Pick of the month: October 2012

Today I am in Toronto, Canada where I am speaking at the CSTD conference tomorrow.  So this roundup of my favourite articles from last month is shorter than usual – just the links, no commentary, but the quotes should give you a taste of why I enjoyed the articles.

1 – Defining social learning – Marcia Conner, 4 October 2012

“Instead let me list 10 Things Said About Social Learning … that you shouldn’t fall for.

1. Social learning is new.
2. Social learning requires digital tools.
3. Social learning needs social learning policies.
4. There’s not data to support social learning, and no way to show ROI.
5. It’s always informal (or never informal).
6. A vendor can sell you social learning.
7. Social learning only works for white-collar workers.
8. L&D needs to initiate a social learning program before the organization learns socially.
9. For social learning to provide value you need a new LMS. Or an upgrade. Or an LMS at all.
10. Social learning doesn’t effect you.”

2 – Can Learnist hold the key to enterprise learning – Paul, 5 October 2012

“Imagine signing up for your corporate Learnist account.  You select which business group you work for, your role, your location, and maybe a few of your interests, if your company is cool enough that it wants to expand Learnist’s function beyond just fulfilling bureaucratic objectives.  You login to your Learnist home page, and instantly you have several recommended lessons served up to you depending on the preferences you typed in at sign-up.  Some of the lessons were created by a training firm your company hired to help you adopt a new ERP system, some of them are from your boss regarding some new business policies, a couple articles from your colleagues that were interested enough in a lesson that they wanted to expand on it, and a few from the wider world about films or music or whatever you indicated your interests are.”

3 – Everything you know will eventually be wrong – Daniel Engber, Truth Decay, 5 October 2012

“It’s an irony of modern life that the exponential spread of information has given rise to another exponential spread, of books about the exponential spread of information. We’ve got more facts than we ever had before, and so we’ve got more ruminations on how those facts affect us. Does Google make us stupid, or has it given us a deeper knowledge? Is there now so much to read and learn that we’ll never master anything (a concern that dates back at least 800 years)? Are all these facts disposable, such that what we learn today will be obsolete tomorrow?”

4 – How a SoMe Evangelist Became a SoMe Realist – Social media strategery, 15 October 2012

“When I first started using social media professionally back in 2006, it was because I recognized that these new tools could fundamentally change the way organizations communicated and collaborated. Back then, using social media in the government was like being among the first cavemen to discover fire. I was part of a small group of people who recognized this and committed to using this newfound knowledge to help the government become more efficient, more open, more transparent, and more collaborative. It was not only fun, it was incredibly rewarding as well. We were helping change the way government worked. We were effecting change that people said wasn’t possible. We just happened to be using social media to do that.”

5 – Discovery learning is the new higher learning – Don Tapscott, Globe and Mail, 15 October 2012

Of course, a student still needs a knowledge base. One can’t Google one’s way through life. But what counts more is a person’s capacity for lifelong learning, to think, research, find information, analyze, synthesize, contextualize and critically evaluate; to apply research to solving problems; to collaborate and communicate. This is particularly important for students and employers competing in a global economy. Workers and managers must learn, adapt and perform like never before.

6 – If everyone’s here, we’ll start – Andrew Jacobs

Before this post starts, I think it’s a good idea that we agree the ground rules for today’s post.  Firstly, what’s said on the blog stays on the blog.  This, of course, limits your chances of talking to each other about specifics after the event but it protects me from information being shared outside the blog which I can’t control.  It is important I control the push of information to evaluate any increase in performance as a result of the training.

7 – What’s working and what’s not in training – Harold Jarche

8 – Learning at the speed of links and conversations – Jon Husband, elearn magazine, October 2012

“In this context and set of conditions it’s critical that we learn continuously and effectively in order to adapt, and become more flexible and develop resiliency for a world of perpetual turbulence. As an analogy, think of a fast-flowing river with a lot of whitewater rapids. We now inhabit a world of permanent whitewater (for more on this, see Peter Vaill’s Learning As A Way of Being: Strategies For Survival in a World of Permanent Whitewater).”

9 – Get ready for the coming employment roller coaster – Mark Thiele, GigaOm, 26 October 2012

“One job for life hasn’t been true for a while, but in the tech space even expecting to have one skill-set for life may be asking too much. Jobs may last less than a decade before becoming obsolete. So how do we cope?”

 10 – What’s the future of learning in a networked society? Watch Ericsson’s latest short film to find out – TheNextWeb