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Why Our Judgements Are Often Flawed and What to Do About It

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I listened to a very interesting Freakonomics podcast hosted by University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt.

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Remarks on Interactivity

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I wrote this in response to an inquiry. I am bringing the constructs and principles of Information Systems (IS) with those of Connectivism since the previous studies rarely consider the learning theories’ principals, especially the learning theory for the digital age.

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Learning: an anthro-complexity perspective

Dave Snowden

If you go back in time then two books could be considered to have laid the foundation for what I have termed the ‘systems thinking’ era which runs from the 1990s and is now (hopefully) starting to run out of steam while leaving much of value.

The Evolution of Shopping in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, The Economist published a special report on The Future of Shopping , with nine articles on the subject.

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Concept Maps and Learning

Clark Quinn

Once again, someone notified me of something they wanted me to look at. In this case, a suite of concept maps, with a claim that this could be the future of education.

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Top Tools for Learning 2021

Jane Hart

The Top Tools for Learning lists have now been published. 2021 was the YEAR OF DISRUPTION! There were a substantial number of new tools nominated this year so the main list has now been extended to 300 tools to accommodate them, and each of the 3 sub-lists has been increased to 150 tools.

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Case Studies in MOOCs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Right, I've never used one in a MOOC. So how I would set one up is a bit speculative, though based on some examples (references completely forgotten) I've seen in the past. There are different types of things called 'case studies'.

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The Post-Pandemic Future of Work: An Optimistic Outlook

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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More Marketing Malarkey

Clark Quinn

As has become all too common, someone decided to point me to some posts for their organization. Apparently, interest was sparked by a previous post of mine where I’d complained about microlearning.

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top tools 2021

Harold Jarche

Every year, Jane Hart asks, “What are the most popular digital tools for learning and why?”. This is the fifteenth year Jane asked this question — and compiled the results into a valuable resource — and this is my tenth year responding.

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The Myth of Post-Covid Skills, Reconsidered

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A few comments on this post. Having taken a look, I don't think a search of the top ten Google results for 'post-COVID skills' was the best place to look for lessons learned. The Google search gives us results from siets like McKinsey, Forbes, and topuniversities.com.

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… which ruminates when walking

Dave Snowden

Carwyn Edwards sent me an interesting link via social media the other day.

The Evolving Role of the CIO

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“CIOs and other technology leaders have led heroic work to help their companies stay in business during the pandemic,” said a recent report, Pilots, co-pilots, and engineers : Digital transformation insights from CIOs for CIOS.

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A new common tragedy?

Clark Quinn

Recently, my kids (heh, in their 20s) let me know that they don’t use Yelp. That actually surprised and puzzled me. Not specifically because of Yelp, but instead because there’s a societal benefit that’s possibly being undermined or abandoned.

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social learning powers distributed work

Harold Jarche

Distributed work is here to stay, because many people like it, the pandemic is not over and there will be others, and market forces will seek to maximize profits and reduce labour costs.

There's No One Thing Called Ethics

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I wrote this in OLDaily today: There's a lesson here anyone interested in the ethics of AI or education or whatever should heed. There are no simple solutions, because there will never be unanimous agreement on highly contested issues.

????? ??? ??????, M????, ??????????: some thoughts around trying to translate Cynefin into Greek

Dave Snowden

Unless this is the first time you have stumbled across this blog by accident, you might have come across the idea of “the Wiki”.

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Why Do We Work So Damn Much?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago, I listened to a very interesting podcast, Why Do We Work So Damn Much? where podcast host, NY Times columnist Ezra Klein , interviewed anthropologist James Suzman.

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Iterating and evaluating

Clark Quinn

I’ve argued before about the need for evaluation in our work. This occurs summatively, where we’re looking beyond smile sheets to actually determine the impact of our efforts. However, it also should work formatively, where we’re seeing if we’re getting closer.

learning with others

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. After a two-week hiatus I will slowly get back to more regular blogging. PicardTips — “Picard management tip: Keep group meetings short. Take your time with one-on-ones.”

Car design trends

Doc Searls

On Quora, here’s my answer to What are the worst design trends in modern cars?

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Too fast, too soon?

Dave Snowden

This post picks up on the idea of shallow monogamy in my post of a few days ago looking at some of the obstacles to the adoption of complexity thinking.

Understanding the Impact of Cybersecurity on International Trade

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The explosive success of the Internet in the 1990s led to a historical transition from the industrial age of the past two centuries to an economy and society increasingly based on global, digital interactions.

Making it Meaningful

Clark Quinn

I volunteer for our local Community Emergency Response Team ( CERT ; and have learned lots of worthwhile things). On a call, our local organizer mentioned that she was leading a section of the train-the-trainers upcoming event, and was dreading trying to make it interesting.

‘pointsification’

Harold Jarche

In 2013 I wrote that work is already a game. Adding badges or other extrinsic motivators to professional learning only detracts from the real game. Gamification also creates incentives that, when removed, may result in going back to previous behaviours.

ATD 2021: 3 Ways Your Content Strategy is Holding You Back

Xyleme

Content is a vital competitive advantage, but it’s rarely treated as such.

15 years on

Dave Snowden

So on this day, 15 years ago I wrote my first ever blog post. I was just settling into staff accommodation at Nanyang University (The banner picture I grabbed from Google Street View but I can’t remember exactly which one) for a three-month sabbatical.

The Coming Era of Productivity Growth

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“The last 15 years have been tough times for many Americans, but there are now encouraging signs of a turnaround,” wrote economists Erik Brynjolfsson and Georgios Petropoulos in The Coming Productivity Boom , a recent opinion article in the MIT Technology Review.

Coping with Change: A Book Review of Flux by April Rinne

Clark Quinn

How do we cope with change? There’s a myth that we resist change, but Peter de Jaeger busted that in a talk I heard where he pointed out that we make changes all the time. We get married, take a different job, have kids, all of which are changes.

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filtering out the crap

Harold Jarche

“ninety percent of everything is crap” — Sturgeon’s Revelation. “Twitter is often derided as a forum for gossip and nonsense, which it also is.

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Beyond the Web

Doc Searls

The Web is a haystack. This isn’t what Tim Berners-Lee had in mind when he invented the Web. Nor is it what Jerry Yang and David Filo had in mind when they invented Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web , which later became Yahoo.

Prevarication by platitude

Dave Snowden

The road to hell, they say is paved with good intentions and nothing is more frustrating in the general field of sense-making and complexity work than when you encounter said practice.

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The New Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Following World War II and the onset of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, the US undertook a series of measures to strengthen the resilience of the nation.

Caveat Malarkey

Clark Quinn

After continuing to take down marketing blather, it’s time for a plea. Caveat Malarkey! And, as always, the prose. If you’ve been paying attention, you will have seen that a number of my blog posts take down a variety of articles that are rife with malarkey.

Considerations on the Framework for Ethical Learning Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

As readers may know, I've been looking a lot recently at ethics related to online learning. In particular, I've studied a number of ethical codes and frameworks, publishing a paper summarizing my work.

Is there a way out of password hell?

Doc Searls

Passwords are hell. Worse, to make your hundreds of passwords safe as possible, they should be nearly impossible for others to discover—and for you to remember. Unless you’re a wizard, this all but requires using a password manager.†. Think about how hard that job is.

20 years on, some memories

Dave Snowden

The love of wicked men converts to fear, That fear to hate, and hate turns one or both To worthy danger and deserved death. Richard II Act V Scene i 59-68. I thought through this post, keeping notes on the iPhone as I walked from Salcombe to Torcross on the South West Coastal Path.