Learning 2.0: Mobile, Rapid, Immersive, Collaborative, and Non-formal

Lance Dublin is speaking in this session, and I wish I could have seen it from the beginning. I arrived late as I was getting Patrick Lencioni sign my copy of the Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

This is a big room, and I am sitting on the floor. Yes, there are a few seats left, but I am sitting next to the outlet

People do not want to be managers; they want to own things. Who wants to run adult day care. Ouch! Rather inciteful!

Really interesting session. Not sure I know where he is going, but it seems to be going that people learn most of what they do on the job, rather than formal learning, training, classroom work, etc. It seems most people learn informally.

The guy next to me is on his cell phone. Now that is what I call multitasking.

Lance is speaking about formal learning, informal learning, and non-formal learning. The last is about how people learn something intentionally though they do not formally go to class for it.

The Internet was created by the government and academics for redundant communication.

The guy next to me now took off his shoes. How interesting.

“How many people know the term eLearning?” All hands go up. “Do we all have the same definition?” Of course not. There we are, all using a term we don’t define in the same way.

Now speaking about Web 1.0. HTML and text and graphics and such.

The older generation think of the Web as a place to go to plan and get stuff. The younger generation thinks of the Web as a platform, not a place to go.

Internet / Web 1.0 = medium that is content-centered

Internet / Web 2.0 = a platform

Prosumption = the process of giving back. This is just not a consumer perspective of taking things from the Web.

Democratization = the death of the subject-matter expert. “There are no experts, because some of them are like my parents, and they are pathetic.” Laughter around as this is one of his ongoing pieces of humor. This is where everybody participates.

He just recommended the book Wikinomics, which is about weapons of mass collaboration. I did not catch the author’s name. Repressive countries restrict access to information. E.g., the Internet in China, cassettes in Iran at the time of the Shah, copiers in Russia (way back when), etc.

Today’s Internet:

Rapid (we do not have patience for downloads, emails, we can shop and bank online and in-person, shop online and in-person, etc.).

Instructional designers slow things down. Like travel agents–they slow things down and cost more and most people get by without them–use them if you need a long and complicated trip. Instructional designers are the same way–instead of slowing down the process–equip the subject matter experts with templates and let them continue to create content. 

He is a really engaging speaker. Funny. Moving around. Asking questions. Speaking loudly.

I did not know Steve Jobs coined the term “podcasting.” Really? That is what Lance just stated.

Podcasting is known as audio training. The Vatican is the world’s largest podcasting network, called GodCast. Did not know that.

Apple uses podcasts to teach the support staff 12 hours before new products, and then the knowledge and incremental education increases.

M-learning = the cell phone is mobile and rapid, and most people seem to have color, Internet access, navigationability, etc. This is not formal training on a cell phone, but updates and tips and just-in time instruction.

Funny stories. His son wanted to wear a bow tie to his prom. He told Lance that he needed a real one (like James Bond), so they went to Nordstrom and bought one, but nobody there knew how to tie it. Where did they go? They watched 20 of the 25 of them on YouTube.

Rapid mobile learning. This is when baseball folks video the pitchers and hitters from the dugout and then review them on the plane while going to the next game.

Immersive = when we are so involved in something we forget about it. This is when you get in the car, get out of the car, and don’t remember anything that happened in between. Airlines, the military, and nuclear power. Simulation strategies and use and learn before they need the real thing.

There are a lot of online games where people communicate with people all over the world and are highly complex. Halo. Worlds of Warcraft. America’s Army. Second Life is the same thing. Really interesting, as it allows for make believe games, “like when you were a kid.”

Rapid, Mobile, Immersive, Collaborative.

Lance is speaking about blogs now. “Who has read one?” “Who has written one”  Too bad he did not ask “Who is writing one right now?” Hehehe.

Now speaking about Wikipedia.

Now speaking about the Janet Jackson Rule–one female mammary gland so traumatized the American people that a 5 second-delay was added to all live television. Of course, Lance must have missed Sue Simmons a few weeks ago!

LinkedIn and Plaxo are both communities for adults. I have never used Plaxo, as there seems to be so much spam there. LinkedIn seems to be the same as Tony’s session yesterday. Interestingly, I received 2 LinkedIn requests from colleagues unassociated with the this conference since yesterday. Interesting. I have had the account for years with minimal use, and now twice in the same 24 hours. I wonder if my friends (F2F) use LinkedIn as well? I always feel like a marketer or self-promoter to send out these friend requests. Now to think about it, I am not sure if I ever sent a LinkedIn or Facebook request. That may also be the reason I do not have many contacts!

How many people think there is a cool website out there that you are just not finding. Wouldn’t is be better if there were algorithms that would see what we want after a few searches and then send it to us. This is what the Semantic Web.

e-learning is too focused on the “e.” It seems we are moving to the learning e (with the learning as a superscript).

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3 thoughts on “Learning 2.0: Mobile, Rapid, Immersive, Collaborative, and Non-formal

  1. I was going to go to this session but then changed my mind at the last minute. It sounds interesting. I don’t like the part about IDs slowing things down. I mean, I think it is hitting close to home on many levels and I don’t like it!

    I did enjoy all the talk about formal, informal, and now non-formal learning at the conference. I have been all about informal learning at work. Tho, I am wondering now, if I mean non-formal? I am thinking like community of practice and knowledge bases. Is that non-formal or informal?

  2. Oh, I bought Freakanomics in the ASTD bookstore. Next I guess I will read Wikinomics. I plan on cracking up Freak during my travels tomorrow.

  3. It was interesting. He was very entertaining, though I wish he had a more current book out than the somewhat dated one they carried in the bookstore. I would have enjoyed reading more of his work.

    I sent him a link to this liveblog post, though since Lance did not comment on it, perhaps he did not like my work? Well, I ultimately write for me (as I do not track my site visitors), and the variety of reactions I do ultimately get are overall very interesting indeed!

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