Reflecting on Learning Analytics and SoLAR

George Siemens

The Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference (LAK16) is happening this week in Edinburgh. I have great hope for the learning analytics field as one that will provide significant research for learning and help us move past naive quantitative and qualitative assessments of research and knowledge. Would you be interested in participating in a discussion on educational analytics (process, methods, technologies)? Not everyone was a fan of the idea of learning analytics.

The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A recent article by NY Times reporter Steve Lohr discussed the rising importance of data as a major competitive differentiator. Business analytics predates the big data era. Beyond business analytics, new data science methods could now be used to extract actionable knowledge from all that data, that is, knowledge to help make better decisions and predictions.

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Why you need to take a Google Analytics approach to measuring learning

Xyleme

You can''t report anything. If L&D took a Google Analytics approach to learning, they could. I''ve pulled together some of the most important Web analytics metrics that we regularly review and report to the business here at Xyleme, along with the reasons why they matter. Typical Google Analytics Metrics Visitors: How many unique learners visited the learning content , and how many pages, topics, videos, content nuggets, courses etc.

Productivity tools for the networked workplace

Harold Jarche

These tools are ubiquitous in business and government, so I have agreed to write a few articles on how they can be used to improve work productivity. A Forrester research report - The Total Economic Impact Of Microsoft Office 365 Midsize Customers – describes these collaboration needs of mid-size companies: “Everyone being able to work in a collaborative environment is essential. IT has to make us more productive, smarter.”.

Solow Paradox 2.0: The Lagging Impact of Technology Advances on Productivity Growth

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Our aging economies are thus dependent on productivity gains to drive long-term economic growth , future prosperity and higher standards of living. Which is why few topics have generated as much concern among economists and policy makers as the sharp decline in productivity growth in the US and other advanced economies over the past decade, - despite accelerating technology advances. Their average productivity growth in the 5 years between 2000 and 2004 was 2.4%.

Become a More Productive, Empathetic, Creative Person With the Help of AI-Based Tools

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite dramatic advances in technology, most of the world’s economies have been stuck in a long period of slow growth and slow productivity. In a recent article in the MIT Sloan Management Review , MIT Research Fellow Michael Schrage proposed a provocative and counterintuitive approach for enhancing innovation and productivity through man-machine collaborations. We’ve long been leveraging technology to help increase productivity.

Digital Analytics Basics: Free Online Academy from Google

Beth Kanter

For many nonprofits, Google Analytics is the tool of choice for measuring traffic, reach, engagement, and action primarily because it is free. While it is somewhat easy to use, some of the more valuable features may require a little tutoring to understand and use. But applying it on your own – unless you are an analytics genius – can be difficult. The instructor is Google Analytics Evangelist Andrew Cutroni.

Leveraging Commercial Best Practices to Maximize Government Productivity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On October 6, the Technology CEO Council released its report One Trillion Reasons: How Commercial Best Practices to Maximize Productivity Can Save Taxpayer Money and Enhance Government Services. The report identifes a set of recommendations aimed at reducing US government spending by one trillion dollars over the next decade. But for both public and private, the more productive and efficient the operations, the more can be delivered at the lowest cost.

Announcing Bravais 1.2!

Xyleme

provides the ability to track and report on all the content published to and from the Bravais TM cloud platform, no matter the device from which the content is being accessed. Users that have both Xyleme LCMS and Bravais have a huge advantage- consolidated analytics. Furthermore, because Xyleme follows an Agile Development process, analytics will soon be enhanced with new features such as social comments and ratings on a continuous basis. Bravais Content Report.

The State of AI Adoption - High Performers Show the Way

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A common theme throughout the report was that the same players who were leaders in the earlier waves of digitization and analytics were the early leaders in the AI wave. Overall, 63% report revenue increases in the business unit where the AI use case is deployed.

The Current State of AI Adoption

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most of these companies saw measurable benefits from their AI deployment, with 63% reporting year-over-year (YOY) revenue increase, while 44% reported YOY cost savings. For the past few years, McKinsey has been conducting a yearly online survey to help assess the state of AI adoption.

AI Is Mostly About Business Value, Not Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few months ago, Babson College professor Tom Davenport convened a virtual meeting of chief data and analytic officers (CDAO) from a variety of industries to discuss how to best achieve a return on investments (ROI) in AI. “We

New York City Halts Teacher Bonus Program: Another Blow to.

Bob Sutton

Management maxims in need of a makeover - US News and World Report. James Adams: Good Products, Bad Products: Essential Elements to Achieving Superior Quality. Davenport: Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning. The New York Time s reports that the school system has abandoned their teacher bonus system because it is ineffective. Marsh, the report’s lead researcher and a visiting professor at the University of Southern California. “A Bob Sutton.

Training Industry Names Xyleme as a Top Learning Portal/LMS Companies 2018 Company to Watch

Xyleme

In the last year, Xyleme introduced a new Learner-Portal as a part of their Content Distribution Service (CDS) product. This allows LMS users to access CDS content using their normal LMS, and get the benefits, including analytics, that CDS provides. Xyleme continues to push the envelope of analytics by releasing an ultra-scalable learning analytics engine which includes a Learning Record Store (LRS) and utilizes xAPI.

Google: "A place where it simply isn't efficient to act like an asshole.

Bob Sutton

Management maxims in need of a makeover - US News and World Report. James Adams: Good Products, Bad Products: Essential Elements to Achieving Superior Quality. Davenport: Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning. I just got off the phone with a reporter who was asking about Google, which topped Fortune's best place to work list for the third time.  Stanford Reports: The Acceptance Speech. Bob Sutton.

IBM’s Social Business Jam – The Fun Part Starts Now!

Luis Suarez

Thus, while we await for that final report of the Jam event, while we get to navigate through the hundreds of posts and ideas, I thought I would drop by over here and share this particular blog entry with you folks to try to answer a good number of different comments and questions I received over the course of the event from folks who didn’t know enough about how Jams work and who wanted to know plenty more with queries like “How come IBM Jams are not very social online events?&#

Evidence that "Retail Therapy" is Effective - Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton

Management maxims in need of a makeover - US News and World Report. James Adams: Good Products, Bad Products: Essential Elements to Achieving Superior Quality. Davenport: Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning.   BPS Research reports a recent article containing a series of small studies that shows "retail therapy" does work -- at least in a sample of young American consumers.  Stanford Reports: The Acceptance Speech.

The Current State of Cloud Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few months later, The Economist published a special report on cloud computing with several articles on the subject. Rigid and brittle infrastructures choke on the data required for sophisticated analytics.”.

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Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago, McKinsey published The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world , a comprehensive report on the state of big data, and in particular, on the challenges and opportunities a company faces as it strives to become a data-driven business. Big data ,- including analytics , data science , artificial intelligence and related information-based technologies - are now everywhere. “Is Let me briefly summarize the report’s key findings.

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Free Sales Tools Reps Can’t Live Without

Xyleme

Since many sales brands are pivoting to product-led growth, spurred on by a culture of try-before-you-buy, sales reps have a plethora of free sales prospecting tools to choose from. It’s important to note that there are no one-size-fits-all sales productivity tools.

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The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Industrial revolutions are momentous events,” said A Strategist Guide to Industry 4.0 , - a 2016 article in strategy+business. “By most reckonings, there have been only three.” The First Industrial Revolution , - starting in the last third of the 18th century, - introduced new tools and manufacturing processes based on steam and water power, ushering the transition from hand-made goods to mechanized, machine-based production.

Competing Against “Digital Invaders”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

After analyzing the survey data, - including the use of Watson Analytics to extract inferences from open-ended responses, - IBM published its findings in Redefining Boundaries: Insights from the Global C-suite Study. The report organized its findings and recommendations into three main areas: Preparing for digital invaders; Creating a panoramic perspective; and Be first, be best or be nowhere.

Reflections on the Later Stages of Our Careers

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few parameters account for most individual differences: the age at which the career starts, the career’s initial creative potential, the rates at which new ideas are generated, and the rate at which the ideas become finished results as publications or products.

Artificial Intelligence is Ready for Business; Are Businesses Ready for AI?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

asks McKinsey in a recently published report - Artificial Intelligence: the Next Digital Frontier. “AI adoption outside of the tech sector is at an early, often experimental stage,” is the report’s succinct answer. “Few firms have deployed it at scale.”. The report is based on a survey of over 3,000 AI-aware C-level executives across 10 countries and 14 sectors. Higher productivity, lower costs and minimized maintenance and repairs.

Organizing Big Data Initiatives: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

my fellow guest columnist Tom Davenport reflected on whether institutions should appoint a dedicated executive to oversee their company-wide big data and analytics initiatives, and if so, which C-level senior executives should such a position report to. About 80 percent of the participating companies said that they were already using big data and analytics to a greater or lesser extent. There is, in many companies, a leadership vacuum for Big Data and analytics.”.

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CNN Interviews: Good Boss, Bad Boss on TV - Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton

Management maxims in need of a makeover - US News and World Report. James Adams: Good Products, Bad Products: Essential Elements to Achieving Superior Quality. Davenport: Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning. Stanford Reports: The Acceptance Speech. Bob Sutton. About Subscribe to this blogs feed Email Me Follow Me @ work_matters. Book Me For A Speech. Brightsight Group. Search. 17 Things I Believe.

Content as a Service

Xyleme

As instructional designers, we create our learning products, package them up with all the content and media, wish them well, and ship them off to the LMS’s – never to be seen again. Tracking of use and analytics. As users access content from the cloud, a record of who accessed what content, when, for how long, what they did while interacting with the content is tracked and can be reported against.

The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Industrial revolutions are momentous events,” said A Strategist Guide to Industry 4.0 , - a 2016 article in strategy+business. “By most reckonings, there have been only three.” The First Industrial Revolution , - starting in the last third of the 18th century, - introduced new tools and manufacturing processes based on steam and water power, ushering the transition from hand-made goods to mechanized, machine-based production.

Can AI Help Develop and Execute a Competitive Business Strategy?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Two 2018 reports, one by PwC and one by McKinsey , estimated that AI has the potential to incrementally add around $13-$15 trillion to global economic output by 2030. As ‘accountable optimization’ becomes an AI-enabled business norm, there is no escaping analytically enhanced oversight.

The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As is generally the case with McKinsey, this is a well researched, well written report. Many trends reflect the growing dominance of the Internet as an enabling technology, as well as a model and metaphor for commercial and social interactions,” says the report in its introduction. The social matrix, the Internet of all things, big data and advanced analytics, and realizing anything as a services are the report’s top four trends.

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How to Support the Widespread Adoption of AI

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A number of studies agree that AI is the biggest commercial opportunity for companies and industries over the next 10-15 years. Two recent reports by McKinsey and PwC respectively concluded that AI has the potential to incrementally increase global economic output between now and 2030 by an additional $13 to $15 trillion. But during this period of rapid IT growth, US labor productivity grew at only 1.5%

What is stopping companies from measuring learning: Skillsets, datasets, toolsets or mindsets?

Xyleme

In one of our recent posts, " Why you need to take a Google Analytics approach to measuring learning ," we lay the foundation of our perspective regarding L&D''s constant battle for greater relevance in business strategy and planning. In short, learning and development organizations and departments are suffering from an analytics crisis. Accordingly, many business leaders adopt a perspective that places L&D expenses alongside product development, for example.

Digital Twin: Bringing the Physical and Digital Worlds Closer Together

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The myriad possibilities that arise from the ability to monitor and control things in the physical world electronically have inspired a surge of innovation and enthusiasm,” said a 2015 McKinsey report on the Internet of Things. The McKinsey report identified the applications areas where IoT solutions will have the biggest impact. You need both deep physical domain knowledge as well as deep software and analytics expertise.

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Globalization in Transition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read two interesting reports on the state of globalization in 2019, one by The Economist, the second by the McKinsey Global Institute. McKinsey argues that globalization is in transition rather than faltering, as reflected in the title of its report - Globalization in Transition: the Future of Trade and Value Chains. “The 1990s and 2000s saw the expansion of complex value chains spanning the globe.

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Adios Ed Tech. Hola something else.

George Siemens

First, Sebastian Thrun, in an Economist article, states: “BECAUSE of the increased efficiency of machines, it is getting harder and harder for a human to make a productive contribution to society” If that is true, why is his startup trying to teach humans? Why not drop the human teaching thing altogether and just develop algorithms for making the stated productive contribution to society? And then to learning analytics.

Serious AI Challenges that Require Our Attention

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few months ago, Stanford University’s One Hundred Year Study of AI project published a report by a panel of experts assessing the current state of AI. Instead, increasingly useful applications of AI, with potentially profound positive impacts on our society and economy are likely to emerge between now and 2030, the period this report considers. Earlier this year, the World Economic Forum published Global Risks Report 2017 , its 12th annual study of major global risks.

Big Data: Running out of Metric System…

Andy McAfee

The first is the great thirst mainstream organizations have for analytic talent. – its products could work with. A couple months earlier, Cisco had published a report about the Zettabyte Era: This arms race got me curious, so I Russ Rowlett’s web page giving the complete list of prefixes, which were last updated in 1991, at the 19th General Conference on Weights and Measures.

Artificial Intelligence is Ready for Business; Are Businesses Ready for AI?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

asks McKinsey in a recently published report - Artificial Intelligence: the Next Digital Frontier. “AI adoption outside of the tech sector is at an early, often experimental stage,” is the report’s succinct answer. “Few firms have deployed it at scale.”. The report is based on a survey of over 3,000 AI-aware C-level executives across 10 countries and 14 sectors. Higher productivity, lower costs and minimized maintenance and repairs.

A Framework for Building AI Capabilities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, despite its market acceptance, a recent McKinsey report found that AI adoption is still at an early, experimental stage, especially outside the tech sector. Based on a survey of over 3,000 AI-aware C-level executives across 10 countries and 14 sectors, the report found that 20 percent of respondents had adopted AI at scale in a core part of their business, 40 percent were partial adopters or experimenters, while another 40 percent were still waiting to take their first steps.

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The Jobs Outlook for 2022

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released The Future of Jobs Report 2018. T he report takes an in-depth look at the world of work in what the WEF calls the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The report is based on a survey of over 300 chief human resource officers and top strategy executives from large global companies across 12 industry sectors. The report concluded that global labor markets will undergo a significant transformation over the coming five years.

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The Challenges of Executing a Transformational Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As a number of recent reports have indicated, leading edge companies are pulling ahead of everyone else by pushing the boundaries of digitization. And, having a strong digital foundation gives those companies a leg up in embracing data analytics , AI , blockchain , and other advanced technologies, further widening their advantage. “The time for merely thinking digital has passed; the future belongs to the doers,” notes the Symposium’s website.

Rejected: On being disappointed, sorta

George Siemens

However, the focus of this research chair on learning innovation and analytics captured my interest and I decided to apply (obviously informing my colleagues at Athabasca University of my intent. Whether as a startup, in my current role, or something else entirely, the intersection of social media, analytics, new pedagogical models, and networked learning are a lucrative and provocative area of exploration. Corporate partnerships with organizations involved in learning analytics.

How Will AI Likely Impact How We Work, Live and Play?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I discussed whether AI is finally reaching a tipping point, mostly based on a recently published report, - Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030. The report is organized into three main sections. Public safety and security. “One of the more successful uses of AI analytics is in detecting white collar crime, such as credit card fraud.

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