Professional Knowledge

Some interesting predictions here including this one;

Professional knowledge will become obsolete almost as quickly as it’s acquired. An individual’s professional knowledge is becoming outdated at a much faster rate than ever before.

Most professions will require continuous instruction and retraining. Rapid changes in the job market and work-related technologies will necessitate job education for almost every worker. At any given moment, a substantial portion of the labor force will be in job retraining programs. -Marvin J. Cetron and Owen Davies, “Trends Shaping Tomorrow’s World, Part Two,” May-June 2008, p 41″

Why don’t Trainers Blog?

Over the last few months I’ve learnt so much via blogging and connecting with others. I’m really grateful to all those people who are listed on my blogroll who have shared ideas and information openly and unconditionally.

Something that I don’t understand is why don’t more trainers and learning & development professionals in the UK blog? I have tried to generate interest via Training Zone by kicking off a blog back in April. I put a post in my blog hoping that this would encourage others to blog and share.

I must be going wrong somewhere or maybe I’m not looking in the right places.

Any ideas?

Future of Education Conference

 Here are some “musings” from George Siemens about the forthcoming future of education conference. To register for this valuable and free event click the link.

“Few modern institutions hold the shape of history as faithfully as schools and universities. Rows of learners, segregated classrooms, subject specialization, and “the expert on stage” form images and stories of education over the last several hundred years.

Yet it was not always so. Ancient Greek academies based their educational activities as exploration and pursuit of truth. While it could be argued that less of the world was known in that era (though today’s nanotechnology explorers would suggest a future of greater yet to be charted worlds), a spirit of inquiry and the passion for learning dictated open spaces of dialogue and boundaries of learning imposed only by the mind, not the temporary containers of “courses” and “programs”.

The often repeated claim of “our world is changing” falls on ears immune due to frequent exposure. Yet teachers, professors, and corporate trainers are adopting tools which threaten (promise?) to shift the shape of education. Blogs, wikis, podcasts, social bookmarking, globalization, user-generated content, information growth, corporate research, flexible accreditation models, for-profit education, and international partnerships boil in the cauldron of change.

What will education look like in the future? How will we educate our children? Our employees? What will be the shape of scholarship? Of art? Of research?

Over the next week, we will begin to explore these issues with a combination of insights provided by our speakers…and with dialogue we shape ourselves. “

Develop the Developer 2007

Here’s an opportunity for everyone who is involved in developing others to take part in a valuable on-line survey.

“A lot of research has gone into looking at the skills people need to fulfil occupational roles. Little has been done to explore the skills required for people who develop others but are not in the role of teacher or trainer. Even the role of trainer and coach has changed dramatically.

Developing the developers is a project with an aim of researching the current and future needs of people developers. As the business world progresses so does the role of people developers. At one time this was the remit of the HR or training team. Now with an increasing pace within the world of business, most of us have some responsibility for the development of others. But do we have the necessary skills? What skills do we need and where can we get them?

This project sets out to answer these questions. So if you manage, mentor, coach, train teach, educate or develop people in any way we want to know how you develop these skills and most importantly how you learn new skills, just when you need them”

Visitors from Training Zone

If you’re visiting from Training Zone and would like to set up your own blog, click the link ‘wordpress’ on my sidebar under ‘blogroll’.  This will take you to the wordpress site, just click the blue box ‘Start your wordpress blog’ It’s easy to do and it’s free.

Once you’ve done this or if you have a blog already, I’d really like to visit and share ideas. Just leave a link in the comments box.

Blogging is a great vehicle for networking,  learning and CPD.

Invisible or Familiar?

Technology and web 2.0 offer us new and creative ways to enable learning. Should this technology be invisible or should we learn about it in order that it becomes familiar and we can maximise it’s use?

When designing learning solutions we should focus on what technology can enable rather than the technology itself. However just as we have an understanding of training & learning methods, we need to have an understanding of the various products and tools that we (or our learners) could integrate into learning solutions.

For example; Wikis enable collaboration, blogs offer us a vehicle to record our thoughts, track our development, share information and develop our social network. Google enables focused search, kartoo gives us the opportunity to create our own search maps and elluminate enables remote 2 way communication and the sharing of information.

Thinking about more familiar items; a car enables us to get from A-B, glasses enable us to see, television enables us to watch programmes we enjoy or unwind & relax. How often do we consider the technology that underpins these objects? We use these things in order to get what we need. The technology is invisible. However most of us are familiar with cars, glasses & TV, we understand how to use them and the benefits that they can give us.

Any views?

George Siemens; using technology in learning

George Siemens at the University of Manitoba suggests 3 stages of using technology in university level courses. They are;

Augmented (use of blogs,wikis,podcasts,email,webCT & discussion forums to extend in-classroom participation) Classes are still held face to face at this stage.

Blended (use of alternative presentation and collaborative technologies) Here he suggests online sessions replace some, but not all face to face sessions

Online (entirely delivered online, using LMS or a combination of tools to evaluate, collaborate, converse & present)

The challenge is finding ways to support learners in moving from one stage to the next.

New key skills for information overload

The University of Manitoba’s Wiki identifies a number of new skills that are required in order to cope with the abundance of information available to us and the significant changes that are happening around us based on technological developments.

These key skills include;

Recognising patterns & trends

Filtering of knowledge and extracting the important elements

Determining the value of knowledge and ensuring it’s authentic

Achieving our purpose or goal by navigating between people, technologies, repositories and ideas.

Critical & creative thinking

Building networks in order to stay current and informed

Focusing on important tasks while undergoing a deluge of information

Acceptance of uncertainty