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Organizational Learning Engineering

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We see practices that don’t make sense, and we’re not aligned with what we now know about how we think, work, and learn. Let’s go!

What’s Your Learning Tool Stack?

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I woke up this morning thinking about the tools we use at various levels. Yeah, my life is exciting ;). Or, of course, the ones others use in your org.

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Learning Through the Wild

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So last week I was in the wilderness for some more time, this time with family. And there were several learnings as an outcome that are worth sharing.

70:20:10 and the Learning Curve

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My colleague Charles Jennings recently posted on the value of autonomous learning (worth reading!), Of course, it’s not quite this clean.

The probability of wasting money

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Designing learning is a probability game.  To paraphrase Dorothy Parker, you can lead a learner to learning, but you can’t make them think. This is the point of learning engineering, applying learning science to the design of learning experiences. designing sufficient contextualized practice. developing emotional engagement. and so on.

‘Form’ing learning

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Last week I ran a workshop for an online university that is working to improve it’s learning design. Substantially. They’re ramping up their staff abilities, and we’d talked about how I could help. They have ‘content’, but wanted to improve the learning design around this. Then we moved on to more hands-on work. desig

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Wild thinking

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Our everyday lives are decreasingly connected to nature. We’re increasingly separated from the context we evolved in. Is that a good thing?

Activities for Integrating Learning

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For your consideration. The learning process is broken up into a series of activities. As they work on the deliverable, they’re supported.

Two separate systems?

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I frequently say that L&D needs to move from just ensuring optimal execution to also supporting continual innovation. Start small, scale out, etc.

A richer suite of support

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While it’s easy to talk about how we need to support the transition from novice to expert, it might help to be a little more detailed. Can you?

Coherent Implications

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One of the things to do with models is use them as the basis to explain and predict. How does this model map to choices you make in the organization?

xAPI conceptualized

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the xAPI Base Camp, to present on content strategy. And, of course, I had to take a stab at it.

Socially Acceptable

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I was talking with my ITA colleagues, and we were discussing the state of awareness of social learning. And we were somewhat concerned that at least from some evidence, there’re some misconceptions around about social learning. So I thought I’d take another shot at it. First, let me make the case why it’s important.

A complex look at task assignments

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And a model emerged that I managed to recall when I finally did get up.  I’ve been workshopping it a bit since, tuning some details.

Ambiguity Denial Syndrome?

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I was talking with a colleague at an event one of the past weeks, and I noted down the concept of ambiguity denial syndrome. So, are you ready?

The wrong basis

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Of late, I’ve been talking about the approach organizations take to learning.  It’s come up in presentations on learning design, measurement, and learning technology strategy. And the point is simple: we’re not using the right basis. identifying the root cause. mapping back to an intervention design. implementing our intervention.

The Grail of Effective and Engaging Learning Experiences

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There’s a considerable gap between what we can be doing, and what we are doing. Too much elearning resides there. drama and/or humor. design

Top 10 Tools for Learning 2016

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It’s that time again: Jane Hart is running her 2016 (and 10th!) Top 100 Tools for Learning poll. It’s a valuable service, and points out some interesting things and it’s interesting to see the changes over time.  It’s also a way to see what others are using and maybe find some new ideas. Books are still a major way I learn.

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Working and learning out loud

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I’ve been thinking about some of the talk around the Future of Work, and in addition to the free flow of information I recently posted about from the Coherent Organization, I think working out loud is another component. The point is to make your work visible. And there are two dimensions: within the organization, and outside the organization.

John Black #ICELW Keynote Mindmap

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Lots to ponder. design games meta-learning

70:20:10 furor

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I have to admit that I’m continually flummoxed by those who rail against the 70:20:10 model. Recent posts by Mark Britz and Ryan Tracey both take this on, Ryan’s in particular pointing to a poll where more than half of the respondents said it wasn’t relevant. And there’s been quite some vehement opposition. Really? Really.

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Scenarios and Conceptual Clarity

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These are all approximations to full games, with various tradeoffs. And we can deliver this in a number of ways. design games

Serious Comics

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I attended  ComicCon  again this year, and addition to the wild costumes, crowded exhibit hall, and over-priced food, there are a series of sessions. They cover television, movies, and print in a wide variety of markets. One I saw this year (not all of, for several reasons) was particularly thought-provoking. These are actually both serious issues.

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Aligning with us

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One of the realizations I had in writing the Revolutionize L&D book was how badly we’re out of synch with our brains.

eLearning Process Survey results!

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So, a few weeks ago I ran a survey asking about elearning processes*, and it’s time to look at the results (I’ve closed it).

Content isn’t a silo

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Our silos are breaking down. And, to suit my campaign, I looked for others. The web, too, is a channel for many activities. strategy technology

Bill Nye (Science Guy) #LSCon Keynote Mindmap

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Bill Nye gave an entertaining talk on the benefits of science and learning, drawing on his experience. meta-learning

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Rethinking Design: Curriculum

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In addition to yesterday’s post about pedagogy , I also mentioned the need to get deeper on curriculum as well. Fingers crossed ;). design

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Moving forward

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So, I was chided that my last post was not helpful in moving people forward, as I was essentially being derogatory to those who weren’t applying the new understandings. However, I’m happy to also weigh in positively as well. The question may be where to start. And of course that will differ. It’s not easy. strategy

Metacognitive Activity?

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So, as another outcome of the xAPI base camp a few weeks back, I was wondering about tracking not only learning , but meta-learning.

Annie Murphy Paul #LSCon Keynote Mindmap

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Annie Murphy Paul closed the Learning Solutions conference with a valuable presentation on the myths in learning. meta-learning

The Quinnovation eLearning Process Survey

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In the interests of understanding where the market is, I’m looking to benchmark where organizations are. Sure, there are other data points, but I have my own questions I would like to get answered. So I’ve created a quick survey of seven questions (thanks, SurveyMonkey) I’d love for you to fill out. So here we are.  . Thanks!

Defining Microlearning?

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Last week on the #chat2lrn twitter chat, the topic was microlearning. Another interpretation was little bits of components of learning (examples, practice) delivered over time. That is learning, but it’s not microlearning. Again, a good thing, but not (to me) microlearning. This is what Will Thalheimer calls subscription learning.

Vale Jay Cross

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It’s too soon, so it’s hard to write this. My friend and colleague, Jay Cross, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. He was influential.

Neil deGrasse Tyson #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap

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Neil deGrasse Tyson opened this year’s DevLearn conference. clear crowd favorite, folks lined up to get in (despite the huge room).

Designing Learning Like Professionals

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I’m increasingly realizing that the ways we design and develop content are part of the reason why we’re not getting the respect we deserve. To truly design learning, we need to understand learning science. And this does  not mean paying attention to so-called ‘brain science’ There is legitimate brain science (c.f.

The Learning Styles Zombie

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It’s June, and June is Learning Styles month for the Debunker’s Club. They’re like zombies, coming to eat your brain! Er, no.

Social Training?

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Sparked by the sight of a post about ‘social training’, I jokingly asked my ITA colleagues whether they could train me to be social. And, of course, they’ve posted about it. And it made me think a little bit more too. That’s the point, you can’t  make people engage. Particularly if it’s not safe to share.

Reconciling two worlds

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A recent post by my colleague in the Internet Time Alliance, Jane Hart , has created quite the stir. In it, she talks about two worlds: an old world and a new world of workplace learning. Jane was talking about how there’s a split emerging between old-school L&D and new directions. social strategy

Reactivating Learning

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(I looked because I’m sure I’ve talked about this before, but apparently not a full post, so here we go.). If we want our learning to stick, it needs to be spaced out over time. But what sorts of things will accomplish this?  I like to think of three types, all different forms of reactivating learning. Reactivating learning is important.