September, 2021

Learning: an anthro-complexity perspective

Dave Snowden

If you go back in time then two books could be considered to have laid the foundation for what I have termed the ‘systems thinking’ era which runs from the 1990s and is now (hopefully) starting to run out of steam while leaving much of value.

Why Do We Work So Damn Much?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago, I listened to a very interesting podcast, Why Do We Work So Damn Much? where podcast host, NY Times columnist Ezra Klein , interviewed anthropologist James Suzman.

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Iterating and evaluating

Clark Quinn

I’ve argued before about the need for evaluation in our work. This occurs summatively, where we’re looking beyond smile sheets to actually determine the impact of our efforts. However, it also should work formatively, where we’re seeing if we’re getting closer.

Top Tools for Learning 2021

Jane Hart

The Top Tools for Learning lists have now been published. 2021 was the YEAR OF DISRUPTION! There were a substantial number of new tools nominated this year so the main list has now been extended to 300 tools to accommodate them, and each of the 3 sub-lists has been increased to 150 tools.

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Case Studies in MOOCs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Right, I've never used one in a MOOC. So how I would set one up is a bit speculative, though based on some examples (references completely forgotten) I've seen in the past. There are different types of things called 'case studies'.

filtering out the crap

Harold Jarche

“ninety percent of everything is crap” — Sturgeon’s Revelation. “Twitter is often derided as a forum for gossip and nonsense, which it also is.

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Prevarication by platitude

Dave Snowden

The road to hell, they say is paved with good intentions and nothing is more frustrating in the general field of sense-making and complexity work than when you encounter said practice.

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Coping with Change: A Book Review of Flux by April Rinne

Clark Quinn

How do we cope with change? There’s a myth that we resist change, but Peter de Jaeger busted that in a talk I heard where he pointed out that we make changes all the time. We get married, take a different job, have kids, all of which are changes.

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Is there a way out of password hell?

Doc Searls

Passwords are hell. Worse, to make your hundreds of passwords safe as possible, they should be nearly impossible for others to discover—and for you to remember. Unless you’re a wizard, this all but requires using a password manager.†. Think about how hard that job is.

Considerations on the Framework for Ethical Learning Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

As readers may know, I've been looking a lot recently at ethics related to online learning. In particular, I've studied a number of ethical codes and frameworks, publishing a paper summarizing my work.

convening the right people

Harold Jarche

I have often said that a critical role for people in leadership positions today is helping make the network smarter. In a recent recent blog post, the author discusses another critical aspect of leadership — convening the right people — and uses the example of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

20 years on, some memories

Dave Snowden

The love of wicked men converts to fear, That fear to hate, and hate turns one or both To worthy danger and deserved death. Richard II Act V Scene i 59-68. I thought through this post, keeping notes on the iPhone as I walked from Salcombe to Torcross on the South West Coastal Path.

Revitalizing US Manufacturing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored manufacturing’s role in providing products that are critical to health, safety, national security, and the continuity of multiple industries,” said McKinsey in a recent discussion paper, Building a More Competitive US Manufacturing Sector. “It

3 Signs You Need a New LMS

TOPYX LMS

From time to time, it’s important to reevaluate your LMS system to see if switching to a new LMS would be wise. Is it time for your company to implement a new learning management system (LMS) ? There are several unmistakable signs that say “yes.”.

The Matrix 4.0

Doc Searls

The original Matrix is my favorite movie. Not because I think it’s the best. I just think it’s the most important. Also among the most rewatchable. Hear that, Ringer ? Rewatch the whole series before Christmas.).

Remarks on Interactivity

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I wrote this in response to an inquiry. I am bringing the constructs and principles of Information Systems (IS) with those of Connectivism since the previous studies rarely consider the learning theories’ principals, especially the learning theory for the digital age.

the last fortnight

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. The next Friday’s Finds post will be on 24 September, as these will now be posted the last Friday of each month.

Zoom Cameras On or Off?

Beth Kanter

Cameras off does not mean meeting participants are disengaged. It helps avoid burnout and improves attention.

Reading Research?

Clark Quinn

I was honored to have a colleague laud my Myths book (she was kind enough to also promote the newer learning science book ), but it was something she said that I found intriguing.

a labour of love

Harold Jarche

I have mentioned over the years that you have to own your data and that many online platforms are set up for crowd-milking. One of the latest platforms for writers to make-it-rich is Substack, where the top writers may earn six figures.

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5 Tips To Create a Happy, Healthy Nonprofit Hybrid Workplace

Beth Kanter

When I wrote the “ Happy Healthy Nonprofit ,” in-person workplaces were the norm and the book looked at ways to activate a culture of wellbeing in the nonprofit workplace. Over the last 18 months, I’ve adapted a lot of the best practices for remote work.

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