Sat.Sep 30, 2017 - Fri.Oct 06, 2017

Scaling in complex systems

Dave Snowden

I wrote a series of posts about scaling over three year ago which in part addressed some of the perversities of methods focused on accreditation revenue to which I referred yesterday.

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The True State of Globalization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The July-August issue of the Harvard Business Review features an article by NYU and IESE professor Pankaj Ghemawat , - Globalization in the Age of Trump : Protectionism Will Change How Companies Do Business - But Not in the Ways You Think.

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A brief analysis of the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017

Jane Hart

I compiled the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017 (the 11th Annual Survey) from the votes of 2,174 learning professionals from 52 countries worldwide. Here is a brief analysis of what’s on the list and what it tells us about the current state of personal learning, workplace learning and education. Here … Social learning

Now here's the Google 'Kicker'

Nine Shift

There's a lawsuit against Google on gender pay inequity. So I was blown away, after all the Google propaganda about women in STEM, to then read that some female former Google employees were suing Google over not being paid the same as men for doing the same job. .

The certification question

Dave Snowden

The vexed question of certification came up in conversation yesterday.

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Elements of a Successful Panel

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Congrats, you have an all male panel ! Follow the #allmalepanel hashtag on Twitter and you'll find that there's no end to the creation of bad panels and the commentators that justifiably criticize them.

Three Ways To Help Support Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

Beth Kanter

It has been ten days since Hurricane Maria has devastated the Island of Puerto Rico. We have read the harrowing news reports about a lack of food, electricity, and water and people dying.

radical ideas

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. holden : “So a radical idea — maybe instead of teaching learners to code we should teach coders to learn: sociology, history, policy.”

Google Joins the Gender War

Nine Shift

The story of Google choosing not just profit but propaganda starts last year, in 2016. I sat next to a Google manager and learning style researcher at a dinner for speakers at the big University of Wisconsin Distance Teaching and Learning conference. .

The Pen and the Sword

Euen Semple

I keep thinking of the image of firefighters standing between riot police and protesters in Catalonia that I shared yesterday. Such a powerful image of two sets of ideas coming together in violent confrontation. Only one side, the state, has the “right” to use force. But we know that in the long run, however much misery it may cause, force is puny in the face of ideas. Using force is an admission of defeat.

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Happy Healthy Nonprofit Workplaces: How To Kick the Sit Out It

Beth Kanter

Last week, I was honored to do the keynote workshop at the Peel Leadership Center’s TimeOut Conference in Toronto, Canada. This conference is an opportunity for executive directors to build skills in resilience as part of a day-long seminar.

Two good books on learning

Clark Quinn

In addition to the existing good books out there (Julie Dirksen’s Design for How People Learn , Patti Schank’s new series, e.g. her book on Practice & Feedback , & Brown, et al’s Make it Stick ), I was pointed to two others. One I’d heard about but hadn’t gotten to yet, the other was new to me. And now that I’ve finished them, both are worth recommending and adding to your reading list.

O'Hare Airport's Next Carrier - - Amtrak

Nine Shift

The smart transit folks in Chicago are building a new train station - - at O'Hare Airport. Not light rail, but a train station that will take people by train to Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, maybe other states. Here's how it works.

Science Doesn't Depend on Your Beliefs to Function

Nine Shift

The late night humorist Craig Ferguson had a wonderful observation on science. . He said it in contrasting science with magic, but it applies to beliefs as well. . Science, he said, does not depend on anyone believing in it to function. With respect to females' superiority to males in language, and males' superiority in spatial ability, there is this widespread unfounded belief that no such difference exists, despite all the scientific evidence to the contrary.


LERN Raises over $2,000 for Puerto Rico

Nine Shift

Puerto Rico needs our help. We interrupt the future to say thank you to the 242 people on the LERN email list who contributed $10 or more to Unidos , a Puerto Rico relief effort with 100% of the money going to the relief effort. . The donations, ranging from $10 to $100, raised over $2,000, maybe more. Thank you everyone. . Photo: Our last visit to Puerto Rico, in better times.

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Two Examples of Nonprofit Social Media That Will Make You Smile (and learn a best practice or two)

Beth Kanter

Recently, my social media feeds have been anxiety producing, if not downright depressing. The parade of bad news: gun violence, hurricanes, earthquakes, nuclear war, fake news, and more.

So I was, at least partly, wrong

Clark Quinn

A number of years ago, I wrote that pre-testing learners was user abusive (with a caveat). My argument was sensible, qualified, but apparently wrong. Now that I’ve more of the story, it’s time to rectify my mistake. Of course, there are still remaining questions ;). My claim was that while pre-testing might have some small benefit, forcing users to test on things they don’t know isn’t nice.