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How to learn and learn-to-learn

Clark Quinn

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 ;).

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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Litmos Guest Blog Series

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As I did with Learnnovators , with Litmos I’ve also done a series of posts , in this case a year’s worth. So, we have presentations on: Blending learning. Performance Support. mLearning: Part 1 and Part 2. Advanced Instructional Design. Games and Gamification. Courses in the Ecosystem. L&D and the Bigger Picture. Measurement.

Pick my brain?

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Sure, you can read my blog or books, but sometimes you may want assistance in contextualizing it to your situation.  I encourage you to think of making an investment in quality. If you google the phrase, you’ll see how many people have indicated their problems with this! Both in this case were for folks who develop content. And more.

Top 10 Tools for Learning 2016

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WordPress is my blogging tool (where you’re at right now), and it’s a way I think ‘out loud’ and the feedback I get is a wonderful way to learn. It’s that time again: Jane Hart is running her 2016 (and 10th!) Top 100 Tools for Learning poll. Books are still a major way I learn. And, of course, my mindmaps.

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Social Media Policy?

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And, of course, this is my blog, for deeper reflections. Like this.  I believe that if you find someone interesting, and follow both their blogs and their tweets, you can see what they’re tracking and then their reflections, and use them as a mentor.  A stealth mentor, as I like to call it ;). Let’s do this by platform.

2015 top 10 tools for learning

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WordPress: my blogging tool, that provides regular reflection opportunities for me in generating them, and from the feedback others provide via comments. 99.99% of the time) provides me with links that give me the answer i need. Twitter: I am pointed to many amazing and interesting things via Twitter. meta-learning technology

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Reflecting practice

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blog or podcast or…). my goal is 2 blog posts per week).  If you commit to it (particularly publicly), you’ve a better chance. Someone opined on yesterday’s post that it’s hard to find time for reflection, and I agree it’s hard. Individual. Make it a habit. Put half an hour on your calendar (e.g.

Why models matter

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recognize that I talk a lot in concepts, e.g. these blog posts and diagrams, but there’s a principled reason: I’m trying to give you a flexible basis, models, to apply to your own situation. It was only at the top level where you used the basic principles of business to run your organization. That was then, this is now.

Quinn-Thalheimer: Tools, ADDIE, and Limitations on Design

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A few months back, the esteemed Dr. Will Thalheimer encouraged me to join him in a blog dialog, and we posted the first one on who L&D had responsibility to. What is the root cause of our suffering?  I’ll suggest it’s not massive consumption of heinous chemicals, but instead think that we might want to look to our tools and methods.

A Nurturing Culture #blimage

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She presented the following image and our task is to blog about it: So my take is how things grow in a nurturing environment. Charles Jennings.

Meta-learn what?

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While there may be a notification, they don’t know how much attention  you’re paying.  I’ve talked about ‘stealth mentoring’, where you can follow someone’s tweets and blog posts, and they can serve as a mentor for you without even knowing it! What you actively seek really is your searching abilities.

Measurement?

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First, if you haven’t seen it, you should check out the debate I had with the good Dr. Will Thalheimer over at his blog about the Kirkpatrick model.  He’s upset with it as it’s not permeated by learning, and I argue that it’s role is impact, not learning design (see my diagram at the end). Great comments, too! We’ll

Starting from the end

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And the impact is what the Kirkpatrick model properly is about, as I opined in the blog debate. The blog post is the short version, but I also wrote this rather longer and more rigorous  paper  (PDF), and I’m inclined think it’s one of my more important contributions to design (to date ;). strategy

Site Learnings

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This is  my blog, after all! So, I’ve put Google tracking code into all of my sites, but the code on Learnlets was old.  I’d put it in, and then my ISP changed the settings on my blog so I couldn’t use the built-in editor to edit the header and footer of the site pages (for security). And so I installed it. and more.

The Polymath Proposition

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didn’t intend this to be a commercial, but I did like his perspective and it made me reflect on what my own value proposition is.  I welcome your thoughts.  We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog already in progress… meta-learning strategyAt the recent DevLearn conference, one of the keynotes was Adam Savage.

Reconciling Formal and Informal

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There are really two viewpoints: that of the learning and development (L&D) professional, and that of the performer. So here we have a mismatch.

Sharing pointedly or broadly

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The limitations mean that more lengthy discussions typically are conveyed via… Formats supporting unlimited text, including thoughtful reflections, updates on thinking, and more tend to be conveyed via email or blog posts. Also, the broadcast may only be an organizational network, or it can be the entire internet. Edited documents (e.g.

Personal Mobile Mastery

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Of course, you can snap pictures or films for later recollection and reflection, and contribute them to a blog post for reflection. A conversation with a colleague prompted a reflection. The topic was personal learning, and in looking for my intersections (beyond my love of meta-learning ), I looked at my books. Is there more?

Useful cognitive overhead

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As I’ve reported before , I started mind mapping keynotes not as a function of filling the blog, but for listening better. You’ve seen them here in my blog (or will if you browse around a bit), and in my presentations. only posted it because I thought I should do  something with it! design meta-learning

Top 10 Tools for Learning

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WordPress: the other way I write out loud is on my blog (like this), and my blog is powered by WordPress. Jane Hart compiles, every year, a list of the top 10 tools for learning. And, of course, it’s that time again, so here we go. In no particular order: 1. Word: I write most of my articles and books in Word. Share. 3. Sense. 4.

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The 3 Social Media Things You Ought to Avoid

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As context, because of this blog, I get occasional emails offering to write guest posts for me. Don’t offer guest posts that don’t match the tenor of the blog. At least, that is, with me. Frankly, I wonder if you even bothered to read this after a title like that! Or at least are highly suspicious at this point. Thus: 3.

My thoughts on tech and training

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Again, the full thoughts can be found on their blog. The eLearning Guild,  in queuing up interest in their Learning Solutions/Performance Ecosystem conference, asked for some thoughts on the role of technology and training. And, of course, I obliged. You can see them here. technology

10 years!?!?

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A comment on my earliest blog post (thanks, Henrik), made me realize that this post will mark 10 years of blogging. Obviously I’ve avoided the offers to exchange links or blog posts that include links for SEO stuff, but I’ve even, rightly or wrongly, not allowed ads. Yes, my first post came out on January 14th, 2006.

Social Learning, Strategically

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Increasingly, as I look around, I see folks addressing learning technology tactics; they’ll make a mobile app, they’ll try out a simulation game, they’ll put in a portal. And there’s nothing wrong with doing each of these as a trial, a test run, some experience under the belt. Why not? social strategy

Learning Design isn’t for the wimpy

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I’ve had my head down on a major project, a bunch of upcoming speaking engagements, some writing I’ve agreed to do, and…(hence the relative paucity of blog posts). And it’s too often what I’ve seen done, and it’s wrong. SMEs don’t know how they do what they do. knowledge). design

Reflections on Experience

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With the simple syntax of <who> <did> <this> (e.g. <Clark Quinn> <wrote> <a blog post>), systems can generate records across a wide variety of activity, creating a rich base of data to mine for contingencies that lead to success. And one person in particular. meta-learning strategy technology

Reimagining Learning

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On the way to the recent Up To All Of Us un conference  (#utaou), I hadn’t planned an agenda. An interview could produce an audio recording.

Building Stronger Organizations

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A recent Ross Dawson blog post included a mention of building flexibility: “the more flexible the organization, the more able it is to succeed&#.  Which reminded me of some work I assisted Eileen Clegg with on extremophiles that we wrote up for Marcia Conner & James Clawson’s book, Creating a Learning Culture. social strateg

Reflecting socially

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So, blogging is one way of sharing your thoughts and getting feedback (as I do here). This isn’t just for individuals, of course, but also for teams.  If teams share their collective thinking (blogs again, or perhaps wikis), they can get feedback not just from each other but also from non-team individuals. 70:20:10 ).

Quip: conversations

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Blogging lets you put out more formed thoughts and look for feedback. Conversations are the engine of business. Seriously.  How many problems are solved by saying “go talk to <so-and-so>&# , or ideas sparked by conversations around the water cooler? The important work is done in conversations. Microblogging (e.g. And so on.

Social Media Strategy thoughts

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There’s more that can be incorporated: blogs (I use twitter and my blog more than my facebook page, but I’m an individual not an organization).  What is a social media strategy for outreach?  Really, it’s about demonstrating your thinking, your values, and background. Twitter. That, alone, however, is not enough. Facebook.

Smart Habits

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I admit that I’m not patient. While this has it’s faults, I use it to drive certain behaviors that are positive. And I use apps to try to find the best places to eat in airports and around wherever I’m staying. App use is one of the tools we have to accessorize our brains.  We can use the standard PIM software (e.g.

Forums vs. Social Networks?

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They could also do it as comments on a blog. I'm debating the value of forum / group / threaded discussion software vs. social network software for a particular situation. It aims at a very broad audience that includes everyone from early adopters to technology laggards. user can do this through posting to a threaded discussion quite easily.

Beyond Talent

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As I recently  blogged , I think there’s an overlap between OD and the work of trying to facilitate organizational performance through technology. A post I wrote for the ATC conference: As I prepare to talk to the Australasian Talent Conference I’ve naturally been thinking about the intersection of that field and what I do.

Update: Designing mLearning

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For my sins, of course, it appears there’s more mobile writing in my near future, which will likely impact my blogging a bit, but as always I’ll try to keep a balance.  At least the travel’s done and holidays are essentially past.  It’s the usual good news/bad news scenario, but only mildly. First, for the bad news. 

Thinking through social learning

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Typically, by going from thought to an external representation, you find that you’ve got some gaps and have to fix them. social

Chris Dede Keynote Mindmap

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His closing comment is intriguing: “infrastructures shape civilization&#. games meta-learning

Thought trails

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While implicitly it could support tracking a group’s progress, separate thoughts as recorded through blogs and tweets aren’t a natural feature. Yes, there’s integration with wikis and blogging tools, but it’s not quite the same.  What if we could make it lower overhead for higher impact? meta-learning social

Blogging Strategies

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for Learning Professionals Free Online Course (you can jump in at any time) is all about Blogs for Learning. There's a bit in there on blogging strategies, but the reality is that when I go back and look at my previous posts on what your personal strategy should be around blogging, I'm not finding that much.