October, 2011

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The Fallacy of Digital Natives

Dan Pontefract

I have a problem with both the term digital native and how it has been manufactured into one of society’s greatest myths. I also believe there is an improved way in which we should be articulating the use of technology in the learning continuum.


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The Future of Work Is Learning

Luis Suarez

The global state of the mobile industry

Ross Dawson

Mary Meeker, formerly of Morgan Stanley and now of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers , continues to do her annual presentation at Web 2.0 Summit , providing an unparalleled compilation of research about the global internet industry.

Leadership emerges from network culture

Harold Jarche

Tweet Even five years ago it was not the norm to work at a distance. Employers wanted to keep workers on-site, when it made no sense, as this post from 2005 noted: virtual work, but we need you onsite.

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How Meaningful, Smarter, Freelance Work Is Redesigning the Social Enterprise

Luis Suarez

Six thoughts on the Klout scoring changes

Ross Dawson

Today influence ratings service Klout significantly changed its rankings. Last week Klout CEO Joe Fernandez announced there would be changes , saying “a majority of users will see their scores stay the same or go up but some users will see a drop”. It seems that was not correct, and rankings levels have been revised such that most people’s scores go down. The results appears to be plenty of unhappy people.

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Introducing Findings

Steven Berlin Johnson

I have been dreaming about new tools that would help me capture what I was reading for almost as long I have been reading. 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, Oh, the irony.)

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You can’t manage informal learning – only use of informal media

Jane Hart

In Memoriam: Steve Jobs

Andy McAfee

Let’s stop and note: the billionaire CEO of a Fortune 50 company has died, and spontaneous memorials to him have sprung up all around the world. I ask in all seriousness – has anything like this ever happened before in the history of modern capitalism?

Spreading social capitalism

Harold Jarche

Tweet I had the pleasure of meeting Dan Robles at Innotribe and his recent post on It is Time to Evolve , got me thinking and making some connections. Dan starts with the big picture: How the world really works.

The race to platform education

George Siemens

Across the full spectrum of education – primary, secondary, and higher – we are witnessing a race to develop platforms for content, learning, teaching, and evaluation. As liberating as the web is, tremendous centralization of control is occurring in numerous spaces: Google in search/advertising/Android, Amazon in books/cloud computing, Facebook in social networks, etc. I use a smaller range of tools today than I did five years ago.

The future of Chief Marketing Officers and leadership

Ross Dawson

Last week I attended a breakfast organized by IBM for a small group of Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and influencers, hosted by its Australian CMO Mark Willson. IBM had recently launched its global CMO study , showing what CMOs are thinking about marketing today and in the future.

UX in Public Transit

Adaptive Path

I had the pleasure of speaking at the Oregon Transit Conference this week in sunny Seaside , OR. This was the conference for representatives of Oregon's many transit agencies. Topics ranged from grant writing how-tos and leadership to the future of public transit itself.

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Thoughts on Steve Jobs, The Book

Steven Berlin Johnson

I just finished reading Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography on the flight back to SFO a few minutes ago, and wanted to jot down a few responses while they were fresh in my head. The first is that we are very lucky that Jobs reached out to Isaacson (and that Isaacson agreed to do it.) I can't think of a better biographer for this project--so much so that one of the strange thoughts I had after Jobs died was, "At least we're going to have this book to read."

High Fluid Intelligence, Gestures, and Simulation

Eide Neurolearning

In an interesting study, German researchers found that increased hand gestures of 11th graders predict their correct solving of a chessboard visual analogy problem as well as predicting increased cortical thickness and higher fluid intelligence. ".all

Why do we need social business?

Harold Jarche

Tweet The Dachis Group’s latest XPLANATiON of the attributes of a socially optimized business is a pretty good answer to the question, “What is social business?”

The open access debate

George Siemens

At the EDUCAUSE 2011 conference today, I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by Hal Abelson – founding director of Free Software Foundation and Creative Commons. He presented on the state of openness in education.

How tablets are changing how we consume news

Ross Dawson

Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism has just released some great research on how people use tablets (still mainly iPads) to consume news. The infographic below summarizes the findings – click on the image to go through to the original full-size version.

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The journey was the reward

Doc Searls

I was in the midst of late edits on The Intention Economy this afternoon, wondering if I should refer to Steve Jobs in the past tense. I didn’t want to, but I knew he’d be gone by the time the book comes out next April, if he wasn’t gone already.

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Ten strategies for making the "Big Leap" to next-gen mobile, social, cloud, consumerization, and big data

Dion Hinchcliffe

The “Big Five” IT trends are in the midst of making their impact felt in organizations around the world. Is this is a significant chance for IT to drive innovation and business agility at long last, or will the impact of these be the undoing of the classical era of IT?

Key social learning resources: Part 6 #sociallearning

Jane Hart

Continuing my series of key social learning resources, here is this week’s selection. 1- In Jane Bozarth’s Nuts and Bolts column for Learning Solutions Magazine, this month she provides an excerpt from the eLearning Guild’s Report, Social Media for Learning.

The new knowledge worker

Harold Jarche

Tweet What are knowledge workers? Are they a new breed or just a variation of the 20th century professional class? Neal Gorenflo , co-founder and publisher of Shareable Magazine, has identified (a very preliminary idea) a certain type of knowledge worker: Knowledge workers understand information as currency. Sharing is a core strategy for success even in a corporate context. This can bring knowledge workers to the commons. . Their worldview is informed by systems thinking or is polyglot.

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Chronicle Interview: Why universities should experiment with open online courses

George Siemens

I did an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education on Why Universities Should Experiment With ‘Massive Open Courses’. Thanks to Jeff and Warren for the opportunity to share some of the work that Stephen Downes, Dave Cormier, Alec Couros, and a growing number of educators have engaged in over the last four years.

The latest on the future of journalism: where value creation means jobs

Ross Dawson

As part of News Limited’s launch of its digital subscription plans that I wrote about earlier this week , News has just launched the site Future of Journalism , (subtitle: A Discussion Hosted by News Limited).

In a Complex World, Continuous Learning and Simple Truths Prevail

Charles Jennings

The book ‘The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine’ is Michael Lewis’ marvellous account of the idiocy and greed that led to the sub-prime bubble and the resulting global financial crisis. Lewis’ book focuses on a few smart people who saw the simple truths beneath the complex world of financial jiggery-pokery that led to wealthy people becoming even wealthier on the backs of others who were

Unleashing the Next Age of Prosperity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I met with Carlota Perez in New York. I first met Carlota , - a friend so I will refer to her by first name, - around the time of the publication of her 2002 book: Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages. In her book, as well as her many articles and lectures , she frames the turbulent times we are going through into a clear, historical perspective. Let me briefly summarize her views. .

Do you really need separate social learning tools? PART TWO – 6 ways to integrate learning into the workflow

Jane Hart

In Part One of this series of blog postings, I asked the question: “As business is becoming more social and we are using new social tools to work collaboratively with one another, do we really need another set of social tools specifically for learning?” ” In this post I am going to be taking a look at 6 ways organisations are already integrating learning into their workflow systems – so that the same… Read the rest. Social learning

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Third Industrial Revolution – Review

Harold Jarche

Tweet The future should be networked writes Jeremy Rifkin in The Third Industrial Revolution. He sees the next industrial age, one bridging industrialism to continental collaboration as the most feasible post-carbon future.

Talent Pools vs. Communities: What’s the Difference?

Kevin Wheeler

We toss the word community around a lot in recruiting, but most of us do not have a very clear definition of what makes it different from a database or a talent pool. A talent pool typically is a group of people who have been screened at least a little. They are people roughly qualifeid for a position or to work in an organization, but we really don’t have any realtionship with them.

Using social media to track and drive organizational success metrics

Ross Dawson

This week I was MC for the AHRI HR Technology conference , and ran one of the workshops on the following day, on Creating Results Using Social Media. A real highlight of the conference was the Social Media: Risks and Rewards panel, which I chaired, with the participation of a fantastic cast of Peter Williams of Deloitte, Steve Barham of LinkedIn, Laurel Papworth of The Community Crew, and Sam Mutimer of ThinkTank Media.

The One Percent

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Props to New Scientist for highlighting this report, which identifies a network of 147 tightly clustered entities that control 40 percent of the world's wealth. The top 20 included Barclays Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The Goldman Sachs Group.

A few simple tools I want edu-startups to build

George Siemens

Outside of taking courses in XML, programming logic, and Python, I am not a programmer. I understand the importance of being able to program. I can get by with HTML and CSS. There are few things more irritating, however, than having ideas that one is not capable of activating in a meaningful way. It’s like having a desire to communicate but lacking the ability to speak. This isn’t a huge liability – as long as you have access to people who can translate your ideas into code.

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Key social learning resources: Part 8 #sociallearning

Jane Hart

Here are 5 more resources this week that look at social approaches to working and learning – and in particular the new mindset required.