Designing eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations

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My presentation at ISPI-Montreal's 2006 Conference discussed A Systemic Approach to Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organisations.

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In a learning organization, a shared vision is built by linking individual and organizational performance objectives. The design of this organization's eLearning environment must reflect this vision, empowering individuals, cultivating communities of practice and encouraging a holistic performance improvement perspective.

Thi s presentation focuses on strategies for designing participative and collaborative eLearning environments. You will identify ways of assessing and implementing a new generation of eLearning tools that have the potential to keep learners curious, engaged, communicating and sharing, ultimately fulfilling a learning organization’s objectives.

At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

* Recognize the principle requirements when designing eLearning environments for learning organizations;
* Identify techniques and tools for designing networks that offer both collaborative and self-directed learning;
* Describe the new generation of eLearning technologies, potential uses, strengths and weaknesses;
* Select strategies for developing and implementing participative eLearning environments, and
* Define criteria for success and growth.

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Designing eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations

  1. 1. Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach ISPI Montreal 2006 Fall Conference September 29th, 2006 Kristina Schneider – Documédia inc. Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  2. 2. Good morning What is your field of work/study? What are your expectations of this session? Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  3. 3. Outline The evolution of learning technologies The learning organisation g g Generation Y A new generation of eLearning tools Considerations for implementation A fluid eLearning environment Takeaways Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  4. 4. The evolution of learning technologies A rough estimate… 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 Instructor-Led Training Sound – Video - Multimedia Computer Aided Learning Office applications Assessment tools Interactive communication tools World Wide Web A return to active learning, g, with creation, communication eLearning 1.0 (WWW deployment) and participation eLearning 2.0 (Learning communities) Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  5. 5. The learning organization Learning Organization A Complex and Adaptive System p p y Theory elaborated by Senge in 1990 Requires transformation through systems thinking primarily at three levels: Aligning objectives Empowering individuals Cultivating communities Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  6. 6. Generation Y Born between 1977-1994 1977 1994 (12-29 years old) Aka. Aka Echo Boomers or Millennials Source: quot;The Gen Y Factor.quot; CADM EF Academic Update. May 13, 2005 Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  7. 7. Generation Y 1st generation to grow up with technology Source: Harris Interactive “Born to be Wired” 2003 Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  8. 8. Generation Y 1st generation to grow up with technology Source: Harris Interactive “Born to be Wired” 2003 Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  9. 9. Generation Y What Marketing Firms Have Noticed about Gen Y… Stressed for success Acutely aware that the stakes are higher Coopetition amongst friends Only as good as last report card/grade Every second counts counts… Hyper-tasking Brand Me: filter to create own personality and image Source: quot;The Gen Y Factor.quot; CADM EF Academic Update. May 13, 2005 Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  10. 10. A new generation of eLearning tools Online Communities of Practice Discussion Forums Blogs Wikis Podcasts Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  11. 11. A new generation of eLearning tools Online Communities of Practice (or Interest) Environments in which individuals with Large local group similar interests Local coordinator interact with one another Small local group Regional R i l at a distance group Global coordinator Ex: couchsurfing community Small local group A distributed community with a fractal approach Source: McDermott and Jackson (2000), “Designing Global Communities” Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  12. 12. A new generation of eLearning tools Discussion boards or Internet forums Roles change: g Instructor as Facilitator/Moderator Stude t Student as Participant/Contributor a t c pa t/Co t buto Conversations as co-construction of understanding Original Post Response 1 to Original Poster Response 1 to Respondent 1 Response 2 to Respondent 1 Response 1 to Respondent 2 Response 2 to Original Poster Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  13. 13. A new generation of eLearning tools Blogs short for weblogg virtual diaries created by individuals chronological quick way to publish through a browser based admin panel Ex: Technorati Source: Coates, T (2003) Discussion and Citation in the Blogosphere... http://www.plasticbag.org/archives/2003/05/discussion_and_citation_in_the_blogosphere/ Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  14. 14. A new generation of eLearning tools Wikis website resource add/edit content collectively gathering global knowledge Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  15. 15. A new generation of eLearning tools Podcasts Internet published files p feed subscription usually at no cost used most for audio/video files Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  16. 16. A new generation of eLearning tools Open-source solutions Moodle A socio-constructivist course management system integrating discussion and wiki phpBB Highly customizable bulletin board package WordPress Blog tool and webblog publishing platform MediaWiki wiki package originally written for Wikipedia More solutions on Sourceforge Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  17. 17. A new generation of eLearning tools Facts: Generation Y already knows how to use these tools very well These tools are easily accessible, many low-cost/no- cost applications If you aren’t implementing and managing these applications in your organisation: You are restricting and limiting communication You are not capturing the ongoing discussion (see Laurillard & Pask)) Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  18. 18. Considerations for implementation 1. Performing a technological needs assessment 2. Profiling end-users and modeling archetypes 3. Developing implementation strategies 4. Prototyping collaborative learning technologies 5. C d i usability tests and f Conducting bili d focus groups 6. Motivating users to engage 7. 7 Assessing learning o tcomes outcomes Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  19. 19. A fluid eLearning environment Aligning objectives Generation Y Learning organisation Online Communities of Practice Discussion Forums Wikis Blogs Cultivating Podcasts Empowering communities individuals eLearning 2.0 Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca
  20. 20. Take- Take-aways What stands out the most for you? What did you get out of this session? Designing Fluid eLearning Environments for Learning Organizations: A Systemic Approach All Rights Reserved © 2006 Documédia Inc. / http://www.documedia.ca

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