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Making Software, Making Money

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The project to which he refers, of course, is ELGG. It has been reasonably popular, particularly in the education circles for which is is designed. Here's the question to ask: would ELGG have had any measure of success had it been subscription-based software? As open source software goes, ELGG is almost unique in its intent to create a revenue stream for its producer. If people think the software is worth the investment, they'll add to it. Of course you don't.

From workplace courses to global conversations

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Aug 27 2008 From courses to community: Josien Kapma and Nancy White Published by Nancy White at 6:42 am under communities of practice , learning This is an article that Josien Kapma and I wrote for the Dutch journal, “Leren in Organisaties&#. In the process, I learn a lot; about the content of the event, and about design of learning events.

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The 3 Qs for Great Experience Design (by Jared Spool)

Adaptive Path

The 3 Qs for Great Experience Design. Using these three variables, we’ve created corresponding questions to help us quickly rate a team’s experience design prowess. Notice that the story doesn’t describe the specifics of the design or the system — that’s not important. In our research, the average team member works on an experience design project for twenty-four months. Jared Spool.

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From courses to community: Josien Kapma and Nancy White | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Aug 27 2008 From courses to community: Josien Kapma and Nancy White Published by Nancy White at 6:42 am under communities of practice , learning This is an article that Josien Kapma and I wrote for the Dutch journal, “Leren in Organisaties&#. In the process, I learn a lot; about the content of the event, and about design of learning events.

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stevenberlinjohnson.com: Universal Remotes Are Universally Useless

Steven Berlin Johnson

So I buy this fancy Marantz receiver that comes with its own universal remote that theoretically should allow us to consolidate the five remotes we currently have (for the LCD screen, the DVD player, the cable box, etc) into one single remote. To do this, however, you have to sit there pointing the cable box remote at the Marantz remote so it can learn the commands one by one, which of course is time-consuming and annoying.

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stevenberlinjohnson.com: AppleTV and HDTV

Steven Berlin Johnson

stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | Long Zoom Interview » AppleTV and HDTV So my AppleTV arrived this morning and of course I dropped everything to spend an hour or two setting it up and messing around. I'm about to buy an HDV camcorder, as we have a 6-month old daughter, and I was hoping we could share videos in this fashion. It's not designed to be a computer. It's designed to be simpler than that (and less expensive).

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CoP Series #3: Community – without people? | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Social interaction is neither linear, nor is it always neat and within the confines of structured things like “courses.&# Courses end? And of course, learning in a community of practice is not limited to novices.

Social Media Planning and Evaluation for NGOs | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

This topic is designed to give you some tools and ideas for including social media appropriately in your overall organizational strategic plan and to measure its effectiveness. Track how many times a blog post has been viewed (using your blog software or a tool like Google Analytics ).

The Real Goal of Open Educational Resources

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

UNESCO (again) - "For students, OERs offer free access to some of the world’s best courses and even degree programs. For teachers, ministries of education and governments, OERs provide free and legal access to some of the world’s best courses." OER ensures that students have access to all course material from the first day of class." It will be used, of course. I can buy the 3rd edition for about $CAD 18.

Real learning – let’s not confuse it with completing templated exercises

Charles Jennings

Learning professionals spend a significant amount of their time (maybe even the majority) designing and delivering content and then evaluating completions and short-term memory outputs from structured mandatory and compliance training modules and courses.

Here’s a cool project: completely revolutionize shopping online

Doc Searls

In fact, of course, if you think about it, it was even worse than that. Intentcast to multiple stores your intention to buy something, and say under what conditions you’d be willing to buy it. This was to be my September column for the subscriber edition of Linux Journal, which was terminated last week after 25 years in business. The theme for that month’s issue was to be Cool Projects.

Plans

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Courses Offering online courses allows me to test my ideas in the real world, both in terms of the course design and software itself, as well as in terms of the ideas presented through the course. course was an excellent example of this. a second offering of the course I offered on advanced concepts last year. Sometimes I give talks in online courses as well. This extends to using Facebook software, like React.

Vanity Killed the Social Media Star

Luis Suarez

And we buy it, because, you know, we still want to be right at the centre of the spotlight. We would need, instead, to look elsewhere for those social software tools we once thought would change the world, because, you know what?,

Data-Driven Decision Making: Promises and Limits

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Decision making , - how individuals, groups and organizations go about selecting a course of action among several alternative scenarios, - has long been a subject of study.

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Should Knowledge Workers have E2.0 Ratings, Part 3

Andy McAfee

Many of the comments I received relate to the eternal debate over optimal incentive design, and whether it’s desirable (or even possible) to measure and reward effort vs. activities vs. outcomes. Of course, an argument against this is that there could be clutter (in context) anyway arising from the activities of the members but that is expected and would justify your statement of how “the bad or irrelevant does not get in our way of finding the good and relevant.&#

Blackboard’s identity crisis, Desire2Learn’s optimism, and Instructure’s coolness

George Siemens

This comparison is particularly silly because IBM was heavily invested in a hardware field that was being commoditized, whereas Blackboard is a software company (i.e. Their move to synchronous tools, their tactics of buying competing company to eliminate competition (Elluminate and Wimba), acquisitions of iStrategy, etc., Disclaimer: They have been generous in allowing us to continue using their Collaborate tool (formerly Elluminate) for open online courses).

Connectivism and the Primal Scream

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Entire structures of courses, programs and schools of study have been built around this basic coercive premise, so much so that we can almost pretend that the student is engaged in the entire enterprise completely voluntarily. And it must be flexibly designed for, or we risk failure.

Leadership’s #1 Challenge: Transforming Management

Steve Denning

Leaders focus on vision, buy-in, motivation, culture, and people. Of course management is important. The approach began in automotive design in Japan and has been developed most fully in software development with approaches known as “Agile” or “Scrum”.

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?"

MOOC - The Resurgence of Community in Online Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In this presentation Stephen Downes addresses the question of how massive open online courses (MOOCs) will impact the future of distance education. slide 1 – MOOC Wordle] My objective in this talk is to address how the massive open online course (MOOC) will impact the future of distance education, and in particular, strategies and examples of the use of MOOCs to promote cultural and linguistic diversity. That gives us four terms: ‘massive’, ‘open’, ‘online’, and ‘course’.

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The Glass Box And The Commonplace Book

Steven Berlin Johnson

there is any number that directs me to the page designed for words that begin with an E and whose first vowel after the initial letter is I, I must then write under the word Epistola in that page what I have to remark. And of course there’s no way to link to it.

The Rise of Vendor Relationship Management

John Hagel

Most of us think of markets in conventional terms – it is about vendors seeking out customers and persuading them to buy more of their products and services. Of course, this overstates the plight of customers since the Internet and associated technology tools have already gone a long way toward empowering customers in their relationships with vendors. Our world is being turned upside down by the Big Shift.

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Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

What they are talking about these days is the destruction of the university at the hands of the massive open online course. As one of the people who invented the massive open online course, I feel a little personally involved here. I''ve designed dozens of standards.

Emergent learnings

Harold Jarche

Talent development in firms today typically comes in the form of stale training courses and presentations rather than a focus on tacit knowledge development. The knowledge economy has taught us how intangibles like intellectual property and design can be converted into money.

Productivity Tips for the Mobile (Social) Knowledge Web Worker – Mophie, Gum Max and Logitech

Luis Suarez

This time around not so much on software per se, but on hardware and, more specifically, for two different types of devices: iPhones and iPads. But then again Gum Max was designed to help you amplify and augment the battery life of your iPad, even the New iPad.

Research and Evidence

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Pundits made sweeping statements about the courses, saying that they were the future of education or that colleges would become obsolete, said George Siemens, an author of the report who is also credited with helping to create what we now know as a MOOC. “It’s

Best of Working Smarter Daily this year

Jay Cross

Working smarter embraces the spirit of agile software, action learning, social networks, and parallel developments in many disciplines. ABC: 10 reasons NOT to create a course and 10 other options . Do pupils buy them? What’s next for educational software?

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Napster, Udacity, and the Academy

Clay Shirky

Who would listen to an MP3 when they could buy a better-sounding CD at the record store? Then Napster launched, and quickly became the fastest-growing piece of software in history. The people in the music industry weren’t stupid, of course. Higher education is now being disrupted; our MP3 is the massive open online course (or MOOC), and our Napster is Udacity, the education startup. We have several advantages over the recording industry, of course.

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Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We're going to talk about the factors that led to the development of the Massive Open Online Course and Connectivism and the new phenomena in learning today. Distance learning therefore required the creation and distribution of learning content, of course packages that would support independent study. They had the model of the course packages, and they had the model of the classes. WebCT in English stands for "Web Course Tools." Of course, we had instant messaging.

Let's Take the Digital License Quiz

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This would especially be the case if the designers mean the same thing by 'posts' as I would (which I doubt). And of course they all have shopping, either directly from the OS (Apple store, Play store, etc), from the manufacturer (Samsung store), or third party applications.

Browsers should have been cars. Instead they’re shopping carts.

Doc Searls

If you buy a new iPhone from Sprint they’ll buy back your iPhone 4s for $235. The cabin is co-occupied by dozens or hundreds of conductors at any given time, all competing for your attention and telling you something they hope will make you buy something or visit other sites. If you looked at pants a few sites back, you might see ads for pants, or whatever it is that the system thinks you might want to buy, whether you’re in a buying mood or not at the time.

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Review: The Edupunks' Guide, by Anya Kamenetz

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Following the Edupunks' Guide, she would find some recipes using Google, perhaps find a Khan-style course, and if very lucky, a Thai cooking Google group. In so doing, a person might take a course, search for recipes, ask for help, or - in the style of the underrated film ' The Raman Girl ' or that overrated film ' The Karate Kid ' - find a mentor to show you how to steam noodles. A few years ago, you may have had to take a class or at least buy a cookbook.

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CoP Series #10: Stewarding Technology for Community | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

One is in collaboration software. The early software was written because scientists needed better ways to collaborate. As people developed technologies to support learning, they often recreated these same structures in their software. THEN start thinking about software.

A Trip to the Bookstore

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

But I am, very wary - my Microsoft Video player still won''t play my videos, after four weeks of trying to fix it, and I didn''t feel like buying a book I can''t read. This is a long-term problem that I don''t know how I am going to address, because it means that products from Microsoft - software, audio, video, books - are unreliable, and may disappear at any moment, without recourse or compensation.

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Informal Learning – the other 80%

Jay Cross

School is chock full of formal learning — courses, classes, and grades that obscure the fact that most learning at school is either self-directed or informal. To thrive in this environment, everyone must become student and faculty and publisher and instructional designer.

Education Technology Strategies - Day Two

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

One of the things we''ve done recently is to create a $150M tech fund over 3 years, to invest in tablets, software, cameras, etc., think of it just as a process, a framework - build your teams - scrum at the GSCS - started by the book - Agile Software Development with Scrum - but it''s like a recipe, you can make changes as you need to (we started adjusting after 5 sprints or so) In Scrum. - Knowledge is like buying a car - drive it off the lot and it''s out of date.

The Robot Teachers

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Wait times are comparable and, of course, nobody is turned away at the door of a Canadian hospital because everybody in the country has insurance. Even while Canadians face a barrage of contrary media (for example, from the Fraser institute) they aren't buying it. There are those who blame the teachers and teachers unions (though of course teachers in Canada are almost 100 percent union). course designs that move the work away from the instructor to the student.

Top 100 eLearning Items

Tony Karrer

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CN1376 AcadMOOC

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

8:04 pm Stephen Downes MOOC = ''Massive Open Online Course'', cMOOC = ''connectivist MOOC'', xMOOC = ''eXtended MOOC'' 8:04 pm WILLIAM A. how will the cMOOC framework translate to a science/math course that traditionally requires a lot of "instruction" and "testing"?

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R-Buttons and the Open Marketplace

Doc Searls

In some cases buyers have had room to haggle (such as with buying a horse or a car), but on the whole we customers pay what sellers ask. So is buying something. So, in a less direct way, is not buying. Companies care about relationships with customers, of course.

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It’s Like This… : Andrew McAfee’s Blog

Andy McAfee

Andrew McAfee’s Blog The Business Impact of IT Home About RSS It’s Like This… January 8 2009 Comments to this post A little while back interviewer extraordinaire Charlie Rose invited me and SAP co-CEO Leo Apotheker to talk with him about IT, particularly enterprise software, and its impact on business and competition. ANDREW MCAFEE: How could it possibly make a competitive difference if we can all buy it? Too many view enterprise software as a "solution".

Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

leads to questions about designing learning for the future - reference to the old ''cranking ifo into students'' heads diagram - claims about the future: - work at own time, place, etc - computers will revolutionize learning - along came MOOCs - investment in MOOCs: $100M - will take time but will have a major impact - why things will change. MIT engineering courses stufy: 8% completion rate (yikes) - so, how do we address this?

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Outside.in and The Washington Post

Steven Berlin Johnson

But of course its not just about the map; there are links to all stories from the blogosphere about each place, along with links to the place pages themselves at outside.in. Thats because our system is designed to track geographically pretty much anything that outputs a feed. Were not just creating a page that shows you information about a neighborhood (though of course we do that at outside.in.) Air Purifiers For Data Smog Discover column on software that helps you focus.

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