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Jay Cross at Learning Technology

Jay presented at the (London) Learning Technologies Conference in Feb 09

Jay Said:

It’s no longer “me” as a learner – it’s “us”

Jay acknowledges that elearning has had a positive impact over the last 10 years and then makes the case for change.  Is collective knowledge the way to keep pace with business change?  “Each one teach one” will return better payback than the traditional (formal) methods of training – right?  What is the future training department?

I say:

Research tells us that corporations need to target their learning and development budgets for high impact and place more focus on “informal” training.  The waste in typical organization’s learning and development budgets is in the tens of millions of dollars.  Consider that 80% of the budgets for most companies goes to supporting formal training which is where 10% to 20% of the learning and knowledge transfer occurs.  At best, 40% of the skills learned in the formal training are transferred immediately back to the job.  Six months on, the transfer rate is 25%.  And one year after training the employee has remembered and transferred about 15% of the learned skills.


Does Learning2.0 hold the key?


Mass Collaboration for Learning and Development

TiddlyDocs (opensource and free) will enable people to collaborate on the development of documents such as training materials, user guides, and white papers.  I have not yet used this tool (still a prototype) but plan to learn more about it then share my thoughts and conclusions on this blog.

From the creators:  TiddlyDocs is a document editing and collaboration system, in early prototyping phase. The prototype was developed at Osmosoft, primarily by Simon McManus, and with contributions from Paul Downey, Michael Mahemoff, and Jeremy Ruston.


Us Now Film Screening

I attended a film screening of “Us Now” in London on 10 Dec 08. UsNow is a documentary film project about the power of mass collaboration, government and the internet. directed by Ivo Gormley, the film takes a look at how the web is changing the ways we organize ourselves. using examples such as 35,000 fans running ebbsleet united football club online and the bank zopa, where everyone is the bank manager, ‘Us Now’ explores whether these online participatory networks could deepen our democracy and even transform the way that countries are governed.

This movie captures the film screening event – it is not the documentary. To learn more about the UsNow documentary go to: http://www.usnowfilm.com.

The movie was thought provoking, inspiring, and timely.  For good reasons, the film maker was unable to capture stories from many countries and cities and most of the people speaking in the film are from the UK.  The film does a good job of showing the potential of Web 2.0 and mass collaboration.  I walked out with many new ideas and renewed energy.  I created this blog (my first one) after seeing the movie.  That says a lot!