Let’s focus on the learning (with a little help from Cynefin)

I enjoyed a day out at the Learning Technologies Summer Forum yesterday. Like many conferences, there was no shortage of vendors trying to broadcast how their offering is the panacea to organisations’ performance problems. This noise about the channels of learning (“modality”) tends to distract from a far more significant consideration: What is the nature of the learning that we want to make happen?1. How clear are we about what we want people to learn?

It takes good questioning and listening to establish consensus amongst stakeholders on the vision for learning, or indeed whether a learning intervention is actually needed to solve a problem. This arena is well documented, especially by Cathy Moore e.g. http://blog.cathy-moore.com/2008/05/be-an-elearning-action-hero/

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