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Sampling error’s more dangerous friend

Mind Hacks

Polls rely on sampling – the basic idea being that you don’t have to ask everyone to get a rough idea of how things are going to go. This is the issue of sampling error. Sampling error, as I’ve mentioned, but also sampling bias.

Request for Proposal (RFP) Samples

Tony Karrer

Based on my post LMS RFP , I've been asked several times if I knew where you could find samples of Request for Proposals (RFPs) for custom eLearning development, performance support tools, learning content management systems (LCMS), elearning authoring tools , etc.

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Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Shakespeare I like Shakespeare. :).

Is Wikipedia getting too hard? A random sampling

David Weinberger

Please note that this is an entirely unscientific, non-significant sampling. A couple of weeks ago, I happened to come across a few Wikipedia articles that struck me as too hard. I started getting worried that Wikipedia’s constant review process was resulting in articles inching up the Technical Accuracy pole while slipping down the Intelligibility for Non-Experts pole.

Evidence that "Retail Therapy" is Effective - Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton

  BPS Research reports a recent article containing a series of small studies that shows "retail therapy" does work -- at least in a sample of young American consumers.  Bob Sutton. About Subscribe to this blogs feed Email Me Follow Me @ work_matters. Book Me For A Speech. Brightsight Group. Search. 17 Things I Believe. Sometimes the best management is no management at all -- first do no harm! Indifference is as important as passion.

the neo-generalist

Harold Jarche

One metaphor used by the authors of The Neo-Generalist is ‘frequency hopping’, “wandering, accumulating, sampling, mixing, putting into practice what they learn.” A neo-generalist is somewhere between a polymath and a hyperspecialist.

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Power analysis of a typical psychology experiment

Mind Hacks

Since it is a common test, I’ve been doing a power analysis for a two-sample (two-sided) t-test, for small, medium and large effects (as conventionally defined ). the required sample size increases drammatically as power drops.

Jon Kabat Zinn

Jay Cross

You may want to sample. I bailed out of the Wisdom 2.0 conference Main Stage events yesterday afternoon and missed the opportunity to see Jon Kabat Zinn , whom I only know from his books and tapes: Jon is a god. I revere him. He moves mountains.

Enterprise Learning & Digital Transformation

Jay Cross

Nine out of ten companies sampled by Altimeter are engaged in one or more digital transformation practices: These efforts are being championed by the Chief Marketing Officer, the CEO, and occasionally the CIO.

New Book from Jay. Almost.

Jay Cross

website for more information, sample graphics, and a substantial excerpt. The draft of my new book, Aha!, 21 Ways to Work Smarter and Become Who You Are , is on sale for $12. I don’t write books the way I used to. I have Lean Fever.

Big Data Takes Center Stage

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The first is what they call n=all, that is, collect and use lots of data rather than settling for small samples, as statisticians have done until now. “The The way people handled the problem of capturing information in the past was through sampling.

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Are online experiment participants paying attention?

Mind Hacks

One concern, however, is that online samples may be less motivated to pay attention to the tasks they are participating in. Online testing is sure to play a large part in the future of Psychology.

Flip your meetings

Jay Cross

Here’s a sample invitation. American business people attend 11,000,000 business meetings every day and half of it’s a waste of time. Knowledge workers spend three hours a day in meetings. Senior executives spend more. Four out of five of us have brought other work to do during a meeting.

SXSW: What Social Media Analytics and Data Can’t Tell You

Beth Kanter

Alexandra gave an overview of the methodology offered by her company, Vision Critical , and some insights they have learned from combining a survey data from large sample with appending actual social media usage. Our sample was combined US and Canada populations).

Neoliberalism and MOOCs: Amplifying nonsense

George Siemens

In recent presentations, I’ve been positioning MOOCs in terms of the complexification of higher education (see below for sample presentation). I’ve said this many times over the past six months: If 2012 was the year of the MOOC, 2013 will be the year of the anti-MOOC. Things are unfolding nicely according to plan. Faculty don’t like MOOCs. Critiquing MOOCs is now more fashionable than advocating for them.

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eLearning Learning Launches New Features

Tony Karrer

Over on eLearning Learning , we've just launched a new version with some great new features.

70-20-10: Origin, Research, Purpose

Charles Jennings

These include samples in China, India and Singapore and for female leaders, since the original samples of executives in the early 80s were mostly male. This is a re-post of an article by Cal Wick of Fort Hill. The original is on the 70-20 Blog site.

Examples of eLearning–Ten Great Resources

Tony Karrer

Elearning samples eLearning Examples Examples of E-Learning Where are Examples of eLearning? I was just asked for some examples of eLearning. I had collected up eLearning Examples a couple years ago, but thought it was worth going back to look for more. The following are some very good lists of widely varying examples of eLearning. Lots Right Here!

Free Download of Chapter 1 – The Purpose Effect 

Dan Pontefract

And feel free to share these sample chapters with your colleagues or anyone who would find this helpful. My new book, The Purpose Effect , almost never was. After toiling for nearly three years, I had completed the manuscript, and was ready to publish. Or so I thought.

Do you have 4 minutes to help me learn what people do all day at work?

Dan Pink

But because we’re working hard to make sure we have a fully representative sample, and because the huge response has given us a chance to assemble even representative subgroups, we’re looking for more participants.

Pick my brain?

Clark Quinn

So for the first one, they wanted some feedback on their design, and we arranged that I’d investigate a representative sample and provide feedback. There were also some places where they’d managed to have some errors that had passed editorial (and this was only a small sample of a replicated model across a broad curriculum).

Good Stuff While I was Gone | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Here is a sampling of stuff that has caught my eye, and why.

Greenwashing Your Way To Employee Disengagement

Dan Pontefract

The researchers used three samples of data, and aggregated more than 1000 working adults. The term whitewashing is defined as “a coordinated attempt to hide unpleasant facts, especially in a political context.”

Online Newspaper Software

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Here's a sample story. Some samples here and here 's another. Drupal & Hosted Drupal Newspapers Running on Drupal This is a demo site showcasing newspapers running on Drupal, a popular open source content management system. These are sites set up using Drupal and then expanded with various modules.

Rio

Jay Cross

We sampled local beverages and had dinner together. Yesterday I flew from San Francisco to Atlanta. Aspen trees in Colorado. …and then to Rio de Janeiro. I’m looking forward to ten days in Brasil. This city feels good. A broad beach is but a ten-minute walk from my hotel.

Finding the time for networked learning

Harold Jarche

Note: I registered for access to the complete report but it does not go into survey methodology or indicate the sample size, so I would not consider this scientific, but it’s an interesting data point.

Fact Retrieval vs. Problem Solving in the Brain

Eide Neurolearning

In general, 2nd-3rd graders will switching a counting strategy to math facts retrieval when doing arithmetic, but these researchers found "considerable variation in the mix of strategies used to solve these problems.Retrieval fluency related to grade level in this sample.".

Using Computers to Cure Medicine’s Pathologies

Andy McAfee

I read a little while back that a team at Stanford and elsewhere had developed a program that could accurately diagnose breast cancer by doing digital image processing of tissue sample. ” The trained C-Path software was then set to work analyzing a separate set of 328 Canadian samples.

Only 14% think that company training is an essential way for them to learn in the workplace

Jane Hart

That was one of the findings of my recent anonymous survey on how people learn best in the workplace, and even I was surprised by the results.

List of the 242 most influential publications in the world

Ross Dawson

He has done an analysis of the most influential publications , consisting of a simple review of how frequently publications’ names appear in Google News and Google Blogs followed by the word “reported&# , to give a representative sample of how often publications are quoted by others.

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Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Pre-Order Your Copy Now!

Beth Kanter

Other esteemed contributors include: Jayne Cravens, Aria Finger, Holly Ross, Amy Sample Ward, Joe Waters, Scott Henderson, Meg Garlinghouse, Robert Eggers, and Greg Baldwin.

Bollocks to it

Mind Hacks

However, the small sample size of the American data means it may not be the most reliable guide to the true population ranking. Teenagers love to swear. Says who? Says science you melon farmers.

Gord Downie May Be The Best High School Teacher I Never Had

Dan Pontefract

Here is a small sample of words found in Tragically Hip songs: Aesthetes. It’s been some time since I patrolled the jaundice-colored halls of my high school. Those were awkward days. Acne, Bunsen burner fiascos and infamous air band “talent shows” were iffy memories for me.

art and monopolies

Harold Jarche

Image: Sample of Simon Heath’s work shared on Twitter. Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.”

Leveraging Technology

Clark Quinn

The problem was, there was no way to interview an appropriately representative sample, and consequently the outcome was going to be less than optimal. I was listening to a tale recounting a time when an organization was going through a change, and had solicited help. And the story surprised me. The short story is that the initial approach being taken weren’t leveraging technology effectively. And it led me to wonder how many organizations are still doing things the old way.

The Herriot effect

Dave Snowden

I know about the harsh reality by the way; the lot of a vets son is to help out with blood samples, sheath washings and the like during the holidays.

Research and Evidence

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is only a sampling of the rich body of research surrounding MOOCs, research conducted by careful and credible scientists. The sample sizes are too small for quantificational results (and the studies are themselves are inconsistent so you can't simply sum the results).The

Training Evaluation: a mug’s game

Harold Jarche

Interview a statistically significant sample of the workforce to see if the hypothesis holds up. Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things. Peter Drucker.

The Big Question: How to assess learning initiatives…

Jay Cross

However, you can find out a lot by interviewing a sample of people. You can generalize results for the whole group by interviewing a small sample of people.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Huh? Uranium Ore on eBay.

Mark Oehlert

" Product Description: Radioactive sample of uranium ore. Uranium ore sample sizes vary. e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Generational Change in the U.S. Military (strategy+business) | Main | 2007 edublog winners announced!