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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...

Via Nik Peachey
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Intresting course... worth more investigation....

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Kati Sipp's curator insight, September 10, 2013 8:39 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 9:22 PM

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

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 22, 2013 11:46 AM

Student-centric learning approaches

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Infographics Defined in 60 Seconds [Animated Video] - Copyblogger

Infographics Defined in 60 Seconds [Animated Video] - Copyblogger | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Watch the animated video for the term “infographic” from our Content Marketing Glossary that helps you master content marketing terms.
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A great infographic can provide more information in a short period of time... even shorter than it took you to read this written conten!

 

Read and watch... and learn about invographics!

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THE CASE FOR DIRECTED SOCIAL LEARNING - RIVER - Mentoring Software & Social Learning Software for Talent Development

THE CASE FOR DIRECTED SOCIAL LEARNING - RIVER - Mentoring Software & Social Learning Software for Talent Development | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
In this River blog from Chris Browning, he writes that three faulty assumptions have caused the social learning pendulum to swing too far in the unstructured direction. A more moderate approach is needed; Browning suggests directed social learning.
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More structure to the collaborative learning offerings makes sense in today's environment.  Giving some framework and guiding focus will help increase the impact without increasing the investment. 

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What does neuroscience say about learning styles?

What does neuroscience say about learning styles? | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it

Do any of the learning theories really help people learn?

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This article explores the possibility that designing programs to meet specific learning styles might not be impactful.  Interesting read and be sure to take a look at the linked materials!

 

 

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5 Parenting Books That Can Help You Be A Better Manager

5 Parenting Books That Can Help You Be A Better Manager | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
There are a lot of similarities between parenting and management, so we asked the experts for books that can help you be better at both.
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Some interesting insights based on parenting books.  The information on two principles from "Have a new kid by Friday" by Kevin Leman really make sense....  never do anything for your kids that they can do for themselves, and stop overtalking.  I can apply these today.


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How to Train Your Brain for High Performance

Everybody sees the world through the lenses of three sets of beliefs. Making all three more effective increases your mental performance.
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Take a look at this "Mindset Structure".  Interesting concept to use when thinking about how mindsets determine our actions.  


Good fodder for discussion.

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The difficulty of un-learning

The difficulty of un-learning | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it

Un-learning to learn.

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This blog provides some thought provoking discussion on the importance of informal learning in the process of learning.  In the article, I found a couple of really interesting comments...


"Th stunning capability of people to do the wrong things demonstrates how effective informal learning really is."


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"The challenge of changing ineffective behaviour is not learning new stuff – at least not at first. The challenge is un-learning the old stuff; the stuff learned by doing what everyone else does;..."


Wow... no there's a challenge...to use informal learning to un-learn the old stuff.

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Pitching with Plato: Why the Socratic method can help get your startup funded

Pitching with Plato: Why the Socratic method can help get your startup funded | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Plato would be right at home pitching an idea to a full room of VCs in Silicon Valley. Instead of delivering straightforward instruction, he made dialogue the center of focus for developing his ideas...
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Engaging in conversation and participating in a shared environment helps in connecting with people in many ways.  This article notes three outcomes that are helpful...meeting people on the same plane, developing our own knowledge further, and going beyond the "content at hand."


Some good information to consider that might impact how we communicate...after all, this has been going on for thousands of years.

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When It Makes Sense To Be A More Authoritative Leader

When It Makes Sense To Be A More Authoritative Leader | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
An authoritative leadership style is best used in situations when a company seems to be drifting. See if this style is right for you.
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While the real strength of a great leader is the ability to flex the style of leadership to appropriately respond to the particular people and situation, this article does a nice job of a deeper conversation about the authoritative style of leadership.


When does it make sense? Are there varying types of authoritative leaders?  What are the possible pitfalls for using this style?  

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The Real Reason You Have Such A Terrible Memory

The Real Reason You Have Such A Terrible Memory | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Technology is distorting the way our brains process memories. Shut the smartphone off during meetings, and tune into music to recharge.
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There is an important link between our ability to listen and store memories. When we’re able to cut out distractions and focus on becoming better listeners, we set ourselves up for success.


Increasing our ability to learn sometimes means we need to become more focused listeners.  This article includes some suggestions for individuals who wish to "keep your wits about you longer."


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Why Executives Should Stop Quitting To Find Work-Life Balance

Why Executives Should Stop Quitting To Find Work-Life Balance | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
It's not good enough to find balance if your employees can't. It's time for the C-Suite to make work-life balance a part of company policy.
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Thinking about implementing a flexible work program?  This article provides some great fodder that includes some specific business benefits to flexible work policies.  There are also some must read steps to implementing programs in your workplace.


A key step is to lead from the top.  "If people don't see the managers and execs using the programs, they won't feel safe to do so themselves."  

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The Worst Way To End A Meeting

The Worst Way To End A Meeting | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
You've probably ended many meetings by asking if anyone has questions. Here's why that's a terrible idea, and what you should do instead.
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Any questions?  


Not a great way to end any meeting or presentation!  This article points out why it's not a good idea and provides some things you can do in the alternative.


Share with a colleague one way you plan to change the way you end meetings. 

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How to Make Infographics Work for eLearning Courses (Tips and Tricks)

How to Make Infographics Work for eLearning Courses (Tips and Tricks) | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
If you had not been living under the rock (read: away from the Internet), you know infographics are everywhere. They are on websites. They show up on whitepapers. They are in the ads. They are splashed all over newspapers.
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Infographics can be a great tool when they are properly constructed.  Otherwise, they become a mash up of information and pictures that don't make sense and make information overwhelming.  


This article provides some great ideas on infographics.

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Seven Tips for Breaking into the World of Instructional Design

Seven Tips for Breaking into the World of Instructional Design | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
What does an instructional designer do when he or she is at work?
He hobnobs with clients who may be life coaches, entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals, owners of production units, real estate magnates, or banking professionals.
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Great tips on how to grow in the area of instructional design.   For those of you that might be interested, you will find some good links to additional resources.  


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3 REASONS WHY COLLABORATIVE LEARNING NEEDS TO BE PART OF YOUR SOCIAL LEARNING STRATEGY - RIVER - Mentoring Software & Social Learning Software for Talent Development

3 REASONS WHY COLLABORATIVE LEARNING NEEDS TO BE PART OF YOUR SOCIAL LEARNING STRATEGY - RIVER - Mentoring Software & Social Learning Software for Talent Development | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Collaborative and social learning—you might think they are the same thing, but they're not. Your social learning strategy should include collaborative learning as a core element. Here are three reasons why in this River blog from Chris Browning.
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Collaborative learning is more of a structured learning than "social learning".  This article does a nice job setting out thinking in this area.

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Seven Ways To Stay Productive In A Distraction-Ridden Office

Seven Ways To Stay Productive In A Distraction-Ridden Office | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Cubicles were and still are widely hated. But as their walls came down, a host of distractions and interruptions flooded in.
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Less walls means more opportunity for distractions.  How do you deal with them and remain productive?

 

This article has some good suggestions to consider...how do you manage the distractions?

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These Are The 10 Weirdest Interview Questions Employers Are Asking

These Are The 10 Weirdest Interview Questions Employers Are Asking | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
The interview process can be grueling, more so when you get a curveball question. Here are the 10 strangest asked by major U.S. employers.
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This may seem odd to share in a community focused on collaborative learning, but hear me out.... Interviewing is a process of learning about a person in a collaborative setting.  Using odd-ball type questions like these noted here, can really provide good insight into an individuals thinking.

 

To observe someone work through a question like " How many basketballs would it take to fill this room?" can be an effective way to get a feel for how they process and think through the issue at hand.  Purposeful questions can serve you well.

 

As an interviewee, it becomes clear that talking through the process is important... while not just filling time with "noise"... 

 

Think about how you might answer these questions... maybe it will help you prepare for future interviews.

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The Productivity Hacks Of 12 Successful People

The Productivity Hacks Of 12 Successful People | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
The secret to working more efficiently isn't about working more or less, but smarter. So we asked 12 successful people how they do it.
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Some great productivity hacks here.  6, 7, and 8 are particularly important in my eyes... How about you?  Is there one or two that you would like to adopt?

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Why Top Companies And MBA Programs Are Teaching Improv

Why Top Companies And MBA Programs Are Teaching Improv | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Executive MBA programs at Duke, MIT, UCLA, and Stanford have realized that leaders need training in how to fail.
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Being able to adapt quickly to a changing environment and moving ideas forward by building on them in a positive way...both are key skills for leaders in business.  One of the most effective collaborative learning experiences to help build these skills can come from a class in Improv.  


This article does a nice job reviewing why many MBA programs are adding Improv to their curriculum.  


How can you use Improv or elements similar to improv to improve your programs? 

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Feedback | Management Excellence by Art Petty - Part 2

Frequent conversations strengthen professional development.

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The six ideas noted in this article provide good fodder to consider.  Especially important in my mind is #5, a reminder to use questions to teach.  


Pick one of the ideas and give it a try.

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Training Magazine Network » Events » Integrating Social Media into the Virtual Classroom » Vignettes Learning

Training Magazine Network » Events » Integrating Social Media into the Virtual Classroom » Vignettes Learning | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Training Magazine Network
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Using social media in classroom training....?????

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How To Master The Opposing Sides Of Your Brain

How To Master The Opposing Sides Of Your Brain | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
People are often promoted for their analytic ability, but they may lack the people skills needed to be a good manager.
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Managers must manage both sides of your brain.  

This article from FastCompany provides some good information about how analytic abilities tend to shut down the empathetic side of the brain.  Being able to switch between the two sides of you brain to provide the proper focus is a skill that we should all work to develop.  


What are you doing to exercise your switching ability?

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Everyone Failed To Ride This Bicycle. The Reason Behind Is Mind-Boggling

Riding a bicycle is a life skill we learn as kids that sticks with us for a lifetime. Once you learn it, you never forget it. But...
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Changing learned behaviors are as easy as riding a bike...or not...


This video provides some great insight into the difficulty of changing knowledge into understanding and practice.


How does this relate to learning?  Perhaps one thing is to recognize that we sometimes must unlearn something before we can learn something new.

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What's Wrong With Management Training And How To Fix It

What's Wrong With Management Training And How To Fix It | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
When most management training isn't very effective, how does the next generation of leaders build its chops?
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Some tips on fixing the management training in organizations.  A focus on making the training more practical, targeted, and respectful of time.


This serves as a good measuring stick to use for your programs.

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Case Study-Based Learning: Enhancing Learning Through Immediate Application

Discover the benefits of this practical approach to learning... and find out how to make it part of your training and development efforts.
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A great article about using Case Studies in Learning.  


Case studies tend to focus on the "why" and "how" and help develop problem-solving skills...but how do you get the most from this tool?  This includes a brief outline of how to create a case study for your particular need.


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5 Tips to Learn and Remember Names

5 Tips to Learn and Remember Names | Collaborative Learning | Scoop.it
Getting someone’s name right helps you forge a deeper connection with them.
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I am always impressed when someone remembers my name...especially after the first meeting.  This skill is mastered by practicing some particular actions that will help you recall names...


If you want to make deep connections, use the names of the people you are connecting with... Pick one of these actions and practice it consistently for a month or so... you'll be amazed at how it improves your retention and interactions. 

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