Pick of the month: October 2012

Jane Hart

1 - Defining social learning – Marcia Conner, 4 October 2012. ” 2 - Can Learnist hold the key to enterprise learning - Paul, 5 October 2012. ” 3 - Everything you know will eventually be wrong – Daniel Engber, Truth Decay, 5 October 2012.

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JAC 2012 – Joint Alumni Conference Event Highlights

Luis Suarez

More than anything else, because it’s been a rather eye-opening experience for yours truly with regards to where we are with the adoption of social software and that social business transformation that a bunch of us have been advocating for for a few years now.

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Special Issue: Massive Open Online Courses

George Siemens

Valerie Irvine, Jillianne Code, and I spent time over the past 8 months preparing a special issue of JOLT on massive open online courses. Mainstream media often present massive open online courses (MOOCs) as both a reflection of the need for universities to undergo a metamorphosis and as a means of forcing a new perspective on digital teaching and learning practices (i.e., Lewin, 2013; Pappano, 2012).

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GiveMN 2012 Giving Day by the Numbers

Beth Kanter

GiveMN 2012 by the Numbers by Jeff Achen, GiveMN Digital Strategist. A quick look at the social media data from Give to the Max Day 2012 shows a sizable jump over the previous year. Check it out: Click for our full Give to the Max Day 2012 results.

Lotusphere and IBM Connect 2012 Highlights – Back to Basics of Conferences! #ls12 #ibmconnect

Luis Suarez

As more and more blog posts are starting to come along sharing further insights on some of the major highlights from the recent IBM Lotusphere and IBM Connect 2012 events held last week in Orlando, Florida, I guess it’s now time for me to start sharing my two cents on what both events were like, what I learned, what I thought were some pretty interesting developments and happenings, as well as a bunch of other tidbits that I think would prove useful to share over here in this blog.

The future of higher education and other imponderables

George Siemens

We will be running an open online course from Oct 8-Nov 16 , 2012, addressing some of the concepts in this post. The Rockefeller Institute released a report in 2012 (.pdf) Not all countries are adopting the aggressive UK model, but tuition patterns internationally (.pdf)

Pick of the Month: June 2012 – Informal learning, Yammer, collab platforms, change, and keep learning

Jane Hart

You can find more of the resources I enjoyed during the month in my 2012 Reading List.). A brief quiz tells you whether your organization needs to adopt formal or informal approaches. We build formal classroom courses and eLearning programmes that consist of pre-tests and post-tests.

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I'm sorry, you're just not incompetent enough to get it

Martijn Linssen

Olivier Blanchard (@thebrandbuilder) October 16, 2012 And it is. You know what you want (of course you don't, but let's ignore that fact for now), couldn't possibly convene why that is so, and you hand yourself over to advisors. Olivier Blanchard made me do it.

Remaking education in the image of our desires

George Siemens

In education, there are many points of innovation in response to global trends: open education resources, internationalization, joint partnerships with universities in developing economies, adoption of new technology, and new pedagogical models.

Is it time for a BYOL (Bring Your Own Learning) strategy in your organization? #BYOL

Jane Hart

Adopting a BYOL strategy will however require a different approach to learning and development. So they should not be forced to adopt this approach – only gently encouraged to see the value in it over time.

Enterprise Learners v Entrepreneurial Learners

Jane Hart

Hence “enterprise learners” simply follow the course that has been set for them. John Seely Brown, of course, articulates it much more elegantly than I could ever hope to do (so take a look at the transcript of his March presentation if you want to read more).

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Collaboration and community skills are the new workplace skills

Jane Hart

Of course, helping them how to use the technology could be partly approached in this way – but even that wasn’t quite the same. “One size doesn’t fit all “We couldn’t just deliver a simple technical training course and people would naturally adopt the technology all at the same rate.

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Don’t drink the informal learning snake oil

Jay Cross

A brief quiz tells you whether your organization needs to adopt formal or informal approaches. Yes, of course, but the informal learning is already going on; the challenge is to make it better.). The Tragedy of eLearning. We’ve seen this movie before.

Instructure: we know. we learn.

George Siemens

I’ve been using Instructure for several weeks for a course that I’m teaching with Tecnológico de Monterrey on networked and connected learning. It took me about two hours to setup and organize my first course in the platform.

Who should be your Chief Collaboration Officer?

Jane Hart

After deployment this person would focus on integration, training programs, adoption strategies and the like. This of course adds a new dimension to the role of CCO – how to foster that collaborative culture by encouraging and supporting collaborative and community skills.

Pulling informal learning

Harold Jarche

Knowledge has to be adapted before it can be adopted. Look at what Push can mean in the context of demand-side KM: How often are training courses aligned with the moment of need? How much time and affordance is there to put training courses into individual context?

Why Corporate Training is Broken And How to Fix It

Jay Cross

Traditional training departments cannot build courses fast enough to keep up with the speed of change. Standardized courses and workshops multiplied. Many of the corporations that adopted eLearning fell under the same mistaken spell that beguiled investors. Classes and courses.

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MOOCs for the win!

George Siemens

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are getting attention on various blogs and news sites. The Conversation so far… Clark Quinn kicked of the current conversation in MOOC Reflections where he explores the distinctions between the current generation of Coursera/Standford open online courses and the connectivist model that Stephen Downes, Dave Cormier, and I have offered. note the comments section where Seb Schmoller describes his experience in the Stanford AI open course).

A mans errors are the portals of discovery

Dave Snowden

I few days ago I expressed some concerns about adoption of language without really thinking about the implications, and picked up one "ouch" today as a result. More source material tomorrow and of course the title of this post (from Joyce) makes the important point.

Twitter Is Where Conversations Go To Die

Luis Suarez

Martin Varsavsky (@martinvars) August 18, 2012. . Because over the course of the last few months I have started to notice something that I never thought I would find possible, at least, not this soon.

Why Training Needs to go Agile (Part 1 – The Basics)


Much of what is currently rolled up monolithic, one-size-fits-all courses must give way to small but relevant content updated and delivered continuously to learners based on their individual profiles or needs.

Just What is a UX Manager?

Adaptive Path

That doesn't mean soft results like better user testing results, that means delivering the things businesses ultimately care about: adoption, growth, revenue, retention, and margins.

A new view on lurkers

Harold Jarche

” Perhaps the most interesting finding is that many early adopters, those who used to be active online, are dropping out and are classified as “passive” I’m not sure if they are actually dropping out or have just moved on to other media and communities.

Rose tinting

Dave Snowden

That new project management system (something I am working on to declare a commercial interest) can start to provide HR with better data on people and "competences" than their current systems so they choose to adopt it over time.

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Reflections from 2011 – A World Without Email – The Documentary

Luis Suarez

All in a single place so that you can take a look into how things developed further during the course of 2010. Over the course of the last few months we have witnessed how something is happening with email. It surely has been a blast and I am so looking forward to plenty more in 2012!

From Race Against the Machine to Race With the Machine

John Hagel

  Their more specific recommendations in this domain include adopting new technology more aggressively, paying teachers more, eliminating tenure and keeping students in class longer. It was achieved by adopting large-scale push programs.  Smaller, entrepreneurial organizations of course buck this trend, but what happens as soon as they start to scale?  The recent book, Race Against The Machine , has caught the imagination of a growing body of readers.

It takes time to be social

Harold Jarche

Or of course, it is also possible that while they are aware and have been trained, the value still isn’t there or isn’t high enough. If a collaboration platform requires that you go out of your normal workflow, then it will not be used by anyone except the curious and the early adopters.

Why Social Business Keeps Failing to Deliver

Luis Suarez

moniker, was killing the job market and current working conditions, because businesses were adopting this shift for the wrong reasons.

What’s working in social business

Harold Jarche

What’s working in social business in 2012? I watched as e-learning moved from hope for ubiquitous learning, to the overproduction of self-paced online courses, also known as “shovelware.” This is the question that CMSWire asked me to write about.

Why Innovation is Critical to Help Governments Adjust to the Realities of the 21st Century?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

With ageing populations to care for, many rich-world governments are on course for bankruptcy - unless they raise taxes to levels that would wreck their economies.”. By harnessing major technological shifts and adopting best business practices, we can not only make our government far more productive, but also foster greater innovation in areas ranging from healthcare to education and energy – innovation that will generate economic growth and job creation.”. “We

Personalization for Knowledge Workers


We’ve adopted a philosophy of hiring the talent where it is, promote hard work and high quality of life, and have cultivated a virtual culture of global collaboration and communication. The LMS-centric model of monolithic courses is out of step with the way professionals want to learn.

Getting to Social

Harold Jarche

Each time we adopt a new social medium we start at the bottom, or at the single node level. People need to change how they work and all the knowledge and courses won’t help. Tweet You are engaging with social media for marketing and customer support.

One Moment Meditation

Luis Suarez

Jacob Morgan (@jacobm) March 16, 2012. Along with Attention Management, of course, for that matter. I bumped into this video late last week on my of my Google Plus circles and, of course, I just couldn’t help watching it through to see what it would be all about.

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The Fallacy of Social Networking

Luis Suarez

You may have noticed how over the course of the last couple of weeks I haven’t been much active on the external social networking tools out there that I usually hang out at, such as Twitter, Google Plus or LinkedIn.

Snap Bird – Experimenting with Curation of Live Tweeting at Conference Events

Luis Suarez

Yes, I know what you are thinking by now… That can certainly get very tiring over the course of time, as you get to bump into the same content live tweeted over and over! Live Tweeting Highlights from #E20s Event, Paris, February 2012. .

Enterprise 2.0 – A Joyful Definition

Luis Suarez

In previous blog posts I mentioned how, over the course of time, I would be putting together a bunch of articles on some of the major highlights from the recent Enterprise 2.0

Working in the dark

Harold Jarche

But first I wanted to set up the discussion by arguing that GCPEDIA (the Government of Canada’s official internal wiki) has the potential to be the single most transformative technology adopted by the Government of Canada since the first computers were issued to civil servants twenty years ago.

Instructional Design Orthodoxy


As the web took root, and the learner population shifted from baby-boomer to GenX, the expectations about how to use technology were evolving based on the adoption of web-browsers. Over the years we’ve seen a lot of eLearning where one course looks just like the next with a skin, and non-scrolling, very busy screens that cram a lot of content into a page.

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Adopting The No Asshole Rule: Don't Bother If The Words Are.

Bob Sutton

Tina Seelig: What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World. A Cool Old Study » Adopting The No Asshole Rule: Dont Bother If The Words Are Hollow. " I am, of course, a big fan of this idea. Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Adopting The No Asshole Rule: Dont Bother If The Words Are Hollow : Comments. Posted by: Erich Lagasse | January 19, 2012 at 08:26 AM. Bob Sutton.

BlueIQ at IBM Finally Goes External!

Luis Suarez

One of the many things that you realise about, while you are on vacation, and something that over the course of the years you tend to come to terms with is the fact that, while you are away, life goes on , work goes on; with or without you. Rawn Shah (@rawn) January 12, 2012.

Pull Platforms for Performance

John Hagel

This core operating process focuses on the research and development required to generate innovative new products and services, getting new products and services quickly into market, accelerating adoption of these products and services and then striving to extend their lives in the market as long as possible.  Of course, it's hard to manage these levers, if they are not even measured.  We live in a world of mounting performance pressure.

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Content as a Service


Learners must go through a cumbersome process of logging in, registering for the course, launching the course, then navigating through it to find the bit they are interested in. The courses are monolithic; not designed for rapid access, and don’t work the way we’d hope on our beloved mobile devices. It takes months to create big monolithic eLearning courses that we lose control of once we ship to an LMS.

Modelling, not shaping

Harold Jarche

I have suggested that communities of practice are the bridge between work teams and open social networks , with narration of work an enabler of knowledge-sharing, and of course, modelling behaviour. Platforms that have too much control will not be adopted on a community level.