Collaborative Learning Lessons from Wikipedia (and Small Insects.

Dashe & Thomson

A truly excellent article by Matt Thompson, titled An Antidote for Web Overload , addresses the reasons behind Wikipedia’s increasing replacement of traditional news sites as the go-to source for breaking news items.

Advantages of Informal Learning for Organizations


For organizations interested in promoting employee growth, a mix of formal with informal education methods may be the key to success. Informal learning refers to the spontaneous, ad-hoc learning most of us engage in every day when we feed our curiosity or explore answers to questions provoked by our environment. Or maybe something from a television program has piqued our curiosity and we search Wikipedia to learn more.

Video, Meetings, Wikipedia, & Twitter

Big Dog, Little Dog

Watch out Wikipedia, here comes Britannica 2.0 - Fairfax Digital. In a move to take on Wikipedia, the Encyclopedia Britannica is inviting the hoi polloi to edit, enhance and contribute to its online version. All hail the information triumvirate!

How Wikipedia Works and Wikis in the Enterprise - HBS

Tony Karrer

Great article - How Wikipedia Works (or Doesn't) that looks at Andrew McAfee's experiences around the " Enterprise 2.0 " article and Wikipedia 's Articles for Deletion process. It's an interesting discussion of the net impact of Wikipedia's process - which can be frustrating, especially to casual users. At the same time, I've also had some very good experiences such as when my 10-year old son updated Wikipedia.

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eLearning, Informal Learning 2.0, Wikipedia, Wisdom, KM, & Strategy

Big Dog, Little Dog

Informal Learning 2.0 Wikipedia breeds 'unwitting trust' says IT professor - Computer World. An expert is held accountable if they make a mistake but no one is held accountable for the information available on Wikipedia.

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Wikipedia leads to great new resource

Take an e-Learning Break

One of my first sources for information is Wikipedia. The Internet Public Library is a public library for the world wide web.Students from a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science develop and maintain the IPL Sometimes one resources leads to another. which provides you with a real gem. I spent some time reading about the history of the presidents. link] A link on this page lead me to [link] containing info on the presidents.

How to Reduce Your Course Development Costs By 90+ Per Cent

Absorb LMS

The problem, though, is that it can be difficult to find high quality, informative learning content among a massive sea of choices. Articles from Wikipedia and other online encyclopedia. Absorb LMS course created with content from Wikipedia, YouTube, and Slideshare.

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Micro-Learning: Its Role in Formal, Informal and Incidental Learning

ID Reflections

Wikipedia With the rise of social and informal learning, and ubiquitous mobile devices (tablets, phablets, smartphones and everything in between), micro-learning as a concept and practice has taken off. Typically, micro-learning or learning bytes or learning capsules work well as a component of informal learning where the learner pulls what they need to solve an immediate problem. Micro-learning thus lends itself to formal, informal and incidental learning.

Informal Learning Technology

Tony Karrer

There's a fantastic post by Stephen Downes - New Technology Supporting Informal Learning. So as you read this, keep in mind that Stephen was primarily talking about technology that can support a Formal Learning Event that heavily leverages Informal / Social Learning as it's primary mechanism. In some ways, you could say that this might be an interesting model to experiment with as a formal/informal hybrid at the start of some new project.

How to Reduce Your Course Development Costs By 90+ Per Cent

Absorb LMS

The problem, though, is that it can be difficult to find high quality, informative learning content among a massive sea of choices. Articles from Wikipedia and other online encyclopedia. Absorb LMS course created with content from Wikipedia, YouTube, and Slideshare.

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How to Reduce Your Course Development Costs By 90+ Per Cent

Absorb LMS

The problem, though, is that it can be difficult to find high quality, informative learning content among a massive sea of choices. Articles from Wikipedia and other online encyclopedia. Absorb LMS course created with content from Wikipedia, YouTube, and Slideshare.

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Formal vs. Informal Learning: Gathering My Thoughts Post Learnchat Session Today

ID Reflections

Preamble Today's #learnchat question revolved around formal and informal learning. The initial part of the session was spent on trying to pin down the meanings—denotation as well as connotation—of formal and informal. A snapshot of formal vs. informal learning: Formal Learning: 1.

Informal Learning - Let's Get Real

Tony Karrer

I've written about exactly this issue several times: Elves, Measuring Results and Informal Learning Informal Learning is Too Important to Leave to Chance Guidance Needed - Are we Misguided in Informal Learning and Collaborative Learning Techniques and have read lots about this. I'm becoming convinced that folks in the informal learning realm are quite willing to live with "free range" learning. Where's our great examples of informal learning support?

Informal Learning and Black Swans

Sticky Learning

So let's start with a (tiny) review of the book (try Wikipedia for a fuller outline). So, we extrapolate on imperfect information. This is where informal learning comes in. Let's try these descriptions of Informal Learning: Learning with no particular outcome in mind.

Less is more: A different approach to L&D in a world awash with information

Performance Learning Productivity

Charles Jennings argues that the adage 'access to knowledge is power' is more fitting in today's information-swamped world. Information overload is more serious than ever." Social data Social data is information produced by anyone. This post appeared on the

Self organised learning spaces

Learning with e's

Take Wikipedia for example. All Wikipedia has done to promote the vast ever expanding storehouse of knowledge, is to provide the environment within which it all takes place. We can learn a lot from Wikipedia, and not just from the knowledge it contains.

"Everyone remember where we parked."

Learning with e's

Smartphones have utterly transformed the way we interact with each other, access information, entertain ourselves and conduct business. The basic philosophy behind Wikipedia and the general practice of user generated content is that everybody can be an editor and a commentator.

Information Overload, Interruptions in Flow - Reduce Productivity

Vignettes Learning

Email Dashboard focuses on the problems and solutions to information overload , interruptions, and related issues. Information Overload - WikiPedia ). With the abundance of technology and massive growth of information, we need to avoid loss of focus and attention.

Who are the Wikipedians?

Learning with e's

I doubt if there is anyone reading this blog who has not used Wikipedia in some way in the last 12 months. The final keynote speaker at Learning without Frontiers was the Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. And that is where services such as Wikipedia come in.

Beyond Corporate Training: How Social Learning is Changing Travel

Dashe & Thomson

Simply point your phone’s camera at the landmark you would like to learn more about and get detailed information instantly with links to more content via Wikipedia and YouTube. Travelers can inform other travelers of traffic, construction, landmark closings, etc.

My Top Ten Tools for Learning 2009

Experiencing eLearning

Wikipedia is the first place I check for basic, “good enough&# information on many topics. If I want to learn more about something when I have little or no background information, the reference lists for each are often a good place to start.

Resistance is futile

Learning with e's

Wikipedia is yet another example of disruptive innovation. Culturally Wikipedia has thoroughly disrupted the idea that you need to consult a printed encyclopaedia to get expert information. disruption education learning smart mobile phones social media Technology web wikipedia

Power struggle

Learning with e's

On Wikipedia he says: ''.the wikipedia Technology power knowledge community learning convergence media Culture democracy Henry Jenkins This is the first post in a new series.

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Contents of the informal cloud book

Jay Cross

Work Smarter: Informal Learning Enters the Cloud. Informal Learning , 2, 6, 33, 41, 97, 98, 103, 104, 126, 127, 129, 179, 183, 187. Wikipedia, 89, 120, 159, 162. 19.95. Index. ADDIE, 22, 23, 102, 106. Allen Interactions, 106. Andrew McAfee, 121. ASTD, 56, 66, 120, 183.

Never mind the quality, feel the width

Learning with e's

Is Wikipedia dying a slow death? These are the questions posed by the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones in his blog post ' Wikipedia on the wane? ' The study estimates that Wikipedia has lost 49,000 editors in just a few months.

The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning


” – Wikipedia. Content will be continuously co-created and co-owned by the community members ( much like the evolution of Wikipedia ). I am not the kind to crystal gaze. I lay no claim to being able to predict the future.

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Micro-Learning as a Workplace Learning Strategy


In my earlier posts, I have written about the possible roles it can play in formal, informal and incidental learning. The deluge of available information and decreasing attention span. The need for just-in-time and just-enough information to get the job done.

The future of intelligence

Learning with e's

A secondary argument is that there is a large amount of content on the web that is spurious, deceiving or inaccurate, and that user generated sites such as Wikipedia and blogs undermine the authority of professionals and academics.

Rewired, not fade away

Learning with e's

That's what tools such as Wikipedia do, you see. wikipedia Technology digital natives and immigrants knowledge neuroplasticity learning cyberchondriaA lot of nonsense is still being talked about how technology is damaging our lives, and how the Internet is 'rewiring our brains'.

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Darwikinism (and monkeying around)

Learning with e's

Finally, it seems that Wikipedia has got a handle on things. With over 60 million users each month, perhaps it is about time, if only to convince my fellow academics and colleagues that Wikipedia does after all have a place in the process of educating our students.

Peer Review vs. Search Engine Places - Quality of Information in a Web 2.0 Sources

Tony Karrer

But what really caught my eye was the statement: For information-seekers using their favorite search engine, quality is simple to define. on Wikipedia. there are examples of old-school type review such as in the case of Wikipedia. Interesting article from EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 41, no. 6 (November/December 2006): 12-13 - Scholarly Reputations: Who's Got Buzz?

Synching feelings

Learning with e's

This is also the ethos of sites such as Wikipedia, which rely heavily on 'the people' and 'wisdom of crowds' to create and maintain the content held in its pages. And yet where is the first place students will go when they want to glean some facts or information about a subject?

Becoming a Social Business – Beyond Culture Change


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.

Autonomous Learning - is it the same as informal learning?

Sticky Learning

Formal learning and informal learning. Marcia Conner's explanation of informal learning is a good starting point in understanding the thinking underlying informal learning. I have also written previously on informal learning in these three posts: Informal/Social Learning - Concertina Style. Permission Learning - encouraging the informal. Fish are the last to recognise water = informal learning. also look at his video explaining informal learning).

Who will survive?

Learning with e's

It is abundant, and although questions still remain over the accuracy and provenance of some content, much is usable and useful for informal learning. Wikipedia, the online crowd-sourced encyclopaedia, hosts over 14 million articles on just about every subject under the sun.

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The social impact of disruptive technology

Learning with e's

Just take Wikipedia: Technically it is a collaborative work space for creating content. In fact it has thoroughly overturned the idea that you need to consult a printed encyclopedia to get expert information. There are around 7.000 authors for the German Wikipedia edition.

Four Reasons you need structure for informal learning


Today, we keep hearing that formal presentations are out, that it’s all about informal learning, social learning and user-generated content. So, while structured informal learning sounds like an oxymoron, here are four reasons why structure still matters: 1.