The Learning Revolution: Where have all the leaders gone?
It's difficult to not agree with everything that's in Tony's post an my short answer would be: yes they should, and the good ones already are.So, of course, I say, great post. :) There are some interesting thoughts in the post, but also
Harold Jarche in Skills 2.0:
Today, active involvement in informal learning, particularly through web-based communities, is key to remaining professional and creative in a field. Being a learning professional in a Web 2.0 world is becoming more about your network than your current knowledge.Gina Minks: Adventures in Corporate Education What Competencies do Knowledge Workers Need?
How can you design with these new tools if you don’t understand them? How can you apply them to your existing systematic learning system if you don’t know what the heck wiki even means? So, yes, learning professionals must learn and use these tools, and then apply the tools to there existing framework.She lists the tools and what you should know as:
- Wikis: How to edit, how to read, how to link to
- RSS Feeds: What are they, how do I read one, once I have a reader set up how do I scan info collecetd, how do I share info using one
- Blogs: How do I write one. Why SHOULD I write one. How do I evaluate info from one. How do I scan, collect keywords, and rescan to crystallize ideas and information?
- Information Creation tools: Exps: Youtube, SlideShare, Flickr. How do I use. Why/When do I use.
- Tagging: What is this? Why is it important? How do I use with content I create? How do I use to search for info I need?
A lot of “us” learned these technologies organically, as we needed to. Trying to come up with ways to teach people them all at once is going to be challenging.Clark Quinn - Learnlets: Lead the Charge? talks about how learning organizations must transition from
If you can come up with ways to show the results of the tools, that people who are attracted to the technology will find ways to learn the tools. Nobody cared about wikis until wikipedia came along. Nobody cared about RSS readers until information overload made them a necessity.
I think the thing we have to be careful of is teaching the tools outside of the benefits.
the perspective from a training group being an expendable cost-center to a learning capability that’s central to organizational effectiveness and performance.