September, 2021

Learning: an anthro-complexity perspective

Dave Snowden

If you go back in time then two books could be considered to have laid the foundation for what I have termed the ‘systems thinking’ era which runs from the 1990s and is now (hopefully) starting to run out of steam while leaving much of value.

Complexity in Learning Design

Clark Quinn

I recently mentioned that one of the problems with research is that things are more interconnected than we think. This is particularly true with cognitive research. While we can make distinctions that simplify things in useful ways (e.g.

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Why Do We Work So Damn Much?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago, I listened to a very interesting podcast, Why Do We Work So Damn Much? where podcast host, NY Times columnist Ezra Klein , interviewed anthropologist James Suzman.

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the energy to refute

Harold Jarche

On the last Friday of each month I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “One day historians will view ant-vaxxers the same way they viewed climate deniers and those who drowned women because they were witches.”

Top Tools for Learning 2021

Jane Hart

The Top Tools for Learning lists have now been published. 2021 was the YEAR OF DISRUPTION! There were a substantial number of new tools nominated this year so the main list has now been extended to 300 tools to accommodate them, and each of the 3 sub-lists has been increased to 150 tools.

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Learning and teaching and pandemic opportunities, challenges and lessons learned

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is an unedited automated transcription by [link] my talk given at Nottingham Trent University (online via Teams) Trent Institute for Teaching and Learning (TILT). The full presentation page is here and includes audio, video, slides and a link to this transcript. Thank you very much.

Of people, roles and ritual (2 of n)

Dave Snowden

To continue from my post of yesterday, and with less intent to be polemical, but definite intent to disturb, I want to advocate an approach to design and development within organisations that is based on creating an ecology in which good things (some of which cannot be anticipated) are more rather than less likely to emerge.

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Why Our Judgements Are Often Flawed and What to Do About It

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I listened to a very interesting Freakonomics podcast hosted by University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt.

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filtering out the crap

Harold Jarche

“ninety percent of everything is crap” — Sturgeon’s Revelation. “Twitter is often derided as a forum for gossip and nonsense, which it also is.

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Xyleme 2021 Virtual Customer Summit Recap

Xyleme

Xyleme's 2021 Virtual Customer Summit brought together hundreds of leaders, strategists, technologists and learning experience designers representing more than 80% of our customer base.

Case Studies in MOOCs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Right, I've never used one in a MOOC. So how I would set one up is a bit speculative, though based on some examples (references completely forgotten) I've seen in the past. There are different types of things called 'case studies'.

Ralph Stacey 10/9/1942 – 4/9/2021

Dave Snowden

I can’t imagine that anyone interested in complexity in organisations will not know the work of Ralph Stacy, or not be saddened to learn of his death earlier this month.

Coping with Change: A Book Review of Flux by April Rinne

Clark Quinn

How do we cope with change? There’s a myth that we resist change, but Peter de Jaeger busted that in a talk I heard where he pointed out that we make changes all the time. We get married, take a different job, have kids, all of which are changes.

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Realizing the Economic Promise of Predictive Analytics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Wikipedia defines predictive analytics as a set of statistical techniques, - such as data mining, business analytics, and machine learning, - “that analyze current and historical facts to make predictions about future or otherwise unknown events.”

Is there a way out of password hell?

Doc Searls

Passwords are hell. Worse, to make your hundreds of passwords safe as possible, they should be nearly impossible for others to discover—and for you to remember. Unless you’re a wizard, this all but requires using a password manager.†. Think about how hard that job is.

convening the right people

Harold Jarche

I have often said that a critical role for people in leadership positions today is helping make the network smarter. In a recent recent blog post, the author discusses another critical aspect of leadership — convening the right people — and uses the example of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Considerations on the Framework for Ethical Learning Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

As readers may know, I've been looking a lot recently at ethics related to online learning. In particular, I've studied a number of ethical codes and frameworks, publishing a paper summarizing my work.

Prevarication by platitude

Dave Snowden

The road to hell, they say is paved with good intentions and nothing is more frustrating in the general field of sense-making and complexity work than when you encounter said practice.

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Meta-ethics of learning design

Clark Quinn

I’ve addressed ethics elsewhere , but I’m looking at it a different way now. I”m thinking from the perspective of situated cognition, and recognizing that there are certain things we can do. For better or worse. Further, these choices have ramifications beyond the initial impact.

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Revitalizing US Manufacturing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored manufacturing’s role in providing products that are critical to health, safety, national security, and the continuity of multiple industries,” said McKinsey in a recent discussion paper, Building a More Competitive US Manufacturing Sector. “It

The Matrix 4.0

Doc Searls

The original Matrix is my favorite movie. Not because I think it’s the best. I just think it’s the most important. Also among the most rewatchable. Hear that, Ringer ? Rewatch the whole series before Christmas.).

the last fortnight

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. The next Friday’s Finds post will be on 24 September, as these will now be posted the last Friday of each month.

Remarks on Interactivity

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I wrote this in response to an inquiry. I am bringing the constructs and principles of Information Systems (IS) with those of Connectivism since the previous studies rarely consider the learning theories’ principals, especially the learning theory for the digital age.

Of people, roles and ritual (3 of 3)

Dave Snowden

In bringing this three-part series of blog posts to an end I just want to remind readers that they are in effect an extension of the original post on learning which identified seven steps for mapping, three pervasive practices and three things to pay attention to.

4 Tips for Upskilling Your Workforce

TOPYX LMS

In April of 2021, there were 9 million vacant jobs in the U.S. 1 A s if this weren’t enough of a problem in the midst of a pandemic, there is also a skills shortage in the workplace. This is causing organizations to prioritize upskilling employees post-COVID.

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Zoom Cameras On or Off?

Beth Kanter

Cameras off does not mean meeting participants are disengaged. It helps avoid burnout and improves attention.

Reading Research?

Clark Quinn

I was honored to have a colleague laud my Myths book (she was kind enough to also promote the newer learning science book ), but it was something she said that I found intriguing.

the codification of knowledge

Harold Jarche

Nick Milton raises an interesting point about the terms implicit, explicit,and tacit knowledge. Do you know what each term means? It seems that many in the knowledge management discipline does not. Which of these three most closely matches your understanding of the term “Explicit Knowledge”.

Of people, roles and ritual (1 of n)

Dave Snowden

From time to time I am invited to speak at The Stoa, a group that got together at the start of the pandemic and has continued since. Always an interesting group although some of their sessions verge on the esoteric end of new-age fluffy bunnydom.

What gives you hope for the future?

Dave Snowden

What gives you hope for the future? That’s what we’re asking communities around the world. Introducing A New Community Engagement Demo SenseMaker® Collector. .

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20 years on, some memories

Dave Snowden

The love of wicked men converts to fear, That fear to hate, and hate turns one or both To worthy danger and deserved death. Richard II Act V Scene i 59-68. I thought through this post, keeping notes on the iPhone as I walked from Salcombe to Torcross on the South West Coastal Path.

a labour of love

Harold Jarche

I have mentioned over the years that you have to own your data and that many online platforms are set up for crowd-milking. One of the latest platforms for writers to make-it-rich is Substack, where the top writers may earn six figures.

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3 Signs You Need a New LMS

TOPYX LMS

From time to time, it’s important to reevaluate your LMS system to see if switching to a new LMS would be wise. Is it time for your company to implement a new learning management system (LMS) ? There are several unmistakable signs that say “yes.”.

5 Tips To Create a Happy, Healthy Nonprofit Hybrid Workplace

Beth Kanter

When I wrote the “ Happy Healthy Nonprofit ,” in-person workplaces were the norm and the book looked at ways to activate a culture of wellbeing in the nonprofit workplace. Over the last 18 months, I’ve adapted a lot of the best practices for remote work.

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