The best of April 2015

spring-flowers-709602_640Here is my selection of the must-read posts from April 2015. I have chosen these resources from over 50 I shared on Twitter last month – and I have included a short quote to give you a taster of why I chose each one.

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1 – What’s the point? Euan Semple, 1 April 2015

“Keeping your head down used to feel safe. Nowadays if you’re not seen to be adding value, seen to know what you know and be willing to share that, then what’s the point in keeping you?”

2 – Don’t follow leaders. follow tweeters! Twitter as CPD, Donald Clark, Plan B, 6 April 2015

State-of-the-art stuff

As an almost realtime feed, you start to feel as if you have your finger on the scrolling pulse. A Twitter feed provides a steady flow of contemporary and relevant tips, information and links. You’re monitoring conferences as they happen, expert opinion, new research and the on-going thoughts of colleagues and experts you follow. It’s the excitement of being not on the wave but the leading edge of the wave that makes it feel so current.

3 – Learning and Unlearning, Josh Linkner, Inc, 7 April 2015

“In many organizations, people love to share best practices. By definition, these are tools and techniques that yielded a strong result in the past. But to assume they have the same staying power as a Newtonian law can lead to crushing setbacks. Instead of sharing best practices, it’s time to consider next practices. Learn from the past, but also have the courage to unlearn in order to keep up with our rapidly changing world.”

4 – Several Short Sentences About Learning, Dave Pollard, How to save the world, 8 April 2015

“Our minds resist new ideas, and we’ll often think “I already knew that” when in fact we didn’t. Roger Schank: “Because people understand by finding in their memories the closest possible match to what they are hearing and use that match as the basis of comprehension, any new idea will be treated as a variant of something the listener has already thought of or heard. Agreement with a new idea means a listener has already had a similar thought and well appreciates that the speaker has recognized his idea. Disagreement means the opposite. Really new ideas are incomprehensible. The good news is that for some people, failure to comprehend is the beginning of understanding. For most, of course, it is the beginning of dismissal.” This is a major challenge to new learning.”

5 – The ‘University Of Everywhere’ Isn’t For Everyone: The Future Of Learning Will Be A Big Tent, Andrew Kelly, Forbes, 8 April 2015

“The point is: all of these ideas are part of the future of learning. Because the set of prospective students is large and diverse, that future must be a “big tent” containing a variety of new ideas, not just online learning. Some of the tools (i.e., MOOCs) will be low-touch, low-cost affairs with little interpersonal contact. Others will feature short, intense doses of direct instruction and mentorship and cost significant amounts of money. In short, entrepreneurs will produce different products because learners have different preferences.”

6 – Learning Is Something You Choose, Catherine Gobron, Huffington Post, 20 April 2015

“We spend vast amounts of energy trying to make sure students are learning the things we adults have deemed important, and sometimes they do learn, and sometimes they don’t. There are a lot of variables, but the chief difference is not in the amount of energy expended by the adults, but in the choice made by the student.”

7 – The Millennial Generation is Defining the Web Experience, Gerry McGoverm CMS Wire, 27 April 2015

“Millennials are not a generation. Millennials are an attitude.”

8 – Is Learning Increasingly Self-Directed in the Digital Era? Suren Ramasubbu, Huffington Post, 28 April 2015

“Online learning opportunities, pedagogical shifts and easy accessibility of Internet through multiple devices offer attractive opportunities for learners to assume greater responsibility and initiative in their own learning. In fact, it may not be hyperbole to state that self-directed learning is now a mandatory skill rather than optional in order to impart both work readiness and the development of global citizenry (diversified, culturally sensitive and fully contributing social citizens) among the growing generation of digital natives.”

9 – Let’s face it, compliance is not the same as learning, Clive Shepherd, 29 April 2015

Why compliance is killing e-learning

E-learning producers are in a difficult position, because a great deal of their work comes in the form of compliance training (according to Charles Jennings, 80% of all e-learning produced in Australia is to meet compliance needs). But in the long run they must surely feel the effects of a poor user experience:

1 – Employees hate doing compliance training
2 – As a result, trainers hate training it
3 – The answer, then, is to use e-learning instead
4 – With the result that now learners hate e-learning

Sorting out this problem may, in the end, determine whether formal, self-study e-learning, at least in a corporate context, continues to exist.”

10 – Challenge your assumptions about learners, Annemarie Neal, Daniel Sonsino, ATD, 29 April 2015

Our current learning approach is outdated. Now is the time to reinvent it. The global business environment is changing rapidly. Access to sophisti­cated, social, digital technologies is increasing, and the digital generation’s expectations of how, when, where, and why work gets done are shifting. The learner needs to be at the center of our reinvention.

Here is a reminder of my own posts from April 2015

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  3. John Laskaris @ Talent LMS

    Thanks for these excerpts. I’m really encouraged to read them all, especially nr 5 since e-learning is the topic I’m constantly exploring.

    Looking forward to see such a selection from May.

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