Agile Learning
Find tag "strategies"
3.0K views | +0 today
Agile Learning
How learning and education is changing to meet our needs today and tomorrow.   For the BEST of the BEST curated news SUBSCRIBE to our monthly newsletter via (We never SPAM!)
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Deb Nystrom, REVELN!

17 Steps To Acquiring A New Skill Faster Than You Thought Possible

17 Steps To Acquiring A New Skill Faster Than You Thought Possible | Agile Learning |

Excited about learning a new skill?  17 strategies including approaches from a noted, rapid learning expert.

Excerpted, a curated, top level list 7 of the 17 strategies listed:

1. Deconstruct & Reverse Engineer

Break it down into little pieces and master an isolated portion. Ex: learning guitar, learn how to press down a chord pattern with your fingers first without even trying to strum the chord. Once you are able to change between a couple of chord patterns, then add the strumming.

2. Pareto Principle

20% work that will give you 80% of the results. Learning a language?  Do a quick search for “most commonly used French words” & learn these first.

5. Join a Group

You’ll learn from others [and] make progress together. 

8. F.O.C.U.S.

Follow one course until success! Simply focus on the one new skill at hand until you get it done.

10. Find a Mentor

Success leaves clues. …find an expert …to avoid…making the mistakes that they have made….the expert will fast-track your learning …have them personally walk you through what needs to be done. Reach out and send an email to them.

11. Sleep On It

Practice your new skill within 4 hours of going to sleep. Josh Kaufman is a noted rapid learning expert and tells us that any practice done within this time frame causes your brain to embed the learning more rapidly into its neural pathways. Your memory and motor-mechanics needed are ingrained at a quicker level.

12. The 20 Hour Rule

Along with that tip, Kaufman also suggests 20 as the magical number of hours to dedicate to learning the new skill. His reasoning is that everyone will hit a wall early on in the rapid learning stage and that “pre-committing” to 20 hours is a sure-fire way to push through that wall and acquire your new skill.


15. Ditch the Distractions  Ditch social media, and the temptation to check any email.   Before you ...practice, make sure whatever potential distractions are far from sight.


Related tools & posts by Deb:


  • Don't miss a thing by subscribing to Best of the Best news, taken from Deb's  NINE curation streams @Deb Nystrom, REVELN, featuring three gold award change-themed streams, shared once a month via email,  free here,via REVELN Tools.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

It's a robust list with strategies that resonate.  Consider using learning strategies that you've used in the past successfully, adding perhaps 1-2 others to ramp up your learning speed & agility.   ~  D

No comment yet.
Rescooped by Deb Nystrom, REVELN from blended learning!

How to Blend Face-to-Face Delivery with Online Learning

How to Blend Face-to-Face Delivery with Online Learning | Agile Learning |
  • Social media can be a powerful pedagogical tool in the classroom, but the key to its success lies in building a dynamic and sustainable 'online teacher presence'.

The 10 strategies listed offer insight into effective online tutoring techniques that complement traditional face-to-face delivery.

Here's an excerpt:

  1. Building a safe online environment, in which everyone feels comfortable and confident to contribute
  2. Allowing for social connection should come before content-oriented goals. Work on building trust before launching into lessons that warrant more complex cognitive online demands.
  3. Teacher and student commitment to encourage the growth of their 'pop-up cyber society'.
  4. Actively refer to the online forum environment whilst delivering lessons
  5. Embed positive psychology into the online educational forum.

Related articles from Deb:

Via Nik Peachey, Lukas Palecek, Juan Alberto L Uribe, Susan, Ricard Garcia, michel verstrepen
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Insights on the magic of the blend.  ~  Deb

Nicolette Erkelens's curator insight, March 23, 2013 5:30 AM

Blended learning.

Monicaaparicio's curator insight, March 25, 2013 9:59 PM


Clare O'Connor's curator insight, April 2, 2013 2:54 AM

This article has a useful list of 10 strategies for making online learning work alongside face to face, or 'blended' learning.

Scooped by Deb Nystrom, REVELN!

10 Ways to Learn From Twitter: Informal, Fast and Current

10 Ways to Learn From Twitter: Informal, Fast and Current | Agile Learning |

Twitter is a powerful platform for personal and professional learning, enrichment and growth. Use Twitter for informal learning.Post from: The eLearning Coach.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Social media has world-wide, instant read tools for informal learning.  A post like this, by an e-learning coach, absolutely has a place in Agile Learning.  (There's more on the Social Media Learning Lab curation stream as well.)  ~ Deb

Robin Martin's comment, July 31, 2013 9:25 PM
Very, very cool Deb!
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, July 31, 2013 11:49 PM
Thanks for the comment Robin!
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, July 31, 2013 11:50 PM

First shared on Agile Learning, this post also belongs here in the Social Media Learning Lab.  ~  Deb

Rescooped by Deb Nystrom, REVELN from Change Management Resources!

Strategic Agility? FLIP & use Smart Mobs to thrive in our VUCA world: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous

Strategic Agility?  FLIP & use Smart Mobs to thrive in our VUCA world:  Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous | Agile Learning |

"If you stand still, you’ll fall behind in today’s VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world. Movement alone, however, doesn’t guarantee success." ~ Liz Guthridge

Great post by Liz!  On her blog, I commented that Liz speaks to a practical tool for VUCA preparedness so well, especially in cultivating a state of strategic agility, a big interest of mine this past year in assisting clients.

Liz is also doing some great things of interest to peer learners via her focus on smart mobs and crowdsourcing.  I've dipped my toe in the water in a parallel way to these practices via my experiences facilitating Open Space and Appreciative Inquiry and soon, my first UnConference.  All of these practices could be considered VUCA-friendly.



By committing to FLIP (focus, listen, involve and personalize), you’re leading from wherever you are. And you’re serving as a role model to encourage others to be active, not passive, about your responsibilities.


With #3, INVOLVE, Liz talks about smart-mob organizing, bringing together groups of people for a common business challenge or social change.  This can easily include social media or other technology.

  • Liz is conducting a Best Practice Institute webinar on Change Through Crowdsourcing: How to Use Peer-by-Peer Practices to Transform Organizations on June 19 at 2 pm


With smart mobs, you can collaborate and cooperate in new, clever ways faster and more effective than ever before.


Rather than be content living with uncertainty and ambiguity in a VUCA world, you’re switching them around. You’re showing “agility” instead of “ambiguity” by seeking “understanding” instead of floundering in uncertainty.

Full post here.

No comment yet.