LinkedIn Skills – Useful or Useless?

Dan Pontefract

LinkedIn Skills. LinkedIn itself states the following: LinkedIn Skills & Endorsements helps you discover the expertise that other professionals have. You can: Add a skill to the Skills & Endorsements section of your profile from the Edit Profile page.

digital workforce skills

Harold Jarche

Dion Hinchcliffe asks What Are the Required Skills for Today’s Digital Workforce? and provides an image that addresses a good spectrum of skills for the network era. I would like to add my perspective to each of these seven digital workplace skills.

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Collaboration and community skills are the new workplace skills

Jane Hart

OK, these skills are not actually “new” – they’ve always been present – but perhaps they have not always been as visible as they should have been, as Oscar Berg explains in The collaboration pyramid (or iceberg).

The game of course

Jay Cross

The largest obstacle holding L&D professionals back from taking advantage of network technologies, distributed networks, social connections, peer interaction, and informal learning may be their bedrock belief that learning = courses. What’s a course?

The Modern L&D Dept requires other skills than instructional design

Jane Hart

But in the workplace we don’t just learn from instruction, i.e. by being taught in classroom training or online courses. Instructional Design is for designing instruction. We learn in many different ways – from information, from working with our teams as well as through our own experiences in doing our jobs. In fact most of the […]. Social learning

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Researching open online courses

George Siemens

In fall, we (TEKRI, NRC, UPEI and possibly a few other organizations) are hosting an open online course. The course will run for about 35 weeks and credit options will be available for students in the Athabasca University MDE program and with Georgia Tech. It’s fairly easy to take online courses or interact with your favorite academic these days. Since 2007, numerous people have offered some version of open online courses.

The 'Course' in MOOC

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Given the opportunity, these learners have a burning desire to 'complete' the course. In this sense, the concept of course completion doesn't really make sense - what is it to 'complete' joining a community? Perhaps the "C" in MOOC should be changed to mean "Community" in that case, because the concept of "course" does imply a sense of completion, i.e., something > with a beginning and an end which is determined by an entity besides the learner. (Or

Overcoming the Course and Control mindset hurdles

Jane Hart

These findings are of course in line with study after study that shows that most learning in the workplace happens outside of formal training. I call these the Course and Control hurdles – and they are closely related. 1 – Course hurdle.

The Soft Skills of Collaboration and The Social Enterprise

Luis Suarez

The soft skills. Those skills that are hardly taught anymore when you are hired into a company and that, in most cases, are always treated, and considered, as a given. Again, touching base on the soft skills. Of course, we do have silos, as well. And vice versa, of course.

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Digital Learning Skills for the Networked Age (Online Workshop)

Jane Hart

Next public workshop runs Part A: 13 October – 7 November 2014 (4 weeks) Part B: 24 November – 19 December (4 weeks) In this fast moving age, it is no longer just about studying existing bodies of knowledge and acquiring existing skills in formal courses but adopting a new set of learning strategies to […].

Chronicle Interview: Why universities should experiment with open online courses

George Siemens

I did an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education on Why Universities Should Experiment With ‘Massive Open Courses’. The interview ran over 30 minutes, but was edited down to 12 minutes, so some of my discussion about the history of open courses (Wiley, Couros) was not included in the final version. Critical thinking skills, writing, and close reading cannot be taught in cyberspace. I haven’t made money on open courses.

Course completion rates in online programs

George Siemens

For example, at Athabasca University, our course completion rates are high. From the draft report: As was the case in previous years, 85% of courses started by undergraduate students were successfully completed (the other 15% withdrew or failed; graduate and “non-starter” registrations were excluded). Online courses that I’ve taught through University of Manitoba have similar high success rates. Online programs are frequently criticized for high drop out rates.

The Smart Worker : needs job aids rather than courses

Jane Hart

In post 2, I suggested liberating courses from the LMS and making them available on the intranet where they were more likely to be accessed and used. But I also mentioned that the materials would need to be provided in a format that was easily searchable so that relevant content was immediately accessible without having to work through the whole course. 5 – Think in terms of job aids rather than courses! Tweet.

The Business Value of Serendipity: Improving Your Presentation Skills

Luis Suarez

Yes, of course, I am talking about learning plenty more about killer presentation skills. but still wonderfully accurate on the state of not just “ Death by PowerPoint “, but overall presentation skills in general.

Supporting workplace learning in the network era is more than delivering courses through a LMS

Jane Hart

“It takes much more than courses delivered through a learning management system to support workplace learning in the network era.” Harold Jarche, in his recent post, Supporting workplace learning , uses a great little diagram to show that -.

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21st Century L&D Skills

Charles Jennings

I was recently involved in a discussion about 21st Century learning skills in one of the LinkedIn Groups. Jarche also challenges one of the basic tenets of L&D departments – that they should focus on developing the skills of individuals in their organisation.

Czech Course Followup Questions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I was asked the following questions after my presentation to CZ Course RVP_VT21 yesterday: (Elements of Coop.) Over and above that, being able to select relevant materials from a large body of materials is a skill that should be cultivated in a connectivist environment. We can suggest that some ancillary skills, such as documentation skills, language and presentation skills, and the like, would be developed.

Resources before courses

Clark Quinn

In the course of answering a question in an interview, I realized a third quip to complement two recent ones. And if it’s about knowledge, not skills, a course doesn’t make sense. In short, doing courses should be reserved for when they are really needed. Too often, we’re making courses trying to get knowledge into people’s heads, which usually isn’t a good idea, since our brains aren’t good at remembering rote information.

“Learning the new” vs “Learning the old”

Jane Hart

Currently this is where corporate e-learning focuses its efforts - delivering online learning experiences for its people to acquire existing bodies of knowledge or skill – it’s all about learning the old.

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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

We''ve discovered in recent offerings of online courses, people started out enthusiastically, but are unable to finish the course because they''ve run out of time. This is something that does not come from the online course, or even the online environment. Learning looks at the online course, as a course. What I mean by that is the traditional college/university course. learning in many respects begins as a set of course tools for web support.

Soft skills are foundational competencies

Harold Jarche

The first implication is of course to throw out the idea of having a talent development unit. It will also require the “soft skills” to do media relations or “wiki” relations, interacting daily with a range of customers and outside contributors, as well as collaborating with others in the company. Here’s another bit of speculation on workplace learning in ten years : Soft skills, especially collaboration and networking, will become more important than hard skills.

Skills for Learning Professionals…Part 2 | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

After posting my 4 Meta Skills for Learning Professionals in response to Tony’s July “Big Question,” he commented: Nancy – I was super excited when I saw that you had posted on the topic. And, this is one of the bigger skill gaps that exists. You have mad skills?

New skills for the learning professional in changing times #chat2lrn

Jane Hart

Yesterday’s live Twitter chat #chat2lrn was about New skills for changing times. “If Learning Professionals are to rise to these challenges, one of the key issues is the skills required to meet the needs of an ever more complex environment.

Beyond the Course

Nigel Paine

What intrigued me, initially, was the title: Beyond the Course. Particularly as Brightwave is at the epi-centre of e-learning course development. My ten thoughts on getting beyond the course: Learning in organisations is all about impact not consumption.

Cognitive Edge announces training courses for 2016 – SenseMaker® courses

Dave Snowden

As we head into the Northern Summer/Southern Winter (delete as applicable), we’re announcing our timetable of new courses for the second half of 2016. Yesterday we announced three more Cynefin and Sense-Making courses with Dave Snowden. Course 3: Online SenseMaker® Signification Design.

Skills Training

Tony Karrer

Skills Gap There's a great post by Catherine Lombardozzi - Learning 2.0 that discusses the skills that "many employees … well beyond school … could use help in developing … skills are different." She goes on to list out the skills and I think it's quite a good list. Skills Training? for Service Professionals, it made me start to really question - Do Concept Workers need some kind of Skills Training to keep up?

Network Skills

Tony Karrer

I personally believe that one of the areas where learning professionals need the most help is how communities and networks impact learning and building individual and facilitation skills around these: Knowing how to individually leverage Network Skills and Communities to help with work and learning tasks Community and Network Facilitation Skills to help others learn and work using networks and communities In my post Networks and Learning Communities , I looked a bit at this topic.

Cognitive Edge announces training courses for 2016 – Cynefin and Sense-Making courses

Dave Snowden

As we head into the Northern Summer/Southern Winter (delete as applicable), we’re announcing our timetable of new training courses for the second half of 2016. Over the next few months, we’re expanding our portfolio of courses to include subject-specific versions of courses for Agile practitioners and government policy-makers, alongside the pre-existing courses. We start today with the ground-breaking Cynefin and Sense-Making (CSM) courses – and some good news.

Skills for Learning Professionals…Part 2

Nancy White

After posting my 4 Meta Skills for Learning Professionals in response to Tony’s July “Big Question,” he commented: Nancy - I was super excited when I saw that you had posted on the topic. And, this is one of the bigger skill gaps that exists.

Upcoming Cognitive Edge Courses in 2015

Dave Snowden

There's a change coming in the Cognitive Edge training courses. Starting in 2015, the courses will be expanding with two new series of courses for practitioners and consultants. By December 2015, there will be three main groups of courses running, along with some special partner-driven courses as well. Cynefin and Sense-Making courses. The initial courses we will be running include. The initial list of Shaping courses will likely include.

Moodle Course Conversion

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Moodle is an open source course management system with a wide following. Moodle (the “M&# is for modular) has sprouted extensions and capabilities you’d expect in a constructivist environment such as forums, chats, and wikis to supplement traditional course management features.

Skills for Learning Professionals…Part 2 | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

After posting my 4 Meta Skills for Learning Professionals in response to Tony’s July “Big Question,” he commented: Nancy – I was super excited when I saw that you had posted on the topic. And, this is one of the bigger skill gaps that exists. You have mad skills?

Cognitive Edge announces training courses for 2016 – Working with Complex Problems

Dave Snowden

As we head into the Northern Summer/Southern Winter (delete as applicable), we’re announcing our timetable of new courses for the second half of 2016. Today we’re announcing practitioner-focused courses on complexity and the Cynefin framework. Course 1: Dealing with Complex Problems.

HAPPINESS IS A SKILL, RESEARCH FINDS

Jay Cross

Jay Cross ‘s insight: But of course. See on Scoop.it – Humanist Business. For the classic rat-race employee, the next promotion, a new house, a new car is supposed to bring contentment. Usually it doesn’t work.

Digital Learning Skills for the Networked Age (Online Workshop)

Jane Hart

Next public workshop runs Part A: 13 October – 7 November 2014 (4 weeks) Part B: 24 November – 19 December (4 weeks) In this fast moving age, it is no longer just about studying existing bodies of knowledge and acquiring existing skills in formal courses but adopting a new set of learning strategies to […].

Running SenseMaker® projects and Building signification frameworks - new courses announced

Dave Snowden

These courses are new this year - having run them in Europe, North America and Asia and got most of the kinks out, we’re now rolling these out in other regions. If you’re looking to work with SenseMaker®, these courses will combine theory, exercises and examples from the field to increase your capacity to use SenseMaker® regardless of sector, topic or application. The course is running in: Pretoria, South Africa - Tuesday 2nd June 2015. Tailored courses.

Develop Work Skills

Tony Karrer

That said, I think there is a tendency to lean on the skills that we are good at and not use other approaches when they are called for. Of course, much of what learning professionals see as their roll is to create content. Find someone who is good at using outside expertise in the form of people and have that person help you build that skill. Stuart - no I'm not sure - but I see this gap in skills and I don't see organizations doing what they need to do to close that gap.

Manager Training Online Courses

Tony Karrer

I'm looking for vendors who supply off-the-shelf training for basic manager skills such as, time management and delegation. What I like about these providers is the scope of what they offer -- many courses to choose from. I received an inquiry from someone I know, and I'm hoping people who read this blog can make suggestions. Thus far I've looked at Element K, SkillSoft, Vital Learning, Ninth House, and Achieve Global.

Announcing the first SenseMaker®-specific courses - sign up now!

Dave Snowden

As a friend of Cognitive Edge, you may have attended courses, read the blogs and used the techniques - but wondered about how to take the next step to actual implementation of SenseMaker® with clients or in-house. These new courses are for anyone who has heard about SenseMaker® but needed more detailed knowledge and practical examples before they actually run one. The first courses therefore are: An Introduction to Running SenseMaker® Projects.

Learning the New: Learning to Survive and Thrive in the Networked Age (Workshop)

Jane Hart

Public online workshop runs: 5 May – 6 June 2014 About the Workshop The Networked Age demands a new set of learning skills and tools. In this fast moving age, it is no longer just about acquiring existing knowledge and skills in formal courses but “learning the new” – that is continuously discovering new ideas, [.].