This week we're exploring various strategies for using a blog to support personal and formal learning as part of the Work Literacy course's focus on blogging. Today we're going to discuss running a blog challenge. What is a Blog Challenge? In a blog challenge, several bloggers work together on a group learning project over a period of time--a few days, a week, a month. Each day during the challenge, learning... Read more →

Week 2 of our Work Literacy course on Web 2.0 for Learning professionals has kicked off and this week we're exploring social bookmarking. Just as with last week's assignments, we've set up a variety of ways for people to participate, ranging from Spectator, to Joiner/Collector, to Creator. Already the Forums are lighting up with discussions on how to make the most effective use of Delicious (the primary tool we're focusing... Read more →

Web 2.0 Wednesday: Find an Expert

Over on the Work Literacy: Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals Ning where we're on day three of the course, one of the more active forum discussions has been on getting value out of LinkedIn. Fortunately for us, Tony Karrer is a whiz at using LinkedIn to find expertise and he's recorded a couple of excellent screencasts to show the rest of us how it's done. For this week's Web 2.0... Read more →

Sign up for the Free eLearning Guild Webinar on eLearning 2.0

On Thursday, October 2, at 11:30 a.m. (EST) the eLearning Guild will be hosting a free webinar to discuss their most recent 360 Report on e-Learning 2.0. I'll be there with report co-authors, Tony Karrer, Brent Schlenker, Jane Hart, Mark Oehlert, Steve Wexler, and Sanjay Parker. (Unfortunately Will Thalheimer won't be able to join us.) If you want to learn more about how social media is being used for learning... Read more →

Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals--First Module is Up

Over at Work Literacy: Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals, the first module on social networking is up. We wanted to start with social networking because we're using Ning to run the course, but I will say that this is a BIG topic to cover right out of the gate. Let's just say that although I thought I'd get some serious veg time yesterday after my week in San Jose, I... Read more →

Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals Coming to You!

On Monday, September 29, Harold Jarche, Tony Karrer and I are opening the doors on a free 6-week learning event that will help people get up to speed on social media and how it can be used to support learning. The "course" is sponsored by Work Literacy and the eLearning Guild, in part as a run-up to DevLearn 2008. But don't worry--everyone is welcome. Each week we will share new... Read more →

Using to Create an Easy, Always Updated Online Portfolio

A few days ago, I was checking out Nine Notable Uses for Social Bookmarking (read the article--there's stuff there you probably haven't considered before) and I was struck by number 6--build an online portfolio. I personally believe that having an online portfolio is a critical work literacy skill and an important part of an overall online identity management strategy. So back in April I ran a webinar on using free... Read more →

You Say "Tomato," I Say "Tomahto"

I'm working with the folks over at the e-Learning Guild on a project and had the opportunity yesterday to get a guided tour through their incredibly rich data. One of the practice searches we ran was to look at which online conferencing tools were being adopted in different sectors. What was interesting was that the tools being used by most businesses were NOT the same as the tools being used... Read more →

Announcing the Launch of the Work Literacy Network

Building on my ongoing interest in understanding what it means to be "literate" in the 21st century, as well as my exploration of professional development and personal learning environments using social media tools, I'm pleased to announce a new project I'm working on with Tony Karrer--Work Literacy. Work Literacy is a network of individuals, companies and organizations who are interested in learning, defining, mentoring, teaching and consulting on the frameworks,... Read more →