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Via Scoop.itLearning Environment Support

Some good points are mentioned in this article. The approach seperates ‘learning’ from ‘assessment’, and maybe this needs to be considered as an approach for training providers? A model may be where the content is free, and you pay for the assessment of your learning against recognised standards?

Many universities seem to be looking at this approach, for example, this report:

Mexico’s Largest University to Post Online Nearly All Publications and Course Materials

Via theskooloflife.com


The 70/20/10 Model

Last week at ConVerge, Dr Denise Meyerson delivered a keynote where she spoke about the trends of Workplace learning. One of the points mentioned was the 70/20/10 Model, which was as follows;

70% of learning happens on the job
20% of learning happens through coaching and mentoring
10% of learning happens through formal learning

Dr Meyerson made the point that workplace learning needs to be contextualised, and the figures would back that up. Then, this week, I came across the Wikipedia article about it;

Wikipedia article – 70/20/10 Model

This raises some interesting questions, in particular about how training providers can provide such contextualisation for their delivery. I think part of the answer is in another point mentioned in the keynote, and that is the need for ‘Activity Based Curriculum Design’. Presenting information doesn’t automatically lead to learning – often this comes from ‘doing’ something. So building in relevant activities into the more formal learning occasions may help the learner get more out of the learning. What do you think?

Rote learning

Some recent articles on rote learning and some of the problems it can create:

You can’t rote learn for life (theage.com.au)

HSC English criticised as rote learning exercise (abc.net.au)

Peer learning

When talking about education, we often talk about the ‘teacher’ and the ‘learner’, with the implication perhaps being that the only way to learn is to have a ‘teacher’. Something not discussed much is how learners can learn from each other. Donald Clark makes some points about peer learning in the article linked below:

7 compelling arguments for peer learning

‘How Online Innovators Are Disrupting Education’

Another article about how online education is changing things. Yes, it has an US focus, but many of the points are still relevant. See what you think:

How Online Innovators Are Disrupting Education

I agree with the point made that “online education isn’t the one and only teaching tool.” As we have mentioned previously, the tools used need to met the needs of the learner. Another point I found interesting is the comments in response to the article. There certainly are a wide range of viewpoints.

Encouraging adult learners

Successfully facilitating learning for adult learners requires different approaches, as how they think and the ways they learn differ. The following post has some good ideas:

9 Ways to Encourage the Adult E-Learners

While the focus of the blog is about development of e-learning resources, the lessons can be applied in different scenario’s, including class-based sessions and blended delivery programs.


Many people prefer information presented in a visual way. This is where infographics (sometimes referred to as data visualizations) can help. There are a number of sites that share infographics, and they can be useful for visual learners as well as for encouraging discussion. Some sites I have seen include:


Good.is infographics



Visual.ly plan to have tools that will help individuals create their own infographics.