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). The setting must be social and collaborative.

Social Learning vs. Communities of Practice

Janet Clarey

When it comes to the terms “Social Learning” and “Communities of Practice”, many people in the corporate learning realm are confused, myself included. We think we know what these mean one day, and then the next day a new theory or idea emerges that turns the whole idea of each upside down and inside out. Are Social Learning and Communities of Practice different? Social Learning.

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How To Boost Engagement With Social Learning

Dan Keckan

Social learning is a great way for remote organizations to boost engagement, support development, encourage commitment and motivation, and ultimately increase long-term employee retention. Social Learning Community Of Practice Company Culture Remote Working Social Learning Tips

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

Dashe & Thomson

Two weeks ago Jane Hart wrote an article titled, Social Learning: to be or not to be? , 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.” That being said, I believe Jane’s first misstep occurs when she uses the term Social Learning (big S, big L).

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.

Social Learning Experiences: Making Better Connections

Talented Learning

It’s no secret – recently social media has had a rough ride. So why should we celebrate technologies that enable social learning experiences? 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.

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 we try to enlist the top challenges which hinder social learning from becoming a reality in organizations: 1. Instructors may feel more comfortable lecturing employees as they feel they are covering the ‘necessary’ course of the training material. Social learning is more of an abstract concept.

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. Social learning is an important developing aspect of the learning technology industry. See this article on blended learning.

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Social Learning in Business: Online Workshop

Jane Hart

This workshop runs 1-31 March 2013 at the Social Learning Centre, and is led by Harold Jarche. The workshop will look at ways to enhance social learning, or people learning together while working. The Agenda will include an optional introductory webinar and cover four key areas: Social learning: The lubricant for social business. Narrating your work and learning. Communities of Practice as bridges between work and learning.

Social Learning: August Pick of the Posts

Jane Hart

The focus of my August Pick of the Posts is social learning, and these posts all include some great graphics too. In It’s Not About “Doing” Social Jane Bozarth (2 August) shows how Pokemon Go gets it right. Some will give up and never learn to use the product. Maybe it won’t be on the scale of Pokémon Go —few things ever will be—but this is what “ social learning ” is. Communities emerge. Social learning

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.

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.

Integrating Social Learning in the Workplace

ID Reflections

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.

10 free social learning platforms

Ed App

Most learning by its nature is a social process since the knowledge we need to succeed in society is embedded within a cultural context. In this article, we will take a look at ten different social learning platforms that are free for teachers and learners.

What is social learning?

eFront

Social learning’ has been the elearning buzzword du jour for a couple of years now and people often ask us exactly what social learning is. I think Marcia Conner captures it perfectly in her definition as follows: Social learning is learning that takes place through social interaction between peers and it may or may not lead to a change in attitudes and/or behavior. What is Social Learning?

Three different views on social learning

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

I am not the first to note that social learning is a confusion concept. I joined one Friday when the topic was about social learning. Any Twitterchat is hard work but it was worst to make sense here because I noticed that we all talked with a different view on social learning. I often see social learning is seen any learning activity which involves more than one person. That's one of the views but not mine.

PKM is our part of the social learning contract

Jane Hart

Yesterday, Harold Jarche shared the image on the right, in his post To learn, we must do. Whereas most people are concerning themselves with the new social and collaboration technologies, or how to get people to collaborate, for me the key to successful social learning is how the individual engages in his/her networks and contributes what s/he has learned or is learning along the way. PKM is therefore the key to successful social learning.

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The Angry Birds Community: Social Learning Utopia?

Dashe & Thomson

The game was introduced to me by my 10-year-old daughter, and we both seem to have the same (huge) amount of fun with it. Angry Birds – the game – can certainly be used as a model for eLearning; it has all the attributes that make for effective game-based learning: immediate rewards and feedback, increasingly challenging tasks, focus on action and decision-making. Interestingly, only 1,970 – or just 10% – of these videos were actually created by RovioMobile, the game-maker.

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.

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.

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.

Social Learning: An Ongoing Experiment

CLO Magazine

Psychologist Albert Bandura’s social learning theory suggests that people learn from one another through observation, imitation and modeling. In a famous series of experiments to demonstrate his theory, Bandura studied children’s behavior after they watched a human adult model act aggressively toward a Bobo doll — a toy with a rounded bottom that returns to an upright position after it has been knocked down.

Everyone’s a natural at social learning

Sponge UK

If you don’t ask Google, you ask your friends, family or colleagues when you need to learn to do something new. And that’s social learning. Learning begins when you need to solve a problem. For example, I recently wanted to learn to code the new Adapt responsive elearning software. This is social learning that can benefit an employer – when staff are learning new skills from each other, not because they have to, but because they want to.

Why your Enterprise Social Network is your most valuable social learning platform

Jane Hart

This is the article I wrote for the January edition of Inside Learning Technologies magazine. It is an extract from my recent book, Modern Workplace Learning: A resource guide for L&D. In the workplace, social learning comes through social collaboration. Social learning is a natural everyday phenomenon; simply put, we learn from our colleagues as we work with them. Social learning

Key Social Learning Resources: Part 2

Jane Hart

During social learning month I am writing some weekly articles with some key resources about social learning. My first piece this week comes from Michael Rose, who has written an article called Social Learning for a Social Workplace. He first explains that “social learning&# is. &#. not only about learning from others, but about continuously learning from others at the time of need to get the job done.”.

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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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 social learning is here.

The clusterfuck known as social learning

Janet Clarey

Sorry for the vulgarity in the title but I read a whopper of a quote from my always thought-provoking colleague, Gary Woodill, and what ensued in my mind was nothing more than a clusterfuck. (My My definition of clusterfuck is complicated confusion and chaos.) This is a confusion of the means with the ends.&#. When you Google “social learning&# you’ll notice that “social learning theory &# is returned first.

Get up to speed with social media, social learning and social business

Jane Hart

At the Social Learning Centre I am going to be hosting a number of short online “programmes” about social media, social learning and social business. These “programmes” will use a very informal, social, collaborative approach: there will be no formal classes and no monitoring/management of your learning in a LMS. An introduction to social learning in the workplace. Social learning

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. While retouching social learning theories is a requirement for this article, we cannot overstate the benefits this effort can incur for training professionals. Let’s examine some top benefits of social learning in organizations.

Key social learning resources: Part 4

Jane Hart

This is the fourth and final instalment of my weekly articles curating key social learning resources for TrainingZone’s social learning month. It’s in our DNA to be social, it’s our nature and that life, uh. Clark Quinn in his latest blog post talks about the importance of Reflecting socially. “The social processing that happens when sharing is not just for formal learning, but for personal self-directed learning as well.

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. Today, social learning is more than a buzz and is increasingly used by forward thinking organizations to foster collaborative learning and more significantly its application on the job. Here is why you should adopt social learning, from both learners’ and businesses’ perspectives. Communities of practice.

Will chat replace email? Slack thinks so.

Obsidian Learning

” The app, called Slack , is intended to facilitate group discussion and collaboration, and it works across a wide range of devices. One particularly intriguing feature of Slack is that most chats are archived and available for searching. Manjoo writes that Slack is being used as the primary means of communications at some well-known companies, including Comcast, Walmart, and the New York Times. Messaging Apps and Social Learning.

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. EPISODE 12 – TOPIC SUMMARY AND GUESTS: Vermont Oxford Network (VON) is a nonprofit collective of multidisciplinary medical professionals, working together to improve the landscape of neonatal healthcare. Learning Systems Manager, John McGregor , Ed.D.

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. Helping their partners to make a difference involves deep learning – together. This is the focus of the e-facilitation workshops I run 4-5 times every year.

Informal Learning Part 2 from Jay Cross: Informal learning is like a bicycle ride

ID Reflections

Jay Cross compares formal learning to a bus ride--where everyone is travelling together, in almost the same direction, and will, on an average, reach the same destination at around the same time. Tags: corporate training communities of practice collaborative learning social learning informal learning

Exploring Social Learning and Smarter Working (eLearning Guild Webinar) #inttime

Learning Visions

These are my live blogged notes from today’s eLearning Guild Webinars with members of the Internet Time Alliance (ITA): Harold Jarche, Charles Jennings, Clark Quinn, Jane Hart, Jay Cross Exploring Social Learning and Smarter Working The questions for the session were sourced from the crowd. Using new social technologies to help people get on with their jobs. More of our work is in “exception handling” – not doing stuff we’ve done before.