These are the links to articles and posts I shared in my tweets during November 2013, listed in reverse chronological order. If you haven’t got time to read them all, then take a look at the 12 I’ve highlighted. You can read the post here.
I used the following slideset at the WCET Annual Meeting in Denver Colorado to discuss the results of my Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 list and the technology trends in 10 categories. The Practical Guide to the Top 100 Tools 2013 is available here.
PublishTeams have been collaborating for years, but with new social technologies this has become a powerful new concept, as it allows individuals to share their knowledge and experiences with one another on a continuous basis so that the team, community or group can work and learn together. But working and learning together effectively requires a new set of social and collaboration skills. This workshop focuses on some of the practical ways that teams can share their knowledge and collaborate with one another.
Suitable for anyone who wants to find out more about effective collaborative working and learning as a team.
The 4 week online workshop covers the following topics
Learning to share; sharing to learn : psychology of sharing; the why, what and how of sharing
Sharing your work : working out loud; narrating your work
Collaborative working : small group collaboration; solving problems together
Collaborative knowledge building : mass collaboration; building a collaborative knowledge base
How the workshop runs
Please note this workshop does not use a traditional course format.Here are the key elements of how it will run:
The workshop provides a semi-structured approach that’s necessary to kickstart the informal, social learning that will be needed to become proficient – so is designed to give just enough structure, without constraining personal and social learning.
At the beginning of each workshop week I will provide some introductory web readings as well a practical (individual and/or group) activity to get you thinking, doing and talking about the week’s topic. I curate what I think are the essential resources on the topic and also provide additional links and resources for those who are interested to stimulate the discussion. Participants can undertake these readings and activities whenever it is convenient for them. The total time commitment should be about 3 hours per week, though there is the potential to do more, should they so desire.
The workshop is hosted within our Yammer network which enables us to have a continuous flow of conversation around the workshop topic so that people can continuously learn from one other. Without these conversations, we would not be able to help in an informed way. For those attending, the more they participate and contribute, the more they will get out of the workshop.
Participants will have access to the workshop materials and conversations for 90 days after the end of the workshop. Re-use of materials within participants’ organisations can be negotiated.
The next public workshop runs 25 November - 20 December 2013. Workshop fees are designed to favour early subscribers, with the first 10 participants at £79 (a few places still available), and further participants at £99. Sign up below. You can use your credit card or PayPal account.
I’m very pleased to announce the publication of this new book edited by Rob Hubbard, which includes a chapter I have written on informal and social learning. Here’s a description of the book published by Wiley. Find out more here.
Last week I wrote a post about Connected Learning and how it offers a semi-directed, semi-structured approach to workplace learning that fits between the directed, structured knowledge sharing (aka training or e-learning) which has been the way that L&D has traditionally operated, and the unstructured, self-directed knowledge sharing that happens in work teams and groups in the flow of work.
But in the age of the Social Web and now the Social Business this is only a part of the bigger picture of how we learn at work, and which is offering new opportunities to forward-thinking L&D professionals (and departments) who want to break free from a mindset that only focuses on designing, delivering and managing learning.