Jay Cross helps people work and live smarter. Jay is the Johnny Appleseed of informal learning. He wrote the book on it. He was the first person to use the term eLearning on the web. He has challenged conventional wisdom about how adults learn since designing the first business degree program offered by the University of Phoenix.
I’d leading a half-day workshop on how to implement informal learning the day before Online Educa in Berlin.
For the main event, Charles Jennings and I are designing a two-day track titled Creating a New Era of Corporate Learning.
Online Educa has grown to become the largest global e-learning conference for the corporate and public service sectors in education and training.
Berlin is beautiful in early December. You should think about joining us!
The world of business is shifting from push to pull. In a delightful post on Edge Perspectives, John Hagel unpacks what this means.
From knowledge stocks to knowledge flows.
From knowledge transfer to knowledge creation.
From explicit knowledge to tacit knowledge.
From transactions to relationships.
From zero sum to positive sum mindsets.
From push programs to pull platforms.
From stable environments to dynamic environments.
If institutions viewed their primary rationale as fostering scalable peer learning, they could create learningscapes that would help individuals develop their talent much more rapidly than these individuals ever could on their own.
I generally resist linking to organizations that monitor and use the ideas generated in the social/learning/tech space, and then produce reports that fail to acknowledge sources of inspiration. However, this post on modernizing corporate training is worth a read, even if only for the irony. It explores the history of corporate learning from 1980’s to today. Today, according to the report (and roughly every other consultant) is the age of collaboration. And then they freely sprinkle half a dozen “registered trademark” signs.
I must quibble with the assertion that “In 1998 the term ‘e-learning’ caught on.” The first citation I can find for e-Learning dates back to 1997. However, the term didn’t really catch on until October 1999 when CBT Systems was reborn as Smartforce, the e-Learning Company.
“In the mid 1990s we entered what I call the ‘blended and informal learning’ era” may be typo. Josh should know; he wrote the book. In 2004. The first time I recall hearing talk about blended learning was in 2000 or 2001.
And as to “…we are going through one of the most important transitions to corporate training in the last 10 years,” I’d probably make it the last 100, perhaps 200, years.
The important transitions are in how people interact with one another, networked business structures, instantaneous communication, collaborative intelligence, and the demise of the industrial era. This is earth-shattering stuff, and it doesn’t do it justice to frame it as a mere transition in corporate training.
On April 21, Corporate Learning Trends will focus on the Future of Organizational Learning and Development. We plan to explore the issues you want to talk about. Among the suggestions to-date:
Please add your suggestions on the Corporate Learning Trends site. What are your burning topics? Who would you most like to hear? How can we improve our delivery and interaction? What timing works for you?
Treat this as brainstorming. Crazy ideas are welcome. Build on one another’s thinking. Let it flow. For now, let’s share possibilities and proposals; we’ll hammer down the specifics next week.
Track 1 Session 1
Learning technologies: the road ahead
Under the radar: great technologies that you could be using
This is the jump page for a presentation January 28. That’s why the syntax is choppy — and why I keep changing it.
Poll: Jane’s Top 100 List
Learner redefined. Prospering in community with others. Becoming who you are. Getting good at what you do. Figuring out how to do a good job. Preparing for an uncertain future. More.
Jay’s learning ecosystem
jaycross.com is Jay’s home page. It maps to lots of things we’ll talk about.
Research page is a starting point for feeds, searches, and proven destinations.
interface is my personal launch page, and it includes links to many of the technologies we’ll cover today.
blogs, one of which is home to this page.
Community, where you can add comments and ask questions after this session.
overview of these pages on Jing
Mimeo on-demand publishing for training
Lulu on-demand publishing for books
Scribd “social publishing” for documents
Google for an ever-greater array of services. Docs.
Delicious tools for shared bookmarks
MindMeister for collaborative mind-mapping
Life-threatening crisis unfreezes organizational structure. This fluid state affords re-organizing, re-arranging, and replacing the status quo. Survivors develop and present agendas for change while things are in flux. Doing nothing is a sign of holistic corporate dyslexia: the inability to read the handwriting on the wall.
The challenge for organizations is to use smart delivery, to replace classes with technology, to embrace open source, and perhaps to adopt a software-as-a-service model. Since adaptation is the key to survival and learning is the enabler of adaptation, the learning function may be able to get on to the CEO’s agenda. People have become the primary means of production; it’s time to give the people functions in organizations equal standing with finance, sales, and production.
Inge de Waart blogged the conversation.
All of us agreed that the economic crisis will be here for a couple of years, resulting in job losses. Seeing that in the past the learning department was one of the first departments to be cut in companies, estimates are that nearly 70 to 80 % of the learning budgets will be cut in the next couple of years. So we all better gear ourselves to overcome this crisis, both on a personal and on an institutional level.
Inge captured some points that didn’t make it into my notes, among them:
I am putting an electric fence around my stuff. See you in a day or two.
At the turn of the century, my vision of corporate learning put the learner at the center of resources that included the web, online learning activities, communities of practice, an intranet, and instructor-led training. My thinking has changed. Can you guess several ways I would re-draw the picture today?
Teemu Arina and I met online about 18 months ago. I was leading a remote presentation on informal learning from California to a group in Helsinki. We finally got together F2F at Online Educa in Berlin last year. Teemu and I are on the same wave-length, nodding our heads in agreement when we talk, despite the fact that I’ve probably spent four decades more on earth.
An educational institution asked him 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.
If most learning (and I’d add innovation) is informal, shouldn’t it be at the center rather than the other way around?
Teemu is CEO of Dicole Oy in Helsinki. His blog merits attention.