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This week; game-based and legoized learning. An interesting look at the use of Slack as learning platform and how Kelly Palmer makes learning happen at LinkedIn.
When education or training feels dull, we are not being engaged and motivated. In other words, we’re not really learning. “Learning” doesn’t mean rote memorization—it means acquiring the skills and thought processes needed to respond appropriately under pressure, in a variety of situations.
‘Legoizing’ Your Learning (3 min read)
“Legoization” means breaking down digital content into smaller chunks. You likely have heard of learning modules or bite-sized learning — it’s the same principle. Rather than tackling a lot of content at once, learners can focus on one building block at a time, leave when they need to leave and come back at a convenient time. They also can mix and match lessons from different subject areas to create a customized learning experience.
Could Slack Be the Next Online Learning Platform? (5 min read)
The conversations were able to get deep and complex quickly and the platform enabled the +Acumen team to dip in and out of conversations in a way we can’t do in our traditional MOOCs. “Very fast moving. Amazing to see such wisdom and deep discussions shared,” one participant observed. “In a very small amount of time, we touched on a lot of key and very insightful points,” another added… From a facilitator’s point of view, the experiment felt more like running a seminar than designing a MOOC
In this respect, an important part of learning in the network is the requirement that participants teach others about their own strategies. Participants reflected on the importance of having to articulate what they were doing in their own systems. One participant reflected that, “In saying it out loud, we then found ourselves questioning ‘Well actually, why do we do it that way?'” She described this back and forth as “a sort of metacognition.” That kind of metacognition on a grand scale—where we start to consider the underlying assumptions of our own context—is exactly what Kegan describes as the self-authoring mind.
LinkedIn’s Kelly Palmer Makes Learning Happen (9 min read)
Collaborating effectively, improving relationships, how to communicate with co-workers, how to solve problems, how to act with integrity — the program covers all of these ideas in a variety of ways. Participants learn in cohort groups and through videos, knowledge checks and practice activities with co-workers in real business scenarios. They can share via a discussion board, and meet weekly with a facilitator to synthesize learning. “It’s minimal time in person, but very powerful. That’s an example of the future of learning: It’s blended, pedagogically sound. It takes it to a whole new level,” she said.
From the E-180 Mag: Media Literacy Skills Through Creation and Team Collaboration
Curiosity Depends on What You Already Know (10 min read)
Indeed, scientists who study the mechanics of curiosity are finding that it is, at its core, a kind of probability algorithm—our brain’s continuous calculation of which path or action is likely to gain us the most knowledge in the least amount of time. Like the links on a Wikipedia page, curiosity builds upon itself, every question leading to the next. And as with a journey down the Wikipedia wormhole, where you start dictates where you might end up. That’s the funny thing about curiosity: It’s less about what you don’t know than about what you already do.
I don’t like the word ‘futurist’… I think we should be now-sits. Focus on being connected, always learning, fully aware and super present.
—Marko Ahtisaari citing Joi Ito at IXD16
Header image from Sara Lerén’s Tweet at IxD16.