50 Learning Theorists in 50 Days

Donald Clark is blogging about 50 learning theorists in 50 days. It’s a rollicking good read.

Of the thirteen he’s covered thus far, Donald has pointed out that:

For Rousseau, “It’s hard to see a man who handed all five of his children up to an orphanage at birth, as an expert on the development and education of children. Prickly and paranoid, he managed to fall out with almost everyone, including those who tried to help him.”

Socrates “loved to pick intellectual fights and the Continue reading 50 Learning Theorists in 50 Days

Working Smarter, March 2012

March 1, 2012 to March 30, 2012

Working Smarter draws upon ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, complexity theory, and more.

Working smarter embraces the spirit of agile software, action learning, social networks, and parallel developments in many disciplines. Every day, Working Continue reading Working Smarter, March 2012

eLearning for Kids

eLearning for Kids

Khan Academy is popping up everywhere! Sal Khan’s videos have helped millions of students learn algebra, biology, finance, and more. Singlehandedly, Sal Khan has done more to shake up the traditional notion of schooling than anyone since Horace Mann. Everybody’s thinking about how to flip the equation. Provide the content before class — and use class time to figure out what it means. Brilliant.

But what happens when you’re a kid, before you’re ready to tackle algebra Continue reading eLearning for Kids

Where’s Your Electronic Learning Record?

Everyone should be so lucky as to find a medical doctor as good as mine. I have every confidence in his advice. He calls me after hours to report a test result that’s out of line. He makes house calls. He’s personable and funny. He’s a master at playing the tabla. So when Michael moved from one medical group to another, I followed him without hesitation.

My electronic medical record did not follow me to his new practice. His former practice “owned” the record of my lab results, prescription Continue reading Where’s Your Electronic Learning Record?

What About the Future?

Fixating on the short term is foolish in the long run. The future’s all we’ve got.

Most CLOs I talk with are so busy taking care of today’s business that they spend little time preparing for the future. We all know in our hearts that fixating on the short term is foolish in the long run.

Short-term thinking is good for responding to incremental change, but deciding things one step at a time doesn’t prepare you to thrive in a world of systemic, wholesale change. You can’t leap a Continue reading What About the Future?

Thriving in the Net-Work Era

Tomorrow I’m on a panel session on New Rules for the Enterprise 2020 at the Enterprise Learning! Summit in Alexandria, Virginia. I’m drawing a blank. 2020 is sooooo far away. Time for some quick-and-dirty research to get the brain in gear. I asked my Internet Time Alliance colleagues. Harold recommended a post on Workplace Learning in 10 Years on the Learning Circuits Blog eighteen months ago.

That led me to an article Harold and I had written on the demise of the training department. My Continue reading Thriving in the Net-Work Era

Fishbowl Conversation at EdgeX

The third day of the EdgeX, The Disruptive Educational Research Conference, opened with a fishbowl discussion.

We briefly reviewed India’s staggering goals for higher education in the coming ten years. Enrollment will zoom from 300 million to 580 million!

As Alasdair Fraser’s Dawn Rant played in the background, the audience broke into small groups for five minutes to generate topics for discussion. What’s controversial? Or unclear? What topics should be in the conversation?

Then we Continue reading Fishbowl Conversation at EdgeX

Now Is the Time for India to Democratize Learning

A synopsis of my remarks to Emerging Directions in Global Education 2011, Delhi, India

For the first 60 seconds, we listened to Yoyo Ma playing Bach’s Cello Suite #1 in G as the flowers unfolded.


As time speeds up, we perceive that what once appeared rigid is actually fluid.

Progress is unfolding at an unprecedented rate. More happens in one of your minutes than in one of your grandfather’s hours. More information has been created in the three days I have been in Delhi Continue reading Now Is the Time for India to Democratize Learning

Checklist: transforming corporate learning

If you don’t get this, it will get you.

Experience has taught us that making over a training department into a business learning function requires these activities:

Sell the vision of learning as a value-creating component of social business

Learning Without Training

Successful businesses insure that software and tools are available for such things as bookmarking reference information, collaborating on tasks, searching organizational content, recording knowledge for peer learning, reinforcing of key concepts, locating experts, accessing outside information, and connecting with customers and partners.

Here are a few examples of learning before and after instituting the learning infrastructure we call a Workscape. Usually it’s training before and pull learning Continue reading Learning Without Training