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The Informal Learning Center

http://www.jaycross.com/wp/?portfolio=informal-learning

 

Home of the informal learning poster and other goodies.

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Pairing E-Portfolios With Badges To Document Informal Learning - Campus Technology

Pairing E-Portfolios With Badges To Document Informal Learning - Campus Technology | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
In order to support the recognition of co-curricular and integrative learning, the University of Notre Dame came up with a campuswide strategy to integrate digital badges in students' e-portfolios.
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Get a badge for getting on the Dean's List. This is experiential? Sounds more like double-counting. 

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How Twitter can be used for informal personal learning? | Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

How Twitter can be used for informal personal learning? | Technology Enhanced Learning Blog | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
How Twitter can be used for informal personal learning? | http://t.co/uGuWYxnv1B - Some great tips for educators #edchat #socialmedia
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Tweet to learn.

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CIPD L&D Show 2015: BP reveals unconventional approach to mobile learning - People Management Magazine Online

Human resources jobs, news & events
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Nick Shackleton-Jones (yes, he's a descendent of the famous explorer), has brought BP mobile approaches, gaming, video advice, and more. Impressive. 

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$7M to validate informal learning at ASU+GSV - eCampus News

$7M to validate informal learning at ASU+GSV - eCampus News | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
Informal learning experiences include everything a person learns that was not required by a university or employer, such as articles and videos seen online (which can be tracked with Degreed’s browser extension or by pasting a link), as well as books read or events attended (which can be logged when completed or synced with services like Pocket or Goodreads).

By describing the platform as open, “we mean you can learn from any university, provider, source, platform and in any modality and have it tracked on Degreed,” said David Blake, co-founder & CEO of Degreed. “Other credentials and micro-credentials require you complete their proprietary courses or training or assessments. At Degreed, we don’t care how or from whom you obtained the skills and learning, you can have it recognized on Degreed.
Jay Cross's insight:

They still don't get it. Degreed can track courses and content but has no facility for reporting experiential learning. I guess the name "Degreed" tips you off that its point of view is academic. In a 702010 framework, Degreed only reports on the 10. That's worth $7 million??

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When Learning at Work Becomes Overwhelming - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

When Learning at Work Becomes Overwhelming - blogs.hbr.org (blog) | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
Ask these three questions to avoid burnout.
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Unrealistic demands for learning lead to burnout, frustration, and turnover. Let's get real. Prioritize. Facilitate learning. Most important, get those mentors to work.

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the_digital_talent_gap27-09_0.pdf

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Nine out of ten companies lack the digital savvy required for transformation. A little less than half are investing in arcane ways to become loaded with digerati. Only 4% of these efforts are aligned with the firm's digital transformation strategies! 2/3 of the time, HR's not involved. There's an immense opportunity for informal and experiential learning to fill the gap. This is the topic of Jane's and Harold's workshop programs -- how to make sense of this digital world and collaborate with colleagues for mutual gain. 

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The Google engineer teaching happiness in three steps

The Google engineer teaching happiness in three steps | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
To improve the well-being of its workers, Google employed one of its engineers to increase happiness. David G Allan tried out his three-step plan – does it work
Jay Cross's insight:

1. Calm your mind. 2. Log moments of joy. 3. Wish others to be happy. A talk by Google's Chaude-Meng Tan. Great advice, easy to remember. 

 

Never mind the photo of the menacing plane; it's from another article. Be happy about that.

 

I hope you're happy as you read this.

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Tom Hood's curator insight, January 16, 8:40 AM

Some great advice...

1. Calm your mind - take time for reflections amid the busyness.

2. Log moments of joy - notice this moments of joy and happiness.

3. Wish other people happiness - pay it forward, practice civility, volunteer, etc.

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Can Happiness Become The World's Most Popular Course?

Can Happiness Become The World's Most Popular Course? | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
@giorodriguez UC Berkeley's "The Science of Happiness" is poised to make history in online education. Why? At a time when books on happiness are so plentiful that pundits are saying they've jumped the shark -- and when Pharell's little song "Happy" has become so popular that it has inspired a JibJab animation -- [...]
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"“The Science of Happiness” — a MOOC (massive open online course) sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) — will launch in September of this year.  And though they announced the course only recently, it has already generated close to 40,000 registrations, according to UC Berkeley’s Professor Dacher Keltner. They’re on track to reach more than 100,000 people, when the first class bell rings. But given the momentum they’ve gained in such a short amount of time, his projection seems modest.  A number of MOOCs have reached even bigger audiences (never mind the dropout rates; the topic of another story I am writing). And if there were a competition, “The Science of Happiness” might have an unfair advantage."



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A 75-Year Harvard Study Finds What It Takes To Live A Happy Life

A 75-Year Harvard Study Finds What It Takes To Live A Happy Life | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
Insights from the landmark Grant Study.
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The secret to happiness: All you need is love. And less alcohol and a warm relationship with mom. 

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David Muecke's curator insight, March 27, 2014 4:27 PM
We've been told love is more important than anything. It's actually a no-brainer, but the brains at Harvard put it to a 75 year long test and found out the no brainer was in fact... a no brainer.
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Stats on Workplace Learning

Stats on Workplace Learning | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
When I led education at PeopleSoft a gazillion years ago, I shared with the head of all customer-facing services a copy of Training Magazine's annual numbers issue, published each November (now their November/December issue).
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PKM in 34 pieces | Harold Jarche

PKM in 34 pieces | Harold Jarche | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
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Great post by Harold Jarche detailing the steps of Personal Knnowledge Management (PKM). 

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COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE | Edge.org

COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE | Edge.org | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
Jay Cross's insight:

MIT's Tom Malone is coming up with practical advice on elevating collective intelligence. There's both a video and a full transcript. If you're looking into improving learning and performance at the systems leve, you'll love this. An excerpt:

 

If it's not just putting a bunch of smart people in a group that makes the group smart, what is it? We looked at bunch of factors you might have thought would affect it: things like the psychological safety of the group, the personality of the group members, et cetera. Most of the things we thought might have affected it turned out not to have any significant effect. But we did find three factors that were significantly correlated with the collective intelligence of the group.

 

The first was the average social perceptiveness of the group members. We measured social perceptiveness in this case using a test developed essentially to measure autism. It's called the "Reading the Mind and the Eyes Test". It works by letting people look at pictures of other people's eyes and try to guess what emotions those people are feeling. People who are good at that work well in groups. When you have a group with a bunch of people like that, the group as a whole is more intelligent.

 

The second factor we found was the evenness of conversational turn taking. In other words, groups where one person dominated the conversation were, on average, less intelligent than groups where the speaking was more evenly distributed among the different group members.

 

Finally, and most surprisingly to us, we found that the collective intelligence of the group was significantly correlated with the percentage of women in the group. More women were correlated with a more intelligent group. Interestingly, this last result is not just a diversity result. It's not just saying that you need groups with some men and some women. It looks like that it's a more or less linear trend. That is, more women are better all the way up to all women. It is also important to realize that this gender effect is largely statistically mediated by the social perceptiveness effect. In other words, it was known before we did our work that women on average scored higher on this measure of social perceptiveness than men.

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Knowledge Transfer: You Can't Learn Surgery By Watching

Knowledge Transfer: You Can't Learn Surgery By Watching | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
Learning to perform a job by watching others and copying their actions is not a great technique for corporate knowledge transfer. Christopher G. Myers suggests a better approach: Coactive vicarious learning.
Jay Cross's insight:

This article adds nothing to what we already know about experiential learning. 1. You learn more by doing something than be merely reading about it. 2. Involve others in your learning and you'll learn more; get a coach. 


I suspect the author is preparing to write a book. Why else would he title a paper " Coactive Vicarious Learning: Towards a Relational Theory of Vicarious Learning in Organizations"?

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Social Networking: Bridging Formal and Informal Learning by Clark N. Quinn : Learning Solutions Magazine

Social Networking: Bridging Formal and Informal Learning by Clark  N. Quinn : Learning Solutions Magazine | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
The growth of social networking applications attracts attention from e-Learning designers and developers. The application of social networking to informal learning is obvious, but its role in formal learning is not clear.
Jay Cross's insight:

Clark makes a compelling case for social media in the organization.

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Vladimir Kukharenko's curator insight, July 30, 2015 2:47 PM

Clark makes a compelling case for social media in the organization.

Татьяна Слесаренко's curator insight, August 3, 2015 11:25 AM

Clark makes a compelling case for social media in the organization.

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5 Ways to Boost Informal Learning at Work

5 Ways to Boost Informal Learning at Work | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
Social or informal learning is vital to really cement the learning content in learners' minds. Here are five ways to boost informal learning at work!
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Simple but sound advice on supporting informal learning. 

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Should Learning Content be in Perpetual Beta? – Guest post by Jay Cross

Should Learning Content be in Perpetual Beta? – Guest post by Jay Cross | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
What is a "beta version"? "We could take beta off all of our products tomorrow, and we wouldn't actually have accomplished anything...If it's on there for five years because we think we're going to make major changes for five years, that's fine."  Google co-founder Larry Page Beta is the last, still buggy, version of software …
Jay Cross's insight:

The meme of perpetual beta — that something’s not over with and may well get better if we work on it together — changes the relationship between buyer and seller.


When something is labeled beta, you expect it to have errors and are happily surprised if you don’t find any. Finding and helping correct flaws is one of the psychic rewards of the implicit bargain which makes the customer a happy co-developer.


Beta is an invitation for users and suppliers to co-develop improvements. Beta is a signal that the cement has not dried and you’re still open to making improvements.


Being in a beta relationship invites dialog instead of criticism. People are very forgiving if they are being listened to.

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Benjamin Carmel's curator insight, April 9, 2015 5:21 PM

Yeah, what Jay Cross said!

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The Myth Of The Bell Curve: Look For The Hyper-Performers

The Myth Of The Bell Curve: Look For The Hyper-Performers | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
The “training department” will be renamed “capability development.” Companies will find skills short and they will have to build a supply chain for talent. Partner with universities, establish apprentice programs, create developmental assignments, and focus on continuous learning. Companies that focus on continuous learning in 2014 will attract the best and build for the future.
Jay Cross's insight:

When you look at people' performance, you don't find a bell curve where everything averages out. Rather, you get a power law distribution where the outliers are true super stars, racking up performance that's ten...or a hundred...times better than average. 

I remember from my days advising banks that they were always concerned that everyone be treated equally.

 

It makes more economic sense to focus on those superstars. A slight improvement there is worth millions.  

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Wisdom 2.0: Mindfulness and business

Wisdom 2.0: Mindfulness and business | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
Wisdom 2.0 Conference, San Francisco, February 27 - March 1. Billed as "the intersection of wisdom and technology," the Wisdom 2.0 conference drew 2,500 people who spent $625 for two and a half day...
Jay Cross's insight:

I foresee a time when business becomes mindful but I don't think we're there yet. Too cultish. Basic model is to think like a Buddhist. There will be early adopters -- and I expect they'll be successful. I'm glad to see this. Mindfulness trumps mindlessness. Heard from Google, Eileen Fisher, Starbucks, and Blackrock at the event. 

 

Ponder the relationship of mindfulness to Product Knowledge Mastery.

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Conversations That Connect | The Future of Work... unlimited

Conversations That Connect | The Future of Work... unlimited | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
Early in my business career I was fortunate to work for a wise, experienced senior executive who was masterful at leading conversations that mattered. As a newly-minted MBA graduate I was at the bottom of the totem pole in a
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Conversations are the stem cells of learning. Make them meaningful.

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How happiness at work impacts the bottom line | The Association for Business Psychology

How happiness at work impacts the bottom line | The Association for Business Psychology | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
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Why can't CFOs get this? 

 

A happy worker is a high performing one and in particular data shows that employees who are happiest at work:

Take one tenth the sick-leave of their least happy colleaguesAre six times more energizedIntend to stay twice as long in their organizationsAre twice as productive
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The 25 Happiest Companies In America

The 25 Happiest Companies In America | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
CareerBliss ranks America's happiest companies by factors like work-life balance, culture, compensation, and growth opportunities.
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Apple, Google, etc., for sure, but Oracle? and Accenture?

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Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories? | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
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Great map of learning theorists. Contrast this with Donald Clark's take on them at PlanB.

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Gary Carnow's curator insight, December 1, 2013 4:47 PM

Excellent overview.

Vinicius Villaca's curator insight, December 2, 2013 9:47 AM

The big map.

Susan B Spero's curator insight, December 21, 2013 11:04 AM

Great map of learning theory. 

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Beyond the Echo Chamber

Beyond the Echo Chamber | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
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"An analysis of the results reveals that the effect of social learning is enormous. The traders who had the right balance and diversity of ideas in their network—meaning that their social learning was neither too sparse nor too dense—had a return on investment that was 30% higher than the returns of both the isolated traders and those in the herd. In this digital trading environment, the sweet spot resides between the two extremes. This intermediate zone is where social learning—that is, copying successful people—yields real rewards. And though this study looked only at financial decision making, we believe the principle holds true for all kinds of decisions."

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Here’s A Google Perk Any Company Can Imitate: Employee-To-Employee Learning

Here’s A Google Perk Any Company Can Imitate: Employee-To-Employee Learning | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
Google taps its own ranks to teach valuable career-building classes as well as extracurriculars like kickboxing and social skills for engineers. Fast...
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"In 2013, about 2,000 Googlers have so far volunteered to teach classes through the program, and together they will teach about 55% of the company’s official classes."



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Children Teach Themselves to Read

Children Teach Themselves to Read | Informal & Experiential Learning | Scoop.it
The unschoolers' account of how children learn to read.
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This is a great essay on how children teach themselves to read -- if they are not held back by the school system. Schools try to force children to read when they are not ready to learn and it doesn't work very well. 

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Lia Goren's curator insight, August 22, 2013 1:32 AM

Interesantísimo post acerca del aprendizaje de la lectura y de la importancia de proveer autonomía al estudiante para hacerlo.

Nigel Paine's curator insight, August 22, 2013 6:44 AM

watched it happen with little kids and iPads

Audrey's curator insight, December 3, 2013 4:03 PM

This is why parents should take advantage of pre school home school sources.  There are many examples of home school learning. Why not look at www.homeschoolsource.co.uk . There are hundreds of books children can choose for themselves.