Archive for March 2008

Elliott and Cushing Anderson recently floated an email about 12 things they wanted to see in a learning system. The first was focus on the learner.  What I want to see is a convergence between the way I learn, the way I work collaboratively with others – in other words, I want my online environment to map to my physical one.

I learn in three ways, and I want my learning system to support all of them. Sometimes I learn by being taught; sometimes I learn by going out and finding information I need; and sometimes I learn by asking a colleague. Probably only 5% of my learning is from being taught and unfortunately, that’s the only piece that most learning systems excel at.

Moreover, I don’t distinguish learning from a couple other things I do in my job. I produce knowledge – intellectual property – for my organization, and I produce deliverables for our customers. Most often I do both of these in collaboration with others.
I want my online environment to support all these things, because in my job, they are all connected: work, learning, collaboration, and knowledge sharing.

We may as well call what I want a “learning system” because no one else is looking at providing this – but truly what I want is for this system to recognize and support the fundamental convergence of learning with the rest of my life.
And launching eLearning modules or scheduling me for classes is the least part of it. 

Elliott and Cushing Anderson recently floated an email about 12 things they wanted to see in a learning system. The first was focus on the learner.  What I want to see is a convergence between the way I learn, the way I work collaboratively with others – in other words, I want my online environment to map to my physical one.

I learn in three ways, and I want my learning system to support all of them. Sometimes I learn by being taught; sometimes I learn by going out and finding information I need; and sometimes I learn by asking a colleague. Probably only 5% of my learning is from being taught and unfortunately, that’s the only piece that most learning systems excel at.

Moreover, I don’t distinguish learning from a couple other things I do in my job. I produce knowledge – intellectual property – for my organization, and I produce deliverables for our customers. Most often I do both of these in collaboration with others.
I want my online environment to support all these things, because in my job, they are all connected: work, learning, collaboration, and knowledge sharing.

We may as well call what I want a “learning system” because no one else is looking at providing this – but truly what I want is for this system to recognize and support the fundamental convergence of learning with the rest of my life.
And launching eLearning modules or scheduling me for classes is the least part of it.

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tinker_toyI have to admit, I have a varied and checkered educational and vocational pedigree. I began my career as an aerospace engineering major, which has in some respects come in handy, in that I can, in fact definitively say something is not rocket science.

Rocket science itself however, is in fact a difficult and trying subject that quickly steered me into another direction , which led to another, and another, and another, until I have found myself here at Q2Learning where I get to do a little bit of everything, which actually suits me just fine.

At Q2, we spend a lot of time thinking and talking about what motivates people – both to participate in communities, and to learn. After some reflection, it’s pretty clear that what motivates me is that I like to learn about other people’s stuff – whenever I work with a client, their content seems bright and shiny, just the sort of thing interests me. (This is true of pretty much every client’s content, regardless of the subject matter).

So, the opportunity to design learning plans around someone else’s information? Heaven! I get to tear it apart, break it down, chunk it out, and put it back together again for another learner  – sort of like playing with mental tinker toys. And when the structure is built and people are using it, I get to move on and pick up another set of ideas, principles and best practices – what could be better for someone who likes to go from learning one thing to the next? And that’s what I like about working in a learning field.

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