Clark Quinn

How do you drive yourself?

Clark Quinn

How do I drive myself? I was asked that in a coaching session. The question is asking how I keep learning. There are multiple answers, which I’ve probably talked about before, but I’ll reflect here. I think it’s important to regularly ask: “how do you drive yourself?”

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The roots of LXD

Clark Quinn

Instructional design, as is well documented, has it roots in meeting the needs for training in WWII. User experience (UX) came from the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) revolution towards User Centered Design.

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Blinded by the buzzword!

Clark Quinn

With any industry, a large quantity of buzzwords exist, and Learning & Development isn’t any different. Likewise, plusses and minuses accrue. It’s helpful to know the buzzword as well as the real meaning behind it, but how do you do this? Buzzwords can become vernacular.

Signifying change

Clark Quinn

I have a persistent interest in the potential for myth and ritual for learning. In the past I sought a synthesis of what’s known as good practice (as always ;) in an area I don’t have good resources in. When I looked over 10 years ago, there wasn’t much.

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Labels for what we do

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Of late there’s been a resurrection of a long term problem. While it’s true for our field as a whole, it’s also true for the specific job of those who design formal learning. I opined about the problem of labels for what we do half a year ago, but it has raised its head again.

Top 10 Learning Tools for 2019

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It’s time again for Jane Hart’s Top Learning Tools Survey , so it’s time for my personal list (and for you to submit yours). Here goes! WordPress: my first learning tool is this blog. Here’s where I lay out my ideas.

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Predicting the future

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Memory’s funny. I recall attending Learning Technologies to speak on games, many years ago. And, as part of the conference, one keynote was a speaker who talked to the futility of predicting the future. And I want to push that point just a wee bit.

On building trust

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My post last week was on trust , and it triggered a question on LinkedIn: “Do you have any tips, processes, models, suggestions, etc. for building trust within a team?” ” And while I wrote a short response there, I thought it would be worth it to expand on it.

Helen Papagiannis #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap

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Helen Papagiannis kicked off the second day of the DevLearn conference. She explored the possibilities of AR with exceptional examples. She went through a variety of concepts, helping us comprehend new opportunities.

Dimensions of difficulty

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As one of the things I talk about, I was exploring the dimensions of difficulty for performance that guide the solutions we should offer. What determines when we should use performance support , automate approaches, we need formal training, or a blend, or…?

Making transformation manifest

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I’ve been on a ‘ transformation ‘ kick. And it occurs to me to think that it may be more marketing than meaning. One aspect is that we need to be making transformation manifest to our learners. The transformation I’m talking about is our learning experiences.

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Engaging Learning and the Serious eLearning Manifesto

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Way back in ’05, my book on games for learning was published. At its core was an alignment between what made an effective education practice and what makes engaging experiences.

Tools for LXD?

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I’ve been thinking on LXD for a while now, not least because I’ve an upcoming workshop at DevLearn in Lost Wages in October. And one of the things I’ve been thinking about are the tools we use for LXD.

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Talithia Williams #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap

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Talithia Williams presented the afternoon keynote on the opening day of DevLearn. She gave an overview of the possibilities of data, and the basics of data science. She then made some inferences to learning. The post Talithia Williams #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap appeared first on Learnlets.

Emerging Online Learning Tools Research Session Mindmap

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At AECT18, I dropped in on a session summarizing research on emerging technologies for online learning. There were experts in each area, so names like Vanessa Dennan on social media, Curt Bonk in MOOCs, Florence Martin on synchronous Learning, and David Wiley on Open Education Research.

Learning from Experimentation

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At the recent LearnTec conference, I was on a panel with my ITA colleagues, Jane Hart, Harold Jarche, and Charles Jennings. We were talking about how to lift the game of Modern Workplace Learning , and each had staked out a position, from human performance consulting to social/informal.

Content systems not content packages

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In a conversation last week (ok, an engagement), the topic of content systems came up. Now this is something I’ve argued for before , in several ways. For one, separate content from how it’s delivered. And, pull content together by rules, not hardwired.

Building Trust

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Some months ago, I talked about I was working virtually in a couple of instances. Using distributed tools, we’re able to coordinate and collaborate. One team got together physically last week to get work done.

Cultural Comment Shift

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I’ve been blogging now for over a decade, and one thing has changed. The phenomena is that we’re seeing a cultural comment shift; comments are now coming from shared platforms, not directly on the site.

Stephanie Llamas #Realities360 Keynote Mindmap

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Stephanie Llamas kicked off the Realities 360 conference by providing an overview of VR & AR industry. As a market researcher, she made the case for both VR and AR/MR. With trend data and analysis she made a case for growth and real uses. She also suggested that you need to use it correctly.

Theory or Research?

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There’s a lot of call for evidence-based methods (as mentioned yesterday ): L&D, learning design, and more. And this is a good thing. But…do you want to be basing your steps on a particular empirical study, or the framework within which that study emerged?

Passion and Learning

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My better half recently got a sample of special butter. A gift from a co-worker (an interesting story), and led me to reflect on the link between passion and learning. M’lady’s co-worker is a fan of good butter.

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Direct Instruction or Guided Discovery

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Recently, colleague Jos Arets of the 70:20:10 institute wrote a post promoting evidence-based work. And I’m a big fan, both of his work and the post. In the post, however, he wrote one thing that bugs me.

A very insightful framework

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Jane Hart has just come up with something new and, to me, intriguing. Ok, so she’s a colleague from the Internet Time Alliance , and I’ve been a fan of her work for a while, but I think this is particularly good.

Cognitions By Contexts

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I have, in the past, talked about the three cognitions: situated , distributed , and social. Similarly, I talk about aligning with the contexts: how we think, work, and learn. I then wondered about how they interacted. Naturally, I diagrammed it (surprise, right?).

Level of polish?

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A debate broke out amongst some colleagues the other day about the desirable level of polish in our elearning. One colleague was adamant that we were undermining our position by using low quality production. There was a lot of agreement. I had a slightly different view.

Unpacking some nuances

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In my book Engaging Learning , I had a suite of elements for both effective education practice and engaging experiences. Of course, the point was that they perfectly aligned.

Graham Roberts #Realities360 Keynote Mindmap

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Graham Roberts kicked off the 2nd day of the Realities 360 conference talking about the Future of Immersive Storytelling. He told about their experiences and lessons building an ongoing suite of experiences. From the first efforts through to the most recent it was insightful.

Contexts By Cognitions

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So, in my last post , I talked about exploring the links between cognitions on the one hand (situated, distributed, social), and contexts (aligning with how we think, work, & learn).

Direct Instruction and Learning Experience Design

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After my previous article on direct instruction versus guided discovery, some discussion mentioned Engelmann’s Direct Instruction (DI). And, something again pointed me to the most comprehensive survey of educational effects.

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Working with you

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I was talking with my better half, who’s now working at a nursery. Over time, she has related stories of folks coming to ask for assistance. And the variety is both interesting and instructive. There’s a vast difference of how people can be working with you.

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Social Silliness

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It’s that time again. Someone pointed me to a post that touted the benefits of social learning. And I’m a fan ! However, as I perused it, I saw that was a bit of social silliness. So, let me be clear about why.

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Facilitate is the new train

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Ok, so I’m being provocative with the title, since I’m not advocating the overthrow of training. The main idea is that a new area for L&D is facilitation. However, this concept also updates training.

LXD Strategy

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In the continuing process of resolving what I want to do when I grow up (rest assured, not happening), I’ve been toying with a concept. And I’ve come up with the phrase: Learning Experience Design (LXD) Strategist. Which of course, begs the question of just what LXD strategy is.

Templates for good

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In terms of the various ways in which we can support the gaps in our cognition, one of the terms is ‘templates’ And it’s worth discussing what a template is, and considering them at a variety of levels. I want to suggest we should have templates for good. What is a template?

Sub-symbolic and Situated

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At the time that the connectionist folks were working on neural nets, another similar approach was genetic algorithms. Both were working in a different way than the previous formal approaches to AI. The distinction between the two became known as symbolic vs sub-symbolic.

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Craft and commercial?

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Occasionally I try to look at the broader swings we see (in a variety of things). In learning technology, there’s been a gross pendulum swing, and maybe smaller ones. I think we’ve swung between craft and commercial approaches to design, and I’m hoping we’re on a return swing.

The ARG experience

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In preparing a couple of presentation for the Realities 360 conference coming up late this month, I got thinking about ARGs again. ARGs (alternate reality games) were going to be the thing, but some colleagues suggest that the costs were problematic.

Curriculum or pedagogy?

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In a conversation today, I mentioned that previously I’ve thought that perhaps the best next ‘man in the moon’ project would be to put an entire K12 curriculum up online.

Cognition external

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I was thinking a bit about distributed cognition, and recognized that there as a potentially important way to tease that apart. And I’ll talk it out first here, and maybe a diagram will emerge. Or not. The point is to think about how external tools can augment our thinking.

Surprise and safety

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As I reflect further on the improved surprise model, I realize there’s one thing I missed. The model gives a motivation for learning, and an implication for design. But there’s one thing more in the model, and one more implication for design. And this has to do with safety.

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Clear about the concept

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I went to hear a talk the other day. It was about competency-based education (CBE) for organizations. Ostensibly. And, while I’m now affiliated with IBSTPI , it’s not like I’m a competency expert.

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Packaging change

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I’ve been looking at a couple of things, with a goal is to look for the sweet spot at the intersection. I’m looking at my missions, interests, and what’s resonating. And, I find, that they’re converging into a few things.

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