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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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So this is how you represent your own understandings, and manipulate information, for your own purposes. Yeah, my life is exciting ;).

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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.

Reconciling Formal and Informal

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Now, let’s move on to informal learning, as this is where, to me, we have a conflict. They’re answers, not courses. design social

Mindmapping

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Still, mindmaps capture structural information in a visual way, that supports tapping into our powerful visual processing system.

Coherent Implications

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Decisions, then, are about how to facilitate the most optimal flow of information without compromising organizational integrity.

Socially Acceptable

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Social learning is: not about (just) formal: as suggested above, social extends from formal out to informal to being an essential part of how business gets done. Good social learning is: communicating by pointing to relevant new information. So I thought I’d take another shot at it. Then, let’s clarify what it’s  not.

Ambiguity Denial Syndrome?

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Instead we see one-shot development of information dumps and knowledge tests, which aren’t going to help organizations. So, are you ready?

The Grail of Effective and Engaging Learning Experiences

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model-based guidance: the best guide for practice is a conceptual basis (not rote information). Too much elearning resides there. design

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. Pragmatically, this yields some concrete and actionable elements.

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

Aligning with us

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And, of course, there still persists this model that information dump and knowledge test will lead to new capabilities.

Rethinking Design: Curriculum

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We’re more likely to remember information we’ve had to process rather than information we’ve just been presented with.

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Content isn’t a silo

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Truly, if you want to be part of the strategic picture going forward, you have to work with information tools. Our silos are breaking down.

Vale Jay Cross

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His book  Informal Learning   had a major impact on the field. It’s too soon, so it’s hard to write this. He was influential.

Designing Learning Like Professionals

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For instance, there’re sound cognitive reasons why information dump and knowledge test won’t lead to learning. Information that’s not applied doesn’t stick, and application that’s not sufficient doesn’t stick. To truly design learning, we need to understand learning science. The list goes on.

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.

Reconciling two worlds

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Traditional learning professionals have an opportunity to contribute to an information age approach, with an awareness of the bigger picture. I do like that Will, at the end, argues that we need to be less divisive and I agree. A recent post by my colleague in the Internet Time Alliance, Jane Hart , has created quite the stir.

Supporting our Brains

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However, technology can remember arbitrary and abstract information completely. So making capture capabilities available is a powerful support.

Why Work Out Loud? (for #wolweek)

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They can provide pointers to useful information, they can provide tips about what worked, and didn’t, for them, and they’re better prepared for what will be forthcoming. Why should one work out loud (aka Show Your Work )? Certainly, there are risks involved. You could be wrong. You could have to share a mistake. Those risks?

Heading in the right direction

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What I see in schools, classrooms, and corporations are information presentation and knowledge testing. Most of our educational approaches – K12, Higher Ed, and organizational – are fundamentally wrong. Which isn’t bad in and of itself, except that it won’t lead to new abilities to  do ! And this bothers me.

2015 top 10 tools for learning

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Not making the top 10 but useful tools include Google Maps for directions, Yelp for eating,  Good Reader as a way to read and annotate PDFs, and Safari, where I’ve bookmarked a number of sites I read every day like news (ABC and Google News), information on technology, and more. meta-learning technology

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Aligning

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Particularly rote information. The trend to an  event comprised of information dump and knowledge test we know doesn’t work. I’m realizing that a major theme of my work and the revolution is that what we do in organizations, and what we do as L&D practitioners, is not aligned with how we think, work, and learn.

Learning in Context

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We can have a rich model of learning around a system, so a detailed competency map, and then with a rich profile of the learner we can know what they know and don’t, and then when they’re at a point where there’s a gap between their knowledge and the desired, we can trigger some additional information. How could we know?

Learning and frameworks

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That’s why, by the way, that information dump and knowledge test isn’t a learning solution. People need to actively apply the information. Let’s start with what we know about how we learn. Learning is action and reflection. Instruction (education, training) is designed action and guided reflection.

Rethinking Design: Pedagogy

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decision tree), or a checklist, or something that requires them to use the information. Am I making sense here? design

Better Learning in the Real World

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And we can do it with a smart team that aren’t learning scientists but are informed, in a longer but still reasonable schedule.

Social Media Policy?

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While your systems may vary, your results should be sources for you to find information, present yourself in your various communities, and to share your thoughts. So what’s your social media policy?  It’s not something you should do lightly, or haphazardly, it seems to me. Let’s do this by platform. right). And do. social

Performance Detective

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Too often, some well-intentioned but under-aware designers wants to put some arbitrary information in their heads. I was on a case. I’m a performance detective, and that’s what I do. Someone wasn’t performing they way they were supposed to, and it was my job to figure out why. My client thought he knew. They always do.

Beyond Consulting

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So I’d put someone high on the theory/information side as an academic or researcher, whether they’re in an institution or not.

Web trust

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I get asked to view a lot of things. And sometimes, particularly when there’s a potential tangible relationship, I will actually go visit sites. BTW, I tend to avoid what comes unsolicited, and instead trust to what comes through my social network.) And one of my strategies often fails, and that, to me, is a warning sign. And why them?

Organizational Knowledge Mastery?

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It’s about flows of information, which can’t happen if you’re in a Miranda Organization. But I  must be missing something, because unless I’m mistaken, big data can’t give you the type of insights you  really need. Ok, I get it. And I’m all for this. How can such a process detect the disruptive influences?

Mobile Time

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The watch (a wearable)  is accessed quickly for small bits of information.  A pocketable (e.g. Another way to look at it would be the amount of information you need to make a decision about what to do, e.g. for cognitive work. At the recent DevLearn conference, David Kelly spoke about his experiences with the Apple Watch. mobile

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Accreditation and Compliance Craziness

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Instead, if you’ve been subjected to an hour of information, that somehow is going to change your behavior. A continued bane of my existence is the ongoing requirements that are put in place for a variety of things. Two in particular are related and worth noting: accreditation and compliance. To start with accreditation. As if.

Connie Yowell #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap

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Connie Yowell gave a passionate and informing presentation on the driving forces behind digital badges

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Buy this…for your boss

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And while it’s both selling reasonably well (as far as I can tell, the information from my publisher is impenetrable ;) and leading to speaking opportunities, I fear it’s not getting to the right people. What I’ve argued is that we need to align with how we really think, work, and learn, and bring that to the organization.

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Pushing back

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The technique is to drill in for more information under the guise of ensuring you’re making the  right  course. You want to keep away from the information that they think needs to be in the head, and focus in on what decisions people can make that they can’t make now. Jon Aleckson’s  MindMeld ). . Viva la Revolucion

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Meta-Learning Manifestations

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The reflection was that even in the future role, librarians are more than just the conduits to the information (or people or equipment ), but also demonstrating  how they served that role. I recently mentioned that one of my reflections on the past year was that learning to learn, aka meta-learning, is emerging. Are you ready?

Templates and tools

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That is, it allows you to easily fill in the information and generate a particular type of interaction: drag-and-drop, multiple-choice, etc. Let’s be clear: what’s typically referred to as a template is usually a simple screen type for a rapid authoring tool. design strategy

Context Rules

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Augmented Reality layers  information on top  of your current context. And I was watching a blab  (a video chat tool) about the upcoming FocusOn Learning, a new event from the eLearning Guild. This conference combines their previous mLearnCon and Performance Support Symposium with the addition of video. The unifying element to me is context.

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