The game of course

Jay Cross

The largest obstacle holding L&D professionals back from taking advantage of network technologies, distributed networks, social connections, peer interaction, and informal learning may be their bedrock belief that learning = courses. What’s a course? Design Meta-Learning

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2012?s Top articles on Working Smarter

Jay Cross

Working Smarter Daily points to ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 JULY 16, 2012. JULY 25, 2012. OCTOBER 1, 2012.

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udemy Course with Marissa Mayer

Jay Cross

CEO Marissa Mayer, win $1,000 for your best design, and learn how a student just like you is succeeding with what she learned on Udemy. Marissa’s free Udemy course will teach you how to build a culture of innovation at your company. Take This FREE Course.

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The 'Course' in MOOC

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Given the opportunity, these learners have a burning desire to 'complete' the course. Well-designed and smartly-delivered" MOOCs with a valid, transferable certificate of completion (learning experience) may be 1 viable solution. In this sense, the concept of course completion doesn't really make sense - what is it to 'complete' joining a community? Here's why the C in MOOC continues to stand for 'Course'. Today, of course, they're not necessarily lectures any more.

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Designing Backward and Forward

Clark Quinn

So I began thinking about performance experience design as a way to keep us focused on designing solutions to performance needs in the organization. From there, we can design forward to create those resources, or make them accessible (e.g. design meta-learning

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Most popular posts about Working Smarter for July 2012

Jay Cross

July, 2012. JULY 25, 2012. We can officially declare massive open online courses (MOOCs) as the higher education buzzword for 2012. JULY 8, 2012. JULY 16, 2012. JULY 5, 2012. JANE HART | MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012. GEORGE SIEMENS.

Pick of the Month: November 2012

Jane Hart

1 - Visualize real learning – Mark Britz, 5 November 2012. How do they affect our approaches to teaching, learning, and designing instruction or learning experiences? ” 3 - What does L&D need to do to survive in the 21st century – Helen Blundon, 16 November 2012.

50 best articles on Working Smarter for the first half of 2012

Jay Cross

If you haven’t had time to keep up with what’s going on in learning, design, social business, and intellectual capital this year, here’s a reprieve: the top 50 articles from the last six months. January 1 – June 30, 2012. MAY 23, 2012. APRIL 19, 2012.

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Creating the Connectivist Course

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So the form was not something we designed and implemented, at least, not explicitly so. One was the beginning of open online courses. We had both seen them in operation in the past, and had most recently been influenced by Alec Couros’s online graduate course and David Wiley’s wiki-based course. What made these courses important was that they invoked the idea of including outsiders into university courses in some way.

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Musing on Google’s Power Searching Course and marketing

Jay Cross

Today I completed Google’s Power Searching Course. After the course, I treat search more as an iterative process. I spent three or four hours taking the course. Course design. ” I complete the course with even more respect for Google.

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Instructional Design Orthodoxy


I will be dating myself here, but so much of the orthodoxy in the instructional design process was forged back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the only Computer-Based Training (CBT) tools were Toolbook for the PC, and Hypercard for the Mac. The idea that you might allow scrolling was to many an Instruction Designer taboo. In my blog posts, I’ve been challenging instructional designers to embrace cultural shifts, and evolving technologies rather than brace against them.

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Education and, of course, the Net

Harold Jarche

Roger Schank: the on line education revolution: its all about the design. Not on ages’ old traditions of learning, but on a system of reducing human qualities to measurable, standardized productivity designed for the assembly line.

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UX Intensive All New for 2012

Adaptive Path

Designed as a skills builder for practitioners, UX Intensive delivers the best tools and learnings from our practice in a workshop setting. We have been working on a completely revamped UX Intensive course over the last few months.

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An integrating design?

Clark Quinn

In a panel at #mlearncon, we were asked how instructional designers could accommodate mobile. I’ve advocated that we consider learning experience design, but increasingly I think we need performance experience design, where we look at the overall performance, and figure out what needs to be in the head, what needs to be in the world, and design them concurrently. ADDIE designs courses. design mobile strategy

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Culture and Design: Collective Versus Individual Progress

Adaptive Path

This collection of observations has made me realize just how deeply culture and cultural differences impact the practice of design. Why is it important for design? This approach is often characterized by interrelated products and services designed to benefit the community as a whole.

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.). We build formal classroom courses and eLearning programmes that consist of pre-tests and post-tests.

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When the Learner is the Teacher, Do We Need Instructional Designers?


It’s a new world out there for the Instructional Designer. When designing for mLearning, we need to put ourselves in the shoes of the user who is walking around with a very powerful tablet and/or smart phone. In light of this, a waterfall ADDIE process that cranks out a monolithic elearning courses doesn’t work anymore. The days of all knowing instructional designer that drives a process of extracting and interpreting information from the SME seems way too mediated.

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X-based learning: sorting out pedagogies and design

Clark Quinn

Learners are engaged in working on real things, and the contextualization facilitates transfer to the extent that you’ve designed the activity to require the types of performance they’ll need in the world. There are arguments for both, of course; for me, problems are easier to specify, it takes a special teacher to help shape a project and wrap the learning goals around it. Getting there requires a different type of learning design that one focused on standards.

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Learning Design isn’t for the wimpy

Clark Quinn

We’ve been given some content, and it’s not just about being good little IDs and taking what they give us and designing instruction from it. We could do it, but it would be a disaster (in this case, that’s what we’re working from, a too-rote too-knowledge-dump course. If you’re not willing to do this, you’re not cut out to be a learning designer. design

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Final Exam: Design the Ideal Organization. Use Course Concepts to Defend Your Answer

Bob Sutton

  I put in on the course outline so they can see it the first day of class.    I believe it was largely because my two course assistants, Belinda Chiang and Isaac Waisberg , did such a great job of giving students feedback during the five writing assignments that led up to the final.    It was touching and made lovely use of course concepts -- incentives, influence, and group norms, for example.

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.

Designing Civic Engagement for the 21st Century

Adaptive Path

We need to recognize these behaviors and design appropriate channels to engage with communities and governments for the smartphone age. Inspired by the great work that the folks at Code for America are doing, PJ and I came up with the idea of creating a university program that would get students to work together across academic disciplines (computer science, design, and liberal arts) to create software products that address real civic and social issues.

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The imperative of designing and building agility in customer service

Ross Dawson

It is somewhat frightening that still in 2012 companies are getting the fundamentals of effective customer service in place. It is of course not nearly as easy as we would like to imagine to get even the basics right, yet the bar continues to rise. The challenge – and priority – is to design an organization that is agile, responsive, and truly excellent in customer service.

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Designing Civic Engagement for the 21st Century

Adaptive Path

We need to recognize these behaviors and design appropriate channels to engage with communities and governments for the smartphone age. Inspired by the great work that the folks at Code for America are doing, PJ and I came up with the idea of creating a university program that would get students to work together across academic disciplines (computer science, design, and liberal arts) to create software products that address real civic and social issues.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 1

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

For example, instead of creating a course simply by filling in boxes in predefined forms, I can think about the structure and format ahead of time and design it exactly how I want. From the University of Sussex - yes I know it's from 2012 but we can manage with that.

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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) CCK08 was a fully online course. On to the open online course.

February’s Top 50 Posts on Working Smarter

Jay Cross

February 1-29, 2012. Working smarter draws upon ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 Social Learning: what actually is it? - Jane Hart , February 1, 2012. Design Interrupted: Design-time Versus Meeting-time - Adaptive Path , February 23, 2012. Layers of learning - Clark Quinn , February 1, 2012.

The edX, Udacity and Coursera Showdown

Dan Pontefract

February 20 – First official Udacity courses launch - CS 101: Building a Search Engine and CS 373: Programming a Robotic Car. March 5 – MITx launches first course 6.002x (Circuits and Electronics). April 23 – First official Coursera courses launch .

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How to make a New Year's non-resolution | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Design (52). Design (52). January 2nd, 2012. And as I contemplated my resolutions for 2012, I reached out to Kelly McGonigal for some guidance. Jeffrey Cufaude on January 2, 2012. Matteo Becchi on January 2, 2012. Andrea Shepperson on January 2, 2012.

Exploring passion – what kind of passion do you have?

John Hagel

  Another example of fans becoming players can be seen in some products like Lego building blocks where certain people become so passionate about the product that they actively engage with companies on the design of next generation products. I've become passionate about passion. 

The enormous opportunity for writers and readers in an ebook world

Ross Dawson

Of course quantity does not equate to quality, with much self-published writing hardly inspiring. Filtering is of course required, but these days the best (or at least most popular) writing is easily found. design Social trends Technology trends Uncategorized

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David Weinberger

And at the other end of the scale, the range of apps — each beautifully designed, of course — was fantastic. Because the cards were bitmapped, they tended to highlight their uniqueness, like the pages of a highly designed magazine, or etchings in a gallery.

How Effective are Video-Based Training Courses?


3 Benefits of Video-Based Training Courses. Video-based training courses pack an impressive punch in the area of benefits. For example, a video-based training course is…. Self-paced – A learner can choose his or her own rate at which to advance in the course.

International MOOCs Past and Present

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Starting this week, you can begin taking two of their courses ( Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport & Services Marketing – The Next Level ). By next March, the Perth-based university plans to offer two courses (one in sociology, the other in oceanography) using an adapted version of Stanford’s open source platform, Class2Go. It’s billed as “the first open online Spanish course for everyone.” 2012) [link] [link] Distance Education in Portugal and Brazil.

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Personalization for Knowledge Workers


When content is broken into discrete learning objects – rather than buried in large courses – I believe users will willingly access specific lessons, assessments, topics, procedures, and videos – as they are needed.

7 principles of intervention in complex systems

Dave Snowden

Some time ago I decided that we needed to have a more rigid process that would force people to take the various aspects of a safe-to-fail experiment into account in design, so we created a form. I may buy this T-Shirt as its a great slogan.

The ‘Occupy IT’ Movement of Organizations

Dan Pontefract

Be it the infrastructure, technology roadmap, innovation, ERP, human capital systems … and of course devices, PC’s and laptops, IT was the gatekeeper of technologies and the organization was the recipient.

eLearning Conferences 2013

Tony Karrer

Past years eLearning Conferences 2012 , eLearning Conferences 2011 , eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. link] December 1-5, 2012 Learning Forward Conference, (Learning Forward is the new name for the National Staff Development Council, NSDC), Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

The Agile Learning Train is Leaving the Station | Unmanagement


Posted on January 18, 2012 by jaycross. 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. 2012 is the year of Social Business.

Flipping Corporate Learning

Jay Cross

Recently, Stanford professors offered a couple of courses in this fashion and were surprised when a third of a million people enrolled. And of course, video delivered online scales without an increase in cost. Vendors put deadly-dull page-turner courses online and called it eLearning.

STEM Literacy is for Everyone

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Among LINC’s key projects is Blossoms - Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies , which is developing a large free repository of video modules created by gifted volunteers from around the world to assist school teachers with math and science courses. They are not even taking STEM courses in school, - be it high school, post-secondary education or college. MIT professor Richard Larson recently wrote an excellent opinion column - STEM is for Everyone.

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Pulling informal learning

Harold Jarche

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? How personal are courses and classes?

Reconciling Formal and Informal

Clark Quinn

Performers know when they’re on deck for a course. They’re even willing to take courses when they know there’s a significant skill shift they need, or when they’re novices in a new area. They’re answers, not courses. design social