Learning Environment Basics
The Beauty of Learning Environments
When an assessment uncovers a knowledge or skill development need that can’t be neatly addressed through instructional or performance support solutions, a deliberately curated learning environment may provide the learning support required for employees to engage productively in their own ongoing development.
~ From Section 2, Learning Environments by Design
A learning environment by design is
a deliberately curated collection
of learning resources and activities
related to a specific learning need.
This section of the book lays out some learning environment design basics. See Key Concepts for illustrative graphics of important ideas embedded in the learning environment design framework.
The strategy draws from research and practice in supporting other kinds of learning environments, namely personal learning environments and communities of practice.
For more on personal learning environments:
- Harold Jarche on Personal Knowledge Management – Harold Jarche is one of the leading thinkers on PKM, and this page will lead you to a lot of great resources on the topic, including a white paper.
- 7 Things You Should Know About Personal Learning Environments (Educause, 2009) – A great 2-page resource
For more on community learning environments:
- How to build an internal social network that your company loves, by Chris Dannen on Fast Company (2009)
- Jean Lave, Etienne Wenger and Communities of Practice, on Infed
- Communities of Practice: A Brief Introduction and additional resources from Wenger-Trayner
- Communities of Practice Series by Nancy White and Darren Sidnick of Full Circle Associates (first post contains links to all 10 posts in series)