The Amsterdam Diary: An Exploration of Learning Culture

Julian Stodd
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 In September 2012 I took a week out to explore learning culture with my social learning network. I talked to a range of people and conducted a popup learning event around some key questions and, alongside the community, produced a narrative of our findings.
These were presented across a series of blog posts throughout the week, which form the foundation of this booklet.

First, we explored who creates the learning culture within an organisation: what is the interaction between learners and leaders and how does this result in an identifiable culture? Within this culture who owns the space, the learning? As we see an increasingly rapid move away from pure, formal learning events towards far more informal and semi-formal social learning, the question of who owns and moderates these spaces, and who shapes the learning becomes ever more significant (I introduce and explore social learning in more depth in my recent book 'Exploring the World of Social Learning').

Next, I posed several questions to the group and we talked around these through a range of social learning channels.

Finally I tried to narrate the learning of the group, before moving on to explore some areas that fall outside the learning culture: forbidden learning.
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 Julian Stodd is a learning and development professional based in the UK, specialising in elearning, mobile learning, social media and learning theory. As founder and co-captain of SeaSalt Learning, Julian is heavily involved the strategic and operational development of learning solutions in a range of areas, working at a strategic level with global clients to understand how their learning needs can be met.


Julian started out volunteering in museums at the age of twelve, doing every job imaginable, from conserving artefacts and cataloguing collections, through designing exhibitions, and into giving guided tours and working with school groups. He loved the opportunities to work with stories, to meet people, and to walk with them along a learning journey.

Via a conservation sciences degree with archaeology, this led him into postgraduate research around educational theory, communication theory, psychology and design. Julian is grounded in understanding how people learn, whatever the technology, and what the barriers are that can prevent them from learning.

Today, he writes widely in his learning blog around various aspects of learning: mainly e-learning, social learning and learning technology. Asked recently what the most important skill was for an aspiring e-learning specialist, Julian's answer was ‘storytelling’. At heart, everything revolves around the clarity and coherence of the narrative.
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Julian Stodd
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Published on
Oct 26, 2012
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15
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9780957319912
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English
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Psychology / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
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 The subject of this book is 'mobile learning', but 'mobile' means many things: it means technology, as in a mobile phone or tablet, and it also means mobile learning courses themselves, as well as being used to describe the experience of learning in this way, of experiencing 'mobile'.I'm interested in all of these things, in exploring what they each mean and how we can pull them together to provide a meaningful narrative of how we develop and experience mobile learning.

It's easy to think of mobile as just being a distribution channel, like a television or a radio. We can view the devices as just conduits to push content out to learners, but this is to miss so much of the potential, potential that is only unfolding to us as we speak. People interact with mobile devices in fundamentally different ways: they are social tools used to reinforce our standing, fashion statements, aspirational decoration, sources of knowledge and power, able to make us win a pub quiz or find a pizza, but also business tools used to organize meetings, remind us of deadlines and let us speak to the boss when we're running late.

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It's important that we understand just how widely mobile has permeated our lives, how often we reach into our pocket and ready our thumbs for action. We need to recognize how it impacts on knowledge: we used to have to 'know' things, whilst now we often only need to know how to find those things out fast. Knowing how to use Google is often enough.

We need to develop a mindset for mobile learning.
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