UX Week 2014 Workshops Preview

Adaptive Path

In short, we look for topics and activities that will arm experience designers with what they need to be better at what they do. NEW FOR UX WEEK 2014. Well, for 2014 we’re doing something about that very issue. The UX Week 2014 workshop selector will be available very soon!

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2014 CE training programme

Dave Snowden

As we make our way through week 3 here in 2014 we are working towards finalizing our complete CE training schedule for 2014. Zhen Gho will be leading a 2-day SenseMaker® Foundations course the Thursday and Friday ahead of our modular 4-day programme.

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Rethinking Design: Curriculum

Clark Quinn

The goal is to choose tasks, with the final task likely being chosen first and working backwards (as in Understanding By Design ) to determine what needs to be done. design

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2014 Education + Sydney ALERT

Dave Snowden

A core part of Cognitive Edge's mission/business is education and our courses have developed over the years in a messily coherent way. So for 2014 I will be present for some days on all the London courses which will be residential at the old Civil Service Training College near Heathrow.

Innovation in open online courses

George Siemens

In a few weeks, our edX course Data, Analytics, and Learning (#DALMOOC https://www.edx.org/course/utarlingtonx/utarlingtonx-link5-10x-data-analytics-2186 ) will start. We (Carolyn Rose, Dragan Gasevic, Ryan Baker, and I) have spent the last several months thinking through the course structure and format. This is a short overview of the innovations that we want to explore during the course. DALMOOC has been designed to model a distributed information structure.

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2014 Directions

Clark Quinn

The events already queued up include: ASTD’s TechKnowledge 2014 , January 22-24 in Las Vegas, where I’ll be talking on aligning L&D with organizational needs (hint hint). NexLearn’s Immersive Learning University conference, January 27-30 in Charleston, SC, where I’ll be talking about the design of immersive learning experiences. A second area I’m surprised we still have to worry about it good elearning design.

IBM at MX 2014: Design-centered at Scale

Adaptive Path

Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of amazing work done to manage and lead in organizations from a design perspective. One of the things that stood out most from many of them is how important commitment from overall leadership is to putting design and experience at the core of an organization’s activities. Design-led change is hard and it’s clear that lip service to design doesn’t really cut it. IBM is serious about design in a way I have seldom seen.

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Rethinking Design: Pedagogy

Clark Quinn

In thinking through how to design courses that lead to both engaging experiences and meaningful outcomes, I’ve been working on the component activities. design

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Learning Trends 2014


I also noticed that there is a lot of "buzz" around responsive design. Responsive design means a new way of thinking about your development process and new skills that are needed. Learning content development no longer means just linear desktop courses and/or classroom options.

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On the Road Fall 2014

Clark Quinn

I’ll be talking up the Revolution , of course. I’ll be running a Revolution workshop (I believe there are still a few spots), part of a mobile panel, and talking about how we are going about addressing the challenges of learning design at the Wadhwani Foundation. design meta-learning mobile strategy technology Fall always seems to be a busy time, and I reckon it’s worthwhile to let you know where I’ll be in case you might be there too!

Top posts on Working Smarter for April 2014

Jay Cross

APRIL 21, 2014. ‘I think the students in the Building Online Collaborative Environments Course has an almost impossible task. APRIL 24, 2014. APRIL 15, 2014. APRIL 2, 2014. DONALD CLARK PLAN B | FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014. STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR.

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Egoless design

Clark Quinn

A number of years ago I wrote a series on design heuristics that emerged by looking at our cognitive limitations and practices from other field. One of the practices I covered briefly in one of the posts was egoless design, and a recent conversation reminded me of it. The context for this is talking about how to improve our designs. This applies to instructional design as well. One of the things we could, and should do, is design reviews. design social strateg

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Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?


How PowerPoint Is Ruining Higher Ed, Explained in One PowerPoint [link] via @slate — Dawn Poulos (@dawnpoulos) March 7, 2014. So what does that mean for the poor instructional designer when over 70% of the learning they create delivers poor customer experiences?

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Building Resilience at MX 2014 with J. Galen Buckwalter

Adaptive Path

LKD : I am excited to have you on board with us for MX 2014. Overlay that with the need to get the crops planted and harvested, I think a common theme may become evident across the seemingly chaotic career course. I took a pre-med chemistry course. He told me I would have to work by myself were I to take his course because he was not going to allow me to impede a “normal” student’s process.

UX Week Keynote Speaker Amanda Dameron on Making Design More Human

Adaptive Path

If you’re a fan of Dwell magazine, you’re familiar with its unique take on modern architecture and design in the home. Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron is a passionate advocate for the philosophy of design exemplified by the homes, decor, and furnishings showcased in Dwell.

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Quinn-Thalheimer: Tools, ADDIE, and Limitations on Design

Clark Quinn

We decided to continue, and here’s the second in the series, this time trying to look at what might be hindering the opportunity for design to get better. We can add high-schoolers, Poughkeepsie State freshman, or the 2014 Red Sox and we’d create terrible results. Wouldn’t the Successive Approximation Method be a better formulation to guide design? They seem to push us to think wrongly about instructional design. design

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How to Design Experiences the Adaptive Path Way! (Or Not.)

Adaptive Path

It’s a conversation I’ve had many times with fellow designers over the years. In the course of a given year, an experience designer may have the opportunity to take on as many as half a dozen discrete projects—if they’re lucky.

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A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

Beth Kanter

Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community. The session was an introduction to design thinking methods and to generate ideas for instructional modules for networked leadership development.

Amsterdam Two-Day SenseMaker® Design: Only a week left to take advantage of Early Bird Discount!

Dave Snowden

There are still seats available at the Two Day SenseMaker® Design course in Amsterdam held over 16-17 September 2014. Enjoy EUR200 off the course fees if you sign up before 8 August 2014. Amsterdam, 16 and 17 September 2014.

Amsterdam Two-Day SenseMaker® Design: Only a week left to take advantage of Early Bird Discount!

Dave Snowden

There are still seats available at the Two Day SenseMaker® Design course in Amsterdam held over 16-17 September 2014. Enjoy EUR200 off the course fees if you sign up before 8 August 2014. Having learned from their failures and successes they have worked out a design approach that aims to build an effective sensemaking environment that engage stakeholders on all levels emphasising the different approach SenseMaker® takes.

Embedding Learning in Work: The Benefits and Challenges

Charles Jennings

The Challenges One of the major challenges is the fact that until recently L&D professionals have seen their primary role as instructional designers and creators of learning content and experiences where this content and these learning experiences are separate from work.

What I’ve learned in my first week of a dual-layer MOOC (DALMOOC)

George Siemens

This last week we launched our open course on Data, Analytics, and Learning on edX. The course is structured in a dual layer model, an approach that Matt Crosslin has nicely articulated. We have 20,000 registered students, with 32% having actually logged in and taken part in the course.

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The Learning Flow and the User Experience

Jane Hart

Beyond Free ? Open Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

They are however designed to be standalone talks as well so hopefully you will not be as unfulfilled after the talk as you might be afraid of being. She challenges the concept of the Massive Open Online Course by asking, "What is the problem that MOOCs appear to have solved?" 2014).

What will universities monetize in the future?

George Siemens

If I was tasked with designing a course from scratch, I would start by searching repositories, rather than creating any new content. Universities do more than teach. Research is one of the most important activities of higher education.

Small countries, big ideas

Dave Snowden

Anyone specifically interesting in helping design that let me know. Small Countries Founding Programme: Invitation to the Project Design Phase, 27-28 Oct.

Nothing Has Changed. Everything Has Changed.

Charles Jennings

The simple conclusion CEB draws from this study is that ‘ current course and speed won’t get us there’. This was little like the uptake of online courses and eLearning. However, we were still using the same mindset and thinking of solutions as being ‘courses and programmes’.

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Why Do We Need Data Science when We’ve Had Statistics for Centuries?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I still remember a meeting in 1965 with a very eminent physicist from whom I was taking a graduate course. Suitably designed machine learning algorithms help find such patterns for us.

What Does the Training Department Do When Training Doesn’t Work?

Charles Jennings

Of course efficiency is important in any training activity – both in financial terms and in terms of achieving results at the speed of business. But the need for skills in design and delivery of face-to-face training events is without a doubt on the decline.

It’s Only 65% !

Charles Jennings

Training describes a structured set of events that when designed and assembled carefully can provide an effective way to help people accelerate learning (learning = behaviour change). experiential development that is part of a structured course or programme).

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How B Corps Just Might Eliminate the Foolishness of Maximizing Shareholder Return

Dan Pontefract

” Over the course of an interview with the Financial Times in 2009, former General Electric CEO, Jack Welch even said , “On the face of it, shareholder value is the dumbest idea in the world.

Industrialisation of the craft

Dave Snowden

The normal approach to mastery is not a short training course, but rather an extended apprenticeship in which mistakes are made as you attempt to copy the master and the stories of those failure are shared with others. Design thinking goes through a similar process.

Clusters in the tail

Dave Snowden

I'll post more on that tomorrow but it's a big expansion of what we used to call a QQE matrix and a part of the new approach to scaling in systems that will be a big feature of the coming London course. Both of those are key aspects of SenseMaker® design.

Thinking simply, in context

Dave Snowden

One of the common social media comments post a Cognitive Edge course (especially when I run it) is that people'r brains hurt; it's normally a compliment. Interesting both seem designed to make respondents comfortable rather than to challenge their thinking.

UX Week Keynote Speaker Denise Jacobs on Making Creativity Happen

Adaptive Path

These skills are important for everyone, but especially for creative professionals such as designers and developers, for whom the creative challenges never really stop. But in the course of that I ended up stumbling into teaching soapmaking classes, of all things.

ASTD no more

Jay Cross

I have mixed feelings about this. Tony Bingham announces name change in Washington, May 6, 2014. Vendors of packaged training courses filled ASTD’s exhibit halls. Say training to managers and they think school, teachers, classrooms, and courses.

The Only Person Who Behaves Sensibly Is My Tailor

Charles Jennings

Attending a course or completing an eLearning module tells us little apart from the fact that some activity occurred. Of course they did – bucketsful of it. More regulatory and compliance training, of course!) These are figures from the 2014 ATD report.

Scaling: the perversion of order

Dave Snowden

Constraints may of course be boundaries, but the key question is their nature. Again this can me measured, managed and designed whole outcomes cannot. Product and design life cycles, cadences etc.

Micah Sifry: Why the Net’s effect on politics has disappointed us

David Weinberger

What we thought would happen, what has happened, and what we can do to shift the course. I think the answer is that the tools the Obama campaign used were not designed to make it easy for the base to organize itself.

Personal Learner Knowledge Graph

George Siemens

Content is the work of designers (how should we structure this), academics (what and how should I teach), administrators (how can we prove [to some random agency] that we taught students stuff that matters), and employers (this is the content I want potential employees to master).

Jeff Jarvis on journalism as a service

David Weinberger

Jeff then dissolves journalism into its component parts and asks us to imagine how they could be envisioned as sustainable services designed to help readers (or viewers) accomplish their goals.

Learning in 2024 #LRN2024

Clark Quinn

This plays out in so many ways: order-taking for courses, equating information with skills, being concerned with speed and quantity instead of quality of outcomes, not measuring the impact, the list goes on. The cognitive augmentation that digital technology provides, available whenever and wherever you are clearly has benefits, and it’s not courses! design meta-learning mobile strategy technology

A 21st Century Global Declaration of Independence

John Hagel

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for individuals to dissolve the institutional bands which have connected them with another , and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.