Modern Professional Learning: Guidelines & Resources

Jane Hart

Modern Professional Learning: Guidelines and Resources to survive and thrive in the modern workplace. New article in the MWL Magazine. Social learning

Notes On "Global Guidelines: Ethics in Learning Analytics"

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In my post referencing the ICDE's Global Guidelines: Ethics in Learning Analytics yesterday I said: This document summarizes the considerations of an ICDE working group on learning analytics. Regular communications to staff should help ensure that they understand the approach: the underlying values linked to the institution’s mission and strategy; the anticipated benefits for students; the limitations of data and its interpretation; guidelines for ethical practice.


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7 guidelines for managing open networks

Harold Jarche

Ed Morrison , Advisor for the Purdue Center for Regional Development, says that many of the familiar approaches to management no longer apply, and goes on to provide 7 keys to guiding an open network. I have added my images and one other that support this excellent set of rules. Click on each image for a link to the supporting article. Rule 1: Form a core team with distributed leadership roles. Rule 2: To accelerate, go slowly at first [Probe-Sense-Respond].

Computer Use Guidelines

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to Alfred Thompson's Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics : Leaving aside the questionable wisdom of framing generic advice within a construct specific to a certain religion. The commandments say, essentially, "don't take or use other people's stuff without permission," which is OK in itself, but the way it is repeated over and over reveals an unhealthy fixation on property rights, to the exclusion of almost all else.

Social Computing Guidelines and Why You Would Still Need Them

Luis Suarez

From there onwards it all starts rolling out and for today I thought I would go ahead and continue with the series of articles and write about the second pillar itself, which I know is going to cause a bit of a surprise, and perhaps a bit of a stir, too, because most people are not going to believe that here we are, nearly at the end of 2015, and we still need them and pretty badly: Social Computing Guidelines. We no longer talk about rules, but guidelines.

Teaching in the Digital Age: Guidelines for Designing Teaching and Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary notes from the Tony Bates presentation at the World Conference on Online Learning , Toronto. Building an Effective Learning Environment What is knowledge, and how does learning occur. Analogy: coal. We can think of knowledge as coal, and shovel it into a furnace (this is the objectivist perspective). Or we can think of knowledge as developmental, for example, heat. This is the constructivist perspective.

How Fun and Creativity Can Shape Your Own Social Computing Guidelines and Policy

Luis Suarez

I remember the day when IBM was first facing that very same issue , on whether to put together a social computing policy and guidelines or not. From there onwards, and 6 years later, two different revisions coming along and we now have got IBM’s Social Computing Guidelines , which we could possibly say have become an industry standard that other companies have adapted to their corporate culture and values to make them their own and shine through all the way.

Team Guidelines From A New Boss: How Can He Make Sure.

Bob Sutton

A Great Pixar Story: Alvy Ray Smith and Ed Catmull Serve as Human Shields » Team Guidelines From A New Boss: How Can He Make Sure People Live Them?   Guidelines like these are great when they are drive and reflect behavior, but when they are consistently violated, they are worse than having no guidelines at all because the stench of hypocrisy fills the air.  The guidelines would probably be even better if the team worked on them. Bob Sutton.

debunking handbook 2020

Harold Jarche

They also give these general guidelines.

Rules of engagement

Dave Snowden

So what are the rules – well in no particular order I lay them out below as a set of guidelines. Guidelines for conflict .

First School District to Stop Penalizing for Late Work!

Nine Shift

The new guidelines for Denton, Texas, Independent School District, clearly outline there is to be no penalty for late work. Thanks to NineShifter Djuna Forrester for telling us about the first school district to stop penalizing students for late work. Vicky Christianson of Denton ISD confirmed the new policy to NineShift last week. Congratulations Denton ISD ! And Thank You

Paid content needs REALLY BIG metadata

David Weinberger has just put up a post of mine about some new guidelines for “paid content.” ” The guidelines come from the PR and marketing communications company Edelman, which creates and places paid content for its clients. Short version: Edelman paid for a day of consulting on the guidelines. And, no, that didn’t include me agreeing to write about the guidelines).

#3 Story of the Year

Nine Shift

BUT since that data enters Europe, it must meet the European guidelines, even though you may never go to Europe. . The 'Data Subject' privacy law passed by Europe protects Americans. Europe is leading the way in passing legislation to make society work in the 21st century. The 'Data Subject' privacy law says that an individual's data (you and I are 'data subjects') is subject to protection by law. . And it includes Americans!

supporting workplace performance

Harold Jarche

Unclear expectations (such as policies & guidelines). Many workplace performance issues cannot be solved through training, such as: Poor communications. Inadequate resources. Unclear performance measures. Rewards and consequences are not directly linked to the desired performance.

Corporate Policies on Web 2.0

Tony Karrer

use of Web 2.0 / social media for work and learning) is that organizations often have not established their policies or guidelines around the use of these tools. And most corporate guidelines out there around social media are fairly similar. I think IBM's policy is a pretty good starting point: IBM Social Computing Guidelines Other company policies or discussions of guidelines I've seen around blogging, social media, web 2.0:

Violate copyright? No Facebook for you!

David Weinberger

I’m not a lawyer, but I’m pretty sure that if Net Neutrality means that access providers don’t get to block access to sites, then this grotesquely violates the FCC’s Net Neutrality guidelines According to TorrentFreak , a leaked AT&T training doc indicates that starting on Nov.

Some basic rules for napkin-sketching

Dave Gray

minutes) video with a few guidelines for making better napkin sketches: 1. Here is a short (3.5 Ground line 2. Center(s) of gravity 3. Connect figure to ground 4. Big-to-little 5. Draw through and over I hope you enjoy it

New criteria for academic recognition

David Weinberger

The University of Maine has approved new guidelines for tenuring and promoting academics. The new guidelines allow crediting an academic for contributing to social media. This the right thing to do not only because it is a more realistic assessment of an academic’s worth. It’s also the right thing to do because it helps to build the value of the network.

Culture: the subject

Dave Snowden

The idea creating a painting will provide scaffolding for this series; it will draw on various guidelines on how to paint a picture. The Oxford English Dictionary defines culture as “The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively” and “The ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society”.

Confused Reader Disputes E.U. Law

Nine Shift

We had to file a statement regarding privacy that met the guidelines in the E.U. A confused reader disputed our post on July 23 that Americans would be protected under the new European Union law. . Let's give two examples: 1.Earlier this week, my little organization wanted to get some software from a company in Europe to teach Americans, not Europeans. law. No matter we are American, only Americans would use the software.

The 2019 Artificial Intelligence Index

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Nearly a third (32%) of the articles dealt with the various AI Frameworks and Guidelines proposed by governments and policy institutions around the world. AI has emerged as the defining technology of our era, as transformative over time as the steam engine, electricity, and the Internet.

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Real photographs

David Weinberger

Unfortunately, the NYT removed all of the photos, rather than keeping them up with the metadata that the digital manipulation had gone beyond editorial guidelines, and without telling us what those guidelines are. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see what the NYT’s guidelines are and then hold a contest to see who can create the most deceptive photo while staying within those guidelines?

learning myths & superstitions

Harold Jarche

In Millennials, Goldfish & other Training Misconceptions my colleague Clark Quinn has written a handy guide for every training shop or L&D department. Using his decades of experience combined with a scientist’s analytical mind, Clark first looks at learning ‘myths’ — beliefs we hold that aren’t true. Each myth is analyzed from seven perspectives: The Claim. The Appeal. The Potential Upside. The Potential Downside. How to Evaluate. What the Evidence Says.

meetings, bloody meetings

Harold Jarche

The related Meetings Wiki provides good guidelines from several companies. My introduction to organizing meetings was in the military, where different types of meetings had standard structures. The Orders Format was something any officer could recite from memory. During officer training we were shown the 1976 John Cleese film, which was updated in 1993 — Meetings, Bloody Meetings. Cleese, a manager, is convicted in a dream of the following: Chairing without due thought & preparation.

Wise technology?

Clark Quinn

We can provide guidelines about good decisions, provide support through the process, etc. At a recent event, they were talking about AI (artificial intelligence) and DI (decision intelligence). And, of course, I didn’t know what the latter was so it was of interest. The description mentioned visualizations, so I was prepared to ask about the limits, but the talk ended up being more about decisions (a topic I am interested in) and values. Which was an intriguing twist.

Scenario Planning - Formulating Strategy in the Face of High Uncertainty

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In his HBR article , Peter Scoblic offers a few key guidelines: Invite the right people to participate. “Bring together participants who have significantly different organizational roles, points of view, and personal experiences.”. “How can we formulate strategy in the face of uncertainty?,” asks Learning from the Future , a recent Harvard Business Review article by Peter Scoblic , in its opening sentence.

creative economy entrepreneurs

Harold Jarche

Guidelines and considerations are provided for each. The co-founders of Creative Startups have published a book that is a guide for anyone interested in the creative economy at any level — Creative Economy Entrepreneurs. This book is a good read but it is more of text book, sprinkled with anecdotes and data, than a single narrative. I would recommend it for anyone working in economic development today.

Math in the Brain: Change from 2nd to 3rd Grade

Eide Neurolearning

As the developmental steps for problem solving become clearer, expect more developmental guidelines guiding curriculum. From Stanford comes this study looking at the difference in brain fMRI patterns of 2nd vs. 3rd graders working on arithmetic.

Musings on Pelagianism, rules & agility

Dave Snowden

I posted last week on some guidelines here and plan some more work there. If I am honest about things I am probably guilty of Pelagianism in some form.

Culture 5 of 7: Colouring in

Dave Snowden

Having some guidelines on what colours go well with others but allowing the odd ‘art movie’ that breaks the rule makes a lot more sense. The big issues are now behind us in this series and in the final three posts (with the promised twist on the 7th) are all about fine tuning the work. I’ve used two images here to make contrasting points.

enough training

Harold Jarche

Usually an industry association, with training specialists, develops the guidelines. Unclear expectations (such as policies & guidelines). In a recent CBC News story, a railway conductor lost her job following a derailment. She claimed she was not adequately trained. Here is a comment from the Railway Association representative: “In your job, you are qualified and do your job, but you feel you should know more. It doesn’t mean you are not qualified for your job.

Autonomy and Value in Social and Workplace Learning

Charles Jennings

L&D Autonomous = taking action as a Tribe of its own L&D Aligned with organization = coordinated with the Institution L&D with governance & guidelines = able to work in a collaborative Market L&D strategically aligned = a co-operative member of (a) Network(s) Harold’s full article is well worth studying. My colleague Jane Hart recently shared the diagram below on her blog.

7 essential facets for enterprise knowledge sharing

Harold Jarche

Note that this is a guideline and not a recipe. Most large organizations today have some suite of social tools to share information and knowledge. But how do they know if they have the optimum tools for their context? Too often the tools are selected and then the workers are left to figure out how to use them. Based on work with several clients over the past few years, I have identified seven essential facets for enterprise social networks.

Restructuring budgets for social learning

George Siemens

In his article Learning with and from others: Restructuring budgets for social learning , provides some guidelines for organizations to consider in implementing social learning. Late 2010, I finally had the opportunity to meet Dan Pontefract when he joined us for a discussion on elearning in Edmonton.

Signposts for the Week Ending March 9

Adaptive Path

Could Pixar's secret story guidelines work for your team? If you're not going to SXSW and all those tweets are making you regret it (or are just annoying you), you're in luck! Lanyrd can help you hide them from your Twitter feed. But if you are attending, go see our pals and former colleagues tear it up at their panel. Whether you went to Interaction 12 or not, the keynotes are up ! Why are we so afraid of creativity? Simon Beck's snow art is crazy amazing!

Berkman Buzz

David Weinberger

CMLP [ twitter ] on the FTC’s defense of its Blogger Endorsement Guidelines link. Here’s the weekly Berkman Buzz , as compiled by Seth Young. Wendy Seltzer [ twitter ] , “Jailbreaking Copyright’s Scope&# link. Facebook caper? Jonathan Zittrain [ twitter ] holsters his pitchfork link. Facebook privacy settings? danah boyd [ twitter ] , Eszter Hargittai [ twitter ] ask, “Who cares?&# Peace on Facebook? Ethan Zuckerman [ twitter ] tries to do the math link.

Design Readings

Clark Quinn

Under each category are important points, described, buttressed by research, and boiled down into useful guidelines. Another book on design crossed my radar when I was at a retreat and in the stack of one of the other guests was Julie Dirksen’s book Design for How People Learn and Susan Weinschenk’s 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People. This book provides a nice complement to Julie’s, focusing on straight facts about how we process the world.

Design 134

n00b guide to digital photography

David Weinberger

David Sifry’s 2007 guide to buying a digital camera still gives good guidelines, although the particular models he recommends are of their day. PC Magazine has a useful guide to taking your digital camera off automatic. tells you how to use a piece of paper to vastly improve the results of flash photos. via Tim Bray ) And here’s a way to make a diffuser for your built-in popup flash. (I I haven’t tried it.)

Buzzword: Micro-learning


Micro-learning is a perfect fit for the 70:20:10 guidelines which many organisations are now adopting as a more cost-effective approach to learning & development, and, even though I may not like the term, on reflection I’ve realised that I’m like Elliot Masie (PDF), in being an inveterate micro- (or even nano-) learner. I was introduced recently to a new buzz word making its way across the learning & development industry: Micro-learning.

Becoming a Successful Socially Integrated Enterprise – The Long Journey

Luis Suarez

Social Computing Guidelines and why you would still need them. From there onwards, we get to define, jointly with the knowledge (Web) workers themselves, what are the potential constraints, guidelines, policies, etc.

Musings on Pelagianism, rules & agility

Dave Snowden

I posted last week on some guidelines here and plan some more work there. If I am honest about things I am probably guilty of Pelagianism in some form.

What is a Learning Content Management System (LCMS)?


Large companies with brand guidelines, regulations, or any sort of compliance issues can’t function without a central content repository. There’s a lot of confusion surrounding Learning Content Management Systems. When most people hear the phrase “Learning Content Management System,” they usually think “Oh, an LMS.”

One death too many

Mind Hacks

For this reason, organisations from the Samaritans , to the Centre for Disease Control , to an international panel of media organisations, have created explicit suicide reporting guidelines to ensure that no one dies or is harmed unnecessarily because of how suicide is reported. One of the first things I do in the morning is check the front pages of the daily papers and on the day following Robin Williams death, rarely have I been so disappointed in the British press.