Informal Learning – the other 80%

Jay Cross

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%. Employees and partners with more capacity to learn are more versatile in adapting to future conditions. Because organizations are oblivious to informal learning, they fail to invest in it. Learning is social.

Informal learning is a business imperative

Harold Jarche

Tweet In Part 2 of Social Learning doesn’t mean what you think it does , my colleague Jane Hart uses a very helpful diagram created by a previous colleague of mine, Tom Gram : Tom Gram’s diagram [reproduced below] shows that “ most work requires a combination of knowledge work and routine work. Supporting informal learning and helping connect tacit knowledge in the enterprise are now business imperatives, not just something extra.

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New Technology Supporting Informal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Abstract We often talk about games, simulations and other events in learning, but these technologies support only episodic learning. Equally important are those technologies that provide a context for these learning episodes, an environment where students and interact and converse among themselves. Context Online learning today is beginning to be dominated by developments in games, simulations and related technologies. Moreover, today's environment is complex.

The rapidly changing workplace

Harold Jarche

8) So what have I learned that will help us change our own experience of work? That knowledge is becoming more abstract, conceptual, distributed and complex. 9) We know what social and thinking skills are needed for complex contexts – we know how to hone these skills through practice. Customized, unique and creative work is required to deal with complex contexts, the large grey space on the Stacey Matrix diagram above. complexity Informal Learning Work

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Connecting and Communicating through Effective Conversations

Harold Jarche

Dave’s work has helped me develop practical processes for knowledge workers, such as sense-making with PKM and his observation that most workers want the company knowledge-base to be very personal informs this work. Tags: Informal Learning Wirearchy

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Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Clark Quinn

Yes, learning is really about strengthening neural links. And, typically, if we’re addressing higher-level thinking than motor reactions (think: decisions about actions), we’re activating complex combinations of patterns. Images representing concepts, diagrams, and language. For instruction, and other aspects like performance support and informal learning, however, cognitive (or social) is the right level. meta-learning

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. This has been my work; I have been a learning technologist (and more, I hope) for that entire time, and for pretty much all of it I have a pretty good feeling that I knew - that we knew - what we were doing. My first experience of online learning was in 1986 when the students in John A.

Driving results through social networks

Jay Cross

You could do a search-and-replace, putting “informal learning&# where they write “collaboration,&# and you’d end up with a practice guide to socially mediated learning. Rather than put their already pithy prose into my own words, I’m going to quote a few of the passages that grabbed me: Most leaders readily acknowledge the improtance and power of informal networks for getting work done in their organizations.

2009 Predictions How Did I Do?

Tony Karrer

1 - "Self-Directed Learning" Increases Due to economic pressures, companies are going to reduce training budgets to a point where it doesn't make sense to create content on marginal topics. Strategy" Fails One of the better, cheap support mechanisms for self-directed learning are web 2.0

Learning Performance Business Talent Focus

Tony Karrer

One of the more interesting aspects of the discussions I've had over the past few weeks as I prepare for the free online conference on the future of learning is the perspective on the focus and scope of responsibility of internal learning organizations and external learning/training companies.

Business of Learning

Tony Karrer

While increasing amount of concept work and the pace of change puts a premium on learning, the business of learning faces an incredibly difficult time. In the past few weeks, I've had some really eye-opening conversations about the state of Learning as a Business.

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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.

My Viva

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

To make life more complex, we only have one set of interconnected entities and connections between them, and exactly the same set of connections contains multiple concepts or ideas. One way is to describe it mathematically , through the principles of network interactions and learning theories. Dissuading ourselves of these propositions, and understanding that learning is network based, founded in the development of custom and habit, is the core of my work over the last ten years.

Innovation Thoughts

Clark Quinn

I made the point that when you’re innovating, designing, researching, trouble-shooting, etc, you don’t know the answer when you start, so they’re learning situations, though informal, not formal. And they heard me note that agility and adaptation are premised on informal learning of this sort, and that the opportunity is for L&D to take up the mantle to meed the increasing need. There was interest but some lack of clarity around meta-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.

50 best articles on Working Smarter for the first half of 2012

Jay Cross

If you haven’t had time to keep up with what’s going on in learning, design, social business, and intellectual capital this year, here’s a reprieve: the top 50 articles from the last six months. complexity Wirearchy. Harvard University has today put into the public domain (CC0) full bibliographic information about virtually all the 12M works in its 73 libraries. Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems .

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Hot List - April 1, 2009 to April 11, 2009

Tony Karrer

So, here's the hot list for April 1 - April 11 via eLearning Learning. Although everyone learns most from their mistakes, it does save a lot of money if you keep some tips in the back of your mind. Building Better Learning Games - Learning Visions , April 9, 2009 Interested in building casual games for your learners? Learning results in physical changes to the brain and these changes are unique to each individual. What is an online learning community?

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The Reality of Virtual Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Presented to the Defense Learning Academy, Cornwall, Ontario, January 30, 2008. I’m looking at a particular slice of online learning, not the whole field of online learning, obviously. But my background is in philosophy and as a philosopher I’ve learned over time to look at reality in different perspectives and in different lights. You’re all looking at me; true (it’s enough to give me a complex). What is learning? But what is learning?

eLearning Costs : eLearning Technology

Tony Karrer

eLearning Technology Tony Karrers eLearning Blog on e-Learning Trends eLearning 2.0 Are you coming up with "simulations" or more complex exercises to teach the soft skills? In many cases, there can be significant work to design that kind of learning experience. What Training Costs Part I: Converting Content from ILT to WBT How long does it take to create learning? Making a crappy instructor-led course into an effective e-learning course is a long and difficult process.

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