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Jane Hart’s Top 100 Tool List

For the last 8 years, Jane Hart has conducted a poll to determine the top 100 tools e-learning professionals deem as most useful for them. We reported on the list last year, with both Doris and I generating our lists of tools we use to seek information, make sense of it, and share it out with others like you!

The poll closes on September 18, so you can still contribute. Hart will be announcing the 2015 list on September 22. The results from the 2014 list was a compilation of 1038 people from 61 countries. It will be interesting to see what the make-up is for this year.

I took the poll, and then compared what I chose this year and last year as my top 10 tools. I found that this comparison allowed me to reflect on my learning, see if I had expanded my personal learning network (PLP) and who I now include in my “tribe”, and identify any changes Doris and I have made in working together or in helping others learn, collaborate, cooperate, and work online. Read more

Learning in new ways: this means me!

Doris and I have just begun taking an interactive, completely asynchronous online “workshop” with one of our main influencers, Jane Hart. The title of the “workshop” is Modernising Training Content (she is British, hence the spelling differences). Here is the description:

Much of today’s e-learning is unappealing, and differs greatly from the resources enjoyed daily on the Web. This workshop looks at how to modernise training content to bring it more in line with that found on the Web, as well as how to make it available in more flexible ways.

Jane will be our learning guide. She says this about the structure of the workshop:

Jane Hart, our Learning Guide

Please note this is not a traditional online course. As it is hosted on our social platform, think of it more as a place for socialising and learning from one another – rather than an online classroom! Each week a set of reading and practical activities will be released, and you are invited to work through them as best suits you and fits in with your working life, and then share your thinking and your work with the group. Although nothing is compulsory, you will find that the more you “learn out loud” with the other participants, the more you will get out of the workshop

Doris and I have written a lot about online learning, working and learning out loud, and creating learning networks and bubbles. Although we have participated in MOOCs and other online professional development opportunities, Jane is explicitly giving us permission to learn and work in the course as we can. She does emphasize, as you see in the quote above, that the more you invest in the workshop, the more you will get out of it. Read more

My learning journey for this week

Sometimes the stars, forces, energy or whatever you want to call it align. Of course, sometimes they don’t, but this week they certainly did. I was getting ready for a presentation for a face-to-face conference. My presentation topic was: Do It Yourself Online Learners: the skills necessary to be a lifelong learner in the digital age. The audience members–teachers in adult education and literacy programs–are  usually after specific tips, tools, and strategies to use in their classes. Given this, I was struggling with why my audience would care about my topic and how I could impart the importance of digital literacy skills for a networked age in a practical, useful way. Just as I was heading deeper into my Diigo library, Google search, and other research methods, help arrived in the form of 2 articles that seemed as if they were written just for me.

The Harvard Business Review June 24 edition has a cover article on How to Spot Talent by Claudio Fernandez-Araoz, a global executive head hunter. The tag line is what got me interested in reading the article: Hint: Experience is overrated. Not wanting to lose my focus on my task, I intended to skim the article, but the premise called to me as well as the stated purpose for caring about networked learning and learning out loud so everyone can join in the learning:

…the question is not whether your company’s employees and leaders have the right skills; it’s whether they have the potential to learn new ones.” Read more