I wanted to take a little bit of time away from busy year-end deadlines to nominate some of my favorite social media resources for this year’s Edublog awards.
Best individual blog – trainingwreck by Dan Pontefract. Dan’s posts are insightful, well thought-out, well-researched. He’s not afraid to tell you like it really is and back up what he says. I reference him often.
Richard Baraniuk is the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University and the founder of Connexions. Connexions allows authors, educators and learners to access a rich repository of open-licensed content modules to create free, customized textbooks, courses, and learning materials. Each month, Connexions‘ free educational materials are used by over 850,000 people from over 200 countries.
Jay Shaw is the co-founder and CEO of NetDimensions, a performance, knowledge, and learning management systems provider that Jay has built out of Hong Kong to a truly global enterprise over the past 11 years. Jay is also the author of the newly launched Work, Learn, Play blog, where he freely and openly argues on how technology relates to work and on how people get the information they need to do their jobs.
Harold Jarche is blogging about the future of the training department, briefly looking back at the pre-training age and then at how training has evolved after its invention in the 20th century. He explains how today’s complex environments demand emergent practices and why a new training model and a new form of workplace have to be adopted to ensure the survival of the training department.
Talk has been heating up lately regarding the use of open source versus proprietary systems for learning. For example, if you check out Michael Hanley’s blog, you’ll see that he’s dedicated most of his recent posts to this subject. Sophia Peters provides another interesting post entitled Deciding Between Open Source and Proprietary Software?
Clark Quinn is brainstorming around how we really learn – versus how we are instructed. In his blog posting “Facilitating Learning”, he is explaining why the new role in the organization will be for ‘learning facilitation’ and not for ‘instruction’ or ‘training’. As Clark writes, “knowledge is not what’s going to be useful going forward, but skills in applying that knowledge.”