Informal Learning: “mission critique”

Harold Jarche

My latest article, Informal Learning: mission critical ( en français Apprentissage Informel: Mission critique ) has just been published on the Collaborative Enterprise (#eCollab) site. My interest in informal learning has grown with my experiences online. We now have a wide array of cheap and plentiful platforms for informal learning – blogs, wikis, social bookmarks, podcasts, social networks, micro-blogs.

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. Siemens, Where does the learning occur??,

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sense-making with social media

Harold Jarche

However, it is blogging, such as this post, that is by far my strongest form of learning, as it involves a number of things that are all supported by researched learning theory, and which improve memory and recall: Reflection. What do you do to make sense of your learning? As Donald notes, sharing and posting on social media are weaker forms of learning than longer form blogging can be. I archive with Diigo social bookmarks. Informal Learning

2.0 is a philosophy, not a technology

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Among our recommendations were: Informal Live webcasts. Informal Recorded webinars. Informal Video conferencing. Informal Workshops. Informal Audio/ podcasts. Informal Learnshop. Informal Case Studies. Informal Non-formal video. Informal Discussion group/ forum. Informal SharePoint. Informal RSS Feeds. Informal Mentoring.

Learning in the workplace

Harold Jarche

Jane Hart asked readers “ how regularly are you “learning” in the workplace? ” Here are the top five ways that people learn, with my comments below on how this can be facilitated in the organization, either by management or the learning support group. Notice that these are all informal. Aggregate learning resources and get input on the best sources, as we have done with Working Smarter Daily. Use social bookmarks to share what you’re reading.

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Social Media Workshop Notes

Harold Jarche

As promised, here are the follow-up notes & links from yesterday’s social media workshops in Miramichi. PKM social bookmarks. Social Media Marketing. The Social Media Business Plan. How Computer Games Help Children Learn. Tags: Communities Informal Learning Personal Knowledge Management. All of my posts tagged PKM. Slide/Audio overview of PKM. Presentation slides (this is one large file of slides from both presentations).

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Active sense-making

Harold Jarche

These are my half-baked thoughts which I make public in order to share and to learn. In my Seek>Sense><Share model, seeking and annotating information is important but cannot stand on its own. As much as I may add feeds into my RSS reader , bookmark web pages or upload photos , these are nothing more than senseless digital constructs until I put them to use. Seeking information is an important foundation to PKM online but it’s of little use without action.

Lessons from an early MOOC

Harold Jarche

In September 2008, Michele Martin , Tony Karrer and I hosted a 6-week open professional development program on social media. Here was the program we created: Introduction to Social Networks. Social Bookmarks. I learned a lot, including the insight not to do another one of these for free. blogs are ways of mapping the learning journey. This course was an excellent example of some pragmatic uses of social media and is still pertinent today.

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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.

Social media workshops

Harold Jarche

Please pass this on to people in the area who might need an introduction to social media, without any hype or sales pitch. Workshop #1: Social media for training & education (9:00 AM to noon). Focus: understanding web social media and how they can be used for training, education and personal learning. Tools, techniques and resources for social learning on the web: e.g. social bookmarks, blogs, twitter.

Personal Information Management for Sense-making

Harold Jarche

Tweet George Siemens calls it information management (what I describe as PKM). I specifically use the term information instead of knowledge. Our encounter with information is one of sensemaking and wayfinding. We encounter a continual flow of information – most of it will never become “knowledge”. From my perspective, the knowledge aspect of PKM is an emergent property of the activities conducted, many of which are merely information management.

Knowledge sharing, one at a time

Harold Jarche

Individually we can manage information flows, make sense of them and share with others, especially people with similar interests or common goals. If this helps us move away from central digital information repositories (Knowledge Management, Document Management, Learning Content Management Systems, Content Management Systems, etc.) PKM is our part of a social learning contract that makes us better off individually and collectively.

Sense-making

Harold Jarche

The term personal knowledge management (PKM) isn’t about management in a business sense but rather how we can manage to make sense of information and experience in our electronic surround. Knowledge – connecting information to experience (know what, know who, know how). The critical part of PKM is in personalizing information and experience, or to use a business term, adding value. Synthesis (describing patterns, trends or flows in large amounts of information).

A personal learning journey

Harold Jarche

In the late 1990’s knowledge management was part of our solution suite at the Centre for Learning Technologies ( CLT via The Wayback Machine). The Centre for Learning Technologies is an applied research, consulting and resource centre for the use of new media in learning, knowledge management, and workplace performance support. I had turned my website into my knowledge base ( 2005 ) combining blogs, RSS and social bookmarks to help manage my knowledge flows.

Social Media and Learning: Implications

Harold Jarche

I’m continuing on my theme of capturing what we learned during our Work Literacy online workshop in 2008, before Ning pulls the plug on us. Previous posts have discussed several aspects of what we learned and I’d like to review some of the summative commentary. Jason Willensky – “Will we be forced to chase hot tools and social platforms to stay competitive… is this an ever-expanding universe of tech goodies? Thinking about learning.

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PKM: aggregate, filter, connect

Harold Jarche

Knowledge Squared equals Power Squared, says Craig Thomler : However the knowledge hoarding model begins to fail when it becomes cheap and easy to share and when the knowledge required to complete a task exceeds an individual’s capability to learn in the time available. I see the basis for sharing knowledge in the connected workplace is personal knowledge management or what I’ve called our part of the social learning contract.

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Sense-making with PKM

Harold Jarche

We may learn on our own but usually not by ourselves. People learn socially. One is internally focused, as in “How do I learn this?” and the other is external, as in “Who can help me learn this?”. We constantly go through a process of looking at bits of information and trying to make sense of them by adding to our existing knowledge or testing out new patterns in our sense-making efforts. Social. Bookmarks. Social.

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Elgg: it’s a community effort

Harold Jarche

This weekend I noticed a tweet from Alec Couros about some issues with the Ning social networking platform. With social bookmarks, it is easy to export and import OPML files from one platform to another. This social networking platform is simple to set-up and use and has been embraced by millions, including LearnTrends (+3,000) and WorkLiteracy (+900), two sites I manage. The Elgg community blog has more information.

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PKM in 2010

Harold Jarche

PKM is an individual, disciplined process by which we make sense of information, observations and ideas. The Web has given us more ways to connect with others in our learning but many people only see the information overload aspect of our digital society. Engaging others can actually make it easier to learn and not become overwhelmed. Effective learning is the difference between surfing the waves or being drowned by them. Information.

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Why the Government of Canada needs PKM

Harold Jarche

David Eaves writes in Why the Government of Canada needs Bloggers : One theme that came up was that public servants feel they are suffering from information overload. I can’t discuss any specifics of what I observed but there is no doubt that senior public servants are inundated with information and that their time is not their own, with many days filled with meetings and other time-consuming activities. social bookmarks ).

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PKM – start small

Harold Jarche

Pretty well anyone with a personal computer saves web sites to their Favorites/Bookmarks. I’ve explained it before in Free Your Bookmarks. If an organization or department decided to put everyone’s bookmarks into a social application it would make for a large repository of links. There may be some effort in going through these bookmarks and adding more descriptive tags but it could be spaced over a period of time.

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Social tools for networks

Harold Jarche

For example: Social bookmarks let me tag and search a wide array of bookmarks and by making them public they are shared with others, but through no extra effort on my part. I also make available information and perhaps knowledge that is useful to others. The major obstacle to social learning (and working) today is the IT department and it’s time that management takes back control of information sharing.

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Social media without the BPR

Harold Jarche

Last night at ThirdTuesdayNB the conversation came around to how to implement social media in large, bureaucratic organizations without creating a white elephant type of project that takes years to implement. Michele Martin just posted some social media baby steps that have worked for her, particularly: Static website => blog. Tags: Wirearchy Informal Learning

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Creating your PKM processes

Harold Jarche

Personal knowledge management is one way of addressing the issue of TMI (too much information). A sense-making routine can be regularly reading certain blogs and news feeds, capturing important ideas with social bookmarks and then putting ideas out in the open on a blog. Use Social Bookmarks. Now that information is in a DB, use Search, instead of file folders. Identify Missing Information (and people).

Working Smarter Field Guide

Harold Jarche

But certain long-term skills can help us connect with our fellow humans in order to learn and innovate — curiosity, sensemaking, cooperation, and novel thinking. Finding the right information is only part of the challenge of non-standardized work. Finding and Sharing Information.

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Across the chasm

Harold Jarche

In the field of web social media for workplace performance, what technologies are the Innovators experimenting with? Social Networks. Social Bookmarks. Emergent Learning. Informal Learning. Group-centric Learning.

What tools should we learn?

Harold Jarche

The LCB question this month is, What Tools Should we Learn , or: The question is really about the specific tools that would make sense to learn today in order to be a valuable eLearning professional in 2015? The key is to be engaged in your learning and in your profession and web tools are all about connecting. Social Bookmarks. Perhaps the simplest way to start sharing organisational knowledge is with social bookmarks. Enter the social bookmark.

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Peeragogy

Jay Cross

In his keynote presentation at Online Educa Berlin last week, Howard Rheingold emphasized co-learning. Since the teacher learns more than the student, let’s all be both teachers and students. Esteemed co-learners, your job is to create new co-learning communities. If a group doesn’t exist for facilitate your informal learning, make one. Peeragogy is a set of techniques for collaborative learning and work. A workscape is a learning ecology.

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2011: Integration

Harold Jarche

Social Networks. Social Bookmarks. Emergent Learning. Informal Learning. Group-centric Learning. I would say the PLE/PLN is across the chasm, while I now call PKM network learning and Beth Kanter describes a similar framework of networked professional learning. As for ideas, more of my clients have accepted the need to support workplace informal learning.

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ASTD TechKnowledge

Tony Karrer

Better yet, go take a look at: Be an Insanely Great Professional Conference Attendee Better Questions for Learning Professionals Continuing Thoughts on Questions What Questions Should We be Asking? Session Hopping a Practical Guide General Session - New Work Literacies and E-Learning 2.0 The results are in, and most knowledge workers are struggling to adapt to new forms of work and learning. As learning professionals, we have an opportunity to take a leading role.

Open Source eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

You can find a long list of tools broken into authoring tools, games/simulations, quiz/test tools, social media, delivery platforms, tracking and whether they support mobile. Beyond that, probably the best thing to do is to use eLearning Learning to go through it’s open source eLearning and open source eLearning Tools. Of course, I’d recommend skimming through eLearning Learning to find the latest and greatest.

Transparent work

Harold Jarche

Tweet People are now the engine of change and the fuel is communications, says Jay Deragon in Systemic Impact of Social Technology. If I want to find general information, I search the Web, and quite often find what I need. Jay Cross described it in Informal Learning , with the case study of CGI using an “ Internet Inside &# tool approach. Just compare informal learning on the web with what happens inside the firewall.

eLearning 2.0 Random Thoughts based on Chat

Tony Karrer

You learn about this using these tools and scanning sources like blogs, trying things out, forcing yourself to make time to learn. Social Bookmarking and Wikis and Blogs are a form of social networking I never said this, but several people pointed it out in the chat. The same thing can be true with social bookmarking, wikis, flickr, etc. Using social bookmarking or meme tracking works okay. Most of us blog to Learn and Network.

Performance - Collaboration - Social Network Analysis - eLearning Hot List

Tony Karrer

eLearning Learning Hot List June 1, 2009 to June 12, 2009 Top Posts The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals. eLearning Technology , June 3, 2009 Student Guide: Introduction to ‘Wikis’ in Blackboard - Don't Waste Your Time , June 12, 2009 Discovering Instructional Design 11: The Kemp Model - The E-Learning Curve , June 10, 2009 I Say Instructional Designer, You Say Tomah-toe - Learning Visions , June 9, 2009 Attribution in a Web 2.0

Top 100 eLearning Items

Tony Karrer

Using eLearning Learning , I thought it would be interesting to go look what it thinks are some of the top items of all time. Learning 2.0 - The Things How we read online. - Tools Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0 Applications in Learning Rethinking Learning Styles Understanding E-Learning 2.0 Try Before You Buy Tools Used Better Conferences - Response Needed Roles in CoP's The science of learning Learning 2.0

First Time Visitor Guide

Tony Karrer

Interaction I write this blog because it helps me think through and learn about the topics I write about. Learning Trends Point To and Shape eLearning 2.0 Presentation - ISPI Los Angeles Introduction to Wikis, Blogs, Social Bookmarking, Social Networking and RSS Practical Suggestions: Web 2.0 Start-Up Guides Personal and Group Learning Using Web 2.0 Tools for Personal Learning Improving Personal Learning - A Continuing Challenge for Learning.

An Aha Moment - del.icio.us as Indicator of Valuable Content - Importantly My Content

Tony Karrer

Bookmarks might tell me about my top ten posts (counted by page view). Page Views Time Comments Bookmarks Blog Home Page 10,584 0:02:40 NA 100 1. Personal Learning for Learning Professionals - Using Web 2.0 Personal and Group Learning Using Web 2.0 Second Life and Learning 616 0:01:45 4 7 10. Bookmarks to me indicate what I think is my most valuable content. This social bookmarking, wisdom of crowds works really well across a limited set.

eLearning Learning - Best of May

Tony Karrer

eLearning Learning Hot List May 1, 2009 to May 31, 2009 Here is the best stuff from May 2009 via the eLearning Learning site. Top Posts The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals. Clive on Learning , May 29, 2009 Implementing New Learning Technology? Tony Bates , May 8, 2009 Are Your E-Learning Courses Pushed or Pulled? , Tony Bates , May 8, 2009 Learning 2.0

Harold Jarche » Learning is Conversation

Harold Jarche

Watch Kiran Bir Sethi [link] no technology required Themes Complexity PKM Social Learning Work Literacy Threads Books Commons Communities Friday's Finds Informal Learning InternetTime Learning OpenSource Performance Improvement Technology Wirearchy Work jarche.com About Advertisers Clients Consulting Contact Français Key Posts Projects Toolbox Learning is Conversation Posted on December 1st, 2005 by Harold Jarche This is a remix and update of some previous posts.

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Thousands of people at IBM are already doing it.

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Passively Multiplayer Online Game (PMOG) | Main | "New study examines how online games can teach business skills" (Red Herring) » June 28, 2007 Thousands of people at IBM are already doing it. Tom Werner points to some stats from a recent WSJ article that certainly provides some good corporate ammo: Everyone knows that IBM is a bellwether company in the use of technology for learning.

PLE - PWLE Discussion Contiunes - Corporate vs Personal and IP Rights

Tony Karrer

This continues the discussion being had around PLE/PWLEs - see More Discussion on Personal Work Learning Environments for a bit of recap. Clearly this is a different use of PLE's than those outside the firewall, for free rangers, and for learning from everything of personal interest. I'm on the same page as Cammy Bean about Personal Learning Environments: So all the talk about tools and maps has struck me as odd. has changed learning and in reality how it changes tacit work.

Last Year's eLearn Magazine Predictions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Richard Mayer , Department of Psychology, University of California, USA Predicted: "Researchers will continue to make progress in determining the instructional design features of e-learning that promote learning, including research-based principles for the use of animated pedagogical agents, intelligent tutoring systems, simulations, games, virtual reality, and multimedia environments." That can be applied to higher education as well as corporate learning offerings.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Here at ASTD.first session reviews.Ruth Clark and Tony Karrer.

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Edu-Gaming in the latest Escapist | Main | Article comparing new Mash-Up tools (Popfly, Pipes, Google) - thanks Sam Adkins » June 03, 2007 Here at ASTD.first session reviews.Ruth Clark and Tony Karrer. served this year as one of the co-chairs for the e-learning track at ASTD. Why are we still asking the question– which is better f2f or e-learning?