Clark Quinn

Mental models are the agents of learning

Clark Quinn

I was talking with my friend and colleague Harold Jarche about how he’s expanding his valuable Personal Knowledge Mastery to teams and at the organizational level. Walking through his diagram, what is critical, what is being exchanged, are mental models.

Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Clark Quinn

You’ll see a lot of vendors/sessions/webinars touting neuroscience or brain-based. And you really shouldn’t believe it. Yes, our brains are composed of neurons, and we do care about what we know about brains. BUT, these aren’t the right terms!

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.

New and improved evaluation

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A few years ago, I had a ‘debate’ with Will Thalheimer about the Kirkpatrick model (you can read it here ). In short, he didn’t like it, and I did, for different reasons. However, the situation has changed, and it’s worth revisiting the issue of evaluation.

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GDPR

Last year, we hosted the 2017 MVP Awards across three of our sites. In order to get ready for this year’s coming awards across even more of our sites, we’re catching up with some of our judges from the previous awards who offered their time and insight to make the awards even better. Take a look!

Marcus Buckingham #ATD2018 Keynote Mindmap

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Marcus Buckingham, in a passionate and witty presentation, skewered many beliefs from a valuable perspective. He exhorted us to look at the positive, and emphasize what we do well, and value your uniqueness. The post Marcus Buckingham #ATD2018 Keynote Mindmap appeared first on Learnlets

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Busting Myths!

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As I have hinted, I’ve been working on a project that is related to what learning science has to do with learning design. And I can finally announce the project! I’ve been writing a book on debunking learning myths & superstitions, and unpacking some misconceptions.

Plagiarism and ethics

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I recently wrote on the ethics of L&D, and I note that I didn’t address one issue. Yet, it’s very clear that it’s still a problem. In short, I’m talking about plagiarism and attribution. And it needs to be said.

Hard Fun Projects

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As a basic premise of my book on designing engaging learning, I maintain that learning can, and should , be ‘hard fun’ When you look at learning and engagement, you find this perfect alignment of elements. And, it occurred to me, that’s also true for good project work.

No all-singing all-dancing solution

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I was pinged on LinkedIn by someone who used the entrée of hearing me speak in next week’s Learning Solutions conference to begin discussing LMS capabilities. Hint: they provide one.) And I thought I’d elaborate on my response, as the discussion prompted some reflections.

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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Real (e)Learning Heroes

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While there are people who claim to be leaders in elearning (and some are), there is another whole group who flies under the radar. These are the people who labor quietly in the background on initiatives that will benefit all of us.

It’s ALIVE!

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Ok, so this may be small news, but it’s still news (and I , at least, am excited!). I’ve previously mentioned my forthcoming book: Millennials, Goldfish, and other Training Misconceptions: Debunking Learning Myths and Superstitions. It’s not out yet, though you can preorder.

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Tools and Design

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I’ve often complained about how the tools we have make it easy to do bad design. They make it easy to put PPTs and PDFs on the screen and add a quiz. And not that that’s not so, but I decided to look at it from the other direction, and I found that instructive.

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The meta-program

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A couple of weeks ago, I posited what I thought might make the basis for a sustainable degree program. That is, one that prepares students for a world with increasing change.

Skills 165

Warning: Snake Oil

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So this just appeared in my email this morning. Can you tell what’s wrong? “The next generation of L&D is here. Millennials are quickly becoming the majority of the world’s workforce. They will need training to become successful leaders.

Revisiting 70:20:10

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Last week, the Debunker Club (led by Will Thalheimer) held a twitter debate on 70:20:10 (the tweet stream can be downloaded if you’re curious). In ‘attendance’ were two of the major proponents of 70:20:10, Charles Jennings and Jos Arets.

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Platon #LSCon Keynote Mindmap

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Platon, a portrait photographer extraordinaire, gave a poignant presentation about leadership. Starting with some presidential anecdotes, he weaved in celebrities on the way to world leaders.

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At the edge

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Another response to my request for topics asked about moving from the classroom to the ‘fringe’ Here, I have a very simple response: the case studies in Revolutionize Learning & Development.

Before the Course

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It appears that, too often, people are building courses when they don’t need to (or, more importantly, shouldn’t ).

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Consciously Considering Consciousness

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Consciousness is an interesting artifact of our cognitive architecture. And no, (despite being a native Californian ;) I’m not talking about social or environmental or higher consciousness.

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Activity or Application?

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I’m a fan of Michael Allen’s, not only because he knows his stuff and he’s a very good person, but also because he has a knack for making things accessible.

Quip: learning & instruction

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I spoke at the ATD International Conference last week on myths. I said a number of things (and a number were said about it, too :). However, one comment seems to be getting more traction than others. Moreover, it’s something I say regularly. So I thought I should add it to my collection of Quinn Quips. The statement is simple: Learning is action and reflection; instruction is designed action and guided reflection. What do I mean here? In life, things happen.

Video Lessons

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So, I’ve been creating a ‘deeper elearning’ course for one of the video course providers. And I’m not mentioning where it is (yet), since it’s still under development. But to do this, I had to do some serious learning about creating video.

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Kai Kight #LSCon Keynote Mindmap

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Kai told stories about his experiences in music and used them to draw lessons for us. He inspired us to connect to our purpose and experiment, and demonstrated what he meant through playing. The post Kai Kight #LSCon Keynote Mindmap appeared first on Learnlets

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Chief Cognitive Officer?

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Businesses are composed of core functions, and they optimize them to succeed. In areas like finance, operations, and information technology, they prioritize investments, and look for continual improvement. But, with the shift in the competitive landscape, there’s a gap that’s being missed.

Possible versus practical

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Last week, I gave a presentation to the local chapter of ATD. And I was surprised that their request was for mobile learning. Now that is something I can speak to, but given that my book on the topic came out seven years ago now, it seemed like a dated topic. And I was wrong.

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Return on Wisdom

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In the early days of the internet, I had a chance to read one of the early translations of The Japan That Can Say No. The point I took away was the critique of short-term decision making driven by the need for shareholder returns.

Cost 147

My Professional Learner’s Toolkit

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My colleague, Harold Jarche, recently posted about his professional learning toolkit, reflecting our colleague Jane Hart’s post about a Modern Learner’s Toolkit. It’s a different cut through the top 10 tools. So I thought I’d share mine, and my reflections.

Skeptical Optimist or Hopeful Cynic? A Science Mindset

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Is there any difference? At core, my new book is about learning science. And, as I’ve lamented before , the lack of understanding of cognitive science is a barrier to better L&D. However, it takes a certain mindset to put this into practice in practical ways.

Solutions for Tight Cycles of Assessment

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In general, in a learning experience stretching out over days (as spaced learning would suggest), learners want to regularly get feedback about how they’re doing. As a consequence, you want regular cycles of assessment. However, there’s a conflict.

Thoughts on Learning Design Strategy

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At the DevLearn conference, I ran a Morning Buzz on Learning Design Strategy. I’m happy to say that the participants threw in lots of ideas, and I thought they were worth capturing.

A broader view of Augmented Reality

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I was answering some questions about a previous post of mine on AR, and realized I have made some unnecessary limitations in my own thinking. And I may not be the only one! So I thought I’d share my thoughts on a broader view of augmented reality.

The Dearth of Science in Learning Technology

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Over the years, I’ve looked at a lot of learning technology. And I see a dispiriting trend. There seems to be little learning science of late. What I see are marketing driven decisions, even when there are claims to science! And I think this is a problem.

The necessary program?

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Things are moving faster, and careers are supposed to be changing more frequently. What does that mean for university degrees (or other employment preparation)?

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Myths in one week…

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Next week, I’ll be presenting on myths at ATD’s International Conference (Tues, 1PM). Moreover, there’ll be a book signing at 4PM! I hope to see you there, and, for more reasons than you might first imagine. For one, ATD’s supposed to be supplying me with special bookmarks. Always nice to have a book mark specific to the book, I reckon.

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About this change to the site…

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So, I’d been unhappy with how hard it was to update my site. It had some problems, but I was afraid to change it because of the repercussions. Well, it turns out that’s not a problem! So what you see is my first stab at a new site. A little background… My ISP, a good friend, colleague, and mentor, was making some changes to how my sites are implemented.

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Kaihan Krippendorff Keynote Mindmap

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At a private event, I had a chance to hear Kaihan Krippendorff talk about thinking differently about innovation. He used an 8P’s model as a framework to illustrate how to think differently.

Evidence-based L&D

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Earlier this year, I wrote that L&D was a ‘ Field of Dreams ‘ industry , running on a belief that “if you build it, it is good” There’s strong evidence that we’re not delivering on the needs of the organization.

Revisiting the Ecosystem

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One of the keys to the L&D revolution is recognizing the full performance ecosystem and the ways technology can support performance and development. I’ve tried to represent and share my thinking via diagrams (including here , here , and here ).