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Leveraging Technology

Clark Quinn

The short story is that the initial approach being taken weren’t leveraging technology effectively. The eye-opener for me was the fact that the approach initially taken wasn’t leveraging technology. Of course, that’s the point of the revolution , getting smarter about aligning technology with how our brains think, work, and learn. So here’s my question to you. Is your organization leveraging technology appropriately?

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past several years, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has published an annual list of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies that would likely have the greatest impact on the world in the years to come. The technologies on the list are not new.

Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Few topics are as important, - and as challenging to anticipate, - than the future of work given our justifiable fears of rising technological unemployment. This question has been widely discussed for years, but, - at the end of the day, - we don’t really have good answers.

Technology or preparation?

Clark Quinn

In listening to a recent presentation on the trends affecting the workplace and HR, there was mention about how organizations were using more cognitive technology, AI, etc. But one of the things I wondered was whether all the new, smart technology really would help as much as was intended or needed. The question is where does the locus of responsibility belong. There are strong reasons to use technology to do things we struggle at doing well, and in particular to augment us.

The magic question

Clark Quinn

By asking the ‘magic’ question, we ask ourselves to step outside what we’ve known and believe is possible, and consider the options we’d have if we didn’t have the technological limitations. So, are you ready to ask the ‘magic’ question? A number of years ago, I wrote a paper about design, some of the barriers our cognitive architecture provides, and some heuristics I used to get around them.

Learning with people, not technology

Jay Cross

New hires receive a brief orientation and are then let loose to learn by walking around and asking questions. The HR director explains “New employees are given time to look around and get to know the products, ask questions, go online, read literature and shadow experienced employees.

Strategy Made Simple - The 3 Core Strategy Questions

John Hagel

The option is to focus more than ever on three core strategy questions that can help provide us with focus and stability even as the turbulence increases around us – and help us to prioritize where we need to respond and where we don’t. That’s why it’s more critical than ever to be able to answer this question clearly and compellingly, for ourselves and the people we want to reach. This is a relatively new, but increasingly important, strategic question

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

lessons scripted around 1:1 laptop); IT issues - we were a Windows network, with everything on our own domain - we needed to open eg printing etc O - consumer technology far more accessible in 2012 esp. dates to classical Greece How does technology change this? - Most classrooms still dominated by teachers teaching answers and students remembering them We can change the technology but if we haven''t changed the goal we really haven''t accomplished anything.

It’s not about adding technology to training, but about changing training

Jane Hart

Which technology will be the gamechanger? This is a question I am often asked, and when I read Jane Bozarth’s post on Changing the Game, her answer hit the nail on the head. She said … “The thing that is going to change the game is – the learners … They are changing the concept of training, […]. Social learning

How technology is transforming events

Ross Dawson

One of my speaking bureau just asked me to provide them with a few quick ideas on how technology is changing events, as one of their key clients is having an internal meeting to discuss their future use of technology in events. Sophisticated participant technologies such as SpotMe with features such as people radar, meeting recommendations, consensus maps etc. Questions and discussion during events. Business relationships Social networks Technology trends

Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

MIT research scientist and Internet pioneer David Clark addressed this question in a recent article about the early design choices that have led to today’s Internet.

Technology’s Real Benefits (Hint: They’re Not Economic)

Andy McAfee

A couple recent articles, one in the WSJ by Dennis Berman and one in the NYT by Eduardo Porter , have raised the question of why all the amazing technologies we have these days aren’t showing up more strongly in the productivity and GDP growth statistics.

Five Key Questions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I was asked to provide some initial recommendations for that initiative, in the form of responses to five questions. Though some feel distance and online learning will not reduce costs[2], many are looking to new technologies not only to increase access but also to reduce the load borne by government. Which current or emerging technology has the potential of radically transforming online and distance learning?

Some Puzzling Questions about Innovation in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Teaching forces you to take a fresh look at the subjects you are covering, so I find myself revisiting questions I’ve long been thinking about: What is the essence of innovation in the digital economy and how does it differ from the industrial age innovation of the past two hundred years?

Payment Technologies: Past, Present and Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I was reminded of this dictum when recently attending a very interesting workshop, Payment Technologies: Past Present and Future. The workshop was sponsored by UC Irvine’s Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI).

Better Education Through Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

me) on seeing a sight like this is to suggest that everybody would be better off with a little more investment in technology. But they could instead higher fewer people, pay them more, and use technology to make up the difference. But third, and perhaps most critically, you don't actually get any improvements in output using the technological solution. It is in this context we need to read an article like Kentaro Toyama's Can Technology End Poverty?

Keeping up to date with new trends, technologies and tools

Jane Hart

After tweeting yesterday’s post, The (new) role of the Workplace Learning Advisor, I was asked the question, “How do you keep up to date with new trends, technologies and tools?”

Should Employees Be Incented to Use Social Technologies?

Dan Pontefract

Social collaboration technologies such as internal instances of blogging, micro-blogging, video sharing, discussion forums, idea sharing, wikis, and so on are all key aspects of being collaborative. Which brings me to the question, “ Should employees be incented to use social technologies ?”.

Quora: Questions & Opinions not Questions & Answers

Dan Pontefract

I’ve spent just over a month on Quora , the so-called site that hosts a “ continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it.”. Opinions, not answers, to an open-ended question. It’s a Question and Opinion site.

Questions from students at Vancouver Island University

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I received a flurry of questions on some articles on my website yesterday, questions from students at Vancouver Island University. So the question is, in all four scenarios, not how we can eliminate competition and foster an attitude of collaboration, but rather, what degree of competition is appropriate in such scenarios, and how does the practice of sharing resources reconcile with that degree of competition. So that's my first reaction to the question.

Curating our personal technology configurations

Nancy White

(Crossposted on Technology for Communities and Network Weaving CoP ). A conversation emerging in the Network Weaving Community of Practice ( NWWCoP ) focuses on this question: how can/do we use social media for intentionally weaving our networks? What is a Technology Configuration?

A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last week I discussed a recent Pew Research report on the impact of AI, robotics and other advanced technologies on the future of jobs. The expert’s responses to this question where divided down the middle. .

Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone will agree that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically transforming the business landscape. Digital technologies are not only giving rise to more distributed and inclusive models, but are also enabling alternative unilateral-like models.

People, Organization, Technology?

Martijn Linssen

Headed for my personal trash bin: ‘People, Process, Technology.’ For the rest, technology should enable serendipity rather than predictive process. It may be People, Organization, Technology; although we should not be in a rush to replace a failed triplet with another.

Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The focus for this year’s conference was Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy. I was invited to attend the conference, and participate in the opening plenary panel on D igital Technologies and the Future of Governance. The panel was moderated by Beth Noveck , Professor of Law at the New York Law School , who until recently served in the White House as Deputy Chief Technology Officer and leader of the White House Open Government Initiative.

How to find great talent: 4 questions for Bloomberg View's George.

Dan Pink

Technology (7). For the last couple of years, he’s tried to answer that question by hanging out with the best talent spotters in the world – the U.S. In 4 questions you got to the heart of the matter and the answers are worth GOLD. Love these questions and excerpts.

Foradian Technologies Interview

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Questions 1. I specialized on online learning, media and collaborative technologies. Since 2001 at NRC I have worked on learning object standards and repositories, content recommender systems, collaborative content authoring technology, and massive open online courses (MOOCs). How technology help in improving the teaching practices? Technology makes it possible for experts to include novices and others in their day-to-day practice in ways unimagined even a decade ago.

Technology, Capitalism and “The American Way of Life”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Much has been written about our digital technology revolution and its impact on economies, societies and individuals. Our present age of information and communication technologies (ICT), whose starting point she pegs at 1971, is the fifth such major revolution.

Czech Course Followup Questions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I was asked the following questions after my presentation to CZ Course RVP_VT21 yesterday: (Elements of Coop.) Over time this sort of perception will be aided with technology, just as we are aided in visual recognition by glasses and telescopes and video monitors. Finally, the question addresses the idea of a purpose of being to 'win some recognition'. The question appears to presuppose a model where a person learns content 'XYZ' in some number of hours.

Be mindful, meaningful, and masterly: 3 questions for Bruce Nussbaum

Dan Pink

Because his book is so interesting, I asked him to answer a few questions for Pink Blog readers. * * *. We spend most of our time focussing on technology and associating new technology with innovation. Songs we can choose and technology–your playlist.

Be mindful, meaningful, and masterly: 3 questions for Bruce Nussbaum

Dan Pink

Because his book is so interesting, I asked him to answer a few questions for Pink Blog readers. * * *. We spend most of our time focussing on technology and associating new technology with innovation. Songs we can choose and technology–your playlist.

The Organization Needs to Ask Itself Tough Questions to Survive

Dan Pontefract

Other questions to consider: Does the organization treat everyone as leaders, or, is it rife with command and control tendencies, using ‘managers’ as a basis to carry out top-down objectives? technologies to bridge the connection gap?

Which Technologies Will Be the Biggest Deals?

Andy McAfee

I’m digging in on a project to better understand the ongoing digitization of business: the penetration of computer technology into more and more and more aspects of work. It seems to me that I need to practice what I preach, so I’m going to crowdsourcing some of my ideas and questions here in the coming weeks. So here’s question #1: Which recent digital innovations will have the biggest impact on the business world over the next decade ?

10 lessons for Giving Days, and one question: How can we make them more sustainable?

Beth Kanter

10 lessons for Giving Days, and one question: How can we make them more sustainable? To do it, their Giving Day campaigns have embraced new technologies and outreach strategies to make philanthropy easy and, well, a ton of fun. Click to see the full infographic.

Technology Architecture

Clark Quinn

A few years ago, I created a diagram to capture a bit about the technology to support learning ( Big ‘L’ Learning ). So, my question to you is, does this make sense? Does this diagram capture the technology infrastructure for learning you are familiar with?

Steve Jobs’s Legacy: The Best Answers to the Most Important Question

Andy McAfee

Jobs and Apple have done the best job of answering with their products the question posed by wiki inventory Ward Cunningham : What’s the simplest thing that could possibly work? They want the simplest things that could possibly work, and Apple under Jobs has been by far the best technology company at supplying such things. Remember all the predictions from members of the technorati that the iPad would fail ?

Will technology harm or help young people’s brains? A highly nuanced debate

Ross Dawson

Pew Internet & American Life Project’s latest study on the future of the internet examines how young people will be affected by technology. Rather, they are learning more and they are more adept at finding answers to deep questions, in part because they can search effectively and access collective intelligence via the internet. Technology will be so seamlessly integrated into our lives that it will effectively disappear.

A question about Apple vs. Google maps

Doc Searls

I haven’t seen that question asked yet. Business Gear Personal problems TechnologyHaving both iPhone and Android devices in the household, I’ve been struck for some time by the absence of two Google Maps features on the iPhone that appear on the Android. One is adaptive turn-by-turn directions (the “recalculating” thing that good GPSes, like those of Garmin, Magellan and Tom-Tom, have always done) when you go off the original course.

How to avoid being “nextflixed”: 5 questions for Saul Kaplan

Dan Pink

Because the book is so relevant to the issues many of us confront, I asked Saul to answer a few questions for Pink Blog readers: You start off your book by saying “The goal for all leaders is to avoid being netflixed.” My pal Saul Kaplan is a self-confessed innovation junkie.

The Hows and Whys of Gamification: 4 Questions for Kevin Werbach

Dan Pink

Because Pink Blog readers are interested in new approaches to human motivation, I asked Kevin to answer a few questions about games, Wall Street, and presidential politics: 1. Gamification. It’s one of the year’s top memes.