The Modern Workplace Learning Landscape: more than telling people what to learn
OCTOBER 26, 2014
I was recently asked to summarise my thoughts on the evolving modern workplace learning landscape and L&D’s role in it. So here it is Although people learn in many different ways, L&D has for a long time concentrated its attention on creating, delivering and managing courses.
The Future of HR
NOVEMBER 17, 2014
“The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” – Timbuk3. Many of today’s larger companies have overly complicated, hierarchical structures. As they grew to their current size, control processes were put in place to create efficiencies.
Adaptive Path: Where We’re Going Next
OCTOBER 2, 2014
The truth is, nobody knew if this was going to work. It was, after all, a terrible idea. The idea was this: Sell a service that nobody’s ever heard of. Something that, even when you explain it, comes across as vague and abstract, and of questionable value.
Non-Technologists Agree: It’s the Technology
MARCH 12, 2014
Two papers came out last year that examined important issues around jobs and wages. Both are in top journals. Both were written by first-rate researchers, none of whom specialize in studying the impact of technology.
Why you need to take a Google Analytics approach to measuring learning
FEBRUARY 26, 2014
Did you know that, according to Bersin, less than half of the L&D organizations they survey feel they are perceived by their stakeholder leadership as a strategic business partner? That''s a pretty disheartening thing to hear.
What will universities monetize in the future?
MARCH 12, 2014
Universities do more than teach. Research is one of the most important activities of higher education. From the lens of students and society, however, the teaching and learning process and what it costs, is the primary focus.
The new digital workplace: How enterprises are preparing for the future of work
OCTOBER 7, 2014
As innovation in computing devices, apps, and potent new techniques for applying them proliferate in the consumer world, companies are struggling to close the gap. Social Enterprise Enterprise 2.0 Unified Comms IT Priorities Enterprise Software Emerging Tech Consumerization Collaboration Innovation
Platforms Are Not Created Equal: Harnessing the Full Potential of Platforms
AUGUST 4, 2014
Platforms are becoming increasingly central to business value creation. Yet, not all platforms are created equal – some platforms have far more potential to trigger powerful forms of increasing returns that will ultimately marginalize other forms of platforms. In a rapidly evolving environment, it’s important to understand not just the structure, but the dynamics, of different kinds of platforms.
Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014 is ready
SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
I spent the weekend compiling this year’s Top 100 Tools List, updating the website and producing a slideset that I have uploaded to Slideshare and embedded below.
The post-hierarchical organization
OCTOBER 23, 2014
The way we manage our organizations is largely ineffective for the complex challenges we face, whether driven by the environment, demographics, economics, or politics.
The Great Convergence
MARCH 3, 2014
This is a photo from the Hubble Space Telescope of two galaxies, NGC 2207 on the left, and IC 2163 on the right. They’re about 80 million light-years from here. And if it looks like they’re running into each other, that’s because they are.
Even Sweatshops are Getting Automated. So What’s Left?
MAY 22, 2014
Comparison of Nike’s successive sustainability reports reveals that the company used 106,000 fewer contract employees around the world in 2013 than 2012 (a greater than 9% drop), even as both profits and revenues increased by 16% and 5%, respectively.
Are Instructional Designers Making Themselves Irrelevant?
MARCH 28, 2014
How PowerPoint Is Ruining Higher Ed, Explained in One PowerPoint [link] via @slate — Dawn Poulos (@dawnpoulos) March 7, 2014.
Timeline of Emerging Science and Technology: A visual framework
DECEMBER 5, 2014
My colleague and friend Richard Watson and I have created a number of visual frameworks together, including Trend Blend 2007+ based on the London tube map, which has spawned many imitators over the years.
The ABC’s of Collaboration
JUNE 23, 2014
(Editor’s Note: scroll down for graphical versions).
Learning in the Collaboration Age
AUGUST 13, 2014
We may not have noticed it at the time, but the world of learning changed in 1990.
Multiple pathways: Blending xMOOCs & cMOOCs
MAY 6, 2014
I’m running a MOOC on edX in fall on Data Analytics & Learning (registration will be open soon). As part of this process, we organized a designjam recently bringing together 20 or so folks to think through the design process. I’ll post separately on this event.
Is the Internet of Things strategic to the enterprise?
MAY 31, 2014
Few are disputing the growth of connected devices of all kinds -- from office equipment to smartdust -- will be historic. But will it be critical to the survival and growth of the enterprise? Big Data Emerging Tech IT Priorities Mobility Networking
The Disruption Debate - What's Missing?
JUNE 30, 2014
I admit that I’m mystified by Jill Lepore’s article in the New Yorker attacking Clayton Christensen and his theory of disruptive innovation. Not only does it have a meanness that isn’t warranted, but it leaves the reader with an unanswered question: if Clay's theories are not helpful (and I still believe they are), how do we explain the cascading disruptions that are playing out in markets and industries around the world?
Are you a member of the Learning Police? !!
OCTOBER 28, 2014
In my view L&D’s role is to enable and support all kinds of learning in the workplace – not to try and control it all. I often hear things that sound a bit like this !!!! Social learning
Good leaders connect
JUNE 5, 2014
Why do organizations need leaders? If you think about leadership from a tribal, institutional, or even market perspective, then it is about controlling information and appropriately using the power you have been given, in order to achieve the organization’s aims.
How to Design Experiences the Adaptive Path Way! (Or Not.)
FEBRUARY 5, 2014
It’s a conversation I’ve had many times with fellow designers over the years. THEM : Hey, Adaptive Path! We use your (insert name of tool or method here) all the time! ME : That’s great!
If There Was Already an Ocean of Data in 2007, How Much is there Now?
JUNE 2, 2014
I’ve been trying to figure out how to convey the scale of the ‘ Big Data ‘ phenomenon — the recent worldwide explosion of the volume of data encoded in digital form. Inspiration came from Randall Munroe’s fantastic “ What if ?”
The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things
OCTOBER 15, 2014
I recently saw a very interesting presentation , - From Cloud to Fog: The Internet of Things , - by Cisco executive Michael Enescu.
What is stopping companies from measuring learning: Skillsets, datasets, toolsets or mindsets?
MAY 16, 2014
. Is your company''s learning and development strategy wedged between a rock and hard place? At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, it''s probably a more fair assessment to replace the rock with a series of boulders, which are best viewed through the lens of skillsets, datasets, toolsets and mindsets.
Reflecting on the State of Enterprise 2.0 as an Organizational Culture Change Agent
FEBRUARY 17, 2014
I know. I promised not to utilize the moniker 2.0 in 2014 but how else can I reflect back on the state of Enterprise 2.0 without actually using the term? I’ll simply lay blame to Andrew McAfee for originally coining the term and move on. After partaking in the June, 2011 Enterprise 2.0
Working Out Loud with Google Plus – Part Deux
MAY 23, 2014
One of the themes around both Social and Open Business I have grown rather fond of over the course of the last 2 to 3 years is that one of Working Out Loud (Other related topics would be as well narrating your work or observable work , a.k.a. owork ).
What I’ve learned in my first week of a dual-layer MOOC (DALMOOC)
OCTOBER 28, 2014
This last week we launched our open course on Data, Analytics, and Learning on edX. The course is structured in a dual layer model, an approach that Matt Crosslin has nicely articulated. We have 20,000 registered students, with 32% having actually logged in and taken part in the course.
The enterprise technologies to watch in 2014
FEBRUARY 28, 2014
Emerging tech often takes a while to get into the enterprise. This year''s watchlist shows that there''s plenty of hot new spaces to watch, while a few much older trends are just now reaching mainstream. Big Data Cloud Enterprise Software IT Priorities Networking Tech Industry
The Big Shift in Influence
FEBRUARY 24, 2014
Influence is becoming more and more challenging. It’s hard enough to attract attention, much less retain it or use that attention to shape the behavior of others. And yet, in a world of scarce resources and mounting pressure, the ability to influence others becomes more and more central to the ability to set big things in motion. In my last blog post , I talked about the increasing strategic importance of influence points for institutions.
4 Models of Social Workplace Learning
JUNE 12, 2014
Workplace Learning has traditionally been all about the “authoritative voice”, that is it has been about experts telling employees what they need to know, and training them in the skills they need to have to do their jobs.
Creating the AAA Organization
NOVEMBER 2, 2014
For an organization to be agile and adaptive, the people in it need to be aware of what is happening around them, have alternative pathways to gather information and knowledge, and must be allowed to act to meet/solve both local and global goals/problems.
A Reading List That (Actually) Gets Read
FEBRUARY 26, 2014
Books can be like New Years’ Resolutions. You have great ambitions to get to them or through them, but eventually what gets read are the ones that were super enjoyable or really, really important for you to read.
Technology Spending Is On Its Way Down. Or It Isn’t. Or It Doesn’t Matter.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
My MIT colleague David Autor delivered a wonderful paper at the recent Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium about American job and wage patterns in recent decades, and their link to the computerization of the economy.