How to Learn Using Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Learning with technology is different from learning with textbooks or learning with classroom instruction. Learning with technology, by contrast, is outcome based. It is defined in terms of skills or competencies, as how to achieve a certain outcome using technology as a tool.

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Educational Research in Learning Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Kerr in this recent post , about how research in educational technology could be improved, but I have disagreements around the edges, enough that I think more discussion is warranted. Here are just a few: - access - it is demonstrably true that educational technology has increased access.

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How Will Covid-19 Transform Urban Life?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Covid-19 is like a biblical reminder that, - despite all the scientific, technological, and medical advances of the past century, - our increasingly crowded cities are once more at the mercy of a pandemic.

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Understanding the Learning Technology Ecosystem


What is a Learning Technology Ecosystem? As many companies move to remote working environments for the first time, the technology components of the learning ecosystem are becoming more important than ever before. The modern learning technology ecosystem is made up of six components:

Remote Work is Surprisingly Productive, But For Many… Something Is Missing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

asks science and technology journalist Clive Thompson in the title of his June 9 NY Times Magazine article. “The coronavirus crisis is forcing white-collar America to reconsider nearly every aspect of office life. What If Working From Home Goes on … Forever?

Experimenting with conference design

Clark Quinn

They’re also planing on having synchronous events – debates, panels, socializing – again using technology. design meta-learning social technologyAs part of coping in this time of upheaval, I’m trying different things.

Building a More Resilient, Data-Driven Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“With each major crisis, be it war, pandemic, or major new technology, there has been a need to reinvent the relationships between individuals, businesses, and government,” wrote MIT professor Alex “Sandy Pentland in the first chapter of Building the New Economy.

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Blockchain and Public Health Solutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) is a global think tank dedicated to the strategic implications of blockchain technologies to business, government and society.

Getting Through Highly Uncertain Times - Some Lessons Learned

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the 1980s, rapid advances in microprocessors and related technologies opened the door for less expensive, PC- and UNIX-based client-server solutions. Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

An Increasingly Digital “New Normal”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

About a dozen years ago, I attended a conference where I was interviewed on stage by then WSJ technology columnist Walter Mossberg. Adoption of new technologies and working models.

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The Urgent Need to Strengthen the Nation’s Resilience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Finally, we can expect that the pandemic will have a major impact on the future of work, as public and private sector institutions accelerate their embrace of technologies and automation.

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The State of AI Adoption - High Performers Show the Way

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Its 2017 survey of over 3,000 AI-aware executive found that outside the technology sector, AI adoption was at an early, often experimental stage. Only 20% of respondents used any AI-related technology in a core part to their business.

Honest Conversations - The Key to a Winning Transformational Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

First, “the whole system of organizing, managing, and leading has to be transformed if organizational behaviors and underlying mindsets are to be changed.” A transformational strategy that aims to take advantage of new technology and market innovations must involve the whole organization.

Conceptualizing AI in Human Terms is Misleading and Potentially Harmful

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The impulse to humanize algorithms is an obstacle to properly conceptualizing the ethical challenges posed by emerging technologies.”. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Post-Pandemic, Is the World Likely to Become Significantly Less Flat?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Many of the companies and technologies that were part of every day conversations in 2011, - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, smartphones, cloud computing, big data, broadband wireless Internet, - weren’t mentioned in his book because they had not yet been born or were still in their infancy.

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TELUS CEO Darren Entwistle Demonstrates How Companies Can Operate With Purpose

Dan Pontefract

TELUS is a Canadian technology company that provides a wide range of telecommunications products and services in addition to digital … Continue reading "TELUS CEO Darren Entwistle Demonstrates How Companies Can Operate With Purpose".

The Pace of Creative Destruction is Accelerating

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Shrinking company lifespans in the S&P 500 is a useful indicator of marketplace turbulence, driven to a large extent by technology disruptions and business model changes. Digital technology platforms are driving a massive shift in market value.

Big, thick and rich (the data)

Dave Snowden

Give me a bright mathematician, technology tools and lots of data and I create meaning without effort. Thick Data is the opposite of Big Data, which is quantitative data at a large scale that involves new technologies around capturing, storing, and analyzing.

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Why “The Techlash” Is a Threat to Growth and Progress

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few months ago, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) published A Policymaker’s Guide to the “Techlash” - What It Is and Why It’s a Threat to Growth and Progress. “Does information technology (IT) solve problems and make our lives easier, allowing us to do more with less?,”

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The 2019 Artificial Intelligence Index

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI has emerged as the defining technology of our era, as transformative over time as the steam engine, electricity, and the Internet.

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zoom is not the problem — meetings are

Harold Jarche

In the early days my favourite platform was Marratech , until they were bought by Google and some of the technology created Hangouts. Let’s just say that technology is not usually the issue in the workplace — it’s how the technology is used.

What History Tells Us About the Accelerating AI Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks before our lives were turned upside down by Covid-19, I read Technology at Work v4.0 , the fourth report in the Technology at Work Series developed by Citigroup in collaboration with Oxford University. And those skills must be regularly updated as technology progresses.

Coming From Every Here

Doc Searls

astronomy audio Broadcasting Digital Life infrastructure TechnologyTo answer the question Where are SiriusXM radio stations broadcasted from? , I replied, If you’re wondering where they transmit from, it’s a mix.

Even When Plans Are Useless, Planning Is Indispensable

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over time, it’s quite possible that companies in developed economies will attempt to set up new clusters of national and regional production, relying on technology and automation instead of labor cost arbitrage.

Dealing with a Highly Unpredictable Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the centuries, the nature of storytelling has significantly evolved with the advent of writing and the emergence of new technologies that enabled stories to be embodied in a variety of media, including books, films, and TV.

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So far, privacy isn’t a debate

Doc Searls

And, since we don’t have privacy tech yet, we lack the simple norms that grow around technologies that give us ways signal what’s okay and what’s not okay. adtech advertising Journalism Law marketing personal data problems publishing Technology VRM

The Long-Term Future of Work and Education: Three Potential Scenarios

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Every past technological transformation ultimately led to more jobs, higher living standards and economic growth. Supporters of this scenario expect that as in the past, new positions and professions will emerge and create new jobs to replace any eliminated by new technology.

Remote working expertise

Clark Quinn

And, when that intersects with technology, we can find ways to equal, or surpass, existing workplace practices. More and more, we’re working from home. This has important implications for organizations figuring out how to make that time productive.

Consulting in the Time of Corona (virus)

Dave Snowden

In the past 2 weeks, I have been called into a few urgent conference calls with partners and clients. As a response to the Corona virus, and it’s spread, many of them (and ourselves) included have had their projects impacted. .

Why Some AI Efforts Succeed While Many Fail

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A common mistake companies make is to assume that, since AI is so dependent on advanced research and technical innovations, their AI strategy should be considered primarily from a technology perspective.

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The Coming Era of Decision Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Goldfarb explained that the best way to assess the impact of a new radical technology is to look at how the technology reduces the cost of a widely used function. w hat should software engineers learn about ethical implications of their technologies?;

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a global human sensemaking platform

Harold Jarche

To prosper, firms need a reliable and skilled workforce, good infrastructure, an ecosystem of suppliers and collaborators, easy access to technology, and a sound regime of contracts and property rights. The thinking that got us into this mess will not get us out of it.

Extreme Times

Clark Quinn

Fast forward to 2020, and we’re in even more dire circumstances. And so, I thought it appropriate to revisit those lessons in this new era, and consider the technology/human intersection in these times. You’ve tried out some things, and so you’ve had some technology experience.

NOT Learning Engineering

Clark Quinn

It’s about the technology, infrastructure, culture, and more. I recently wrote about two different interpretations of the term ‘learning engineering’ So when I saw another article on the topic, I was keen to read it.

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Our Top Tips for Learning from Home


From time and task management apps like Airtable to video apps like Zoom , and collaborative content creation tools like Plexie, there are no shortage of ways technology can help you learn from home more effectively." . – Learning from Home' Tips from Our Experts.

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Two learning engineerings?

Clark Quinn

Here, we’re recognizing that new technologies, particularly when we get to content systems, require a considerable amount of engineering to put them together.

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The Current State of Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A s the rate and pace of technological advances accelerated, - most prominently in the IT industry, - the closed innovation model started to fall apart. Making business models more adaptive allows companies to obtain more value from their technology innovations.

Wanna talk meaning, learning science, and more…?

Clark Quinn

There are panels on, for instance, on diversity & inclusion, state of learning, learning technology, women in learning, as just a few. The L&D conference , starting today, has a wide variety of things going on. I’m actually impressed, because in addition to the asynchronous and synchronous sessions I knew about, there are a number of other things going on. Including things I’m in. So, do you wanna talk meaning, learning science, and more…?

Can Democracy and Free Markets Survive in the Coming Age of AI?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Can technology plan economies and destroy democracy? And if technology can outperform the invisible hand in the economy, might it be able to do the same at the ballot box when it comes to politics?” .

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Responses to Pew on the Future and Ethics in AI

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

With common communications protocols, technological *solutions* to pressing issues will begin to emerge. What worries you about the role of technology and technology companies in individuals’ lives in 2025?

Taking courses online

Clark Quinn

My background is deeply steeped in applying learning science to technology-mediated experiences. I not only taught, but was asked to lead my university’s learning technology committee. So I was talking to my brother the other day.

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entangled thinking

Harold Jarche

“As we are becoming more entangled with our technologies, we are also becoming more entangled with each other. If this pandemic is teaching us anything, it’s that experts disagree, nobody has all the answers, and we are mostly making things up as we go.

How to be a world-class educational technologist

Clark Quinn

Have a good understanding of learning science, a fundamental grasp of technology, a mind for both design and process, and then put it to work doing real projects! design technology

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