Posts Tagged "Jane Hart"

My top 10 Learning Tools for 2011

It’s that time of the year again folks when Jane Hart is reminding us all to submit our ‘Top 10 Learning Tools 2011/of the year’. This is something that I contributed to for the first time last year and it was interesting to see where my preferred tools came in the ‘Top 100’ ranking structure that Jane works out from all of our submissions, it is also a great place to catch wind of any new tools that are out there. I am once again contributing to this years list, however I have decided to take a different tack. Whereas my list last year probably (I say probably because I can’t specifically remember) contained things like: Twitter YouTube Google Reader Slideshare etc I have decided to approach things from a different angle this year and have decided not to concentrate on the actual platform, but to think more carefully about how I get access to that platform. After all, it’s no good being a member of some of these wonderful online platforms if you can’t get to them. There are also a few in there just to remind us all that sometimes the answer doesn’t need to be a ‘click‘ away at all! I think it’s also worth mentioning that I have only very recently started working in a new organisation, Epic. What better time to consider what tools have been effective for my personal learning, within a real-time learning moment. So here’s my Top 10 list of learning tools, in no particular order. 1. My phone (this allows me to phone people up and ask them a question, at which point I find Tool No 6 to be particularly useful) 2. My iPad (this allows me to review online information and communications in order to bring me up to speed on a given subject, of course without Tool No 4 I am somewhat limited in what I can do) 3. My laptop (not only can I do everything on this that I can do on Tool No 2, but I can also far more easily create content, which of course allows me to reflect upon what I am creating thus adding to my own personal learning experience) 4. Internet signal – WiFi/3G/4G/Ethernet (come on admit it, how many of you who submitted an entry into Janes Top 100 tools, overlooked the fact that *most* if not all of the tools you suggested rely upon being able to gain and maintain access to the t’internet?) 5. Falling over – not literally of course, I mean making mistakes. What more powerful tool can there be for learning than those amazing synapses in our brains firing adrenaline, emotions such as guilt, worry, embarrassment, shock etc after we have realised we have made a mistake. Sometimes bruised egos, flushed cheeks and yes – scraped knees serve us very well indeed. 6. My ears – let’s be honest, they’re in ‘receive mode’ far more than our Internet signal. Next time you’re amongst your team colleagues just allow yourself to listen to what’s being said…. 7. The Epic intranet – a purpose-built repository of the specific ‘must/should/and could knows’ of my organisation. This has been of immense use to me over the last couple of weeks and no doubt will continue to be so in the future. 8. The guy who sits opposite me – His name is Andy Costello and he has been a godsend to me during my first few weeks working at Epic. Not only providing support when I have asked for it, but also providing it when he anticipates I am...

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Learning Beyond the Course (eLN event)

Once again I have been lucky enough to attend a fantastic CPD event in the shape of todays eLN event – Learning Beyond the Course. @RobHubbard was our compère for the day, decked out as usual in a gloriously flowery shirt (where do you get them from Rob?) In line with my previous Blog post ‘Small Chunks‘ I was committed to taking away 1 Action Planning point per session that I could actually do something with back in my organisation. Here we go… Ben Betts – And Now For Something Completely Different… If you’ve ever wondered what you can do with a paper clip, a stick, some constraint and a carrot then you’ll be gutted that you missed Ben’s session. But ‘cos he’s a good bloke he’s blogged about it in some detail here. Which leads me to my action planning point(s) Try and sweet-talk Ben into sending me the game that he kicked his session off with (very clever and innovative) Read Daniel Pink’s Drive (Ben referenced this several times and as we have it sat in our library it makes sense to have a look) Graeme Duncan – Breaking Down Barriers: The Ubiquitous Delivery of Thin Client Immersive Simulations I’ll be the first to admit that the title of this session was more than a little off-putting when I read about this event on the eLN website, but once I realised that we were going to be ‘virtually’ running around a Type 22 RN frigate, putting out fires and catching saboteurs I was hooked! It was certainly enlightening  to hear that Caspian Learning have been creating some realistic virtual environments for some VERY security-conscious clients…. interesting… Log into Thinking Worlds and request a demo Invite Graeme into my organisation to demo Thinking Worlds. Ed Stonestreet – Not eLearning Ed reminded us that the elearning industry is worth $10bn and is almost without exception dull, dry and academic. As I work within a highly-regulated Industry I could certainly relate to Ed’s point that it is focussed on those who have a mandate to learn, those who need to tick a box. Apparently only 20% of any audience is motivated and inspired to act, the other 80% may have a latent interest but they need to be engaged, entertained and wowed in order to get them to participate. How can this be done….? Well Ed went on to explain in not so many words the Affective Context model, which I aren’t going to attempt to explain here, instead I’ll direct you towards Nick Shackleton-Jones blog. Ed made such a good job of raising the issue of ‘engagement’ and ‘interest raising’ that I am going to direct our internal Learning Facilitators towards the Affective Context model video. Review the YooDoo tool that Ed is involved in. Rob had promised us an excellent lunch and Holborn Bars certainly didn’t disappoint!!! Following lunch we had 3 great Pecha Kucha presentations, I’ve come to realise that these appear to be a staple element of an eLN event and I look forward to seeing them; who knows I may even present one at the November event (if anybody from the eLN board is reading this, that wasn’t a formal commitment!) Jane Hart – Transforming Workplace Learning with Social Media Jane Hart – Transforming Workplace Learning with Social Media It was great to see Jane Hart again after lunch as the last time we met was at a Twitter workshop that she ran back in the Spring at the Informatology conference. Jane (as always) did a great job of proving the power of Twitter as a crowd-sourcing tool by calling upon her Twitter followers...

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From Anti-Social to Social, all in a day!

I was fortunate today to participate in one of Jane Harts Masterclasses entitled ‘The use of social media in Learning’, but before I get on to that I desperately need to ask the following question “What part of ‘Quiet Coach’ don’t people understand on Virgin Trains”? I spent the best part of 2 1/2 hours this morning sharing a train carriage with Wayne and Waynetta Slob and their kids from hell!!! Alarm Bells started to sound in my head when Waynetta went to the buffet car at 0817hrs and returned with 2 x cans of lager for Wayne (are Virgin even allowed to sell alcohol at that time?) The kids language was more colourful than Josephs amazing technicolour dreamcoat and from somebody who spent 16 years in the Army, believe me, I’m not shocked easily… but from toddlers!!!!! At about 0900hrs I reached critical mass following Waynetta threat to knock Waynes “fu###ng head off” so I slapped the table and asked them “what part of ‘Quiet Coach’ don’t you understand”? To which I received the following response “why don’t you fu###ng shut up” Considering that my challenge to them had been the first words I had spoken since I got on the train several hours earlier, the irony of her response was not lost on me so from the anti-social… to the social… The rest of the day was far more enjoyable as a result of participating in an interactive, on-line masterclass facilitated by Jane Hart. Discussion took place around the 5 various types of learning that takes place within organisations, Jane Harts website does an excellent job of expanding on this subject. Throughout the day Jane posed a number of questions relating to our understanding and use of social learning platforms, not in the usual verbal manner of posing questions, but via Twitter. It was then over to us to tweet our responses either within small groups or as individuals. I will update this post with the Twitter transcript as and when it is available. I found this to be a really clever facilitation method as it not only allowed us to delve into the subject of social media and informal learning but allowed us all to get some quality ‘Twitter time’ under our belts. I used my new Flip Ultra camera throughout the day to capture feedback from some of the delegates, uploaded the video to You Tube and then tweeted it back out to the group – all within an hour! All in all, what started out as a nightmare of a day, turned into an extremely positive experience brought about by a well facilitated event, insightful information and great participants. UPDATE – Jon Ingham has blogged about the workshop...

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