Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: The Power of Power Laws

John Hagel

We're shifting from a Gaussian world to a Paretian world, with profound implications for business. Johann Gauss was a famous mathematician in the 18th century and Vilfredo Pareto was a great economist who lived across the cusp of the

ROI and Metrics in eLearning

Tony Karrer

I'm working on an article around the use of ROI and metrics in eLearning. I did a quick search for resources and here's what I found. I thought it would be worth posting this list here. Kirkpatrick's Level 3: Improving the Evaluation of E-Learning Level 3 evaluations measure whether the there was an actual transfer of learning to the actual work setting.

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Background Noise Problems in Dyslexia

Eide Neurolearning

More data supporting the range of perceptual difficulties in dyslexia. In the figure below, researchers found that dyslexic subjects showed delayed responses to sounds (HP stands for Huggins Pitch, TN stands for pure tone)when played with background noise.

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What Connectivism Is

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Posted to the Connectivism Conference forum (which hits a login window - click 'login as guest' (middle of the left-hand column) - I'm sorry, and I have already complained to the conference organizer). At its heart, connectivism is the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks.

Doc Searls Weblog · Go from hell

Doc Searls

Why do we continue, in 2007, to believe that markets are all about What Big Companies Do? Worse, why do we continue to take advertising for granted as the primary source of the the Bux DeLuxe required to fund technical

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stevenberlinjohnson.com: David Brooks, Deconstructed

Steven Berlin Johnson

Some close reading of the breathtakingly superficial David Brooks column today on hipster parents: Can we finally stop reading about the musical Antoinettes who would get the vapors if their tykes were caught listening to Disney tunes

Learnlets » Labeling Games

Clark Quinn

I've mentioned before how I got into this field, and back then what we were doing was creating educational computer games. Playing the original Colossal Cave adventure, I realized how we could put meaningful skills into these

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Avanoo.a new twist on surveys and collective (or collected?) wisdom

Mark Oehlert

avanoo so you sign up for avanoo and you get to answer and see the results for all kinds of questions like: if you believe in heaven, what do souls do there? and.should immigrants to the us be required to speak english

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Community 2.0

John Hagel

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel Exploration of emerging innovations on a broad array of edges that are rising up to challenge the core About Recent Posts The Great Reset Passion and Flow Economic Recovery? Dont Count On It.

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Facebook as a Learning Platform

Tony Karrer

Facebook seems to be coming up everywhere the past few weeks. The most recent, which finally got me to post, was a Stephen Downes post - I'm Majoring in Facebook, How about You?

Do You Sociate? » Wooo hooo! Got my OLPC

Jerry Michalski

On Thursday FedEx home delivery dropped off a mystery box. I opened it, failed to recognize the logos on the cover sheet I saw on top of the contents, then dug deeper and saw this: Ah! the logo! An early Christmas present

Why the Semantic Web Will Fail

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Don't get too excited by the title. But I do want to share a few thoughts. It was running through my head just now, the work that we were doing here in Moncton to work on an e-learning cluster. Because I saw that 'cluster building' is still one of the major pillars of NRC's strategy, and I was wondering whether our work would ever be a part of that again. And I was thinking about some of the things that didn't go so well in our first few years.

Doc Searls Weblog · Still at Newspapers 1.x

Doc Searls

Stop giving away the news and charging for the olds. Okay, give away the news, if you have to, on your website. There's advertising money there. But please, open up the archives. Stop putting tomorrow's fishwrap behind paywalls

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Communication Nation: Visual thinking podcast

Dave Gray

Tony Karrer is the CEO of TechEmpower, an E-Learning development company, and author of the E-Learning Technology blog. Last Friday Tony expressed some skepticism about the role of visual thinking in e-learning on his blog

Harold Jarche » Informal Learning Unworkshop #4

Harold Jarche

Jay Cross, Judy Brown and I will be conducting our fourth online Informal Learning Unworkshop starting on February 6th, 2007. In a nutshell, this is what “Learning with Blogs, Wikis and the Web”, will be about

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: A Personal Year of Transition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In January of this year I posted an entry in my blog announcing that I was Moving On. I wrote that "After thirty-seven years at IBM, I will be retiring this coming June. I will continue to be involved with the company on a part-time

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Literary Style By The Numbers

Steven Berlin Johnson

This may be old news to some of you, but I just noticed the other day that Amazon has added a whole panel of "text stats" for many of its books. I noticed it because my last book The Ghost

Learnlets » Content, context, and experience

Clark Quinn

In my (next to) last post, I talked about print versus screen reading, and at the end made a comment about publishers. I want to extend that comment here, and to do so I need to go to Pine & Gilmore's Experience Economy

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Must-have Firefox Entensions and Fixes

Mark Oehlert

firefoxlogo everybody knows that the entire staff here at e-clippings world headquarters uses firefox. i run mine off my u3 usb drive. that being said, lifehacker has a point when they point out that we have all woken up after some

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Institutional Innovation

John Hagel

Executives spend a lot of time these days worrying about innovation. Innovation is a key engine for growth and profitability yet few companies do it well and consistently. Even more fundamentally, few companies think broadly enough

eLearning Tools - Wikis, Blogs and More

Tony Karrer

Found via Donald Clark - Business Week article - The Wiki Workplace that discusses use of Wikis and Blogs and particularly their use. Geek Squad is a case in point. Many thousands of Geeks are using a growing suite of collaboration technologies to brainstorm new products and services, manage projects, swap service tips, and socialize with their peers.

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Do You Sociate? » Mini-Feed’s not in Wikipedia

Jerry Michalski

Now and then, Wikipedia falls short. In this case, the entry for Facebook lists a few of the system's features, such as The Wall, Gifts, Pokes and the Marketplace, but the entry doesn't mention the Mini-Feed (the News Feed is mentioned

Kirschner, Sweller, Clark (2006) - Summary

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Note: I'm posting this as an example of a rigorous examination and deconstruction of an academic paper. these are my notes on Kirschner, Sweller and Clark's paper Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching.

Doc Searls Weblog · Future to Newspapers: Jump in the river

Doc Searls

Here's the problem with most news: it isn't. It's olds. It happened hours ago, or last night, or yesterday, or last month, or before whenever the deadline was in the news organization's current “news cycle”. It's not now

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Communication Nation: Affinity mapping

Dave Gray

Affinity mapping is a way to sort large amounts of data into logical groups. Existing items and/or new items identified by individuals are written on sticky notes which are sorted into categories as a workshop activity

Harold Jarche » Process improvement is bad for innovation

Harold Jarche

I've had this feeling for a while and now there is evidence that process improvement, like Six Sigma, stifles innovation. Oligopoly Watch feels that, “The management moves that cheer stockholders and financial analysts, when taken too

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Innovation Communities and Network Effects

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I just returned from a week in London, about half of it spent at Imperial College. I gave a couple of seminars to MBA students, and spent time with faculty and research members of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group, arguably one


Steven Berlin Johnson

wonderful essay by andrew blum about "jane jacobs in an age of global change": jacobs fought modernist urban planning's “dishonest mask of pretended order,” and what concerns me today about cities is a corollary: call it the dishonest

Learnlets » iPhone it in…

Clark Quinn

Am I missing something? With all the hype around the iPhone, I had a couple of points of concern: things I do with my Treo that I'd sorely miss. These included Dial Up Networking (using my phone as a modem for my laptop, though Sprint

I like the Kindle - sort of

Nancy White

Although I have not yet used Amazon’s new Kindle ebook reader, I like the idea of it. Having a dedicated device with a long battery life that allows me to read books, newspapers and blogs sounds great. I can imagine using it first thing in the morning to read the headlines and some stories from my favourite newspaper and several blogs that I follow. Being able to download books on demand and keep them on the reader also appeals - I normally have several books on the go at any one time.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Wasting Talent

John Hagel

Corporations around the world face a systematic and sustained squeeze on profitability. This squeeze comes from two different directions simultaneously – customers and talent. Our performance measurement systems are woefully unprepared

Flash Quiz Tools

Tony Karrer

Update June 2008 - added one free flash quiz tool based on a question I received. This tool is listed at the bottom. A client wanted to create online quizzes that would live inside of a larger site. They didn't really need tracking of user responses, instead they wanted them to be fun. I suggested a couple of tools, but then wondered if I had given them the best list of tools. So, the eLearningGuild research again to the rescue.

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Do You Sociate? » “Exhaust data” cite in the Economist

Jerry Michalski

A few weeks ago, Economist reporter Andreas Kluth wrote a nice piece about Facebook and social networking services in general, titled Social Graph-iti. He kindly quoted me referring to the peripheral vision that Facebook's MiniFeed

Criticizing the Cape Town Declaration

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Re: The Cape Town Open Education Declaration Normally I would expect to enthusiastically add my name to a document supporting free access to open learning resources. This is certainly a cause I have worked toward all my life, one that is expressed in the statement of principle on my home page , one that characterizes the papers I write, the software I code, the speeches I give.