Jay Cross's Informal Learning

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Jay Cross's Informal Learning

As the economic environment improves, will the fear factor fade a bit and send organizations back to their old ways of relying mostly on numbers? LXB: How does that differentiate a new-era organization such as Google from a company such as Buggy Whips International? LX Briefing.

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Jay Cross's Informal Learning

These days I focus my energies on helping organizations work smarter. I started this blog when Informal Learning was released, November 10, 2006. The informal learning meme has gone mainstream. I am gratified. That crusade is behind me. Informal learning is more important than ever.

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Hear Jay Cross, a leading expert on informal learning, for a far-ranging conversation about how organizations are working – and training – smarter in the network era. Training Smarter, Working Smarter. Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 11 AM PST/ 2 PM EST. FREE.

How to support informal learning

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

organizations spend so much money on formal learning but spend little (if any) in support of informal learning? Command-and-control is giving way to bottom-up organizations where everyone shoulders responsibility. Interview. by Robert Morris, Dallas Business Commentary Examiner.

An example of informal learning from Europe

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This knowledge since then is at Sara Lee leading in the decisions about investing in learning within the organization. Three years ago I talked with a former KPPG consultant, Harm Wegstra, at Online Educa Berlin.

Workscape evolution

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This morning Jane Hart posted this 5-stage model of the evolution of workplace learning in an organization. If all you offer is via an LMS, you are failing to support the biggest money-makers in your organization.

Learning Styles

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There is a thriving industry devoted to publishing learning-styles tests and guidebooks for teachers, and many organizations offer professional development workshops for teachers and educators built around the concept of learning styles. Will Thalheimer reports on Learning Styles Reviewed by Association for Psychological Science AND FOUND WANTING. Do you believe meshing delivery format with a student’s learning style improves the quality of the learning?

Blogging to show off your organization

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Great article in the NY Times about student blogging at MIT. It helps prospective students get a feel for the place before applying. Dozens of colleges — including Amherst, Bates, Carleton, Colby, Vassar, Wellesley and Yale — are embracing student blogs on their Web sites, seeing them as a powerful marketing tool for high school students, who these days are less interested in official messages and statistics than in first-hand narratives and direct interaction with current students.

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Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Aspirations

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You may have heard me spouting off about aligning the aspirations of workers with the organizations they work for. This falls on deaf ears in North America and most of Europe where we mistakenly think treating workers as humans intrudes on their privacy.

Giving up control

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In an article titled Taking the Social Media Plunge: Learning to Let Go , Andy McAfee explores the reluctance of traditional organizations to embrace social media (and informal learning). Many organizations appear scared to death of Enterprise 2.0.

The New Social Learning

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A Guide to Transforming Organizations Through Social Media. Re: Second Life) It all seems too sic-fi, too unreal for my organization. The New Social Learning. By Tony Bingham and Marcia Conner. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco.

Join the Internet Time Alliance for a day

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Two from a single organization, $1,000 each. The day following DevLearn, November 5, the five members of the Internet Time Alliance are holding a retreat to share insights and plan for the forthcoming year.

Taking advantage of the gift economy

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Not a week goes by that the independent consultant doesn’t receive requests from corporations or organizations to give free advice or presentations. Organizations need to judge whether the consultant’s thinking is what they need.

Transferring from Ning to Grou.ps

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Many of these organizations have zero tech support. The Internet Time Community has been hosted on Ning for a little over three years. Most of the time, it has been more of a test site than a real community.

The Case for Communities of Practice

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Don't you wish your organization had dedicated communities of practice that nurtured newbies, helped everyone get up to speed and advanced the professional knowledge of the field? Published August 2010.

L&D Suicide?

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Sustainable organizations gain flexibility by empowering their people to make decisions rather than thinking people are mere cogs in a machines. The L&D organization lacks the clout to make holistic changes of this nature. Many organizations are not ready.).

Straw Men

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This book is focused on informal learning, but when you assess what will work for your organization, consider how informal learning might supplement what you are doing now rather than replace it.&#. Lots of straw men live on the web.

UMBC’s “ISD now!”

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Organizations that focus on the supply side of the training they provide are looking at the wrong side of the equation. Several hundred people joined my webinar on informal learning today.

Informal learning: the real deal. Free.

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

I plan to describe informal learning already taking place in organizations, often flying beneath the radar. We’ll look at examples of organizations using the web to accelerate learning and spark innovation. I nformal Learning has been getting a lot of buzz lately.

Brain Rules & learning

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Yet were corporations to embrace the Brain Rules, they would raise their organization’s capacity to learn and also improve the efficiency of current training efforts. Neuroscientists have figured out a lot about how the brain works in the time since the fMRI was invented 18 years ago.

Informal Learning and Learnscapes

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And of little value to organizations where knowledge without ongoing addition of context is just so much compiled, accumulated data. Working Smarter: The “unbook&# that shows why informal learning must be part of everyone’s future learnscapes. By Sahana Chattopadhyay via Amplify.

Gazing down from the helicopter

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Organizations are going around yesterday’s confining corporate boundaries to form closer ties with customers and collaborators. Maybe it’s just me, but everywhere I turn, people are looking at things from a higher level of abstraction.

Time Is Money

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The sooner workers are productive, the larger their contribution to the organization. Chief Learning Officer, April 2010. Time Matters. This makes time-to-performance, the amount of time required to begin performing at target levels, a vital metric. Here’s an example.

Informal learning from the horse’s mouth

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I’ve been ranting about informal and computer-supported learning in organizations for twelve years now. Coach: Formal and structured learning can potentially promote efficient organization in long-term memory.

Web 2.0 and Change Present Challenges to Many Learning Executives

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Chief learning officers (CLO s) are dealing with organizations the same way they did 25 years ago—focusing on full-time employees. They are in old-style organizations that are grappling with a crumbling hierarchy. Why should organizations fear people learning something on their own?

After-Christmas Sale: Informal Learning

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Transform an organization from near-bankruptcy to record profits. New Year’s Resolution: Use informal learning to improve organizational performance in 2010. Informal Learning is on sale at Amazon for $18.18. List price is $40.).

A social interaction pattern language 2 of 2

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At best, those group actions serve the well-being of the whole: not just the whole of a particular organization, but the whole of life. Getting good at social interactions is vital for social learning. We live in a social world.

8 Dirty Words

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Related post : Webinar to kick-start collaboration and informal learning in your organization. CLO online edition. Dirty Words. by Jay Cross. L ast year I led workshops in London, Madrid , San Jose, Quebec, and Berlin on how to sell social networking and informal learning to senior management.

Jon Stewart litmus test

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Were Jon Stewart to look at how your organization helps people learn what you are asking them to do, what do you think he would say? Just a holiday thought. What are you going to do about it?

The Engelbart Hypothesis

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The culture, training, organizations, tools, artifacts and physical infrastructure all determine the capability of any individual or group to perform. I just finished reading The Engelbart Hypothesis by Valerie Landau and Eileen Clegg. ($20 20 on Amazon.).

Brain Fitness

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Learnscapes are the factory floor of knowledge organizations; they are where workers connect to create value and learn from one another. If you seriously want to increase your organization’s collective brainpower, you owe it to yourself to visit the SharpBrains site.

Who don’t we want to work smarter?

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Next month I’ll be conducting several onsite workshops to inject informal/social learning practices into hidebound organizations that are anxious to ramp up to the future. This can cut hiring mistakes that hurt both the organization and the new hire. The expanded organization.

togetherLearn is online

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If you’ve got a really thorny, vital, complex, organization-wide learning problem to solve, get in touch. Those of you who follow Jane Hart, Harold Jarche, Clark Quinn, or me may want to visit our new site ; it’s only a few hours old.

Become a chief meta-learning officer

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CLOs will neither prosper nor even survive if they fail to take responsibility for the overall learning process within their organizations. Organizations must seize the opportunity to change while things are in flux. The May issue of Chief Learning Officer magazine went online today.

New skills for learning professionals

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The steward then selects the simplest technology to advance the community as both the technology and the organization progress. Yet other moderators seed discussions to channel conversations in ways that might provide insight to the organization.

Informal learning patterns

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Learnscaping , Getting Things done in Organizations , is now available on Amazon for $25 + shipping. Learnscaping describes a dozen learning patterns, e.g. processes that organizations are using to improve performance through networked informal learning.

Picky, picky

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I generally resist linking to organizations that monitor and use the ideas generated in the social/learning/tech space, and then produce reports that fail to acknowledge sources of inspiration.

Jay’s new book on learning metrics

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If you can do that, convincing your organization shouldn’t be a problem. New book: What Would Andrew Do? by Jay Cross & friends. How to sell senior management on the value of learning. Preview and Table of Contents. 189 pages, $19.99 hard copy or download , $14.99 read-only.

New roles for former trainers

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The organization receives improved performance on the job, continuous improvement, and increased innovation. The steward then selects the simplest technology to advance the community as both the technology and the organization mature.