As a “learning” consultant I get often the question about the engagement of learners (students of employees).

How can we improve motivation and engagement? Which tools can we use? Is gamification an option? Teachers often says, we designed the course, worked out the learning objectives, we tried microlearning’s, new methods… but we don’t get the engagement that we expected?

Well, does the course or training that you are giving, answer the expectations of the learners?

Even though they are brimming with good will, I can sense the frustration of teachers when students struggle to make progress. This is the time to pause and think which needs influence learners’ motivation? Where possible, we also need to create learning environments that help to meet these different needs. After all, if we can achieve this, motivation should be easy to find.

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triple loop learning

Learning and teaching are as old as mankind. They were developed at the bottom of every society and were aimed at maintaining or renewing a society. It was also a way to give everyone a position in the community. In the beginning, constructivism emphasized knowledge construction, later with the rise of social constructivism, the balance shifted to motivation and optimization of self-regulation (metacognition). The learner needs metacognition if we want to achieve conceptual change. Motivation is of primary importance because it relates to metacognitive activity and to the pursuit of meaningful, deep learning (Blom, Hoek, and Ten Dam, 2007).

With online or distance learning, more and more people will participate in a different kind of learning environments? Which kind of learning process suits these leanring environments? What are the differences between the existing learning processes and how can we support learning in these new learning environments?

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Is the transition to hybrid working an intermediate form? Why is online learning difficult?
There is a rise of burnout, drop outs, alienation. It is time that we adapt technology to people instead of vise versa.
Can we use technology in all its value to support our unique human skills?
What functions will offices buildings and school buildings have in the future?

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In the first 2 blogs I explained that it is important to find the right balance between structure and chaos and how we can do that. The last section felt maybe a little strange for you. I pointed out that there is a need for a meta intelligence, a digital one to support learning platforms and learning communities to stay human…

In this article I introduce you to BOBIP, Bringing Out the Best In People. Let’s go for a ride!

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In the previous blog I talked about the balance between structure and chaos. Through building structure in the unstructured, we can evolve to a human organizing system. The following question may pop up right away:
How can we structure chaos?

  • looking at a broader scoop: what is in for us?
  • bringing the outside in

In general to relate.

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Human Organizing

To make complex situations understandable, we try as humans, to put processes, knowledge, systems into visuals, models, frameworks, matrices etc… At best, these models are simplifications of reality and a stepping stone to a deeper understanding of the whole. But sometimes they are just too simple and too one-sided and they go awry. Yet they remain common good. one of these widely used models is this of an organization system.

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podcast: leercommunities

De meeste community’s falen. En dat heeft zo zijn redenen.

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community

Introduction 

Within the trend of lifelong learning I’m convinced that peer to peer learning is an important and increasing way humans will learn from each other. First of all content is all over the internet and can be found easely. Universities, learning platforms as Udemy or Coursera offer a large range of digital courses  and micro learnings. We follow “Youtubers” or become member of online communities to develop our skills or insights. Especially the growth of learning communities triggers me.

What follows is what I observed by doing several interviews with community managers, community members and 2 focus groups between community members with as topic “How can we facilitate peer to peer learning in online Communities of Practice”.

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Trust existed before the concept of “currency”. A medium of exchange is a means of conducting less intensive research into those we trade with. “Can we trust them?”

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Last week, Philippe Urbain wrote an article in Bloovi about the changes in a company by Covid19 mainly about the influence on “the workplace”. Remote working became standard and we may evolve towards a hybrid working form, where the employee decides how to work from home, from an office. Today’s workplace is between the people. Todays workplace is ruled by culture.

The workplace has changed, but the workplace strategy has been omitted. Time to change that!

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