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My Professional Learner’s Toolkit

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A personal information system : I use both Notability and Notes to take notes. Reflection: this overlaps with the personal information system.

Solutions for Tight Cycles of Assessment

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Which means retrieving the information, mapping it to the context, and then choosing the best answer. In general, in a learning experience stretching out over days (as spaced learning would suggest), learners want to regularly get feedback about how they’re doing.

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Reconciling Formal and Informal

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Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about informal learning, which ends up sounding like formal learning, and this can be confusing. Now, let’s move on to informal learning, as this is where, to me, we have a conflict.

Listening

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We finally did, relatively informally, but still got valuable feedback that changed our design somewhat. Listening, as I mentioned, in this case to Guy Wallace. As one of the premier promoters of evidence-based design, he responded to my question about what to post on with: Any “How Tos” using methods, tools and techniques that you’ve found to work in L&D and Performance Improvement. Since I am a fan of Guy’s work, I thought I should answer!

Revisiting the Ecosystem

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Similarly, we use social elements like coaching, mentoring, and informal learning to develop ourselves and our organizations over time. One of the keys to the L&D revolution is recognizing the full performance ecosystem and the ways technology can support performance and development.

2018 Trajectories

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Informed, of course, by a true understanding of how we think, work, and learn. Given my reflections on the past year, it’s worth thinking about the implications. What trajectories can we expect if the trends are extended? These are not predictions (as has been said, “never predict anything, particularly the future”). Instead, these are musings, and perhaps wishes for what could (even should ) occur. I mentioned an interest in AR and VR.

Acknowledging Changes

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We’re seeing changes in the information flow, in technology, and in what we know about ourselves. We’re being overwhelmed with information, and that rate is accelerating. On the other hand, our tools to manage the information flow are also advancing. They can also partner with us, providing information based upon who we are, what we’re doing, and what else is going on. Informal and social learning is the work.

Because quality matters

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Yet, too much of what’s done is under-informed, if not outright misled. I was reflecting on some of the actions my colleagues and I take. These are, in particular, colleagues that have been contributing to the field for a long time, ones who know what they’re talking about and that I therefore respect. I retweeted one who called for being careful of the source in message. I’ve supported another who has been on a crusade against myths.

What’s Your Learning Tool Stack?

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So this is how you represent your own understandings, and manipulate information, for your own purposes. These are to manage communication and information sharing between teams. I woke up this morning thinking about the tools we use at various levels. Yeah, my life is exciting ;).

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A Bad Tart

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accurate retention of information). Good learning requires a basis for intrinsic interest. The topic should be of interest to the learner, a priori or after the introduction. If the learner doesn’t ‘get’ why this learning is relevant to them, it doesn’t stick as well. And this isn’t what gamification does. So tarting up content is counter-productive. It’s a bad (s)tart! Ok, to be clear, there’re two types of gamification.

Extending Engagement

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There is some additional information needed, and more careful design, and that certainly is more than most of what’s being done now. Yes, I’m making these numbers up, but… This is really all part of going from information dump & knowledge test to elaborated examples and contextualized practice. My post on why ‘engagement’ should be added to effective and efficient led to some discussion on LinkedIn.

How to learn and learn-to-learn

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I think experimenting with different media, and working out how to manage the flow of information is critical. I was asked by a colleague to answer some questions for a project on how to learn. I naturally decided to answer in a blog post ;).

The Grail of Effective and Engaging Learning Experiences

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model-based guidance: the best guide for practice is a conceptual basis (not rote information). There’s a considerable gap between what we can be doing, and what we are doing. When you look at what’s out there, we see that there are several way in which we fall short of the mark.

L&D Tuneup

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We stick with face-to-face training or maybe elearning, putting everything in the head, when science shows that we often function better from information in the world or even in other people’s heads!

Learning Through the Wild

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Similarly, the staff at the camps also do a good job of advocating for the wilderness (as they would), and there are guidebooks available for perusal to learn more, as well as information around the dining rooms (and great food!).

Coherent Implications

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An important element is the flow of information within the model; ensuring that there are no barriers to making effective choices. Decisions, then, are about how to facilitate the most optimal flow of information without compromising organizational integrity.

Continual Exploration

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The immediate benefits are that you can easily link information that was previously siloed, and track real time changes. I was reading about Digital Business Platforms, which is a move away from siloed IT systems to create a unified environment.

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Organizational terms

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Here, Wikipedia defines it as an offshoot of org development, with a focus on information processing. Listening to a talk last week led me to ponder the different terms for what it is I lobby for. The goal is to make organizations accomplish their goals, and to continue to be able to do so. In the course of my inquiry, I explored and uncovered several different ‘organizational’ terms. I thought I should lay them out here for my (and your) thoughts.

Mindmapping

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Still, mindmaps capture structural information in a visual way, that supports tapping into our powerful visual processing system. You can add information to them; as a visual tool, you can add extra graphical information, like tables or charts, to augment the map.

To LMS or not to LMS

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When we start making a continuum between formal and informal learning, what’s the right suite of tools? A colleague recently asked (in general, not me specifically) whether there’s a role for LMS functions. Her query was about the value of having a place to see (recommended) courses, to track your development, etc. And that led me to ponder, and here’s my thinking: My question is where to draw the line.

Working and learning out loud

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I’ve been thinking about some of the talk around the Future of Work, and in addition to the free flow of information I recently posted about from the Coherent Organization, I think working out loud is another component. What’s the benefit of getting feedback to improve versus what’s the downside of information getting out to competitors or exposing regulated data?

Defining Microlearning?

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Just like I can look up the specs on the resolution of my computer screen, use that information, but have to look it up again next time. Last week on the #chat2lrn twitter chat, the topic was microlearning. It was apparently prompted by this post by Tom Spiglanin which does a pretty good job of defining it, but some conceptual confusion showed up in the chat that makes it clear there’s some work to be done.

Tackling the tough stuff

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We learn through designed action and guided reflection, not information dump and knowledge test. I was reflecting a wee bit on my books (and writings in general), and realized that there’s somewhat of a gap when I talk about games, and mobile, and more.

Content isn’t a silo

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Truly, if you want to be part of the strategic picture going forward, you have to work with information tools. I mentioned in my previous post that I was talking at the xAPI camp about content strategy, and on the way in I created a new diagram to convey a concept I wanted to discuss.

To show or not to show (and when)

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informal learning), we know that sharing before others have had their chance to think, it can color their output. At an event the other evening, showing various career technology tools, someone said something that I thought was just wrong. I asked afterwards, and then explained why I thought it was wrong. The response was “well, there can be different ways to go about it” And frankly, there really can’t.

Rethinking Design: Curriculum

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We’re more likely to remember information we’ve had to process rather than information we’ve just been presented with. In addition to yesterday’s post about pedagogy , I also mentioned the need to get deeper on curriculum as well.

Scenarios and Conceptual Clarity

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You use some sort of sleight of hand, such as “a supervisor catches the mistake and rectifies it, informing you…” to make it all ok. I recently came across an article ostensibly about branching scenarios, but somehow the discussion largely missed the point.

Designing Learning Like Professionals

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For instance, there’re sound cognitive reasons why information dump and knowledge test won’t lead to learning. Information that’s not applied doesn’t stick, and application that’s not sufficient doesn’t stick. I’m increasingly realizing that the ways we design and develop content are part of the reason why we’re not getting the respect we deserve.

A richer suite of support

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While it’s easy to say that the role of formal learning wanes, and the role of informal learning ramps up, what are the types of support we might look to?

‘Form’ing learning

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They are fans of Make It Stick (mentioned in my Deeper eLearning reading list ), so it was easy to help them recognize that good activities require learners retrieve the information in context , so each formative evaluation should be a situation requiring a decision. Last week I ran a workshop for an online university that is working to improve it’s learning design. Substantially. They’re ramping up their staff abilities, and we’d talked about how I could help.

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Ambiguity Denial Syndrome?

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Instead we see one-shot development of information dumps and knowledge tests, which aren’t going to help organizations. Too many processes I see reflect industrial age thinking, and we’re in an information age.

Why Work Out Loud? (for #wolweek)

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They can provide pointers to useful information, they can provide tips about what worked, and didn’t, for them, and they’re better prepared for what will be forthcoming. Why should one work out loud (aka Show Your Work )? Certainly, there are risks involved. You could be wrong. You could have to share a mistake. Others might steal your ideas. So why would anyone want to be Working Out Loud ? Because the risks are trumped by the benefits.

Socially Acceptable

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Social learning is: not about (just) formal: as suggested above, social extends from formal out to informal to being an essential part of how business gets done. Good social learning is: communicating by pointing to relevant new information. I was talking with my ITA colleagues, and we were discussing the state of awareness of social learning. And we were somewhat concerned that at least from some evidence, there’re some misconceptions around about social learning.

Aligning with us

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I think alignment is a big thing, both from the Coherent Organization perspective of having our flows of information aligned , and in processes that help us move forward, but with, well, our humanity.

Realities 360 Reflections

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You can fairly easily use it for marker or location based information, but actually annotating the world visually is still challenging. So, one of the two things I did last week was attend the eLearning Guild ‘s Realities 36o conference. Ostensibly about Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), it ended up being much more about VR. Which isn’t a bad thing, it’s probably as much a comment on the state of the industry as anything.

Evil design?

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Writing, diagrams, client files, lots of important information! This is a rant, but it’s coupled with lessons. . I’ve been away, and one side effect was a lack of internet bandwidth at the residence. In the first day I’d used up a fifth of the allocation for the whole time (> 5 days)! So, I determined to do all I could to cut my internet usage while away from the office.

Supporting our Brains

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We also have limited ability to carry information around for the same reasons, but we can create external representations (such as notes or scribbles) that can hold those thoughts for us. However, technology can remember arbitrary and abstract information completely.

Augmenting AR for Learning

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We’re hearing more and more about AR (Augmented Reality), and one of it’s core elements is layering information on top of the world. But in a conversation the other night, it occurred to me that we could push that information to be even more proactive in facilitating learning. Imagine that when we presented this information, we asked the learner to make an inference based upon the displayed model.

Rethinking Design: Pedagogy

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In typical approaches, you’d be presenting conceptual information (e.g. a decision tree), or a checklist, or something that requires them to use the information. And if the information doesn’t support doing, it’s probably not necessary.)

Why AR

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I’m sure there’s lots more that could be done (there were some great games), but I’m focusing on simple information that I would like to see. This is the type of information I might want while viewing the flower through the screen (or glasses).