The Half-Life of Knowledge Workers

The E-Learning Curve

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Wearables and knowledge workers. A perfect match for learning?

Spark Your Interest

This post will focus on knowledge workers. What makes knowledge workers different? There is typically more latititude offered to these workers. They may have creative roles or administrative ones, but they often have flexibility to learn and work in ways (or places) that suit them. Firstly, knowledge workers likely have much greater access to both desktop and mobile devices throughout their workdays.

Who Is The New Knowledge Worker?


The Knowledge Worker has played an imperative role in the development of business over the decades. In fact, knowledge workers have driven an estimated 70 percent of U.S. Uncategorized business development knowledge worker online learning Online Training

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

The E-Learning Curve

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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.

Shifting from Trainer to Community Manager

Bottom-Line Performance

We have a role to play in the changing economy, and it’s a big one. After all, knowledge is one of the only renewable resources we have, and knowledge workers need to constantly replenish their supply of it.

Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis

Tony Karrer

The average knowledge worker has access to an increasingly large set of information resources and corporate learning is an ever smaller part of this set. Cost is most often not a factor in a knowledge workers decision about the use of information.


Jay Cross

My professional interest is shifting to helping knowledge workers learn and flourish without training. Well, most knowledge workers don’t know they have an CLO and certainly never heard of instructional design.

ASTD TechKnowledge

Tony Karrer

These changes are continuously transforming the landscape for knowledge work. The results are in, and most knowledge workers are struggling to adapt to new forms of work and learning. As learning professionals, we have an opportunity to take a leading role. In this keynote, Dr. Tony Karrer will look at the transformation of knowledge work into concept work and the implications for the roles and responsibilities of learning professionals.

Survey Says: Your Employees Want Coaching and Mentoring

CLO Magazine

Upskilling and reskilling workers while maintaining performance levels is becoming an increasingly important priority as organizations prepare for the future of work. So what kinds of learning opportunities do workers want in the face of immense change?

PKM and Online Communities Workshops

Jane Hart

Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) Workshop. If you are a knowledge worker then this workshop can give you a head start in better managing what you know and where to find it so you can get things done.

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Wearables – how do they impact learning?

Spark Your Interest

Knowledge workers. So in a series of posts, I’ll explore wearables and training/learning for these situations, and also look at the role of the xAPI (here’s an awesome post on “ Getting Started ” by Aaron Silvers). There’s a fair bit of hype around wearables – smart watches, bands, rings , belts (!) and the list could go on. As a trend, it’s still a few years from actual impact (according to the Gartner Hype Cycle ).

20 Awesome Quotes From Jay Cross


This is a knowledge economy. ”. “ My role was to point out to organizations that they were investing in the wrong place: formal learning. ”. The news of Jay Cross’s passing away on 6th November came as a bolt from the blue to his scores of admirers.

Collaboration: A mantra that makes work play!

ID Reflections

Background: I think most knowledge workers approach work from two perspectives. ned roles. Knowledge of each other’s work, communication and learning styles.

The Knowledge Crisis: the signs are all around us


What’s worse is that this leaves employees without the knowledge they need to take the right actions at work. What’s causing this knowledge crisis? Today’s employees are required to have more knowledge and skills than ever before. Job knowledge requirements are volatile.

Online Coaching

Tony Karrer

As I've said many times, for concept workers work and learning are inseparable. For a knowledge worker, generally its something like the start of a new project or a new kind of situation that sparks the need for learning. Role of Learning Organizations The learning organization's role is to provide support to these workers/learners as they hit learning ignition points. For workplace learning, this is a critical role of the line manager.

Create a Can-Do Learning Culture

CLO Magazine

And, as key knowledge workers, managers need to be able to fill in when short-handed. What’s needed is for these hands-on managers to first learn how to think differently about their dual roles as both players and managers.

Wearables in manufacturing training situations

Spark Your Interest

In the next few posts, I’ll look at how wearables could play a role in different types of training situations, beginning with manufacturing organizations. I’m curious about this segment, as the majority of applications that are shown for wearables are typically busy professionals who need a watch because they can’t even take the time to look at their phone, but here’s a lot of different types of work out there, and yet the emphasis is often on the knowledge worker.

Learning and the Changing Workplace – Part 2

Tom Spiglanin

In Part 1 of this series I wrote about how, despite a lot of smart people calling for changes in the role of Learning and Development* (L&D) for years, not much has changed. The changes aren’t being driven by executive decree, new approaches, or demands from workers.

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Taking Stock and Making Choices: Working from home and other such stuff

ID Reflections

To be connected to colleagues and co-workers, be in office as much as possible. Work —complex knowledge work requires solitude as well as collaboration. In today’s non-hierarchical, networked organizations with fluid job roles, conversations over coffee are often how people find out about skills and common passions. If anyone reading this is a knowledge worker and is thinking about working from home, read Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's Flow.

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A Conversation with Brandon Carson

Kapp Notes

The basic thesis of the book implores all of us in Learning to take into account how these technologies affect the modern worker and their ability to optimally perform. Almost all workers leverage mobile at some point in their day to help them get their work done. Brandon Carson.


Clark Quinn

It came up in the Corporate Learning Trends conference last week that one person was responsible for knowledge workers who were, as she claimed, passive learners. In research on education, it’s been found that what learners believe about their role in learning has an impact on the outcomes of learning interventions. This has also played a role in the success of distance learning.

The Future of Work and Learning

The Peformance Improvement

Working online – Workers will find jobs and do their work via email and Web sites and apps, possibly without ever setting foot inside their employers’ organizations. Lifelong learning – Workers need to be learning continually because of a world that is constantly changing.

Back to the Future of Work

Learning Wire

Understanding how those three environments influence employees’ lives is increasingly important, especially as workers become more and more independent. Indeed, Morgan describes the ongoing trend of new entrepreneurs working freelance for organization as autonomous or self-sufficient workers.

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. Focused on knowledge workers–people who use digital info in their jobs. not knowledge workers.

Curation: Multi-cycle Support for Learning

CLO Magazine

As the quantity and diversity of content multiplies, learners and organizations are yearning for order, structure, efficiency and targeted knowledge and information options. The role of curation in that shifting landscape includes a panorama of content types.

The Knowledge Crisis: the signs are all around us


What’s worse is that this leaves employees without the knowledge they need to take the right actions at work. What’s causing this knowledge crisis? Today’s employees are required to have more knowledge and skills than ever before. At Ethicon—a Johnson and Johnson company—sales reps not only need to understand their tradecraft, but they must have a depth of product knowledge never before expected. Job knowledge requirements are volatile.

Study: Enhanced Employee Development Needed in 2013

CLO Magazine

Employees must work differently to survive where frequent organizational change, knowledge work and increased collaboration are the norm. To thrive under these conditions, employees must be immune to the complexities of change, willing to collaborate with a broad range of individuals and be able to apply sound judgment in increasingly knowledge-based roles.

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The Importance of Managerial Leaders in the 21st Century

Training Industry

Leaders focus on roles, while managers focus on functions. This role can be called a managerial leader—someone who can reshuffle their roles and responsibilities according to the situation to accomplish goals. With mushrooming numbers of knowledge workers, there is a greater need for managerial leaders than ever before, because these workers appreciate working with soft leaders, not under bosses.

Agile, Lego and Training: The common factors.

ID Reflections

This mindset plays a critical role in understanding the business goals of a training program. Social Media for Knowledge Workers: eLearning Technology (Tony Karrer) 10. Harold Jarche’s posts as always hits the nail on the head and this one is no exception.

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Work Literacy

Clark Quinn

It’s about identifying and developing the skills of the knowledge worker, tapping into the social network. We’re seeing it come from corporate groups thinking about the skill sets they need, futurists looking at trends, and now people at the coal face coping with their own roles and thinking about the longer term implications and broader concerns for society (a wise perspective, to be sure).

Share Best Practices - Patterns

Tony Karrer

Dodged that bullet. :) Patterns and Knowledge Work I understand the concern that when you share best practices, you may come out with very different results. Participants: A listing of the classes and objects used in the pattern and their roles in the design.

Sahana Chattopadhyay – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


Her work with various companies like Tata Interactive Systems, Zensar Technologies, ThoughtWorks and Future Group has given her a width of experience that spans instructional design, workplace learning strategy, knowledge management, social learning and community management, and people development.

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A Network of Experts: From Content Curation to Insight Curation

CLO Magazine

In the past, the notion that knowledge is power meant people were expected to learn and remember what they learned in order to act. In today’s world where knowledge generation is increasing and half-life is shortening at an alarming rate, access to knowledge is where the power truly lies.

Interactive Writer for Teen Audience

Tony Karrer

Actually, the first interesting question is: What do you call this role? In the past, I’ve always been successful finding good interactive writers because I can use techniques as described in LinkedIn for Finding Expertise and the rest of my LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers. I’m hoping you can help me on several fronts: What are the right terms to describe the role and would work for search? Most of my experience has been in adult learning and performance.

Re-imagining Work & Learning in a Networked World

ID Reflections

Over the next two decades we can expect the knowledge of the world to be digitalised, with an exponential rise in user-generated content, "wise-crowd" application and open innovation applications." L&D definitely has a role to play in this metamorphosis albeit in a different avatar.

Awesome Quotes On The Evolving Nature Of Learning


“ Generally in life, knowledge is acquired to be used. But school learning more often fits Freire’s apt metaphor: knowledge is treated like money, to be put away in a bank for the future. ” ― Seymour Papert. QUOTE. “