8 must-read posts from September 2015

september-706937_640Here are links to some of the posts and articles I shared on my Twitter account @C4LPT this month – with some quotes from each.

1 – At the beginning of the month Jacob Morgan interviewed the CEO Of Skillshare, who says Want To Learn Something? Teach Yourself (Forbes, 1 September). Jacob explains ..

“Michael and I look at why the future of work is all about teaching yourself and not relying on educational institutions or organizations to teach us the skills, information and knowledge that we might need to be successful both professionally and personally.”

2 – Tom Vander Ark shared 6 Ways to Boost Your Professional Learning (Huffington Post, 4 September) explaining ..

“Social media, professional learning communities, and collaborative authoring environments have expanded learning opportunities. Developing productive personal learning habits can accelerate your career and extend your impact.”

3 – MOOCs have been touted as the new educational future, but in Who’s Benefiting from MOOCs, and Why (HBR< 22 September), three researchers ask

“Are MOOCs merely an intellectual diversion for the well educated and well-off? Do they provide any tangible benefits? ….

Our latest research demonstrates that among learners who complete courses, MOOCs do have a real impact: 72% of survey respondents reported career benefits and 61% reported educational benefits.”

4 – But will free online education continue? Edutech has a monetization problem (FastCompany, 22 September)

“The Internet is full of learning materials, and no one really knows how to make sense of them. Materials found by self-learners online can vary wildly in quality, and companies like Coursera, Knewton, and Skillshare promise users they can provide quality content in exchange for money. But much like music or television shows, no one wants to pay for education on the Internet. Unfortunately, running an edutech company means paying for employees, servers, cloud storage, teachers, and all other sorts of expenses. It’s convincing users to pay for education that’s a hard part, and may the best business plan win.”

5 – So is face to face training the answer to professional development? The Secret Tearcher, however, says Don’t waste my time with torturous training days (The Guardian, 12 September)

“These days, I see far more best practice being shared on social media than I do in dedicated professional development time. This is a sorry indicator that many inset agendas are woefully outdated and lacking the excitement that is created when teachers have the opportunity to discuss teaching.”

6 – Dean Shareski makes the following point strongly in Make it stop (Huffington Post, 16 September)

“.. we have to understand that technology changes the way we learn. Going back to Seymour Papert, smart people have seen how computers afford new learning opportunities. In the past decade, most everyone with access has experienced what it’s like to learn from anyone, anywhere at any time. In everyday life, this is no longer an event to behold but the way we learn. Any policy maker or leader who doesn’t understand and live this needs to find other employment.”

7 – In Corporate Learning In A Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambigous World (Forbes, 22 September) Rawn Shah points out that it requires 8 critical capabilities (shown in the following embedded  infographic).

8 – The role of L&D is different too too. Taruna Goel describes her changing role in Dependence to Interdependence: The Changing Role of Learning Consultants (31 August).

“In the act of consulting and designing learning experiences, I want to encourage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and guide them as they find the solutions to their performance problems. In this environment, I see my role as a facilitator of the process of learning and not necessarily the provider of information or knowledge. I see myself as the seed for learning conversations through which I can enable my learners to connect with other learners, their peers, and experts in their personal learning network. In that sense, I am a node in the learning path; and hopefully a critical one. I see myself as the one that connects learners and creates opportunities for interaction and engagement.”

Finally, here is a re-cap of my own posts in September 2015

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