Monthly Archives: March 2013

Learning from art: social learning in museums and the difference between virtual and real

Seeking inspiration yesterday, i ventured into the Stedilijk museum in Amsterdam. It promised to help me in two ways: a world class collection of modern art and unlimited free WiFi. The perfect destination. We appreciate art on two levels: the … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Art, Collaboration, Community, Concepts, Creative, Environment, Experience, Exploration, Formal Spaces, History, Knowledge, Learning, Meaning, Museum Education, Narrative, Nuance, Social Learning, Stories | Tagged , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Taking the long way around: circular routes to learning

I am forever getting lost in Amsterdam, which is odd as it’s quite a small city. The problem comes from the way it’s arranged in a series of concentric horseshoe shapes around the canals. This makes it very pretty, you … Continue reading

Posted in Adaptability, Adventure, Choices, Connections, Creative, Curiosity, Discovery, Edgelands, Exploration, Familiarity, Freedom, Leadership, Learning, Learning Journey, Map, Navigation, Walking | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Social Learning: from theory to practice

Formal learning is abstract, defined by time and place, divorced from our everyday reality. It can be academically interesting, it can be fulfilling and all consuming, it can be delivered badly or delivered well, but unless it’s social, it’s incomplete. … Continue reading

Posted in Agile, Authority, Blended Learning, Choreography, Community, Context, Demonstration, Footsteps, Formal Spaces, Informal Spaces, Instructional Design, Knowledge, Learning, Learning Culture, Learning Design, Learning Technology, Legacy, Meaning, Narrative, Reflection, Scaffolding, Social Capital, Social Learning, Theory | Tagged , , , , , | 25 Comments

Learning culture: welcome to the revolution

I’ve written before about learning culture: i’m particularly interested in understanding how it’s created, how it evolves and who owns it. Does the culture belong to the organisation or the individuals within it? Historically, organisations have owned infrastructure (offices, technology, … Continue reading

Posted in Adaptability, Agile, Authority, Change, Community, Culture, Engagement, Global, Hierarchy, Innovation, Knowledge, Learning, Mobile Learning, Personal Learning Network, Social Learning, Social Media | Tagged , , , , , | 22 Comments

Developing ‘The Knowledge’: rewiring the adaptable brain

I was bouncing around London yesterday, on one leg, by taxi, i got into a conversation about ‘The Knowledge‘. To be a cabbie in London, you have to acquire The Knowledge, a notoriously difficult task, typically taking three or four … Continue reading

Posted in Adaptability, Agile, Assessment, Bike, Complexity, Connections, Craft, Cycle, Embedding, Foundations, History, Information, Knowledge, Learning, Lost, Memory, Neurology, Study | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments

Adaptation: a social learning skill

I was at a gig last night at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge, a great venue, with it’s brick arches and high ceiling. As the name implies, whilst these days it plays host to assorted musicians, comedians and performers, it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Adaptability, Agile, Change, Choices, Collaboration, Community, Curation, Information, Interpretation, Knowledge, Learning, Meaning, Museum Education, Permanence, Social Capital, Social Learning | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments

Informal technology: social learning

Those who know me well are familiar with my tendency to anthropomorphise technology, to assign it with traits and personality: my car has a name and distinctly mischievous identity. Some technology is ‘friendly‘, whilst other is far more formal. Even … Continue reading

Posted in Accessibility, Collaboration, Community, Conformity, Connections, Control, Creative, Facebook, Formal Learning Spaces, Informal Learning Spaces, Informal Spaces, Social Learning, Social Networking, Spaces, Yammer | Tagged , , , , | 12 Comments