2012: That was the year that was

In the first of two reviews of 2012, here are the 10 most popular posts on my own blog this year – based on viewing stats, tweets and FB likes. Shown in order of popularity, with the most popular first.

1 – The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 list is revealed

On 1 October 2012 I revealed the results of the 6th Annual Survey of Tools for Learning – the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 – and provided a brief analysis of the results

2 – 10 things to remember about social learning (and the use of social media for learning)

In March 2012 I participated  in the #lscon chat, where there was some discussion about social learning, so I tweeted a few of my own thoughts and repeated them here in this post

3 – Only 14% think that company training is an essential way for them to learn in the workplace

That was one of the findings of  a survey I ran in April 2012 on how people learn best in the workplace. In this blog post, I shared the data from my survey, some of my thoughts about the results, and the importance of undertaking your own survey.

4 – A new framework for supporting learning and performance in the social workplace

In this post in March 2012 I proposed my Workplace Development Services (WDS) framework to help organisations understand the range of new services and activities that will be required that are focused on supporting continuous performance improvement and learning in the workflow as people do their jobs.

5 – The future belongs to those who take charge of their own learning

In October 2012 I posted about the importance of being proactive about your own professional development and acquiring new knowledge and skills on your own, since despite the training you have received in your job, you may well find you have fewer marketable skills than when you started.

6 – The role of the Enterprise Learning Community Manager #elcm

In July 2012 I talked about the role of the Enterprise Learning Community Manager – someone who encourages social connections and fosters a sense of belonging to an enterprise community of learner, for the purpose of supporting and improving performance in the workplace.

7 – Collaboration and community skills are the new workplace skills

In February 2012 I posted about the new social and collaboration skills that workers will require in the workplace, and how we can help them acquire them – not by training people to be social, but by modelling these new behaviours.

8 – Emerging new roles for learning and performance professionals

In November 2012 I talked about some of the new roles that that will be required to support individuals and teams as they organize and manage their own learning and performance needs.

9 – The differences between learning in an e-business and learning in a social business

In August 2012 I wrote a long post that included a chart where I summarised some of the fundamental differences in thinking and practice between “learning in an e-business” and “learning in a social business” – and how it can be supported.

10 – The key to informal learning is autonomy

In this post in April 2012 I explained that, for me, the key to informal learning is where the locus of control lies.. With informal learning, it is you, the individual, who are in control.


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