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E-180 fortnightly links no.27

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Next issue will be the vacation special “best of” while I’m off so exceptionally today there are six main articles to help tide you over.

But today; design thinking, using Slack, knowledge sharing and personal learning plans.

Memory Machines: Learning, Knowing, and Technological Change

Hack Education • 22 min read

While nominally about education, an excellent long read from Audrey Watters on technological determinism, information overload, speed of adoption, memory, knowledge, the memex, Socrates, writing, culture and decay.

We might live in a time of digital abundance, but our digital memories – our personal memories and our collective memories – are incredibly brittle. We might be told we’re living in a time of rapid technological change, but we are also living in a period of rapid digital data decay, of the potential loss of knowledge, the potential loss of personal and collective memory.

Using Design Thinking to Embed Learning in Our Jobs

HBR • 3 min read

Design Thinking is one of those things that gets bandied about and mentioned left and right but that despite the overexposure, does carry a lot of value when done right. Here Josh Bersin gives us a number of good reasons for design thinking in learning at work and some good application examples.

Unfortunately, the problem is not one of designing better programs or simply replacing or upgrading learning platforms. Rather, there is something more fundamental going on — a need to totally rethink corporate L&D, to shift the focus to design thinking and the employee experience.

When it comes to workplace knowledge sharing, start small but think BIG

Just Curious • 4 min read

How to start an in-company knowledge sharing strategy that is flexible and takes into account existing habits and information flows.

You could have the BEST knowledge sharing strategy EVER. Your employees are still going to change it as THEY figure out the real value for THEM. Start small by building your strategy with the first 6 months in mind. Then, iterate along the way as employees take you where they need to go for the betterment of the entire organization.

How the Digital Humanities are using Slack to support and build a geographically dispersed intellectual community

Impact Blog, London School of Economics • 4 min read

I’m a fan of Slack, even though some of us are now on too many of them and it’s sometimes hard to get a group going. In this quick use case, the author has some useful data points, innovative channel structure and good examples of the way they use it. There’s even a code of conduct with text available on Github.

Adaptive Learners, Not Adaptive Learning

elearnspace • 3 min read

Applies just as well to organizations and priorities for self-directed learning individuals.

What we need to do today is create adaptive learners rather than adaptive learning. Our software should develop those attributes of learners that are required to function with ambiguity and complexity. The future of work and life requires creativity and innovation, coupled with integrative thinking and an ability to function in a state of continual flux.

How ustwo’s Open Feedback Culture Helps Them Be a Learning Organization

Future of Work • 5 min read

How ustwo (their “skill-up” program was already in our last issue) with their open feedback process and how it’s used for organization and self learning.

Feedback and learning is continuous and should be a part of the day-to-day, and taking time to provide feedback at the earliest opportunity gives it context, making it more meaningful.


Three Steps To Get Up To Speed On Any Subject Really, Really Fast

Fast Company • 8 min read

“If I’m trying to understand a process, often I will sketch it out as a diagram. It helps me understand the gaps in my knowledge.”

How To Create Your Own Self-Directed Learning Plan

DIY Genius • 5 min read

Somewhat basic information but a useful list to get started on a targeted learning plan, items 4 and 5 are of particular importance.


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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.