Clark Quinn

Curriculum or pedagogy?

Clark Quinn

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.

Learning from Experimentation

Clark Quinn

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.

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.

Y A (Yet Another) Misleading Mobile Marketing Post

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Is this YAMMMP? I suppose I can’t address every one, but I think picking a few here and there are perhaps instructive. And, maybe, a bit fun. So there was a post on 5 mobile learning strategies. I’m a wee bit opinionated on mobile learning, so I thought I’d have a look.

What to evaluate?

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In a couple of articles, the notion that we should be measuring our impact on the business is called out. And being one who says just that , I feel obligated to respond. So let’s get clear on what I’m saying and why. It’s about what to evaluate, why, and possibly when.

Fish & Chips Economics

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A colleague, after hearing my take on economics, suggested I should tell this story. It’s a bit light-hearted, but it does make a point. And I’ve expanded it here for the purposes of reading versus listening.

Thoughts on strategy from Training 19

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So last week I was the strategy track coach for the Training 19 conference. An experiment ! That meant that I picked the sessions from a list of those who put their session proposals up for ‘strategy’, and could choose to open and/or close the track. I chose both.

The wisdom of instruction

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I was listening in to a webinar on trends in higher education. The speakers had been looking at different higher ed pedagogy models, within and external to institutions. It became clear that there was a significant gap between a focus on meeting corporate needs and the original goals of education.

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Learning Experience Portals?

Clark Quinn

What is a learning experience platform? Suddenly the phrase seems ubiquitous, but what does it mean? It’s been on my mental ‘todo’ list for a while, but I finally spent some time investigating the concept.

Surprise, Transformation, & Learning

Clark Quinn

Recently, I came across an article about a new explanation for behavior, including intelligence.

Danielle Feinberg #Trgconf Keynote Mindmap

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Danielle Feinberg of Pixar shared her story of using computer science to create the visual art and storytelling for Pixar movies.

Making Multiple Choice work

Clark Quinn

For sins in my past, I’ve been thinking about assessments a bit lately. And one of the biggest problems comes from trying to find solutions that are meaningful yet easy to implement. You can ask learners to develop meaningful artifacts, but getting them assessed at scale is problematic.

Developing learning to learn skills

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I’m an advocate of meta-learning, that is: learning to learn. Not just because it’s personally empowering, but because it can and should be organizationally empowering. The problem is, little is talked about how to develop it. And I have to say that what I do see, seems inadequate.

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Thinking Strategically

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Repurposed from another use. In today’s increasing rate of change and competition, coupled with growing ambiguity and uncertainty, L&D just can’t be about delivering courses on demand.

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And the myths go on

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Yet another silly post I stumbled upon. And last week at a conf someone said they liked my take-downs. If you disagree, let me know, but otherwise here’s yet another bunch of marketing hype. Hopefully no one uses this for any real decisions!

Why Myths Matter

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I’ve called out a number of myths (and superstitions, and misconceptions) in my latest tome , and I’m grateful people appear to be interested. I take this as a sign that folks are beginning to really pay attention to things like good learning design. And that’s important.

Redesigning Learning Design

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Of late, a lot of my work has been designing learning design. Helping orgs transition their existing design processes to ones that will actually have an impact. That is, someone’s got a learning design process, but they want to improve it.

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Trends for 2019?

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It’s already started! Like Christmas (which morally shouldn’t be even be thought about before Thanksgiving), requests for next year’s trends should be on hold until at least December. Still, a request came in for my thoughts.

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Jessica Kriegel #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap

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Jessica Kriegel closed DevLearn with a witty and wise presentation taking apart the ‘generations’ and ‘millennial’ myths. In short, it’s basically age discrimination. Don’t do it! The post Jessica Kriegel #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap appeared first on Learnlets

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Bringing Transformation to Life

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I’m going to be delivering a mobile learning course for a university this spring. Consequently, I’m currently beginning the design. I need to practice what I preach in the sense of good learning design, so I’m working through the usual decisions.

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The pain of learning

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My dad , in his last years, lost the use of his hands and most of his hearing. It seemed like he then gave up. I finally challenged him on it, and he said “when you’re in constant pain…” And I got it.

Locus of learning: community, AI, or org?

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A recent article caused me to think. Always a great thing! It led to some reflections that I want to share. The article is about a (hypothetical) learning journey, and talks about how learning objects are part of that learning process.

Citations

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Following on my thoughts on writing yesterday, this was a topic that didn’t fit (the post got too long ;). So here we go. Colleagues have written that citations are important. If you’re making a claim, you should be able to back it up.

Microlearning Malarkey

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Someone pointed me to a microlearning post, wondering if I agreed with their somewhat skeptical take on the article. And I did agree with the skepticism. Further, it referenced another site with worse implications. And I think it’s instructive to take these apart.

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Why Engaging Learning?

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Someone asked me what I would say about my first book, Engaging Learning. And, coincidentally, my client just gave some copies to their client as part of our engagement, so I guess there’s still value in it!

PSA SPF

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog series for this important public service announcement: A number of times now, I’ve discovered that there was email being sent to me that I was not getting.

What’s the CEO want to see

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This issue came up recently, and it’s worth a think. What would a CEO hope to see from L&D? And I think this is in two major areas. The first is for optimum execution, and the other is for continual innovation. It’s easier to talk about the former, so we’ll start there. However, if (or, rather, when ;) L&D starts executing on the other half, we should be looking for tangible outcomes there too. Optimal Execution.

Reading List?

Clark Quinn

I saw another query about ‘reading list recommendations’ (e.g. as an addition to Millennials, Goldfish, Other Training Misconceptions ;), and I thought I’d weigh in, with a different spin. What qualifies what books should you read? Maybe your level of expertise?

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The case for PKM

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Apparently, an acquaintance challenged my colleague Harold Jarche’s Personal Knowledge Mastery (PKM) model. He seemed to consider the possibility that it’s a fad. Well, I do argue people should be cautious about claims. So, I’ve talked about PKM before , but I want to elaborate.

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Competencies and Innovation?

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This may seem like an odd pairing, so bear with me. I believe that we want to find ways to support organizations moving in the direction of innovation and learning cultures. Of course, I’ve been on a pretty continuous campaign for this, but I’m wondering what other levers we have.

Editing, process, topics, and other reflections

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My lass let me know there was a typo in my recent post on Transformation. I’m thrilled that she’s reading them (!), but she triggered many thoughts about my writing approach.

Application-based Instruction

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A number of years ago, I wrote about activity-based learning. And I firmly stand behind the model there. It’s not a major campaign, but quietly permeates the things that I do. However, I realize that there’re two misnomers in the label, and it’s time to rectify that.

Realities: Why AR over VR

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In the past, I’ve alluded to why I like Augmented Reality (AR) over Virtual Reality. And in a conversation this past week, I talked about realities a bit more, and I thought I’d share. Don’t get me wrong, I like VR alot , but I think AR has the bigger potential impact.

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A foolish inconsistency

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Here, a foolish in consistency is the hobgoblin of my little mind. While there are some learnings in here (for me and others), it’s really just getting stuff off my chest. Feel free to move along. This is just a lack of consistency that I suggest is unnecessary and ill-conceived.

SMEs for Design

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In thinking through my design checklist, I was pondering how information comes from SMEs, and the role it plays in learning design. And it occurred to me visually, so of course I diagrammed it. The problem with getting design guidance from SMEs is that they literally can’t tell us what they do!

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Barack Obama #ATD2018 Keynote Mindmap

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The official opening event to kickoff ATD’s International Conference, was our 44th President, Barack Obama. Prompted by questions from Tony Bingham, he eloquently addressed education, values, and more. Thoughtful, witty, and ultimately wise, an inspiring session.

Designing with science

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How should we design? It’s all well and good to spout principles, but putting them into practice is another thing. While we always would like to follow learning science, there’re not always all the answers we need.

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Organizational Psychology?

Clark Quinn

I read an article calling for organizational psychology and the things these folks do for companies. And, interestingly, many of the tasks seem like things that I’ve been calling for L&D to do. So now I have to ask what’s the relationship between these two areas?

Another Day Another Myth-Ridden Hype Piece

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Some days, it feels like I’m playing whack-a-mole. I got an email blast from an org (need to unsubscribe) that included a link that just reeked of being a myth -ridden piece of hype. So I clicked, and sure enough! And, as part of my commitment to showing my thinking, I’m taking it down.

A solid education platform

Clark Quinn

In the past couple of days, I’ve come across two different initiatives to improve education. And certainly our education system can stand improvement. However, each one had the same major flaw, and leaves open an opportunity for improvement not to occur.

Revisiting personal learning

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A number of years ago, I tried a stab at an innovation process. And I was reminded of it thinking about personal learning, and looked at it again. And it doesn’t seem to aged well. So I thought I’d revisit the model, and see what emerged.

Skating to where L&D needs to be

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“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” ” – Wayne Gretsky. This quote, over-used to the point of being a cliché, is still relevant. I was just reading Simon Terry’s amusing and insightful post on ‘best practices’ (against them, of course), and it reminded me of this phrase. He said “Best practices are often racing to where someone used to be”, and that’s critical.

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Are Decisions the Key?

Clark Quinn

A number of years ago, now, Brenda Sugrue posited that Bloom’s Taxonomy was wrong. And, she proposed a simpler framework. I’ve never been a fan of Bloom’s; folks have trouble applying it systematically (reliably discriminating between various levels).