My Books

Book: ‘Exploring the world of social learning
My new book, ‘Exploring the world of social learning’ is available now for all devices through this link.

“We used to live in two worlds: the workplace, a formal and restricted environment, and the social world, which was unrestricted and expressive. These spaces used to be separate, colliding only at moments of misjudged intra-office relationships and the alcohol-fuelled miscommunication of the office Christmas party.

But no more. There is no longer a formal and social divide, and instead we inhabit a grey space where we answer office emails from the bath and use Facebook in meetings. That photograph of the holiday in Ibiza will haunt you in your next job interview and the post about how much you hate your boss has just gone global thanks to a misjudged retweet.

But what does social mean for learning? It’s an incredible opportunity to engage, and this book will explore ways in which we can do so, by showing how to create more dynamic and challenging social learning spaces. Through nearly fifty collected articles from my daily blog, together with new commentaries and practical tips for each, I look at what drives engagement in these spaces and how the thinking around them has evolved.

Social layers are being built up around all types of learning. It’s no longer a question of whether the conversations take place; it’s a question of whether we want to be involved in them.”

What people say about ‘exploring the world of social learning

I should draw a Venn Diagram made up of three fields: Corporate L&D, Contemporary Theories of Learning and Web 2.0 Social Spaces as ‘Exploring the World of Social Learning’ touched on all three.

An intelligent, engaging and practical read that though linear in format – it’s a book afterall – has built into it moments to reflect, explore or do.

“Julian is as accomplished a writer as he is a fluid and engaging speaker. Exploring the World of Social Learning lives up to its title. Through a series of blog posts that have been collected in this volume, Julian documents his investigation and adoption of social technologies as enablers of engagement with other people, communication, collaboration and learning. He takes a two-pronged approach, maintaining his blog posts intact, then adding rich and informative commentary after each one that polishes the nuggets of insight contained in the original material. It’s a journey of discovery, and Julian recognises his own occasional shifts in perspective which have resulted from learned behaviour and experimentation. All in all, a fascinating read.”

A mindset for mobile learningBook “A mindset for mobile learning: a journey through theory and practice
The subject of this book is ‘mobile learning’, but ‘mobile’ means many things: it means technology, as in a mobile phone or tablet, and it also means mobile learning courses themselves, as well as being used to describe the experience of learning in this way, of experiencing ‘mobile’.

I’m interested in all of these things, in exploring what they each mean and how we can pull them together to provide a meaningful narrative of how we develop and experience mobile learning.

It’s easy to think of mobile as just being a distribution channel, like a television or a radio. We can view the devices as just conduits to push content out to learners, but this is to miss so much of the potential, potential that is only unfolding to us as we speak. People interact with mobile devices in fundamentally different ways: they are social tools used to reinforce our standing, fashion statements, aspirational decoration, sources of knowledge and power, able to make us win a pub quiz or find a pizza, but also business tools used to organize meetings, remind us of deadlines and let us speak to the boss when we’re running late.

Mobile devices transcend the traditional boundaries of our lives, crossing over between the formal spaces of work and the informal social spaces that surround it. The devices are not purely functional, they are much, much more.

It’s important that we understand just how widely mobile has permeated our lives, how often we reach into our pocket and ready our thumbs for action. We need to recognize how it impacts on knowledge: we used to have to ‘know’ things, whilst now we often only need to know how to find those things out fast. Knowing how to use Google is often enough.

We need to develop a mindset for mobile learning.

You can purchase ‘A mindset for mobile learning’ for all devices on Smashwords.

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