September 2011 Review

In September I added over 40 resources to my 2011 Reading List, but since I have already mentioned many of them in the four pieces I wrote for Training Zone where I curated articles on social learning (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4),  in this month’s review I …

3 simple tips for setting up online communities

On Wednesday I spoke at the World Of Learning 2011 conference in the session on Harnessing the potential of social learning.  My message was the same as usual (and you can see my presentation here) that social learning is not about forcing people to participate in online learning communities as part …

A bad case of “vendor Stockholm syndrome”!

I thought you might like to hear  this amusing little conversation I overheard at the conference I was speaking at yesterday. A couple of delegates were sitting in the cafe area discussing my presentation.  The first was clearly very excited about the new approach to workplace learning I had been …

2011 Social Media for Learning Report

Yesterday, the E-Learning Guild announced the release of this report, in which Jane Bozarth  analyzes eLearning Guild research on the latest trends in adoption and usage of social media for learning. “Weaving connections between data and individual interviews, Jane also discusses organizational challenges and concerns about social media, and offers …

Key social learning resources: Part 4

This article first appeared on TrainingZone on 25th September 2011 This is the fourth and final instalment of my weekly articles curating key social learning resources for TrainingZone’s social learning month. 1. This week we start with a posting by Mark Britz, Nature finds a way. In this article Mark …

Quiz: Have you got the New Workplace Learning mindset?

Following my recent posting, Social learning is not a new training trend, I’ve had a few comments from readers that suggest they were not able to see the difference between the two workplace learning approaches I described –  in particular the difference in the “mindset” involved. It seems to me …

Social learning in action at #elnil

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of chairing the eLearning network’s first regional event in Bristol.  The topic was Making the most of informal learning. During the morning and the first part of the afternoon, we listened to 4 speakers with interesting informal learning stories to tell – and there …

Introducing Share&Learn

I recently launched Share&Learn – a new collaboration platform where members can share links, resources, ideas, experiences, tips, etc about the use of learning and performance trends, technologies and tools, in order to learn from one another – both informally and formally.  Anyone can become a member! What makes Share&Learn different? …

The Social Learning Community

UPDATE: The Social Learning Community has now moved to the Social Learning Centre Yesterday I launched the Social Learning Community – a new Community of Practice intended for those interested in the use of social media to work and learn smarter.  This is a place where you can join discussions, ask …

3 Models of Formal Social Learning

Last week I posted a graphic that illustrated the Stages that I believed Workplace Learning was going through, and in particular how the use of social media was either being used to perpetuate the traditional approach to formal learning in the organisation (Stage 4) or helping to move organisations to …