Don’t drink the informal learning snake oil

Jay Cross

The Tragedy of eLearning. The 1999 Online Learning conference in Los Angeles was ground zero for eLearning. CBT Systems told the world it was being reincarnated as SmartForce, the eLearning Company. When we unveiled signs at the SmartForce booth, we were the only vendor who mentioned eLearning in the crowded exhibition area. Yet at the ASTD Conference six months later, dozens of vendors claimed to have eLearning. The term eLearning is now meaningless.

10 pieces of advice on the web, workflow, & learning

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

After a lengthy hibernation, Learning Light ’s eLearning Centre rides again! From a press release yesterday: Learning Light has now launched the new look and feel e-learning centre. The e-Learning Centre is a free information resource for learning and development professionals and e-learning developers. Jay Cross pushes the envelope again on e-learning. Emergent learning a new view of e-learning.

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Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Lots of discussion and debate around interesting questions for eLearning professionals. Grows - But Creating "eLearning 2.0 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.

Dear C-Suite: We Don’t Do Training Anymore

Dan Pontefract

It’s time to help the C-Suite – aside from Peter Aceto and other learning savvy and employee engagement focused C-Suite leaders – to appreciate and understand that organizations don’t do training anymore. Sure, for the purists and traditionalists in the learning space who are hell-bent to ensure the ‘sage on the stage’ continues, I’m certain they will scoff at the very mention of trying to erase the term training from Oxford’s illustrious dictionary.

Standalone LMS is Still Dead (rebutting & agreeing w/ Dave Wilkins)

Dan Pontefract

Last week, Dave Wilkins of Learn.com wrote a piece entitled “ A Defense of the LMS (and a case for the future of social learning) ”. Formal learning needs to blend with any informal and social learning output in the new world. (ie. Informal or social learning needs to blend with formal learning. What we need to do is ensure we weave a formal, informal and social learning workflow together. Why Learning 2.0 & Enterprise 2.0

ROI and Metrics in eLearning

Tony Karrer

I'm working on an article around the use of ROI and metrics in eLearning. 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. · Learning Circuits - Analyze This!

ROI 110

Once more, across that chasm

Harold Jarche

Workflow Learning (including wider acceptance of performance support instead of training). A year later the use of blogs had exploded, while workflow learning had stalled and I noted that an understanding of the value of informal learning was catching on. Informal learning is being discussed throughout the profession, but in many cases it’s just lipstick on a pig. Tags: Informal Learning Technology

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. Another important learning tool that some may not be familiar with is a Learning Content Management System (LCMS).

Start with the 70. Plan for the 100.

Charles Jennings

Checklists to rate your own organisation’s ability to deliver the critical tasks supporting 70:20:10 Nine ‘cameos’ written by leading thinkers and practitioners including Dennis Mankin (Platinum Performance), Nigel Harrison (Performance Consulting), Clark Quinn (Quinnovation), Jane Hart (Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies), Bob Mosher (APPLY Synergies), Jack Tabak (Chief Learning Officer, Royal Dutch Shell), Jane Bozarth (US Government) and others.

It’s Only 65% !

Charles Jennings

The researchers (possibly on work experience) declared that “ 50:26:24 is the average learning mix in most companies right now ”. The report of the 50:26:24 survey went on to say: “It’s widely accepted that the 70:20:10 model is the most effective learning blend for business, but getting to that perfect mix can be a challenge. It also got me thinking about approaches to organisational learning in general. Learning ? Learning is a process not an event.

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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.

70-20-10: Origin, Research, Purpose

Charles Jennings

Calhoun Wick Cal is deeply experienced and knowledgeable in the area of workplace learning. He been studying and supporting it for many years and is co-author of the highly acclaimed Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning: How to Turn Training and Development into Business Results (Pfeiffer, 2010). Cal’s company has also developed the 70-20 tool , which supports learning in the workflow in innovative and measurable ways – it is well worth test driving.

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.

Supporting the Social Workplace Learning Continuum

Jane Hart

In my previous blog post I explained how I recognized it is difficult for a lot of organisations to support informal and social learning in their organisations, because they are unable to jump the two mindset hurdles of (a) thinking that learning only happens in training courses, and (b) that all organisational learning needs to be controlled by Training/L&D departments. Social learning

70-20-10: Origin, Research, Purpose

Charles Jennings

Calhoun Wick Cal is deeply experienced and knowledgeable in the area of workplace learning. He been studying and supporting it for many years and is co-author of the highly acclaimed Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning: How to Turn Training and Development into Business Results (Pfeiffer, 2010). Cal’s company has also developed the 70-20 tool , which supports learning in the workflow in innovative and measurable ways – it is well worth test driving.

5 Phrases to Make Mobile Work

Clark Quinn

Yesterday I was part of a session at the eLearning Guild’s mLearnCon mlearning conference on Making Mobile Work. We look up product info while shopping, use calculators to split up the bill, we call folks for information in problem-solving like what to bring home from the grocery store, and we take photos of things we need to remember like hotel room numbers or parking spots. Mobile learning is really mobile performance support and mobile social.

e-books, open standards, and content formats

Xyleme

The latest output is an e-Book for your learning materials. Very analogous to eLearning delivery before the SCORM standard (Does it work on my LMS?)! We don’t have to develop a new way to handle e-Books in our application workflow, it’s simply another output. With a proprietary system, it requires a lot more effort to develop and integrate seamlessly into the existing workflow. Learn more about Dawn here. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc.

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.

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.

why learning and enterprise content management?

Xyleme

Home > ECM , Executive Perspective > Why Learning and Enterprise Content Management? Why Learning and Enterprise Content Management? This has proven to be the right decision as XML has become the de facto standard not only for content portability, but for learning content as well. Unlike our competitors who use proprietary technology to store and manage reusable learning objects, our solution was designed to be portable across content management systems.

Pick of the Month: May 2012

Jane Hart

1 - Jane Bozarth started the month with some wise advice, as usual, in her Learning Solutions Magazine, Nuts and Bolts column piece: Selling it (1 May). I see this happen all the time with people trying to gain support for implementing new learning approaches and technologies, and I am sure I am often guilty of it myself. 2 – There were quite a lot of valuable postings this month on the topic of informal learning v formal learning.

Why Learning and Enterprise Content Management?

Xyleme

Home > ECM , Executive Perspective > Why Learning and Enterprise Content Management? Why Learning and Enterprise Content Management? This has proven to be the right decision as XML has become the de facto standard not only for content portability, but for learning content as well. Unlike our competitors who use proprietary technology to store and manage reusable learning objects, our solution was designed to be portable across content management systems.

Time for the Training Department to be Taken Seriously

Xyleme

Today, I’m going to talk about learning content management (ECM) and enterprise content management (LCM). But this blog post isn’t about why learning needs to engage with the enterprise. I’ve already written about this extensively in my Plugging Learning into ECM white paper (also available for download at the resource library section of our web site). Well, for the simple reason that this functionality already exists with best-of-breed vendors outside of learning.

Working smarter

Jay Cross

I don’t talk much about training or learning any more. You can train people but they may or may not learn. Learning is better than training, but learning is not enough to make sure the job gets done. Sometimes it’s easier to add smarts to the workflow (performance support) than to stuff things into people’s heads. Moreover, people often fail to put what they learn into practice. It may or may not involve learning. Higher ground.

Where Will the Change Come From?

Tony Karrer

A few weeks ago, I posted a summary around the November LCB Big Question "Are ISD / ADDIE / HPT relevant in a world of rapid elearning, faster time-to-performance, and informal learning?": eLearning Technology: Significant Work Needed to Help Instructional Designers Some interesting thoughts in the comments. Finally, combine this with the discussions around Informal Learning that suggest the support for informal learning approaches will be emergent as well.

Change 100

Reflecting on the first half of 2009

Jay Cross

MacWorld : learning infrastructure and social network infrastructure are converging. I was coincidentally walking by a presentation by Clive Shepherd on the exhibits floor at Learning Technologies in London when he happened to flip my photo and a quote on the screen. Donald Clark, Charles Jennings, and I gave the closing keynote, Learning for Tomorrow, What a Difference a Decade Makes ( pdf , mp3 , mp4 ). All of our energies will go into peer-to-peer, self-service learning.

ROI 90

Open Education, MOOCs, and Opportunities

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Reusable Learning Resources The initial development of online learning technology began at scale with the development of the learning management system (LMS) in the mid-1990s. These combined learning materials, activities and interaction, and assessments. These defined metadata standards describing small and reusable resources first called ''learning objects'' by AutoDesk''s Wayne Hodgins. In xMOOCs, adaptive learning technology supports instruction.

Workplace Learning Professionals Next Job - Management Consultant

Tony Karrer

The Big Question this month is Workplace Learning in 10 Years : If you peer inside an organization in 10 years time and you look at how workplace learning is being supported by that organization, what will you see? What will the mix of Push vs. Pull Learning; Formal vs. Informal supported by the organization? What new departments will be responsible for parts of workplace learning? Sensing patterns and helping to develop emergent work and learning practices.

The Future Business of Learning for Suppliers

Charles Jennings

Last month Tony Karrer wrote an very insightful piece on his eLearning Technology blog about the Business of Learning. Tony equated the challenges of the learning industry to those of the publishing industry. The same applies to the Learning industry. In fact, I wonder whether we’ll even call it a ‘learning industry’ in a few years time. With this in mind we need to focus on new ways of learning to support our organisations’ new ways of working.

Last Year's Predictions For 2008, Reviewed

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

As for e-learning, 2008 was a year in which very little actually occurred(even in gaming, the headline reads Old Standby Back On Top ). Editor-in-Chief, eLearn Magazine , and Blog on education. Less-democratic processes will lead to a clearer distinction between expert-generated knowledge and the overwhelming quantity of information available everyplace, making it easier to discern information quality. The same with workplace learning and EPS systems.

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Reflecting on the e-Learning Guild Annual Gathering

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « e-Learning Guild Gathering Follow Up Post | Main | Post Conference Clean Up.Social Change, Web 2.0 and design » April 16, 2007 Reflecting on the e-Learning Guild Annual Gathering So Ive done this a bit differently this time. Here then are my collected thoughts (in no particular order) on the 2007 e-Learning Guild Annual Gathering.