Category Archives: Social Learning


In his keynote presentation at Online Educa Berlin last week, Howard Rheingold emphasized co-learning. Since the teacher learns more than the student, let’s all be both teachers and students. Esteemed co-learners, your job is to create new co-learning communities. If … Continue reading Continue reading

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Retreat gear

Thursday I’m off to a retreat in Texas. People are talking about what they will bring. Coffee, vino, whatever. I think of UTAOU people as life designers, not instructional designers. Surely we can bring something beside stimulants and depressants. I’m going to bring a bag of weird stuff to try to get our motors running: […] Continue reading

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Learning by doing

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Your social wishlist

How will you take advantage of your in-house social network? Use networks to create services and share collective intelligence Your company will install an in-house social network. The only question is how soon. Wise Chief Learning Officers are thinking about how social networks will augment learning & development. Imagine that a Senior Executive in your company […] Continue reading

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What Universities Must Learn About Social Networks

What Universities Must Learning About Social Networks By Jay Cross | Chief Executive Officer, Internet Time Alliance Increasingly, businesses are looking to more social approaches to employee learning and development. Higher education institutions must capitalize on this shift. Co-written with Chris Sessums | Director of Educational Research, Internet Time Lab THE ISSUE IS NOT whether you are […] Continue reading

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Isn’t this how organizational learning cultures progress?

Jane Hart’s post yesterday on The differences between learning in an e-business and learning in a social business got me thinking about the evolution of learning culture in organizations. It’s all to0 easy to mistakenly think of formal learning as the antiquated, primitive way of doing things, something an organization shucks off as it becomes enlightened […] Continue reading

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How to Replace Top-down Training with Collaborative Learning (2)

Second post in a series. In case you missed it, here’s the first. PEOPLE Who’s going to be involved? Every Kind of Employee – Temps Included In the Hierarchical organization, employees were the only people who received corporate training. Aside from compliance training and new product introductions, most training focused on novices – either newhires […] Continue reading

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How to replace top-down training with collaborative learning (1)

The Twenty-First Century Corporation Businesses around the world are transforming into extended enterprise networks but their training departments are stuck in the previous century. In the pursuit of trying to fix what’s broken, let’s imagine what ideal corporate learning would look like if we could start over from scratch. In the 1800s and 1900s, successful companies […] Continue reading

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Social business requires social learning

Join Jane Hart and me for an online conversation on Wednesday 23 May 18.30-19.30 pm GMT, 13.30-14.30 pm ET, 10.30-11.30 am PT. We will talk about whatever you want to talk about. Leave your questions below. Better still, become a member of the Social Learning Centre … Continue reading

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Everything's Coming Up Networks (except learning)

Sloan Management Review has a great interview with Andy McAfee on What Sells CEOs on Social Networking. CEOs excitedly agree with Lew Platt’s old observation about Hewlett-Packard: “If only HP knew what HP knows, we’d be three times more productive.” … Continue reading

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