Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis

Tony Karrer

Adler's recent article - Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0 talks about the implications of the Long Tail on Education. The article is definitely worth a read, and it got me to finally write about what I see as a crisis in corporate learning. Background If you are not familiar with the concept of the Long Tail, head over to take a look at the Long Tail article on Wikipedia.

PWLE Not PLE - Knowledge Work Not Separate from Learning

Tony Karrer

Flexibility and extensibility Web browser platform Aggregation/Mashups Ease of use Several thoughts jumped out at me: The concept of a Personal Learning Environment (PLE) exists, but actual PLEs only exist as theoretical combinations of skills, methods and tools. The concept of a Personal Learning Environment Framework gets it even farther from some actual system. Luckily all of the requirements that Mohamed cites apply equally well to a PWLE.

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Thinking, Instructional Design, PWLE, Manufacturing, & Google

Big Dog, Little Dog

Another web idea dismantled by Keen is the concept of the "long tail" - the slow but gradual accumulation of sales by niche products such as books that could never have commanded shelf space in shops but can wait for buyers to find them on Amazon. Technology Skills for Instructional Designers - Experiencing E-Learning. More than any specific set of applications, though, is the desire and motivation to learn new technology, especially to learn it independently.

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