Archive for March 2013

The news that there will be no more telecommuting at Yahoo again raises the question of what it takes to build a highly effective workforce.

I’m sorry they took a blanket approach at Yahoo.  It seems clear that something  is lost when people don’t run into one another in the halls, and in the cafeteria, but also that there are times when one needs to be heads-down on a project and avoiding the distraction other people provide.  Creating an office environment which supports both modes is a challenge which often goes unmet.

I think that’s true for learning situations, as well.   I’m a big believer in social learning – that we humans learn best within a context of other humans comparing notes on how things work.  But sometimes, we need to be heads down, concentrating on written material.  Sometimes, we need to be alone in our own heads, reflecting on what we’ve learned, making the connections to the other things we know.  That’s what writing papers was about in school.  And it’s often what writing analyses and recommendations is about at work.

When I’m training somebody, I’m usually doing it via computer. And I often recommend that they see whether they might work from home for the training.  Because I have a MUCH better chance of full learner focus when there won’t be co-workers stopping by to drop something on my learner’s desk.

I find it interesting that some of the discussion centers around whether a given individual is equipped with the skills which enable productive work when unsupervised.  Self-management skills are indeed critical to success in this environment.  Are they something the organization might be able to nourish?

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Mar/13

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Mobile Learning: Beyond the Hype

Bill Bruck will be delivering this awesome webinar:

Click here to reserve your Webinar seat for Thursday, March 14, 2013!

Too much eLearning replicates the worst practices of education electronically – lecture and multiple choice test. It was hateful in college, and it’s hateful in corporations.

Are we getting ready to repeat this mistake on our tablets and smartphones? If we’re not careful, the answer will be yes.

Years ago, Marshall McLuhan insisted that “the medium is the message.” mLearning opens up two new media to us – smart phones and tablets. How should we package the message in order to maximize value to the organization?

In this interesting and informative webinar, you will learn:

– Where to start in developing a mobile strategy
– How to leverage the critical distinction between instruction and performance support
– Requirements you MUST discuss with your learning technology vendors
Title: Mobile Learning: Beyond the Hype – a free webinar
Date: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

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