Personal Learning Tools and Technologies

Tony Karrer

More important are the methods. But probably most important are the mental models or frameworks that people use to understand what they need and turn it into methods and tools. There is certainly value in sharing methods and models. A little on methods. Tools to Make Reading & Research More Effective Personal Learning Knowledge Work Environment Personal and Group Learning Using Web 2.0

LearnTrends: Microlearning

Experiencing eLearning

Microlearning – the learning that results from “micro” content published in short form and limited by the software and devices used to view it – offers alternatives to traditional development methods for workers who deal with web-based information as part of their job. Specifically focusing on OTJ skills & knowledge. Basic goal: make learning more effective through new media. To know if it’s effective. Who doesn’t this work for?

Tool Set 2009

Tony Karrer

I thought I'd kick off this year by posting a series of posts on topics related to tools and methods for work and learning. What are the most important methods to adopt in addition to the tools? Setting up a SharePoint for a community or work team is very different from teaching them about Personal Learning. In fact, the lack of attention to this topic was the reason I founded Work Literacy in June of 2008. Tools to Make Reading & Research More Effective.

Generation next

Learning with e's

Yet innovative pedagogy in higher education is not prevalent, and academics are generally reluctant to change their methods. The guardians of this knowledge are the academics. What will they need in a world of work that is increasingly dependent on digital technologies?

Work Literacy Skills - New Workshop

Tony Karrer

Harold Jarche, Michele Martin and I are pleased to announce a new workshop offering that relates to the recent posts on Tool Set 2009 and to the issues of Work Literacy. Work Literacy Skills Workshop Was the last formal training you had on knowledge work skills the use of a card catalog and microfiche reader? We are left trying to figure out where all these new tools fit in our day-to-day work life and our professional life.

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Learned vs. Learners

ID Reflections

I have recently been reading Building Expertise: Cognitive Methods for Training and Performance Improvement at a colleague’s recommendation. It is now common knowledge that an organization’s ability to innovate is its competitive edge in today’s economy. This worked wonderfully (when the world was stable and work was routine) till it didn’t anymore. More importantly, are those the kind of work that will provide us with the indispensable competitive edge?

The Importance of Being Agile in a VUCA World

ID Reflections

We are well aware that to survive and thrive in the VUCA world, we need to be agile in all respects – in learning, towards change, regarding work as well as life.

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Work Skills Keeping Up?

Tony Karrer

In New Work and New Work Skills , I discuss the fact that most of us have not participated in formal learning since college on foundational knowledge work skills - especially metacognitive skills. Tilde Effect What epitomizes the situation for me is the Google ~ operator. Tilde Effect - gap between available tools and methods and the average capabilities of concept workers due to the ad hoc nature of work skills acquisition.

Workplace Productivity

Tony Karrer

One of the favorite quotes I used to use during presentations was Drucker - The most important contribution of management in the 21st century will be to increase knowledge-worker productivity. This is a big reason that I started Work Literacy. I firmly believe that all management and workplace learning professionals need to be constantly looking at how we can improve the performance of knowledge workers. It also causes us to confuse activity and effectiveness.

Skimming and Learning Design

Tony Karrer

One of the common themes on my blog is the world we live in with availability of trillions of web pages, millions of people, and thousands of tools, has meant a significant and continuous change in our work literacy. Note to self, figure out how this could have worked.)

Curated Insights: The Human Side of Extracting Business Value from Information

CLO Magazine

The answer is yes — and that means they need the skills to author effective, high-quality insights. Writing effective insights starts with understanding the foundation on which they are built. Writing insights effectively is important to their adoption, fruition and use.

What Agile Means to Me

ID Reflections

My interpretation of the Agile philosophy I am trying to acquire better ways of learning and building personal knowledge networks and helping others do it. Unpacking each claim Adaptive over predictive Ruth Clark describes adaptive in relation to expertise in her book Building Expertise: Cognitive Methods for Training and Performance Improvement , and I think it reflects my understanding of Agile philosophy very well. I complete exactly 3 months at ThoughtWorks today.

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Q&A With Student from King's College

Kapp Notes

I realized back in the late-1990s that PowerPoint had the potential to be an effective authoring tool. The best method I have found is if you can draw a person in with a demonstration and show them that learning is occurring. Remind them that the visual cues of games, the need to think quickly, the immersive qualities all create an effective learning environment. The same sort of thing happened when factories were automated and when knowledge work became automated.

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Working Smarter eFieldbook $12

Jay Cross

Working smarter is the key to sustainability and continuous improvement. Knowledge work and learning to work smarter are becoming indistinguishable. The infrastructure for working smarter is called a workscape. It’s the platform where learning and work transpire.

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A new model for training

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

To be effective today they need to be constantly probing and trying out better ways of work. Management’s job is to assist this dynamic flow of sense-making and to respond to workers’ needs, within a trusted network of information and knowledge sharing. The main objective of the new training department is to enable knowledge to flow in the organization. Sensing patterns and helping to develop emergent work and learning practices.

Trends in Learning

Tony Karrer

Environmental Changes Some of the common trends I discuss in presentations are: Decreased L&D budgets Faster pace Increased workforce mobility Shorter job tenure Increased job fragmentation - fewer numbers in any one role Constant increase in complexity Greater concept work Need for faster proficiency Changing expectations for learning The bottom line is that Learning and Development needs to do more with less these days or they will be marginalized.

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Learned about Learning in 2009

Tony Karrer

It’s always fun at the end of the year to go back and take a look at what you’ve been working on, what you’ve learned during the year. In June 2008, Work Literacy Launched. I’m convinced that we are all struggling to have our Work Skills Keep Up. When I look at my particular skills, methods and tools for 2009 and compare them to 2008, I would say that it’s mostly a question of degree of use and certainly my use of Twitter has grown. Work Event?

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2008 2009

Tony Karrer

for Learning Professionals Ten Predictions for eLearning 2008 Test SCORM Courses with an LMS Request for Proposal (RFP) Samples Training Method Trends Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis SCORM Test Web 2.0 37) Training Method Trends (27) Examples of eLearning 2.0 (26)

Agile instructional design

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

It’s hard to argue with the concept of planning your work, then working your plan.) Sometimes it’s more effective to imbed the knowledge in the work than to plant it in the head of the worker. Why isn’t Sally at work today?

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Social Software Adoption

Tony Karrer

Once a work team agrees that will be how they collaborate on a given piece of content, it becomes very inefficient for an individual within the team to not adopt the same technology. There is a network effect with the adoption of discussion groups.

The 70:20:10 Model – Today, Tomorrow & Beyond

Learnnovators

Charles has deep experience in both the business and learning practitioner sides of performance improvement and effective learning solutions. He also knows ‘what works’ in the world of strategic talent. Charles: I see these shifts in learning as being driven not only by re-thinking the process of learning and development and by emerging technologies, but also by fundamental changes in the world of work.

Not Your Father’s ROI

Jay Cross

At the same time, we are shifting into an era in which knowledge work and learning occur where re-engineered business processes collide with a participative and interactive ecology of information flows. Make a hypothesis of cause and effect.

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Social Grid Follow-up

Tony Karrer

A few of the tools and methods I use to tap into the social grid. Leveraging Networks is Key Skill and the most important Knowledge Worker Skill Gap. I asked via Twitter and in the session for other tools/methods that people use for Tapping into Your Social Grid.

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Thriving in the Net-Work Era

Jay Cross

Before industrialization, work was local or industry meant cottage-industry. About three hundred years ago, work became an organizational matter. Factories require groups of people working together. Clocks measure working hours instead of the sun.

Learning for the 21st Century

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Learning is the process of figuring out how the world works. It’s a dog’s breakfast of acquiring skills, information, knowledge, savoir faire, and more. THE CHANGING NATURE OF WORK. In the days of textile factories in Manchester, railroads criss-crossing continents, and assembly lines mass- producing automobiles, most work was physical. In fact, Frederick Taylor told workers, ‘You’re not paid to think’ Along came knowledge work.

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. An executive, a manager, a training director, and a worker each have different but valid ways of evaluating the effectiveness of learning. Knowledge Workers.

Long Live?

Tony Karrer

This aligns with the eLearning Guild's numbers that I discussed last fall in Training Method Trends. And you cannot Separate Knowledge Work from Learning. I know from Data Driven performance improvement solutions that often informal learning can be very effective in driving results. Different people will find different styles of use that are effective. It helps share effective patterns.