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Working and learning in networks

I’m currently pulling together various thoughts on issues surrounding organisational design, networks and workplace or occupational learning. Initially, I’m drawing on:

the notion of learning networks, defined by Sloep (2008) as: “online, social network that is designed to support non-formal learning in a particular domain” to frame a discussion of the use of social technologies for workplace learning and the management of knowledge. In particular, the affordances of social technologies in enabling learning outcomes traditionally seen as vicarious by-products of work activities to be captured and made explicit as micro-learning objects (Peschl 2006; Schmidt 2005), will be explored in the context of professional learning that focuses on responding to complex and ‘wicked’ problems (Margaryan et al, 2013).

From this, I’m looking to explore


… how technology enabled learning networks act as mechanisms for personal professional competence development. How might or how do professionals combine and use self-selected digital tools to support the integration of work and learning as Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) (Pata 2009; Ralagopal, et al 2012) and approaches to Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) (Redecker 2009)?

So I *think* the argument I’m developing is that increasingly for *some* occupations, workplace learning is in practice operationalised as a ‘web of relations’ (Fenwick 2008) within and across organisational and professional boundaries and so the long-standing practices of L&D functions are increasingly redundant in this context. By extension, I’d suggest that there are various implications arising form this for much higher education provision: for example, is the privileging of knowledge content really justified, can the assumptions that students are effective learners in such a context justified, where or what may indicate knowledgeable authority in such a context?

building walls

The constant push & pull of open vs closed networks (see a previous post) continues with Twitter as Graham Attwell describes here in the context of education. Building (high) walls doesn’t appear to have harmed Facebook just yet and Twitter’s move should be seen in the context of the criticisms it has faced on monetisation. But then, the same thing was said of AOL (not to mention all the mobile phone companies…. ). But kicking your ecosystem of developers does seem perverse given the “user experience” of twitter when not using, eg, Tweetdeck.

Tools of e-learning

I noticed this post from the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies [CL4PT] on ten key tools for learning. There’s a very clear triangle forming of course/ content “authorware” [eg, screenr or prezi], collaboration tools [eg, etherpad or dimdim] and individual tools [eg, evernote or arguable posterour].

This highlighted a question would be how these might work together? But also what it might mean for the L&D department that focuses on courseware suitable for routine learning for routinised work as opposed to collaboration and reflection that is potentially more focused on creativity, innovation and expansive learning?

on the nature of personal learning environments

A well argued post here on personal learning environments as a dynamic environment rather than a product or device. This chimes with my own views on PLEs as something that is personal rather than a product as well as with the tension in views of enterprise 2.0 between the techno-determinists and those focused on people and culture.

Link to: Business impact of social learning

A short post linking to a great post from Jay Cross here on the business case/ ROI of social learning in [what should be] the age of learning platforms and ecosystems rather than training courses and programmes. Some very useful resources are also available via the post.