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Fortnightly Links no.22

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This week we take a look at stock and flow, supply-side vs demand-side, gamification, Jedi tricks and doodling.

Note: It might go without saying for some but I’d like to mention something about education. At E-180 we focus on learning outside of the education systems, usually around personal or professional tools and methods and often about collaboration. However, you will still find articles about education and schools. Even if you aren’t interested in formal education; don’t skip over those! Just replace student, education or school with learning, person, employee or organization. If I include something about schools here, it’s because there are some lessons in there which can also be applied outside.

Three Ways to Stay Smarter than the Machines (8 min read)

I’ve linked a few times to articles by Harold Jarche, in this case it’s an interview done by Anders Pink and it brings good answers around curriculum, PKM and Tim Kastelle’s human filters.

Having a curriculum is wrong. Someone decides that 1 percent of one billionth of the knowledge in the world is what we should teach people? Well how do you decide on what to cover? How do you keep it relevant? Courses are like stock, they go out of date – knowledge is more like flow. It can be scary for people to realise there are no prescriptive recipes. But courses don’t work for complex issues. You have to find our own way and build your own habits around seeking out information, making sense of it, and sharing it. T

Learn how to learn with gamification (9 min read)

An unusual mix between the state of “naturally” learning through playing games and methods of applying gaming purposefully to a learning setting.

If we take what games aspire people to do — bring the type of desire to tackle obstacles with the belief of tangible success and attach it to real world problem solving, build a community of people sharing the same values, trusting and working symbiotically and playing by the same rules — we might produce a generation excited by learning who want to save our world.

Also: Gamification: A strategic tool and an experience

Why Your Company Needs Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Learning (3 min read)

A quick read with some good ideas. The difference between demand-side and supply-side knowledge management, followed by three challenges to implementing demand-side in organizations.

Demand-side KM values the creation of new knowledge and the growth of that knowledge from the bottom up. It encourages collaboration and fosters innovation.
Where supply-side approach places a higher value of more prescriptive and scheduled knowledge sharing (manuals, reports, training), the demand-side approach finds equal importance in the ability to collaborate, combine, and share knowledge to create innovative solutions.

Unlearning and Other Jedi Mind Tricks – Finding the (Creative) Force (14 min read)

Although it’s quite long and very “punny,” it’s still a great list of “Jedi Mind Tricks” around creativity with a good many also applying to curiosity and learning.

Unfortunately, cultivating the essence of being human– a sense of wonder and beauty, persistent curiosity, creative thinking, self-awareness, compassion and empathy too often fall by the wayside in our schools and the organizations in which we work.

Being able to learn, unlearn, and re-learn anew will be imperative. Doris Lessing defines “learning” as when you “suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way“. I think there’s some truth to that – that when you are able to remix a concept you have truly learned it. Thus, all learning should involve some aspect of creativity – whether it be thinking about something differently…

Using social and informal learning to meet the five moments of learning need (5 min read)

How can social and informal learning be integrated in an L&D program? The author looks at the five moments of learning and how each can be addressed through formal, informal and social forms of learning.

[T]here’s an increasing recognition that our learners have often self-started here and chosen to learn informally via whatever content they’ve sought out.  Indeed with the ever stronger desire to offer learners more personalised learning options, there is no realistic way that L&D can ever hope to offer everything an individual needs.  Our role is to ensure our learners can learn efficiently and effectively regardless of their chosen approach.


The scientific case for doodling while taking notes (5 min read)

Rather than scold students for drawing pandas and band logos in the margins of their notebooks, it would be far more beneficial to introduce them to visual note-taking. Imagine what would happen if they were able to take notes openly in a way that helps them create meaning, build connections, and deepen understanding and retention.

Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve (10 min video)
(Carol Dweck’s ideas have been mentioned here a couple of times, this quick TED talk is a good intro.)


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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.