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.”

ASAE 2010 Annual: Leaders of Communities of Practice

Web Courseworks

Associations are the hub of activity for "communities of practice.” Communities of practice are voluntary. Professionals join to gain access to peers, best practices, and education. What makes associations successful as communities of practice?

The Case for Communities of Practice

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Jay Cross is CEO of Internet Time Group and a thought leader in informal learning and organizational performance. In his 2001 book Kitchen Confidential , Anthony Bourdain describes how he became a professional chef and how he continues to support the community of professional chefs.

A Two-Pronged Approach to Building Learner Engagement

InSync Training

Each aspect of the modern learning experience deserve consideration, if we want to get modern learners excited about the prospect of professional development. Obviously, we want to incorporate the most impactful elements into our training programs.

A Brief Introduction – Communities of Practice Manager

The Learning Circuits

As Ryann mentioned in a previous post, I’m the Community of Practice Manager for Learning Technologies at ASTD. In this role, I engage with the community and help build ASTD’s portfolio of content—from T+D articles to books to educational programs to conferences and beyond. I also help foster discussion and debate within the community. Indeed, no area in world of learning is more exciting than Learning Technologies.

Give Learners a Voice by Incorporating Social Learning

Adobe Captivate

If you’re a fan of Adobe Captivate Prime, you may be aware of the new social learning features that were just released. My favorite new feature has to be the discussion boards, which allow groups of learners to share web based and user generated content easily.

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Social Learning Has Its Place…And Informal Learning Does Too.

Dashe & Thomson

in which Jane expresses her dislike of the term Social Learning (big S, big L). Jane claims that “Social Learning has come to refer exclusively to the use of social media in top-down, formal 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.” 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.

From Instructional Design to Enterprise Community Facilitation

ID Reflections

This is a long overdue post, the draft of which had been languishing in my dropbox for some time--half forgotten. But finally I felt this needs to see the light of day. I have reached something of a cross-roads in my career, and I wanted to document the process of this arrival. It has been a long and exciting journey so far, dotted with exciting projects, some wonderful clients, and a tremendous amount of learning. The age of Connectivism was truly upon us.

Podcast 12: Collaborative Medical Education at Vermont Oxford Network

Talented Learning

WELCOME TO EPISODE 12 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW! To learn more about this podcast series or to see the full collection of episodes visit The Talented Learning Show main page. What can this organization teach the rest of us about effective social learning strategies ?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Defining an e-Learning Strategy: Planning the Kickoff

Learning Visions

Thursday, June 14, 2007 Defining an e-Learning Strategy: Planning the Kickoff In the spirit of building a Community of Practice -- sharing ideas and processes -- I thought Id try and share what I can of a current project. I took lots and lots of notes.

Best Practices for Blended Learning Design

Web Courseworks

Darcy Luoma, Lead Instructor, UW–Madison Professional Life Coach Certificate Program. Aphra Mednick, Program Director, UW–Madison Professional Life Coach Certificate Program. This is the story of a university extension certificate program that is doing both.

Employee Orientation programs are perfect partners for social media

Spark Your Interest

There are people who are really interested in helping organizations deal with social media for external purposes – marketing, product development, user communities, and then there are those that are more interested in helping organizations figure out how to incorporate social media internally – learning, user support, communities of practice and so forth. Many of us have experienced a less-than-stellar orientation experience.

The eLearning Guild Announces Additions to Program Development Team by News Editor

Learning Solutions Magazine

The eLearning Guild, the leading global community of practice for eLearning professionals, announced today that it has added several individuals to its program development team, including the hiring of David Kelly as program director for all Guild face-to-face events.

Best Practices for Blended Learning Design

Web Courseworks

A Case Study of the UW Professional Life Coaching Certificate Program. Darcy Luoma, Lead Instructor, UW–Madison Professional Life Coach Certificate Program. Aphra Mednick, Program Director, UW–Madison Professional Life Coach Certificate Program.

Podcast 19: Customer Education 101 – With Dave Derington of Azuqua

Talented Learning

WELCOME TO EPISODE 19 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW! To learn more about this podcast series or to see the full collection of episodes visit The Talented Learning Show main page. But new communities of practice are emerging to offer knowledge sharing and support.

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.

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Using an eWorkshop to initiate or enrich a community

The eLearning Nomad

One of our new clients, a small NGO with a wide network of local partners in Africa and Latin America is building an e-learning program from scratch. The Moodle site is up and running and now we’re brainstorming on how best to structure the platform to support the needs of the organisation and its partners. We will use the eWorkshop method to kick-start and nurture the communities of practice.

Using an eWorkshop to initiate or enrich a community

The eLearning Nomad

One of our new clients, a small NGO with a wide network of local partners in Africa and Latin America is building an e-learning program from scratch. The Moodle site is up and running and now we’re brainstorming on how best to structure the platform to support the needs of the organisation and its partners. We will use the eWorkshop method to kick-start and nurture the communities of practice.

Contest - Win a Free Copy of Digital Habitats via LearnTrends 2009

Tony Karrer

Nancy has been my go to person for all things Communities and Networks and worked with me to create Communities and Networks Connection. So naturally when Nancy and John (with Etienne Wenger) put out the book Digital Habitats; Stewarding Technology for Communities I was very excited.

Top 5 Things Associations can Learn from Corporate Training Departments

Association eLearning

Most associations have provided some degree of member education as part of their mission. And for associations, educational offerings can be a valuable source of non-dues revenue. Develop: produce the learning program, using SMEs to vet the content and the approach.

My takeaways from OEB18: communities, AI and 3D-smarts and some very practical stuff

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

when it ended, but completely energized and full of new ideas! I followed his advice of doing a pre-conference session with Jef Staes which was one of my highlights. I decided to go there because of my work with the Defense academy in Breda to create an Open Defense Academy.

Learning About the Future of Learning

Web Courseworks

This conference offers a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere that should foster innovation and inspiration in all who attend as a journey of discovery with new association management techniques begins.

Successful Online Employee Onboarding Strategies

TalentLMS

That’s right, most of us remember our first day at work with the “fear of the unknown”. Pardon us for the cliches, but employee onboarding programs are in place to alleviate these very regressive feelings. Employee onboarding is an employee acclimatizing program!

Top of Mind: Experimenting with Social Physics

CLO Magazine

Allison Horn is the managing director of learning and leadership development at Accenture. But here, I’d like to share a nascent, not yet tested idea: applying “social physics” to our learning and leadership development programs.

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. 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 principles of learning

Jay Cross

Yesterday I came upon a 13-year old cassette recording of Peter Henschel, executive director of the Institute for Research on Learning , speaking to a breakout session at Elliott Masie’s TechLearn conference. The mental model of “I teach/you learn” is fraught with problems.

Harnessing the power of SMEs for successful workplace training

Matrix

I knew exactly what I was talking about, I had tons of personal examples and as a result I was believable and efficient in passing knowledge along. Then a change in the structure of the L&D department occurred and suddenly I had to deliver training across all channels.

A Conversation with Author Catherine Lombardozzi

Kapp Notes

The other day I caught up with Catherine Lombardozzi who is the principle behind the firm called Learning4Learning Professionals and author of a brand new book. Here is part of our conversation. Too much of one, and you’re stuck in a training paradigm.

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. Kieran Hearty argues that the reason managers don’t show up for training courses and, if they do attend, don’t put the learning into practice is that they perceive themselves to be too busy.

EDGEX 2012: About Disruptive Education

ID Reflections

This sentence from Stephen Downes post AWorld to Change best exemplifies one of the key drivers behind a conferencelike EDGEX2012: We need to move beyondthe idea that an education is something that is provided for us, and toward theidea that an education is something that we create for ourselves. If you have ever been inspired by the writings of Paulo Freire ( Pedagogyof the Oppressed , Pedagogyof Hope ), then this conference is for you.

codeSpark and The Foos, SCORM, and Microlearning in Instructional Design: This Week on #BLPLearn

Bottom-Line Performance

#BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. Now that introductions are out of the way, let’s dive in to this week’s articles: codeSpark and The Foos. What do you think of the rules for success?

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Creating Tomorrow’s Life Sciences Sales Leaders: 3 Strategies

PDG

I recently had a conversation with a senior sales leader of a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company. The leader discussed the highest priorities for the organization: “I’m most concerned about the development of tomorrow’s sales leaders. The Changing Face of Sales Leadership.

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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. Here''s a list of related posts on learning in a networked world. A PLN is an enabler of such learning.

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 Turing Test and the Definition of Artificial Intelligence. The Internet of Everything Is Us.

Recommended Reading Summary: A Chapter of “Emerging Technologies for the Classroom”

Adobe Captivate

In October, I posted some recommended reading that complemented one of my classes on gamification. I’ve since started writing chapter summaries (here is the last article ) so people can “preview” some of the great books out there and hopefully end up reading them! Google Scholar features most of the chapter for free. Teaching and learning practices benefit from the collective knowledge that social technology provides.

9 Blended Learning Best Practices for the Corporate Environment

Obsidian Learning

Blended learning is one of the most effective approaches for adult learning, as it combines a variety of delivery methods. But as we’ve discussed previously , there are also a variety of blended learning models that can be adapted for use in the corporate learning environment.