Learning in 3D Nugget #23

Twitter Quote:
While geography is history in virtual worlds, space and scale are virtually unlimited. p .60

Book Paragraph:
While geography is history in virtual worlds, space and scale are virtually unlimited. While most avatars are anthropomorphized in some way, shape, or form, it is important to recognize that it is just as easy to become a white blood cell traveling through the body as it is to become a moon in orbit around a planet in 3DLEs. Unlimited space and scale integrated with new 3D visualization mechanisms for rendering complex data sets provide a sig- nificant opportunity for collaborative generative learning.

Learning in 3D Nugget #22

Twitter Quote:
In a virtual world context there is no home and away. p .58

Book Paragraph:
In a virtual world context there is no home and away. The neutrality of the virtual world context dissolves the feeling of distance or isolation that remote geographies often feel relative to the home country of the enterprise or individual. A person from the United Kingdom can drop in on a class in Asia with the touch of a teleport button. There is no travel required, no paperwork, and no advanced notice necessary. In this respect the virtual world may perhaps be even more flat than the real world.

Learning in 3D Nugget #21

Twitter Quote:
The overarching differentiating sensibility that avatar-mediated inter- action brings to the learning equation is engaging embodied interaction. p .58

Book Paragraph:
The overarching differentiating sensibility that avatar-mediated inter- action brings to the learning equation is engaging embodied interaction. In the earlier learning vignettes, Jane’s disembodied virtual representation is a largely emotionless emoticon that is limited to giving a thumbs-up, a clap of the hands, an animated laugh, or a simple smiley face. In the 3DLE context, however, Jack’s avatar is clearly a digital extension of his physical self—one that his fellow avatars recognize and interact with on an ongoing basis, whether in a learning or a work context

Learning in 3D Nugget #20

Twitter Quote:
Done right, 3DLEs provide the opportunity for instructional designers to overcome their captivation with the classroom and move in a direction that is more congruent with the needs of the increasingly digitized and virtualized enterprise. p .56

Book Paragraph:
Done right, 3DLEs provide the opportunity for instructional designers to overcome their captivation with the classroom and move in a direction that is more congruent with the needs of the increasingly digitized and virtualized enterprise. Done wrong, 3DLEs will remain the domain of digital avatars in digital classrooms discussing content on digitally rendered PowerPoint slides. The journey to make the swift and sweeping change needed to bring learning back in strategic alignment with the dynamic needs of the enterprise it serves will require a fundamental understanding of how this technology affords the opportunity to fundamentally redefine the struc- ture and infrastructure of the modern-day learning function.

Learning in 3D Nugget #19

Twitter Quote:
The learnings that occur within the 3DLE are surfaced at the moment when the lack of knowledge or capability intersects with the need to have that knowledge or capability to execute the challenge at hand. p .55

Book Paragraph:
From an instructional design perspective, the addition of the immersive component brings with it the opportunity to move beyond having learn- ers interact around content. It also provides the opportunity to immerse learners in a context that allows them to synthesize the learning content in a personally engaging and experiential manner. The learnings that occur within the 3DLE are surfaced at the moment when the lack of knowledge or capability intersects with the need to have that knowledge or capability to execute the challenge at hand. Just as is the case within the actual work context, the motivation to learn that originates from the inability to complete a task within the 3DLE is part and parcel of the experience itself.

Learning in 3D Nugget #18

Twitter Quote:
In a 3DLE, because of its truly immersive qualities, interaction is not disembodied and transactional: it is embodied and experiential. p.55

Book Paragraph:
Here is an “equation” that breaks down the components of a 3DLE:

I*I=E

In a 3DLE, the learner becomes an actor in a virtual world in which the technology creates the spatial, temporal, and material conditions for both immersion and interactivity, driving a multiplier effect on learner engagement. Learners see themselves in relationship to the challenge at hand and experience the consequences of their actions related to the accomplishment of a given activity or challenge. In a 3DLE, because of its truly immersive qualities, inter- action is not disembodied and transactional: it is embodied and experiential.

Learning in 3D Nugget #16

Twitter Quote:
Learning is a far more complicated phenomenon than can ever be limited to the classroom context. p.39

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Learning is a far more complicated phenomenon than can ever be limited to the classroom context. If we convey knowledge about tasks we already know how to do, we call it productive learning. If we share knowledge about tasks that are new and different, we call it generative learning. Productive learning serves largely to maintain the status quo within an enterprise by conveying what is already known, while generative learning involves not only absorbing existing information but also creating new solutions to unanticipated problems. Information age learning requires that individuals and organizations change the way they think about and act on what is known and what needs to be known in order to innovate, change, and win.

Learning in 3D Nugget #15

Twitter Quote:
Technology has revolutionized business; now it must do the same for learning. p.39

Book Paragraph:
Technology has revolutionized business; now it must do the same for learning. Successful learning functions of the webvolution era will be the ones that learn how to blend people, processes, and technology to drive collective insight and intuition. To spark innovation and create an adaptive enterprise, work structures will have to be revisited and work processes will have to have to be redesigned to cultivate learning. Similarly, work practices and policies must reflect the changing needs of the organization and of knowledge workers within it.

Learning in 3D Nugget #14

Twitter Quote:
In the enterprise of the future, work and learning become synonymous. p.38

Book Paragraph:
In the enterprise of the future, work and learning become synonymous. Without the ability to innovate and adapt in perpetuity, enterprises will regress to a mean of mediocrity. Consequently, the primary challenge for learning leadership over the next few years will be to fundamentally recreate the function to drive the innovation agenda, for both the enterprise and the function, without falling prey to the routinization trap. Attempting to address the innovation agenda with more efficient productivity-focused training strategies and technologies is akin to attempting to play tennis with a golf club. The tool is not suited to the reality of the challenge at hand and must be avoided at all costs.

Learning in 3D Nugget #13

Twitter Quote:
In the past, content was king; today context is the kingdom. p.38

Book Paragraph:
Human networks create a meaningful context within which content can be consumed and digested to create new value. In the past, content was king; today context is the kingdom. The enterprise that is able to network and tap into resource nodes to address a surfaced need within another part of the network will be able to successfully conduct business within a digital ecosystem that is tuned to optimize learning and growth.