Defining the Big Shift
AUGUST 2, 2009
About one month after the release of our Shift Index report , one question that keeps coming up is whether we can offer a succinctly define what the Big Shift is that our Shift Index seeks to measure. Given the magnitude, depth and far-reaching impact of the Big Shift, succinctness is a challenge. At the highest level, we would characterize the Big Shift as moving from a world of push to a world of pull.
Transparency is the new objectivity
JULY 19, 2009
A friend asked me to post an explanation of what I meant when I said at PDF09 that “transparency is the new objectivity. First, I apologize for the cliché of “x is the new y. Second, what I meant is that transparency is now fulfilling some of objectivity’s old role in the ecology of knowledge. Outside of the realm of science, objectivity is discredited these days as anything but an aspiration, and even that aspiration is looking pretty sketchy.
The Future of the Training Department
OCTOBER 21, 2009
The latter 20th Century was the golden era of the training department. Before the 20th Century, training per se did not exist outside the special needs of the church and the military. Now the training department may be at the end of its life cycle.
The Standalone LMS is Dead
OCTOBER 24, 2009
This past week, I attended the SharePoint 2009 conference in Las Vegas. I’ll provide some feedback on that particular release in another blog posting (read Bill Simser for now) but what the conference itself got me thinking about was that, thankfully, the standalone LMS is definitely going to become redundant. Dinosaur. Soviet Union. Saturn Car. Hierarchy. you get the picture).
Not Your Father’s ROI
JUNE 28, 2009
The July issue of Chief Learning Officer is now available online. It features an article in which Jon Husband and I delve into how to measure the impact of learning in the network era. Productivity in a Networked era: Not Your Father’s ROI.
Old Growth Media And The Future Of News
Steven Berlin Johnson
MARCH 14, 2009
The following is a speech I gave yesterday at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin.
OCTOBER 30, 2009
Harold Jarche is blogging about the future of the training department, briefly looking back at the pre-training age and then at how training has evolved after its invention in the 20th century. He explains how today's complex
Business cases are a waste of time!
JANUARY 19, 2009
By David Gurteen Knowledge managers are always asking how they can obtain support for a KM project by demonstrating the ROI especially as the measuring the ROI of a KM initiative is so difficult. This article by Susan Cramm on the Harvard Business Publishing website is about IT projects but I think is even more applicable to KM projects.
NOVEMBER 14, 2009
We often talk about passion, but we tend to use it very loosely. We usually refer to passion in passing – it is rarely the primary focus of discussion or analysis. I am just as guilty of this. A couple of months ago, I posted a manifesto for passionate creatives and never explicitly defined what I meant by passion. In talking with people about this manifesto, I discovered that passion has an infinite variety of meanings.
Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable ? Clay Shirky
MARCH 13, 2009
Back in 1993, the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain began investigating piracy of Dave Barry's popular column, which was published by the Miami Herald and syndicated widely. In the course of tracking down the sources of
Four C’s of digital media
AUGUST 13, 2009
Gaurav Mishra wrote a guest blog post at Beth Kanter’s blog, on the 4 C’s of social media , complete with explanations and possible uses of this framework: Content. Collaboration. Community. Collective Intelligence.
When it's just so obvious NOT to train it's painful to watch it happen
JUNE 12, 2009
The amount of time, effort and money wasted on formal ILT training prior to rollout or upgrade of enterprise platforms (particularly ERM and CRM) and other new software systems is really quite amazing. Some managers and L&D people just don’t seem to get it.
Chief Talent Officer - A Common Role by 2015 | Over the Seas
AUGUST 27, 2009
Most organizations can't assess who the best employees are in a quantitative way. Assessments are subjective and highly influenced by personality and circumstances. Massive hiring followed by equally massive layoffs are the norm without
Twitter Conference Ideas
JANUARY 30, 2009
Twitter has become a pretty great tool to help with socializing at conferences. Here are a few of the things we've been doing Twitter as Social Chat At both DevLearn and TechKnowledge , we created a hashtag and created a specific Twitter account that was the hub.
The Biology of Creativity - Right Hemispheric Thinking, Problem Solving by Insight, and Diffuse Attention
MARCH 23, 2009
A Northwestern research group has found that people that solve anagram puzzles by sudden insight rather than by conscious search or analytic strategies have an EEG resting state that prefers the right over the left hemisphere.
An Operating System for the Mind
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
SEPTEMBER 19, 2009
The core of the opposition to what are being called "21st century skills" is contained in the following argument: "Cognitive science teaches us that skills and knowledge are interdependent and that possessing a base of knowledge is necessary to the acquisition not only of more knowledge, but also of skills. Skills can neither be taught nor applied effectively without prior knowledge of a wide array of subjects."
eLearning is not the answer
FEBRUARY 20, 2009
eLearning is not a big cost-cutter. Corporations are flocking to eLearning for all the wrong reasons. It’s cheaper: no travel, no facilities cost, no instructor salaries. This sort of fanciful thinking tripped up eLearning ten years ago.
MAY 27, 2009
tony karrer is blogging about the term “meta-learning” and its definition as it was used in the article “become a chief meta-learning officer” by jay cross and clark quinn. great insights are shared by author and commenters
I Know It When I See It
JANUARY 27, 2009
More and more often these days I get asked “Does [offering X] from [vendor Y] qualify as an Enterprise 2.0 product?” Established vendors of collaboration software are modifying their offerings and repositioning them as social software
Smart.fm: Developing a Great Experience
OCTOBER 29, 2009
Part of the Smart.fm iPhone App Story. When last we posted about the Smart.fm iPhone app the team had moved from design into development. In the few months since we have been hard at work bringing our ideas to life. The combined team, working across many time zones and many miles of ocean collaborated almost daily. We tackled issues on the server side. We tackled issues on the device. We tested scenarios and we tweaked the design when implementation revealed new ways to solve problems.
Allen Tough, informal learning pioneer
Jay Cross's Informal Learning
DECEMBER 21, 2009
Allen Tough, a brief talk at the 3rd New Approaches to Lifelong Learning (NALL) Conference. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. February 19, 1999.
Sense-making with PKM
MARCH 12, 2009
Note: This is a revised HTML version of previous PDF’s posted on the site , which should make it easier for sharing. We may learn on our own but usually not by ourselves. People learn socially.
Learning 2.0 Tetrad Through Marshall McLuhan
AUGUST 30, 2009
If you haven’t heard of Marshall McLuhan , well you’re simply missing out on one of Canada’s most innovative minds. Derrick de Kerckhove, Director of the McLuhan Program of Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto since 1983 wrote McLuhan for Managers in 2003.
Gen Y Redefines Learning | Over the Seas
AUGUST 10, 2009
Gen Y, those in their twenties now, and all those who follow are born of bits and bytes. They hardly read. They watch lots of television, watch movies on the Internet, have made YouTube their favorite destination, and probably play some
Narrowing Gap between Face-to-Face and Online Presentations
SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
Are people noticing this? It seems that face-to-face and online presenting are becoming more similar. Some aspects: Wireless access is becoming more common in places where presentations occur. If you are a conference organizer and you don't arrange for wireless, be prepared for some negative comments. See Better Conferences. A larger percentage of the audience these days brings a laptop to presentations and it seems that the factor of Laptop Distraction is quieting down.
Different Brain Networks for Novelty-Induced vs. Voluntary Attention
MAY 11, 2009
This may come as no great surprise to parents or teachers, but still the implications are significant for the classroom: different brain networks exist for attention depending on whether it is novelty-induced or voluntary.
TNP: 20 Years On
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
MARCH 24, 2009
In 1989 I was reaching the peak of my career. My PhD coursework was complete and behind me, I was gainfully employed (if underpaid) teaching logic and philosophy for the U of A and Athabasca University, I was elected for my first term as president of the Graduate Students' Association, and I was riding a wave of personal and political popularity. More importantly for me, I was finally understanding the problems that had drawn me to formal learning in the first place.
Informal Learning 2.0
AUGUST 7, 2009
Effectiveness – Jay Cross. Published in Chief Learning Officer, August 2009. Informal Learning 2.0. Jay Cross. In the world of business, the era of networks is crowding out the Industrial Age.
$1 million e-learning no more…
APRIL 15, 2009
i've been in the training and development business for nearly 20 years now. things certainly have changed a lot in that time. my first job out of graduate school was as an interactive designer for a small but growing multimedia
nigelpaine.com - Blog - Ada Lovelace Day
MARCH 24, 2009
Today is Ada Lovelace Day. And I will be making a very small contribution to the day by commenting on a female who has made a major impact on technology. Something about Ada from the Science Museum site: "Ada
I only read it for the articles
NOVEMBER 4, 2009
The Economist has a delightful article on how we self-justify our dubious behaviour after the event using spurious reasons. It turns out we often deceive ourselves into believing that our hastily constructed justifications are genuinely what motivated us. The article riffs on a recent study by marketing researchers Zoë Chance and Michael Norton , who asked male students to choose between two specially created sports magazines. One had more articles, but the other featured more sports.
Agile instructional design
Jay Cross's Informal Learning
FEBRUARY 16, 2009
I’ve been thinking about fresh approaches to instructional design. Instructional design was invented around the time of World War II. Starting virtually from scratch, America had to train millions of men to be soldiers and millions of civilians to make ships and armaments.
Success depends on who we work with
DECEMBER 1, 2009
Here’s a description from Connected: The surprising power of our social networks and how they shape our lives , in which sociologist, Brian Uzzi, describes how creative teams (musical productions) function: Uzzi found that teams made up of individuals who had never before worked together fared poorly, greatly increasing the chance of a flop. These networks were not well connected and contained mostly weak ties.
A Labor Day Manifesto for a New World
SEPTEMBER 7, 2009
We speak on behalf of the creatives who are passionate about their work. They experience deep frustration today with the institutional barriers that have been put in their way as they seek to more fully achieve their full potential. They want and need platforms that can help them connect with others and drive performance to new levels.