Informal Learning – the other 80%
APRIL 16, 2013
The start-up stiffed me but the paper morphed into the Informal Learning book. I’ll be leading a series of master classes on informal learning and working smarter in Europe. Informal Learning – the other 80%. Informal learning is effective because it is personal.
An example of informal learning from Europe
Jay Cross's Informal Learning
JANUARY 26, 2010
Harm told me about his team’s experience with informal learning in an engagement with Sara Lee. Having a closer look, I concluded that the list of activities could be divided into more formal and more informal learning activities. Informal: - Experiences on the job.
Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
OCTOBER 15, 2013
2002 - because engineers spent more time figuring out the tools than actually doing engineering Graphical system design: - top-level, the application domain (measurement, test, monitoring, embeddedm control.) - middle: platform - bottom-level: work environment: desktops and laptops, NI CompactDAQ, PXI and modular installatioons, NI Compact RIO The platform API should provide several tools for interacting with data online - eg.
New Technology Supporting Informal Learning
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
APRIL 25, 2009
This work, in turn, is suggesting and supporting the model of learning described in the first section, that of a course network supporting and informing an ever-shifting set of course episodes. Wiley & Edwards, 2002) This logic, which is characterizing not only new learning but also new approaches to business and management (Malone, 2004), is based on the idea that those who are closest to the situation are in the best position to make decisions about it. 2002). 2002).
Activate your knowledge
APRIL 17, 2013
PKM is much more than processing information. The top sector represents the domain of developing ideas , which requires the filtering of vast amounts of information, making sense of it, and connecting different bits and pieces to come up with new ideas.
Reality check: intelligence agencies have been using social network analysis since the 1990s
SEPTEMBER 28, 2013
I have been focused on networks since long before I wrote Living Networks in 2002. This means that governments have long been gathering and uncovering extraordinarily rich information about our relationships: personal, professional, and beyond.
Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology
JANUARY 26, 2016
I found the most satisfying answer to this seemingly Socratic question in an excellent 2002 paper - Complexity and Robustness - by professors Jean Carlson and John Doyle.
70-20-10: Origin, Research, Purpose
AUGUST 13, 2016
The challenge is how can L&D activate and support informal and social learning in an intentional, high impact way that builds a vibrant learning culture? As early as 2002 Jay was describing the unrelenting focus on formal learning in terms of the ‘Spending/Outcomes Paradox’.
Coaching Should Be An Expectation Of All Connected Leaders
OCTOBER 8, 2013
Coaching —in the context of Flat Army and thus going beyond a connected leader—is an ongoing informal conversation with the employee who focuses on providing the following: counsel on current objectives and actions to categorically improve the result.
Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?
OCTOBER 31, 2016
Design thinking is now being applied to abstract entities, - e.g. systems, services, information and organizations, - as well as to devise strategies, manage change and solve complex problems. Design thinking has become an increasingly popular topic of discussion over the past decade.
Wow, Did I Ever Fail On This One. But I Learned A Lot, Too.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
Before I entered the corporate world in 2002, I spent roughly five years in higher education. It’s this latter program, called ITP (information technology professional), where my story of failure and lessons learned begins.
Entrepreneurial migration: It’s not brain drain, it’s global network formation
SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
Since well before I wrote Living Networks in 2002 I have been studying global innovation networks, and how necessary they are to entrepreneurial success anywhere in the world. AnnaLee Saxenian, currently Dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Information, did a great study and paper Local and Global Networks of Immigrant Professionals in Silicon Valley in 2002, focusing particularly on the Chinese and Indian networks in the Valley.
The future of higher education and other imponderables
JUNE 16, 2012
Students, in contrast, suddenly had new tools of democratic information access (and distraction) at their fingertips. In 2002, MIT announced the OpenCourseWare initiative. And, badges can help account for formal and informal learning in a variety of settings.
Inner visions of seven dimensional space
AUGUST 6, 2011
I’ve just found an amazing 2002 article [ pdf ] from the American Mathematical Society about blind mathematicians. In both cases, the brain creates flexible methods of spatial representation based on information from the senses.
Launching my new book today! Getting Results From Crowds
DECEMBER 7, 2011
My 2002 book Living Networks had many examples of what we currently call crowdsourcing, including being the first of many business books to describe the Goldcorp challenge, and mentions of Elance, InnoCentive, and Procter & Gamble’s Connect & Develop program, before any were well-known. Information on the team including my co-author Steve Bynghall.
Four lessons learned from 12 years of blogging
OCTOBER 30, 2014
It is interesting to look at my posts from October 2002 , in which I reflected on some of the earlier signs of the networks coming to life. Good blogging is often about engaging in online discussions with well-informed people who can hone your perspectives. Twitter information exposure leads to blog posts, and blog posts can be shared on Twitter. It is 12 years since I started this Trends in the Living Networks blog to accompany the launch of my book Living Networks.
The inexorable rise of work markets
MARCH 8, 2012
I have been following the rise of online markets for work since Elance was founded in 1999, writing about them in my 2002 book Living Networks and dedicating a large chunk of Getting Results From Crowds to how to effectively manage work markets. One reason to create firms is the coordination and signaling problems of situations with imperfect information and transaction costs.
The Rise of the Global Superstar Company
NOVEMBER 8, 2016
The open-plan offices and informal dress codes are still there, but their spirit is changing. The accounting scandals surrounding Enron , WorldCom , and others led to the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Map of the Decade, ExaTrends of the Decade, and the Zeitgeist for 2011
DECEMBER 13, 2010
Now that biological and genomic technologies are largely driven by information technologies, they are on the same exponential trajectory. They will enable far more efficient business, make dating easier, help to filter information overload, and allow no space for the dodgy to hide.
AUGUST 10, 2012
A couple of months ago, Matthew Lasar at Ars Technica wrote : In an angst-filled 2002 interview, Bill Atkinson confessed to his Big Mistake. TBL’s real genius was that he wrote protocols and standards by which hyperlinked information could be displayed and shared.
Unleashing the Next Age of Prosperity
OCTOBER 29, 2011
I first met Carlota , - a friend so I will refer to her by first name, - around the time of the publication of her 2002 book: Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages. Our present information technology and telecommunications age, whose starting point Perez pegs at 1971, is the fifth such major revolution in that span. Information technologies and the Internet infrastructure are the main enablers of this transformation.
“IT Doesn’t Matter” Ten Years Later
MAY 23, 2013
At the time I was general manager of the On Demand initiative that IBM had launched in October of 2002. SOA and Web services were enabling us to tackle the integration of processes, information and just about everything needed to build open, global, integrated business solutions. .
Understanding the Workings of Our Minds
NOVEMBER 13, 2013
In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics “for having integrated insights from psychological research into economic science, especially concerning human judgment and decision-making under uncertainty.” .
Learning while working
MARCH 21, 2011
A few quick impressions from my initial skim of Learning while Working , a summary report on eight years of European research grants and studies of informal learning in the workplace: This is an amazingly Euro-centric report. 2002). Informal doesn’t mean unintentional.
Innovation as a Journey into the Future
AUGUST 7, 2013
He was a Senator then, a position he held from March of 2002 until his appointment to president of the Innovation Council. I recently read an excellent innovation report, - Strategic Orientations for Innovation: Chile in the 2025 Horizon.
The rise of mini-blogging in 2011: Tumblr will continue to soar
DECEMBER 7, 2010
Here is an excerpt from the article on mini-blogging: The popularity of Twitter in part reflects a desire for immediate gratification in posting and consumption of information.
Rejected: On being disappointed, sorta
FEBRUARY 17, 2012
A few years later, a colleague that I had worked with in the past informed me of an opportunity at Red River College. However, the focus of this research chair on learning innovation and analytics captured my interest and I decided to apply (obviously informing my colleagues at Athabasca University of my intent. Knowledge institutions have traditionally mirrored the structure and characteristics of information in a particular era (McNeely & Wolverton, 2008).
Technology, Capitalism and “The American Way of Life”
APRIL 10, 2017
But few have brought the kind of historical perspective to the subject that helps us better understand our turbulent times like scholar and consultant Carlota Perez in her 2002 book Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages and related publications.
The Day SAP Ruined a Good Thing
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
In no particular order, some of the attributes the UBI team demonstrated included: Recognition was rampant – kudos were formally provided at meetings and get-togethers, but more importantly they were issued informally and socially. This post was four years in the making.
The Strength Of A Leader Comes From The Tree Trunk
JANUARY 26, 2015
During the Sales Kick-off Conference in 2002, Bill spent most of the time in a boxer’s outfit playing on the tag-line of “We’re going to knock the BO out of BO”; Business Objects being a competitor to Crystal Decisions at the time.
How to speak the language of thought
AUGUST 21, 2014
Albert Lee and Matthew Wilson, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) first helped to set out the principles in 2002. If, in the future, a paraplegic wants to control a robot arm, or even another person , via a brain interface, then it will rely on the same techniques to decode information and translate it into action. We are now beginning to crack the brain’s code, which allows us to answer such bizarre questions as “what is the speed of thought?”.
BBC Column: Why cyclists enrage car drivers
FEBRUARY 18, 2013
Driving is a very moral activity – there are rules of the road, both legal and informal, and there are good and bad drivers. This is known as “altruistic punishment”, a term used by Ernst Fehr and Simon Gachter in a landmark paper published in 2002 . The key is in a detail from that classic 2002 paper. Here is my latest BBC Future column. The original is here.
Open Education, MOOCs, and Opportunities
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
DECEMBER 12, 2014
While it is true that informal learning groups, such as in-person meetings, online conversations, Facebook and Twitter groups, and other social networks form around the xMOOC, they are not integrated into the structure of the course itself (this lack of integration is so profound it has led some to propose the MOOC 2.0,
Some Thoughts on The Future of Internet-Centric TV
APRIL 21, 2015
Not only do I keep up with a few current series, but I can go back any time and catch up with series I missed when they were first offered, as I did last year with the 60 episodes of The Wire , originally shown on HBO between 2002 and 2008.
ePublishing business models
MARCH 28, 2011
Omitting key information. Book sales have gone from 450,00/yr in 2002 to 175,000 in 2010. I’m at an education conference put on by CET in Tel Aviv. This is the second day of the conference. The opening session is on business models for supporting the webification of the educational system. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker.
Learning With and From Others: Restructuring Budgets for Social Learning
JANUARY 6, 2011
Add to this the rising inferno (and demand) of social media, informal learning, and anything to do with a 2.0 In a survey conducted by Accenture in 2002, 31 percent of all CLOs felt that “technology implementation” was the greatest challenge of the day. reformulate their learning strategy to become a combination of formal, informal, and social in nature. Originally posted to T+D Magazine, January 2011 Edition. Reprinted here with permission. original link here ).
The CEO That Was Out Of Touch
MARCH 28, 2016
Maybe start-up is the wrong term seeing as there were close to 2,000 employees by the time I joined in 2002. But the manner in which employees were informed about the exit was another matter. The first role I held outside of academia was incredibly enlightening.
Why is it so Difficult to Make Long-Term Predictions?
FEBRUARY 19, 2014
I learned about such long cycles from the works of scholar and writer Carlota Perez , author of the 2002 book Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages. What will the world be like in 2064?
Social Media: An Interview
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 23, 2012
But probably the definitive date would be when I wrote An Introduction to RSS for Educational Designers in 2002 ( [link] ). link] What may have been expected when the question was asked was an answer like "I use social media to connect with people" or "I use social media to get information for my papers" or some such end-use based response.
A Great Stagnation or a New Golden Age of Innovation?
APRIL 23, 2011
In her 2002 book Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages , scholar and writer Carlota Perez brings a historical perspective to these patterns of technology-based disruptive innovations. Our present information technology and telecommunications age, whose starting point Perez pegs at 1971, is the fifth such major revolution in that span. Here is the way things are supposed to work.