Posts Categorized: Informal Learning

What is working smarter?

I’m in the business of helping organizations work smarter. What does that mean? Our industrial and information age is nearing an end as we transition into an era where creativity becomes the most important element in our economy. We are also living in a more complex time as traditional disciplines blur and as information explodes…. Read more »

Corporate Learning’s focus

Inspired by Jay Cross, Amanda Fenton asks how her Corporate Learning department could better meet the needs of employees. I think these are excellent questions and the answers form the basis of addressing how to integrate work and learning in the enterprise. Q1) Close to 80% of learning happens informally and 20% formally, yet we spend… Read more »

Network Learning: Working Smarter with PKM

“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… Read more »

Exploring and free ranging

Whatever happened to “free range learning”? Jay Cross  used the term free range learning for a while in reference to informal learning and Tom Haskins picked up on the free range chicken metaphor. I even suggested a logo, but I don’t hear much talk about it any more. I think it’s still a great descriptor for learning… Read more »


Join me and my colleagues at the Internet Time Alliance at DevLearn in San Francisco next month. We all plan to be there. Jane Hart provides a snapshot of the State of Learning in the Workplace Today on at 10:45 am on Wednesday, November 3. At 4:00 pm on Wednesday, we all will be engaged in a… Read more »

Network Learning

I mentioned in my last post that the term “personal knowledge management” (PKM) does not adequately describe the sense-making process that I attribute to it. It’s rather obvious that knowledge cannot be managed, as Dave Jonassen has said many times: Every amateur epistemologist knows that knowledge cannot be managed. Education has always assumed that knowledge can… Read more »

Using our knowledge

“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” Margaret J. Wheatley. All the information and knowledge in the world will not help us unless we take time to reflect upon what we have learned and also do something with it. When I discuss personal knowledge… Read more »

A framework for the social enterprise

I have put together two of the major articles on social learning in the enterprise that were posted here this year. A framework for social learning drew on my collaboration with colleagues at the Internet Time Alliance and the evolving social organization was co-authored by Thierry deBaillon. Please feel free to share this 18 page… Read more »

Open Innovation

The most interesting presentation at last week’s ACCTCanada Directors Forum was, in my opinion, on open innovation by Angus Livingstone, UILO at UBC. Much of the discussion by other presenters focused on patents and other control mechanisms, while Angus showed the shifting paradigms that we are experiencing in university knowledge transfer. He explained that the… Read more »