100 Top Tools for Learning

.…”you can never disentangle the technical from
the “soft human squishy stuff.”

–ClayShirky

I happen to be a fan and follower of Jane Hart over at C4LPT and she has released the results of her survey of learning professionals identifying the top 100 tools for learning. The survey responses come from people working in education, training and workplace learning. Many of the tools are social media technologies, others software, most are free.

What strikes me again is that our work is changing and how we do our work is changing.  How? Here’s what I’ve noticed.

Relationships: Where we used to focus on pushing content and helping people connect to it, we’ve now flipped that over making our relationships with people primary and the content we create secondary.  In other words, we are shifting to put relationships first.  Cory Doctorow probably said it best, “Conversation is King. Content is just something to talk about.”

Connections: The more a network is connected to itself the better it can learn and grow, even in difficult times. Connections lend to a sense of belonging – a basic human need.  Our connections and ability to belong to and interact with each other regularly make all the difference in our capacity to learn and produce the results we want.

Learning: We used to think in terms of training and that whatever we needed to learn we needed a training in order to learn it.  I’ve sat through many meetings that end up with, “we need a training for that” when in fact sometimes what we need is time and opportunity to learn and experiment as opposed to formal training.  How do we do that?  With our social connections and networked relationships we have an opportunity to learn in real time. This doesn’t mean we don’t have trainings but that we are engaged  in continual learning conversations. that enables people to contribute knowledge, resources, links, and yes, trainings.  Training is only one tool in our tool kit rather than being our only tool.  A single tool does not a toolbox make.

As you look at the top tools for learning from Jane Hart,  consider your learning needs through the filters of relationships, connections and learning.  What do you (or your organization) already have in place that works for you?  What other tools may help you develop and nurture relationships, create and maintain continuous connections and LEARN how to be and do your work in ways that build your own capacity and also contribute to the capacity of others?

Our work is most definitely changing and certainly the methods we use to learn and our ability to produce interesting and engaging content is changing.

What do you find most energizing and engaging about these shifts?
What needs to be added?

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