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This post is Part 2 in the series that I’ve started on Wearables for Learning + Development.
I am a huge fan of BJ Fogg’s work and find his behavior model such a useful way of thinking about training. As I reflect on the idea of wearables for feedback and monitoring of learning, it seems to me that it provides a great opportunity on the “trigger” side of his model that helps to convert activity into habit. I think it applies to learning situations as well, as we are hoping to convert learning into memory or at least develop behaviours that will provide scaffolding for learning.
Interestingly enough, I saw this today: This app tells you which of your friends stress you out, make you happy – the app provides you the opportunity to self-report about how you are feeling. In fact, after stumbling on the story, I did some searching and there are many mood tracking apps, such as:
When you consider the possibility of using apps to trigger your self-reporting or reflection, you open up some powerful insights to your own patterns and behaviours. Having the app on a wearable as opposed to just an app on your phone means you have the potential to incorporate physiological aspects, such as heart rate to the mix, which might give you additional insights that support your self-reporting or not! But that focus on how you are feeling or what your state of mind is might just give you a better view to what’s going on for you, holistically.
Imagine how this would impact your own learning:
What about at an organizational level?
We tend to treat learning as a completely cognitive event, but approaching it from this perspective means we look at learning (and delivering training) on a more systemic level. That is interesting to me. There are of course tons of privacy, security, ethical implications, especially on the organizational side, but it’s interesting to think about how wearables, the internet of things (IoT), data and the quantified self movement might provide for learning.
What are your impressions? Do you have ideas to share? I’d be curious to know what others think of this emerging area and the impact on learning.