Posts Categorized: Learning

Autonomous learners

When was the last course you took? How about e-learning? When was it designed? Was it current? Did it reflect your current reality? Was it useful? One of the limitations of instructional design is the assumption that a program can be designed and built based on the initial  specifications. Assuming you know everything at the… Read more »

Visualization for Understanding

When NASA released the photograph of the earth as seen from space, known as the blue marble, it gave new impetus to the environmental movement, showing our planet as a small dot in a black void. Seeing is believing. Visualization can be a very powerful tool in sharing complex knowledge. The visualization of social network… Read more »

Our education system stumbles into the future

It’s back to school time and education issues come to the fore with a provincial election in a few weeks. According to a local professor, the New Brunswick education system is too centralized, but it’s not just education. Addressing the problems of centralization is an issue with all established institutions as we shift from an… Read more »

Reflecting on reflection

Missing from most workplaces today is any time for reflection. Even events that are designed to promote learning, like the ubiquitous professional conference, ignore time for reflection. In these discrete time-based events, there is little time for reflection. Presenters hold back their knowledge in order to “deliver” it just before the big official presentation. This… Read more »

My Top Tools 2014

Jane Hart compiles a list every year of the Top 10 Tools for learning. Voting closes on 21 September. Here are my top tools this year, with last year’s position shown in brackets. I have also annotated these tools as to what part of my PKM practice they connect with: SEEK > SENSE > SHARE

If you want to foster change, stay out of training

In the mid 1990’s I served as a Training Development Officer working with tactical aviation (helicopters that support the Army).  We had just purchased 100 helicopters plus a full motion combat simulator and my office was next to the simulator, which I watched as it was installed, tested, and used. My work also involved writing… Read more »

A compass for the Big Shift

Participation in knowledge flows can generate new insights and practices and improve performance in ways that also yield learning and new capabilities. This thinking extends from the individual up into the organization and beyond, into the ecosystem. Not just how can we learn, but how can we learn faster? We’re still early in the Big… Read more »

The skills gap is a learning gap

Continuous learning, lifelong learning, learning organizations, and constant learning – terms we hear every day about the changing nature of the workplace. We don’t even know what skills to prepare for, but most people agree that we all need to keep on learning if we wish to remain relevant at work, in our professions, or… Read more »

Revolutionalize Learning & Development

Work is learning and learning is the work, says Clark Quinn. I agree. Clark gives a clear path forward for today’s learning and development profession on the cusp of revolution or extinction in his latest book. Revolutionize Learning & Development is required reading for anyone involved in training, instruction, or corporate education. I have known Clark… Read more »

Promoting learning

The Nobel laureate economist Robert Solow noted some 60 years ago that rising incomes should largely be attributed not to capital accumulation, but to technological progress – to learning how to do things better. While some of the productivity increase reflects the impact of dramatic discoveries, much of it has been due to small, incremental… Read more »