December Big Question - What did you learn about learning?
I'm going after this just a little bit different. I wanted to go back and figure out what things really struck me during 2007....So I first went back to what I wrote about last year:
Some of the more specific memories from 2006:Wow, what a great list from 2006, I'm glad I have that saved somewhere. ;)
- I started my blog in February 2006.
- I started using del.icio.us and Yahoo MyWeb to save bookmarks - locally saved favorites seem rather limited now.
- I had a real "aha experience" after using add-ins to provide features inside my blog. Boy were they easy to use. It's all pure service. And this experience kept coming all during the year with Wikis, and more (Incredibly Cool! Vision of Future of Application and eLearning Development)
- I found myself no longer recommending the use of RoboInfo or other similar programs for reference materials. Wikis are way better even if the end-users don't edit.
- I had a very interesting disagreement with a client about the technical direction for their solution - they wanted local editing via a Word add-in locally installed - I advocated providing a pure web delivered solution. I lost the argument. In the long run, they'll lose. No one should advocate putting stuff on a desktop anymore without a dang good reason.
- I found myself using Wikipedia early in research tasks on all sorts of topics.
But by far the most vivid memory of 2006 comes from a comment made during a panel that I was moderating on eLearning 2.0. We had discussed Wikis, Blogs and were embarking on Second Life. Someone from the audience in all sincerity said:“This stuff is freaking me out.”
She is right on the money. It is freaking us out. We know something pretty special is happening right now.
If you are a glutton for more of this, take a look at:
So how about in here's a random list of things from 2007:
- My 10 year old son edited Wikipedia - A Fourth Grader Wikipedia Update and added value.
- Some people are really not getting the impact of different tools. Getting Value from LinkedIn, Thomas Davenport and Blogging - He is Wrong!, Spending or Wasting Time on Web 2.0 Tools?,
- But the good news is that it appears that more and more people are getting it (More eLearning Bloggers, Facebook Fridays and I'm definitely Pushing Harder Now and we need to adopt the attitude - eLearning 2.0 - Just Go Do It.
- We are going to be going through Disruptive Changes in Learning. and unless you innovate (Innovators' Dilemma in Learning/eLearning) you are going to fall prey to alternatives be it do-it-yourself learning or start-ups.
- A purely virtual conference (Free Online Conference - Corporate Learning: Trends) with amateur organizers, gorilla marketing through social networks, and a wiki for it's main page worked out pretty well. And I'm sure it could be better.
- Social networks through my blog or LinkedIn are great ways to get specific help for yourself and for others... Making Learning with an LMS Fun? Help Needed!, Help - Pace in Industry, LMS Selection Presentation, Writing, Learning, Knowing - Help Needed.
- Courseware is being pushed towards Good Enough because clients value speed more than quality in many cases.
- It's hard to find out how people are using Web 2.0 tools inside organizations.
- Adoption is going to be personal/consumer first - organizational adoption is going to lag: Web 2.0 - Consumer vs. Enterprise Use. Companies are going to have a big problem trying to handle this: More Discussion on Personal Work Learning Environments.
- Signs of the times: End of an Era - Authorware Dies, InfoWorld Folds Print Magazine
- When you name your kids, consider personal search - Personal Search - and Naming Your Kids.
- The way people find you can be amusing: Top Ten Subliminal Searches.
- I'm not very good with Back Channel Use - and I should learn how to do it better.