In our Social Learning Executive Council, weve spent the past 18 months studying how organizations are applying social media technologies to improve learning. From our observations, one thing is clear: online learning via talking books with interactive video and conferencing with peers, experts and authors is going to happen…and its going to happen on an iPad or one of the other 30+ tablets we are now tracking (see The Tablet Tidal Wave).
2011 CorpU Social Learning Executive Council
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“Don’t let it come crashing down on you”
Defying all expectations, Apple’s iPad is selling over 1 million units monthly since inception. The rise of eBooks is unstoppable. Sure, you can be a naysayer; I was. I like my print newspaper and my hardback books, thank you very much.
But its time to wake up to the fact that print book sales are declining:
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With one week to go until the GLC, we are busily tending to last minute details, finalizing the program, printing (maybe in 2011 the whole program will be delivered on iPads?), packaging up the awards (unveiling March 1st evening at the Black Tie Gala), and getting ready to network and learn. Needless to say, excitement and urgency fill the air.
You are hereby invited to attend The Social Learning Roundtable on Wednesday, March 3rd, from 1-4pm, immediately following the Global Leadership Congress. Our Social Learning Executive Council has been participating in research for the past 6 months and we will be presenting results, diving deeper into success stories, and discussing strategies and tools for enabling social & informal learning.
Social Learning is a complex topic, but one that has transformative potential. Imagine a Facebook for Corporate Learning. Imagine a private, secure professional network with easy access to experts, knowledge communities, best practice repositories, a Private-YouTube-for-You. Imagine cohort communities, like a team of new leaders, working together collaboratively on action-learning projects across the globe, as part of a leadership development program. Read more »
By now you are all convinced that, with regard to todays business environment, uncertainty is the new norm, so we know that organizations need to change and adapt to survive and thrive. If you are a learning leader in a dynamic organization, Im pretty sure you are looking for answers to tough questions like:
- How should we change the way we develop leaders, to better prepare them for success in uncertain times?
- How can I best align my learning strategy and budget to drive improved business results when circumstances change?
- How can I build a culture in my organization that thrives on and doesnt fear uncertainty?
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As I mentioned in my last post, we are honored to have one of the leading learning thinkers in the world as this years Academic Director. Stanton Wortham is one amazing individual. His stellar academic career has taken him from Swathmore to Bates to Chicago to Penn, where he has accumulated a 19-page CV filled with peer-reviewed articles in refereed journals. In short, Stanton is recognized as a rock-star all over the world by learning researchers and theorists, his peers who are shaping the future of how mankind learns.
What’s more interesting about Stanton, particularly for Corporate Learning Leaders, is that he has a passion for studying business organizations in the context of learning. Not only does he teach in Penn’s Doctoral program for Corporate Learning Leaders (“The CLO Program”), he has also spoken regularly at Elliot Masie’s Learning conference earning high marks from participants. And if that’s not enough, Cambridge University Press just published his book, “Bullish On Uncertainty”, which he co-wrote with Alexandra Michel, where they provide ethnographic evidence showing that you can build a corporate culture that actually thrives on uncertainty. A culture that can learn, adapt, and improve by preparing people for the un-preparable. Read more »
For those of you who haven’t been to the Global Leadership Congress (“The GLC”), I thought I’d give you a behind-the-scenes look at how we put the event together and why this event is different from most others. We want to make sure that we make the best use of everyone’s time, allow for breakthrough thinking to occur, and stay focused on the annual theme, which for 2010 is “Uncertainty”.
To keep the program on-target for global learning executives, we start by hand-picking 10 CLO’s to serve as Global Learning Advisors to the event. These folks are known for the innovations and contributions they’ve made to the learning industry. Suffice it to say that it is hard to get one of these positions and we are honored to have them provide input, thoughts, and advice on what they’d want from an Ivy League executive education experience. Read more »