Every fortnight (two weeks) our editor sends along a few links with the most noteworthy quote from each article, a way of keeping our team abreast of what’s going on in the world around peer-learning, collective learning and knowledge sharing. We decided to share them alongside the magazine.
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Without proper technology solutions, organizations will not be able to scale their learning across their workforce. Learning Management Systems (LMS) as well as Open Courseware (MOOCs) like Coursera, Udacity have done a great job of making rich content easily available and accessible to individuals. The next generation of platforms, according to John Hagel are ‘learning platforms’ where participants build long-term relationships and learn from each other. In a recent conversation with Ravi Gundlapalli, CEO of MentorCloud (a company I am also involved with), he talked about companies looking at newer and cost-effective ways to rapidly improve the skills and capabilities of their employees. He added, ‘why look outside when the expertise exists right within your own four walls?’
A report and shorter article about the process and results at UAL for their Digital Creative Toolkit. Includes recommendations like;
Platforms for exchange. We would like to see UAL to develop systems, services and platforms that encourage peer-to-peer collaboration, skills-sharing and knowledge exchange and which reward participation.
How could it be that traditional methods did such a poor job of educating? As researchers grappled with the implications, they began to test out new and better methods for teaching. Seminal research by physicist Richard Hake and others revealed that interactive engagement in a classroom, including big classrooms with over 100 students, resulted in a marked improvement of knowledge gained in a semester, compared to more traditional “sage on the stage” approaches.3 Maintaining students’ attention can be improved, it seems, by allowing them to talk and work interactively with one another.
Learner retention; collaborative learning promotes learner retention through higher achievement and strong social support system. Research shows that naturally people like to stay in places where they gain a sense of achievement and feel supported.
New KM systems embrace employee access through smartphones and tablets, and they allow employees to share data and access information and training through a variety of methods, including e-learning and connecting with internal experts, KM experts said this week at the KMWorld conference in Washington, D.C.
More than twice as many now take a class online as live on campus. There are more undergraduates enrolled in an online class than there are graduate students enrolled in all Masters and Ph.D. programs combined. At the current rate of growth, half the country’s undergraduates will have at least one online class on their transcripts by the end of the decade. This is the new normal.
We are alive at a time when huge systems—industrial, infrastructural—are being remade, and I think it’s our responsibility as we make choices both commercial and civic—it’s just a light responsibility, don’t stress—to extrapolate forward, and ask ourselves: Is this a system I want to live inside? Is this a system fit for humans?