Formal vs informal learning and what the LMS should do about them

Matrix

That we learn something new all the time is more than an overused cliché; it is actually fact. Every time we buy a new piece of technology, be it a smartphone, a TV or a blender, we need to learn how to use it. Adult learning is very much connected to need and usefulness and as a result it’s paramount for instructional designers to prove the importance of any material they present and allow for learners to go about finding what they think is of educational value at a certain point.

Demystifying Working Out Loud

Learnnovators

In this post, I want to demystify working out loud and highlight the organizational as well as personal growth that accrues from the practice. It has helped me to develop my personal learning network (PLN) and enabled my PKM. We live in an age of information abundance but lacking in insight and wisdom; it is almost impossible to make sense of it as an individual. Given this VUCA world, it is imperative for and incumbent on all of us to remain learning agile and relevant.

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Laura Overton – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Laura Overton is the Founder and Managing Director of Towards Maturity – a not for profit benchmark practice that provides independent research to help organisations deliver improved performance through learning innovation. Her work is based on 25+ years of practical experience in implementing technology enabled learning strategies for business advantage and is backed by her independent research. What are the completion rates of a typical online learning program?

The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning

Learnnovators

The rise of mobile computing in the form smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices accompanied by ubiquitous Internet connection is creating unforeseen change–in how we work, learn, communicate, do business, conduct personal tasks, and myriad other aspects. As working professionals and L&D personnel concerned with training and organizational learning, capability building and talent development, we cannot ignore the implications of this changing landscape.

Six Obstacles To Building Communities In Organizations

Learnnovators

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.”

Becoming a Social Business – Beyond Culture Change

Learnnovators

The usual culprits are the hapless organizational culture closely followed by hierarchy and leadership lethargy. Underlying this military and manufacturing discourse is an insidious and difficult to pin down aspect – the scarcity mindset – be it of money, skills, information, time, talent, and so on. Controls are put in place to prevent information from going to competitors; non-compliance is punished; transparency is censored to prevent general dissent.

“Digital Mindset”: What Is It All About?

Learnnovators

“Digital mindset” seems to have become another buzzword–rather buzz-phrase to be grammatically precise–whenever the conversation (online or offline) veers toward social business, social learning, collaboration, and other 21st Century phenomenon in general. Flexible about time and space: In a connected world where we are very often working, learning, and interacting with individuals across the globe as a normal course of life, time takes on a different meaning.

Clive Shepherd – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT CLIVE SHEPHERD (Founding Director – The More Than Blended Learning Company): Clive Shepherd is a consultant learning technologist. He works with a broad range of public and private sector organisations internationally, helping them to build capability in the application of new media to learning, and to transform workplace learning through the effective integration of formal, informal, on-demand and experiential learning.

The Top Six Things Organizations Must Do to Enable Emergent Learning

Learnnovators

What is common across the learning modes and methods mentioned? Social learning via an enterprise collaboration platform. Mobile enabled learning accessible anytime, anywhere, on any device of the user’s choice. MOOCs which straddle the line between social learning and e-learning with learner communities. These are essentially “pull” and collaborative learning modes and cannot be imposed. But first, WHAT IS EMERGENT LEARNING?

The Changing Nature of Workplace Learning

Learnnovators

One was from the field of architecture and the other was by Harold Jarche on workplace and learning. This trust also promotes individual autonomy and can become a foundation for organizational learning, as knowledge is freely shared. ” Read in conjunction, the two pieces shed a lot of light not only on how today’s workplace is changing but also on its impact on how we learn. How do we know everyone has learned?

The Six Hats Of A Community Manager

Learnnovators

Providing generic, platform related information is not too useful. The activity stream turns into an overwhelming flood and people lose control of their information flow. Sahana Chattopadhyay is an L&D Consultant, OD Specialist, Blended Learning Architect, Social Learning Evangelist, and Blogger. Community Management is an evolving role and organizations are beginning to see the need for this role.

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

Learnnovators

I have been writing about MOOCs in the context of workplace learning from different perspectives for some time now. The earlier posts… MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 1: Some Points to Consider. MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 2: Designing a MOOC. MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 3: Launching a MOOC. MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 4: Their Role in Corporate Universities.

Social Technology, Community Management & Organizational Development

Learnnovators

I am not going to tread into management theory or organizational structures in this post. I wanted to set the premise for what is to come in the months and years ahead…and where do we come in as learning and organizational development specialists. It is time for deep and fundamental transformation of all organizational and management principles practised with such astounding success over the past many decades.

7 Strategies to Facilitate “Working Out Loud”

Learnnovators

Community members learn together, share feedback, take onus of building the domain. Talented coders and developers come together to learn, share and co-create. If we critically examine the characteristics of networked learning, it becomes evident that these are also qualities that foster and enable communities to thrive which in turn pull creative, passionate individuals to the workforce. We all know that true learning takes place through dialogues.

MOOCs In Workplace Learning – Part 2: Designing a MOOC

Learnnovators

@ ignatia (Inge de Waard) describes MOOCs thus in her Master’s Thesis: “MOOC is above all referring to a pedagogical model with independent learners, access to information, opportunity to create emerging, spontaneous, yet not directed learning communities, etcetera. Corporate Learning will be transformed and will take on more importance wrote Josh Bersin in his HR predictions for 2015. There is an urgent need to re-imagine workplace learning for the networked world.

MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 3: Launching a MOOC

Learnnovators

This is a continuation of my MOOC series and also a post that draws a lot from the #MSLOC430 Community and MOOC (“C” type) that I am participating in — the open section of the graduate course in the Master’s Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. Before I plunge into the heart of my analysis and discussion, I want to share a couple of snippets on Networked Learning from Wikipedia. ( [link] ).

Workplace Learning in a World “Beyond Automation”

Learnnovators

The remaining tasks will require individuals who fundamentally think differently about work and learning. The key question we (as L&D/HR) need to think of is how are we going to support workplace learning to build such skills in the workforce? The table below captures the shifts as I see it: I have been writing about social and collaborative learning, the importance of communities of practices and networked learning skills like building one’s PLN and PKM for some time now.

Getting Started With Working Out Loud

Learnnovators

I am trying to move to a mode where I’ll write shorter posts more regularly on specific topics, questions posed to me, or an aspect of modern workplace learning that interests me. I happened to mention “ working out loud ” as a practice that is fundamental to social and collaborative learning, and drew a completely blank stare. Share a snippet from the day’s work that captures a learning, a mistake made, or insight gleaned.

MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 2: DESIGNING A MOOC

Learnnovators

@ ignatia (Inge de Waard) describes MOOCs thus in her Master’s Thesis: “MOOC is above all referring to a pedagogical model with independent learners, access to information, opportunity to create emerging, spontaneous, yet not directed learning communities, etcetera. Corporate Learning will be transformed and will take on more importance wrote Josh Bersin in his HR predictions for 2015. There is an urgent need to re-imagine workplace learning for the networked world.

MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 5: SKILLS LEARNERS NEED TODAY

Learnnovators

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. MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 2: Designing a MOOC. MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 3: Launching a MOOC. MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 4: Their Role in Corporate Universities. A MOOC is an intrinsically participative, collaborative mode of learning.

MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 3: LAUNCHING A MOOC

Learnnovators

This is a continuation of my MOOC series and also a post that draws a lot from the #MSLOC430 Community and MOOC (“C” type) that I am participating in — the open section of the graduate course in the Master’s Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. It takes a relational stance in which learning takes place both in relation to others and in relation to learning resources.”. Learning will simply become integrated into our life-stream.

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. How is this change related to social learning?

MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 4: Role in Corporate Universities

Learnnovators

This infographic of a Deloitte Survey spanning 90 countries look at the talent issues that can threaten organizational effectiveness. is an incisive article by @Josh_Bersin on the way Gen Y views the world of work, leadership, career progression and learning. They will expect and demand to learn differently — social, mobile and cloud will play a big role. None of this information is new. Enable peer-to-peer collaboration and learning.

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Working Out Loud: Using the Tools We Already Have

Learnnovators

A bit more conscious thinking behind why, when and how we use these platforms can transform our daily meandering interactions into purposeful habits around learning, sharing and community building. This thought was triggered by David Kelly’s presentation – Social Media, Social Learning, and Curation where he highlights the role each of the social tools/platform can play in our sharing and learning.

Continuous Workplace Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

I might quibble with Jane Hart’s assertion that continuous learning is a new role for learning and development professionals. And they need L&D professionals to help them with this learning. From “packaging” content-based solutions to “scaffolding” frameworks for learning to take place [creating the conditions for learning to take place]. From teaching “old skills” to modeling “new skills” [working and learning in a collaborative and networked world].

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MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 4: ROLE IN CORPORATE UNIVERSITIES

Learnnovators

It’s roughly estimated that only ” 20% of the workers will have the skills needed for 60% of the jobs (mostly because the job haven’t been invented yet) by the end of the decade. “ (Ref: [link] ) This infographic of a Deloitte Survey spanning 90 countries look at the talent issues that can threaten organizational effectiveness. is an incisive article by @Josh_Bersin on the way Gen Y views the world of work, leadership, career progression and learning.

Micro-Learning as a Workplace Learning Strategy

Learnnovators

In todays’ time-crunched, attention-deficit and multitasking world, micro-learning seems to have cropped up as a possible solution to corporate learning and personal development. However, what exactly is micro-learning remains a bit of an elusive concept with different people defining it in different ways. Can a 10-minute learning byte be defined as micro-learning? Would a commoncraft-style video be considered micro-learning?

MICRO-LEARNING AS A WORKPLACE LEARNING STRATEGY

Learnnovators

In todays’ time-crunched, attention-deficit and multitasking world, micro-learning seems to have cropped up as a possible solution to corporate learning and personal development. However, what exactly is micro-learning remains a bit of an elusive concept with different people defining it in different ways. Can a 10-minute learning byte be defined as micro-learning? Would a commoncraft-style video be considered micro-learning?

Bob Little – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Bob Little is a writer , commentator and publicist who works globally, specializing in the corporate online learning industry. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape. There’s lots to be learned! Cloud-based learning.

THE CHANGING NATURE OF WORKPLACE LEARNING

Learnnovators

One was from the field of architecture and the other was by Harold Jarche on workplace and learning. This trust also promotes individual autonomy and can become a foundation for organizational learning, as knowledge is freely shared. Read in conjunction, the two pieces shed a lot of light not only on how today’s workplace is changing but also on its impact on how we learn. How do we know everyone has learned?

THE CHANGING FACE OF WORK AND WORKPLACE LEARNING

Learnnovators

The rise of mobile computing in the form smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices accompanied by ubiquitous Internet connection is creating unforeseen change–in how we work, learn, communicate, do business, conduct personal tasks, and myriad other aspects. As working professionals and L&D personnel concerned with training and organizational learning, capability building and talent development, we cannot ignore the implications of this changing landscape.

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Social Learning Cannot Be A Bolt-On Strategy

Learnnovators

I recently wrote about the challenges of integrating social learning in the workplace. Social Learning and social business go hand in hand. To facilitate social learning, an organization has to become a social business first. When we talk about social learning, we are talking about the fundamental organizational structure of a business. The current failure of organizations to integrate social learning stems from their bolt-on strategy.

SOCIAL LEARNING CANNOT BE A BOLT-ON STRATEGY

Learnnovators

Don Tapscott (italics mine) I recently wrote about the challenges of integrating social learning in the workplace. Social Learning and social business go hand in hand. To facilitate social learning, an organization has to become a social business first. When we talk about social learning, we are talking about the fundamental organizational structure of a business. for a ‘learning organization it is not enough to survive.

What does a company need an LMS and an LRS for?

Matrix

Being a learning specialist requires knowing a lot more than how to design and deliver training, whether online or face to face. It’s a relief that Google is so helpful and readily available or any conference on the subject of learning could turn into a complete mystery anthology for a lot of participants. Yet LRS (Learning Record Store) and LXP (Learning Experience Platform) have also emerged as must-haves for organizational learning in the twenty first century.

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3 Perks of using an LMS for training remote workers

Matrix

While the logistics for efficiently performing the tasks have been put into place with amazing speed in the face of impending need, there still is one very important aspect to be considered: the way people will learn in these new circumstances. Learning is readily available and easy to track.

5 Modern Learning Principles To Drive Higher Sales Performance

Allego

This is the first of a two-part blog series recapping Allego’s recent webinar: 5 Modern Learning Principles To Drive Higher Sales Performance, featuring Mike Kunkle. Even players in the shipping industry of the early 19 th century learned this lesson as companies that first adopted newly available steamship technology could traverse shipping lanes at four times the speed—while competitors who continued investing in ships with next-gen masts and sails floundered (no pun intended).

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Is There a Better Way to Social Learning?

Xyleme

Home > Learning Technologies , Social Learning > Is There a Better Way to Social Learning? Is There a Better Way to Social Learning? My conversation with George was no exception as we spoke at length about Connectivism , social learning networks, and the future of current learning technologies (LMS, LCMS, etc.) While there are countless articles about the future of the LMS, it was arguably George’s blog post titled Future of learning: LMS or SNS ?

The 18 Most Interesting Articles and Interviews in 2015

WalkMe Training Station

These 18 articles and interviews, written by the best employee training, discuss the challenges training managers today face, upon the shifting world of eLearning, and especially the collision of formal and informal learning. The worst employee training experience ever includes you forgetting to train the leadership, and not providing continuous learning. Great Interview with Yann LeCun on Deep Learning. HR Learn from Elementary Schools Educators.

FAQ for Learntrends April 21-22

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Learntrends is a series of online conversations among people with an interest in improving the process of learning in corporations and government. It’s the April installment of Corporate Learning Trends and Innovation. Learntrends welcomes anyone interested in organizational learning. We are expecting a diverse mix of newbies, old hands, managers, practitioners, specialists and generalists. We all learn more when we’re participants, rather than just observers.

Michael Allen – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Michael Allen, the CEO of Allen Interactions, is known for pioneering multimedia learning technologies, interactive instructional paradigms, and rapid-prototyping processes—bringing each forward into leading corporate enterprises. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. How has been your journey (to save the world from boring e-learning) so far?