Adaptive LearnERS, not LearnING

In an interview with EdSurge ‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning, George Siemens discusses his belief that the current emphasis amongst edtech companies and universities on better and better adaptive learning tools is a wrong direction.  These tools are helping students to execute learning routines that won’t be needed in the future as machines take on more and more processes for us.  He argues learners need to prepare for careers that employ uniquely human traits like self-regulation and communication. Creativity, complex problem-solving and coordinating with others are examples of the skills needed.  There is greater detail on George’s Blog elearnspace.org.

But let me tell you about one of my personal stories that led me to believing in this new world of digital, networked learning. Continue reading “Adaptive LearnERS, not LearnING”

Workplace Learning is about Performance

In a wonderful post sharing the work that she and her colleagues at Coca-Cola Amatil (Australia), Michelle Ockers outlines the changes that they have instituted to build a stronger bond between work and learning.

The primary shift was to seeing L&D as part of the performance support initiatives.

See Michelle’s full blog post at: How we Modernised our Learning and Development Model, Mindset and Capabilities

Here Today. Gone Tomorrow?

Will today’s tech trends prove to be long lasting?

Earlier this week Henry Cloke posted an interesting question to the Learning Education and Training Professionals Group on LinkedIn.  I thought I’d repost his question here, provide my answer and then hopefully my silent readers might comment with their answers.

Henry asked, What’s the biggest trend in the learning technologies space (and is it here to stay)?  He put forward six candidates:

  • mLearning – do we really learn on our mobile devices?
  • Bite-sized learning – linked to the rise of mLearning, isn’t this just good practise… didn’t we know this years ago?
  • Gamification – surely it’s time to go beyond badges, points and leaderboards?
  • Game-based learning – expensive and difficult to implement
  • Virtual Reality – expensive and difficult to implement
  • Personalisation – again, this is just good practise – is the industry really just realising this?
  • xAPI – the group added this tool to the list by concensus

My answer to his question was: Continue reading “Here Today. Gone Tomorrow?”

Maslow in the Workplace

It seems the above infographic has been floating around for at least a year. (Unfortinately, I haven’t yet found an attribution to it’s creator.)  It applies Maslow’s Hierachy of Needs to employee engagement in the workplace.

I am a fan of Maslow’s Hierarchy.  I think it is a powerful model that captures the impact of our circumstances on our motivation – including our ability and desire to learn.  As I reflected in as if i needed proof on eelearning in 2007, my conviction that Maslow got this right is not just theoretical. Continue reading “Maslow in the Workplace”

Where are the learners?

In a post on elearningindustry.com, Kali Blunt outlines her Top 4 Reasons Your Workplace Needs Social And Collaborative Learning Technologies.

  1. Support virtual teams
  2. Provide a centralized content repository
  3. The ability to support and track informal as well as formal learning
  4. Connecting people through communities

My second biggest issue with this, and many other justifications for learning technologies (social and non-social), is that the argument is tool and functionality focused.

LMS’s are great because they can track grades and attendance.  I’m sorry, Miss Hull did just fine without an LMS when I was in 4th grade. Continue reading “Where are the learners?”

Re-entry.

After a seven year hiatus, it’s time to start up my eelearning blog again.  Unfortunately, I’m not able to get access to the original blog in accordance with WordPress’s recover policies to edit and continue it.  So I’m starting the NEW eelearning and will refer back to the original blog as needed.

My life path took me on a 6 year sojourn with Pearson in Higher Education.  It was challenging, rewarding, and I worked with a great group of colleagues.  But I took the layoff that swept me out the door along with dozens of colleagues in June as a sign that it was time for me to head back to workplace learning.

In the past 6 years, there is much that has changed.  Social Media has moved from novelty to key tools for business and learning, Informal Learning has gained traction as a part of the designed  learning ecosystem in leading organizations, Communities of Practice are everywhere, and there are so many new Learning Professionals to get to know.

Unfortunately, in my ramp up back into workplace learning I’ve discovered somethings haven’t changed much. Continue reading “Re-entry.”

Happy Birthday World Wide Web!

What better way to re-launch my eelearning blog than in celebration of the 25th Birthday of the World Wide Web this past Saturday.  On August 6, 1991 Sir Tim Berners-Lee published the first web page on the Internet and the real world would never be the same

(The image above is one of my favorite artifacts from internet history.  It represents the basic scope of the Internet as of June 18, 1985)

A 2014 Pew Research Center survey (Fox & Rainie, 2014) noted the widespread impact the Web has had on U.S. society, with 87% of American adults using the internet and 39% of them reporting it is essential for their livelihood.

But let me paint a picture for you. Continue reading “Happy Birthday World Wide Web!”