought of penning this down for further analysis and to examine the pattern of influence. Understanding Homophily on the Web (Bamboo Project: this blog was also my discovery of 2009) What did I learn: The Internet encourages the coming together of like minds. And unless we are conscious of this phenomenon, we are likely to block out the "Other" voices and worldviews thus restricting our understanding.

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Using SharePoint

Tony Karrer

SharePoint is so flexible and the documentation for it is so big and diverse, that a big part of my goals have been to understand the different ways that training organizations are using SharePoint. I've had conversations with several of these folks in more detail and with a few others. In this post, I wanted to capture some of the patterns of use of SharePoint that seem to be emerging. A lot of what eLearning 2.0

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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Working Smarter Cracker Barrel

Clark Quinn

I like his thinking, so I’ll let him introduce my post: Next week, at our Working Smarter event hosted by Tulser in Maastricht, NL, we will have a series of short sessions on selected topics. Each Principal of the Internet Time Alliance has three topics of 20 minutes to be discussed in small groups. My topics are listed below and include links to relevant posts as well as a short description of the core ideas behind each topic.

10 Content Curation Strategies for Corporate Training

EI Design

The Internet may give us data in seconds, but this often needs us to go through a maze of options before we get what would work best for us. The use of Content Curation for corporate training is on a steady increase and it is being leveraged by L&D teams to support formal training as well as informal training. I also outline 10 Content Curation strategies for eLearning you can use to enhance the impact of your corporate trainings.

Adopting Content Curation To Support Employee Training – Top 5 Questions Answered

Adobe Captivate

Today, information access is immediate, but we end up spending a lot of time sourcing the right information we need. Through a series of Q&A, I showcase why you should adopt it. However, we often end up spending a lot of time in sifting through this maze of data to identify what would work best in our context. The concept of Content Curation is akin to generic offering vs. custom offering. Can offer recommendations based on the learner ’ s usage patterns.

Avoiding drop outs in your eLearning courses

TalentLMS

Unfortunately, and we hate to break it to you, many of the eLearning courses fail to create loyal learners and dedicated followers in the course learning communities. The more you stay in touch and follow up, the better your chances of learner retention. Clearly explain the expectations of the eLearning course. Talk about the total number of assignments, contact hours, peer interaction posts and projects to be submitted for the course.

18 Key Trends to Realign Remote Workforce Training Strategy in the Post Pandemic World

EI Design

So, I re-examined my original list against these pressing needs of today. Even though the overall impact of the crisis is still unfolding, it has clearly redefined the workplace in the future. Trends that help you assess the impact of remote training and aid you in maximizing the ROI.

Taxonomy of Learning Theories

E-Learning Provocateur

Some of them are old, some of them are new. Some are flash-in-the-pan, others stand the test of time and remain applicable to this very day. Some of them are controversial, while others have assumed the aura of conventional wisdom. Some of them are simple, while others are incomprehensible to mere mortals. To clear some of the obfuscation that surrounds learning theory, I have developed the following Taxonomy of Learning Theories.

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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.

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.

Performance Support Second?

Clark Quinn

Once we’ve determined that social isn’t a solution to meeting the need, why wouldn’t we think of a course first? Frankly, the learner ideally gets the minimal amount of help to get past their current gap, and if it’s a bit of information or decision support help, why would you make a course if you can avoid it? We’re great pattern matchers and meaning makers, but really bad at remembering rote information or executing against rote procedures.

Learning Tools: Change Is Coming

CLO Magazine

The most significant of these tools are semantic systems, analytics and richer tracking mechanisms. Semantics offer an extra layer of detail for content being developed and accessed, adding machine-readable descriptions and more focus in the level of granularity in the content. Tighter definitions of the components and rich descriptions produce higher-quality elements and the ability to start delivering different combinations to meet different needs.

Technical Knowledge and Practical Knowledge

Jay Cross

Brooks separates knowledge into technical knowledge and practical knowledge. These are basics like statistics or fundamentals of biology. Practical Knowledge is about being rather than knowing. You can pick it up from your communities of practice. Examples of Practice Knowledge abound in Sheryl Sandberg’s recent book, “Lean In.” ” For most of us, the answer is “Not the best place to master Practical Knowledge for the workplace.”

eLearning Trends in 2020

EI Design

This is 9 th in the series of articles and eBooks on eLearning Trends since 2017. Evaluate how well they align to meet the expectations of each of these three stakeholders. With this backdrop, here is my list of eLearning Trends in 2020.

Corporate Training

Tony Karrer

Jay Cross - father of the Informal Learning Flow has been doing some great writing recently that look at the future of corporate training. How many people really have the opportunity to pursue the Future of Corporate Training? This sort of fanciful thinking tripped up eLearning ten years ago. Can you make it 5 minutes long and just teach them how to use the rest of the resources? Push vs. Pull Learning Now we get to the actual point of Jay's article.

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. What do some of the interesting research findings and survey results point to?