Top 10 Learning Resolutions 2013

We know you love to-do lists. Especially when they’re not yours. We put a 2013 Learning Technologies to-do list at the end of our recent Insights Report (missed it? It’s here). Many of you suggested adding to it. No, we said (very unlike us) – why don’t you add to it and share your 2013 new learning resolution? We’ll make it worth your while and throw in a conference pass to Learning Technologies for the best one.  And you did. So here they are. And congrats to the winner...

From the entries we received before the Conference Pass Competition deadline, these are our Top 10 Learning Resolutions for 2013 Congratulations to Craig Taylor of Bupa who takes the top spot and wins the Conference Pass.

1. Challenge conventions, bust myths, prevent harm

“My resolution for 2013 is to challenge fixed thinking, poor solutions or misaligned ideas.

I think that as people development professionals our industry is festooned with myths, outdated models and vague concepts. So it's my intention to challenge these 'harmful' ideas and concepts wherever I see them throughout 2013 and beyond...

... perhaps if we all did this, our industry would be held in greater respect and be ultimately more effective.”

2. Get line managers involved

“I promise to stop letting Line Managers be passive buyers of a training product. It's all about the learning of the employees and as such we need active Line Managers that prepare and follow-up in an involved and knowledgeable way. Otherwise: What's learned on training - stays at training...”

3. Do not forget about accessibility

"I wish it was as simple as sprinkling on the pixie dust but I'd like to help improve accessibility to elearning for those with visual, hearing, mobility or cognitive disabilities. There is no panacea, no software tool that will spot all problems or fix, not a disability officer, no single piece of assistive technology either - rather the motivation by all to create resources that are clear, intelligent and considerate. Good design is more accessible - clear and succinct writing is better for all, web usability ideas have been around for well over a decade - disabled learners themselves are typically IT literate as devices they use for their daily lives give them so much. Thinking about accessibility at the start of the project rather than as an add-on would help - disabled people don't want downloadable PDFs they can put through a screen reader and there are legal issues too around 'reasonable accommodations' being made.”

4. Talk about performance, not technology

“As we implement a new LMS and look to build out our library of content, our volunteer thought leaders and committee members are prone to ask "what are we capable of?" They claim knowing these parameters will help them envision an elearning module. I think knowing these parameters will shut us into a specific type of module (likely a multimedia page turner and quiz) that may often be the wrong treatment.

This mentality is one of the biggest threats to our emerging elearning strategy. I am committed to herding our content expert committees and partners toward desired patient and practice outcomes before discussing our technology. The goal is, of course, to build more genuine learning pathways where objectives from instructional models connect with performance improvement tools in a meaningful, deliberate way. To deliver on this resolution I am going to develop a template that includes the desired long-goal outcomes/behaviors (our specialty's core competencies doc could serve to fill in these blanks), followed by the specific learning objectives an elearning module would serve. Only after that simple template is filled out will I let myself or our staff to discuss technology and treatment possibilities and opportunities for spaced rehearsal.”

5. Meet less, videoconference more

“Continue to enable more and more people to move forward, learn and take advantage of the many tools our moodle implementations provide and specially through generating a sense of belonging for the system while keeping the feel of a classroom where interaction is possible by implementing video conference as an option on different courses out there.

2012 was our first year moving forward with the implementation of this outstanding tool and has resulted in highly satisfied students and instructors recommending it to more institutions as a complement to their Moodle platforms, and our goal is to make sure we can help as many out there to achieve such level of satisfaction and creating a real virtual learning experience for everyone!”

6. Connect the dots between learning and results

“Following the KISS principle mine is: Ensure line of sight between learning interventions and performance benefit - and that the key stakeholders recognise it too!”

7. Think mobile

“For the coming years, IT and Marketeers will find the optimal format for mobile telephones (cell phones). This revolution with 4G innovative features will change the communication in general and also generate new dimensions in Learning. The challenge will be to keep balance between face to face interaction/communication and all the other possibilities of current communication tools (Facebook, Twitter etc.). How long will it take to have the next (5G) generation?? That's the question. As young children already involved in making apps I certainly expect a lot of changes in using mobiles, we will have an integrated tool with many possibilities in a handy format.”

8. Share

“For me, this has to form the foundation of my 2013 learning resolution. It’s not new, but rather something I believe should be one of my “areas of focus”.

I have appreciated the knowledge and experiences that others have shared with me during the past 18 months, while I have focused on my own personal learning and development. During 2012, I attended lots of events where I listened, and talked, (and began to tweet); but many of my thoughts and opinions were hidden within the VLE and assignments of my formal learning. In 2013 I want to be more open.

Harold Jarche suggests we “Publish, Comment, Participate” when it comes to Personal Knowledge Management and in a webinar last summer he gave a reason why sharing can also benefit us personally. We learned that individual expertise did not distinguish people as high performers. What distinguished high performers were larger and more diversified personal networks. Which aligns with this advice from Donald.H.Taylor "...always foster your whole network and give as well as take. Don’t wait until you need them. I always say “Never let your first message to someone be a demand for help."”

Now, as my learning becomes more informal (I’ve registered for a couple of MOOCs in 2013), and I continue to work with new enterprises and community groups; I want to re-align my focus and effort towards sharing my experience, connections and knowledge; and thus providing better support to the learning of others.

As for LT13, apart from the challenge of who to see: it would be an amazing start to the year; to meet others who share the same passion; and from which, I could share my experience with the wider community.”

9. Spread compliance love (or like at least)…

“Apart from a successful migration to a certain LMS platform my main learning resolution is for just one person to say "I enjoyed the regulatory training module this month" ”.

10. Learn like you live

“First of all I want to quote a phrase from your Learning Insight Report: "....But, in the end, a medium is only a means to an end, a channel for delivery. What really matters is how we use that medium"

I totally agree, and I have been saying this for quite a long time. I want to design mobile learning that is used in the same way people use their smartphones for other things. I call it - "learn like you live"

For the last year we have been exploring and developing a platform for mobile learning, playing with different ways to present learning chunks: by text, video, podcasts, QR games etc. Now that we have a basic platform the next step is to find a couple of business stakeholders to join with us in developing mobile learning tools that will help improve performance.

This is what we usually do - so what do I want to do different? This time I want to make sure people "will learn like they live" and create a dialogue with the end-users to ensure that the way the learning will be designed and accessed is the same way:

  1. When I wake up, I look to see what the weather is going to be so I can decide what to wear.
  2. I look at the headlines on my favorite news site with my morning coffee.
  3. I glance at my schedule in order to plan my day.
  4. On the train to work I listen to a few tips on team building - in preparation for a meeting on a new project I am heading today.
  5. When I get in the office I access the "Mentors Pool" and Skype one of them for further advice......
  6. I see that I have about 15 minutes to my first meeting, so I read one of our business blogs and sign up for a negotiation workshop that they mentioned in one of the posts.
  7. I look at the headlines on my favorite news site with my morning coffee.
  8. I look at the headlines on my favorite news site with my morning coffee.

And just missing out on our top ten: Volunteer and help

“To make elearning solutions really accessible to voluntary sector organisations where they are much needed. They often struggle to understand just what an impact a good well planned solution can have, and of course they struggle to fund them as well. I'll be doing all I can to ensure that charities and other non-profit organisations reap the many benefits of a great e-learning solution.”

Thanks everyone for your great contributions and congrats to Craig.

The competition has now closed, but you can keep the discussion going in the Elearning Professionals Group here.

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