Posts Categorized: NetworkedLearning

PKM and MOOC

Workplace training and education too often resemble modern playgrounds: safe, repeatable, easily constructed from component parts, requiring that the child bring little of their own to the experience – Johnnie Moore When adults design for children they have a tendency to dumb things down. Perhaps the notion that there is no such thing as writing… Read more »

Some fundamental changes

But neither the flat organization nor empowered employees have been fully realized. The reason is that most of us have been working over the years to solve problems by creating new and improved companies, rather than by equipping individuals with their own empowering tools. What we still need are tools that make individuals both independent… Read more »

Leveraging visualization

Stowe Boyd and I had an email conversation a few weeks ago, which is now posted on his Socialogy site: [Stowe] The thesis of Socialogy is that scientific findings about sociality, social networks, and human cognition are only slowly becoming part of management thinking, and as a result, much of what goes on as established… Read more »

Learning is the work week

It’s Learn @ Work week in Canada. A related article in the HuffPo states that, “Simply put, a culture of learning is nothing more than workplace leaders providing opportunities for learning in a supportive environment.” Is that really it? For me, it’s never “Learn @ Work” week. It’s always, “Learning is the Work” week. Thinking… Read more »

Networked Professional Development

It can sometimes be difficult to see oneself as a node in multiple networks, as opposed to a more conventional position within an organizational hierarchy. We have become used to titles, job descriptions, and other institutional trappings. But network thinking can fundamentally change our view of hierarchical relationships. For example, I once used value network… Read more »

Building institutional memory, one story at a time

Institutional memory, which I wrote about recently, is a mixture of explicit and implicit knowledge sharing. It can be as explicit as Harvard Business School’s Institutional Memory site, or as implicit as the feeling one gets from a well-known local legend. A lot depends on what the organization wants to preserve. Is it how-to knowledge,… Read more »

The Storytelling Animal

In The Storytelling Animal, Jonathan Gottschall tells us how stories make us human. The book looks at gender differences in weaving our own stories, the cultural significance of stories, and some of the science and pseudo-science on story, narration and memory. It boils down to a simple formula, says Gottschall. Story = Character + Predicament… Read more »

Institutional Memory

Roger Schank has several interesting articles posted on his site in the Corporate Memory section, which I decided to dive into recently. In The Future of Knowledge Management, he says that the main problem with KM systems is that they do not copy how real people think and that unlike a person, a “KM system… Read more »

The network is the solution

Our future needs to be focused on learning, not instruction. The key to a flourishing civilization in the network era is sense-making. We have to move from what David Warlick describes as individualized instruction to personalized learning. In the latter, “Literacy becomes a wide range of evolving information skills developed around the activities of learning… Read more »