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Top 4 Tips for Designing Information-Based Courses


We design more information-based courses today than we would care to admit. Agreed, these courses can instead be called web pages, cheat sheets, information dumps, knowledge  stores, etc. Consider these situations: Learners are starting out on a new job, and there are loads of information to be covered. Here are our top 4 tips for designing information-based courses: 1.

Informal rule of thumb

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Wikipedia. Studies  show that informal learning accounts for between 70 and 95% of workplace learning  [USBLS: 70%; Raybould: 95%; EDC: 70%; CapitalWorks: 75%; OISE: 70%; eLG: 70%; Allen Tough: 80%]. According to Gary, as much as 95% of workplace learning is informal. Informal LearningThe financial advisor told me she just went to the end of each course and did the test.

QR Codes are Still Alive and Useful - Thanks Wikipedia!

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The famous WIKIPEDIA has released a code creator specifically for Wikipedia pages. Wikipedia is a great source of information and QR codes are a cheap way to make connections between our physical world and information rich digital world. Of course I tested QRpedia with the eLearning page in wikipedia. Then I came across QRpedia today.

Micro-Learning: Its Role in Formal, Informal and Incidental Learning

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Wikipedia With the rise of social and informal learning, and ubiquitous mobile devices (tablets, phablets, smartphones and everything in between), micro-learning as a concept and practice has taken off. Typically, micro-learning or learning bytes or learning capsules work well as a component of informal learning where the learner pulls what they need to solve an immediate problem. Thus, micro-learning can play a crucial role in both formally designed performance support as well as in informal learning, with the latter focusing on user-generated content.

Resistance is futile

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Wikipedia is yet another example of disruptive innovation. Culturally Wikipedia has thoroughly disrupted the idea that you need to consult a printed encyclopaedia to get expert information. disruption education learning smart mobile phones social media Technology web wikipediaI'm fascinated by the psychology of educational technology. Such technologies are game changers.

Self organised learning spaces

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Take Wikipedia for example. All Wikipedia has done to promote the vast ever expanding storehouse of knowledge, is to provide the environment within which it all takes place. Wikipedia facilitates knowledge generation, sharing, remixing and repurposing because it is an open, accessible space where everyone can participate. "I never teach my students. We do. You and I.

Information: What am I missing?

George Siemens

What can we do now with information that we could not do in the past? I’ve abused Kauffman’s concept of the adjacent possible by applying it to the new opportunities, untapped potential, and levels of complexity, that arise with the development of something new. In this case, the “something new&# is the ways in which new tools allow us to mess around with information. I’ve compiled a list of nine attributes or new possibilities that new technologies, especially the internet, enable. What can we do with information that I’ve overlooked? Embed.

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Who are the Wikipedians?

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I doubt if there is anyone reading this blog who has not used Wikipedia in some way in the last 12 months. The final keynote speaker at Learning without Frontiers was the Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. The most important changes, he argued, were happening in the world of informal learning and this was being led by technology, and particularly the web. Who are the Wikipedians?

Sources in Student Writing

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Wikipedia the most cited source for information. Reading: “Social Media in Higher Education for Marketing and Communications” eLearning Active Learner Blended Learning Digital Learning Distance Learning Facebook Infographic Plagiarism SlideShare Social Learning Social Media Social Network Student Experience TurnItIn Wikipedia

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The future of intelligence

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secondary argument is that there is a large amount of content on the web that is spurious, deceiving or inaccurate, and that user generated sites such as Wikipedia and blogs undermine the authority of professionals and academics. This is the third in a series of blog posts on the future of learning and technology. There are examples of how such cyborg existence might come about. He is right.

Digital story of the Nativity

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Yes I know it’s June, but this is still a good video: how social media, web and mobile would’ve impacted the Nativity story – as told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, Amazon, etc: YouTube: The Digital story of the Nativity. Related posts: More “Digital Immigrant vs Digital Native” Posts.

The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning


” – Wikipedia. Content will be continuously co-created and co-owned by the community members ( much like the evolution of Wikipedia ). Sahana’s work cuts across performance consulting, workplace learning strategies from formal to informal and social learning, knowledge management methodologies and adult learning principles. Anything can happen in five years.

Who will survive?

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It is abundant, and although questions still remain over the accuracy and provenance of some content, much is usable and useful for informal learning. Wikipedia, the online crowd-sourced encyclopaedia, hosts over 14 million articles on just about every subject under the sun. Then along came the World Wide Web. Things changed, and they changed dramatically. For free. Context is.

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Rewired, not fade away

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That's what tools such as Wikipedia do, you see. wikipedia Technology digital natives and immigrants knowledge neuroplasticity learning cyberchondriaA lot of nonsense is still being talked about how technology is damaging our lives, and how the Internet is 'rewiring our brains'. Let's stop one moment and rationally examine the evidence, and also the premise behind the article.

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Synching feelings

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This is also the ethos of sites such as Wikipedia, which rely heavily on 'the people' and 'wisdom of crowds' to create and maintain the content held in its pages. must agree that quality across such sites is variable, but I also point out to the critics that just like Wikipedia, there are real experts out there writing these blogs. But it's not plain sailing. Unported License.

Power struggle

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On Wikipedia he says: ''.the wikipedia Technology power knowledge community learning convergence media Culture democracy Henry Jenkins Here''s the first, one for those who wish to understand how media and culture influence each other: Henry Jenkins (2006) Convergence Culture. New York: New York University Press. We will see a decentralised media environment, free from network control.

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e-Learning Acupuncture: Wikipedia for the classroom

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Friday, September 22, 2006 Wikipedia for the classroom I hope its not a secret that I am a supporter of Wikipedia. This is not the first time I write about Wikipedia here ( see this ). I was reading Stephen Downes OLDaily this morning and he writes about having come across a page on Wikipedia that offers guidance to teachers on how to use Wikipedia in the classroom.

Beyond Corporate Training: How Social Learning is Changing Travel

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Simply point your phone’s camera at the landmark you would like to learn more about and get detailed information instantly with links to more content via Wikipedia and YouTube. Travelers can inform other travelers of traffic, construction, landmark closings, etc. social learning elearning ERP performance support user adoption Wikipedia Wikitude World Browser youtube

Micro-Learning as a Workplace Learning Strategy


In my earlier posts, I have written about the possible roles it can play in formal, informal and incidental learning. Wikipedia has a good definition of the concept: “ Micro-learning can also be understood as a process of subsequent, “short” learning activities, i.e. learning through interaction with micro-content objects in small time frames. The Drivers.

Becoming a Social Business – Beyond Culture Change


Underlying this military and manufacturing discourse is an insidious and difficult to pin down aspect – the scarcity mindset – be it of money, skills, information, time, talent, and so on. Controls are put in place to prevent information from going to competitors; non-compliance is punished; transparency is censored to prevent general dissent. What if we were to define an organization like a community: “Self-organized network of people with common agenda, cause, or interest, who collaborate by sharing ideas, information, and other resources…” (Wikipedia).

Collaborative Learning Lessons from Wikipedia (and Small Insects.

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Not only does the site possess an “army of amateur editors” able to synthesize information quickly, but it also provides the easily accessible background knowledge, in the form of wikilinks, that non-expert readers crave.  And yet all this information comes from the small contributions of countless individuals, none of whom on their own can necessarily see what the end result will be. 

Opening up #learning: Access to knowledge

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All are specifically related to learning: providing access to information automating, simplifying, and transforming tasks representing knowledge and thinking communicating and collaborating with peers and experts In my next few posts I plan to elaborate on these four (and possibly other) affordances that will impact on learning and education in the foreseeable future. Reference Putnam, R.

The only knowledge that can be managed is our own

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Imagine if no one shared what they have learned there would be no Wikipedia or other free learning resources on the web. Informal Learning PKM SocialLearning“Every amateur epistemologist knows that knowledge cannot be managed. Education has always assumed that knowledge can be transferred and that we can carefully control the process through education. Tweet.

Why is problem solving at home so much easier (and more productive) than problem solving at work?


In our home world, systems such as Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube have evolved to meet the needs of the individual. Information is quickly found, digested and applied. Now, imagine a work world where access to relevant, time-of-need information is just as accessible – and yes, highly productive. That’s because the inability to find valuable work information is a HUGE problem.

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Video, Meetings, Wikipedia, & Twitter

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Watch out Wikipedia, here comes Britannica 2.0 - Fairfax Digital. In a move to take on Wikipedia, the Encyclopedia Britannica is inviting the hoi polloi to edit, enhance and contribute to its online version. All hail the information triumvirate! Wikipedia's dominance of Google searches: World War II: #1. Video Training: Topics & Trends (PDF) - Wistia. Nicholas Carr.

The writings of Lee Kraus: Office Wikipedia - Good idea or Bad?

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Home My Story Portfolio iPad Bookshelf Social Media November 18, 2005 Office Wikipedia - Good idea or Bad? tags: technology I was wondering if every organization should have an office-only wikipedia. Not just an open wiki to paste anything, but a wikipedia-style encyclopedia where anyone could go and manage terms, definitions, and other company-specific concepts. We already use Jot to post a lot of information, but we dont have it structured around concepts or terms like a wikipedia article. terms or concepts that anyone can quickly look up, easily. The bad?

The social impact of disruptive technology

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Just take Wikipedia: Technically it is a collaborative work space for creating content. In fact it has thoroughly overturned the idea that you need to consult a printed encyclopedia to get expert information. There are around 7.000 authors for the German Wikipedia edition. The basic idea behind Wikipedia is that everybody can be an editor and a commentator. Definitely.

Old vs New Ways of Thinking About…

Kapp Notes

Looking at the difference between old and new ways of thinking about knowledge, information, learning, video games and other critical concepts. Informal. Interface and Information are Separate. Information is the Interface. learning, Google, Wikipedia. Information Processing. Informal. Perception of…. Knowledge. Structured. Books, Memos, SOPs). Unstructured. (IM, Blog, email). Organizational Structure. Hierarchical Team-based Structure. Level Playing Field, Equality. Communication Channels. Formal. Face-to-Face, Phone Calls). Twitter, Facebook).

Organizational Learning in the Network Era

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If nobody shared what they have learned, there would be nothing like Wikipedia or other free learning resources on the web. ConnectedEnterprise Informal Learning SocialLearning Therefore the role of executives should be to manage the system, not individuals. People have to trust each other to share knowledge, and power relationships can block these exchanges. This is absurd. Email.

Google Tech Talk: Knowledge-Based Information Retrieval with Wikipedia


The previous link is via Wikipedia, which is why this Google Tech Talks will be on one of my "must view" lists when I get home: Knowledge-Based Information Retrieval with Wikipedia. Enjoying my vacation. on Ocracoke Island , one of the most remote islands of North Carolina's Outer Banks. When you link, watch in "high quality"

The Design Thinking Mindset

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As per wikipedia, "Design Thinking refers to the methods and processes for investigating ill-defined problems, acquiring information, analyzing knowledge, and positing solutions in the design and planning fields. Design Thinking' is a mindset. It is an attitude towards design and the process of thinking about it. As a style of thinking, it is generally considered the ability to combine empathy. creativity critical thinking instructional design Collaboration Design audience

How Wikipedia Works and Wikis in the Enterprise - HBS

Tony Karrer

Great article - How Wikipedia Works (or Doesn't) that looks at Andrew McAfee's experiences around the " Enterprise 2.0 " article and Wikipedia 's Articles for Deletion process. It's an interesting discussion of the net impact of Wikipedia's process - which can be frustrating, especially to casual users. At the same time, I've also had some very good experiences such as when my 10-year old son updated Wikipedia. couple of things jumped out at me: Sean Silverthorne: Is Wikipedia a good model that transfers to a corporate environment? But it is still easier.

The Death of the Traditional Web: Implications for Self-Directed Learning

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What do these little kernels of information tell us?  To me at least, two realizations pop out immediately: one, mobile devices (including tablets) may soon be the format of choice for most users, not just a stand-in until they can get to a laptop or (gasp) a desktop.  This means information will, by default, need to be increasingly bite sized.  And, frankly, they often don’t. 

Wikipedia - tightening editing

George Siemens

It is not much of a surprise that Wikipedia deals with consistent concerns about accuracy. To combat accuracy concerns, Wikipedia is considering restrictions on editing. Perhaps the complexity and challenges of one encyclopedia that incorporates all information could be overcome by smaller individual wikis under the care of networks and communities that have a vested interest. almost always access Wikipedia through Google. Openness does not change humanity, but it does reveal its breadth. There is no reason why things need to be under one banner and one website.