|Reflecting this week on systems thinking and Peter Senge's book, The Fifth Discipline. In particular, Senge’s vision of a learning organization as a group of people who are continually enhancing their capabilities to create what they want.|
Senge sees five disciplines as central to learning organizations:
Senges 11 laws of the Fifth Discipline - Systems thinking
Great infographics on Systems Thinking in Action for some great Infographics -
Watch Peter Senge on Navigating Webs of Interdependence via IBM Social Media.
Description: Whether you are part of a family, organizational team or business in a supply chain, systems thinking is a valuable approach to understanding the complexity of today's world. Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline, Senior lecturer at MIT and Founder of the Society for Organizational Learning shares his perspectives on leadership and systems thinking with IBM. Senge focuses on the problems that are most difficult to solve and the mental models today's leaders need in order to build a smarter planet. Leaders today need to be able to be prepared reassess their strategies, work across multiple groups to find solutions and have the vision to work through high leverage solutions over time. Working smarter means working in ways that are collective and are based on collective intelligence across cities and supply chains to produce social, ecological and economic well being.
After attending Alt-C, my colleague (@briannido) and I headed to London to visit with some clients and for a little sightseeing. While heading over to the Thames River Festival, we came across a beautiful rainbow that appeared over the Tower of London.
Here are some pictures that I took.
We also had lunch at the British Museum, which was a real treat. The company was great and the food was yummy!
I always like to include reflection in the classes that I teach and I think it is an important part of the professional development process, too. Last week I had the pleasure of attending Alt-C 2011 (#altc2011.) Alt-C is a "the UK's leading membership organisation in the learning technology field. Our purpose is to ensure that use of learning technology is effective and efficient, informed by research and practice, and grounded in an understanding of the underlying technologies, their capabilities and the situations into which they are placed."
While I spend most of my time networking and learning online, I always enjoy attending conferences in person. There is a certain synergy when you get a bunch of like-minded people in the same physical space, especially when you bring educators together to discuss new ideas for teaching and learning with technlogy!
Visit the conference website to see videos from this year's conference. Stay tuned to the Alt-C YouTube Channel for videos from this year's conferece - http://www.youtube.com/clipsfromalt
Read the RSS feed of conference blog posts to see what people were learning (and saying) during the conference.
Particluarly memorable was the final keynote delivered by John Naughton, educator and journalist. Read Steve Wheeler's (@timbuckteeth) recent blog post summarizing the event.
View from hotel in Leeds, UK
Rainbow - London, UK
What is amazing to me as an educator, instructional designer, and someone who teaches about the benefits of social learning every day, is the fact that we are still debating whether or not technlogy and, now, social media is valuable in the classroom? My answer to that is, how could it not be? Personally, I think we should be asking ourselves HOW we can incorporate social media applications into our teaching and WHICH tools are the right ones for what we are trying to accomplish.
I also think we need to get over the fear of failure. I hear so often on survey results that educators are afraid of appearing less than expert at something in front of a classroom. If you have a well planned lesson that you are updating with new technology, and you explain that to your students, they will often be more than happy to go along for the ride. The key to that sentence was well-planned. Technology does not integrate or implement itself in the classroom. It has to be woven into the lesson, project, or assignment, which is something instructional designers are very good at helping with. Take advantage of their services if they are available to you at your institution.
I was flying home from Washington, DC this week (spent some time in the office,) and I was reading through some reports I has saved to read later. Exact Target published a white paper titled, "LETTERS TO THE C-SUITE: GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA."
To help executives understand social media and its impact on business, they asked a dozen of the industry’s top social media experts to offer their insights. Contributors included:
TIM KOPP,Chief Marketing Officer, ExactTarget, started off by listing three things to remember about social media and business.
Some of my notes from the different sections of the report:
OLIVIER BLANCHARD - Social media is a set of communications channels that can be used for different functions. Social media can serve the specific purposes of every department in an organization, very much in the way that the telephone can.
ANN HANDLEY Don’t leave social media solely to marketing. Chances are, creative people who love your company exist in all corners of your organization.
JOSEPH JAFFE Social connections are not a new concept. What is new is the sheer magnitude of the speed, scale, and reach of social networks, the amplification and power of the megaphone that levels playing fields. To be successful, think like a small business. R.E.A.C.H. out and touch someone – Responsive, Empathetic, Accessible, Connected, Human.
VALERIA MALTONI Being connected is a process. It begins with the creation of contexts and frameworks guiding your interaction with customers, creating and serving content, incorporating research, and continually improving. Customer intelligence is central. To succeed with social media, you need to start thinking about marketing as a system that integrates people, processes, and technology
SHELLY PALMER In the Information Age, there are no gatekeepers, no pundits, no leadership, just passionate points of view. Perhaps the legacy of this technology will be the empowerment of a true Fifth Estate with a collective mind of its own and the ability to amplify the voice of the people above all others.
JEFF ROHRS If you’re going to get serious about social media, you must:
I attended #speakchat last night and the topic was Gamification. I have been seeing a lot of talk about gamification in the business and education worlds. This is an excellent explanation by Gabe Zicherman (@gzicherm) titled - The Year of Gamification - 2011.
I loved this video explaining the benefits of building and maintaining an ePortfolio:
I listened in on this webinar yesterday and it was very interesting. Slides posted here -
The presenter, Jane Hart, blogged about her ideas today.
Some of my tweets while I was attending: (@nancyrubin)
Trends in media and learning - BYOD - people bringing their own devices to work (and school!) #sociallearn
Informal learning happens all the time in the workplace - social media is impacting learning in a very powerful way - #sociallearn
Learning is like an iceberg - only small percentage visible (formal) in organization - a lot is invisible - informal #sociallearn
Workers today need Just In Time Information - need immediate access to information to solve the problem/task at hand. #sociallearn
Quick start guides and screencasts IMO are more popular than training. Review resources on own time, when they need access - #sociallearn