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Digital Storytelling 106: Open, Participatory, Student-centric, Social...the Future? | DMLcentral

Digital Storytelling 106: Open, Participatory, Student-centric, Social...the Future? | DMLcentral | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Far more important to me than all the venture-capitalized consortia of elite university MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) and the hundreds of thousands of students flocking to them is a course taught by an adjunct professor at University of...

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Kati Sipp's curator insight, September 10, 2013 5:39 AM

"Twitter...is where the learning happens" feels like a very important part of this piece. We don't just learn by bits, but by banter. 

A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, September 10, 2013 6:22 PM

Interesting perspective on abandoning the LMS in favour of individual student learning blogs

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 22, 2013 8:46 AM

Student-centric learning approaches

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ID and Other Reflections: Micro-Learning: Its Role in Formal, Informal and Incidental Learning

ID and Other Reflections: Micro-Learning: Its Role in Formal, Informal and Incidental Learning | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it

A blog about learning, learning organizations and other miscellaneous musings...

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This article goes in depth in the discussion of Micro-Learning.  How do we shift to design and deliver these learning nuggets to support the one size fits one philosophy of individual focused learning?


Micro-learning supports the social, and informal learning well.  It provides the learner with "learning on the go".  Take a look at some of the tools that you use everyday to learn and share about a subject.  Pintrest, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, all of these help socialize micro-learning from individual users.


Micro-learning allows learners to create and curate information to share with others...a great example of collaborative learning.


Micro-learning does not have to be high-tech, providing feedback to someone on the job is a form of micro-learning.


What can you take away from this article and implement in the next collaborative learning you work with?


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Career Coach: Embracing new employees - Washington Post

Career Coach: Embracing new employees
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New employees are often quite happy to share their views on how successfully their firm “oriented” them to their company.
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Remember back to when you started with the company as a new employee.  Was your experience fulfilling and engaging?  Were you able to get a good start to a successful career?


This article points out the importance of embracing the new employee and providing an experience based on four levels:

 

Compliance — the lowest level, and includes teaching employees basic legal and policy-related rules and regulations.

Clarification — ensures that employees understand their new jobs and all related expectations.

Culture —includes providing employees with a sense of organizational norms, both formal and informal.

Connection — refers to the relationships and information networks that new employees must establish.

Now, reconsider your on-boarding experience.  Do you recall elements that touched each of these levels?  

If you were asked to design or build an on-boarding program, what elements might you include to support each level?  How will this impact you as a career coach?

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5 Ways To Prove To Your Boss You Need Content Curation

5 Ways To Prove To Your Boss You Need Content Curation | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it

Have You Made the Business Case For Content Curation? If not, this data will help persuade your management to invest in content curation.
Source: heidicohen.com

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This is a solid summary by Heidi Cohen on why content curation is besoming essential to businesses. Its role to content strategy mix has evolved from being anecdotical a few years ago to becoming central as it not only helps fill the gap but provides meaningful synergies for your created content. 

As Heidi puts it, content curation is not free: while it's "a low cost way to fill your content marketing pipeline", low doesn't mean zero.

 

Great article to learn from.

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Brainstorming Doesn't Work; Try This Technique Instead

Brainstorming Doesn't Work; Try This Technique Instead | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Ever been in a meeting where one loudmouth's mediocre idea dominates? Then you know brainstorming needs an overhaul.
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Have often have you been a part of a brain storming meeting where there are a couple of people that end up doing most of the talking?

 

A study has shown that the typical brainstorming session a few people do 60-75% of the talking.  For introverts this "loudmouth meeting-hog phenomenon." where one or two people, dominate the conversation, tends to shut down their engagement and certainly negatively impacts their desire to share their own ideas.


 A suggested solution is to do brain-writing which is explained more fully in this interesting video from Kellogg School of Management.  It is well worth the viewing time.


Studies show that using the "brainwriting" technique, groups generated 20% more ideas and 42% more original ideas as compared to traditional brainstorming groups.


Sounds like a good practice to try....

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How you can influence the PGA Championship - USA TODAY

How you can influence the PGA Championship - USA TODAY | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
USA TODAY How you can influence the PGA Championship USA TODAY The event, called a collaborative learning experience between the PGA of America and Nicklaus, according to the release, is designed to educate fans on how course setup impacts...
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The PGA Championship, Golf and collaborative learning.  What do they have in common? 

 

Read this article and find out.  It's really a great idea to help entice people to learn.

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it

The highest-level executive thinking, making connections, and "aha" moments of insight and creative innovation are more likely to occur in an atmosphere of what Alfie Kohn calls exuberant discovery, where students of all ages retain that kindergarten enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning.


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Consider when you feel learning takes place.  Neroscience has been studying how the brain reacts in certain situations and they have found that:

 

"...superior learning takes place when classroom experiences are relevant to students' lives, interests, and experiences. Lessons can be stimulating and challenging without being intimidating, and the increasing curriculum requirements can be achieved without stress, anxiety, boredom, and alienation as the pervasive emotions of the school day."

 

As learning professionals we should consider the impact of stressful or boring situations on the ability of our learners to be successful.  The article concludes with a call to action:

 

"Joy and enthusiasm are absolutely essential for learning to happen -- literally, scientifically, as a matter of fact and research. Shouldn't it be our challenge and opportunity to design learning that embraces these ingredients?"

 

Joy and enthusiasm are essential...how are you going to embrace these?

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Terri Rice's curator insight, July 30, 8:39 AM

"Where students of all ages retain the kindergarten enthusiasm....[for] the joy of learning".... Now that is what I hope for in my students everyday. That joy and enthusiasm. Now we know this type of joyful, playful atmosphere enables better imprinting of information into accessible memories. Let's get back to kindergarten thinking!

LSE Learning Technology and Innovation's curator insight, August 1, 5:49 AM

Learning that is rewarding is also learning that's more effective. The challenge lies in producing engaging pedagogies which promote discovery and the joys of learning; something that can be quite challenging in an increasingly metrics driven sector

Imanol Oquiñena's curator insight, August 10, 1:22 AM

The highest-level executive thinking, making connections, and "aha" moments of insight and creative innovation are more likely to occur in an atmosphere of what Alfie Kohn calls exuberant discovery, where students of all ages retain that kindergarten enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning


If students are stressed out, the information cannot get in.


The factors that have been found to affect this comfort level such as self-confidence, trust and positive feelings for teachers, and supportive classroom and school communities are directly related to the state of mind compatible with the most successful learning, remembering, and higher-order thinking



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Connected Learning: The Power Of Social Learning Models

Connected Learning: The Power Of Social Learning Models | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Connected Learning: The Power Of Social Learning Models

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Happy to share this graphic model for connected learning.  The authors of this (and the article attached) note three major shifts:

1) A shift from education to learning. Education is what institutions do, learning is what people do. Digital media enable learning anywhere, anytime; formal learning must also be mobile and just-in-time.

2) A shift from consumption of information to participatory learning. Learning happens best when it is rich in social connections, especially when it is peer-based and organized around learners’ interests, enabling them to create as well as consume information.

3) A shift from institutions to networks. In the digital age, the fundamental operating and delivery systems are networks, not institutions such as schools, which are one node of many on a young person’s network of learning opportunities. People learn across institutions, so an entire learning network must be supported.

Well stated .....Will this shift be felt like an earthquake or a smooth transition?

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Thought leader interview with SAP’s Kerry Brown: Is life now an open book exam?

Thought leader interview with SAP’s Kerry Brown: Is life now an open book exam? | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
In the first of a new series of thought leader interviews in the area of learning technology, I spoke to Kerry Brown, SAP’s VP of Enablement about critical factors in getting adoption for SAP software...
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This interview with Kerry Brown has some interesting thoughts that hit home in dicsussions about moving learning organizations toward the future.  The importance of providing people the right information at the right time and not focusing on memorization or re-gurgitation of information.  Brown states:

   It used to be that we'd see learning as an event that you attend, consume and then go back to ‘real life’. Learning is now a continuum from information to micro-learning to formal learning.

 

A Learning Continuum moves learners through a process and provides flexibility and accessibility of information.  Is your organization ready to move into this bold new world?

 

What do you think of Brown's concluding statement: 

  As a training professional, what you are really giving people is  access to how to be successful. You're giving them technology and toolsets to allow them to do their jobs.

 

   Life is becoming an open book exam. Working life used to be like a test where you had to memorize things and regurgitate them. But now you need to give people access to content that they can use to be successful in their jobs.

 

 

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IS L&D STUCK IN A TIME WARP?

IS L&D STUCK IN A TIME WARP? | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
In this River blog, Randy Emelo, author and thought leader, discusses three movements of the modern workforce that learning and development must adapt to support.
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Are we stuck in the ‘60s, training in the industrial era or have we moved on to the era of preparing and supporting knowledge workers to be successful?

The opinion of the writer of this blog is that most organizations support a “tragically outdated” industrial era learning and development program where learning is an event-based, one-way knowledge transfer.  Today’s workforce is expected to be nimble, agile, efficient, and effective.  Those don't seem to align well.  The challenge is to be honest and ask ourselves - would I really turn to the course I’m creating (or facilitating or the LMS I use) to solve my need? 

Consider making a shift in learning:

                From Conformity to Creativity

                From Information to Wisdom

                From Generalized to Personalized

The challenge is there…what are you doing as a learning professional to help make this shift?

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Your memory isn't perfect, and repetition may make it worse - Quartz

Your memory isn't perfect, and repetition may make it worse - Quartz | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Quartz Your memory isn't perfect, and repetition may make it worse Quartz But a new study published in Learning and Memory suggests that repetition—while strengthening some aspects of memory, such as factual content and speed of recall—may...
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Does repetiion strengthen memory?  I know that there are times that it does... and times that it doesn't.  This writing presents some research information that  "reminds us that memory is not a static record of the past embedded in our neurons; it is a living, imperfect form of thinking that is constantly being rewritten, whether we intend it or not."

 

Sounds like a great case for continuous learning. 

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Big Picture: Ideating | Acumen Learning

Big Picture: Ideating | Acumen Learning | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it

Consider this… You're sitting in a meeting and someone says, "Now that's a good idea! We should move on that." The meeting ends and nothing happens.

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Big Picture Ideation – "idea people talk about opportunities… innovators unravel them."

 

Here is a good discussion starter around ideas and action from the writers of the book Seeing the Big Picture .  

Note that there is a very short video that can be used to set the stage, then a series of thought provoking discussion questions that work well in person or in a virtual discussion.  The discussion centers on how simple cost saving measures, a tweak to a process, or an improvement in efficiency are important innovations.

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3 TRENDS DRIVING THE EVOLUTION OF SOCIAL LEARNING

3 TRENDS DRIVING THE EVOLUTION OF SOCIAL LEARNING | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
In this River blog, Chris Browning, our Chief Operating Officer, discusses three current trends that are driving the evolution of organizational social learning practices.
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Interesting article about collaborative learning and how it has evolved over time.  The three trends noted in the article put and lens of some real shifts in Learning including the Democratization of Learning and Knowledge acquisition and the Marriage of content and context....something that is vital to true learning.

 

The writer clearly states that the succeeding in build a learning culture in an organization "... certainly falls into the category of “easy in concept, more difficult in execution.”

 

 

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Aspen Report Validates and Accelerates Shift to Connected Learning - Education Week News (blog)

Aspen Report Validates and Accelerates Shift to Connected Learning - Education Week News (blog) | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Aspen Report Validates and Accelerates Shift to Connected Learning Education Week News (blog) After a year of research and outreach, today the Aspen Institute Task Force on Learning and Internet released a new report that describes a vision for an...
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Connected learning ... collaborative learning... principles that will help achieve:

"safe, optimized and rewarding learning experiences."

  1. Learners need to be at the center of new learning networks.
  2. Every student should have access to learning networks.
  3. Learning networks need to be interoperable.
  4. Learners should have the literacies necessary to utilize media as well as safeguard themselves in a digital age.
  5. Students should have safe and trusted environments for learning.

 

These make sense to me.  What are we doing to instill these principles in our business?

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ID and Other Reflections: Formal vs. Informal Learning: Gathering My Thoughts Post Learnchat Session Today

ID and Other Reflections: Formal vs. Informal Learning: Gathering My Thoughts Post Learnchat Session Today | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it

ID and other reflections.  A blog about learning, learning organizations, and other misc. musings.

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A good discussion on formal vs informal learning.   


The discussion does a nice job of providing ways to identify each category and in practicality, corporate learning has a need for both.  I think the challenge is that some have become entrenched in the formal and don't account for or do well in the informal.  Other companies live mostly in the informal and lose the advantages of the formal. 


In the end, as Roger Schank points out, “People who learn on their own learn exactly what they find interesting and potentially useful.”  So, an individuals personalized path of learning likely includes both formal and informal.  


The question posed (#4) on figuring out when any learning is not needed,"Where does 'just doing it' and moving on without ever learning a thing become acceptable in terms of performance?" is easy to answer in my mind.  NEVER.  


Even the great Michelangelo when in his 80's is quoted as saying "I am still learning."  Shouldn't we continuously want to learn..even while doing?  Doesn't that drive performance? 

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Email for collaboration - pros and cons | Webiot

Email for collaboration - pros and cons | Webiot | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Over the past 20 years, Keith Burton has been the leading industry practitioner in employee communication and change management. As partner at Brunswick Group ...
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There is a lot of good thought in this article.  In particular for the area of collaborative learning, Mr. Burton notes that the new generation needs “pull” more than having information pushed to them. 

And less is more. I’m finding that companies in change are driving complexity into simplicity. It’s not War and Peace that we need. But it’s more than 140 characters, too. It’s the right amount of context and detail, often set within a story or anecdote that illustrates or informs our point. 


Look at where you and your company are today with collaboration and emails.  In the context of collaborative learning, many times we are stifling opportunities for growth.  Rather than a general email blasted out to everyone... consider what alternatives might be better.

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Curation as Digital Literacy Practice

Curation as Digital Literacy Practice | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
I have been writing my PhD so haven't updated this blog for a while. Thesis writing is taking up a lot of my mental space as I get the ideas, storyline and contentions to 'coalesce' and cohere in a...
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A discussion on digital curation.  Ibrar Bhatt notes that her research on digital curation shows that is not just about finding relevant material, although that is a significant part of it, but is also about creating a specific and unique experience by utilizing the resulting materials which then become contextualised within a new space.


Digital curation for learning is exactly this, identifying relevant material and adding to it context or discussion elements that create a unique experience........not merely repeating what has already been done.


The illustration used really shows how you can review hundreds of pieces of information to identify those nuggets that make sense for your context.


A good discussion and easy way to share a deeper understanding of curation.

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Fixing Your Social Learning Network

Fixing Your Social Learning Network | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Employees say they get more out of informal learning, but many social learning programs fail to engage. Here’s what you can do to change that.
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Stick with this article.  I think that it provides good insight around the need to strategically use social/collaborative learning platforms to broaden the informal learning that is so impactful to most peoples development. 

Empower employees to learn and share, provide them the tools to do it and reward them for successes.  Only one third of that equation has to do with the platform... or tool. 

 

So, focus on the informal learning aspects and see how new tools might help scale those aspects.

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Expecting to teach enhances learning, recall - Washington University in St. Louis News

Expecting to teach enhances learning, recall - Washington University in St. Louis News | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Washington University in St. Louis News
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Knowing that you might have to teach someone else about a topic increases recall and enhances learning. 

 

This article sets out information based on a recently published report that supports the notion that people will learn more when they believe that they may need to teach someone else.  How can we use this in our design and delivery?

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Unexpected Ways Millennials Are Impacting Higher Education - Huffington Post

Unexpected Ways Millennials Are Impacting Higher Education - Huffington Post | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Unexpected Ways Millennials Are Impacting Higher Education Huffington Post Millennials are rapidly expanding the traditional college classroom, demanding more online learning solutions and a more collaborative atmosphere between students and...
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Interesting article from Huffington Post about millennials impact on higher education.  I believe that these mellinnials will also continue into the workforce, so read this with an eye toward the future of corporate learning.

 

More advanced degree recipients might mean new employees that have a higher level of knowledge and skill when they walk in the door.

 

MOOCs continue to show up because of the appeal to scale and the challenge of managing measuring that scale.

 

And...collaborative learning opportunities.  Not just read this book, do this problem, take this test, but rather...let's learn together. 

In fact, a study by NYU found retention soared when learning roles were more collaborative. The average retention for a static lecture was only five percent, and for reading, retention only went up to 10 percent.

However, discussion groups led to 50 percent retention, while practice by doing led to 75 percent retention of material.

There is also information supporting learning from each other by using a strategy of having students as teachers. 

How can we apply these ideas to corporate learning?  What challenges might we face?

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The Importance of Informal Learning Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

The Importance of Informal Learning Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
How much informal learning is occurring today and the impact it is having towards developing skills relevant to the workplace. Importance of Informal Learning!

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This infographic speaks for itself very well.  Take a look at the information and make your call if informal learning is important.

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20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers

20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers
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This article is a little dated and focused toward high school classrooms, however, there are a lot of good foundational practices that can translate into the business world.

 

Especially consider how #3, 4, 7, 9, and 11 would manifest in the corporate learning environment of today.

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The Other 21st Century Skills

The Other 21st Century Skills | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century (I know it is an overused phrase).  I have an affinity towards the skills identified by Tony...
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Interesting insite on the work to identify the skills important to today's learner.  There is a mix of technical skills and social emotional skills noted.  The details in the article provide some great, thought provoking discussions.

 

After you read the article, share which you see as the biggest challenge. 

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How to Curate Knowledge, Turn it Into Wisdom, and Build Your Audience - Copyblogger

How to Curate Knowledge, Turn it Into Wisdom, and Build Your Audience - Copyblogger | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
To build an audience that will build your business, you need wisdom. How do you gain this wisdom? By making a consistent habit of curating knowledge.
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Linking you to a podcast that takes an interesting dive into emotional intelligence, curation of knowledge, wisdom, and chess.  Two specific take aways from this 30 minute podcast (that is well worth the time)...  First, look at how you read and learn to read more efficiently.  Secondly, consider how you organize and use what you learn.

 

Curation of knowledge, using empathy to gain a deeper understanding of other's use of knowledge, being able to integrate that knowledge into your life so that you can associate the information to different situations and share it with others.  Turning curated knowledge to wisdom.

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Collaborative Learning: more than group discussions? | Zostera Ltd

Collaborative Learning: more than group discussions? | Zostera Ltd | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
#trainers #learning From our blog: Collaborative Learning: more than group discussions? http://t.co/S7x3dwdhlP
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An interesting story to remind us that the success of true collaborative learning really depends on how well the collaborative task is designed and facilitated.

I would add that collaboration between the designer and facilitator will be key to that success also.

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Build Your Pipeline With Young Leaders

Build Your Pipeline With Young Leaders | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Find out how one company is exposing youth to the business world through an experiential learning model, fostering the development of business literacy and leadership skills.
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A pretty long blog recounting an interview on building young talent.  There is a lot of interesting information here.  My focus was pointed toward the discussion about the three things that have been identified that appeal to the young people today:  Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.

 

The suggestion:

One of the ways organizations can address these three areas is by creating unique learning opportunities for entry-level employees. This continued development would also include continued advanced-level simulations that expose entry-level employees to the skills they will need in the future. These can be done by simply pulling past cases and seeing how the new team would have solved the case. This would also help prepare the employees with the skills that they would need to grow to attain next levels of management.

 

How does your business address these important areas for younger employees?  

 

 

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