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Fuse is a smart company based in East London which takes a very visual approach to learning. They illustrate ideas and provide a social platform for sharing the results.
When I say they asked me to talk, that’s exactly what I did. I talked about it to Fuse CEO and Chief Storyteller Steve Dineen and he recorded what I said. A while later, they mailed me a link to this, illustrated version of what I’d said:
(Disclosure: I wasn’t paid for writing this blog. I just think the Fuse team does a good job.)
Yesterday Training Zone‘s Jon Kennard interviewed me about what will be hot in L&D technologies in 2014, about the upcoming Learning Technologies conference and about my three favourite learning tools.
Jon has posted the interview on Mixcloud – just click to listen. If you don’t have 8 minutes to listen to the interview, here are those three favourite tools:
- Printed books
- Notebook and pencil
- Internet search
I added a fourth activity which I find invaluable for learning, but which is not really a tool: conversation. It is in conversation, after all, that we put what we have learnt to the test, often re-considering and re-shaping it in the light of others’ understanding. Done well, conversation acts as a sort of accelerated reflection.
(No mention of learning tools would be complete, of course, without a link to Jane Hart’s redoubtable annual survey of the top 100 tools for learning. If you haven’t checked it out, I can thoroughly recommended you do.)
You wait years for a list of elearning movers and shakers and then two come along at once.
On January 2nd, Bob Little of Bob Little PR in the UK published his fifth annual Top Ten E-learning Movers and Shakers – actually five lists for different geographies, made up of a total of 42 people.
But then in December Malaysia’s Zaid Ali Alsagoff, of the International Medical University, launched his own list, to be published at the end of January. From his commentary Zaid’s list is an attempt to run a list completely transparently, in contrast to Bob Little’s approach of using a panel of anonymous judges.
Somewhat confusingly, Zaid’s list is called the Top (e-)Learning Movers & Shakers in 2013.
Each approach has its merits. Zaid’s key one is that anyone can add a candidate to the list, anyone can vote for anyone, everyone can see who’s voted for whom and you can vote for as many people as you want. Personally, I’ve voted for more than 30 of the candidates. It’s a strong field.
This is transparency in action.
The great thing about Zaid’s list is that is really is wide open. There are over 200 people on the list now. Many of them new to me, which is great – it gives a way of reaching interesting new colleagues around the globe. (Zaid recognizes that people could ‘game’ the system and has a complex algorithm for tackling that.)
It’s such a good idea that I recommend you support it. Just click to scan the list and vote using a Twitter, Facebook, or Linked profile. Voting closes on Monday January 27th.
Of course as chairman of the Learning Technologies Conference, I’m delighted that so many of this year’s speakers and former speakers are on the list. If you’d like to vote for them, just click to be taken directly to their position on the list:
Cammy Bean http://list.ly/i/369844
Cathy Moore http://list.ly/i/355229
Charles Jennings http://list.ly/i/355337
Clark Quinn http://list.ly/i/355409
Clive Shepherd http://list.ly/i/356153
Craig Taylor http://list.ly/i/408673
Curtis Bonk http://list.ly/i/357063
Donald Clark http://list.ly/i/426064
Donald H Taylor http://list.ly/i/356148
George Siemens http://list.ly/i/357059
Harold Jarche http://list.ly/i/355262
Jane Bozarth http://list.ly/i/357081
Jane Hart http://list.ly/i/356102
Jay Cross http://list.ly/i/355109
Julie Wedgwood http://list.ly/i/356156
Laura Overton http://list.ly/i/356151
Roger Schank http://list.ly/i/355247
Stephen Downes http://list.ly/i/357061
Steve Wheeler http://list.ly/i/356163
As I say, I believe the world-wide learning community should support this. It’s fun, it puts us in touch with new people, and I think we all benefit from it.
Click here to vote before Monday January 27th.
Update [8 Feb 2014]. The results of the#TEMS13 poll were announced on January 26th – you can read them here. The winner of Zaid’s Alsagoff’s poll (the Top Elearning Mover and Shaker of 2013) is Zaid Alsagoff.
Brightwave is a smart elearning company based in Brighton, England, who are running a campaign where they ask people how they define learning. It’s generating some interesting replies. Here’s my 50 second definition:
You can see other people’s ideas by following the hashtag #learningis but probably the best explanation comes from the 3 year-old daughter of Colin Welch (@colinwelch) who has just learned how to do buttons up. You can see her response here on YouTube.