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Good learning • new productivity • microcredentials • open brain
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Matt Edgar • 10min read
A excellent overview of how Stick People partners “design and deliver specialised learning programmes” to organisations. Lots of good takeaways for any learning program at work.
Our practices of service design and agile delivery are inherently constructivist: in service design, value is co-created with users; in agile, it is collaboratively and incrementally realised. So when it comes to learning, we side with the large body of educationists who see learning as primarily socially constructed.
LinkedIn • 3 min read
“Productivity is not about doing more but about learning more.” In a knowledge economy, how organizations must evolve to answer new problems instead of trying to maintain the ones they were created to solve.
The knowledge economy could more appropriately be called a learning economy because creative learning becomes the fundamental entrepreneurial activity. Learning that is not industrial in today’s sense of acquiring pre-set information, earning credentials or passing tests, but from the perspective that learning is the foundation for creative action and innovation. Learning to meet the situational needs of value creation better cannot take place outside that context.
The Atlantic • 7 min read
Interview with education researcher Ulrich Boser, author of Learn Better. Learning systems, making things more difficult, asking yourself questions, feedback and revisiting.
You want to learn the systems, or the analogies, of the relationships between things in a certain field, and how they interact with each other. Then ultimately you gain that knowledge so that you can shift your own thinking, so when you see a new problem you’re better able to solve it.
We Seek • 9 min read
How can you show and prove what you know? How do you identify the path you might follow to gain recognizable expertise in the field you want to work in? Microcredentials, more specifically Open Badges, are one answer and we spoke with one advocate of the format; Doug Belshaw.
The more granular we can make credentialing, the less we have to use ‘chunky’ academic credentials and job histories as imperfect proxies when proving to others who we are and what we can do.
ambiguiti.es • 3 min read
Skills, knowledge, practical knowledge, learning by doing.
[T]his is where ‘knowledge’ that can’t be tested using a pencil-and-paper examination comes in. Knowing ‘how’ is usually described as a set of ‘skills’ in our culture, labelled as ‘vocational’, and given a back seat to the ‘more important’, ‘academic’ forms of knowledge. I think this is incorrect and should be remedied as soon as possible.
Work Open • 9 min read
Leadership, complexity in the world of work and how SCARF (Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness and Fairness) can help engage people in the resolution of complex problems. Also of interest; the interview is angled towards working open.
SCARF is what provides that. It allows you to move from processing in the back of your head — which is all about threat response — toward the front of your brain, where you have decision-making, logical reasoning, and all the higher order functions. When you engage people from that point of view, you see a dramatically different ability to solve problems.
Nautilus • 5 min read
The most important process underlying strokes of creative genius is cognitive disinhibition—the tendency to pay attention to things that normally should be ignored or filtered out by attention because they appear irrelevant.
- ☆ The Art of Finding Your Focus • Thrive Global
- Gamification v. Game-based Learning v. Playful Learning • LinkedIn
- The Lost Art of Understanding Deeply • Medium
- No evidence to back idea of learning styles • Guardian
- Creating a Learning Organization • Medium