Category Archives: Identity

4 facets of learning culture: creation, ownership, technology and change

I’m interested in culture: how it’s formed, who owns it, who creates it, how it reacts to change, how it works in global social learning spaces. Culture is the foundations and the wallpaper: it influences us, grounds us, gives us … Continue reading

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Tone of voice in learning: curating the experience

When i look along my bookshelf, i see academic textbooks, graphic novels, fiction, autobiography, books i’ve read multiple times, books i’ve never touched since they landed, every flavour and style you can imagine. Each one presented with it’s own tone … Continue reading

Posted in Adaptability, Agile, Authority, Conversation, Curation, Experience, Identity, Instructional Design, Language, Learning Design, Message, Narrative, Rapport, Tone of Voice | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments

Forming bonds and partnerships in social learning: joining the community

My first week in Amsterdam and i’m starting to make friends. The guy in the off licence who sold me the wine, the girl in the coffee shop where i’m writing now, the elderly neighbour. Our initial partnerships are formal, … Continue reading

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Finding your fashion: learning to coordinate learning

Superdry is an achingly trendy brand at the moment: i know this because all the cool kids are wearing it. And half of my friends. In a fit of Christmas shopping enthusiasm, i ventured into the store over the weekend … Continue reading

Posted in Attention to Detail, Choices, Design, Identity, Internal Coherence, Learning Design, Learning Methodology, Narrative, Personal Brand, Stories, Storytelling | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Patrick Moore: a life of learning and inspiration

It was a long journey to school, by car, then train and, finally, a walk. In winter months, for added adventure and to uphold the somewhat antiquated view of building character, we still wore shorts, leading to the little known … Continue reading

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Choosing the right clothes: social learning tone of voice and identity

Next week there’s a big Christmas meal which, leading to much debate amongst certain elements of the community as to what to wear. There are impressions to be made, people to catch up with and celebrating to be had. It … Continue reading

Posted in Biography, Challenge, Communication, Community, Culture, Difference, Environment, Everyday Reality, Formal Spaces, Forum, Group Dynamics, Identity, Informal Spaces, Learning Culture, Social Learning | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Being an author: how we mark our learning achievements

Today, i am an author. It must be true, because yesterday the book was published and, around twenty minutes later, someone bought it! I don’t know who. If it was you, thank you. Actually, strictly speaking, they were the second … Continue reading

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Cultural differences in social learning spaces: exploring difference

A world without barriers: that’s what the internet brings us. We are networked in every aspect of our lives and come together in social learning spaces for work, for pleasure and for no good reason at all. We are addicted … Continue reading

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Social learning: musical communities on the move

I spent the weekend at a festival with a few musical friends: plenty of time to catch up with everyone in the first patch of sunshine for weeks. One of the nice things about going to festivals is that you … Continue reading

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Social Learning: the purpose of community

We come together for many reasons: to build things, to fight for things we believe in, to share things and to learn. The by product of coming together is that we form communities, be they collections of houses and post … Continue reading

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