Informal Learning



Jay CrossJay Cross, Informal LearningInformal Learning,

So. Edupunk is one of the The Buzzwords of 2008 in The New York Times. Nice to see the world is, um, watching. Today: Total:110 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Learning for the 21st Century
Jay CrossJay Cross, Informal LearningInformal Learning,

Jay Cross is reading the writing on the walls (and we saw a fair bit of that in Aachen). I endorse what he is saying here, but I would add that we have to include the grittier subtext of the same message: that we must reform our (global) system politically, economically and ethically - from a system that rewards dishonesty, exploitation and outright theft, to a system that values individuals and that responds to challenges by empowering people, not discarding them. That's the subject of today's newsletter (sent from a hotel room in Toronto, the result of an airline that has laid off most of its productive staff, and now is completely incapable of dealing with stress, or of meeting anything remotely resembling customer demand). Today: Total:61 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Another Life Unexpurgated
Jay CrossJay Cross, Informal LearningInformal Learning,

Jay Cross offers quite a good overview of the use of virtual worlds in business (and especially business learning) applications. "The thoughtful application of VW technology," he writes, "will significantly enhance the experience and transfer of learning." How? Co-creation, social sandboxes, and enriched experience. He surveys a number of companies offering virtual world services, including Second Life, There, Multiverse, and Forterra, among others, and looks at some implementations, including IBM, Apple and the New Media Consortium. "It is premature to invest a ton of energy in VWs," he says, but "we encourage you to dip your toe in the virtual water." Today: Total:69 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Jay CrossJay Cross, Informal learningInformal Learning,

I guess the concept of the personal learning environment "began crossing the chasm into the mainstream" of the corporate e-learning community last week. there may be a land rush shortly, but for now the discussion has mostly been of the head-scratching and visioning variety. Citing some workshops with Harold Jarche and Judy Brown last year, Jay Cross suggests that the best starting point was what we were calling Personal Knowledge Management. meanwhile, Tony karrer responds to my concern that the corporate world is more interested in command and control. "There's some truth to that," he says, but we can agree that "we each needed to become better learners." Tony O'Dricscoll also comments.

Meanwhile, Scott Wilson (for some reason crediting George Siemens, though the same thing has been said repeatedly over the last 12 months) notes that the PLE is a concept, not an application (take a bow, Graham Attwell). Alan levine also hits that theme in a post Saturday. Today: Total:99 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Rapid eLearning Panel
Jay CrossJay Cross, Informal LearningInformal Learning,

I'd be curious to know what people made of our panel, which was a rollicking all-over-the-map free-for-all, but I'll make do with Jay Cross's assessemnt of the rapid e-learning panel. "While no one came out and said it, rapid eLearning can cut the instructional designer out of the process. One member of the audience cautioned against letting the rapid tools fall into the wrong hands." heh. We just came right out and told people to get into a different business. Today: Total:74 [Comment] [Direct Link]

eLearning Guild Annual Gathering 2007
Jay CrossJay Cross, Informal LearningInformal Learning,

I am in Boston where I'll be presenting at the E-Learning Guild conference tomorrow. I caught most of the keynote summarized by Jay Cross in this post and while it surveyed the trends evident in the participation culture it didn't, I think, capture the import. We are seeing today movements that are derivative of popular culture - people protesting WTO and governments, people mashing up commercial media, people gaming American Idol. But these are transition phenomena. Eventually (and sooner than you might thing) people will want to govern themselves, create their own media, select their own idols. What then? On this, I think, Jenkins was silent.

If you were unable to access the audio from yesterday, it is now accessible. Just another artifact of my use of a new Mac on this trip - who would have thought Fetch (its stupidly-named FTP client) would upload files with no access permissions? I can read email but for some reason the Mac won't let me send any. And I have discovered that the Mac simply does not work with my iRiver. Happily I brought the PC as a backup. But in unrelated news, I managed to shatter the iRiver's clear plastic faceplate. Ouch! Today: Total:72 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Inside Out
Jay CrossJay Cross, Informal LearningInformal Learning,

Jay Cross writes, "An educational institution asked [Teemu Arina] to draw up a one-pager on how to take advantage of informal learning. They were imagining the formal learning at the core, with informal learning glued around the periphery. Teemu gave them an informal-learning centric rendering instead." Great diagram, have a look (I would have put it in this post but Flickr is down for the count as I write). Today: Total:61 [Comment] [Direct Link]

All or Nothing
Jay CrossJay Cross, Informal LearningInformal Learning,

So anyhow, Jay Cross wrote this article a few days ago, offering a mixer analogy to highlight some of the ways informal learning differs from traditional learning. That prompted me to comment and, well, once I got going I didn't stop until I laid out a fairly comprehensive objection to the metaphor - and to the characterization of informal learning in general. Some people - like Mark Berthelemy - think that instead of the clarity and accuracy I am looking for, "Most managers, executives, whatever you want to call them, don't read academic arguments - they respond to marketing messages: simple, clear pictures that they can understand and relate to." If that's true then they deserve to have their business fail; I have no sympathy for someone who cannot be bothered to learn about the business they are supposedly managing. But in a post titled Politcally radical - perfectly natural Tom Haskins gets to the source of the disagreement. "The premise of formal learning is not learning, but control. Informal learning is not different enough to change the underlying premise of control." Today: Total:69 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Internet Culture and the Evolution of Learning
Jay CrossJay Cross, Informal LearningInformal Learning,

I signed the Cluetrain Manifesto when it first came out, because I thought it captured something worthwhile. But I have always resisted the definition of 'internet culture' as defined by the whole Whole Earth - Wired crowd. In my article The Digital Nation?, written in 1997, I called it what it is: a marketing ploy. "Should Heaven and Earth move, and we all reject the free-market system as fast as a flooded North Dakota farmer, we would still be digital citizens. Wouldn't we?" More from Tom Haskins. Today: Total:152 [Comment] [Direct Link]

More Signal, Less Noise
Jay CrossJay Cross, Informal LearningInformal Learning,

A nice write-up by Jay Cross of the current ADETA Newsletter (well worth a look) but with some nice irony. Cross writes about the A-List blogging set, "The A-list blogosphere is an immense echo chamber," and comments, "The training and development world sometimes suffers the same narrowmindedness." Well maybe. And I certainly agree with him when he says we should consult "non-traditional sources." But who is featured in the ADETA Newsletter? Jay Cross, George Siemens, Harold Jarche. Maybe these are non-traditional sources - but to me, they are at the heart of the education blogosphere. Or am I wrong here? Today: Total:64 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Cynefin and a Girl's Birthday
Jay CrossJay Cross, Informal LearningInformal Learning,

"Imagine organising a birthday party for a group of young children. Would you agree a set of learning objectives with their parents in advance of the party? Would those objectives be aligned with the mission statement for education in the society to which you belong?" It seems so obvious when you put it like that, and yet so many theorists insist that education (and learning) is something different. More from the Cynefin Centre - which really needs to create RSS feeds and to allow people to read articles without registering. Today: Total:169 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Power of Dialogue
Jay CrossJay Cross, Informal LearningInformal Learning,

Jay Cross offers a post that stirs a variety of emotions in me as he examines the nature of authentic dialogue. "One individual brought up an aspect of dialogue, vulnerability. She wondered if naked wouldn't be a better term. Another said it was about showing one's real self. The apt term for me was authenticity. In retrospect, maybe the hip term for the honesty present in our discussion is transparency. Whatever it was, the dialoguers got out of their element, were no longer 'on,' suspended their egos, and acted as other-empowered human beings." I know what a powerful experience this can be and it is the need for more of this sort of interaction that is motivating, in part, the new post-hiatus version of myself. Today: Total:70 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Push and Pull
Jay CrossJay Cross, Informal LearningInformal Learning,

Good article on the distinction between 'push' (which is what spammers, advertisers, and other assorted low-life do) and 'pull' (which is what I've advocated for some time). Not surprisingly, as this article makes clear, traditional learning is 'push' and new learning is 'pull'. Summary of a talk by John Hagel at eLearning Forum. Today: Total:72 [Comment] [Direct Link]


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