Category Archives: Social Learning

How much structure is enough? And when is there too much?

Probably from the dawn of record-keeping, there has been a tension between maintaining written records in highly structured, or relatively unstructured formats.  Now that we are having so many conversations in written form, the question looms large in social media. It’s much easier to write in a stream of consciousness fashion than it is to

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Structured Online Social Learning: A Trojan Horse for Informal Online Social Learning?

There’s a lot of chatter these days about social learning, and different interpretations of what does, and what does not comprise social learning. Here at Q2, we figure “social learning” is any kind of learning done directly from other people. While we give a nod to the reality that authors are people, and so learning

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Making the best of a “forced march” to online training

It’s happening all over the place.  Even in companies where training budgets have remained relatively intact,  longstanding respected instructor-led classroom programs are running into the brick wall of slashed travel budgets. Assuming that a program is delivered in the classroom as the result of careful analysis about how to best transfer the information it offers,

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Object-oriented Community?

As the CPsquare “Long Live the Platform” conference wraps up this week, I’ve been thinking a lot about “community” and its role within the enterprise. Community is one of those concepts debated endlessly in circles of individuals who have spent their careers involved in one way or another with computer-mediated communication. The central question among

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Educational Social Networks

Proposition: The house believes that social networking technologies will bring large [positive] changes to educational methods, in and out of the classroom. So opens this week’s debate in the ongoing series at Economist.com.  I find myself in substantial agreement with both Ewan McIntosh’s pro position, and with  Michael Bugeja’s con position.  The two men have

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