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Defining the Big Shift

John Hagel

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

David Weinberger

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.

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The Future of the Training Department

Harold Jarche

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

Dan Pontefract

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

Jay Cross

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.

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Old Growth Media And The Future Of News

Steven Berlin Johnson

That kid was me. wish I could tell you that I was making those compulsive return visits out of a passionate love of books. You read MacWorld.

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Harold Jarche is blogging about the future of the training department, briefly looking back at the pre-training age and then at how training has evolved after its invention in the 20th century. He explains how today's complex

Business cases are a waste of time!

David Gurteen

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.

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Pursuing Passion

John Hagel

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

Clay Shirky

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

Harold Jarche

Collaboration. Community. Collective Intelligence. What are the boundary conditions needed to succeed at each layer?

When it's just so obvious NOT to train it's painful to watch it happen

Charles Jennings

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!

Chief Talent Officer - A Common Role by 2015 | Over the Seas

Kevin Wheeler

Most organizations can't assess who the best employees are in a quantitative way.

Twitter Conference Ideas

Tony Karrer

Twitter has become a pretty great tool to help with socializing at conferences. We also encouraged everyone to put in the hashtag.

The Biology of Creativity - Right Hemispheric Thinking, Problem Solving by Insight, and Diffuse Attention

Eide Neurolearning

What's different about this finding compared to a previous study is that this hemispheric difference exists even before problem solving begins. 2007).

An Operating System for the Mind

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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.

eLearning is not the answer

Jay Cross

eLearning is not a big cost-cutter. Corporations are flocking to eLearning for all the wrong reasons. It didn’t work. Irrational exuberance?

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tony karrer is blogging about the term “meta-learning” and its definition as it was used in the article “become a chief meta-learning officer” by jay cross and clark quinn. great insights are shared by author and commenters

I Know It When I See It

Andy McAfee

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

Adaptive Path

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

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.

Sense-making with PKM

Harold Jarche

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.

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Learning 2.0 Tetrad Through Marshall McLuhan

Dan Pontefract

If you haven’t heard of Marshall McLuhan , well you’re simply missing out on one of Canada’s most innovative minds. philosophy.

Gen Y Redefines Learning | Over the Seas

Kevin Wheeler

Gen Y, those in their twenties now, and all those who follow are born of bits and bytes. They hardly read.

Narrowing Gap between Face-to-Face and Online Presentations

Tony Karrer

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.

Different Brain Networks for Novelty-Induced vs. Voluntary Attention

Eide Neurolearning

It's those voluntary attention networks that are also more likely to take time to develop in children (including high IQ kids).

TNP: 20 Years On

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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.

Informal Learning 2.0

Jay Cross

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.

$1 million e-learning no more…


i've been in the training and development business for nearly 20 years now. things certainly have changed a lot in that time. my first job out of graduate school was as an interactive designer for a small but growing multimedia

nigelpaine.com - Blog - Ada Lovelace Day

Nigel Paine

Today is Ada Lovelace Day. And I will be making a very small contribution to the day by commenting on a female who has made a major impact on technology. Something about Ada from the Science Museum site: "Ada

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I only read it for the articles

Mind Hacks

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

Agile instructional design

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

I’ve been thinking about fresh approaches to instructional design. Instructional design was invented around the time of World War II.

Success depends on who we work with

Harold Jarche

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.

A Labor Day Manifesto for a New World

John Hagel

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.