Artificial intelligence and the disintermediation of Learning & Development

This is a really interesting post on artificial intelligence and disintermediation of Learning & Development. Are the current professional qualification frameworks developing practitioners with the future-relevant capabilities? Implementing a capability framework is an opportunity to engage and support managers with the development of their people – some thoughts from a conversation I had with an … Read more

Learning entrepreneurship through coworking

I have been reading Tom Butcher’s paper on Learning everyday entrepreneurial practices through coworking. I was interested in this partly as coworking is a specific manifestation of wider changes in the economy associated with the knowledge and/ or ‘weightless’ economy and with increasingly atomised and precarious workforce. As this paper notes, coworking can be a site of experimentation of new … Read more

Creativity and Innovation

I’m following the Design Thinking and Creativity for Innovation course on EdX. The initial video with Tim Kastelle [http://timkastelle.org/] draws together creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation in improving ideas to create value whether for individuals or organisations. He quotes a definition of creativity as creating something that is both novel and ‘useful’ which seems to me to … Read more

Learning for the future of work

I’ve been looking at the SITRA studies on Perspectives on new work: exploring emerging conceptualisations edited by Esko Kilpi which includes lots of different perspectives on learning and the future of work and is a really interesting read The study explores learning and work in the knowledge-based or weightless economy and knowledge work where such work is understood as … Read more

Artificial intelligence in education and learning

This is just a quick post as I’m reading up a bit on AI in education and was taken with the following quote from the Pearson Report Intelligence Unleashed: The increasing range of data capture devices – such as biological data, voice recognition, and eye tracking – will enable AIEd systems to provide new types of … Read more

Enactivist workplace learning

I’ve just read Lundgren et al (2018) Conceptualizing reflection in experience-based workplace learning . The authors refer to an enactivist perspective on workplace learning whereby learning is generated in “mutual interaction of the learner and environment or context with each changing, possibly in divergent ways, through their interconnections” (p.314). So learning is an effect of interactions … Read more

A toolkit for learning

I’m in the process of reviewing the various digital tools I use for learning at work. Jane Harts’ Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit framework as used by Harold Jarche, Brian Quinn and Mike Taylor looks like a useful starting point. Browsers & search engines: I mainly use Firefox Quantum and Google although I’m getting used to DuckDuckGo but I’m not familiar enough with it … Read more

Working, learning and employability

Just came across this great quote from Esko Kilpi (via Peter Goodyear): Post-industrial work is learning. Work is figuring out how to define and solve a particular problem and then scaling up the solution in a reflective and iterative way – with technology and alongside other people. The world is complex and standardised and procedural … Read more

Near Future Teaching Collider

I attended a Collider event as part of the Near Future Teaching project at the University of Edinburgh. The project is about addressing questions on what should the future of teaching look like in both universities in general, and University of Edinburgh specifically. What social, cultural and technological trends will come together to drive new … Read more

The good, the bad and the ugly of digital learning

Here are my slides from a session for the South of Scotland Learning & Development Group yesterday, 13 September. Elearning cipd workshop from Peter Evans I really enjoyed the session and the discussion was interesting with a focus on issues of engagement and cultures of learning rather than on shiny new technologies.