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Fortnightly Links no.18

We believe that to always keep learning is the best strategy a person, group or organization can adopt and live to remain effective, active, relevant and, well, happy. Every two weeks we send the most relevant articles in becoming better learners. We look at how people learn from and with each other.

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Hope you all had a good Easter break. This week I’m changing the format a bit, adding some commentary / description to each link. Taken with the reading time added two weeks ago, I’m trying to give you some more context to decide what to read first.

Dig your own hole, sharpen your own shovel (5 min read)

How people, even when in a job, should consider their work theirs (instead of “the job”) and keep learning, perfecting their craft.

This is not a demand for a 20% project, or attending company-approved training courses. This is where a truce has to be called and each individual commits to personal program of engagement in what they consider their calling, which may only obliquely line up with the job that the company has that person doing. This involves reading, reflection, discussions with other like-minded people, and sharing and growing those thoughts in groups, offline and online. My expression for this investment, where the individual reengages with their own work, in a sense independently of the company (or companies) they may be working for, is this:

Dig your own hole, sharpen your own shovel.

Reflection and Journaling: Seek, Sense, Share (5 min read)

Learn, reflect on what you’ve learned. Then go even further with double and triple loop learning, reviewing intent and context. (Also have a look at the resources at the end.)

Triple-loop learning involves principles. The learning goes beyond insight and patterns to context. The result creates a shift in understanding our context or point of view. We produce new commitments and ways of learning.

Found via Adopting the habit of reflecting and journaling in your PKM which brings further thoughts on journaling.

Crazy. Stupid. Learning. The 2 Types of Learning and Why They Matter (3 min read)

The difference between data, information, knowledge and mastery. How to go from one to the other and what we should concentrate on.

What´s the consequence of all of this, then? In order to create effective development and learning spaces in higher education, in organizational development and at conferences, we should leave basic “I2K” learning to where it belongs: pre-readings, online classes, MOOCs, YouTube etc., And create space for Knowledge to Mastery learning in classroom and in our firms. This combines well with multi-faceted learning and classroom techniques, settings and methods.

Lifelong Learning and Technology (8 min read)

I’m citing one number below but the report summary linked has quite a few other interesting stats regarding number of devices, highest education completed, race and income variations.

74% of adults are what we call personal learners – that is, they have participated in at least one of a number of possible activities in the past 12 months to advance their knowledge about something that personally interests them. These activities include reading, taking courses or attending meetings or events tied to learning more about their personal interests.

Informal Learning (6 min read)

A good post re-capping some of the recent research and thinking on informal learning and it includes a good short video interview of Joi Ito of MIT and an interesting visual review of some informal learning frameworks.

When participating in self-directed learning online, incidental learning occurs as well; this is the website resource that is discovered while searching for something else, or the comment someone posts on a blog that prompts a new way of thinking. Socialization is the learning that occurs which you don’t even notice; your growing confidence in navigating different websites, the increased effectiveness of your searches or your online reputation as an expert in a particular area, that represents a new part of your identity.

From the E-180 Mag: Learning invisibly: The value of unstructured experiences


Learning to learn (5 min read)

Self-directed learning can be a complex cerebral process. Yet if the aim is to know ourselves and our world better, to make better decisions, to think – that is, to truly consider, hold, reject, break down, synthesize, and create new and existing ideas within new and existing parts of our minds, then perhaps the process of learning is itself the most appropriate way to learn.

Enterprise knowledge sharing requires trusted relationships (3 min read)

Getting connected is only the beginning. People still need to actively share knowledge, through practices such as working out loud. They have to make explicit what they are doing and describe any challenges they are facing. It’s like working in one room together where everyone can hear what others are doing. For instance, I cannot help you if I do not know what you are doing. Narration of work is the first step in integrating learning into the workflow, which is where it belongs in the network era. Openness through social connections, coupled with transparently sharing knowledge then helps organizations innovate because they have a greater diversity of ideas to work with.

Languages of Collaborative Learning by Daniel Wilson. (via Jon Andrews on Twitter)


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Patrick Tanguay

Editor-in-Chief for E-180 Publications. Obsessively curious transdisciplinary thinker and learner. I help connect people and ideas.