Knowledge and Learning In The News

What is knowledge and what is wisdom? - Knowledge Board An interesting discussion with a number of comments from various posters. eLearning vs knowledge mgmt - by Verna Allee I especially relish chancing upon the elearning booth that suggests they have the ultimate knowledge management solution. Hmm, really? Fear and emotional learning genes found - M&C News Researchers have determined both copies of the neuroD2 gene are essential for fear responses and emotional learning. Learning to Love RSS - Fas Company The Web's hottest technology presents users with a movable feast. But what will it take for RSS to become a household word? A Mash-up Matrix - Business Week Via O'Reilly Radar, here's a link to a new matrix of Web mash-ups.


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 9/27/2005

Information Design Classic Makes The Shelves Again After Two Hundred Years - Robin Good Thanks to the popularity of information design guru Edward Tufte, a two hundred years old book by William Playfair has just made the shelves again. On the concept of a concept - Denham Grey Our beliefs, world views, creativity and communication ability, depend on the concepts we hold, how strongly we hold them and ways we can change them. Concepts are the building blocks for analytical and mental models. Are we getting smarter or dumber? - c/net "Too much information" may be the catchphrase of the Internet age.


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

Better Information Isn't Always Beneficial - Wall Street Journal Socially useless but privately valuable information. 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 How often do you praise colleagues? How often do you criticize them? Three to one is about the best ratio according to this study. THE FIFTY TWENTIETH-CENTURY WORKS MOST CITED IN THE ARTS & HUMANITIES CITATION INDEX, 1976-1983 - compiled by Eugene Garfield 1. T.S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. 1962 2. J. Joyce, Ulysses. 1922 3. N. Frye, Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays. 1957 4. L. Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations 5. N. Chomsky, Aspects of the Theory of Syntax. 1965 6. M. Foucault, The Order of Things. 1966 7. J. Derrida, Of Grammatology 8. R. Barthes, S/Z. 1970 9. M. Heidegger, Being and Time. 1927 10. E.R. Curtius, European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages. 1948 Office blunders caused by computer jargon - Wales Office workers are baffled by computer jargon and make serious business blunders because they see 'IT speak' as a foreign language, a survey has revealed. The Wiki and the Blog: Toward a Complex Adaptive Intelligence Community - D. CALVIN ANDRUS - Central Intelligence Agency US policy-makers, war-fighters, and law-enforcers now operate in a real-time worldwide decision and implementation environment. The rapidly changing circumstances in which they operate take on lives of their own, which are difficult or impossible to anticipate or predict. Recent theoretical developments in the philosophy of science that matured in the 1990's, collectively known as Complexity Theory, suggest changes the community should make to meet this challenge.


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 9/18/2005

Emotionally Evocative Design - Donald Clark A mix of design, development, and context should theoretically help the learners build their knowledge and skill bases. Yet this combination often fails because it leaves one important piece of the puzzle -- Emotionally Evocative Design. Getting Real: Don't pick the tools ahead of the craftsman - Signal vs. Noise Would you settle on a brush and then go look for a painter that could use it? Or would you rather find a good painter and then let him use the brushes he sees fit for the task. Put like that, I'd wager few would argue for the former. But when it comes to technology, it happens all the time. The Taming of the Screw - Forbes The humble screw has changed little in 2,000 years, until a stubborn engineer at Illinois Tool Works came up with a fascinating new twist. U.S. world position in education slipping - CNN report Among adults age 25 to 34, the U.S. is ninth among industrialized nations in the share of its population that has at least a high school degree. In the same age group, the United States ranks seventh, with Belgium, in the share of people who hold a college degree.


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 9/13/2005

The Power of Conversation - Corante "I don't read anymore; I just talk to people who have." - Dr. Tom Malloy, University of Utah Visual Literacy - Phil Douglis Layers can play a huge role in the composition of an image. We can read these layers from front to back, or from side to side. Layers can be used to create incongruous juxtapositions, or can create perspective by implying depth. Intelligent reaction, not intelligent design - ZDNet The old model isn't dead, but what you can do iterating lots of releases quickly based on learning from users will ultimately be better for customers. Increase the Success of Your Knowledge Transfer Effort - CIO Magazine Never underestimate the complexity of knowledge transfer. That's a key principle for organizations preparing to embark upon an outsourcing effort. Since knowledge transfer is usually one of the first tasks of transitioning to an outsourced model, it is sometimes overlooked or under-planned, resulting in a shaky start to the outsourcing relationship. Moreover, it can be more complex than it initially seems.


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 9/10/2005

Incomplete tasks and the Zeigarnik Effect - 43 Folders The Zeigarnik effect states that people remember uncompleted or interrupted tasks better than completed ones. Are Employee of the Month awards a good idea? - CRM News If you don't have an EOM program, don't start one. Critical Thinking for Managers: A Manifesto by Crystal King A how-to think critically guide. With many choices in today’s world, managers need to be able to think critically and encourage their employees to do the same. While this manifesto specifically targets managers, it can help anyone become a more proficient critical thinker. Building a future based on knowledge - The Buffalo News "I think colleges and universities are the most important asset a region can have in terms of developing the economy," said James J. Allen, executive director of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency Making knowledge - by Denham Grey There are basic conditions and special practices that help with knowledge formation and utility vetting. Everyone's a Reporter - Wired Magazine The lowdown on the new proletariat press. American workers: Lazy or creative? - c/net The overworked American appears to be fighting back, and Bill Coleman is watching closely.


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 9/04/2005

KM disappointments: A reflection on ideas that never quite made it - Denham Grey KM has always been about access to information in some form (for learning, awareness, problem solving, decision making....). New Last.fm: Social Architecture Drives Music Experience - by Stowe Boyd The newest version of Last.fm is almost a perfect example of what I have been preaching about social architecture:
  • People Are The Living, Breathing, Beating Heart Of The Universe
  • Artifacts Bind Us Together and Define Us
  • Social Interaction Is Bottom Up, And So Is Everything Else
  • Social Stuff Absorbs and Trumps Domain Stuff
A Review of What Instructional Designers Do - Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology Systems Design (ISD) theories is extensive and extends at least as far back as the 1970’s Internet creates new opportunities for cheating, but also learning - Seattle Times When students use the Internet for research or homework aid, who decides which shortcuts are too short? The Hard Work of Failure Analysis - Harvard Business School Organizations cannot learn from failures if people do not discuss and analyze them. THE MORAL-HAZARD MYTH: The bad idea behind our failed health-care system by Malcolm Gladwell People without health insurance have bad teeth because, if you’re paying for everything out of your own pocket, going to the dentist for a checkup seems like a luxury.