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Week 5: Innovating new approaches to organizational work and learning

In the video

Time: 10:02

  • We’ve completed exploration of technology, networks and communities used in the service of learning and work (e.g., MOOCs, Community of Inquiry, crowdsourcing, open design/idea management, working-out-loud, etc.)
  • We’ll now focus on applying these models in innovative ways to meet organizational challenges or opportunities.
  • Some examples of the types of challenges and opportunities we’re thinking about in the on-site class at Northwestern University.
  • How we plan on brainstorming potential new approaches. And some examples of what that might look like.
  • Next steps.

Introduction to Weeks 5-6

We’ve now had a little bit of time to explore a few innovative models that change the way we learn or work:

  • Networked learning
  • MOOCs
  • Personal learning networks
  • Communities of Inquiry
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Open design/idea management
  • Communities of Practice
  • Working out loud

We have a few resources to help us understand these learning models and the work models in Google documents.

During the next two weeks (or longer) we’ll shift our focus to looking at how we might apply these models in new ways or in new combinations to address organizational challenges or opportunities. Watch the video for examples of what we mean by “challenges and opportunities” and a bit about how we intend to brainstorm ideas.

But the general approach is as follows.

First, we’ll spend a few days sharing the types of challenges or opportunities we want to work on. Share via Twitter #msloc430 (point to blog posts if necessary) between Monday, Feb. 13 and Thursday, Feb. 26 (6 pm Central Time U.S.).

On Thursday night, the on-site Northwestern University class will look at the types of challenges we’ve identified and see if there are logical clusters of ideas. We’ll post results by next weekend.

For week 6 (and beyond) we’ll see if the clusters allow us to form groups of common interest for the next step: brainstorming ideas and sharing potential new approaches.

Starting in Week 6, we brainstorm and review (with each other) our potential new approaches. The starting point is to have your challenge or opportunity scenario in mind. Then we’ll ask each of you to go through this thinking process:

  1. Make sure you’ve reviewed the models we’ve covered. Get a sense of how they work, and what they do.
  2. Think about your challenge/opportunity scenario.
  3. How might we frame your challenge or opportunity as a learning challenge? What needs to be “learned?” Who needs to learn it? What kinds of ideas – from the networked learning models – might we apply?
  4. How might we frame your challenge or opportunity as a work challenge? What needs to be done/accomplished as a work product? Who needs to do it? What kinds of ideas – from the networked “work” models – might we apply?
  5. How might we frame this as requiring both “learning” and “doing work” (one before the other)? Or as integrated – we are both working and learning at the same time? What kinds of combinations of ideas might we apply? In what sequence? Or integrated in what way?

Schedule Summary

For weeks 5-6 (and beyond)

  • Feb. 23 – Feb 26 (6 pm Central Time U.S.) – Share the organizational challenges or opportunities you’d like to work on. Alert us via Twitter (#msloc430 hashtag). Watch the video for examples of organizational challenge and opportunity scenarios.
  • March 1 and beyond – Brainstorm new approaches to the organizational challenges and opportunities. We’ll share these ideas via our blogs, Twitter and the Google Community.

What do we mean – “and beyond?”

MSLOC 430 runs as an on-site course until March 12. A new 10-week on-site course begins April 1 with a new set of students. The objective for that class will be the same: How do we innovate new approaches to organizational challenges or opportunities by leveraging networked learning and networked working models?

The discussions and explorations will continue. Let’s keep the inventing going.

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