The Long Tail, the 80:20 Rule and the role of learning professionals

The E-Learning Curve

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Long Tail Learning - Size and Shape

Tony Karrer

a long tail? to my post Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis. I'm not limiting that to the "traditional means" training topics, but I do limit that to things that are job-related, which is why I think the tail has a limit.

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Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis

Tony Karrer

Adler's recent article - Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0 talks about the implications of the Long Tail on Education. You can also look at getAbstract 's - Abstract on Anderson's The Long Tail. John Seely Brown and Richard P.

9 Critical Elements of Performance Improvement: Devlearn Session Recap


We were provided with only the most general information about what to expect from the surgery and during recovery. The long tail of performance improvement We expected that Kent would return to work in about 6 weeks. Discussion: The long tail of performance improvement.

100 eLearning Articles and White Papers

Tony Karrer

Keeping Up with the Pace of Change Informal learning will help employees survive in the future workplace 3. Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0 Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0 My collection of eLearning Articles, White Papers, Blog Posts, etc. just reached 100. Thought I'd share. No particular order to these. Creating Passionate Users: Crash course in learning theory 2.

Knowledge Skills Mentoring Tips - Best of eLearning Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

New skills for learning professionals - Informal Learning , July 1, 2009. Long Tail Blogging is Dying? Too Much Information or a Skills Gap - eLearning Technology , July 9, 2009. E-Learning Authoring Tools Guide 2009 Released: Some Meditations on the Nature of Information - The E-Learning Curve , July 1, 2009. eLearning Learning Hot List. July 1, 2009 to July 10, 2009.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010

Tony Karrer

Organizations will need you to shift a it towards Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis and Long Tail Learning - Size and Shape. If you want to optimize total learner hours, then you make long courses aimed at lots of employees.

PWLE Not PLE - Knowledge Work Not Separate from Learning

Tony Karrer

It's the set of methods, skills, tools that I use to perform my day-to-day knowledge work activities where I acquire information, knowledge, etc. If we are going to make progress with Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis , I think we have to think about these things in an integrated fashion Mohamed Amine Chatti (a fellow Eddie eLearning nominee) last two posts The LaaN Perspective , and Requirements of a PLE Framework are both interesting posts and worth reading.

Learning 2.0 Strategy

Clark Quinn

You need to be able to spot new kinds of opportunities that you might not have been involved in before (see Long Tail Learning ). A lot of the time, the way people actually learn how to work in this environment is through informal learning. Over the past two years, I've worked with start-ups and corporations around the world who are grappling a bit with the impact of Web 2.0 on learning.

Online Coaching

Tony Karrer

Catherine Lombardozzi recent post Coaching informal learning sparked something for me around online coaching opportunities. In prior posts she identifies the following elements as being needed for informal learning strategy to be effective in the workplace: Motivation for learning. I completely agree with Catherine that we need to be thinking about how learners can get support for dealing with the complexities of informal learning.

mylearningworx - a reflection on the launch event

Learning Rocks

While most elearning to date has been in either the mass market of formal K-12 education or in custom products for large wealthy companies, there aren't that many folk really addressing the "long tail" of online formal learning. Last week I was pleased to attend the launch of mylearningworx , a new site that offers individuals the chance to both make a course and take a course.

Skimming and Learning Design

Tony Karrer

Implications for Learning Design If we know that people are likely to consume information in this way, what does it mean for Learning Design. No one will sit through long detailed pieces of information.

Learning Responsibility

Tony Karrer

First, my earlier posts Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis and Long Tail Learning - Size and Shape lay out that I believe the space in which Corporate Learning (and realistically all learning professionals) operates is changing such that unless they look at providing Long Tail Learning, they will be a continually smaller part of the overall information landscape. The big question for March 2008 is - Scope of Learning Responsibility?

Write for Skimming

Tony Karrer

Most people proved me wrong and they actually read things - see the survey results about whether people found a small bit of text embedded in the middle of my post: 74% of the people saw it 21% missed it 5% not sure I'm still convinced there's lack of ability to get people's attention and have them focus on any details - see Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis or better yet read the comments in Stop Reading where they passionately discuss people not reading emails.

Scope of Learning Responsibility

The Learning Circuits

One was a Chief Learning Officer panel discussion where it seemed that supporting informal learning or communities of practice was not something they were considering.

Business of Learning

Tony Karrer

I personally would bet against training as publisher of formal learning in the long-term. Sure we know about software and services that go along with things like: Informal Learning Social Learning Toolkits Resource sites Books 24x7, Safari But will people really pay for these things?

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Speaking and Workshop Services

Tony Karrer

Email Tony for his speaking fee information ( ). William Brandon, eLearning Guild "I wanted to thank you for the clear, fun and insightful information.

2.0 and Interesting Times

Tony Karrer

Definition: the shift from a predominantly formal instructor-led/eLearning model to one that encompasses formal, informal and social learning methodologies HR & Org Implication: organizational culture can evolve via a strong learning ecosystem; to continue with antiquated ‘spray and pray’ formal only training models is akin to GM’s 2011 automobile lineup being full of SUV’s Work 2.0 Thus, we must look to provide value in the long tail of learning.


Tony Karrer

The broader perspective he is talking about is to look beyond formal learning to informal learning, social learning, collaborative learning, and personal learning. The only way to handle long tail learning is to focus on providing the tool set and personal learning and working skills ( work literacy ) that are central to concept work.


How to MOOC: Designing Effective MOOC Training Programs

Your Training Edge

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are a bit of a chimera – they have the head of instructor-led training, the body of traditional e-learning, and the long tail of social media. and “How complex is the information?” A MOOC is probably not the best choice to disseminate one-off information to a relatively small group of people, like new product sales specs (though you could certainly use some MOOC elements, like a live webinar coupled with a virtual discussion space).

Trends in Learning

Tony Karrer

Trends in What L&D Organizations are Doing As a result of these trends, some L&D organizations are looking to social and informal learning. There's considerable discussion throughout my blog around topics that relate to social / informal / learning 2.0: Informal Learning , Communities, Bottom-up vs. Top-Down The whole social / informal / elearning 2.0 The whole problem is Long Tail Learning.

Jay Cross - Untitled Article

Jay Cross

Intrigued (and unconvinced), I conducted my own informal and unscientific survey of 25 of my clients and asked them: 1) if they had ever heard of SharePoint; 2) what it actually does. The Ultimate Business Time-Saver. Gene Marks , 04.02.09, 02:45 PM EDT.

Who's Responsible for This?

Kapp Notes

So, here is the big question for this month: Do educational institutions and corporate learning & development departments have responsibility for supporting Long Tail Learning?

Camtasia for Mac, Education, Blogging, and Brain Cells

Big Dog, Little Dog

The Department of Education recently announced that it was developing a new National Educational Technology Plan to provide a "vision of how information and communications technologies can help transform American education." The long tail of blogging is dying - Guardian.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Day 4 - Man.Im just getting warmed up! (and a shocker!)

Mark Oehlert

found via an article in the Wall Street Journal) turns out that a Harvard professor has found out that the arguments put forward by WIRED editor Chris Anderson in The Long Tail, might not be exactly spot on. That must change how we view the head versus the tail. **I

Collaboration - Storyboard - Enterprise 2.0 - eLearning Hot List

eLearning Learning Posts

New skills for learning professionals - Informal Learning , July 1, 2009. Long Tail Blogging is Dying? Informal learning patterns - Informal Learning , June 26, 2009. E-Learning Authoring Tools Guide 2009 Released: Some Meditations on the Nature of Information - The E-Learning Curve , July 1, 2009. eLearning Learning Hot List. June 26, 2009 to July 3, 2009. Top Posts. The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals.

Some Questions and Answers

Kapp Notes

This is e-learning that needs to be done quickly, has information that is not permanent and that needs to be provided to as many people as possible as quickly as possible. These efforts are being driven by the "gamer" generation and cost much more than option one but are used more for permanent information, high-end skills like leadership or operating complicated and difficult machinery or software and provide a high degree of fidelity.

Knowledge and Learning In The News - 02/05/2007

Big Dog, Little Dog

Via Informal Learning Blog. Moving into the long tail - growing changing learning creating. SAT 2.0 - Around the Corner v2. The power of self-motivated learners is finding knowledge in unlikely places. Side note - you can read the Demos study, " Their Space " that is cited in the post here. Out of Context - Training Day. Most of us aren't aware of how powerful our surroundings and situation are in driving our behavior.

ISDers: The Master Filters

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Much of that content is junk and not necessary for everyone but we keep it because it may be of use to someone (the long tail). We can data mine the piles of content and filter out the nuggets of information that will stand the test of time trapped inside of a "course". With many companies scrambling to get up to speed with Enterprise2.0,

How to avoid eLearning paralysis and get moving with your projects

Vignettes Learning

web applications, authoring tools and learning methods both formal and informal. I relate the abundance to what Chris Anderson describes as the Long Tail [link]. Many eLearning projects have false starts and failed attempts. One reason is paralysis. What can you do about it?

Leading Learning and New Skills

Tony Karrer

This month on the Learning Circuits Blog - I asked some very leading questions If we have responsibility for informal learning, social learning, eLearning 2.0 , long tail learning , etc. Kimberly McCollum in The networked nature of information fairly calls me out for asking such leading questions - They are more like a rhetorical rallying cry to the already converted. I'm personally out to change this, but we are a long way from being in a position to lead.

Strength of weak knowledge sources

Jay Cross

The same principle holds true for information. I’m assembling the un-book sequel to Informal Learning. Chris Anderson - The Long Tail. The strength of weak ties explains that you never find your new job through your friends; you find it through their friends. Your pool of contacts overlaps that of your friends; there’s nothing new there. But their friends are members of many different communities. In diversity, there are job leads.

The wonders of community

Jay Cross

Luiz was a fan of my book on Informal Learning and has incorporated it into his practice. On another floor, we twisted a 3′ long rod attached to a chrome globe that was supposed to generate sound and create a 3D image; the screen was dark. I arrived in Sao Paolo knowing no one.