2015

Learning in the Modern Workplace is more than training or e-learning

Jane Hart

I think I have now pinned down the main reason why some people could not understand the points I was making in my post, The L&D world is splitting in two. It’s because Traditionalists see LEARNING as something to be designed, delivered and managed – in the form of some classroom training or e-learning – and LEARNERS as […]. Social learning

70:20:10 - Beyond the Blend

Charles Jennings

The term ‘blended learning’ first appeared in the late-1990s when web-based learning solutions started to become more widely used and were integrated on one way or another with face-to-face methods. Of course the ‘blending’ concept has been around for much longer than the past few years.

Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Few topics are as important, - and as challenging to anticipate, - than the future of work given our justifiable fears of rising technological unemployment. How are job markets likely to evolve in our 21st century digital economy?

If Your Enterprise Social Network Is a Ghost Town It’s Probably Due To Your Corporate Culture

Dan Pontefract

I was speaking at a conference recently, and a question was posed to me from someone in the audience near the tail end of the session. We deployed our enterprise social network last year, but it’s a ghost town. No one is using it.

Little Boxes

Dave Snowden

7: The dangers of categorisation. The great dystopian novel Brave New World foresees a future state in which humans are decanted into categories for a well ordered society. Current literary criticism is starting to suggest that Huxley intended a Utopia but I leave that for the judgement of others.

Why Organizations Don’t Learn

Jay Cross

Where organic, bottom-up meets corporate top-down. An article entitled Why Organizations Don’t Learn by Francesca Gino and Bradley Staats in the November 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review caught my eye. The resemblance of their suggestions and the content of Real Learning is uncanny.

From the collection of…to your local library

David Weinberger

Here’s a sticker I’d like to see inside a book sometime: Let’s say you buy a paper version of a current best-selling book. You read it. You want to have it on your shelf, but you know you’re not going to re-read it for a while. So, why not lend it to your local library?

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A Playbook for Improving Customer Journeys

Adaptive Path

It feels great to see and map the experiences that customers have; you suddenly have a handle on what’s really happening from their perspective. But you’ve also set yourself up for something much harder—improving that customer journey you now see.

Separating advertising’s wheat and chaff

Doc Searls

Advertising used to be simple. You knew what it was, and where it came from. Whether it was an ad you heard on the radio, saw in a magazine or spotted on a billboard, you knew it came straight from the advertiser through that medium.

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loosening group boundaries

Harold Jarche

“When a society is too grouped, people do not have any social contact with people from other groups,” [University of Pennsylvania’s] Centola said. “People with the same job all attended the same school, live in the same neighborhood and frequent the same clubs.

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The Uberfication of Workplace Learning

Jane Hart

I wanted to thank all of you who responded so positively to my post on The L&D world is splitting in two – either publicly or privately – to tell me about what you are doing to bring about fundamental change in your own L&D departments.

70:20:10 – Above All Else It’s a Change Agent

Charles Jennings

“Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw Tom Spiglanin is a senior engineering specialist at the Aerospace Corporation in California and manager of the organisation’s technical training.

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The Importance of Empathy in Our Services-Centric, People-Oriented Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few days ago I read an excellent article in the Harvard Business Review , - Empathy Is Still Lacking in the Leaders Who Need It Most , - by Ernest Wilson , Dean of the Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California (USC).

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Montreal’s Three Wise Men

Dan Pontefract

A memory of Peter Drucker

Dave Snowden

I'm back in San Diego again for a series of meetings and if things work out I am going to spending a lot more time here. It has fond memories for me of the early Delphi group knowledge management conferences held in the Hotel Del.

Two types of knowledge

Jay Cross

Explicit Knowledge. #1 1 is explicit knowledge. By definition, explicit knowledge can be captured in words. It’s the facts. Answers on Jeopardy. Tree/false tests.

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Wikipedia is too hard: A suggestion

David Weinberger

Frequently we consult encyclopedias because a concept came up in conversation or something we’re reading, and we need to know just enough about it to be able to move on. But it seems to me that more and more frequently Wikipedia’s explanations are too hard and too detailed for this.

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White House: Innovation in Higher Education

George Siemens

A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to the White House. The invitation was somewhat cryptic, but basically stated that the focus on the meeting was on quality and innovation. This invite was then followed a week later with a link to a post by Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education, on Innovation and Quality in Higher Education , to help prepare for the conversation.

The Baseline Journey

Adaptive Path

Managing a customer’s journey across time and touchpoint is a labor of love. Attempting to manage different journeys for different customer types can be, well, a labor of lunacy.

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Building richer mental models is the heart of strategy – the role of scenario planning

Ross Dawson

Strategy is an intrinsically human task. Setting successful strategies is based on our ability to think effectively, both individually and collectively, about extraordinarily complex domains.

preparing for 2020

Harold Jarche

This is a synopsis of my opening keynote for the workplace learning & VET stream at EduTECH15 in Brisbane today. We cannot look at the 2020 workplace merely from the perspective of what will be different from today, as if these five years will pass in splendid isolation.

Everyday Workplace Learning: A Quick Guide (Slideset)

Jane Hart

Last week, I was the Opening Keynote speaker at the Elearning Guild’s Online Forum: Collaborative, Social and Informal Learning: Where do Learning Professionals Fit In. I started by paying a tribute to Jay Cross, who many of you know died in early November.

Autonomy and Value in Social and Workplace Learning

Charles Jennings

My colleague Jane Hart recently shared the diagram below on her blog. It shows the relationship between relative value and relative autonomy as they relate to different approaches to learning in the modern workplace.

Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I like to tell people that the key to being and/or sounding smart is to hang out with smart people. And, one of the names that would quickly comes to mind if asked to recommend who to hang out with is John Seely Brown , aka JSB.

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My Next Book Has A Title And A Publish Date

Dan Pontefract

On March 17, almost one hundred years ago in 1917, a young soldier by the name of Harold Simpson from Bayview, Prince Edward Island, and stationed on the front lines of World War I wrote to his mother. We are not fighting for territory, or wealth or glory.

The ethics of unintended consequences

Dave Snowden

I taught the first day of of the Cynefin and Sense-making course here in Zurich without slides.

Future of Education 2020 Summit

Jay Cross

At a Stanford education conference this morning, speakers made presentation after presentation without once involving the audience, not even asking for questions. For the first couple of hours there was zero audience participation.

Joining Reddit

David Weinberger

Reddit is in flames. I can only see one way out of it that preserves the site’s unique value. I say this as an old man who loves Reddit despite being way outside its main demographic. Of course there are outrageously objectionable subreddits—topical discussion boards—but you don’t have to visit those. Reddit at its best is wonderful. Inspiring, even. It is a self-regulated set of communities that is capable of great collective insight, humor, and kindness. (At

Preparing for the Digital University

George Siemens

We’ve released a new report: Preparing for the Digital University: a review of the history and current state of distance, blended, and online learning (.pdf).

A New Language for Movement

Adaptive Path

Last week Adaptive Path brought together designers from IDEO, Adaptive Path, IDEO.org, Rackspace, Granular, Capital One, Samsung, SAP Labs, Narrative, TechSoup, and Chase for what was probably the weirdest workshop we’ve ever done: Laban Movement for Design.

Can Facebook-informed algorithms know you better than your mother?

Ross Dawson

This morning I was interviewed on the national breakfast program Sunrise about whether algorithms can assess our personality better than those who are closest to us. Click on the image below to view the segment.

principles of networked management

Harold Jarche

At Red Hat, the enterprise IT company, “managers focus on opportunities, not score-keeping” ‘We also rely on associates’ peers and communities to informally assess how people perform. We pay attention to their reputations and how they are regarded by others.

Guidebook to the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2015 is ready

Jane Hart

Completely revised and updated, the 2015 GUIDEBOOK will provide you with even more information about each of the tools on the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2015 list – to help you make use of them for personal learning as well as for your professional practice.

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JAY CROSS – Pushing the Envelope to the End

Charles Jennings

“It all boils down to learning, but not the sort of learning you experienced at school. No, this is learning as a life skill. You’re learning all the time, taking in new information and making sense of it. You learn from experience, from conversations with peers, and from the school of hard knocks.

The Evolution of Design Thinking

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design Thinking is the featured topic in the September issue of the Harvard Business Review with four articles on the subject. “It’s It’s no longer just for products. Executives are using this approach to devise strategy and manage change,” reads the tagline in its cover.

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When Power Overthrows Common Sense

Dan Pontefract

I’ve witnessed it before. I’m certain I’ll witness it again. Someone is promoted to a senior leadership role. Deserved or not, everyone knew it was coming. She surrounds herself with familiar, friendly faces. Some call it nepotism. Words. They can be so funny, so revealing.

Sensitive little souls

Dave Snowden

One of the really great things about growing up in my family was that we could have an argument without a breakup. A family dinner would often start with someone taking a position for the sake of controversy and seeing how everyone coped with it.