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Free eBook on Learning Strategies
Ellen Behrens aLearning Blog 2011/09/08

This post is worth a read just for the summary of Elliott Masie's "fundamental principles that hold in strategy after strategy in public and private sector organizations all over the world":
- strategy requires a complex process of deep thinking about the role of learning
- strategy develops the learning culture within the organization
- It is oriented toward action and requires visible outcomes
- Your learning strategy must be unique to your organization
- A learning strategy is about innovation
The post also contains some solid discussion from a half dozen learning leaders in corporate and government environments, and an extraction of some common threads woven through the case studies. Oh, and if you want, you can also read the Masie ebook. Today: Total:716 [Comment] [Direct Link]

You Ready to MOOC?
Ellen Behrens aLearning Blog 2011/08/19

Ellen Behrens, who is out to empower subversive implementation, offers this overview of MOOCs and how they apply to associations and non-profits with two concrete suggestions:
- Offer your own. Amass a greater body of resources around a topic than you currently have. Involve your members and attract non-members. See the power in numbers, the value in “more heads are better than one.”
- Make your resources available to MOOCs by others. Instead of fighting a MOOC on “your” topic, join the MOOC and offer up your own links, white papers, articles, blog posts, and comments. If you can’t fight ‘em, join ‘em!
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Deciding Not to Learn at Conferences?
Ellen Behrens aLearning Blog 2010/09/28

I've been to a lot of conferences and so I guess I have some interest in the subject of learning at conferences. Ellen Behrens takes on the statement from Associations Now that "The preferred education format is in person, led by an instructor or presenter but not at a conference, tradeshow, or convention." How ironic to see such a statement beside two advertisements for conferences, she writes. But of course, from my experience, people go to conferences, not so much to learn, but to expose themselves to new ideas, new experiences and new people.

P.S. Behrens also trots out the now-standard "learning styles is a myth" statement. To whch I observe, yet again, that (a) a person who is blind will learn differently than a person who is not blind, and (b) a person who is illiterate will learn differently from a person who is not illiterate, and (c) educators ignore these differences - and others like them - at their peril. The fluffy descriptions of learning styles found in the literature may not satisfy - and there's tons of cheap points to be made criticizing multiple intelligences - but people learn differently in important ways. Today: Total:862 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Can You Learn from a Recording?
Ellen Behrens aLearning Blog

If you can learn from recordings, why offer live webinars at all? Why not just go straight to recordings? Ellen Behrens offers a few reasons. "Sometimes the power of a live Webinar comes from the impact it can have on a group," she writes. "Sometimes a presenter's expertise draws an individual to register." In other words, by staging a live event, you sometimes get better recordings. Today: Total:692 [Comment] [Direct Link]

More Than One LMS Option
Ellen Behrens aLearning Blog

There's more than one LMS option, writes Ellen Behrens, with different systems for different tasks. "Yes, an LMS is a learning management system. But some learning we offer online is instructor led, and some isn't. Some of us offer Webinars, some don't. A few of us make asynchronous, stand-alone courses available, others don't. LMSes have come through a long series of revisions over the years. Iterations have included training systems designed primarily for classroom use to those designed to launch only asynchronous, stand-alone courses." I would like to have seen at least some discussion of open source alternatives. Today: Total:654 [Comment] [Direct Link]

14 Things We Can Learn from the BEST
Ellen Behrens aLearning Blog

I am glad Ellen Behrens finished her series on 'learning from the best' because I don't want to wait any longer to pass these along. Here they are: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four. The premise is that we can learn from the award winners - in this caase the ASTD Awards. The presumption, of course, is that those who won the awards are in fact the best, which (if the history of awards in general is any guide) is unlikely. Still, she draws out some useful lessons, such as "making elearning content as modular and nugget-sized as possible," and "successful organizations integrate learning within all functions." Today: Total:1098 [Comment] [Direct Link]

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