Friday, June 28, 2013

Reflections on Harold Jarche's session (LSG13)

Social learning has been an area of real interest for me in the last two years.  I've encountered Harold Jarche's ideas a great deal in that time through his blog and the Social Learning Centre, so it was great to finally see him run a live talk and actually speak to him afterwards.

We normally find that social learning is dismissed as something that is hard to measure and intangible.  Yet increasingly it is the intangibles that make up the real value of our businesses, so let's challenge that assumption, and think about how social learning can fit with organisational goals.  Most of the learning strategies we already use, such as ADDIE and ISD, come from the military, where they also know the value of training people in a social environment - individual members aren't effective unless they are trained to work together, and share their knowledge.

Meanwhile, back in the business, we often find that sharing of knowledge can border on career suicide, because we reward the wrong behaviours.  Whilst this may sound like an unbreakable deadlock, the tide is turning as we move away from standardised work and rely on creativity and innovation.  You can't automate these things, only encourage them through a culture of openness and sharing.  Harold has been a great advocate of these approaches, especially through his 'Seek-Sense-Share' model in the building of online communities, an area that I have been exploring in depth lately.

Some of the problems with organisational learning, and our education system in general, stem from our acceptance of the printed word and the linear thinking that it instils in us.  This tends to reinforce a hierarchical organisation, that we need to combat by encouraging real learning skills within our organisation, such as Personal Knowledge Management.

I'm becoming ever more keen on this approach, although I have encountered some of the problems associated with working across silos, and resistance to different ways of learning.  Seeing Harold's talk has given me some fresh enthusiasm for keeping up the battle!

See also: Learning & Skills Conference 2013 curated backchannel resources.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Backchannel resources from Learning & Skills Group Conference 2013

I've been scouring the Twitter backchannel for interesting resources that were shared before, during and after the Learning & Skills Group Conference, and here is the list that I have after one month:

General reflections and resources

Keynote: Work, learning and living in the future (Gerd Leonhard)

Track 1

Session 1: Open learning - opportunity or threat? (Steve Wheeler)

Session 2: The Tin Can API: Connecting the dots with data (Megan Bowe)

Session 3: Moving to social learning (Harold Jarche)

Track 2

Session 1: Ensuring true interaction in live online learning (Phil Green)

Session 2: Using Open Badges for accreditation (Doug Belshaw)
*** Still searching ***

Session 3: The learning design challenge (Julie Wedgewood)
Track 3

Session 1: The seven habits of highly aligned L&D teams (Laura Overton)

Session 2: Big Data - a guide for those without a love of statistics (Nigel Paine)

Session 3: Mobile devices, learning and the mind (Terence Eden)

*** Still searching ***

Track 4

Session 1: Learning resources: how long is long enough? (Stephanie Dedhar)

Session 2: Lessons from the virtual playing field (Ben Betts)

Session 3: The Tin Can API workshop - putting the Experience API to work (Megan Bowe)

*** Still searching ***

Slideshares from Learning Technologies Summer Forum

Stephen Walsh, 'From ADDIE Men to Mad Men'
Charles Gould 'Diary of a Next Generation Learner'