Learning By Doing: Social Learning

Learn By Doing

Learning has always been social, meaning we learn best by learning from and with other people. Whether it’s learning a language or learning to ride a bike, it’s better when it’s a shared experience.

Social learning is not new. But social learning with social media is.

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Serendipity of Learning

world-wide-webIn March 1989, CERN scientist Tim Berners-Lee wrote a proposal to develop a distributed information system for the laboratory. “Vague, but exciting” was the comment that his supervisor, Mike Sendall, wrote on the cover, and with those words, gave the green light to an information revolution (The Birth of the World Wide Web)…
…and just like that, the Web was born. In honor of this 25th anniversary, @TheLearningFlow asked, how has the Web changed the way you learn?

My Answer: 

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Storytelling for Change

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Like everyone else, I love a great story—and history is full of some of the best. Everything from mystery and romance to tragedy and falls from grace. History was my major in college, so I cringe when I hear people refer to the subject as boring or just a collection of names and dates when in fact it’s so much more. It’s a chronicle of the human experience, only told in hindsight and with 20/20 vision.

The benefits of learning from someone else’s success or mistakes makes historical stories a great tool for gathering and sharing workplace knowledgeinfluencing culture, and spurring change. But it only works if the story of how the organization is functioning today, is purposefully documented for the future.

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IT Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Its Users

The traditional IT department is being propelled by the Nexus of Forces toward a new normal. The world of user expectations are changing. It’s time for IT to upgrade the user experience to be a focus, rather than an afterthought. People and the user experience are taking center stage. Data, processes, platforms, and tools become the supporting cast they were always meant to be.

In his HBR blog post, Aaron Levie explains why IT Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Its Users. The entire post is worth a read, but here are a few of my favorite New Normal Bytes (byte-sized nuggets of information).

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