How to evaluate social and informal learning

Jay Cross

Dan Pontefract had a great post on TrainingWreck about the inadequacy of the Kirkpatrick model in a world where learning is increasingly collaborative and networked. Dan takes the logic further than I did last week in my post on how to assess learning initiatives. Increasingly, learning is migrating from events (think “workshop&# ) to processes (think “social learning&# ). Kirkpatrick is about push, not pull, learning.

Reflecting on Learning Analytics and SoLAR

George Siemens

The Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference (LAK16) is happening this week in Edinburgh. I have great hope for the learning analytics field as one that will provide significant research for learning and help us move past naive quantitative and qualitative assessments of research and knowledge. The data being generated could provide valuable insight into teaching and learning practices. Not everyone was a fan of the idea of learning analytics.

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August Informal Learning Hot List

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Informal Learning takes place in the context of work and life. Learnscaping — taking a systems view of learning in an organization — necessarily addresses a broad array of topics and disciplines. Hence, the articles and posts from Informal Learning Flow aren’t confined to what you’ll find in training magazines and learning conferences. Big Data and Real-time Structured Data Analytics - OReilly Radar , August 13, 2009.

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Big Data at Google

Jay Cross

Measurements and analytics rule at Google. All people decisions at Google are based on data and analytics,” according to Kathryn Dekas, a manager in Google’s “people analytics” team. Students in school learn to give specific answers. They memorize and parrot back explicit information. It’s learning ability. It’s the ability to pull together disparate bits of information.”. At Google, self-directed continuous learning is the norm.

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Network Learning: Working Smarter

Harold Jarche

Tweet “In the period ahead of us, more important than advances in computer design will be the advances we can make in our understanding of human information processing – of thinking, problem solving, and decision making…” ~ Herbert Simon, Economics Nobel-prize winner (1968). The World Wide Web is changing how many of us do our work as we become more connected to information and each other. This information overload has a direct impact on workplace learning.

Corporate Learning’s focus

Harold Jarche

Tweet Inspired by Jay Cross, Amanda Fenton asks how her Corporate Learning department could better meet the needs of employees. I think these are excellent questions and the answers form the basis of addressing how to integrate work and learning in the enterprise. Q1) Close to 80% of learning happens informally and 20% formally, yet we spend most of our time and money on the 20%. One final note, don’t try to formalize informal learning.

LMS vs. LCMS

Xyleme

The Learning and Development industry, like any other, has been inundated with new technologies and tools for learning. Buzz words in the industry include e-learning, mobile learning, cloud delivery, bite-sized learning, informal learning, learning record store, and single-source content development. Also, LMSs do not provide IDs with the deep analytics required to understand what content is working and what content is not. .

What is stopping companies from measuring learning: Skillsets, datasets, toolsets or mindsets?

Xyleme

. Is your company''s learning and development strategy wedged between a rock and hard place? In one of our recent posts, " Why you need to take a Google Analytics approach to measuring learning ," we lay the foundation of our perspective regarding L&D''s constant battle for greater relevance in business strategy and planning. In short, learning and development organizations and departments are suffering from an analytics crisis.

Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)

George Siemens

All aspects of it, including administration, teaching/learning, and research. The process of becoming digital has important implications for how learning occurs and how research happens and how it is shared. I’m happy to announce the formation of the digital Learning Research Network (dLRN), funded by a $1.6m From a broad overview, the goal of the grant is to improve the depth and quality of research in digital learning. Higher education is digitizing.

Rejected: On being disappointed, sorta

George Siemens

A few years later, a colleague that I had worked with in the past informed me of an opportunity at Red River College. Coming into this technical learning environment was a great experience. This was before the days of WebCT and broader use of learning management systems. I then made the jump to University of Manitoba, started my phd (now finished), and continued developing courses and programs, including the certificate in emerging technologies for learning.

Disruptive Educational Research Conference in India

Jay Cross

I’ll be taking part in EdgeX , an event that covers two important themes for education – Learning X.O (the the emergence of network based, collaborative, social, informal and community-led approaches to learning) and Simulations & Serious Games (being able to seriously use these advanced learning tools at strategic scale). There is a revolution brewing in our conception of what learning is and how educational systems can be rethought.

My 25 Years of Ed Tech

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

And it's not that we don't know the history of universities and distance education and learning theories, it's that so much of it and so many of them are wrong. In addition to the usual hands-on instructor-led learning, I discovered the training room, which was stocked with training videos.

LMS vs. LCMS

Xyleme

While sometimes thought to be interchangeable terms, LMS (Learning Management System) and LCMS (Learning Content Management System) platforms share a few functionalities, but couldn’t be more different. A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application that allows a company, school, or organization to administer, document, track, and report on the delivery of educational courses and training programs. Assigned learning. Individualized learning plan.

Site Learnings

Clark Quinn

Which led to an ongoing series of activities that have some learnings both at the technical and learning side. So I thought I’d share my learnings about sites. Now, I’d try to do this once I’d gotten all my sites tied into Google Analytics, including searching the WP file folders, and browsing a number, to no avail. Specifically, even though my site was registering in Google Analytics, it wasn’t validated with the Search Console.

Measuring MOOC Media

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Here''s the information I sent Steve Kolowich for his Chronicle article on the (possible?) decline of MOOC mentions in the media: My data measures news articles from selected (and reasonably representative) sources (including Google News) and counts instances of the term ‘MOOC’ in title or descriptions. It is essentially the number of items published each day in the MOOC.ca newsletter [link] (filtered to remove duplicate listings).

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Personalization for Knowledge Workers

Xyleme

Personalized learning has different applications for different audiences. Personalization in the K12 context is used to enable each student to learn at his or her own pace, and the curriculum is tailored on-the-fly to the meet the unfolding needs. The subject of this post is a vision of personalized learning in the 2013 workplace. So what is the appropriate modality for learning in this type of work environment? Corporate Learning Use Cases.

Notes from ELI 2015 Riyadh - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Research questions: wat do they use, what is their value, informal media, etc? toos, blogs, skype - exotic applications - 2nd life, Twitter - not used much for learning - high acceptance by traditional studnets just a few, eg.

Learning and Development Webinars

Xyleme

The below learning and development webinars feature speakers from leading companies like Cisco, Dell, T-Mobile, Caterpillar, and Baker Hughes, and cover a variety of topics, news, and best practices specifically geared toward learning and development. Building the Plane While Flying It: A Case Study on Rapid Learning Strategy Innovation at Spectrum. Moving from a traditional training strategy to one that embeds learning in the daily workflow is challenging enough.

A positive view on the future of human work as intelligent machines rise

Ross Dawson

We need to choose our domains of expertise, and use peer and community learning to stay on top of our domains. In a fast-changing world the most effective learning is collaborative. Deakin University recently released a master’s in business and data analytics. With technology constantly evolving at a more rapid pace, informal learning will continue to be key in future, Dawson said.

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Four Ways User-Generated Content (UGC) Can Make its Way into.

Xyleme

Home > Learning Content Management , Social Learning > Four Ways User-Generated Content (UGC) Can Make its Way into Formal Learning Four Ways User-Generated Content (UGC) Can Make its Way into Formal Learning January 20th, 2010 Goto comments Leave a comment This past week, I’ve been reading and referring to Jane Hart’s article The State of Social Learning Today and some Thoughts for the Future of L&D in 2010 quite a bit. Learn more about Dawn here.

Cognitive Task Analysis

Clark Quinn

While I argue strongly for stepping away more frequently from formally structured learning, not least because we overuse it, there are times when it is crucial. As naysayers of informal learning like to point out, you wouldn’t want your pilot or heart surgeon to have picked up the task by reading a book. This is not a shortcut, it’s deep in terms of the knowledge elicitation techniques, the analytical task, and the representation of results.

Five Myths of Social Learning

Xyleme

Home > Social Learning > Five Myths of Social Learning Five Myths of Social Learning December 3rd, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment There is no question that the rise of social networks is creating a profound shift in the way training departments are delivering knowledge to their employees, partners, and customers. revolution has brought learning networks front and center with “ Connect and Communicate ” becoming the new mantra for training organizations.

iPad & eBooks: A Game Changer for Blended Learning

Xyleme

Home > Single Source , Standards > iPad & eBooks: A Game Changer for Blended Learning iPad & eBooks: A Game Changer for Blended Learning March 25th, 2010 Goto comments Leave a comment I was on Nigel Paine’s blog on Friday when I saw and commented on his post The Mash-up Begins. While training departments have been busy spending ridiculous amounts of time and money converting these training materials to e-Learning, Steve Jobs has (surprise!)

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Social maps

Jay Cross

Probably this pattern (for my closed blog on Informal Learning) is more representative. Their social maps are the most useful analytic tool in the bunch because they map relationships among your contacts. My learning colleagues are densely interconnected, as are the collaboration/KM people, but they are not very well connected to one another. Tweetsmap plots your Twitter followers on a map of the world: Do it. It only takes a minute.

The future of higher education and other imponderables

George Siemens

Students, in contrast, suddenly had new tools of democratic information access (and distraction) at their fingertips. That simple example gets at the heart of what’s happening in higher education: What people do with information determines the types of institutions required in a particular era. (I Digital content, testing, teaching resources, teaching/learning software, etc. Teaching and learning. Teaching and Learning. More information is available here.

Scribd (3)

Jay Cross

Not long ago, a client asked me to draw up a blueprint of a hypothetical informal learning platform for a large enterprise. My analytics section reports 787 viewers but that involves some double counting. My ideal chunk of content (article, video, mp3, whatever) in this future scenario had these characteristics: simple to upload. once online, easy to read. easy to find online. readers rate value. comments at the item level. can search within content.

Top 50 Posts on Working Smarter for May 2011

Jay Cross

5 Reasons Why Activity Streams Will Save You From Information Overload - Luis Suarez , May 4, 2011. Introducing Share&Learn - Jane Hart , May 12, 2011. Social learning for collaborative work - Harold Jarche , May 18, 2011. Learning 2.0 is Dumb: Use ‘Connected Learning’ Instead - Dan Pontefract , May 23, 2011. Ridiculous research findings on informal learning - Jay Cross , May 15, 2011. Best of Working Smarter Daily.

Presentation to UNCTAD's Advisory Group on "Developing skills, knowledge and capacities through innovation: E-Learning, M-Learning, cloud-Learning"

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Learning. In particular, we face issues of, not only literacy, but also, digital literacy, that is, the ability to actually make use of the online learning materials that are made available to you. As well, people are facing issues finding time to learn. As well, there is the idea that, learning is something that needs to be valued. E-Learning You''re probably familiar with traditional e?Learning. Learning. The host is the learning community itself.

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Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Learning apps. Branon Learning Management System App Stores Bob Little Apps, Not Courses Inge de Waard Augmented reality moves towards augmented learning with easy tools: Wikitude , Layar , ARToolKit. Situated learning (learning within context in a community of practice) grows thanks to augmented mobile reality. Learning Analytics 6. open up exciting opportunities for people to access relevant information where and when they require it.

Educational Research in Learning Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Also, while Kerr is more focused on artificial intelligence in education (AIEd) research, I will address my remarks to learning technology more generally. So I agree that educational research should be much better informed about work outside the field.

Jay Cross's Informal Learning - Untitled Article

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Here are the top sites from Informal Learning Flow for September 2009. Scoring with Social Media: 6 Tips for Using Analytics - HarvardBusiness.org , September 21, 2009. 9 presentations on 9/9/09 - Workplace Learning Today , September 9, 2009. US Gov Report on Online Learning – a must read - Donald Clark Plan B , September 8, 2009. Corporate learning not preparing workers for the future - Internet Time , September 23, 2009.

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Top posts on Working Smarter for April 2014

Jay Cross

Connectivism as Learning Theory. Here is their effort to prove that connectivism is a learning theory. Connectivism has a direct impact on education and teaching as it works as a learning theory. Vote for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014 JANE HART | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014. Open Learning Analytics GEORGE SIEMENS | FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014. Talking about learning – can you feel it? STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR. APRIL 21, 2014.

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ROI and Metrics in eLearning

Tony Karrer

Kirkpatrick's Level 3: Improving the Evaluation of E-Learning Level 3 evaluations measure whether the there was an actual transfer of learning to the actual work setting. This level of evaluation will increase the visibility of learning and development efforts, because successful implementation of Level 3 evaluation Internet Time Blog: ROI is toast. Does it cost less to design and develop online teaching and learning today than it did a few years ago?

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Sales eLearning – 21 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

Of course, it’s such a big topic that I decided to cheat and quickly point the person to eLearning Learning and particular to eLearning Sales , eLearning Sales Metrics , Sales eLearning Case Studies , and Sales Performance Support. In Part 2, I'll list some of the levels within one of the learning types. One of the things I love about instructional design is that it engages me both analytically and creatively. The Business Case for Social Learning. learning.

The 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

When I wrote The Future of Online Learning in 1998, I took into account three major sets of factors. Contact North's look at the future of online ( Part One , Part Two ) learning captures the first part, I think, but misses completely on the second part. This terminology is a holdover from the days where a privileged class of individuals was able to stop working and take a four year learning vacation - the decisions of instructors and faculty members are irrelevant.

195 posts about MOOCs

Jay Cross

From Learning Management to Personal Knowledge Management. E-Learning Generations. version française ) In recent years I have been working on two major concepts:first, the connectivist theory of online learning, which views learning as anetwork process; and second, the massive open online course, or MOOC , which isan instantiation of that process. The future belongs to those who take charge of their own learning. we learn. Learning 2.0.

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CN1376 AcadMOOC

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

8:14 pm Denise Kreiger When offering a MOOC ''for credit'' (cMOOC or xMOOC),'' how do you offer a comparable quality learning experience for students where their work will be evaluated to see if they''ve met the outcomes = course credit? 8:20 pm Caryn N re: physical learning facilities - that also raises concerns about the "internationalization" of these MOOCs, yes? I just learned yesterday how to make cheese sauce using sodium citrate - but who keeps Spdium Citrate around?

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My Viva

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

One way is to describe it mathematically , through the principles of network interactions and learning theories. This general structure - what I called ''Learning Networks'' and George Siemens called (more successfully) connectivism - calls into question even the concept of ''literature in the field'', because knowledge is not divided between some privileged set of writings, ''literature'', and everything else. Either way, I learn. But not as a theory of learning.

Beyond Assessment ? Recognizing Achievement in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This talk is basically what he said, except he said it in the French way with complex theories, while I''m going to give it in the prickly, analytical, English kind of Canadian, dry presentation. I did a talk at the London School of Economics on Wednesday about the role of the institution and the changing nature of online learning. This addresses the specific question of assessment in open learning and in informal learning. traditional learning.

Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We're going to talk about the factors that led to the development of the Massive Open Online Course and Connectivism and the new phenomena in learning today. Online learning begins in the 1980s, it begins in the 1990s and it's born out of two major things. And like the strands of DNA we will see these things repeated through the history of online learning. The first basis is in distance learning. In the mid-1990s, people began to develop learning management systems.

Working Smarter: Most popular posts of 2011

Jay Cross

Working smarter draws upon ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 Working smarter embraces the spirit of agile software, action learning, social networks, and parallel developments in many disciplines. 5 Stages of Workplace Learning (Revisited) - Jane Hart , December 6, 2011. Learning 2.0 Are We Wired For Mobile Learning?

Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

As Peter said this is part 2 of a trilogy of talks, I gave the first one yesterday at University of Greenwich on the topic of "Open learning and open educational resources". The talk is called "Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World" and I want to begin with a story that came across the wires recently and I thought was very appropriate for this venue. Not getting the point that learning today is about play and socializing. Learning is not remembering.

The Big Question for November - Future of ISD / ADDIE / HPT?

Tony Karrer

November's Big Question on the Learning Circuits Blog has been posted. The question this month is: Are ISD / ADDIE / HPT relevant in a world of rapid elearning, faster time-to-performance, and informal learning? and 2.0 - and particularly the shift in who creates content, you'll notice that the bulk of content creation moves from the learning function to SMEs or workers/learners. Are you in the business of creating linear learning experiences?