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I Believe in the Importance of a Personal Learning Network

Tom Spiglanin

When I started using Twitter for my professional growth and development, I didn’t realize that I was also starting to build my personal learning network. ” By the time I heard the phrase, “Personal Learning Network,” or PLN, I’d already begun developing and maintaining professional relationships through social media. Recognizing this learning and making good use of it requires effective personal knowledge management practices.

Emergence of the Performance Catalyst

Tom Spiglanin

Windows had just become an operating system and began to replace DOS on IBM-inspired personal computers. ” Perhaps this is a natural aspect of human nature to take the safe path rather than to explore uncharted territory to find better, more effective paths. Especially when performance expectations, deadlines, and budgets are set by others, it can be downright frightening to attempt something new with uncertain success.

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Emergence of the Performance Catalyst

Tom Spiglanin

Windows had just become an operating system and began to replace DOS on IBM-inspired personal computers. ” Perhaps this is a natural aspect of human nature to take the safe path rather than to explore uncharted territory to find better, more effective paths. Especially when performance expectations, deadlines, and budgets are set by others, it can be downright frightening to attempt something new with uncertain success.

The Only Person Who Behaves Sensibly Is My Tailor

Charles Jennings

“The only person who behaves sensibly is my tailor. Effective Metrics for Learning and Development I wonder what Shaw would think if he saw the way learning and development is predominantly measured in organisations today. For example a study of 829 companies over 31 years showed diversity training had "no positive effects in the average workplace." " The study reported that mandatory training sometimes has a positive effect, but overall has a negative effect.

I Believe in the Value of Connectedness

Tom Spiglanin

While every organization in the world is unique, most have characteristics in common. All employees are ultimately connected to one another through a common purpose to succeed and fulfill the mission of the organization. Sharing a common purpose and vision may be the most basic element of connectedness for employees, but it’s very loose and at a high-level. High performing individuals commonly enjoy even higher levels of connectedness within the organization.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: My Personalized Personal Work Learning Environmental World

Learning Visions

Tuesday, June 12, 2007 My Personalized Personal Work Learning Environmental World Tony Karrer asked in the comments on my PLE post yesterday , Im curious if you distinguish your learning environment (tools, skills, etc.) At first glance, Id say that most of my "personal" learning does not happen with technology tools at all. But the truth is, I do use some "tools" to manage my personal learning: iGoogle kind of changed my life. Personal is work; work is personal.

The ripple effect

Learning with 'e's

Anyone who is interested in the social media phenomenon would be very interested to read this from Abday Adhikari, writing in the Guardian : Every time we publish information on the internet, we are effectively starting a conversation, because people can respond or react to it. We are susceptible to the ripple effect, but direction changes can be made if the network requires them. We are essentially performing our ideas to a vast and unseen audience.

The State of Instructional Design

Tom Spiglanin

Long before personal computers made their way into the workplace, there was a need for training. Perhaps it’s tempting to blame the design process for failing to produce effective solutions, but I would disagree. They may also include online social components, performance support options, Internet-based resources, internal proprietary content, video, learner-produced content, and much more.

MOOCs In Workplace Learning – Part 2: Designing a MOOC

Learnnovators

In this post, I have explored some of the ways that corporate MOOCs can enable and foster ongoing learning and the building of personal learning networks (PLNs) in organizations. Wrote Inge de Waard in her #lsmag article, Seamless Learning: Forget MOOCs, Mobile Learning, and Ubiquitous Access : “ Creating support for optimized individual learning (such as creating personal learning environments) is as important as collaborative learning and peer-to-peer learning in this networked world.

MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 2: DESIGNING A MOOC

Learnnovators

In this post, I have explored some of the ways that corporate MOOCs can enable and foster ongoing learning and the building of personal learning networks (PLNs) in organizations. Wrote Inge de Waard in her #lsmag article, Seamless Learning: Forget MOOCs, Mobile Learning, and Ubiquitous Access : “ Creating support for optimized individual learning (such as creating personal learning environments) is as important as collaborative learning and peer-to-peer learning in this networked world.

New Hires Not Working Out? Try Psychometric Testing

Mindflash

If under-performing salespeople went through interviews and completed specific job training and yet still lack traits need to achieve results, where is the gap? It is not a personality test, such as the Meyers-Briggs assessment or Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). Disclosure: The sales performance improvement providers mentioned are ESR subscribers.). But a person’s level of motivation is not a skill that can be trained.

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The labelling game

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The Pygmalion effect , as it''s known can be beneficial. If teachers ascribe great expectations onto their students, those students tend to perform better as a result. The reverse (or the Golem effect ) can also occur. When teachers see students as time wasters, and expect less from them, those students tend to under perform. I know personally that this can happen. Last week I arrived at London Heathrow''s Terminal 5, dragging my luggage behind me.

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Mind technology

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Personally, I don''t find it that onerous. I''m able to organise my content effectively using other specific tools. Still others enable me to perform mundane and repetitive tasks while freeing me up to concentrate on the more important things that demand my attention during the day. My mind technology is embodied in and across a vast biological network of individuals - the connected minds that I call my personal learning network (PLN).

Identity in a digital age

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Much of my understanding of digital identity was founded in my studies into personal identity, whilst a student of social psychology. Goffman saw social interaction as a drama performance, in which the actor's behaviour was framed by front stage and back stage roles, scripts, props and costumes. One of the most important, but often ignored features of Goffman's Dramaturgical Model is the presence of an audience, to which the actor consciously (or unconsciously) performs.

What students need

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Although grades matter, more important still is the feedback students receive on their work and performance, and the interventions that teachers can make to support those they see struggling. It's easy to become lost in a crowd, and in the past spotting individual students who are in trouble, and providing personal intervention, has been a challenge for schools (Blatchford et al, 2002). This is useful for both a personal as well as a holistic view.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Learning Styles as Fortune Telling

Learning Visions

As a practical person, I tend to avoid theory. The reason researchers roll their eyes at learning styles is the utter failure to find that assessing childrens learning and matching to instructional methods has any effect on their learning." Program control gave better results during initial learning, while learner control was more effective at alter stages." (p. Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th.

Tools of the trade

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It will fail if the user does not follow or is not followed by enough other subscribers to enable the benefits of the network effect. The question still open to me is whether this model would change from it's current form to represent Personal Learning Networks. It is worth noting that only the first quadrant of this PLN model is actually performed synchronously, that is, in real time. blog wiki RSS personal learning Twitter PLN Joyce Seitzinger

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New Year Resolutions for Learning and Development

Tom Spiglanin

Every year brings new hope to do things better, more successfully, and more effectively. To actually accomplish this requires honest reflection, planning, and a personal commitment to make it happen. How will we go about making changes to our daily activities and be a more effective business partner, regardless of our role? All too frequently the response to a performance need is a course. Every year brings new challenges and opportunities.

Lost in the crowd?

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In his book 2004 ' Distraction ', author Mark Curtis argued that our sense of self - or personal identity - can become confused or challenged when we habitually use digital technology. There has been some debate over whether or not people should combine their personal and business social media identities. Again, this is a far from convincing argument, but even if it were true, would it really so much of a bad thing that we are able to engage in multiple online identity performance?

Self fulfilling prophecies

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My most recent post featured locus of control theory, and today's post is about the Pygmalion Effect in education. As with all posts, this is a brief overview and a personal perspective on the application of the theory in practice. The theory Robert Rosethal and Leonora Jacobson conducted studies in American schools during the 1960s focused on the effect teachers can have on the learning performances of children.

Imagined worlds

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Creative and disruptive educators can think of much better ways to represent learning spaces. And we all have our own notions of personal space and place. The latter is perhaps the place that offers me the least sense of personal place and ownership, but when I am leading a teaching session I am never the less operating within very familiar territory and this gives me a sense of comfort and ease. imagined worlds Technology education Virtual learning personal space

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Visual and Auditory Multi-Tasking

Learning Visions

Monday, June 18, 2007 Visual and Auditory Multi-Tasking From the Eide Neurolearning Blog: Voluntary Control of Attention - Visual and Auditory Multi-Tasking There is a yin and yang effect between visual and auditory attention. Mixed visual-auditory stimuli have an underadditive effect, so that if you have to do both at the same time, total brain activation goes down. Maybe the "underadditive effect" occurs when a multimedia presentation does all the thinking for you.

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Perspective Matters

Tom Spiglanin

It’s not just that they see a three-dimensional representation of us, it’s that each person has their own predisposed perspective through which they develop their perception of us. In the workplace, perspective is also highly dependent on a person’s role in the organization, what their responsibilities and accountabilities are, and what they are tasked to accomplish. Training may be needed to address performance gaps.

How to Maximize Collaboration in Instructional Design

CourseArc

Designing online courses is a multifaceted endeavor — and all those different facets are often the job of the same person: you. As instructional designers create eLearning courses, they must perform a variety of jobs to deliver the final product, including (but not limited to): Project Management. Even if you’re a “star performer” who can do it all, the extensive scope of some projects coupled with pressing deadlines often requires additional assistance.

I Believe in the Erosion of Hierarchies

Tom Spiglanin

In the last several articles , we focused on aspects of the changing workplace and also discussed behaviors that those of us in the learning and development (L&D) role can adopt to help improve our effectiveness. The hierarchy is commonly represented with the org chart, a two-dimensional block diagram showing the authoritative wiring of the organization. In some cases workers are trained to perform virtually all tasks required of the group with members working as a team.

I Believe in the Value of Sharing

Tom Spiglanin

I’m not talking about the monetary value of a social share (which business people are keen on doing ), but rather the less tangible value that comes from sharing knowledge, making an individual more productive, effective, and efficient. In other words, the value that is manifest in the form of improved personal performance in the workplace. Job security and satisfaction are a few personal outcomes.

The Demise of E-learning (the brand)

Tom Spiglanin

It was 1996, and many of us in training organizations around the world were just beginning to use the early tools to move training to the personal computer. Then, when they do, they use every ploy imaginable to minimize their discomfort, which often includes performing a variety of other tasks at the same time, paying only minimal attention to the required program. A plethora of online performance support tools to help get the job done, even by a novice.

E-Learning 101: Straightforward Answers to Fundamental Questions

ATD Learning Technologies

Some LMSs offer advanced features that support performance management and social learning opportunities. Section 508 of the Workforce Rehabilitation Act requires that electronic communication for the federal government be accessible to individuals with disabilities who use assistive technology, such as a person using a screen reader. Common MOOC platforms include: Coursera. What is Creative Commons? Creative Commons is different from public domain.

Learning and the Changing Workplace – Part 3

Tom Spiglanin

In this final installment of this Learning and the Changing Workplace series, I address what I see as the most compelling reason for L&D needs to change the way we work, augmenting or even replacing traditional methods with more responsive and effective approaches in the evolved work environment. Illustration of both the hierarchical workplace network and the public network from the perspective of a single connected worker, who is effectively a node on both networks.

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9 Budget-Friendly Ways to Revamp Outdated Online Training Content

Infopro Learning

Your online training content must speak to your employees on a personal level, as well as give them the online training resources they require to overcome daily challenges. Here are 9 cost-effective ways to revamp outdated online training content as quickly as possible. De-cluttering your eLearning course design can give it a cost-effective makeover. For instance, written permission from the original creator or a link that leads to the Creative Commons agreement.

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Learning and the Changing Workplace – Part 1

Tom Spiglanin

While I agree enthusiastically with their perspectives on how the role of L&D must change, I personally haven’t seen or heard of sweeping changes, only small changes within a group of my like-minded peers. L&D professionals continue to do the same job, more or less, responding to most knowledge or performance needs with “learning” solutions. Learning and Development, Learning and Performance, Training and Development, etc.

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Small Changes Make a Difference

Tom Spiglanin

My optimism ultimately derives from several sources, most profoundly my personal learning network of colleagues around the world. For this post, I highlight one person in particular: Jane Hart. Jane said she sees it all the time, and she’s increasingly convinced the only way for an “inside person” like me to be an agent of change is to focus on small changes that make a difference. Should we consider a performance support alternative?

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Makeshift reality

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They can navigate around as if they were in a FPS ( First Person Shooter ) game, and explore every inch of the internal environment of the submarine. Flight simulators can be programmed to present just about any challenge (emergencies are a particular speciality) to the pilots and their performances are analysed and feedback given at the end of each simulation. Photo by Samuel Seller on unsplash Virtual Reality (VR), some might argue, has yet to live up to the hype.

Imagined futures 5: Robot teachers

Learning with 'e's

Good, effective teachers are intuitive, empathetic and responsive to the needs of their students. They get to know their charges well, finding creative ways to help them to learn optimally, engaging them with methods and activities designed to draw out the best performances. Good teachers are memorable because they go the extra mile, make personal connections that are genuinely human, and yes, occasionally they bend or break the rules.

Learning and the Changing Workplace – Part 2

Tom Spiglanin

They’re looking to decommission their behind-the-firewall server farms, applications, services, and platforms by migrating to more cost-effective cloud-based infrastructures that are also “elastic,” able to be expanded and contracted as needed. Working remotely, disconnections and other issues are common, both in personal experience and what I’ve heard from others. Learning and Development, Learning and Performance, Training and Development, etc.

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It’s Time for E-Learning to Embrace ‘BYOL’

Mindflash

If a person suddenly needs to know how to set up a certain feature on their Facebook page, or remember what the flag of Mongolia looks like, or improve their make-up-application skills , help is usually only a click away. She writes: “An increasing number of the workforce –— smart, social, autonomous workers — are already doing their own thing and solving their own learning and performance problems much more quickly and more easily by using their own tools and devices. (An

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Work arounds

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Photo by Jeshoots on Pexels In my two previous posts here and here I've been writing about how the use of smartphones and other personal devices and technologies in the workplace can have negative effects on concentration, memory, task completion and social interaction. There are many advantages of bringing personal devices into the workplace, especially around new learning opportunities. distraction email personal devices smartphone social Technology workplace learning

Connected pedagogy: Social networks

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Connected students can become the nodes of their own production, and are creating more content than ever before as they perform their learning for global audiences." Many writers have highlighted the power of the global digital tribe , particularly the way groups tend to solve problems more effectively than individual experts (Surowiecki, 2009). What are you able to do that capitalises on, rather than negates, the potential of students' personal devices?

Standard deviation

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Photo by Pedro Figueras on Pexels In my last post I wrote about smartphones and other personal devices, and their tendency to distract us by diverting our attention. Distractions in the workplace are common. First there is the social impact: Communication technology may create a psychological distance between people; it can have detrimental effects on our concentration. Now less attention is being paid to the other person than is socially expected.

Why Blended Learning Is Really Just Blended Training

Mindflash

But that has nothing to do with learning and performance effectiveness, only money. It’s learning by actually performing. And doing it — performing it — is how people really learn. So in reality, what we’re talking about when we describe blended learning is just how us transferring the responsibility of “delivering content” from a person to a computer. Approved sources and tracking learning activity are training concerns, not performance concerns.