My 2011 Reading List
Lots of interesting articles and blog postings appeared last month – but here are are few I’ve marked as must-reads.
“Trust makes networks work. When trust is high among members of a network, there’s a wonderful cohesiveness and capacity to get work done. When trust is low and relationships are plagued by suspicion, networks collapse into brittle organizational structures that rarely offset their operational costs in real world outcomes.”
“Culture is the hardest element of success, because it’s 1) hard to define, 2) takes a long time to change, and 3) there are serious disincentives to changing it. With any kind of internal social networking, you are effectively changing behavior from everyone working inside a silo to a more open, transparent and collaborative environment. And as we all know, every time you attempt to change behavior, you run into resistance. The better you can anticipate resistance and channel it into positive energy, the higher the chances of success.”
“today’s work environment doesn’t tolerate learners stepping out of their workflow to learn unless it is absolutely vital to do so. And the actual nature of 21st century learners is resistant to learning options that are delayed and removed from the here and now. They are self-directed, adaptive, and collaborative in their approach to learning. These kinds of learners will ultimately abandon outright our formal learning solutions if what we provide them fails to efficiently prepare them to effectively perform at their moments of “Apply.” Why? Because when facing a traditional course that fails to do this, today’s learners are predisposed to simply walk away and look elsewhere for the shortest path to successful performance.”
I’ve also updated my State of Learning in the Workplace Today article to include links to some of these new postings
Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011
As I write this posting, there have now been 125 contributions to this year’s Top 100 Tools for Learning list. Although the usual suspects head this list, there are some new names on it again this year! You can also contribute to the list by sharing your Top 10 Tools here.
I recently set up Social.Media.Coaches – as a sister site of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT) website – to address the growing demand for support in the use of social media in the workplace – whether it be for learning, working or marketing.
Please take a look at the Social-Media-Coaches.com website to find out more. You can keep up to date with our activities through email, RSS, our Twitter account and/or Facebook page - you’ll find all the relevant links on the right-hand side.
Barry Sampson told me about this elearning news aggregator that he put together when revamping the e-Learning Network's website.
If you don't want to subscribe to individual feeds, it provides an aggregated feed you can subscribe to (in fact Barry says he's replaced all his individual eLearning related subscriptions with the feed from the site). He therefore sees this as a key starting point; it's an aggregated feed of content that he hopes will appeal to people who don't subscribe to individual blogs.
Barry also wants the content to be crowd sourced; and encourages anyone to submit feeds that they think will be of interest to the eLearning community.
Whilst they currently do nothing, Barry believes the Channel feature has great potential for the future. Rather than manually selecting certain feeds, the site can dynamically create channels based on key words. He will start creating these once he sees the kinds of thing people search for. Again, if people want to make suggestions on search terms for the channels, be is very keen to receive them.
I've already subscribed to the aggregated feed. Want to take a look? - go here
Dr Joy Salmon wrote to tell me about an article in Fast Company that describes how Stanford’s d.school is creating a collaborative physical space to enhance creativity/learning.
Joy thought "the ideas for creating these physical spaces could apply to those moving toward creating collaborative e-spaces/culture". I think she's right too. The ideas in the article are worth following up.
Here's the link to the article: 11 ways you can make your space as collaborative as the Stanford d.school.
Thanks Joy, for telling me about it
This is the 6th year of the edublog awards and this year there are 19 categories. Hundreds of sites were nominated over the last few weeks and these have now been whittled down to a shortlist in each category.
Very many thanks to all those who nominated me and my blogs; I am very pleased to appear in the shortlists of the following three categories. (In fact, BOTH Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day and Social Media in Learning have been nominated for Best Individual Blog!)
You can view all the shortlisted nominated sites in one easy list here - a great place to find out about new blogs and other resources - and of course links to the polls where you can vote. Voting closes Wednesday 16 December.
Good luck to all the nominees!
The Mozilla Foundation invites you to help turn the open Web into a rich learning environment and explore new possibilities for learning online as part of the Jetpack for Learning Design Challenge.
For this Design Challenge they are looking for innovative Firefox add-ons that turn the open Web into a rich learning environment.
Here is this week's round-up of my blog postings and Delcious bookmarks:
Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day
Social Media in Learning blog
All things Elgg blog
Delicious bookmarks (these will open in a new window)
I shall be closing for contributions on November 15th in order to finalise the list, so there are only a few weeks left to share your list - or even update it - if you have already done so.
There are a number of different ways you can contribute:
Here is a round-up of this week's blog posts and bookmarks - all in one place.
Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day:
Social Media In Learning blog:
All things Elgg blog
My delicious bookmarks this week - note these links will all open in a new window
All the above links were automatically fed to my Twitter account: @c4lpt - so if you want to receive new links as they happen, follow me on Twitter
Most bookmarked items have been posted on the relevant page of the C4LPT Library