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Helen Blunden
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Love the analogy Mark! 
I had my first Uber service recently in Austin, TX.  It was nothing short of remarkable.  A few glitches (mostly self caused) but a far better experience than I have ever had in a cab. It was during this ride, and conversatio...
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Thanks Helen.  It may be a good one to leverage when people scoff at the impact social tech can make on L&D
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It's the only way! 
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I am not so sure if it is the only way, but it is a opportunity of course.
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What a great post Rick and for calling out the joy and spontaneity in PLNs. Of course, that is the most important and I recall the same.  I think you hit the nail on the head with that.  It was having these feelings that only motivated me more to continue building and creating the PLN. I'd hate to think that they were mandated by senior people in an organisation - it simply wouldn't work. 
For the past four weeks I've been participating in an open online seminar called: Exploring Personal Learning Networks (PLN's) (#xplrpln) through Northwestern University. During this time the discussion has swirled around t...
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Brilliant!!!!
 
I found a few more choice #Melbourne Mockbuster posters, seven in total.

Make sure to read the fine faux-credits featured on the bottom of a few of them.

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http://www.news.com.au/national-news/victoria/if-melbourne-was-a-movie-it-might-look-something-like/story-fnii5sms-1226697960952
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Merry Christmas and here's to a wonderful new year!
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Great video, thanks for this.
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This is great Ignatia. Lots to learn and consider and I especially like how you have posed some questions about where you want to be regarding your networks.  There's also lots of tools to use that I will explore.  Admittedly, I've never thought about my PLN in any great detail, I just let it happen but I can see how this may also create gaps if you don't actively create new networks to fill skill and knowledge gaps.  Thanks for sharing! 
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Hello Sylvia, thank you for this document.  This is a useful and great tool that also works well in the corporate world.  That is, our stakeholders always want a 'one pager' on pulling together all the elements of programs and learning 'assets' so that they can see the whole program in its entirety.  Do you mind if I use something like this idea for myself and my internal clients?  They'd be all over something like this. It's visual, it's simple, easy to read and gets them excited that there's a 'plan'.  Of course I will attribute the idea to you.
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Thank you - much appreciated.  When the time comes to create one for some internal coaches on a program I'm working on, I will customise something like this. 
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I know how THAT feels! :-(
An amazing transformation can happen in the process of writing a blog post. It happens in those initial frustrating moments when you feel your ideas are beginning to be internally challenged, altered and even slipping away.  ...
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So I take solace in learning through the process :) 
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Great post, and like this widget thing that is G+ onto your blog.  And here was me trying to find this discussion in G+ to see if I could contribute and instead, click on 'Comment' and threw me into this section that I could write into it directly! (So now, I'm going to have to do this for my own blog so thank you for this as I have wonderful conversations in Google+ and like the idea that you can have them linked to your blog).

I've waffled enough... now to your question.

I've rolled out lunch time classes called "Twitter for Professional Development" which have been quite popular.  I've redesigned them to also be rolled out as live online events but yet to roll one out which will occur after this restructure/reorg is over (and if I'm still around).  I seem to be the 'go to' person for LinkedIn as people have questions about setting up their profile and have a bit of a reputation in the office for being the social media freak and get asked many questions.  

I have created Yammer Groups on: (a) Twitter for Professional Development and (b) Connected Workers - Networked Artisans of the Future Workplace which has grown to 52 members already where people share resources, links, references to future skills and growing their learning networks.  I recently advertised the North Western University cMOOC called Exploring Personal Learning Networks in this group and there'll now be a small group of us undergoing this course together.  Interesting to note that many of the people in this group are not Learning and Development.

With a colleague, we rolled out the first YamJam a few months ago that took everyone by surprise and they asked for more of them. It was based on how tweetchats occur.  The topic was around how to get more people to collaborate and broaden their networks.

My next goal is to incorporate all these 'modules' such as the Twitter, Yammer and the LinkedIn and create more of them around digital literacy skills and roll them out as part of a cMOOC but use our own platforms we already have such as Yammer and Sharepoint to inspire people to learn more about them.  I've got support by many people in the business who are already 'change agents' who want to be part of the people coaching/teaching/mentoring/supporting others.  There seems to be a hunger for change but there's still some people unsure of what it all means.  The biggest resistors have been my own department in Learning and Development but I'm inspired when I go outside to the wider organisation and find people who are curious, motivated, love to learn, share, collaborate - and just give something a go.
The Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveler coming down the road, and the Sun said: “I see a way to decide our dispute. Whichever of us can cause that traveler to take off his cloa...
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I credit widget to PLNer extraordinaire +Paul Simbeck-Hampson :) 
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Great, thanks for sharing!
 
Someone in my graduate class shared this video found in a school district's wiki. I am now passing along the video to the etmoo community. Although produced at the end of the 2011 school year, the video is still highly relevant, or do you think otherwise?
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Workplace Learning Consultant - specialising Digital Networked Learning
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Digital Networked Learning; Blended Learning (70-20-10); Performance Improvement
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    Activate Learning Solutions is a learning and performance consultancy that works with you to design, develop and implement engaging blended learning solutions that meet your business needs and objectives.
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Introduction

My name is Helen Blunden and I'm the founder of Activate Learning Solutions. (I have two accounts with Google so please feel free to follow me here which also includes my personal interests or under my professional account with Activate Learning Solutions).

I believe that your organisation is only as strong as the networks of your people and how your people relate to your customers. 

With over 23 years in Learning and Development in private, public and not-for-profit organisations, I have seen that the successful organisations are the ones who engage their people through learning within the flow of work, providing them with the online tools to connect with subject matter experts globally, and allowing the free flow of conversations and collaborations to occur across the enterprise and its customers.

I believe in the power of networks and passionate about enabling your people to re-engage with their work, their organisation and their customers. 

I deliver solutions that translate to immediate value, productivity and engagement of your people. I show you how to build and create internal capability through enterprise social learning networks and collaborative tools such as Yammer and the use of social media. 

With a background in facilitator-led instruction, online, blended and social, I practice what I preach. I regularly use social networking and collaboration tools for my own professional and personal development and can assist your Learning and Development teams to incorporate these tools into your existing learning programs,

I present at various Learning Conferences around Australia on how people engage and learn using social media and collaboration technologies. 

But it's not all about connecting online. The value is strengthened when the communities meet in person and collaborate on mutual projects of interest. As such I founded Third Place (www.meetup.com/Third-Place), an informal social networking community of Australian Learning Professionals to meet, share and learn from each other in three cities Melbourne, Newcastle, Brisbane and Sydney. 

Personally?  I enjoy knitting with beautiful luxurious yarns which is my meditation and my craft; photography and art inspires me and I enjoy a round of golf every now and then. I recently started to learn to play the ukulele!   I'm fascinated with history and love to travel internationally to learn different cultures and customs.

Education
  • Monash University
    BSc (Hons)
  • Deakin University
    MBA (Technology Management)