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The Future of Work and Learning 1: The Professional Ecosystem

The Future of Work and Learning 1: The Professional Ecosystem
“Each of us is the center of the universe. So is everyone else.” e e cummings In my previous post I looked at the individual’s perspective of workplace learning and included a graphic showing how individuals learn at and for work in 10 main ways. Essentially, I was describing a Professional Ecosystem (PES) – a set of organisational and personal, interconnecting and interacting elements – content, people, software, services, apps, etc – that helps an individual do their jobsolve performance problemscommunicate and collaborate with othersself-improve (for their existing work and/or future career), as well askeep up to date with what is happening in their industry or profession so that they remain relevant and marketable. The graphic above is an example of the tools and services an individual might make use of as part of his/her PES. A PES is therefore all of the following, but much more than any of them individually: So why do individuals need a PES? So how do PESs fit into organisations?

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The Mistake 99% of LinkedIn Users Make Last week, LinkedIn celebrated its thirteenth birthday. It's officially a teenager. With more than 414 million users, it's the largest professional social network. And, getting bigger by the day - making it the biggest pool of talent online too. off the record In case you missed it, Sylvia Duckworth released another of her wonderful Sketchnotes last week. This time, it deals with reasons why you should have a PLN. It’s well worth sharing for those who aren’t connected well with other educators or organizations. I strongly agree with all of the 10 points in the Sketchnote. Once you do have that “PLN”, whether you call the P Personal or Professional, it’s equally important that you work it. As we tell our students, just because it’s on the internet doesn’t necessarily make it true.

Professional ecosystem How do you stay current, relevant and up-to-date with the new technologies in education? What Connected Educators do Differently has answers for educators looking to start and cultivate a professional (or personal) learning network (PLN) to stay current and connected. Following are key takeaways from the book and from two other resources that go beyond the basics of starting a PLN.

The difference between social learning and social collaboration First published 25 March 2015 In my framework of Modern Workplace Learning (see diagram on right) I use the term social collaboration to label an important new element of work of the modern-day L&D department. I deliberately chose not to label it social learning. So what is the difference – or rather connection – between these two terms? Social learning, is of course, not a new concept or a new term; we’ve always learned socially – from our parents, siblings, friends and from our colleagues at work.

The Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit – Modern Workplace Learning Magazine There is a lot of interest in the behaviour of the Modern Learner, but in the context of work it is more appropriate to talk about the Modern Professional Learner. The Modern Professional Learner learns for, at and through work in many different ways – i.e. not just in formal training or e-learning, but through everyday work experiences as well as on the Web. In doing so the Modern Professional Learner makes use of a wide variety of tools. The diagram below shows the key tools a Modern Professional Learner might use in 12 different contexts – many of which appear on the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016. How many do you use for your own professional learning? How many do you support in your organisation to underpin learning in the modern workplace?

Social media and its impact on how we learn in the workplace This is the presentation slideset and resources from a webinar I gave in August 2011. Slideset Links to resources mentioned in the slides Slide 3: Internet Time Alliance Slide 7: Models For Designing Your Personal Learning Environment A personal learning environment (PLE) is a solution for keeping up with the rapid pace of knowledge change. Some say it is a concept, while others say it is a technology. I think a good definition is this: a self-directed and evolving environment of tools, services and resources organized by a person seeking a way to accomplish lifetime learning, to create, and to connect with others of similar interests. Because it is personalized, everyone’s PLE will be unique. Because it is collaborative, information may be continually created and shared. In the workplace, designing a personal learning environment has the potential to partially replace conventional courses.

10 things to remember about social learning (and the use of social media for learning) Yesterday I listened into the #lscon Twitter stream for Learning Solutions conference in Orlando, Florida. There was some discussion about social learning, so I tweeted a few of my own thoughts. I’ve been asked to repeat them in a blog post here, so here are some of my tweets plus a few more points. The Workscape, a learning platform for corporations Cultivating a results-oriented peer-learning program in a corporate learning ecosystem involves a few tweaks of the approach and tools we discussed in relation to more open, diverse networks. The Workscape, a platform for learning Formal learning takes place in classrooms; informal learning happens in workscapes.

The question is not, “Do you need help?” The question is: “What kind of help do you need?” Personal Learning Networks are the collections of people and information resources (and relationships with them) that people cultivate in order to form their own public or private learning networks — living, growing, responsive sources of information, support, and inspiration that support self-learners. Howard Rheingold: “When I started using social media in the classroom, I looked for and began to learn from more experienced educators. First, I read and then tried to comment usefully on their blog posts and tweets. When I began to understand who knew what in the world of social media in education, I narrowed my focus to the most knowledgeable and adventurous among them.