February, 2020

The State of AI Adoption - High Performers Show the Way

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past few years, the McKinsey Global Institute has been conducting a yearly survey to assess the state of AI adoption. Its 2017 survey of over 3,000 AI-aware executive found that outside the technology sector, AI adoption was at an early, often experimental stage.

Wherefore, part the first

Dave Snowden

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Death to Zombies!

Clark Quinn

Last week, I ranted about a myth that seems inextinguishable. And I ran across another one in a place I shouldn’t have. And I keep seeing others, spotting them roaming around loose. Like zombies, they seem to rise from the dead. We need death to zombies. Particularly learning myth zombies!

Flying to Conferences

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I just want to take a few moments to consider Bryan Alexander's comments about flying to conferences. As most readers know, I have flown to hundreds of academic conferences over the years. So I guess I would be considered a prime offender in this regard.

learning about machine learning

Harold Jarche

Why is machine learning [ML] important for your business? If you work at Nokia, your Chairman can explain it to you in a one hour presentation he developed over six months of research. Risto Siilasmaa helped make his network smarter.

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Mobile Learning: Making Content Available Anytime, Anywhere

Xyleme

Mobile learning, also called M-learning or mLearning, is any type of content that is developed or consumed on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and including anything from podcasts to full eLearning courses.

Conceptualizing AI in Human Terms is Misleading and Potentially Harmful

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“We speak of machines that think , learn , and infer.

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More Trending

More Myths-Based Marketing

Clark Quinn

Is it the rising lack of trust in what anyone says? Have we turned into a society where any crazy marketing works? It certainly seems that way. It was only a couple of weeks ago I went on a rant , and yet, here we are again.

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Educational Research in Learning Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In this post I discuss the nature (and weaknesses) of research in our field. I am broadly sympathetic with the arguments offered by Philip J.

learning in the flow of work

Harold Jarche

Networked humans in a connected society: Our increasing inter-connectedness illuminates the need for cooperation. Simple work keeps getting automated, but still needs human oversight. Complicated work gets automated, outsourced, or contracted to the lowest cost of doing business.

Modern Training Online Workshop

Jane Hart

Next public workshop runs 2 March – 10 April 2020 This 6-week will look at how to design, deliver and manage a number of modern training content, events and experiences for the workplace, and consider how and when they might best be employed. Modern Workplace Learning

Honest Conversations - The Key to a Winning Transformational Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Saving the Internet—and all the commons it makes possible

Doc Searls

This is the Ostrom Memorial Lecture I gave on 9 October of last year for the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University. Here is the video. The intro starts at 8 minutes in, and my part starts just after 11 minutes in.)

How to be a world-class educational technologist

Clark Quinn

On LinkedIn, I was asked: “I would like to ask sir, how can I be a world-class educational technologist?” ” And I thought that was a very interesting question. (Of Of course, my immediate response should be “how should I know? ;) But I thought I’d do a bit better.

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How to Learn Using Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Learning with technology is different from learning with textbooks or learning with classroom instruction. In these, the focus is on understanding and remembering. It is content based. The learning objective is defined as mastery of this body of knowledge.

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leadership through cooperation

Harold Jarche

One of the few areas where most nations cooperate is in infectious disease control.

Solving the Content Explosion Problem

Xyleme

What do many major organizations have in common? A content problem — specifically, a content explosion problem. Writing and delivering content that can scale effectively is a tall order, and the more audiences an organization serves, the more complicated it becomes.

Can Democracy and Free Markets Survive in the Coming Age of AI?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Can technology plan economies and destroy democracy?

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Going #Faceless

Doc Searls

Facial recognition by machines is out of control. Meaning our control. As individuals, and as a society. Thanks to ubiquitous surveillance systems, including the ones in our own phones , we can no longer assume we are anonymous in public places or private in private ones.

Spam Silliness

Clark Quinn

(Ok, so I’m feeling silly , and feel free to tune out.) On my home computer, I have a spam filter. However, I can’t put one on my tablet and phone, so there I see much more of the spam. And I’m often on those devices, not the computer.

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Unlearning

Luis Suarez

Back on January 20th, I celebrated ( quietly ) my 23rd anniversary in the IT industry. Quite an achievement, indeed, if you would ask me, for someone who graduated as an English teacher back in the day and who didn’t have much of an interest in technology in the first place.

the cooperative imperative

Harold Jarche

Collaboration is working together for a common purpose, often directed externally by a boss or client. Cooperation is freely sharing with no expectation of direct reciprocity — quid pro quo.

Webinar: Five Ways to Future-Proof Your Content

Xyleme

In this joint webinar with Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA), Xyleme COO Leslie Farinella and TSIA VP of Technology Research John Ragsdale break down how to develop, manage, and maintain high-quality content as delivery channels, user expectations, and available technology continue to evolve.

How to Use Fastpages

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is a really interesting project that allows you to write posts in markdown, MS Word or Jupyter notebooks and publish them in a blog using GitHub pages. No website needed! But the instructions are far from clear, so here's a step-by-step version. Login to GitHub.

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4 Easy Ways to Train a Diverse Workforce with eLearning

TOPYX LMS

A diverse workforce provides a multitude of benefits to any organization. Better decision-making abilities among staff, increased innovation, heightened employee performance, and increased profits are just a few benefits.

RIP John Haydon

Beth Kanter

The nonprofit tech & marketing world has lost one of its legends, John Haydon, from cancer. If you do any work on digital strategy for nonprofits, you most likely knew John’s work and influenced by it.

Hybrid Worlds

Luis Suarez

Over the course of the last six years, since I went independent, I have had the opportunity (and still do!) of unlearning a few things in the space of knowledge sharing and collaboration tools.

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rtfm

Harold Jarche

If you find that people on social media have a tendency toward anger and outrage there is one action we all can take to diffuse the situation. It’s simple, but first we have to stop and think.

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An ATD TK2020 retrospective #ATDTK

Clark Quinn

This past week, I spent two days at ATD’s Techknowledge conference. I gave a talk on ‘ transforming learning’, and another (largely) on myths. And I participated in a couple other things, including helping out a colleague for her session.

How to Use Fastpages (2)

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is part two of a series. If you haven't read part one, you should do so now. Click here to read part one. OK them welcome back. Let's begin by reviewing what we've done in part one, because it's not obvious. First , we created a repository on GitHub.

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6 Microlearning Tactics to Include in Your Corporate eLearning

TOPYX LMS

Microlearning is one of the most effective types of corporate training employers can leverage. Whereas traditional training can be draining to some learners, microlearning is a different story.

Human-Centered Design & AI: Google AI Impact Summit

Beth Kanter

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the Google Impact AI Summit that shared the learning and case studies from Google AI Challenge winners. The Summit included presentations, panel discussions, and a “science fair” where we could see demos from and talk with the winners.

Transitions

Luis Suarez

If I were to describe with a single word the last three years since I wrote a blog post over here, that word would definitely be Transitions. You know what they say, change is hard; change is a constant, and, therefore, the only thing you can do is delay the inevitable.

a mixed bag

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “Humanity’s problem today is that we have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and god-like technology.” ” —E. Wilson, via @Kpaxs.

Going on a journey

Dave Snowden

With the odd exception, I always enjoy a long train journey. In the past month, I’ve done trips from Berlin and London to Amsterdam and got a lot more work done than I would ever have managed with flights. Every now and then I get a chance to make a journey that carries with it many memories.

The Sustainable Development Goals and Me - Part One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

With even the World Economic Forum embracing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) I thought it would be an appropriate time to check my own activity and see whether I'm supporting the goals in what I do.

How a Learning Experience Platform Improves Retail Staff Productivity

TOPYX LMS

Employee productivity is important across all industries, especially retail. Retail companies rely on the performance of their staff to generate sales and attract and retain customers. Without a productive workforce, a retail organization can’t survive.