Defining the Big Shift
AUGUST 2, 2009
About one month after the release of our Shift Index report , one question that keeps coming up is whether we can offer a succinctly define what the Big Shift is that our Shift Index seeks to measure. Given the magnitude, depth and far-reaching impact of the Big Shift, succinctness is a challenge. But perhaps this is too high level.
Transparency is the new objectivity
JULY 19, 2009
A friend asked me to post an explanation of what I meant when I said at PDF09 that “transparency is the new objectivity. First, I apologize for the cliché of “x is the new y. Second, what I meant is that transparency is now fulfilling some of objectivity’s old role in the ecology of knowledge. And then foolishness.
The Future of the Training Department
OCTOBER 21, 2009
The latter 20th Century was the golden era of the training department. Now the training department may be at the end of its life cycle. The U.S.
The Standalone LMS is Dead
OCTOBER 24, 2009
This past week, I attended the SharePoint 2009 conference in Las Vegas. I’ll provide some feedback on that particular release in another blog posting (read Bill Simser for now) but what the conference itself got me thinking about was that, thankfully, the standalone LMS is definitely going to become redundant. Dinosaur. Soviet Union.
Not Your Father’s ROI
JUNE 28, 2009
The July issue of Chief Learning Officer is now available online. Productivity in a Networked era: Not Your Father’s ROI. Look at General Motors.
Business cases are a waste of time!
JANUARY 19, 2009
By David Gurteen Knowledge managers are always asking how they can obtain support for a KM project by demonstrating the ROI especially as the measuring the ROI of a KM initiative is so difficult. This article by Susan Cramm on the Harvard Business Publishing website is about IT projects but I think is even more applicable to KM projects.
Blogs in Education
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
APRIL 13, 2009
Submission for a forthcoming STRIDE handbook for The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). See related handbooks here. What is a Blog? blog is a personal website that contains content organized like a journal or a diary. Readers catch up with blogs by starting at the top and reading down until they encounter material they’re already read.
When it's just so obvious NOT to train it's painful to watch it happen
JUNE 12, 2009
Some managers and L&D people just don’t seem to get it. You might as well throw the money spent on these activities out the window. Bingo!
NOVEMBER 14, 2009
We often talk about passion, but we tend to use it very loosely. We usually refer to passion in passing – it is rarely the primary focus of discussion or analysis. I am just as guilty of this. A couple of months ago, I posted a manifesto for passionate creatives and never explicitly defined what I meant by passion.
Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable ? Clay Shirky
MARCH 13, 2009
Back in 1993, the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain began investigating piracy of Dave Barry's popular column, which was published by the Miami Herald and syndicated widely. In the course of tracking down the sources of
Four C’s of digital media
AUGUST 13, 2009
Collaboration. Community. Collective Intelligence. What are the boundary conditions needed to succeed at each layer?
Chief Talent Officer - A Common Role by 2015 | Over the Seas
AUGUST 27, 2009
Most organizations can't assess who the best employees are in a quantitative way.
eLearning is not the answer
FEBRUARY 20, 2009
eLearning is not a big cost-cutter. Corporations are flocking to eLearning for all the wrong reasons. It didn’t work. Irrational exuberance?
Twitter Conference Ideas
JANUARY 30, 2009
Twitter has become a pretty great tool to help with socializing at conferences. We also encouraged everyone to put in the hashtag.
I Know It When I See It
JANUARY 27, 2009
More and more often these days I get asked “Does [offering X] from [vendor Y] qualify as an Enterprise 2.0 product?” Established vendors of collaboration software are modifying their offerings and repositioning them as social software
Smart.fm: Developing a Great Experience
OCTOBER 29, 2009
Part of the Smart.fm iPhone App Story. When last we posted about the Smart.fm iPhone app the team had moved from design into development. In the few months since we have been hard at work bringing our ideas to life. The combined team, working across many time zones and many miles of ocean collaborated almost daily. We tackled issues on the device.
Allen Tough, informal learning pioneer
Jay Cross's Informal Learning
DECEMBER 21, 2009
Allen Tough, a brief talk at the 3rd New Approaches to Lifelong Learning (NALL) Conference. February 19, 1999. We found a 20/80% split. Related.
An Operating System for the Mind
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
SEPTEMBER 19, 2009
The core of the opposition to what are being called "21st century skills" is contained in the following argument: "Cognitive science teaches us that skills and knowledge are interdependent and that possessing a base of knowledge is necessary to the acquisition not only of more knowledge, but also of skills. Second , it isn't wrong to teach facts.
Learning 2.0 Tetrad Through Marshall McLuhan
AUGUST 30, 2009
If you haven’t heard of Marshall McLuhan , well you’re simply missing out on one of Canada’s most innovative minds. philosophy.
Different Brain Networks for Novelty-Induced vs. Voluntary Attention
MAY 11, 2009
It's those voluntary attention networks that are also more likely to take time to develop in children (including high IQ kids).
The MIT Distributed Leadership Forum
NOVEMBER 20, 2009
The MIT Leadership Center is one of several research groups in the MIT Sloan School of Management. Its key focus is distributed leadership “. Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen”. Leadership and passion cannot be delegated the way you can delegate management tasks.
Sense-making with PKM
MARCH 12, 2009
Note: This is a revised HTML version of previous PDF’s posted on the site , which should make it easier for sharing. People learn socially.
Gen Y Redefines Learning | Over the Seas
AUGUST 10, 2009
Gen Y, those in their twenties now, and all those who follow are born of bits and bytes. They hardly read.
Informal Learning 2.0
AUGUST 7, 2009
Effectiveness – Jay Cross. Published in Chief Learning Officer, August 2009. Informal Learning 2.0. Jay Cross. Like the U.S. It’s learn or die.
Narrowing Gap between Face-to-Face and Online Presentations
SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
Are people noticing this? It seems that face-to-face and online presenting are becoming more similar. Some aspects: Wireless access is becoming more common in places where presentations occur. If you are a conference organizer and you don't arrange for wireless, be prepared for some negative comments. See Better Conferences. and paying attention.
I only read it for the articles
NOVEMBER 4, 2009
The Economist has a delightful article on how we self-justify our dubious behaviour after the event using spurious reasons. It turns out we often deceive ourselves into believing that our hastily constructed justifications are genuinely what motivated us. One had more articles, but the other featured more sports. Link to study text
A Labor Day Manifesto for a New World
SEPTEMBER 7, 2009
We speak on behalf of the creatives who are passionate about their work. They experience deep frustration today with the institutional barriers that have been put in their way as they seek to more fully achieve their full potential. Who are passionate creatives? Passionate creatives exist everywhere.
Agile instructional design
Jay Cross's Informal Learning
FEBRUARY 16, 2009
I’ve been thinking about fresh approaches to instructional design. Instructional design was invented around the time of World War II.
TNP: 20 Years On
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
MARCH 24, 2009
In 1989 I was reaching the peak of my career. My PhD coursework was complete and behind me, I was gainfully employed (if underpaid) teaching logic and philosophy for the U of A and Athabasca University, I was elected for my first term as president of the Graduate Students' Association, and I was riding a wave of personal and political popularity.
Complexity in Government
JULY 22, 2009
Today was the first day of my three day programme at the Civil Service College in Singapore. It's my second year as Senior Visiting Fellow and I am really enjoying it. To see a whole government start to shift towards complexity theory as a new paradigm of government is mist encouraging. All you will get is failure and set back.
The Biology of Creativity - Right Hemispheric Thinking, Problem Solving by Insight, and Diffuse Attention
MARCH 23, 2009
What's different about this finding compared to a previous study is that this hemispheric difference exists even before problem solving begins. 2007).
Twitter as a tool for Personal Knowledge Management
MARCH 15, 2009
By David Gurteen Eric Mack thinks that within 18 months Twitter will change our world. agree! I see three key benefits of using Twitter: It lowers resistance to sharing information. The 140 character limitation is now a strength.) It makes it easy to tap into a global mindset. Credit: Eric Mack. And follow me.
Success depends on who we work with
DECEMBER 1, 2009
Here’s a description from Connected: The surprising power of our social networks and how they shape our lives , in which sociologist, Brian Uzzi, describes how creative teams (musical productions) function: Uzzi found that teams made up of individuals who had never before worked together fared poorly, greatly increasing the chance of a flop.
Habits, Frameworks and Corporate Universities
SEPTEMBER 2, 2009
We all know how to learn – it's built into our genetic makeup- but we struggle to articulate and explain how we do it. Piaget developed his constructionist theory of learning by watching and studying how children learn