Posts Categorized: Informal Learning

Networked Knowledge: out of the ivory tower

Many of the important issues that face our society are complex and require a good knowledge of science. Yesterday, I explained some of what I’ve been trying to learn about nuclear fission and power generation. Understanding how people learn and how we can integrate learning into work is a prime professional interest of mine. More… Read more »

Fuelled by Informal learning

Caveat: It seems I have to put a warning sign on this post. I am not a nuclear physicist and the opinions on this post are personal and are not professional, scientific advice on radiation or its effects. I’ve had a crash course in nuclear physics this week. I took basic Physics in university, but… Read more »

Finding the time for networked learning

A survey of small and medium sized businesses (SMB) showed workers spend about half their day on unproductive tasks: Knowledge Workers are among the largest staff component in a typical SMB SMB Knowledge Workers spend an estimated 36 percent of their time trying to Contact customers, partners or colleagues Find information Schedule a meeting Approximately… Read more »

Learning Assessment

For March the LCBQ is: How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning, performance support initiatives have the desired impact or achieve the desired results? Jay Cross responds: You need to wait a while before taking the assessment. Smile-sheets and test scores prove nothing because they are administered before the forgetting… Read more »

Seven years and still independent

I’ve been putting my thoughts on this blog for seven years now. When I started (19 Feb 2004), the term blog was not exactly mainstream and one media “guru” said blogs were on their way out. Today, my blog is still the main part of my “outboard brain” and I can’t see how I could… Read more »

Training Evaluation: a mug’s game

“Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.” —Peter Drucker Dan Pontefract is quite clear in Dear Kirkpatrick’s: You still don’t get it: Let me be clear – training is not an event; learning is a connected, collaborative and continuous process. It can and does occur in formal, informal and social ways… Read more »

Notes from 2005

2005 This is a continuation of my notes from 2004 … I see that 2005 was the year I started digging deeper into PKM/Networked Learning. David Williamson Shaffer’s paper on Pedagogical Praxis: The professions as models for post-industrial education provides a theoretical model, with three case studies (biomedical negotiators, online journalists and architects using complex mathematics),… Read more »

Notes from 2004

I was listening to an interview with Steven Johnson on CBC Spark and he suggested that it’s a good practice to take regular notes (like my blog) but also important to review them regularly. I’ve gone through my 2004 posts, which was my first year of full-time blogging on this site, and here is what… Read more »

Quotes from 2010

I found many quotes this past year, especially via Twitter. Here are most of them, all together (this way I’ll be able to find them all when I want to use them). #NetworkLearning Life via @VasilyKomarov RT @nickthinker: Those who can lead an inexpensive (low cost) life and appreciate the simple and free things are… Read more »