The Pull of Narrative – In Search of Persistent Context

John Hagel

Examples of narratives. What are some examples of narratives?  We live in a world of ever more change and choice , a world where we have far more opportunity than ever to achieve our potential. That kind of world is enormously exciting, and full of options. But it is also highly disorienting, threatening to overwhelm us with sensory and mental overload.    In that kind of world, the ability to provide persistent context becomes paradoxically ever more valuable.

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The 9 kinds of context that will define contextual search

Ross Dawson

One of the many topics I discussed was the rise of contextual search. Looking back over the last decade, I think it’s fair to say that the search experience has not evolved much. One example she gave was a menu when you’re in a particular restaurant.

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Nonprofits and Instagram: The Ultimate Curated Collection of Best Practices, Examples, and Tips

Beth Kanter

Nonprofit Examples and Getting Started or Rebooting A Strategic Approach. Earlier this month, when Instagram announced its user community had grown to more than 400 million, it reminded me that I needed to update my curated collection of Instagram for Nonprofit resources.

Nature Conservancy Instagram Contest and Other Examples

Beth Kanter

The post summarized why it may be important, best practices, and a few nonprofit examples. One of my blog readers, Sarah Mowry, Outreach Director for the Deschutes Land Trust pointed me to Nature Conservancy’s Instagram contest , an image scavenger hunt.

Power Searching with Google

Jay Cross

Search is like driving a car. Google just opened enrollment for an online course, Power Searching with Google. I signed up for several reasons: I’m insanely curious and search the web many times a day. Often the instructor shares the screen with an example.


Tony Karrer

This post likely will be quite a bit different because I'm convinced that most people have used different search tools enough that they are pretty comfortable with their current search behaviors. Yes, I personally use Google 95%+ for searching. Search.

Reduce Searching Start Talking

Tony Karrer

I just saw When Knowledge Management Hurts … Professors Martine Haas from the Wharton School and Morten Hansen from INSEAD , for example, examined the use of internal knowledge systems by teams of consultants in one of the big four accountancy firms trying to win sales bids. The research would seem to suggest that it's more than just an uneasy feeling after searching, but the reality is that you likely are missing things.

Capture Examples

Tony Karrer

The primary reasons for doing the eLearning Tour was that it is hard to see examples of what is being done by fellow eLearning professionals and get a sense of the patterns that exist. And while I believe that I gave a flavor of what's happening out there through the tour, my gut tells me that it would be helpful to capture more examples. So first question – after participating or viewing the videos for the event: Is it helpful to capture examples?

Full-text searching Harvard Library

David Weinberger

Harvard is digitizing many of them, but as of now you cannot do a full text search of them. You can do full-text searches of them. So, I wrote a little app that lets you search Google Books for text, and then matches up the results with books in Harvard Library.

Search Pidgin

David Weinberger

To give just one example, I can’t figure out how to see the frequency of the surnames Kumar and Weinberger compared side-by-side in WolframAlpha’s signature fashion. Search engines are easier because they have already trained us how to talk to them. We eventually learn that quoting a phrase searches for exactly that phrase. Google has enough dominance in the market that its syntax influences other search engines.

Visual Aids for Search

Harold Jarche

It’s a quick way to get an understanding of what makes up a field of practice or a subject area and here are two examples: Tags: Informal Learning Just when you think you know what you’re doing on the Web, along comes another tool.

Twitter as Search Engine or Community Seed

Nancy White

Twitter as a search engine. But I never really conceptualized it as search. First, I searched for something for me. But you have to have a question in mind to make the search meaningful beyond curiosity. For example, flamingo_punk Wrote: “Mmmm!

Bring in the serendipity dial – for search, music and beyond

Ross Dawson

This is an example of collaborative filtering, whereby many users behaviors can be used to predict what others with similar musical tastes will like.

Content Search Use Cases

Tony Karrer

A recent example - Content Search: Use Cases - which explores some of the different ways we search for things and helps us think about when Google might be a good answer and when it's likely not Ray Sims has been doing great stuff on his blog. He does a great job of breaking down topics into smaller pieces.

Examples of eLearning 2.0

Clark Quinn

internal processes on wiki starting to use wikis internally Moving faculty bookmarks to Delicious use wiki for learners to craft definition of 'seamless service' after searching orgs that proclaim to provide seamless service We hope to build wikis that our students can use to share information. During my presentation last Thursday that was an introduction to eLearning 2.0 as part of an online event for the eLearningGuild, I mentioned a few common ways that I've seen eLearning 2.0

Beyond Search - REAP

Tony Karrer

via Jack Vinson's post Knowledge workers do more than search , found the article: Beyond Search is REAP. The point is that searching is really just the beginning for most activities. From the post: Beyond Search is REAP - Retrieve, Extract, Arrange, Present. We're still not there with the deeper tools and the whole experience we desire for truly reaping the value from all that's available to us on the Internet.

When search and replace goes wrong

David Weinberger

For example, here’s the explanation for the category “exercise equipment&# : Exercise equipment is any object used in exercise. A global search-and-replace or mailmerge on boilerplate gone wrong? lists experts willing to testify in court for you, for a pretty penny. It’s got over 1,000 categories, including experts in gates, loading docks, and well logging. Click on a category and you go to a page that begins with an explanation.

Google Brings SMS Search to Ghana and Nigeria

Adaptive Path

Yesterday Google announced a test launch of SMS search in Nigeria and Ghana. In places like Africa where the prevalence of mobile phones far outstrips access to the Internet via a PC, services like Google’s SMS search makes a lot of sense. It’s a great example of tailoring a service to user needs. According to a post via White African , Nigeria and Ghana are the first two African countries Google’s released this service.

Learning in the workplace

Harold Jarche

Search the Social Web using search engines (solve problems). Put together resources on how to search. You may be surprised how few people know how to search effectively. For example: Compfight for images; GoogleGuide ; Tools for Search ; Four Ways to Search the Social Web.

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stories connect knowledge

Harold Jarche

Examples include content curation, engaging in communities of practice, and a structured mentoring framework. The Ritz-Carlton provides an excellent example with Stories that Stay with You.

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Great New PaperVision Examples - 3D in Your Browser

Mark Oehlert

» February 28, 2008 Great New PaperVision Examples - 3D in Your Browser Ive blogged before about e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Small Basket of Virtual World Items | Main | Using GMail and Thunderbird.thoughts?

The Future of Work and Learning 2: Chatbots

Jane Hart

Examples of their use might therefore be to. search for relevant or customised content (or courses) on say YouTube, Wikipedia or Coursera. There are already bots for property searches , getting up to date news bots, as well as for booking hotels.

The Simple, Economic Value of Artificial Intelligence

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Only then can we really figure out how things might change.” For example, the semiconductor revolution can be viewed as being all about the dramatic reductions in the cost of arithmetic calculations.

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Peer Review vs. Search Engine Places - Quality of Information in a Web 2.0 Sources

Tony Karrer

that discusses whether: scholars would choose (1) to have their work published in the premier journal in their field or (2) to have that work regularly come up on the first screen in an appropriate Google search Having gone through a PhD process and having been in academia for 11 years where you needed to "publish" - this is a really interesting question to me. which comes up first in the Google search of eLearning 2.0. Interesting article from EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 41, no.

Learning is Connecting

Harold Jarche

For example, there are how-to videos on YouTube, learning-oriented chats on Twitter, study groups on Facebook, and professional communities on LinkedIn. Google Search: Web search engine.

I Wrote a 90,000 Word Book Entirely in Evernote

Dan Pontefract

I used Evernote because of these key features : access, snippets, notebooks & layout and search. I searched the works of others that I store in Evernote as well. Words/Grammar was one of the non-Chapter notebooks, for example. Take that Microsoft Word.

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Rethinking John Wanamaker

Doc Searls

…or, from T he Economist in 2013, a wonderful article which draws attention to research which counters the common view about search engine advertising. . Again, while search ads are called ads, but they’re really direct marketing.

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Learning Without Training

Jay Cross

Here are a few examples of learning before and after instituting the learning infrastructure we call a Workscape.

7 Tips for Using Quotes for Your Nonprofit’s Content Strategy

Beth Kanter

Pinterest is great place to showcase your quotes collections, take for example Edutopia’s “ Pinspiration ,” a pinboard of inspiring quotes. For example, on Father’s Day, Edutopia posted this quote about dads. Share an example in the comments.

What's Wrong with Traditional Stock Photography Sources for eLearning

Tony Karrer

The best way to illustrate the point is with an example. For example, if I want an Asian male doctor, I can look under medical images, find the character I want, and know that there will be dozens of images in that pack. This greatly reduces image search time.

holistic technology

Harold Jarche

The ubiquitous search engine optimization (SEO) industry is based on Google’s dominance of internet search. For example, the open source community is based on ensuring that code is transparent and is open to forking (changing the direction of development).

Why Content Curation Should be in Your Skillset

Jay Cross

You expect the curator of an art gallery to know the collection and to: search out the best items. An example: How Jay Cross Curates Content. Here’s an example of a no-cost, one-person curation project. I set up a Google Search for daily news on the topic.

[iab] Frances Donegan-Ryan

David Weinberger

At the IAB conference, Frances Donegan-Ryan from Bing begins by reminding us of the history of online search. Every time we search, data is recorded. The sequence of our searches gives especially useful information to help the engine figure out what you’re trying to find out. Now, for example, it can track a new diabetes drug through the places people visit when logged into their browser.

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Adaptive or just good design?

Clark Quinn

And, of course, it occurred to me after a conversation that there might be another example of this ‘tech fix before smart fix’ problem: adaptive learning over good design. So, for instance, adapting a large knowledge-based course will still leave it as a problematic solution in search of a problem. A few posts ago, I wrote about how we might be rushing too fast into cognitive computing.

Social Customer Service - proving you failed?

Martijn Linssen

A great comment by Guy Letts to my previous post on Acquisition versus Retention made me write this one - the comment is only half an hour old but blew my mind: Theres another example of how ridiculous is the pursuit of NEW rather than getting the basics right. Business or Pleasure? -

Jane Hart’s Top 100 Learning Tools

Jay Cross

Many times I’ll be searching my own sites. I really enjoy using Google to search images. I curate five topics on ( example ). Plus, searching for fresh content puts you in touch with the latest news.

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The Big Shift in Business Models

John Hagel

the rapid growth of ride-sharing services) for early examples of this. For example, in my car, I get real-time updates on my speed, my gasoline usage and the amount of gasoline remaining in my fuel tank. This makes the search for new business models even more urgent.

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owning your data

Harold Jarche

For example, this website is built on WordPress software and is hosted with a third-party. For example, I have used Twitter since late 2007. It is also how many people find me: through web searches. Search engines like sites that have been online for a long time.

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The Coming Listicle Apocalypse (Or … Six Ways Listicles Are Taking Over)

Dan Pontefract

Examples below: “What are the five things you did at school today?” ” “Remind me with twelve different examples why we’re still married?”

Google Brain: Inductive Thinking and Curiosity

Eide Neurolearning

In a Scientific American blog post Deep thought is dead, Long live deep thought , a bioinformatics analyst broods on the question, ‘Where are these jobs that will require such rapid “searching, browsing, assessing quality, and synthesizing the vast quantities of information?"

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