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Are We Teaching the Machine? February 12, 2007

Posted by Ben Craigo in Informal Learning, Trends.
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This video (about 4 minutes worth) shows how far we’ve come in using and leveraging the web.  Particularly from earlier brute force methods of publishing information to where we are now educating the matrix to communicate better with us.

Stumbled on this video over at Maish Nichani’s elearning post.

Celebrity Deaths and Online Social Networking February 9, 2007

Posted by Noelle Archambeau in Informal Learning.
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What can the death of Anna Nicole Smith tell us about online social networking and collaboration? I found the following headline intriguing, so I read the story: “Anna Nicole Smith’s death sends Wikipedia into overdrive”.

In the story, this is what I found to be most impressive:

“In the space of two hours, more than 300 edits were made to Smith’s entry. As the news became more widespread, multiple edits were being made per minute.”


e-Learning For What’s Below the Waterline January 17, 2007

Posted by Ben Craigo in Blended Learning, Informal Learning, Trends.
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Kineo put out a report last year stating that 80% of learning that happens on the job is informal.  e-Learning guru Jay Cross has sited this number often through papers he’s crafted as well as through dialogues he’s had with others.  Keep on researching this and you’ll find that, while some numbers might vary, the vast majority of people learn most of what they what they need to know on the job outside of a classroom, e-Learning course or other formalized trainings.

Formal learning is really just the tip of the iceburg.

This figure does not diminish the need for formal training.  Quite the contrary – formal training should be the launching point for informal learning.  Elliott Masie said it best at his Learning 2006 conference, and I’m paraphrasing here, when he said “The big question is ‘What’s the least amount of training that I need to provide in order to motivate the learner to seak out the rest of the learning on their own.'” (more…)