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. The application of design thinking beyond products isn’t new.

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.

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Anticipating the Next Wave of Experience Design

John Hagel

Experience design has emerged in part as a response to this growing need we all have.   It is no longer enough to design products and services so that they have aesthetic appeal and perform well.    We are on the cusp of another major shift in the focus of experience design, one that moves far beyond the impact of individual products and services. The design challenge becomes how to design experiences that maximize flow.

No Agile Gospel please, just give me Enlightenment

Martijn Linssen

why not both Home About Contact Monday, 28 June 2010 No Agile Gospel please, just give me Enlightenment For lack of a logo, heres the Snowbird resort where the Agile Manifesto was developed back in 2001 Agile Software Development presently is suffering from evangelisation, it seems.

I Know It When I See It

Andy McAfee

Established vendors of collaboration software are modifying their offerings and repositioning them as social software platforms that have all the features and functions necessary to support the new modes of interacting and getting work done. Because of these facts I usually dodge questions about specific vendors and their offerings, and instead answer how I’d look at any particular deployment of collaboration software to see if it met my definition of Enterprise 2.0.

The Future of Work and Learning 2: Chatbots

Jane Hart

A bot, or as it is more commonly known, a chatbot, is a piece of software that’s designed to simulate a conversation with a (human) user in the interest of giving you information that you want or enable you to complete a transaction ( source ).

Design: our barriers

Clark Quinn

When it comes to problem solving, (and we can think of design as problem-solving as well as search), we have certain behaviors that predispose us to certain types of solutions (in other words, prematurely limiting our search space). This can be seen when designers are familiar with a particular implementation tool or environment. The designs then tend to resemble what is easy to do with that tool (the old “when you have a hammer everything looks like a nail&# ).Â

The Coming Robotics Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

All computers, - whether mainframes, PCs or smartphones, - are defined by what their brains , - that is, their hardware and software, - are capable of computing and controlling. Robots are computers that have both a brain and a body.

Learning is Connecting

Harold Jarche

Google Search: Web search engine. PowerPoint: Presentation software. It’s remarkable that these top 10 learning tools are not specifically designed for education.

stories connect knowledge

Harold Jarche

Unfortunately, no records were available to search the rejected compound database and find ones that met the new criteria. Organizational knowledge management can leverage the power of enterprise software platforms to store decision, process, and event memories.

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Five Steps to Making Your Content Mobile Ready


One of four online searches is currently conducted on a mobile device 2. A common misconception among instructional designers is that in order to go mobile, formal content needs to be recreated and separate sets of formal and informal content maintained.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): "Using Open Source Social Software as Digital Library Interface" (D-Lib Magazine)

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Top Ten AntiSpyware Apps from CNET | Main | Semi-Daily Quote/Lyric/Words of Others » March 26, 2008 "Using Open Source Social Software as Digital Library Interface" (D-Lib Magazine) ( LINK ) "This article investigates the use of social software applications indigital library environments.

What I’ve learned in my first week of a dual-layer MOOC (DALMOOC)

George Siemens

Most courses assume that the instructor and designer should sensemake for learners. I find the negative comments in edX about structure a bit confusing as I view choices as giving learners the ability to be where they want to be rather than where designers and instructors force them to be.

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Lean Principles in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Lean software development , for example, can be viewed as the agile reaction to the highly structured, heavyweight waterfall-based software methods of the past. Customers are taking advantage of all the information they can now access to search for the best possible values.

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

Doc Searls

It’s not for lack of trying on the part of websites and services such as search engines. If I use the location bar as a place to search, it gives me results, for some non-obvious reason.). Back in the search world, I’ve been looking for a prepaid wireless internet access strategy to get data at sane prices in the next few countries I visit. A search for “prepaid wireless internet access” on

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Innovation in open online courses

George Siemens

The connection between learning and application is hampered as MOOC resources do not always persist after a course has ended and there is limited search functionality in MOOCs. In order to improve connections, we will also be using a social competency based software (ProSolo) that will give learners the opportunity to identify learning goals, connect with others around shared goals, and create a pathway for recognition of learning.

Introducing Findings

Steven Berlin Johnson

During my college years, I lost a semester trying to build an epic Hypercard stack called "Curriculum" that would help me organize all my notes for the courses that I had stopped attending because I was too busy building the software. (Oh, That would be a lovely combination of old-fashioned book-based wisdom, advanced semantic search technology, and the personality-driven filters that we've come to enjoy in the blogosphere.

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Learn Informal Learning Informally

Jay Cross

The month-long event is appropriate for decision-makers, designers, CLOs, innovation leaders, managers of communications, and others who want to accelerate learning in their organization.

What Universities Must Learn About Social Networks

Jay Cross

How do I search for information?”. Mobile devices route around IT; amateurs can bid software slaves do their will. Institutional staff use social software to improve communication with students for both recruitment and retention purposes.

On cryptocurrencies, blockchain and all that

Doc Searls

It was released as open-source software in 2009. “A digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange using cryptography to secure the transactions and to control the creation of additional units of the currency. Chris Skinner’s blog (searches: crypto , blockchain ).

What Should We Think of Machines that Think?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I don’t spend much time worrying if they’ll one day be smarter than we are, and thus design, program, and debug themselves. Complexity of AI software. “We We are all familiar with errors in ordinary software.

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mastery and models

Harold Jarche

It provides the systems of record that can be searched and queried so that mistakes and exceptions are not repeated. They were all designed for a different era. When we die, everything that we have rented — our music, our lodgings, our software — no longer belongs to us.

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iWitness Aims to Aggregate News By Time and Place

Adaptive Path

Keyword searches and hashtags provide partial solutions, but still do not differentiate between first-person accounts and other kinds of content. iWitness is a Web-based software tool that will enable individuals and news organizations to aggregate and cross-reference news events with user-generated online content related by time and place. Let's face it: The great promise of citizen media has not really been fulfilled.

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The Role of Open Educational Resources in Personal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Well, there’s Richard Stallman and the traditionaldefinition of open source as four elements (Stallman, 1994): - Freedom to run the software - Freedom to study the software - Freedom to distribute the software - Freedom to modify the software. But what if you’re a person who does not have the software,and needs the software? He talks about openness in software, and then he talks about opennessin system, like open courses.

Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Thinking in Models: for Design, for Learning… A large part of this talk is about that change. When you look at that, basically it''s like they have this model or design in their head of how we could rebuild the university system, wipe it all out, start over, and we''ll have a new model.

Teaching Online Courses – 60 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

It was the first ever public session for Placeware - a virtual meeting software company that was much later acquired by Microsoft and became Microsoft Live Meeting. I also did some quick searches for various kinds of things and added them into eLearning Learning (via delicious). I would guess that’s an automated search or something – but still very smart way to market/PR.

Digital Common Law

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The workshop explored progress in developing effective, legally sound, software-based solutions for the management of digital identities and for the protection and sharing of sensitive data. ID³ ’ s principal focus is to develop architectural frameworks and open source software solutions that embody the necessary policy principles for managing critical personal information so that it can be tested, verified, improved and scaled. .

Working Smarter: Most popular posts of 2011

Jay Cross

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 Best of Working Smarter Daily. January 1, 2011 to December 17, 2011.

The World Cafe Community – Virtual Cafes? | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Amy Lenzo on 24 Oct 2008 at 12:58 pm Obviously my search algorithms suck because I’m just finding this post!

Promoting IA in Poland

Adaptive Path

Agnieszka Szóstek showed us how to do early design research and co-design the right way, with an overview of exercises to extract useful information from experts and users. From Hardware to Software. Last week I attended and presented at the 2011 Polish IA Summit.

Promoting IA in Poland

Adaptive Path

Agnieszka Szóstek showed us how to do early design research and co-design the right way, with an overview of exercises to extract useful information from experts and users. From Hardware to Software. Last week I attended and presented at the 2011 Polish IA Summit.

Bring on The Live Web

Doc Searls

For example, we could search in real time, but search engine indexes were essentially archives, no matter how often they were updated. Technorati , IceRocket , PubSub and other live RSS-fed search engines came along to address that issue, as did Google Blogsearch as well.

[berkman] Anil Dash on “The Web We Lost”

David Weinberger

He challenges himself to substantiate this: “We have a lot of software that forbids journalism.” That’s why you can still do Creative Commons searches at Flickr. An Ivy League kid's software designed for a privileged, exclusive elite turned out to be more appealing than what folks like Anil were building. "If There's no question" that policy over social software is coming. Geeks will hack at software but treat ToS as sacred.



Instructional Designers (IDs) are now under more pressure than ever to deliver the best content, and a tool that many IDs are familiar with is a Learning Management System (LMS). In the simplest terms, this is a software package that manages course delivery and administration.

Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most people think that big data is about what people do online, like posts on Facebook or searches on Google. ID3 is developing software mechanisms and an open software platform to implement and enforce these principles. .

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New Tools Beget Revolutions: Big Data and the 21st Century Information-based Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2012, he published a paper with his students, An Analytics Approach to Designing Clinical Trials for Cancer , which he dedicated to the memory of his father. . “We We believe that our approach to apply analytics to the design of clinical trials has the potential to signi?cantly

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Review: The Edupunks' Guide, by Anya Kamenetz

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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. Now if your interest is in DIY education - that is, an interest in the educational process itself - then the logical next step is to do what edupunks have in fact done: to create and experiment with the design of courses online, to create their own courses.

Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

the space of possible solutions), the knowledge that prioritizes good paths within that space and algorithm design to make it all practical,” adds Valdes-Perez. “There is scope for innovation in the space being searched and the heuristics used.

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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 MIT Second Machine Age Conference

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Increasingly, cognitive machines and technologies for rapidly designing and fabricating new, more capable robots have the potential for broad-based impact, from manufacturing and construction to health-care, smart cities, transportation and other facets of everyday life.” .