Real Learner

People need to know what they’re shooting for. The graduate of some self-help programs on learning can type rapidly, skim text, and memorize things for tests. The graduate of Real Learning, whom I call a Real Learner, is changed person, a go-getter with an agenda. He or she comes equipped with a can-do attitude and the radar to know when to focus on social learning, when to turn to experiential learning, and when to let things happen informally.

Who would you prefer as a colleague, a rule-following traditionalist or a go-getter Real Learner?

I described what a Real Learner is and submitted it to Elearning Industry. This will test their limits. The article is 100% promotional, focusing on the graduate of Real Learning. If they need it neuterized, I could do it but I would need to publish the core article on internet time.  I need to have this to motivate individuals. It also gives corporate a taste of what they could be getting. In fact, maybe what I need for the corporate/institutional customer is a booklet incorporating the white papers and rationale for the program.


The first Internet Time Lab Salon took place this afternoon. My first sign-up emailed that he couldn’t make it five minutes before start time. Scott (from Jerry’s list) arrived first; then Sylvia Pauli (who has a 31 year old son in computational biology); later Timmy and Bill. It was a cordial conversation. It was a worthwhile session. I’m going to continue the tradition. Probably focus 90 minutes on learning, leave rest free-form.



Feedback as of October 27 2015

Survey of Real Learning Readers
August – October 2015

Would you recommend Real Learning to a friend or colleague?

26 = Yes, 0 = No.

What did you like about Real Learning?

Clear, actionable, with links to MANY on-line resources.

Dick Webster – Columbus, OH Principal – PRM Institute, Director – Community Improvement Resources Project

The practical side of it (JDI). Even if you are an experienced online learner, you either pick up new things, or say “okay, I have ignored that option for a while, but thanks to Jay I will do it … and right now!”

Inge de Waard, digital global citizen.

Jay’s style. Really cool introduction. Informal from top to bottom.

Jos Arets, TULSER

Its practicality, examples and simpleness.

Brent Mackinnon, Social Media Tools for Work & Learning

Lots of great ideas about how to learn and be successful.

Stephanie Jessup, PhD Instructional Design Manager, U.S. Bank

Authentic, simple-to-read and to-act-upon content that gets an upgrade once in a while.

Joachim Stroh, Sceenius


Action tips and a modern perspective on learning. A learning organization needs self-directed learning as distinctive capabilities for people around company.

Giovanni Vittadini, L&D Consultant

The title, the concept, the author and the description of why it was written.

Paul Terlemezian President, iFive Alliances, LLC Founder, Georgia LEARNS Now, LLC

Real Learning puts the responsibility for learning where it belongs–with the learner. That shift is essential. There is a corresponding shft that also needs to occur, which is that organizations need to acknowledge and accept that shift.

Jim McGee – former CKO/CLO of Diamond Management and Technology Consultants

That can make difference in the World of Learning.

Etelberto Costa Vice President APG (

Simple language. Practical tips. Links to other interesting articles.

Khalid Joomaye

It is written in plain language. I appreciate the references to research as well as the personal flavour of the writing. Honestly, I could hear Jay’s voice as I read and felt I was getting a clear view of his passion for helping others learn in effective and meaningful ways.

Angela van Barneveld, PhD Lakehead University / IBM Canada


Professional goals

this is different than professional skills. Or just skills. those I suggest tracking on a single page with update and comments.

I want to create a groundswell in DIY learning by spreading the gospel of Real Learning far and wide. It’s more than learning: it’s getting along in the new culture, becoming self-sufficient, understanding how to make wise choices, pulling knowledge by social/experiential/informal learning into one’s repertoire, and building the self-confidence to take on stretch goals on the job, in the career, and for the rest of your life.

Managing the development and improvement of product will be a challenge. Fun if I do it entirely my way. Things I will have to master to take Real Learning to the next stage:

  • recruiting partners
  • social media marketing
  • my video persona

Need to put together team of supporters to make Real Learning work. This takes selling, relationship building. While I’d thought of just running Real Learning on a shoestring, the best Jay can do with $500 sort of deal. Now I’m thinking it would be a shame not to seize the opportunity to come out with ever spiffier models. That takes cash. Then a few business developers. Customers who have you on call.

I’d rather be the mad genius than the entrepreneur. I want to start this operation, show the potential, and find someone or some foundation or start-up to give stewardship to.

I need to figure out if whether Read Learning is going to look like this, sort of Uncle Jay’s advice. Think Stewart Brand. Sharing tools. Thinking long term. Quirky. That may be stage 1.


or like this, which I haven’t read yet but seems to offer the same promise as Real Learning. I’ve looked at 25 how-to-learn books and found most of them concentrate on study skills. With some time management, speed reading, typing, and memory skills stapled on top. Not that practical if you want to tackle things at a more fundamental level, by adopting the practices of a Real Learner.


or this, which tackles things at a higher level.

Real Learners, the name I’ll use for people who have taken the Real Learning philosophy to heart, savor the essence of every new experience. They become meta-learners, equipped to learn how to learn, to work smarter, and to meet their aspirations. They tend to be go-getters, people who are always a little ahead of the crowd.

New front cover design

Give aways

My objective is to spread Real Learning far and wide.

I can accelerate this by giving parts of it away. Plogs. Assessment. Goal Setting. VIdeo lessons and highlights online.  Also the JDIs.

A page might be formatted with video message, big picture, important bullet points, JDIs, information and links.

Should the online links simply be part of the eversions?



Discovery: way to share a page of a private Plog

Request Feedback. 

request feedback

Pushing the button brings up this:


You can email a page for feedback or have people come that specific page in your Plog (and make comments if you left that unchecked).

Since we know that you will take your reflections, learnings, and goals more seriously if you are sharing them with colleagues or a mentor, this is a way to get more out of your Plog. You needn’t feel restrained, since the rest of your Plog is private, yours to share or keep to yourself.


More on badges

Even if I don’t get into formal badging, I should be able to articulate what an exemplary Real Learner is expected to do.

People have different needs and different experience coming in and different basic tropes. They have wildly different goals and targets. Hence, it’s only valid measure process, for the details depend on the context.

Notes on Docebo/Aberdeen Study

The New 70:20:10
the Changing Face of Learning

35% of orgs says they need a strong leadership bench. That would include meta-learning, n’est-ce pas?

Also need ability to be more agile.


creating new knowledge — Nonaka. Wasn’t this debunked?

Beyond the LMS: Learn. Coach. Share

LMS claims to facilitate informal and experiential learning. What? By adding reporting requirements? I prefer a measurement system that informs the learner, not some beancounter in HR.

“WIthout an effective way to get real time visibility on what’s really happening in a new learning organization, it’s next to impossible to introduce new informal and social learning initiatives. Programs need to be tracked and quantified in order for stakeholders to get any meaningful information.”

That paragraph is a crock. It’s an LMS providers wet dream. People learn informally and socially all the time without a measurement system.

This report is wrong-headed but it does highlight the need for me to position Real Learning as a creator of agility, management effectiveness, etc.