The focus of my August Pick of the Posts is social learning, and these posts all include some great graphics too.
In It’s Not About “Doing” Social Jane Bozarth (2 August) shows how Pokemon Go gets it right.
“Here’s the thing: People talk about their work all the time. And they’ll find someone to talk to about it. They’ll talk about problems. They’ll talk about solutions. They’ll gripe. Some product experts will emerge. Some will give up and never learn to use the product. They’ll give out wrong information. They’ll help each other out. Maybe it won’t be on the scale of Pokémon Go—few things ever will be—but this is what “social learning” is. Conversation happens. Communities emerge. People self-manage. The game company didn’t provide any social features—you can’t chat or “follow” others, for instance—but people found ways to be social nonetheless.
.. It’s not about forcing people to participate and trying to control every bit of conversation. It’s about listening, and finding out how they participate, and what they talk about, and how they prefer to talk about it (screenshots? text comments? audio clips?), and then figuring out how to best support them.”
In other words, social learning is voluntary, collaboration platforms are enablers, as Alexandra Lepercq (23 August) shows in this graphic.
— Alexandra Lepercq (@Espenel) August 23, 2016
In New roles for L&D: the reality of 70:20:10 Charles Jennings (29 July) explains …
“The ways experiential, social, and structured learning come together to build high performance will vary not only between industries and organisations, but also between job roles, specific task contexts, levels of initial expertise and probably another dozen or so factors. In other words, your own ‘70:20:10’ in any situation is unlikely to be identical to anyone else’s.”
In Implementing networked learning, Harold Jarche (10 August) makes it clear …
“In the network era, developing the skills of a master artisan in every field of work will be critical for success. While getting work done collaboratively will continue to be of importance in all organizations, it will not be enough. New ideas will have to come from our professional networks in order to keep pace with innovation and change in our fields. More importantly, a safe place is needed to connect these new ideas to the work to be done. Communities of practice will continue to grow as knowledge artisans need to integrate their work and learning in a trusted space. As the gig economy dominates, communities of practice can bring some stability to our professional development. These are owned by the practitioners themselves, not an association and not an organization. You know you are in a real community of practice when it changes your practice.
Finally, in Leading and Learning: How to Feed a Community Tanmay Vora (22 August) offers us this graphic.
Here’s a summary of my own blog posts in August 2016
- Radically rethinking the role of L&D (1 August)
- Empowering Employee-Led Learning (8 August)
- Modern Professional Learning (MPL) meets Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) (14 August)
- The MWL Challenge (21 August)
- The rise of the MWL intrapreneur (24 August)
- What it means to transform workplace learning (28 August)