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The 6 Types Of Assessments (And How They're Changing) - Edudemic

The 6 Types Of Assessments (And How They're Changing) - Edudemic | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
Testing, especially any sort of standardized testing tends to get a bad rap. Teachers complain that they spend too much time teaching to a test.
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This is an interesting infographic that provides an overview of assessment methods and the influence of technology.  I've copied it into this Scoop.it as I see assessment and feedback as key features of teaching and learning. Finding  some way of integrating this into workplace learning would increase its legitimacy for many employers.  As someone involved in the development of vocationally related qualifications, I'd welcome the use of innovative assessment methods that provide authentic learning scenarios for learners.  Any ideas?

 

 

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Learn-by-Doing

Learn-by-Doing | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it

Knowledge management and corporate memory development: Today, companies don't know what they know. They attempt to fix this with knowledge management solutions that are usually just elaborate document retrieval systems. But what people know, the really important stuff, is not likely to be in a document at all. Usually that information comes out in stories told late at night by expert practitioners swapping war stories or sharing interesting experiences that they've had. So how do you get that information to the people who need it?

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Wow!  I've always believed in the power of sorytelling, but this takes it to a whole new level.   ExTRA stands for 'Experts Telling Relevant Advice' and at its basic level it's about capturing stories through video and indexing them so that they can be browsed.  But the use of Artificial Intelligence techniques means that the stories can find the user, rather than the user having to find the story.  They do this by tracking what the user is doing and then presenting them with the most relevant stories. 

 

I work for a Professional Body in the UK and I can see how this could provide a fantastic service for our members.  However, you would need to build up an extensive library of stories and continue to develop current content for the benefits to be realised.  I guess the place to start is by gathering stories using digital media...what do you think?

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Portrait of the modern knowledge worker

Portrait of the modern knowledge worker | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
The concept of ‘knowledge worker’ which Peter Drucker coined in 1959, is perhaps not so clear (as shown again in a recent LinkedIn discussion - access potentially limited) and can be understood at ...

Via Jay Cross
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A really interesting post that considers the concept of 'knowledge worker'.  In my experience, people usually relate 'knowledge' to content and the advent of search engines such as Google has devalued individual grasp of content.  However, the post focuses on gifts, skills and behaviours and how they can be used to be creative and innovative.  Well worth a read

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Jay Cross's curator insight, July 4, 2013 12:55 AM

Brilliant. Desired traits in the modern knowledge worker:

Gifts and skills:

A synthetic mind that can ingest a lot of information and summarise it in clear and concise ways, perhaps using mnemonics.A pair of intently listening ears and eagerly observing eyes to pick up the signals around (and question them);Outstanding interpersonal communication skills helping to get in touch with a variety of people (in the same field of expertise and beyond);An open heart giving the emotional capacity to connect with others at a deeper level and build trust authentically;Good speaking and writing skills allowing to express oneself articulately so as to share knowledge more effectively – both with other people verbally and in writing;The capacity to read quickly and to remember things well;Typing blindly to write more quickly;Ideally, good facilitation skills to be able to tease out knowledge and information from other people and apply/combine them – but that is just an extra.

Attitude:

An open, curious, humble mind that keeps inquiring about everything, and does not settle for finished, definitive answers – the way a child would do rather than a self-engrossed expert – to keep on learning;A true curiosity to try new things out and add them to an array of experiences;A vision of one’s own development pathway and next priorities;Reflecting continually: every day, week or after every significant event, taking the time to ponder what just happened and what could have been done better, perhaps following the after action review principles;Reflecting in single, double and triple-loop learning, in practice;An attitude of ‘documenting on the spot’ (typing as people speak, live blogging, taking pictures and videos as things happen etc.);A strong self-discipline to systematically act upon all the above and reflect to improve again.

 

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When you’re not sure what you have to offer

When you’re not sure what you have to offer | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
I recently sat with a friend of mine to talk about his career. He’s well-educated, has deep knowledge of a complex business, and has done work with many African countries. He’s married, raising kid...
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Finding the 'hook' that results in an individual making their first post in a digital network is the silver bullet that anyone acting as Enterprise Network Manager is looking for.  John has already suggested that the two biggest barriers to participation are; "I haven't got time" and "I don't know what to write".  This post tries to answer the last question by arguing that everyone has something to offer and identifies 20 ways of adding value to the community based on generosity  

 

One of them may be the 'hook' your colleagues are looking for

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3 Tools to Help You Discover and Share Great Content | Social Media Examiner

3 Tools to Help You Discover and Share Great Content | Social Media Examiner | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
Content curation: tools to help you find and share great content from other people alongside your own content.
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Content curation is a great way to share the resources you have found most useful.  This post provides a practical guide to tools you can use to find quality content and then share it.

 

But finding and sharing isn't enough.  I'd guide you to Harold Jarche's principles of personal knowledge management: Seek-Sense-Share http://www.jarche.com/pkm/.  Add your insights on the resourse explaining why you found it useful, this will save others time when deciding on its relevance to their context.  It will also enable readers to discover how aligned their interests are with yours and they can make an informed decision to follow your board

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Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work

Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
When it comes to the future of work there are a few key trends which business leaders need to pay attention to.  Understanding these trends will allow organizations to better prepare and adapt to the changes which are impacting the way we work.
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To a certain extent this is telling us what we already know, but in my experience their are still plenty of people who need to be convinced!  This post sets out the arguments in a clear way and I like the section on the importance of the 'cloud' and the way this bypasses IT, assuming they haven't 'battened down the hatches' and restricted access to all things social.  

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The Five-Step Maturity Model for Building a Collaborative Organization

The Five-Step Maturity Model for Building a Collaborative Organization | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
In my book, The Collaborative Organization, I featured a maturity model that Chess Media Group created based on our client experience and research.
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Interesting model that identifies different stages of development.  I particularly like the 'Value' sections, as they create a vision of what is actually happening within the community.  Trouble is, it feels a bit like a scientific approach to the management, which is counterintuative  

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Moving Toward 2020: The Learning Decade

Moving Toward 2020: The Learning Decade | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
Four hundred years ago British philosopher Francis Bacon declared that Knowledge is Power. And until recently many corporate leaders would have...
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We have found that demand for qualifications and other learning solutions has held up better than expected.  I put it down to individuals wanting to give themselves an advantage in the workplace and employers loking to replace knowledge and experience that has left the organisaion.  But this post demonstrates that the reasons are far more complex

 

Amongst the reason identified are disruptive technology, industry consolidation, innovation and competitive pressures.  Well worth a read

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‘Reverse mentoring’ can lead to social media success | Advertising Club of Buffalo

‘Reverse mentoring’ can lead to social media success | Advertising Club of Buffalo | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
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Reverse mentoring, is where an individual with skills and experience in a specific area provides mentoring to someone who is at a more senior level.  With the growing importance of technology and social media in all aspects of business and learning, this is a great way for leaders to gain support from those within the organisation.  This can also be an extraordinary motivational tool, as it allows mentors to demonstrate their experitise 

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Donald Clark Plan B

Donald Clark Plan B | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
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Not sure what all the fuss is about?  This blog provides a great summary of how Twitter can be used to assist learning

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The post-job economy | Harold Jarche

The post-job economy | Harold Jarche | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
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A facinating insight into the future of work, both in the blog and the comments.  Education needs to take note to prepare students for the future and individuals need to take note if they are to prepare themselves for the networked economy.  One of a series of posts on the future of work

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Pontydysgu – Bridge to Learning - Educational Research

Pontydysgu – Bridge to Learning - Educational Research | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
Website of Pontydysgu ltd., a Welsh educational research institute.
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This post goes back to the theoretical basics of communities of practice to demonstrate the business benefits of collaboraton, focusing on innovation.  If your organisaion is still wondering why it should bother, this is not a bad place to start

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Social Learning in Organizations and the role of HR

Social Learning in Organizations and the role of HR | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
I’ve been following Harold Jarche’s writing since mid 2012. I’d come across his Twitter handle some times in my timeline, through my network’s retweets, but it was only after someone I admire recom...
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As a fellow admirer of Harold's views on social learning in organisations, I was interested to read Ana's reflections on a webinar that also included Jane Hart.  I loved Ana's vision of HR designing a connected workplace and promoting online and offline events to stimulate interactions :)

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Why Mobile Learning Is Inevitable - Edudemic

Why Mobile Learning Is Inevitable - Edudemic | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
Mobile learning is here to stay. In fact, it's going to be one of the only options for learning pretty soon. This new presentation tells you why.
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The statistics in the presentation show what we all guessed...technology is moving in step changes and the way we use it is failing to keep up!  I've thought for some time that mass take-up of elearning would skip the PC and laptop and go straight to mobile.  This is based on the lack of innovation I had been seeing from commercial providers (pre- EdTech bubble) and the reluctance of educators (and to a certain extent learners) to engage with the medium.

 

However, new approaches to workplace learning such as 70:20:10, 'push and pull' and personal learning networks and the explosion of new tools being produced by the EdTech revolution are finally delivering a step change in learning...and it's being delivered on mobile devices!  Those who recognise this will give themselves a competitive advantage

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Learning and the Changing Workplace - Part 1

Learning and the Changing Workplace - Part 1 | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
I've been thinking a lot about the future of workplace Learning and Development* (L&D) or, more specifically, about the evolution of the workplace and the changing role of L&D in it. I'm no...
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It's interesting to read someone else's 'take' on the future of workplace learning and to a certain extent it reminded me of another post I read recently titled 'Microsoft Office is dead!'.  The thrust of the post was that technology is moving so quickly that desktops and laptops have been overtaken by mobile and tablet and that there are many apps that can be used as productivity tools.  In the comments, a number of people suggested that the author needed to get out into the real world, as technolgy use in the workplace is changing at a far slower rate than it is for personal use.  

 

I have found a similar issue in relation to enterprise social networks, a potential cornerstone for the change in workplace learning.  Individuals appear happy to share their recommendations on hotels, electrical goods, music and all manner of other things in their personal life, but are reluctant to share the things that they are working on!  At some point this will change, but I'm not sure what the tipping point will be...any ideas?  

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10 Enterprise Networks to Improve Company Communication

10 Enterprise Networks to Improve Company Communication | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
An ESN, or "Intranets," is an internal workplace that streamlines communication among co-workers. Here are 10 excellent options.
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Enterprise social networks tend to be freemium products, which means that it's very easy to try out the first platform you come accross and once it becomes embedded it's very difficult to change!  This post provides an overview of 10 networks with a brief description of the key features, a list of companies using them and an idea of the costs once you move on from the free version.

 

If you are thinking of introducing an ESN in your organisation this is a great place to start

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Passion and the future of work - Trends in the Living Networks

Passion and the future of work - Trends in the Living Networks | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
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This is a really interesting post that identifies passion as the one thing the increasing power of computing will not be able to replicate.  Attracting and retaining talented people with passion will be a complex task for organisations.  But they should also work to release the talent and passion of all employees toenable them to maximise their potential

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Social learning: the changing face of workplace learning

Social learning: the changing face of workplace learning | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
Last week I was in New York City where I gave the keynote at the International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace. The title was Social learning; the changing face of workplace learning.â?Â...
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An overview of the future of workplace learning from a leading expert in the field.  Nothing new here, but it does pull together a number of threads and is a great resource for someone new to social learning.

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Serendipity - An Aptitude for Luck?

Serendipity - An Aptitude for Luck? | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
I admit, I love the word Serendipity. It rings magical, of good fortune and happy happenstance. Without much thought, I recently wrote that serendipitous discovery was one of the ways I learn, but ...
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And I really love this post, which concludes with the following line:

"Serendipity, it seems, favours the prepared and connected mind"

It reminds me of this quote, attributed to Bill Shankley:

"The harder I work, the luckier I get"

Today, working hard means being part of an active network

 

For more on thoughts on luck, check out Professor Rchard Wiseman: http://richardwiseman.wordpress.com/

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Supporting continuous learning and performance improvement – a vital new area of work

Supporting continuous learning and performance improvement – a vital new area of work | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
In my previous post I showed that an analysis of how Knowledge Workers like to learn at work suggests that L&D departments should consider working more closely with people managers to support t...
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Back when I designed and delivered training courses, we would always impress on delegates the improtance of transfering their learning into work. Today, there has been a convergence between learning and work, with learning in the workflow increasing in importance.  This post looks at ways in which L&D can support informal learning and hence performance 

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5 characteristics of how Knowledge Workers like to learn at work

5 characteristics of how Knowledge Workers like to learn at work | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
From the results of the Learning in the Workplace survey and my analysis of how smart workers use social media to work and learn today, 5 key characteristics of how Knowledge Workers like to learn ...
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If you work for an L&D department and you know things are changing, but your not sure what it is or what you need to do differently, this is a great place to start

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25% find company training/e-learning of no value – according to the Learning in the Workplace 2013 survey results.

25% find company training/e-learning of no value – according to the Learning in the Workplace 2013 survey results. | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
The Learning in the Workplace Survey has now been taken by over 600 people, and although it is still open if you want to cast your vote, I am going to release some interim findings here today as th...
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I'm not surprised to hear that company e-learning is rated so lowly, as my experience is that much of it is multi-choice quiz based  'compliance' training.  But it can be so much more.  There's a thin line between technology and learning...its best when they add social

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Take the Learning in the Workplace 2013 survey; the results might surprise you

Take the Learning in the Workplace 2013 survey; the results might surprise you | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
Last year I ran an anonymous survey asking people how they preferred to learn at work – and the results were widely reported. I’ve opened it up again this year – and once you subm...
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Please take the time to complete the survey and recommend to your network

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What Is Heutagogy?

What Is Heutagogy? | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
"Heutagogy is the study of self-determined learning ... It is also an attempt to challenge some ideas about teaching and learning that still prevail in teacher centred learning and the need for, as...
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I'm not sure how to pronounce it, but there are some interesting ideas here about competency and capability.  There is an obsession with the idea of  classifying competency and then recruiting a person who can demonstrate that they have the competencies for a specific job description.

 

This post recognises the importance of competence, but also capability, which Cairns (2000) describes as the ability "to take appropriate and effective action to formulate and solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar and changing settings".  I once heard someone say that competence trumps qualification, could it be that capability trumps competency?

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Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons

Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons | Dave B's Collaboration in Organisations | Scoop.it
Content curation will play a major role both in the way we teach and in the way we educate ourselves on any topic. When and where it will be adopted, it will deeply affect many key aspects of the educational ecosystem.
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Content curation will be as imporant for workplace learning and continuing professional development as it is for education.  The complexity of work and the exponential growth of information means that new ways to access relevant resources will be needed.  Following trusted 'curators' and sharing the best links will be more effective than linear search engines 

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