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Minds and Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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Patty McCord Litmos Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

Patty McCord, famous for the Netflix Culture Deck, spoke on culture. She talked about sharing the stage with sports coaching legends, and how they were personal but focused. Her stories of the early days of Netflix and how they made tough but fair decisions were peppered with important lessons.

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10 Myths about Modern Workplace Learning

Jane Hart

Inspired by TeachThought’s 22 myths in modern academic learning, here are 10 misconceptions about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL). More to come in another post. 1 – MWL simply means modernising training. It is much more than modern training.

Learning Analytics Courses

George Siemens

After about a year of planning, we can finally announce the following courses on edX focusing on learning analytics. The intent of these courses is to eventually lead into a MicroMasters and then advance placement in an in-development Masters of Science in Learning Analytics at UTA. Each course runs about three weeks and we’ve tried to settle on prominent analytics tools for educational data so the experience is one where skills can immediately be applied.

“people are for caring”

Harold Jarche

Christian Madsbjerg concludes in his book, Sensemaking : “What are people for? Algorithms can do many things, but they will never actually give a damn. People are for caring.”.

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The digital transformation of learning: Social, informal, self-service, and enjoyable

Dion Hinchcliffe

Technology has long been used to improve how we learn, but today's digital advances, particularly with social media, have taken learning in powerful new -- and for some -- entirely unexpected directions

Sensemaking and the power of the humanities

Harold Jarche

What is Sensemaking? Christian Madsbjerg, in Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm , describes sensemaking as an interaction with fellow humans in the real world. Sensemaking is practical wisdom grounded in the humanities.

Learning as Artifact Creation

George Siemens

Digitization is deceptive in that the deep impact isn’t readily observable. Remember when MOOCs were going to transform higher education? Or when personalized learning was going to do away with instructors? Going back about a century ago, audio, then video, was also going to disrupt education. All of these trends have been window dressing – a facade more reflective of the interests of those who advocate for them rather than a substantive departure from established norms.

Platforms, Blockchains, and the Evolution of Trust

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“In primitive economies, people traded mostly with members of their village and community,” wrote David Brooks in a June, 2014 NY Times OpEd, - The Evolution of Trust. “Trust was face to face.

The trouble with compliance programs, metaphors for L&D, myths about coaching, modern academic learning and modern workplace learning, and more.

Jane Hart

News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 3 – 9 September 2017. Social learning

Metaphors for L&D

Clark Quinn

What do you see the role of L&D being in the organization? Metaphors are important, as they form a basis for inferences of what fits. We frame our conversations by the metaphors we use, and these frames guide what’s allowed conversation and what’s not. To put it another way, metaphors are the basis for mental models that explain and predict what happens.

top tools 2017

Harold Jarche

Jane Hart compiles a list every year of the Top 100 Tools for learning. This is the 11th year! Voting closes on 22 September 2017. Here are my top tools this year, with the past five years shown below. It’s interesting to note that my preferred tools have not changed that much over the years.

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Virtual Meetings: 5 Tips for Nonprofits Working Across Time Zones

Beth Kanter

My work as a trainer and facilitator has brought me to many places in the world. Often, the training on-site is the beginning of project which includes facilitating sessions remotely across time zones.

Five Leadership Tips For Uber’s New CEO

Dan Pontefract

After much debate and public intrigue, ride-sharing company Uber has selected Dara Khosrowshahi — the former chief executive officer of travel website Expedia — as the company’s next CEO. Dan's Related Posts: How To Build A Truly Purpose-Driven Company Through The Example Of Stocksy Rise of the Woman? Fifteen Years After My MBA Why I Removed A Recent Post Book Review of WORK RULES: Insights From Inside Google. CEO leadership Dara Khosrowshahi uber

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A $5m bet you don’t need more training, Tom Friedman on learning, and more …

Jane Hart

MWL Newsletter No 29 News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) for the week 27 August – 2 September 2017. Social learning

Developing L&D

Clark Quinn

One of the conversations I’ve been having is how to shift organizations into modern workplace learning. These discussions have not been with L&D, but instead targeted directly at organizational strategy. The idea is to address a particular tactical goal as part of a strategic plan, and to do so in ways that both embody and develop learning and a collaboration culture. The topic was then raised about how you’d approach an L&D unit under this picture.

Thoughts on doctrine & inclusion

Dave Snowden

Over the years I have had various emails, social media links and other links to various versions of the Cynefin framework, use of my work without attribution and the like. Often accompanied by suggestions that I issue a condemnation for heresy.

Mindful News Consumption Tips for Nonprofit Professionals

Beth Kanter

This week I was honored to teach a Happy Healthy Nonprofit Workshop at the 1440 Multiversity Nonprofit Service Week. This beautiful retreat center is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains and offers professional development on a wide range of leadership, wellness, and other topics.

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The Rise, Fall and Rise of Detroit and its Higher Purpose

Dan Pontefract

<Author’s Note: This is a long-form essay previously only available for purchase. It is now free and can be read in its entirety below or.

10 days left to vote for your Top Tools for Learning 2017

Jane Hart

The 1lth annual survey closes on Friday 22 September 2017. Social learning

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The “R” words

Dave Snowden

I started to make some real progress on the development of constraint mapping when I realised the typology I was developing split into resilient and robust categories. Inevitably when you use those words the question arises as to Taleb’s anti-fragility and there are other issues.

TechNow Conference Keynote Aliza Sherman, Co-Author Happy Healthy Nonprofit

Beth Kanter

TechNow is a one-day regional conference that connects nonprofits with the technology resources, information and people it needs to succeed taking place on October 19, 2017.

preparing for perpetual beta

Harold Jarche

The latest technology gadget or silicon valley ‘disruptive’ business model is merely incremental change. But I am convinced that we living in the middle of an epochal change.

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Why we need to get better at critiquing psychiatric diagnosis

Mind Hacks

This piece is based on my talk to the UCL conference ‘The Role of Diagnosis in Clinical Psychology’ It was aimed at an audience of clinical psychologists but should be of interest more widely.

Why AR

Clark Quinn

Perhaps inspired by Apple’s focus on Augmented Reality (AR), I thought I’d take a stab at conveying the types of things that could be done to support both learning and performance. I took a sample of some of my photos and marked them up.

A dark review for United’s Boeing 787

Doc Searls

I’ve been wanting to fly on the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” ever since I missed a chance to go on an inaugural junket aboard one before Boeing began delivery to the airlines. But three days ago I finally got my chance, aboard United Flight 935 from London to Los Angeles.

8 Fantastic Facilitation Playbooks for Designing Productive Nonprofit Meetings

Beth Kanter

Meetings are a big part of our work week, whether it is a recurring staff, team, or board meeting or informal check-in. Our meetings are face-to-face, virtually, and a combination of the two known as “hybrid” meetings.

thinking critically

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight or so, I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “Experience plus reflection is the learning that lasts.” ” —Charles Handy, via @olliegardener.

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[bkc] Hate speech on Facebook

David Weinberger

I’m at a Very Special Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Tuesday luncheon featuring Monika Bickert , Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Management in conversation with Jonathan Zittrain. Monika is in charge of what types of content can be shared on FB, how advertisers and developer interact with the site, and FB’s response to terrorist content.

Evidence-based L&D

Clark Quinn

Earlier this year, I wrote that L&D was a ‘ Field of Dreams ‘ industry , running on a belief that “if you build it, it is good” There’s strong evidence that we’re not delivering on the needs of the organization.

Amazon's New HQ

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Originally published on CanTech Letter. Amazon.com is inviting proposals for a second North American headquarters from states, provinces and metro areas. The presumption by many ( example here ) is that this means a U.S. location. But Amazon should consider a Canadian location. Here's why: Amazon wants size. The Request for Proposals (RFP) identifies a desire for a metro area of a million people or more "with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent."

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Running Effective Virtual #Nonprofit Meetings: 9 Best Practices for Facilitating Engagement

Beth Kanter

hunters in the jungle

Harold Jarche

The challenge for workers in what is becoming a freelance & gig economy is to survive in the global jungle. Work is moving toward temporary, negotiated hierarchies. The challenge for the modern organization is to have a flexible enough structure to let people move in and out of the jungle.

Open Education: Please give

George Siemens

In about a month, David Wiley and I are teaching this course on edX: Introduction to Open Education. As we are both firm adherents to social and participatory pedagogical models (i.e. we like it when others do our work), we need some help. Specifically, we’d love to have faculty/researchers/practitioners provide short 3-5 minute reflections on one or more of the following topics: Week 1: Why Open Matters. Week 2: Copyright, The Public Domain, and The Commons.