Because quality matters
OCTOBER 6, 2016
I was reflecting on some of the actions my colleagues and I take. And I joined with some others to promote quality elearning. And it led me to wonder why. Why care? Why take risks and potentially upset people? And I realized that it’s because I care; because quality matters. So what do I mean? And I think awareness is growing. Are you with me?
Kaihan Krippendorff Keynote Mindmap
SEPTEMBER 14, 2016
How to learn and learn-to-learn
SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
I was asked by a colleague to answer some questions for a project on how to learn. I naturally decided to answer in a blog post ;). Look for links.
Organizational Learning Engineering
JUNE 28, 2016
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!
OCTOBER 18, 2016
The time has come to ask: what should be my next book? I’ve written four so far: Engaging Learning was something I felt was needed because people had written about the importance of games but no one was writing about how to design them, and I could. Hence, Designing mLearning. So what is the next book you would like to see from me ?
70:20:10 and the Learning Curve
JANUARY 27, 2015
My colleague Charles Jennings recently posted on the value of autonomous learning (worth reading!), Of course, it’s not quite this clean.
Activities for Integrating Learning
APRIL 30, 2015
For your consideration. The learning process is broken up into a series of activities. As they work on the deliverable, they’re supported.
Organizational Effectiveness for L&D?
OCTOBER 11, 2016
Last week included an interesting series of events and conversations. There was a formal event on innovation in learning technology (that was only partly so), and a presentation by a colleague. also had a couple of conversations, one with said colleague following his more formal event, and another with another colleague before the initial event.
MARCH 1, 2016
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.
JULY 6, 2016
Our everyday lives are decreasingly connected to nature. We’re increasingly separated from the context we evolved in. Is that a good thing?
The Inaugural Jay Cross Memorial Award winner is…
JULY 5, 2016
Recipients champion workplace and social learning practices inside their organisation and/or on the wider stage. It’s wider than that. social strateg
Learning in context
APRIL 26, 2016
Naturally, I had to diagram it, so let me talk through it, and you let me know what you think. medicine, transportation. Shouldn’t we do so?
JULY 19, 2016
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
China is mobile!
SEPTEMBER 7, 2016
I’ve had the fortune to be hear in China speaking on mlearning. But they’re all phones, I seem to see few tablets. mobile
Infrastructure and integration
OCTOBER 13, 2016
The premise of the chart was that there are stages of maturity across the major categories of areas L&D should be aware of. The categories were Culture, Formal Learning, Performance Support, eCommunity, Metrics, and Infrastructure. And for each of those, I had two subcategories. And I mapped each at four stages of maturity. With one caveat.
Collaborative Modelling in AR (and VR)
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
A number of years ago, when we were at the height of the hype about Virtual Worlds (computer rendered 3D social worlds, e.g. Second Life), I was thinking about the affordances. And one that I thought was intriguing was co-creating, in particular collaboratively creating models that were explanatory and predictive.
Two separate systems?
MAY 10, 2016
I frequently say that L&D needs to move from just ensuring optimal execution to also supporting continual innovation. Start small, scale out, etc.
DECEMBER 17, 2015
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?
Augmenting AR for Learning
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
We’re hearing more and more about AR (Augmented Reality), and one of it’s core elements is layering information on top of the world. But in a conversation the other night, it occurred to me that we could push that information to be even more proactive in facilitating learning. And this comes from the use of models. design technology
A complex look at task assignments
APRIL 6, 2016
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.
MARCH 3, 2016
Mindmaps are a visual way of representing knowledge. You can similarly add color as a way to layer additional semantic information such as similarity.
The Grail of Effective and Engaging Learning Experiences
FEBRUARY 10, 2015
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
A richer suite of support
MAY 25, 2016
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?
Working and learning out loud
DECEMBER 22, 2015
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.
Content isn’t a silo
MARCH 2, 2016
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
Collaborating when it matters
AUGUST 31, 2016
A dear friend and colleague just wrote about his recent (and urgent) chemo and surgery. I won’t bore you with the details (the odds are you don’t know him), but one thing stuck with me that I do want to share. ” Collaboration was critical. There were two different domains in play, and they had to work and play well together.
The probability of wasting money
AUGUST 3, 2016
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.
Ambiguity Denial Syndrome?
JUNE 23, 2016
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?
John Black #ICELW Keynote Mindmap
JUNE 16, 2016
Lots to ponder. design games meta-learning
Top 10 Tools for Learning 2016
APRIL 12, 2016
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.
Scenarios and Conceptual Clarity
DECEMBER 10, 2015
These are all approximations to full games, with various tradeoffs. And we can deliver this in a number of ways. design games
JANUARY 13, 2016
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.
Annie Murphy Paul #LSCon Keynote Mindmap
MARCH 18, 2016
Annie Murphy Paul closed the Learning Solutions conference with a valuable presentation on the myths in learning. meta-learning
APRIL 14, 2015
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.
MARCH 30, 2016
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.
The wrong basis
JULY 20, 2016
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.
MARCH 8, 2016
So, as another outcome of the xAPI base camp a few weeks back, I was wondering about tracking not only learning , but meta-learning.
JANUARY 27, 2016
(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.
Aligning with us
MARCH 22, 2016
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!
JUNE 21, 2016
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).