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June 23, 2006

Question re www.43things.com type application

Filed under: Uncategorized — by malawijane @ 6:55 am

I have a question that goes back several sessions.  I was intrigued by www.43things.com. I had looked at this site awhile back after seeing it referenced somewhere and thought it was fun but never gave it a second visit.  When Jay talked about possible learning uses for something like this, it was like a light bulb went on!  Does anyone know of an organization that has set something up like this where internal staff could post learning needs and connect with others in the organization with similar learning needs so that they could learn together? If so, I would love to hear more.  My organization is so globally spread out that something like this would be great to connect someone in Cameroon who wants to learn more about, say, sustainable construction practices, with someone in Sri Lanka who wants to learn about the same thing and is already trying some things out that he/she can share about.  Hmmm….because I just listened to the recording of CoP's and that is fresh on my mind….wouldn't this basically be providing people with a way to connect with others within the org and start their own CoP's around a common learning need?

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3 Comments »

  1. Jane, I recently heard from a fellow who is doing a study in using 43 Things in learning environments. He’s quite focused and could well help you think through application at Habitat. I have forwarded our email correspondence to you. Tell us if this turns out to be useful!

    Comment by jaycross — June 23, 2006 @ 8:39 am

  2. I like this idea. I was looking at 43 things the other day too, and thought it great fun but the only non-personal application I could think of was market research.

    In our first skype phone call, Lisa told us about a ‘book club’ program at her workplace. It serves a similar function of drawing together people with similar learning interests. In Lisa’s case, somebody suggests a booktitle, and sends out a call for people interested in reading and discussing it. Thus the group forms. Sometimes it keeps going, sometimes it lasts just for the one book.

    Comment by Jennifer Nicol — June 25, 2006 @ 5:16 am

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