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Ger’s Learning Notes #16 Learning culture

Ger’s Learning Notes #16 Learning culture

‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast, lunch and dinner’ is a famous saying you’ve probably heard before. I think the same goes for a ‘learning’ culture. If a learning culture is good, it will support the effectiveness of all well-designed learning opportunities and interventions. If the learning culture is weak, the effectiveness of learning and application on the job might be very poor, despite a great design.
So, let’s explore some resources on learning culture.

Posted on November 21, 2017.

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(1) From a training culture to a learning culture

by Stephen J. Gill

What’s it about?
This post by Stephen Gill explores the differences between a training culture and a learning culture. Great professionals who are very good at designing training can actually be a risk for a good learning culture.

Why read it?

  • The tough part of culture is that it is implicit; it’s so obvious that nobody is talking about it. The distinction between training culture and learning culture can open up the discussion and create a ‘fresh look’.
  • The article provides some clear directions on how to evolve from a training culture towards a learning culture.
  • Stephen Gill places training and learning in the context of the modern workplace – a good exercise for all of us.

Where to find it?
From a Training Culture to a Learning Culture

(2) Learning technologies: what managers really think

What’s it about?
The team of GoodPractice has an impressive track record in conducting field research on leadership and learning. What do managers appreciate when it comes to learning? GoodPractice asked the question and shares the answers.

Why read it?

  • Learning professionals do have ambitions and starting points and are influenced by what is ‘hot’ in their industry. That is a good thing in itself, but do we know what works best for the audience we focus on? This report shows the preferences of how managers like to learn best.
  • The data show some surprising results and very relevant nuances and reflections based on the time frame we are in right now.
  • The results were launched on November 16, 2017, so it’s really, really fresh content!

Where to find it?

Learning Technologies: What Managers Really Think

(3) Personal reflections from LearnTech Asia

by Helen Blunden @ActivateLearn

What’s it about?
Helen Blunden shares her findings from her visit to the Learning Technologies Asia conference in Singapore early November. She wanted to learn about Asian culture related to learning. She also conducted one of the sessions at the conference.

Why read / watch it?

  • Helen came to the conference with an open mind and really wanted to reflect on her own cultural roots by being submerged in another culture.
  • Have a look at what you can discover if you apply a positive mindset, like Helen did: there must be a lot of good and interesting things to learn from this other culture (like the value of diplomas).
  • Video clips with personal reflection are included plus, as a bonus, free tourist/travel tips!

Where to find it?
Personal Reflections from LearnTech Asia

(4) Ten practical insights to improve your learning culture

What’s it about?
It is a ‘big post’ by BigThink. This organisation shares very interesting insights of the world’s most-renowned thought leaders in many areas.

Why read it?

  • It is a bit of a self-promotion post by BigThink, but I think they deserve it: they have shared so much ‘good stuff’ for many years now – one of my favorite ‘go-to guys’ for interesting content.
  • They created the BigThink Edge platform to support learning in organisations, so they have their own experiences on how to add to learning culture and share these experiences.
  • The list of ten insights is built around the insights of ‘big names’, an impressive list of thought leaders and their ideas on learning culture.

Where to find it?
10 Practical Insights to Improve Your Learning Culture

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Ger’s Learning Notes #15 The World of Learning

What is the best name for a conference on learning? World of Learning certainly comes close. The 25th edition of the ‘WOL’ event, which I’ve covered in this edition of the learning notes, took place in Birmingham on 17 and 18 October. Cheers – Ger

Posted on October 27, 2017.

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(1) Interview with Geoff Stead from Cambridge [Video]

What’s it about?
Geoff worked in a L&D related job for a hardware company in Silicon Valley where he was challenged to experiment in a situation that he likes to call ‘abundant’. What can we learn from such a specific environment?

Why watch it?

  • Geoff has an impressive track record and was engaged in different interesting roles in the L&D industry – he shares some of these experiences in the video.
  • Have you ever asked yourself what it would be like to work in circumstances that can be characterised as ‘abundant’? Resources and possibilities are limitless – how would that be?
  • Geoff gives clues on how to approach L&D work with a broad perspective – do you all call this L&D work? Who cares!

Where to find it?
aNewSpring Vimeo – Interview with Geoff Stead from Cambridge

(2) Interview with David Smith from Virtual Gurus [Video]

by @dsvirtually (David Smith)

What’s it about?
David has an impressive agenda ahead of him as a speaker at different international upcoming conferences. David gives us a sneak peek of what he will share in Kuala Lumpur, Mexico and Amsterdam – all before the end of the year. He’s also chairing the ATD EU summit in Amsterdam in December 2017.

Why watch it?

  • David shares some ideas as a specialist when it comes to an effective way of working in the virtual world.
  • He talks about the importance of engaging the modern learner and how to do that.
  • Find out why he really likes ‘starting with Why?’

Where to find it?
aNewSpring Vimeo – Interview with David Smith from Virtual Gurus

(3) Interview with Robin Hoyle – chair of the WOL conference [PODCAST]

by @RHoyle

What’s it about?
Robin did a great job in preparing the conference and hosting the participants as the official chair. He is the man with the best overview of the most interesting topics covered at the conference.

Why listen to it?

  • Discover ‘the connection of the dots’ related to the conference as expressed by Robin Hoyle from his perspective as chair.
  • Find out the importance of ‘AND’, Google and Festivals related to learning.
  • Listen to the invitation by Robin to join WOL18

Where to find it?
Interview with Robin Hoyle – chair of the WOL conference [Podcast]

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(4) My 7 takeaways from World of Learning by Ger Driesen [Blog]

What’s it about?
I did some cherry picking from the sessions that I attended at the conference. The seven takeaways don’t intent to be a full report of the sessions. They are the key messages that inspired me most.

Why read it?

  • If you don’t like the video’s or have time to watch them – here is a quick overview that you can enjoy without needing headphones.
  • The various takeaways give you an impression of the program at WOL.
  • I think all seven messages contain a core idea that can be applied instantly.

Where to find it?
My 7 takeaways from World of Learning – aNewSpring

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Ger’s Learning Notes #14 – Transfer Included?

At airports, you can find many signs and services to support you with your transfer. In this edition of the learning notes, you’ll find some ‘signs and services’ to help you with learning transfer. Now, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Cheers – Ger

Posted on October 4, 2017.

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Six brain hacks for better learning transfer

(1) Six brain hacks for better learning transfer

What’s it about?
Emma Weber is ‘the Queen of learning transfer’ – a real thought leader when it comes to this topic. She interviewed neuroscience expert Colleen Lightbody on brain insights related to learning transfer.

Why read it?

  • There are different angles to approach the challenge of learning transfer. Learning transfer has to be designed and organised. It’s very relevant to know the most important insights for learning transfer, from neuroscience to design learning, in the most effective way.
  • You’ll find the explanation at brain level—how a certain ‘brain hack’ works combined with the practical ‘how to’. A very nice combination.
  • If you want more detailed information, you can also listen to the podcast of the interview; the link to the podcast is provided.

Where to find it?
Six brain hacks for better learning transfer by Emma Weber

The benefits of a good night’s sleep – TED Ed video

(2) The benefits of a good night’s sleep – TED Ed video

by Shai Marcu

What’s it about?
Improving the transfer of learning is not only about putting in more effort or doing an extra activity. Effective learning also needs rest. The video explains why.

Why read it?

  • Many people seem to be busier than ever before. In some organisations or teams, it seems ‘cool’ to say you can survive with only 5 hours of sleep per night or think that sleep is a waste of time. But, if you want your brain to work in an optimal way, then sleep is very important.
  • The video explains processes in the brain and the function of sleep – also related to learning and different forms of learning.
  • Think about how, where and when you will include a portion of ‘sleep’ into your learning design and then – sleep on it!

Where to find it?
The benefits of a good night’s sleep –

(3) Why is learning transfer so hard?

What’s it about?
Connie Malamed explains the phenomena of transfer of learning, shows the most important barriers and describes how to overcome these barriers.

Why read it?

  • First, the idea of ‘far transfer’ and ‘near transfer’ are explained. It is important to understand transfer in different situations.
  • The approach in this article is a smart combination of looking at barriers to transfer first and to do so with the ‘classical approach’ of the before-during-after view of learning.
  • Like always, Connie Malamed will give you some useful tips and the finest additional resources when you want to dig deeper.

Where to find it?
Why is learning transfer so hard?

Eight tips to improve knowledge transfer in eLearning

(4) Eight tips to improve knowledge transfer in eLearning

What’s it about?
These eight tips cover transfers in a broad way and from different perspectives. This helps to design for transfer ‘beyond the e-learning course’.

Why read it?

  • Christopher Pappas is the founder of the huge eLearning Industry Network – who else has a better overview of relevant tips?
  • I like that he combines tips from different areas, starting with analysis, applying the design of transfer within e-learning and designing the context of the learner.
  • If you apply these tips, you’ll turn your e-learning ‘automatically’ into a blended learning solution.

Where to find it?
Eight tips to improve knowledge transfer in eLearning

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Ger Driesen
Learning Innovation Leader