Analysis and Support of MOOCs
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
NOVEMBER 5, 2015
With respect to the analysis of the networked interactions, it's not clear to me that we should even be doing this, at least, not in the sense suggested by the question. What you'll find in connectivism, but not in Wellman: - 'to know' is to be organized in a certain way, as in a set of connections (such that 'to know x' is to recognize x) - 'to learn' is to to grow, adapt and change that organizations, ie.,
MARCH 29, 2017
I was listening to a tale recounting a time when an organization was going through a change, and had solicited help. The short story is that the initial approach being taken weren’t leveraging technology effectively. So the story was of a critical organizational change. The process resulted in a fine-grained analysis of the plan, with some elements continuing to be executed by the initial partner, others taken on internally, and others discarded.
The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016
AUGUST 16, 2016
For the past several years, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has published an annual list of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies that would likely have the greatest impact on the world in the years to come. The technologies on the list are not new.
Leadership in a Changing World
FEBRUARY 2, 2016
What are the critical competencies needed to lead in our fast-changing business environment? The key challenge confronting CEOs, - and senior executives in general, - is the relentless pace of change. But, w hile speed is the major dimension of change, it’s not the only one.
The Dark Side of Technology
DECEMBER 4, 2013
Every talk or article coming out of Silicon Valley follows the prescribed template: start with a dazzling description of awesome new digital technologies and then proceed to explore all the wonderful benefits and opportunities that these technologies will bring to us. I want to explore the dark side of these technologies. It wouldn’t be so bad if the pace of change was accelerating along some completely predictable path.
How technology is transforming events
NOVEMBER 29, 2011
One of my speaking bureau just asked me to provide them with a few quick ideas on how technology is changing events, as one of their key clients is having an internal meeting to discuss their future use of technology in events. Sophisticated participant technologies such as SpotMe with features such as people radar, meeting recommendations, consensus maps etc. Twitter network analysis of events – what’s possible?
If you want to foster change, stay out of training
JULY 16, 2014
Upon asking for the military documentation on training analysis I found that there was still nothing that addressed simulation. Nothing had changed. The key lesson in my mind, is that good training analysis and design, in the larger scheme of things, does not matter.
Changing the mechanistic mindset
FEBRUARY 28, 2011
Without fail, in the past five years every new client I have been engaged by has specified one of two things they really wanted to see change in their organizations culture. Work is changing as we get more connected. Visualization is a powerful change agent.
The role of the L&D function IS changing.
JANUARY 25, 2013
A recent press release about Bersin by Deloitte’s new industry study, The Corporate LearningFactbook® 2013: Benchmarks, Trends, and Analysis of the U.S. This trend is one sign of the changing role of the L&D function, which no longer is “the place” for learning.
Changing thinking, changing systems
DECEMBER 23, 2011
“The challenge of the coming century is to change the value system of society. 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 patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, complexity theory, and more.
Better Education Through Technology
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
JANUARY 10, 2011
me) on seeing a sight like this is to suggest that everybody would be better off with a little more investment in technology. But they could instead higher fewer people, pay them more, and use technology to make up the difference. But third, and perhaps most critically, you don't actually get any improvements in output using the technological solution. It is in this context we need to read an article like Kentaro Toyama's Can Technology End Poverty?
Using network perspectives to visualize changing culture and meaning
MARCH 11, 2012
I’m a big fan of Tim Stock ‘s work, which weaves together a deep network perspective with a rich view of how culture is changing informed by semiotic analysis. I earlier shared one of his presentations in a post on how the culture of luxury is changing.
Embracing Disruptive Change - Why Is it So Difficult?
MAY 19, 2015
One of the topics discussed was how companies generally deal with major technology and market changes, - like those that have been taking place all around us for the past few decades. Transformative change comes naturally to young companies, as it generally does to young people.
Education Technology Strategies - Day Two
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 4, 2015
So the Achieving Excellents has four major objectives: - achieving excellence - ensuring equity - promoting well-being - competence We''ve also been partnering with the Council of Directors of Educations (CODE - ''superintendants'') - this boosts what we know about technology and enabling innovations. We also find these technologies are giving students with special needs a new voice, and to connect with their teachers and classmates. So, we see this huge growth in technology.
Technology and the Future of Media
AUGUST 18, 2015
Most everyone will agree that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically transforming the business landscape. Digital technologies are not only giving rise to more distributed and inclusive models, but are also enabling alternative unilateral-like models.
People, Organization, Technology?
MARCH 5, 2013
Headed for my personal trash bin: ‘People, Process, Technology.’ For the rest, technology should enable serendipity rather than predictive process. It may be People, Organization, Technology; although we should not be in a rush to replace a failed triplet with another.
Foradian Technologies Interview
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
I specialized on online learning, media and collaborative technologies. Since 2001 at NRC I have worked on learning object standards and repositories, content recommender systems, collaborative content authoring technology, and massive open online courses (MOOCs). This requires an advanced communications infrastructure, in order to facilitate access to professors and resources, but also a change in teaching philosophy. How technology help in improving the teaching practices?
The Mobilisation Journal: A Way To Spread Learning About Social Change Movements Innovative Use of Technology
APRIL 10, 2014
” What happens in the lab is that they test campaign ideas that make use of new technologies such as mobile phones, tablets, social media, email, and others, network approaches, and others. But, more importantly, the lab documents and shares what has been learned with Greenpeace’s affiliates and leaders around the world. Innovation Incubation :: piloting new ways of working, from practices to technologies.
Wow, Did I Ever Fail On This One. But I Learned A Lot, Too.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
One consisted of a six-month, full-time technology support curriculum targeted at people interested in call center careers or tech support. It’s this latter program, called ITP (information technology professional), where my story of failure and lessons learned begins.
How Nonprofits Can Use Measurement To Adapt to the Facebook Algorithm Change
OCTOBER 16, 2012
How Nonprofits Can Use Measurement to Adapt to the Facebook Algorithm Change – guest post by Meghan Keaney Anderson, Hubspot. In late September news trickled out about a change in Facebook’s Edgerank algorithm that was causing big drops in reach for many branded pages.
Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
OCTOBER 15, 2013
A New Strategy for Higher Education and Training Shirley Alexander Some intro stuff about the buildings being built for the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Technology''s role. turns a perfect event into time- and space- independent mode - make optimal use of current technology for recording, storage, distribution, etc - provide added value: replay, searching, browsing, etc.
The Changing Nature of Globalization in Our Hyperconnected, Knowledge-Intensive Economy
JUNE 18, 2014
Friedman’s bestseller did much to explain to a wide audience the impact of the Internet and related technologies on the connected, global economy that was rising all around us. . What is the impact of technology advances and rising economic prosperity on the global economy?
Attention Nonprofit #DataNerds: A Few Recent Research Studies on Data, Technology, Funding, and Trends
NOVEMBER 15, 2013
In the last few weeks, there have been a few good research studies and web sites relaunched that cover technology, data, funding, and trends. Here’s a roundup. Collaborative Technologies: Helping Funders Work Together Better. Technology for Good Report.
International Organizations and Social Media: News, Engagement, and Social Data for Policy Change
JANUARY 14, 2014
This increased ubiquity may result in some changes to the specific demographic bases of individual platforms, but even if people’s habits are changing, it appears that people are moving from one social platform to another, rather than deserting social media in its entirety.
Blockchain Can Reshape Financial Services… But it Will Take Significant Time and Investment
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
Not only are there major technology and standards issues to be worked out, but the industry will have to collaborate with governments around the world to develop the appropriate legal frameworks and regulatory environments.
The Long Term Impact of AI on Jobs - Some Lessons from History
JULY 26, 2016
People have long worried about the impact of technology on society, be it railroads, electricity, and cars in the Industrial Age, or the Internet , mobile devices and smart connected products now permeating just about all aspect of our lives.
Business or Pleasure? - why not both: It's a mobile revolution.
JANUARY 28, 2011
But its the mobile phone that turns every protester out there into a fully functional HQ Update Januray 29th 13:42 PM: I changed the last lines, which were distracting from the point Im trying to make here. a simple SWOT analysis Enterprise 2.0: Business or Pleasure? -
Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology
JANUARY 26, 2016
The carnage might be more pronounced in the fast-changing IT industry, but no industry is immune. What makes such systems complex is not their basic functionality but their adaptability , that is , the various mechanisms that help the system evolve and survive in a changing environment.
Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities
DECEMBER 19, 2016
Big data ,- including analytics , data science , artificial intelligence and related information-based technologies - are now everywhere. “Is In 2000, only one-quarter of the world’s stored information was digital and thus subject to search and analysis.
A Billion + Change = Shared Value for Corporations and Nonprofits
NOVEMBER 4, 2011
I had the privilege of attending an event for A Billion + Change , a national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars in skills-based and pro bono volunteer services to help build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to effectively meet community needs. Flickr Photo by kayaker1204.
The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning
JANUARY 31, 2017
In 1969, the US Department of Justice launched an antitrust suit against IBM based on its market dominance, which was eventually dropped in 1982 given the changing environment in the IT industry.
Automation and Employment in the 21st Century
MARCH 7, 2017
Ever since the advent of industrialization over 200 years ago, there’ve been periodic fears about the impact of technology-based automation on jobs. But each time those fears arose in the past, technology advances ended up creating more jobs than they destroyed.
Skills and Jobs in the Digital Economy
JANUARY 27, 2015
Technological revolutions are highly disruptive to economies and societies. The digital revolution has yet to fulfil its promise of higher productivity and better jobs,” said The Economist in a special report on Technology and the World Economy in its October 4th issue. “The
The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization
DECEMBER 15, 2015
It requires detailed analysis of technologies, quality, processes, competitors, customer satisfaction and market segments. It cannot be based on rigorous information analysis, because with new strategies, there is little information to analyze in their early stages.
Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems
DECEMBER 29, 2015
Amazon, for example, sponsored a project on how to raise the share of wallet of Amazon Prime customers, based on the analysis of over 200 million anonymized data points.
Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry
MARCH 22, 2016
How can we best anticipate the future of a complex, fast changing industry like IT? Which hot technology innovations, - e.g., artificial intelligence, the blockchain, cloud computing, - will end up having a big impact and which are destined to fizzle?
The Economic Potential of The Internet of Things
JULY 14, 2015
Like many technological advances, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been long in coming. The report analyzes the long term economic potential of IoT, and uses this analysis to estimate the economic value of several IoT-based solutions by 2025.
The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity
MAY 23, 2016
The Commission is composed of twelve individuals from the world of business, technology and academia. Not surprisingly, change comes slowly to such a complex ecosystem. The Internet changed all that. Something similar is beginning to happen with blockchain technologies.
“Flexible Security”: A Sensible Social Policy for our Digital Age
JULY 7, 2015
A few years ago I participated in an MIT roundtable that explored where future jobs will likely come from, given our increasingly powerful, inexpensive and smart technologies.
Why Do We Need Data Science when We’ve Had Statistics for Centuries?
APRIL 30, 2014
But, the situation is rapidly changing, as universities around the world have started to offer different kinds of graduate programs in data science. Change does not come easy, even for brilliant physicists.