Practice Makes Perfect, or at Least Expert

The premise of Tony Schwartz’s article is that any talent, skill or ability can be developed like a muscle, that is by working it out, by pushing past the comfort zone, breaking it and then resting. It reminds me very much like Steven Covey’s 7th habit, Sharpen the Saw. Schwartz refers to Aristotle’s “We are… Continue reading Practice Makes Perfect, or at Least Expert

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Influences on our Digital Identit(y/ies)

Great reflection piece by Andy Coverdale about Digital Identities. I’m convinced that both the intrinsic (critical practice) and extrinsic (confessional practice) influences are necessary for properly forming identity. I’m still wondering what the particular influences are in the digital realm. I might have to dig out Sherry Turkle’s Life on the Screen In researching approaches… Continue reading Intrinsic and Extrinsic Influences on our Digital Identit(y/ies)

5 Ways to Use Social Media for Professional Development

It is interesting to see Byrony Taylor’s take on how to use social media for professional development. I personally don’t listen to podcasts (number 3) but I do all the others most definitely. I would add that I also use Amplify, Twitter and LinkedIn as professional development tools. Be part of an online community Attend… Continue reading 5 Ways to Use Social Media for Professional Development

Learning Communities: e‐Portfolio Edition

Mostly focussed on new graduates, the Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts: Issue 2: e-Portfolio Edition has some great applications for professional communities of practice, collective expertise and talent management. From the Editorial: This issue of Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts focuses on the use of digital portfolios,… Continue reading Learning Communities: e‐Portfolio Edition

Are We Using the Term Social Learning too Loosely?

I’m glad that the always thought-provoking Janet brought this up. There comes a time when we need to really look at what the activity of learning really is. It is nice to find a new model every day that explains what X might be but unless we are truly analysing these models, implementing them, testing… Continue reading Are We Using the Term Social Learning too Loosely?

The Importance of Learning in Talent Management Strategy

Cornerstone OnDemand has published a new white paper titled “Failing to Learn: Why Learning is Critical to Strategic Talent Management.” Focussed on best practices, the paper addresses how learning is essential for: Onboarding: Avoid making new hires sink or swim in your organization. Performance: Develop employees in the middle, not just high and low performers.… Continue reading The Importance of Learning in Talent Management Strategy

7 Keys to Reading Faster

This is actually a blog post from last November from thinksimplenow.com. The irony was that I was so overwhelmed with all the reading I had to do for school at that time that I wasn’t reading my regular favourite blogs 😉 I will be trying out this technique! Want to read faster? In this article,… Continue reading 7 Keys to Reading Faster

Visualizing the Transition from Learning 1.0 to Learning 2.0

On the wiki page devoted to VizThink’s Visual Learning Group, Brent Schlenker asked others represent the  transition from Learning 1.0 to Learning 2.0. I contacted Brent a few weeks ago, manifesting my interest to participate. I’ve got something brewing… Peter Stoyko has already come up with an information graphic. It focuses on how social media/Web… Continue reading Visualizing the Transition from Learning 1.0 to Learning 2.0

Blog Design Study

Smashing Magazine present their findings of their study of top blogs. Part 1 discusses layout design and typographic settings. Part 2 discusses navigation design, information architecture, advertisements and functionality (RSS-feeds, tag clouds, pagination, etc). What Smashing Magazine has to say about their study: We have identified 30 design problems and considered solutions for each of… Continue reading Blog Design Study

The Capacity to Recall vs. the Capacity to be Resourceful

In a post entitled Brain 2.0 : eLearning Technology, Tony Karrer discusses whether or not it is more important to be knowledge-able rather than knowledgeable. The basic premise is whether or not is more important to: store a bunch of information in our minds that we can recall at any time (recall), or know which… Continue reading The Capacity to Recall vs. the Capacity to be Resourceful