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.

UX Week 2014 Keynote Josh Clark on the Future of Digital Product Design

Adaptive Path

Josh is the author of the book Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps, and frequently gives workshops and talks at conferences around the world. In this interview, Josh and I talk about the current trends in digital product design, and where those trends might be heading. Josh Clark: My career path naturally didn’t begin with internet technology or mobile or multi-device stuff. Then touch suddenly brought in the centuries-old influence of industrial design.

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Evil design?

Clark Quinn

And over the years, while they’ve made mistakes (canceling HyperCard ), I’ve enjoyed their focus on making me more productive. First, this is bad design. The post Evil design? design strategy technologyThis is a rant, but it’s coupled with lessons. . I’ve been away, and one side effect was a lack of internet bandwidth at the residence. In the first day I’d used up a fifth of the allocation for the whole time (> 5 days)!

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Leveraging Technology

Clark Quinn

Technology is supposed to support our goals, and, when well-written, it does. Here’s the requirement from my publisher: Our production process requires minimal file formatting; do not use formatting such as fields and links, styles, page headers or footers, boxed text, and so on. Um, people, this is why we have technology: to support us in working smarter, not to go to a last-century (or worse) manual process. design meta-learning strategy technology

The New Era of Smart, Connected Products

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

An equally optimistic view was expressed in another excellent article, - How Smart Connected Products are Transforming Competition , - published in the November issue of the Harvard Business Review by Michael Porter and James Heppelmann. . We generally think of products as physical entities, - e.g., clothes, light bulbs, appliances, cars, - some quite simple and some much more complex, built using sophisticated mechanical and/or electrical components.

Cloud, Services and the Transformation of Production

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It will undoubtedly transform the information technology (IT) industry, but it will also profoundly change the way people work and companies operate. It will allow digital technology to penetrate every nook and cranny of the economy and of society, creating some tricky political problems along the way.”. What do we mean by the production of services ? In the industrial economy, production was mostly applied to physical goods, while services were primarily labor-based.

Serving Experience As The Product

Adaptive Path

The experience is the product. Whether we talk about greeting cards, mobile apps, or vacation get-aways, the experience is the product. From the perspective of customers, everything that goes into making up that experience—technology, materials, service support, or a supply chain—simply becomes the magic behind the experience. Many of the products we spend the most on and spend the most time with are platforms for services.) Serving experience as the product.

Where is Technology Taking the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read Where is Technology Taking the Economy? , The first era, in the 1970s and 1980s, brought us Moore’s law and the dramatic advances in semiconductor technologies. From mainframe and supercomputers to PCs and workstation, IT was now being used in a wide variety of applications, from financial services and oil exploration, to computer-aided design and office systems. “The economy for the first time had serious computational assistance.”.

Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design thinking has become an increasingly popular topic of discussion over the past decade. Design is no longer just for physical objects, e.g. cars, bridges, shoes, jewelry, smartphones. Design thinking is now being applied to abstract entities, - e.g. systems, services, information and organizations, - as well as to devise strategies, manage change and solve complex problems. The application of design thinking beyond products isn’t new.

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The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, Scientific American , in collaboration with the World Economic Forum , published a special report on The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017. These technologies, - selected by a global panel of experts , - “are expected to become increasingly commonplace in the next few years,” and are “attracting increased funding or showing other signs of being ready to move to the next level.”. The full report includes a one-page description of each of these technologies.

The Evolution of Design Thinking

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design Thinking is the featured topic in the September issue of the Harvard Business Review with four articles on the subject. “It’s It’s no longer just for products. The application of design thinking beyond products, - in innovation, problem solving and business strategy, - isn’t new. IDEO , a firm best known for pioneering this expanded view of design, traces its roots back to 1978. How do you apply design thinking to business problems?

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Instructional Design Orthodoxy

Xyleme

I will be dating myself here, but so much of the orthodoxy in the instructional design process was forged back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the only Computer-Based Training (CBT) tools were Toolbook for the PC, and Hypercard for the Mac. The idea that you might allow scrolling was to many an Instruction Designer taboo. In my blog posts, I’ve been challenging instructional designers to embrace cultural shifts, and evolving technologies rather than brace against them.

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Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design has long played a major role in product innovation. But in the last few years, a shift has been underway bringing design to the very core of the business. “ The Evolution of Design Thinking : It’s no longer just for products. Leading-edge companies are leveraging design thinking to translate technological advances into compelling customer experiences in order to seize market share from more traditional competitors.

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Services, Production and Clouds

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last week I wrote about the workshop I recently attended in IBM’s Almaden Research Lab on The Co-Evolution of Future Technologies, Skills, Jobs, and Quality-of-Life. Given the major advances in the power and costs of information technologies, many more such service activities are now amenable to be transformed into algorithms and embodied in software. Over the past several years I have given a number of seminars on technology and innovation in services.

Technology, Resources and Innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So we strategically cultivated student thought, integrating them into the learning design process. We launched an SXD studio - ‘student experience design’ - and threw students into the design process, connected them with vendors, and launched an SXD lab for prototyping and testing ideas. They adhere to a strick design ideation process so they don’t just jump to solutions. There are four stages: design, development, implement and improve. technology standards.

Design and Technology, Sitting in a Tree…

Adaptive Path

One constant that has stood the test of time in new media/technology projects has been the tension between designers and developers. There have been very few places I have worked where this tension was not one of the central issues holding back teams from generating successful final products. The seamless integration between design and technology is becoming increasingly vital to a product’s success.

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. Schrage’s approach has been more influenced by behavioral economics than by technology or algorithmic advances.

Grand Unified Theory of Service Design, Systems Design, and Organization Design

Adaptive Path

I sat down with Jeff to pick his brain on putting the ‘service design’ in software-as-a-service. One is that I specialize in helping IT organizations and digital businesses bring together agile, DevOps, and design thinking in order to adopt new methodologies and be able to deliver more continuous value, so I’m really interested in the relationship between design and engineering and design and IT in particular. Very often, DevOps and design never speak.

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Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” is one of the most memorable quotes of science fiction writer Arthur C. But, as we better understand its promise and limitations, technology becomes just another tool we rely on in our work and daily life. This has been a particular issue with information technologies in general, including the Internet and AI. Digital technologies are all around us.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, Scientific American , in collaboration with the World Economic Forum , published a special report on The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017. These technologies, - selected by a global panel of experts , - “are expected to become increasingly commonplace in the next few years,” and are “attracting increased funding or showing other signs of being ready to move to the next level.”. The full report includes a one-page description of each of these technologies.

Where is Technology Taking the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read Where is Technology Taking the Economy? , The first era, in the 1970s and 1980s, brought us Moore’s law and the dramatic advances in semiconductor technologies. From mainframe and supercomputers to PCs and workstation, IT was now being used in a wide variety of applications, from financial services and oil exploration, to computer-aided design and office systems. “The economy for the first time had serious computational assistance.”.

Intervention Design: Overcoming Stiff Resistance to a New, Disruptive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The September issue of the Harvard Business Review features a spotlight on The Evolution of Design Thinking. With four articles on the subject, HBR ’s overriding message is that design is no longer just for physical products, being increasingly applied to customer experiences, innovation, business strategy, and complex problem solving. . Last week I discussed this expanded view of design thinking based on one of the articles, - Design Thinking Comes of Age.

8 Fantastic Facilitation Playbooks for Designing Productive Nonprofit Meetings

Beth Kanter

Many times our meetings are highly productive, but sometimes meetings can be boring, frustrating, and a complete waste of time. Whether our meeting is useless or valuable depends on how we design, facilitate, and follow up. Meeting design is more than just agenda planning or identifying topics. If you are facilitating the meeting you need figure out logistics like scheduling, materials, and effective use of technology for virtual meetings. Facilitation Training Desig

A Design Approach to Human Flourishing

Adaptive Path

Anna Pohlmeyer is assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Design at TU Delft where she also co-chairs the Delft Institute of Positive Design, a research institute devoted to the study of design for human flourishing. I talked with Anna and asked her to tell us about positive design and how designers might incorporate it into their work. Anna spoke about positive design at the Adaptive Path UX Week 2014 conference in San Francisco.

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[liveblog] Data & Technology in Government

David Weinberger

Part of the importance of this is that students at the Kennedy School are agitating for a much strong technology component to their education on the grounds that these days policy makers need to be deeply cognizant of the possibilities technology offers, and of the culture of our new technology development environment. Tomorrow there is an afternoon of discussions sponsored by the student-led Technology for Change group. Todd Park, White House Technology Advisory.

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Birgit Mager and the Evolution of Service Design

Adaptive Path

Birgit Mager has watched service design evolve since the mid-nineties, and has been hugely influential in its development. She holds the first service design professorship at the University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany, is the President and Co-Founder of the International Service Design Network , and Editor-in-Chief of Touchpoint , the International Journal of Service Design. Ayla Newhouse [AN]: How did you arrive at service design as your path?

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The Materials of Digital Products

Adaptive Path

I have the good fortune of having a number of industrial designers as friends. The first was a commitment to craft and an understanding of its importance to the final product's quality. The second was a sense of pragmatism and, for lack of a better word, accountability for how the design would impact the final product. What struck me the most during our conversations was the deep familiarity my industrial design colleagues had with the materials used in the design.

Collaborative co-design

Clark Quinn

In my previous post , I mentioned that we needed to start thinking about designing not just formal learning content, or formal learning experiences, but learning experiences in the context of the informal learning resources (job aids, social tools), and moreover, learning in the context of a workflow. I’d sold myself on this, when I realized just where my ITA colleagues would draw me up short: it’s still the thinking that we can design solutions a priori !

Better Education Through Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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?

Jobs of the future: sports referees out, emotional designers in

Ross Dawson

Sportspeople’s and fans’ willingness to embrace the new technology is another issue, however there are few who would dearly hang on to the flaws of human referees. DESIGN is in a way the defining domain of the future, in shaping technology, products, and indeed everything in our world so it best suits humans. Design requires creativity, and even more it requires a deep understanding of what it is to be human, and how we want to experience the world.

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Education Technology Strategies - Day Two

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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.

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Research - 2012-2014 - already indicators - web-based email increasing vs in-house email (38% - 56%) - cloud-based productivity software increasing 27-46% SWOT (Helpful / Harmful, Internal / External) S - removed fixed cost of laptops and servicing, gave parents a choice to purchase better device W - how to help teachers deal with these disruptive devices (eg. dates to classical Greece How does technology change this? - Using technology to find more (vs.

Designing for an uncertain world

Clark Quinn

My problem with the formal models of instructional design (e.g. Note: I let my argument lead where it must, and find I go quite beyond my intended suggestion of a broader learning design. However, most of our design models are predicated on knowing what we need people to do, and developing learning to deliver that capability. Now think about learning design. Our products and services are more complex, and yet we need a more seamless execution.

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Norman’s Design of Future Things

Clark Quinn

Donald Norman’s book, The Design of Everyday Things is a must-read for anyone who creates artifacts or interfaces for humans. In the book, Don talks about how new technologies are increasingly smart, e.g. cars are almost self-driving (and since the book was published back in 2007, they’re now already on the cusp). As a consequence, we have to start thinking deeply about when and where to automate, having technologies make decisions, versus when we’re in the loop.

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What Features Do Technology Companies Need in eLearning Software?

TOPYX LMS

Forward-thinking technology companies understand that both employee and customer training is vital to increased productivity and a healthy bottom line. Implementing an LMS with features designed to support the needs of technology companies helps effectively train staff and customers and maintain a competitive edge. LMS Software LMS Technology

Shazam will recognize objects as well as music: the implications for retail and design

Ross Dawson

There are massive implications for both retail and product design. Design. What will this mean for designers? In a world of open information flows and inexpensive manufacturing all recognized designers are already getting copied wholesale. Of course recognition technologies used in the app and the manufacturing processes will not be fabulous for some time to come. design Future of retail Mobile Technology trends

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Jobs, work and technology

Harold Jarche

However, one can design sophisticated tools to significantly expand what people can accomplish when performing these activities. For example, CAD systems have enabled engineers to develop far more complex products than they could have done otherwise. Continuing increases in worker productivity add yet more to the surplus. Tweet Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared on Twitter this past week.

A Design Approach to Human Flourishing

Adaptive Path

Anna Pohlmeyer is assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Design at TU Delft where she also co-chairs the Delft Institute of Positive Design, a research institute devoted to the study of design for human flourishing. I talked with Anna and asked her to tell us about positive design and how designers might incorporate it into their work. Anna spoke about positive design at the Adaptive Path UX Week 2014 conference in San Francisco.

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A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last week I discussed a recent Pew Research report on the impact of AI, robotics and other advanced technologies on the future of jobs. They include blue-collar manual activities such as manufacturing and other forms of production, as well as white-collar, information-based activities like accounting, record keeping, dealing with simple customer service questions, and many kinds of administrative tasks.

Technology, Media and Culture - the Best of Times or the Worst of Times?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL) was founded in 2010 to study the transformational impact of technology on culture and on the media industries. The Lab has a number of industrial partners , including technology and communication companies like IBM, Verizon and Cisco, and media companies like Warner Bros, Paramount and BET. How can you best understand the impact of disruptive technologies on something as deeply human as culture?

Designing a Smart Healthcare System

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Our panel included Denis Cortese - CEO and President of the Mayo Clinic ; Ronald Paulus - Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at the Geisinger Health System ; Chris Coburn - Executive Director of Innovations at the Cleveland Clinic ; and Armando Ahued Ortega - Health Secretary of Mexico City. But, we also have more technologies, innovations and ideas than ever at our disposal to do something about the problems. If we do, I want to know who designed it.

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Design the process, not the outcome

Dave Snowden

We don't design the outcome, we design the processes of interaction and monitor for emergence. I'll give two illustrations of where this is useful: Understanding unarticulated user needs in system design. As those needs cluster we start to develop prototypes to test technology capability to satisfy those needs while continuing the journal capture. Now we can do the same for customer needs and product development and many other areas.

Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In this paper I would like to address the core design elements in the development of a personal learning architecture being developed in the National Research Council''s Learning and Performance Support Systems program. And NRC is free to take risks on technology that might daunt commercial providers. The NRC-designed MOOC differs significantly from traditional courses. Technology will be transferred to partner companies beginning in 2017

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