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GUEST COMMENTARY: Liberal arts is about learning to learn - nwitimes.com

GUEST COMMENTARY: Liberal arts is about learning to learn - nwitimes.com | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
I know many families are having conversations about what kind of college education to pursue. Sign up for classes that promise immediate skill building, perhaps even certification in a task
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This is like the old argument that you should take Latin to understand word origins and your own language. That's BS. Better you should study linguistics.


And as for taking liberal arts because it's going to teach you to learn, the author misses the big point. College, his focus, is such a tiny fraction of what we learn in our lives, that's not where we should focus our attention. Better you should study psychology, neuroscience, and instructional design. 


I'm totally biased on this. The Real Learning Project concentrates on making people meta-learners. It's like taking linguistics instead of Latin.


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Leave Learning to Employees | 2015-10-26 | CLOmedia

Leave Learning to Employees | 2015-10-26 | CLOmedia | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
In “Looney Tunes” shorts, no matter how many ditches he digs, anvils he drops or rockets he launches, Wile E. Coyote never catches the Road Runner. Meanwhile, he completely ignores the fact that his skill set, which includes painting tunnels that become real for the bird to run through, could be monetized so that he can buy as much road runner meat as he wants without breaking a sweat — or, every bone in his body.   This observation is precisely what drove education company . . .
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Leave Learning to Employees

By Kate Everson

CLO magazine November 2015

 

http://www.clomedia.com/articles/6536-leave-learning-to-employees

 

The article describes the CLO of Kaplan as he adapts to a world where employees can route around learning to find their own content. They don’t need him any more

 

Learner-created content presents a challenge to CLOs: they want to control it.

 

EasyGenerator CEO Kasper Spiro points out that you can’t. Learner-created content is out of control by definition. Better that CLOs focus on creating ecosystems that support learning, knowledge-sharing, and social interaction.

 

Kaplan set up a wiki that has proved very successful. (I’d call this working smarter, not learning, but that’s not a big issue). They tag wiki entries with an approval rating which strikes me as controlling but maybe not.

 

“Even if CLOs monitor learning closely, workers will still send around links to TED Talks and Harvard Business Review…” Of course. The CLO long ago abdicated responsibility for the totality that might be labeled learning in favor of focusing on specific issues.

 

The article returns to employee-created or shared content. A consultant discourages employee-made learning materials because of the lack of proficiency among the employees. What nonsense. What does this do to morale?

 

“CLOs have a make sure the channels hosting employee-created or shared materials are congruent.” Why is that? Most organizations are not congruent. I think CLOs should be worrying about other things.

 

The Kaplan CLO states his situation honestly:

 

At the end of the day, I as the learning professional am not going to change how the business runs. I can help influence it, but management owns the day, employees own their day. They’re going to do what they need to do to accomplish their objectives, so how do I fit into that and help shift that if I want to try to nuance it, as opposed to ask them to meet me where I’m comfortable.

 

This is one of those articles that begins with the right questions but offers pedestrian, half-way measures as solutions.

 

The CLO feigns near helplessness. Instead of wringing his hands, he could:

 

  • have his team fill the roles Jane Hart advocates in Modern Workplace Learning: collaboration specialists, community managers, and performance advisors.

 

  • apply the new 70:20:10:100 performance framework to identify the gaps most rewarding to fill.

 

  • help employees become effective DIY learners by making Real Learning available.

 

  • sell his management on the new reality that learning = working and the learning ecosystem approach.

 

In this age of the extended enterprise, I’d stretch this beyond employees to contingent workers, outsourced suppliers, distribution partners, and others in the value chain. 

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DIY learning: Schoolers, Edupunks, and Makers challenge education as we know it - O'Reilly Radar

DIY learning: Schoolers, Edupunks, and Makers challenge education as we know it - O'Reilly Radar | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
Schoolers, Edupunks and Makers are showing us what's possible when learners, not institutions, own the education that will define their lives.
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Spread the DIY movement to learning. That's what Real Learning is about.

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Skills and Strategies | Making Inferences - New York Times (blog)

Skills and Strategies | Making Inferences - New York Times (blog) | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
In every Skills and Strategies post, we’ll focus on either a skill that students need or a strategy teachers can use across the curriculum.
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Skim before you read. This filters out time-wasters. 

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Why university course lengths should be halved - Virgin.com

Why university course lengths should be halved  - Virgin.com | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
As university students prepare to return to their colleges, or arrive for the first time, I have been thinking about the effectiveness of the current higher education system. I did not go to university - I left school to start my first businesses and never looked back. But of course university has a...
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Less is more. (And to think, he has a severe learning disorder.)

Makes one wonder how much less a university could get away with and still function. The phrase "weekend MBA" makes one wonder how many weekends? When does a university become a diploma mill? 

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New Literacies

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The new 21st century literacies: what are they, why do we need them, how do we go about learning them
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People disagree on what 21st century literacies we need. Robin Good has selected lots of opinions. A enlightening collection of graphics on the topic at Pinterest.

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3 Ways That Higher Ed Will Look Different in 2025 | Technology and Learning | InsideHigherEd

3 Ways That Higher Ed Will Look Different in 2025 | Technology and Learning | InsideHigherEd | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
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This seems too cheery for me. "The growth of online learning programs, and learning at scale, have driven many educators to seek out the research on effective pedagogy?" Why weren't educators concerned about pedagogy earlier? Why do one-hour lectures persist? Why do faculty not pick up on the lessons of Ebbinghaus?

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When It Comes to Experiential Learning, One Course at a Time Trumps College ... - Huffington Post

When It Comes to Experiential Learning, One Course at a Time Trumps College ... - Huffington Post | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
Location may not matter. Cornell College faculty lead classes and our students hold internships around the globe every month of the academic year. We are located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, a town of about 4,600 residents.
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Hey Cornell, interleaving content creates more lasting memories than monoculture. 

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the literacy of the 21st century

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Work is learning, and learning is the work. I have repeated this hundreds of times over the past six years and I know some people may think it is a trite statement. But the fact that learning is usually supported by an organizational department that has less influence than sales, marketing, operations, or information technology, shows that learning is not a priority in most enterprises. It’s often bolted on after the major decisions have been made. Several times on consulting engagements I have been perceived as ‘the learning guy’ dealing with a minor aspect of the ‘real’ project.

Via Edumorfosis, steve batchelder
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Work is learning and learning is the work. I said it in Informal Learning ten years ago. Now I"m calling work/learning NetWork. 

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Chris Christian's curator insight, November 24, 2015 1:47 AM

nuts & bolts thinking, in a time where everything appears to be screwed

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nuts & bolts thinking, in a time where everything appears to be screwed

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How to Get Better at Almost Anything

How to Get Better at Almost Anything | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
And guess what? Talent may not be necessary.
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Deliberate practice seems so obvious yet many people miss the benefit.

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ID and Other Reflections: 7 Strategies to Facilitate "Working Out Loud"

ID and Other Reflections: 7 Strategies to Facilitate "Working Out Loud" | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
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Great summary of Working Aloud from Sahana.

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Helen Crump's curator insight, June 25, 2015 9:13 AM

Review of classic text foe Working Out Loud.

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GUEST POST by Jay Cross: Why Content Curation Should be in Your Training Skillset

GUEST POST by Jay Cross: Why Content Curation Should be in Your Training Skillset | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
Curation can boost your profit and help your people grow. It can save millions, reduce frustration, and boost the velocity of information in your organization. It starts in a gallery. You expect the curator of an art gallery to know the collection and to: search out the best items select for the collection authenticate and …
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Pamela Perry King's curator insight, June 2, 2015 3:41 PM

Curation is a great way to build your Personal Learning Network. Would like to get a little bit better with it.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, June 4, 2015 8:38 PM

Curation is also a great form of DIY professional development. 

Consultants-E's curator insight, June 27, 2015 5:03 PM

If you don't curate content already, you may find this interesting.

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The 37 Best Websites to Learn Something New - TIME

The 37 Best Websites to Learn Something New - TIME | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
Expand your knowledge
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Nice list of current ed content sites. I was taken aback to see a PornTube ad on Time magazine's site. 

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The Learning Network | Skills and Strategies | Doodling, Sketching and 'Mind ... - New York Times (blog)

The Learning Network | Skills and Strategies | Doodling, Sketching and 'Mind ... - New York Times (blog) | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
The broad concept of “drawing to learn” is gaining respect and popularity from classrooms to boardrooms. Here are some ways to try it out with Times content.
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Yes, yes, yes. The world is not all words. Doodle, draw, diagram, scribble -- they put you in a different frame of mind than minimalist text. All of them are part of Real Learning, including Sunni. 

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Lecture Me. Really.

Lecture Me. Really. | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
The vogue for active learning blinds us to the value of ancient teaching methods.
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The author has been blinded by ancient teaching methods. The problem with lectures is that humans can't pay attention that long. See Donald Clark's article in the Guardian, Ten Reasons We Should Ditch Lectures. Also see Twilight of the Lecture in Harvard Magazine.

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Take less time explaining simple concepts to new employees

Take less time explaining simple concepts to new employees | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
6,000 one-minute video lessons to teach everything today’s employees need
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"6,000 one-minute video lessons to teach everything today’s employees need" reminds me of the old days, when the holy grail was learning objects. A wise voice said "You could have all the movie objects you want and still not assemble Citizen Kane." I'll want to find out what sort of topics Grovo covers and how. I'm thinking of doing a small-scale video add on to Real Learning, but as guidance and motivation, not as content-carrier. I groan when I hit some how-to video that's so much slower than reading and a chart. 

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The case against e-readers: Why reading paper books is better for your mind.

The case against e-readers: Why reading paper books is better for your mind. | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
Hard copy books are just more pleasant to read.
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I read books both ways but find that it's so much easier to abandon an ebook than a hard copy. Somehow, I  read online with a short-term mindset. If the going gets tough or the author dawdles, click and I'm out of there. 


I've ordered 25 books from Amazon this year and don't know how many from other sources.

1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover's Life ListBadass: Making Users AwesomeCreating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the WorldDon't Go Back to School: A Handbook for Learning AnythingGault & Millau Deutschland 2014How Google WorksHow We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It HappensInformal Learning: Rediscovering the Natural Pathways That Inspire Innovation and PerformanceMake It Stick: The Science of Successful LearningMake School Meaningful-And Fun! (Solutions)MICHELIN Guide Deutschland 2015 (Michelin Guide/Michelin) (German Edition)Mindset: The New Psychology of SuccessRick Steves Germany 2015Self-Directed Learning: A Practical Guide to Design, Development, and Implementation (Jossey-Bass Management)Social Engineering: The Art of Human HackingThe Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of TraumaThe Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things RightThe First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast!The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital RevolutionThe New Social Learning: Connect. Collaborate. Work., 2nd EditionThe Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and BusinessTraveling With Your Pet: The AAA PetBook
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Adults are learning, but need more encouragement | Training Journal

Adults are learning, but need more encouragement | Training Journal | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
Since adult learning often does not lead to a qualification, many people may be discouraged from participating therefore business are being urged to validate all types of non-formal and informal learning to count towards a recognised qualification and consequently lead on to other learning pathways.
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How short-sighted. "Since adult learning often does not lead to a qualification, many people may be discouraged from participating therefore business are being urged to validate all types of non-formal and informal learning to count towards a recognised qualification and consequently lead on to other learning pathways."


Where does this end? CEO Certificates? Become a certified manager? Or just do the job right? 


Are we supposed to trust businesses to validate learning? How? If grades and test scores are bogus (and they generally are), what measures will they use to certify people? 


Intrinsically motivated learning works best but isn't easily certifiable. 


This smells like yet another attempt to control learners rather than setting them free. 

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The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies

The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
Considerable evidence shows that overwork is not just neutral — it hurts us and the companies we work for. Numerous studies by Marianna Virtanen of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and her colleagues (as well as other studies) have found that overwork and the resulting stress can lead to all sorts of health problems, including impaired sleep, depression, heavy drinking, diabetes, impaired memory, and heart disease. Of course, those are bad on their own. But they’re also terrible for a company’s bottom line, showing up as absenteeism, turnover, and rising health insurance costs. Even the Scroogiest of employers, who cared nothing for his employees’ well-being, should find strong evidence here that there are real, balance-sheet costs incurred when employees log crazy hours.
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Overwork is counterproductive. Take the afternoon off. 

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Sue Hickton's curator insight, August 25, 2015 2:54 AM

My vote goes to the psychological aspects! **sigh** - however, interesting to note that bit about employers not noticing the difference in their employees actually doing 80 h a week and those that are pretending to.  Hindsight - you suxxorz!

Jose Luis Yañez's curator insight, August 30, 2015 7:44 AM

The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies

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3 Constant Personal Development Activities Successful People Never Stop - Pulse

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3 Constant Personal Development Activities Successful People Never Stop
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Investment of time and money on personal development.
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1. Get to know yourself. Invest the time.

2. Invest time in your personal development

3. Share. Get your karma account in balance. 


Compare what Aha! seeks to instill:


  • Work smarter and have more impact
  • Learn faster and remember more
  • Embrace openness and learn out loud
  • Make sound learning practices into lifelong habits
  • Co-create knowledge with colleagues
  • Plan how to achieve your growth goals
  • Learn to be the person you aspire to be
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70 exercises to help you Work Out Loud | Working Out Loud

70 exercises to help you Work Out Loud | Working Out Loud | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
Many people who have read Working Out Loud have asked if I could put all the exercises in one place for easy reference. So I created a free workbook. You can download it here: Working Out Loud: Exercise Workbook This 42-page workbook is based on the 70 exercises in Working Out Loud. The exercises are presented in the same order…

Via Andrew Gerkens
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The URL for the free workbook is http://workingoutloud.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/WOL-Resources-List-of-Exercises-.pdf


The exercises aren't rocket science but that's a good thing. Things you can do in less than a minute and in less than 5 minutes. From John Stepper. 

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22 Killer Personal Development Resources You’re Missing Out On

22 Killer Personal Development Resources You’re Missing Out On | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
Sometimes you find what you need for personal development, but you still have a sense that there's got to be more. Here are 22 killer personal development resources you're missing out on.
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You've heard of most of these but expect a few surprises. 

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Learning Agility - A 2020 Leadership Competency

Learning Agility - A 2020 Leadership Competency | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
Learning agility is one of the ten Leader 2020 competencies identified by AJO and arguably, it is more important than ever as leadership roles become more complex in the dynamic, uncertain and global business environments in which we operate today. In this post we discuss what learning agility is; how you assess it and how you develop it.
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Want Free Online Education? Visit These Sites: EdX, MIT OpenCourseware ... - Tech Times

Want Free Online Education? Visit These Sites: EdX, MIT OpenCourseware ... - Tech Times | Learn for Yourself | Scoop.it
Online education has evolved from simply offering hobby-focused lessons to those involving higher learning. Some of the popular online educations sites that offer free online courses include EdX, MIT OpenCourseware, CodeAcademy, Coursera and Moz.
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Amazing, the growing number of learning opportunities on the web. 

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