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Are We Approaching Collaborative eLearning Wrong? - The Individual is the New Group

Tony Karrer

But, he also linked to a great post: The Individual is the New Group - where he points out that the classic notion of groupware has been falling out of favor and instead the concept of soloware with extension for collaboration (think blog vs. discussion group) is gaining adoption. A lot of his rationale for the shift echos what I've been reading from Andrew McAfee around Enterprise 2.0 Tools - A Summary makes me wonder if maybe we aren't being too groupware/Enterprise IT oriented (too restrictive) and not soloware/emergent oriented

How to Stay on Top of Training Demand? Know the Alternatives


Collaboration : Collaborative software (also referred to as groupware, workgroup support systems or simply group support systems) is computer software designed to help people involved in a common task achieve their goals. As a learning and development professional, I have often struggled with the question, “how can we keep up with the constant and increasing need for learning and demand for training?&# New learning is once again needed. Learning professionals scamper to come up with a way to train people on the new thing. That’s life in the L&D trenches. Enterprise 2.0

Breaking eggs

Learning with e's

Here's the abstract for my chapter, which discusses wiki cultures and Darwikianism (the survival of the fittest - or most accurate - wiki pages): The use of group oriented software, or groupware, encourages students to generate their own content and can foster supportive and dynamic communties of learning. The list of reviewers is also a 'Who's Who' of the e-learning luminati.

Moving from One to Many - LMS Products are Two Generations Behind

Tony Karrer

Focusing on job roles, teams, collaboration sounds like a heavy, groupware type approach that is going to take too much work and be too inflexible if you ever get it done. I ran across an article by Bob Mosher in CLO entitled: Moving from One to Many that discusses the disconnect of what LMS products are focusing on "competency mapping and effective resource management" vs. what Bob sees as the overall industry trend - "industry shifting its overall training focus away from skills acquisition to an overall strategy of project-based and outcome-driven learning."

It’s a matter of culture

The Learning Circuits

They could have encouraged rather than neglected the potential of the expensive and hard to deploy groupware (Lotus Notes) they began investing in during the 90s. I'd like to follow up on my last post and also weigh in on the question of investment in formal training and informal learning. tend to see the world through my own professional lens, which is that of culture. Although usually taken to be about the behavioral differences between people of different national, geographical, ethnic, religious origins, culture is everywhere and constitutes a property of all groups.


Jay Cross

groupware. ( Fortune Magazine ). The Times of London calls C.K. Prahalad “the No. most influential management thinker in the world.&# I wouldn’t argue. And he’s about to contribute another important idea to business. The buzzword you’ll be hearing and using a lot more is “ co-creation.&# It’s the latest addition to the Prahalad lexicon, which you’re already employing, perhaps without knowing it. Co-creation is a key concept in his just published book, “The New Age of Innovation,&# written with M.S. Informal Learning – the other 80%.