I will remember Steve Jobs 2005 Commencement Address

Jane Hart

For me one of the most influential things he did was his commencement speech to Stanford University in 2005. Social learningSteve Jobs died yesterday, 5 October, and the blogosphere is full of tributes today to him. I’ve forwarded the link to many people over the years, and I know it has impacted many others too. In fact it’s been viewed on YouTube over 6 million times. But if you haven’t seen it… Read the rest.

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One busy week for Moodle

Moodle Journal

Our ILT support Danny dream't up the idea of creating a Moodle area for staff as a means of getting more people invloved, featuring: college and Moodle newsletter, photos, Social events like theatre trips and items for sale, it seems to be growing, could be good. Lots happening this week. Ran a Moodle training session for staff on thursday morning, seven made it and it really went down well.

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Creating Passionate Learners 2005 = same in 2011

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

2005 or 2006, the name Kathy Sierra is probably new to you. I started blogging in August 2005 and I did not have anyone "following" me at the time. So you can imagine how psyched I was when, after 4 months blogging, Kathy posted a comment on my post 2005 Review of eLearning.

Is Attention Important in Learning?

The Learning Circuits

Half of workers felt a need to respond to e-mails immediately or within an hour, and one in five people reported being "happy" to interrupt a business or social gathering to respond to an e-mail or phone message. Basically, he believes that your social networks are your filter for information overload. I agree with Stowe to a point, in that social networks only deal with part of the problem.

Games and simulations as social research environments

The Learning Circuits

We often talk about designing games and simulations for instruction, but NPR had an interesting story today on doing social research within a multiplayer game. A bug in World of Warcraft unleashed a deadly virtual "plague", and epidimologists and sociologists noted how game-player's reactions closely mimiced reactions to real-world disasters. There may be a planned illness outbreak in World of Warcraft so that sociologists can study and document player's reactions from the start.

Research Shows Companies Should Encourage Social Learning


For example, informal learning happens effortlessly when people: Read a statistic or story on Facebook or another social media network. Peruse someone’s profile on a social media site. Become knitted into a company’s culture by attending work-related social events.


The Learning Circuits

Canto Ostinato has become a metaphor for a new approach to design (Thackara, 2005). Flows are not just one element of social organization, they are the expression of the processes dominating our economic, social and symbolic life - Manual Castells in The Rise of Network Society.

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Summary of Original Snake Oil Comments

The Learning Circuits

Most employees like classroom classes not because they learn, but because they are social occasions that get them away from their desk.” Ouch! Initially, the thought of summarizing the 60 comments that came in reaction to Sam Adkins' Snake Oil post was daunting.

Summary of Original Snake Oil Post

The Learning Circuits

What was being put forward as knowledge management are migrating to expertise management, social networking, advanced data visualization and enterprise content management. "We are the Problem: We're Selling Snake Oil” came at time of great tumult in the workplace learning world.

Confessions of an e-learning dropout

The Learning Circuits

One of the major reasons for failure is culture specific: Eliot's idea - and many others born out of technological innovation -- supposes learners are social monads, the thought of which is relatively easy to entertain in an individualist culture such as that of the U.S.

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How Social Networks Can Harness the Power of Weak Ties | Social.

Dashe & Thomson

A lot of the Social Media Mavens , however, are really ranting, not about the technology, but about the human dynamics related to social networking. Learning and development professionals should remember the Weak Ties theory when designing social learning systems.

Autonomy and Value in Social and Workplace Learning

Performance Learning Productivity

Initially from courses to resources and then further out to the exploitation of social collaboration and personal learning (and personal knowledge mastery ). Perhaps this is why social learning is being resisted or put into a formal training box in many organizations.

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Knowledge and Learning In The News - 10/15/2005

Big Dog, Little Dog

Four main web technologies: blogs, RSS, social bookmarking and flickr and the role technology can play in education The Dream Factory - Wired magazine. From design to delivery, custom manufacturing is coming soon to a desktop near you. Inside the "fab lab" revolution.

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Merger mania in and around eLearning

The Learning Circuits

Think social networking analysis, workflow learning, collective intelligence, presence awareness, expert locating, communities of knowledge (made up of smaller communities of practice). PS - for those that care it is interesting to note that the 2 collaboration acquisitions were basically done at 2x trailing 2004 revenues (Netspoke) and 3x projected 2005 revenue (intranets.com) while the LMS acquisition was done at 2x trailing 2004 revenues (Pathlore).

The scarcity of attention rule

The Learning Circuits

is it our job to do the pruning or do things like tags, social networking and RSS enable each learner to do the pruning their own way) - if learning is now truly able to be continuous then how do we create effective learning experiences that can span across multiple delivery mediums independent of time?

Corporate informal learning culture

The Learning Circuits

To kick off the brainstorming, here are a some suggestions (remembering that no one idea will get us very far; to succeed you need to commit to the full monty): Begin modifying the physical (and virtual) working environment with the idea of moving away from a functional individual productivity model to a social model (this is sometimes done for other reasons and the two objectives can be made to merge).

OnLine Gaming As A Learning Tool

The Learning Circuits

I believe the gaming world is way ahead of the corporate world in all aspects of collaboration, social, behavioral, technical, etc. Reinforcement in multiple time domains is important - Many of the game social and management skills learned are transferable to work situations Byron's group has applied a game called The "three Ring Pirate's Gamne" components to a call center application with great success. Fist, I want to reveal my bias in this area.

Characteristics of Formal and Informal Learning Episodes

The Learning Circuits

In fact, there may actually be more social interactions during informal learning episodes than there are in classrooms. Allen Tough , a Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, focused his research on the adult's successful efforts to learn and change; and in particular the 70% that are self-guided without relying much on professionals or institutions ( informal learning ). During his research, he discovered that people spend an average of 15 hours per week learning on their own.

"Grand Theft Auto"ing Edutainment Software

The Learning Circuits

Building up business empires, huge houses, and vast social networks could start at humble activities, including creating great inventions and training animals. Grand Theft Auto might be the worst game series ever, in part because it might be the best.

How to Optimize Organizational Learning

The Learning Circuits

If there is a learning problem, look for patterns of social participation and exclusion. Recently while researching on the web on topics regarding Communities of Practice I came across the Community Intelligence Labs (CoIL) website. While it seems the website may have gone the way of the Brontosaurus (the last update was in Feb 2004), it's resources are still there for the viewing.

The Power of Us

The Learning Circuits

Collaboration for the sake of collaboration just doesn't work anymore (just look at the state of the commerical social networking companies out there). Patti Anklam has it right when she talks about "object-centered sociality" in her blog posting " Linking Out and Looking for Objects ".

Supporting the Transition: Novice to Expert

The Learning Circuits

It may also help learners build useful social networks. For a while, I've been wrestling with the problem of segueing elegantly from novice to expert in computer-mediated environments. Tony O'Driscoll, in an Educational Technology article, shoehorned in this diagram about how the role of formal and informal knowledge changes as you move up in expertise.

Knowledge and Learning In The News - 12/24/2005

Big Dog, Little Dog

Surprisingly, the most highly correlated area for efficient task switching was the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, a region implicated in emotional and social motivation and reward. Elliot Masie's Learning 2005 - Epic show report. An Introduction to Connective Knowledge - Stephen Downes. You probably grew up learning that there are two major types of knowledge: qualitative and quantitative. Tag: Connective Knowledge. Market, market, on the wall - Economist.

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Knowledge and Learning In The News - 06/25/2005

Big Dog, Little Dog

Social bookmarking in the enterprise. The idea to take the concept of social bookmarking and turn it into more than just a bookmark saving service, such as a way to clip and save articles and provide a way for users to save articles and publish them on portlets within the corporate portal. David Weinberger, the Cluetrain guy is posting video interviews with the blogerati of the Supernnova 2005 conference. iPods for Learning.

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Knowledge and Learning In The News - 12/26/2005

Big Dog, Little Dog

A century ago, the idea of paid work was anathema to the leisured Victorian gentleman, whose social status was demonstrated by how much time he could spend on unpaid leisure pursuits. What a contrast with today, when working long hours has become a status symbol for busy professionals and social position seems to be determined by how much we do, not how little. Horizontal Knowledge - Tech Central Station. Just try this thought experiment: Imagine that it's 1993.

Knowledge and Learning In The News - 11/02/2005

Big Dog, Little Dog

The Social Networking Landscape - Dave Pollard. Because they are so easy to build, there is a temptation to design Social Software to provide many Social Networking and Knowledge Management functions in a single tool. Tag: Social Networking Improving Learning and Cutting Costs - Inside Higher Ed. There is now proof that colleges and universities can improve student learning while reducing instructional costs. Visualizing Better Human-Computer Interaction - UCLA.

Knowledge and Learning In The News - 9/24/2005

Big Dog, Little Dog

Socially useless but privately valuable information. Better Information Isn't Always Beneficial - Wall Street Journal. Intelligence in the Internet age - c/net. A few thousand years ago, a Greek philosopher, as he snacked on dates on a bench in downtown Athens, may have wondered if the written language folks were starting to use was allowing them to avoid thinking for themselves. Positive Affect and the Complex Dynamics of Human Flourishing - Barbara L. Fredrickson & Marcial F. Losada.

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Knowledge and Learning In The News - 8/11/2005

Big Dog, Little Dog

Social Network Analysis: What to Map. A lot of work has been done in the past couple of years in the field of Social Network Analysis (SNA) -- the assessment of the real person-to-person links in and between organizations and groups, as distinct from the ones that you might expect to see from the 'official' organization charts. Dan Pink Interview - author of "A Whole Mind - Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age" (Podcast).

Knowledge and Learning In The News - 6/13/2005

Big Dog, Little Dog

Is Social. Super-hyped social networking is exploding, with new ways to link up to others being added daily. Upward mobility requires what sociologists describe as the twin pillars of success: human capital and social capital. Social capital usually means emotional support and encouragement from a reliable stakeholder in one's life. Networking Broken? Make ebooks for your iPod guide.

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Knowledge and Learning In The News - 7/09/2005

Big Dog, Little Dog

The eight clusters of cooperative technologies to include social tools, self organizing mesh networks, and knowledge collectives. Strategic e-learning implementation. What strategic e-learning coordination might look like. Theory & Practice of Online Learning. A free ebook that includes both html and PDF versions. Technologies of Cooperation. Do we remember a pretty face?

Knowledge and Learning In The News - 6/18/2005

Big Dog, Little Dog

Social network analysis, or SNA, helps maximize a company's collective smarts. It's iPod's Revolution: We Just Live in It. It's hard to recall any branded recreational product that ever carried the cultural oomph that the iPod now has. Who Knows Whom, And Who Knows What? Employees' personal connections can be as valuable as their individual knowledge base. Learning innovations.

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Knowledge and Learning In The News - 7/07/2005

Big Dog, Little Dog

Social Network Analysis is a set of survey methods and statistics that reveals the hidden connections between people. Challenging The Primacy Of Lectures: The Dissonance Between Theory And Practice In University Teaching (via Stephen's Web ) Current practice in universities foregrounds the traditional lecture, tutorial, examination approach to teaching. It's Who You Know. Are the Basics of Instructional Design Changing?

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Knowledge and Learning In The News - 6/23/2005

Big Dog, Little Dog

Social network analysis, or SNA, helps maximize a company's collective smarts. KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT - Who Knows Whom, And Who Knows What? Employees' personal connections can be as valuable as their individual knowledge base. History is written by the winners - not any more it isn't? Basically, Wikipedia is perhaps the finest public example around of a community editable web page (a wiki) in action. How Bloggers Can Help Defeat Anti-Intellectualism.

Knowledge and Learning In The News - 6/05/2005

Big Dog, Little Dog

Humans, by nature, learn best through social interaction - a critical element removed by e-learning. Effective corporate IT training: Bursting the e-learning bubble. Training inspires loyalty. WHILE money may not buy you love, it certainly does not buy worker loyalty. Performance: When looking isn't seeing: Is cockpit design flawed? Reducing the number of objects in a display appears to have no general effect on perceptual performance.

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Knowledge and Learning In The News - 5/28/2005

Big Dog, Little Dog

A video with Friedman discussing his latest book, The World Is Flat , describes the unplanned cascade of technological and social shifts that effectively leveled the economic world, and accidentally made Beijing, Bangalore and Bethesda next-door neighbors. How to be a Good Learner. PowerPoint Slides and MP3 Audio on Stephen Downes' survey of the three major characteristics of good learning behavior. Innovation: Core Competency for the 21st Century.

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