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Wissenswert Blog Carnival - How do you implement Workplace Learning?

November 11th, 2010 Martin Raske No comments

Training organizations have realized, that they start loosing their monopoly on learning. Employees do dare to organize themselves. More than 90% of what you need in your  current job was not learned by formalized learning interventions but in informal learning situation, such as learning on the job, discussions with peers or mentors, etc. etc.  That's the answer you usually get if you ask the question. This situation frightens training organizations - but it shouldn't.

The new world of learning is based on a new mindset - sharing instead of hiding, collaborating instead of instructing, acting instead of reacting. Technology enables us to support learning processes in companies at the workplace. Today it is more crucial than ever to stay up to date. Life long learning - it's not by chance the title of this blog - is an integral part of our lifes. Not too long ago, training organizations did nothing else than deliver training content. These days one of the most important tasks is to facilitate learning at the workplace. Probably the biggest difference between the two models is the fact that modern training organizations today need to provide platforms and options - not just solutions. They have to make sure that employees are able to intaract with each other. That they are able to collaborate and share their knwoledge. It's no longer key to collect know-how within the training organization and spread it from there. It's more important to tap into the existing know-how of the organization.

Learning at the Workplace is fundamentally different than learnign in classrooms. Time is scarce. Distraction lurks behind every incoming e-mail. But: The problems are pressing. The need for an answer is immediate and often cannot wait. And: The situation is such that it optimally supports learning processes - if we find a solution to a problem and apply it, we tend to remember it much better than if we discuss it in a classroom session and are not able to apply it straight away. Because it is fundamentally different, learning organizations have to re-think the way they deliver formalized learning content as well. Also this content needs to be presented in short chunks. The Learning Nuggets format - as mentionned in one of my previous posts - is a very good example of Workplace Learning.

One of the next challenges we will be facing is to re-define the workplace. Worklpace and working time will be moving away from the actual premises of the company. Employees will be online whenever and whereever they are. Thus the workplace will be mobile and so will be workplace learning.

What do I do to support these changes? I am convinced that the first step to help the organization to start moving into the direction described above is to start talking about the changes. I run several workshops on this topic to show people of all hierarchical levels the changes that are looming ahead and raise their awareness for it. We have also started to provide much shorter self-paced training material: Our Learning Nugget concept is a great success. This year we will also start - against all odds - to run a Mobile Learning pilot on all major mobile platforms such as Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Mobile, Android. There is a pilot going on as well, where a whole new concept of how to build office space is tested - a much more flexible environment that leverages new technologies and new work-life-balance models. The combination of this with new ways of delivering/supporting training will be tremendously exciting.

Life Long Learning - in chunks of just a few minutes

October 3rd, 2010 Martin Raske No comments

The latest trend, which seems to create a lot of interest, are so called "Learning Nuggets". This piece of learning/information or information/learning is no longer than 5 minutes and consists of either an interactive learning program or just a little motivating movie.

When we started to produce and use these Learning Nuggets, I was very sceptical. How can one learn something in the span of just 5 minutes? Take learning a language, for example. You can hardly learn a single word in just five minutes. But then I realized that the potential of short pieces of learning lay in the chance to reach people and raise their interest in potentially interesting topics. It's like a marketing campaign for learning, tailored for a time where time is scarce. If we can wrap one single grain of potentially interesting information into a motivating short piece of learning software, we might have a greater reach than if we produced hours of designed learning material on this specific subject. Todays learners are used to learning at their own pace. They are used to get the information they need. What they might be lacking is the overview of what's out there. Something that grabs their attention. Once they find something, that interests them, they are willing to spend more time on the subject - the dream of every teaching professional.

The reality proves the theory to be right. Since we had launched the Learning Nuggets, people like them and our records also show that they spend more time on the topics we propose.

Please refer also to the little interview I gave about this topic (in German) :

And I am proud to present: Management in a Nutshell - open for the public:

Podcasts - a quick way to distribute content

September 23rd, 2009 Martin Raske No comments

A quick way? Did I just write this?

I was producing a Podcast during the last three nights and since then I don't think of it as a quick delivery tool any longer. Maybe I was doing it the wrong way: I had a few interviews with different people who were involved in a change project. The project went really well and everybody is excited about the change. So I asked them a few questions about what made the project so successful and they answered. I had 4 hours of recorded material at the end.

Then I went back with my laptop and started cutting the material. My goal was to only use the peoples voices - no additional speakers, no intoduction, no explanations. What those people had to say should be enough, I thought. In order to find the parts of the interview that I could potentially use I had to listen to all of it again - 4 hours. Then I had to cut the stuff and modify some of it (some of the candidates spoke way too low). Then I had to bring it all into an order that made sense, re-shuffle and add some music to make it a bit more interesting. All in all I spent 16 hours - not counting the time for the interview - to get a 10 minutes piece worth sharing with my client.

I wonder, if that's the normal rate for a project like this. To me it felt way too long. I don't think I will ever be able to sell a Podcast as a quick and easy solution to distribute content ever again.

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