August, 2020

The case for learning science

Clark Quinn

In a perfect world, we’d spend all the time we want on learning. However, we don’t live in that world, we live in the real world. Which means our decisions are about tradeoffs. Which means we have to evaluate the case for paying attention to research.

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The Cheat Sheet For LEAD. CARE. WIN.

Dan Pontefract

In my 4th book, LEAD. How to Become a Leader Who Matters, I outline 9 insightful yet super practical leadership lessons to help… The post The Cheat Sheet For LEAD. appeared first on Pontefract Group. leadership Lead.

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Why 70 Percent of Digital Transformations Fail

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Companies either transform or die in industrial revolutions,” writes former P&G executive Tony Saldanha in his recently published book Why Digital Transformations Fail. “Digital transformation is our current generation’s attempt to transform in the face of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Rules of engagement

Dave Snowden

I got a little angry in a Slack group a day or so ago at an attempt to manipulate what was possible, second time round with the individual in question which other participants might not have realised.

working smarter with pkm — transcripts

Harold Jarche

I have a series of three 3-minute videos presenting the personal knowledge mastery framework. They are supported by the Working Smarter with PKM field guide. The videos and the transcripts, for those who prefer to read rather than watch, are here. Working Smarter with PKM (3 minute videos). Part 1.

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3 Reasons Why Personalized Learning Projects Fall Short


Personalization is easier said than done — especially when delivering content at scale. While strategic visions may vary, the need to deliver the right content, to the right audience, at the right time, and in the right format, remains the same.

Top 10 Tools for Learning 2020

Clark Quinn

It’s time, once again, for Jane Hart’s excellent Top 10 Tools for Learning survey. And, so, it’s time once again for my reflections. Here are my take on the top 10 tools that support my learning. The first way I learn is to process what I’ve seen.

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The AI Factory: A New Kind of Digital Operating Model

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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Personal Learning: Taking Ownership of Learning Online: Part One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Note: this is an unedited audio transcript generated by the Google sound recorder app on my Pixel 4. In the future I may edit it (or if you want to, feel free). For now, I provide it as is for your enjoyment.

sensemaking in uncertainty

Harold Jarche

When the pandemic broke out, the situation was generally chaotic and the best response was to act firmly, such as establish a lock-down as soon as possible. “In the chaotic domain, a leader’s immediate job is not to discover patterns but to stanch the bleeding.

dum vivimus, vivamus

Dave Snowden

I’ve been occupied by and with COVID now for more months that I care to think about and the blog has been sadly neglected. Zoom has achieved a level of intimacy with my life that I wish to break and the lack of real human contact and audiences is stressful. Notonly that time is simply flying by.

The plusses and minuses of learning science research

Clark Quinn

A person who I find quite insightful (and occasionally inciteful ;) is Donald Clark. He built and sold Epic, an elearning company, and now he leads a learning AI company, Wildfire.

Enter to Win 1 of 25 Signed Copies of LEAD. CARE. WIN.

Dan Pontefract

Want to win a free, super awesome leadership book? The post Enter to Win 1 of 25 Signed Copies of LEAD. appeared first on Pontefract Group. leadership Lead.

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Reconnecting Society and Reopening the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few months ago, MIT Connection Science held it’s annual Sponsors’ Meeting online. The virtual meeting included a number of very interesting presentations.

Bet on obsolescence

Doc Searls

the future of schooling post-coronavirus

Harold Jarche

I have been asked to present some issues on the future of schooling post-covid for a group of educators in Australia in early September. Any feedback to this post would be appreciated. In my research on schooling, I have found that the education system is a lagging indicator.

My Top Personal Learning Tools 2020

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Jane Hart has issued her annual call for our top ten e-learning tools, and here's mine. I've named my list 'personal learning tools' because I think of learning as an activity that blends my own activities as a 'student' with those as a 'teacher'. It's a practice that thinks of learning as immersive and ongoing; I work, teach and learn all in the same sweep of the quill. It's helpful to refer to my diagram from my previous post , describing the process.

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Tips to Avoid Millennials Marketing Hype

Clark Quinn

I received, in my email, a solicitation for a webinar titled 5 Tips to Engage Gen Z and Millennial eLearners in 2020 and Beyond. And, as you might imagine, it tweaked my sensibilities for the worse. My initial reaction is to provide, as a palliative, tips to avoid millennials marketing hype. The content starts off with this scintillating line: “if you’re searching for current, new ways to engage people online and keep your business thriving, look to your youngest learners.”

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Dan Reads! Lesson #2: Play for Meaning – LEAD. CARE. WIN. Excerpt

Dan Pontefract

Dan reads from Chapter 2 of LEAD. his 4th book. The post Dan Reads! Lesson #2: Play for Meaning – LEAD. Excerpt appeared first on Pontefract Group. leadership Lead.

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Are We Becoming a Decadent, Stagnating Society?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year I read a very interesting essay, “ The Age of Decadence ”, by NY Times columnist Ross Douthat. The essay is adapted from his recently published book The Decadent Society - How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success. This long essay covers a lot of ground, from technology and innovation to politics and religion. The essay was published in early February, before Covid-19 spread across the US.

Time for advertising to call off the dogs

Doc Searls

Is this the way you want your brand to look? Digital advertising needs to sniff its own stench, instead of everybody’s digital butts. A sample of that stench is wafting through the interwebs from the Partnership for Responsible Addressable Media , an ad industry bullphemism for yet another way to excuse the urge to keep tracking people against their wishes (and simple good manners) all over the digital world.

perpetual beta 2020

Harold Jarche

For 16 years my primary sensemaking medium has been this blog. This is where half-baked thoughts get tested, changed, and recombined. They reflect my interactions on social media, experiences through professional engagements, and conversations with colleagues around the world. The final part of my Seek > Sense > Share PKM practice is to put it all together. This too is in perpetual beta because once I do so, I begin on the next iteration.

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Misadventures in Content Production: Copying & Pasting is Not Reuse


The term “reuse” gets thrown around a lot in regard to content management and maintenance, particularly when dealing with content at scale. But did you know that most content authoring and management tools that tout reuse are essentially just copying and pasting? Let’s be clear — copying and pasting is NOT reuse. True reuse allows organizations to utilize existing content in a variety of deliverables and output types (HTML5, Word, PowerPoint, SCORM packages, chat bots, etc.,)

Thinking Transformation

Clark Quinn

This pandemic has led to everyone scrambling to work digitally. And it’s not really a transformation (which shouldn’t be ‘digital first’), but rather just ‘move what we do online’. And that’s understandable. Over time, however, I think we want to shift our mindset. And, I think a previous exercise in thinking transformation is valuable here. I’m talking mobile. When I originally was talking about mobile, I was doing so from a perspective of augmenting our brains.

Dan Reads! Lesson #3: Stay Present – LEAD. CARE. WIN. Excerpt

Dan Pontefract

Watch Dan Pontefract read an excerpt of his 4th book, LEAD. There are 9 practical yet super helpful leadership lessons from Dan’s 4th… The post Dan Reads! Lesson #3: Stay Present – LEAD. Excerpt appeared first on Pontefract Group. leadership

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Jane’s Personal Top 10 Tools for Learning in 2020

Jane Hart

The Top Tools for Learning 2020 (14th Annual) survey will close on Friday 21 August. Have you voted for your favourites yet? If not, you can do so by completing an online form here or else send a tweet to me, @C4LPT with your top 10 tools. I will reveal the Top 200 Tools for Learning […]. Modern Workplace Learning

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A side view of the Ranch 2 Fire

Doc Searls

What you see there is a cumulonimbus cloud rising to the north above Ranch 2 , a wildfire about fifteen miles east of here in the San Gabriel Mountains , just north of Asuza (one of too many towns to remember, in greater Los Angeles).

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push-button education

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “Any idiot can impose and exercise control. It takes genius to elicit freedom and release creativity.” ” — @DeeWHock.

Is Anthos the edge Google needs in enterprise cloud?

Dion Hinchcliffe's Web 2.0 Blog

In 3rd place in the cloud wars for years, the emergence of Google's Anthos last year was a welcome move that makes a versatile multicloud future for businesses not just a possibility, but a practical option today. But is this what Google needs to truly succeed in the cloud industry

Authentic Marketing

Clark Quinn

I’m not a marketing expert, or even a marketer, so take the following with the proverbial boulder of salt. Still, I have to market Quinnovation, and I’ve advised orgs on marketing (learning) products, and I’ve taken down a lot of bogus marketing.

Dan Reads! Lesson #1: Be Relatable – LEAD. CARE. WIN. Excerpt

Dan Pontefract

Dan reads from Chapter 1 of LEAD. his 4th book. The post Dan Reads! Lesson #1: Be Relatable – LEAD. Excerpt appeared first on Pontefract Group. leadership

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Why Employee Engagement is at an All-Time High (and How to Keep it Up)


High levels of employee engagement are critical to organizational success. Adequate employee engagement promotes staff retention and productivity, as well as fewer safety incidents. In the past, only an average of 33 percent of employees reported feeling engaged at work.

Vermont Public Radio rating wins, and the future of streaming & podcasting

Doc Searls

Radio is moving from these to servers of streams and podcasts. Public Radio: What is the best NPR station in the country ? That’s a question on Quora I thought needed answering. So I did, with this: Here’s a quantitative answer to your qualitative question: WVPS of Vermont Public Radio. Because, in Nielsen’s Audio Ratings , it scores a 12.6 in its home market of Burlington , and a 16.2 in its neighbor market of Montpelier-Waterbury.

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top tools 2020

Harold Jarche

Every year, Jane Hart asks, “What are the most popular, useful, valuable, digital tools for learning?” ” and this year has added, “How has lockdown affected the tools used for learning and development in 2020?” ” Everyone can add their voice, and voting ends 21 August. In my case, the tools I use for learning have not changed much since I posted top tools for 2019. One change I have made is to use Pinboard for my social bookmarks.

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A new IT landscape empowers the CIO to mix and match

Dion Hinchcliffe's Web 2.0 Blog

IT has always had an outsized influence on which technologies are adopted by organizations large and small. Now cloud giants are rolling up customers into big suites that are easy to manage just as the obstacles that prevented best-of-breed drop away

Curious about Curiosity

Clark Quinn

When you’re looking into motivation, particularly for learning, certain elements get mentioned again and again. So I’ve heard ‘relevance’, ‘ meaningfulness ‘, consequences, and more. Friston suggests that we learn to minimize surprise. One I’ve heard, and wrestled with, is curiosity. It’s certainly aligned with surprise. So I’ve been curious about curiosity. Tom Malone, in his Ph.D.

The Transformational Impact of Blockchain-based Supply Chains: Nine Real-World Use Cases

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In May 2016, Don Tapscott published Blockchain Revolution , his 16th book , this one co-written with son Alex. Don , whom I’ve known for over 25 years, has an uncanny knack for identifying The Next Big Thing and explaining it to everybody else through his books, articles, and speeches. Don and Alex have each developed a follow-on blockchain book.

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