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. Firstly, knowledge workers likely have much greater access to both desktop and mobile devices throughout their workdays. This is not limited to knowledge workers of course, but all employees. This is another installment in the series about using wearables to provide training/education. Part 1.

Personalization for Knowledge Workers


In this post I address use cases that apply to a high-skilled knowledge workforce. Personalization for the high-skill knowledge worker. To start, let’s look at the profile of a high skilled worker and view personalization through this lens.

Social Media for Knowledge Workers

Tony Karrer

tools to improve your performance as a knowledge worker. That said, I thought it would be worthwhile for me to collect a few of the resources that provide good starting points that can help Knowledge Workers improve their performance using Social Media. Last week I had a presentation around using Social Media and Web 2.0 One of the questions that always comes up is: How do I find more information to help me get started?

PKM and Online Communities Workshops

Jane Hart

Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) Workshop. Keeping track of digital information flows and separating the signal from the noise is difficult. Here are the details of two upcoming workshops and one free webinar at the Social Learning Centre.

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Wearables and xAPI

Spark Your Interest

Part 5: Wearables and knowledge workers. These have mostly focused on the tracking/monitoring aspects, less on the content delivery side (from devices like: Oculus Rift , Google Glass , Hololens , etc). Questions around tracking will of course lead to L+D questions around how to capture and report on this type of information. Perhaps it’s using motion tracking to provide insights on their physical performance. Motion tracking inputs?

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Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

LMS and Learning Tracking Still Struggling While LMS solutions continue to get better, more powerful, more diverse, I continue to find myself searching for just the right solution for particular needs. I was also struggling for clients who needed very simple learning tracking but with some customizations. Over the past few years, I spend part of December going back through my blog to recap a bit of what some of the key things I’ve learned over the course of the year.

Technology-aided learning: Changing the game in Organizational Learning


The success of an organization has always depended on how skilled and knowledgeable is its workforce. As more workers become knowledge workers, the demand for frequent training is further accelerated with each technological shift.

Wearables in manufacturing training situations

Spark Your Interest

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. There are things about manufacturing work that sets it apart from knowledge work.

Selling Social Media for Learning: ASTD Big Question

Kapp Notes

Address the need to share knowledge over distances or the value of timely information to sales tactics, don't focus on the technology. Rename Instead of social media call it "Knowledge Media." Names seem to matter and sometimes Knowledge Media has more traction than social media.

Spring Cleaning

Bottom-Line Performance

Daniel talked about how the ability to see progress is a key motivating factor for knowledge workers. One way Daniel tracks his own progress is that he gives himself sort-of personal performance review at the beginning of each month where he identifies what he wants to accomplish, learn, or improve on during the next 30 days. Today I did something that I haven’t done in a really long time – I took a stroll around the neighborhood.

Learning Experience, Collaborative Learning… The Learning Technologies Ecosystem explained

Training Orchestra

Navigating this ecosystem entails a certain knowledge of the market and the need for questions of integration between solutions. The problem: The LMS was built around the idea of the internal “knowledge worker” i.e. internal employees who have a desk and office.

Real Learning explained

Jay Cross

Millions of knowledge workers and their managers have been told they are responsible for their own learning but have no more idea what to do than the dog who got on the bus (Now WTF do I do?). Real Learning helps workers build a sound learning process.

Delicious Upgrade Only Skin Deep

Tony Karrer

When you think about what knowledge workers need relative to Keep / Organize / Refind / Remind, I've discussed in The New Skills that we want to be able to keep track of everything we've seen with minimum effort. I personally think delicious is a great tool and I often describe it's use in presentations and workshops. It recently went through an upgrade that improved the look and performance.

Jay Changes Direction

Jay Cross

Interspersed with this, spent seven years trying to make something of five under-financed start-ups (medical records, advertising sales training, massive overnight loans, corporate histories, and tracking software) that never made it over the first hump. My book Aha!

Learned about Learning in 2009

Tony Karrer

Knowledge Work Skills / Work Literacy Having realized in 2007 that there's a very important Knowledge Worker Skill Gap , I felt the need in 2008 to find ways to help knowledge workers and organizations build skills like Leveraging Networks , Network Feedback , Finding Expertise , Using Social Media to Find Answers to Questions , Learning through Conversation and searching, scanning, etc.

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Using SharePoint

Tony Karrer

Some used it to track bugs. However, one thing that was very interesting to find in the discussions is that I feel there is a gap between these patterns for using SharePoint and the idea of helping concept workers address the Knowledge Worker Skill Gap and begin to be able to work and learner better. Possibly its smarter use of Outlook that's the intent from a Microsoft vision of supporting the knowledge worker.

Delicious Upgrade Only Skin Deep

Clark Quinn

When you think about what knowledge workers need relative to Keep / Organize / Refind / Remind, I've discussed in The New Skills that we want to be able to keep track of everything we've seen with minimum effort. I personally think delicious is a great tool and I often describe it's use in presentations and workshops. It recently went through an upgrade that improved the look and performance.

mLearning Feature Sets: Possibilities Wide & Deep

mLearning Trends

The Feature Sets - A Range of Possibility The variety of available mobile devices enables a myriad of potential uses for the preparation, delivery and tracking of learning for mobile workers; and the more capable the mobile device, the wider the array of possible content delivery methods.

To-Learn Lists

Clark Quinn

It appears that most of us (as is the case with me) don't keep a formal / tracked to learn list. I think this is the case for lots of knowledge workers. Great line from Michael Hanley I would categorize myself as a "learnivore" - I continually acquire new knowledge and information through my Web-, book-, podcast-, and presentation reading, blogging (reading and writing), academic study and research, and work-based learning-related tasks.

How the Craftsman Spirit can elevate your learning


We’ve chatted around the Yarno office about how dedicated workers are in Japan. Regardless of profession, whether they be construction workers, chefs, ski resort lifties, cleaning staff or businessmen – the Japanese people, on the whole, are unreservedly dutiful to their jobs.

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.

Develop Work Skills

Tony Karrer

Then others are already tracking and writing about it and you can just talk or write to them. There are also several studies of knowledge worker practices that suggest that a lot of what is effective is quite personal. It's always interesting to hear the perspective of someone with a background in Knowledge Management discussing these things. How can the organization capture the knowledge, learning, etc.?

Quiz: Have you got the New Workplace Learning mindset?

Jane Hart

Learning for most people means acquiring skills and knowledge in a formal way – “studying” if you like. So thinking that formal learning is the ONLY valid way of learning in the workplace is clearly the traditional view of learning, the new mindset is to think that learning is about acquiring skills and knowledge in many different ways – formally and informally. The reason is simple, workers have other ideas.

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Why Corporate Training is Broken And How to Fix It

Jay Cross

Workers are disgruntled 10. Service industries challenge workers to acquire tacit knowledge — the kind of know-how one learns on the job, not in the classroom. White collar workers outnumbered their blue collar colleagues for the first time. Workers are disgruntled.

Time is all we have

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Factory workers once were paid for what they produced. In a mechanized system, the slowest worker produced only slightly less than the fastest. If workers produced one widget an hour, paying by the hour was equivalent to paying by the widget. Effectiveness – Jay Cross.

How to Add Depth to Micro-Ideas

Vignettes Learning

Knowledge needs to be created on the fly and skills relevant to the task need to be acquired. In an article I wrote , I shared that big data, huge knowledge sources and voluminous information should not be forced upon the eLearners.

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Jay Cross – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


Were I to lose that knowledge in some terrible accident, I would literally have nothing to say. The workhorse of the knowledge economy has been, and continues to be, informal learning.”. This is a knowledge economy. Where do you think we are on our e-learning practices in this age of workplace learning where workers learn the most from on-the-job experiences (informal), a little lesser from peer interactions (social), and the least from structured (formal) training programs?

PDR Design Model Supports Shift to Learning Design in the Work Context

Living in Learning

Our tactics need to shift because we no longer serve the expanded scope of the knowledge worker’s environment. If knowledge workers are not in training, they must be at work. We have level two evaluations that confirm knowledge transfer.

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


High value knowledge work requires different capabilities and different mindsets to transactional work, and networked organisations have different needs compared to highly structured organisations. Performance support – providing support to workers at the point-of-need – is becoming more common, too, although most learning professionals have little experience in designing performance support solutions.

New Work and New Work Skills

Clark Quinn

A big part of education is learning how to do research and really that's where you learn the foundations of knowledge work. Most people I know have not participated in formal learning since college on foundational knowledge work skills. How to keep track, organize, refind, remind of information? Of course, if you are reading this post (and it's still roughly Oct/Nov 2008), then likely you are a bit ahead of the average knowledge worker.

Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations 2008

Jay Cross

track emerging opportunities in learning (if it’s not at the forefront, it’s not allowed in). Dave Pollard - Working Smarter: Improving the personal productivity of knowledge workers. Attend a conference for troubled times. This event focuses on experimenting with fresh concepts, putting wisdom in the foreground, replacing bureaucracy with common sense, and coming together to share ideas.You can’t beat the price. November 17-21, 2008 | Online | Free.

Data on Big Data

Marcia Conner

Demand for the services of these workers will grow as organizations continue to seek ways to improve efficiency and control costs. Despite high unemployment rates, a lack of skilled workers means many vacancies remain unfilled.

Learning for the 21st Century

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Unprecedented changes in the role of the worker, the nature of business, the pace of innovation, the importance of intangibles, the explosion of information, and the shift from a manufacturing to a service economy have rendered traditional corporate learning obsolete. It’s a dog’s breakfast of acquiring skills, information, knowledge, savoir faire, and more. Training consisted of supervisors showing workers how to run things. Increasingly, workers are boss- less.

Top 70 eLearning Articles - Hot Topics: iPad Adobe Captivate - July 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

m not and I gave him the standard advice about looking through LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers , LinkedIn for Finding Expertise , and Searching for Expertise - LinkedIn Answers. Knowledge transfer at its most basic. 8220;We have to track EVERYTHING!&#.

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Learning and KM: Separated at birth?

Jay Cross

I sensed that learning and knowledge management were converging and invited bloggers form both sides to get together at the Tidehouse to share viewpoints and guzzle beer. If you’re into meta-learning, you should track what’s going on there.

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