Knowledge and Learning In The News - 2/26/2006

Americans work more, seem to accomplish less - Yahoo Newa
Most U.S. workers say they feel rushed on the job, but they are getting less accomplished than a decade ago, according to newly released research.

Mind mapping a book review - ZDnet
Steve Richards has posted a very nicely done book review of Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind. What makes Steve's review so interesting is that he's done it in a mind map.

Part one of SCDigest editor Dan Gilmore's interview with Dr. Eli Goldratt, father of the Theory of Constraints, and author of "The Goal" and several other influential books on business and supply chain topics.

Has eLearning Revolutionized Education? - Embassy
Does eLearning have the ability to ease many of the pressures that educators are currently facing? As we entered into the 21st century, leaders in this field argued that eLearning could respond to accelerating global competition, increase the quality of learning experiences, remove situational barriers, and be more cost effective.


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 2/24/2006

February 24, 2006

Apple's iTunesU puts college lectures on your iPod - News 10
Almost a dozen universities, including some from the Ivy League, have agreed to take part in a pilot project run by Apple called iTunesU. Tag:

Mapping informal relationships at a company is revealing -- and useful - Business Week
The use of social network analysis as a management tool is accelerating. Given the current emphasis on managing talent, companies are hungry for ways to find and nurture their organizations' most in-the-know employees. Also, see: Untangling Office Connections

Wait! Was Blink right after all? - Malcolm Gladwel
An intriguing paper from Science on why important decisions may be best made without deliberation.

Focus on the Trends, Not the Hype - Steve Rubel
Daniel Gross thinks the blog bubble is about to burst. He's basing this on the number of magazine cover stories that have chronicled blogging, equating it to the dot-com era hype.


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 2/16/2006

Information Overload: Blogs As Content Navigators, Information Filters, Trusted Niche Guides - Robin Good
In the book by P. Evans and T.S. Wursters, Blown to Bits: How the New Economics of Information Transforms Strategy, authors speak about richness and reach: how companies could offer either rich information that is highly specialized and geared towards a niche market or they could have reach, more generalized information that is not as rich, but has a broader appeal. CompUSA has reach, while an Apple store has richness.
gada.be: Information Overload

20 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have - The Journal
During the last 15 years, we in education have moved at light speed in the area of educational technology. Whether you are involved in higher ed, secondary ed, elementary ed, or special ed, all of us find it difficult to catch up, keep up, and put up with fast-moving computer-based technology.

Linkology - New York Magazine
There are upwards of 27 million blogs in the world. To discover how they relate to one another, we've taken the most-linked-to 50 and mapped their connections.

That's Not What I Meant - Dave Pollard
Wired News has a report on research that suggests the tone, and often the intent, of half of all e-mail is misconstrued by readers. Part of this is the general imprecision of language itself (and our lack of skill in using this blunt tool).

Cracks In the Wall - Forbes
With engineering help from half a dozen Western firms, the Chinese Communist Party has erected a huge apparatus to censor free speech. A ragtag crew of hacker dissidents may succeed in tearing it down.

Stop Wasting Money on Training - ISPI
Organizations waste enormous sums of money on training when it's not appropriate, sufficient, or effective. Stop wasting that money. Use it, instead, to make a difference in worthwhile learning and valued performance.


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 2/8/2006

A Convergence: Complex Systems Theory, Open Space Technology, Frames, Freakonomics, and the Wisdom of Crowds - Dave pollard
In some recent work I have been doing, it occurred to me that Open Space Technology might provide a framework for capturing the Wisdom of Crowds to resolve complex problems.

Money Motive Can Revitalize Classrooms - Donald Clark
People, no matter what age, must see a learning moment as relevent and important. If that teaching or training moment has no real impact on the learners' lives, then why should they bother to remember it?

Testing students for 'technology literacy' - Seattle PI
When it comes to downloading music and instant messaging, today's students are plenty tech-savvy. But that doesn't mean they know how to make good use of the endless stream of information that computers put at their fingertips.

Motivation, Learning, Rewards and Today's Technology - Donald Clark
I wondered how yesterdays' behaviorists would describe today's generation as they "push" the keys on their computers, cell phones, and iPods.

"Cyberspace" Is Dead - Wired
Twenty years after William Gibson coined the term cyberspace in his novel Neuromancer, we live in a world of smart objects, always-on devices, and perpetually open information channels. Also, see blog.

WHO REALLY WON THE SUPER BOWL?: The Story of an Instant-Science Experiment - Marco Iacoboni
Who won the Super Bowl ads competition? If a good indicator of a successful ad is activity in brain areas concerned with reward and empathy, two winners seem to be the 'I am going to Disney' ad and the Bud 'office' ad.


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 2/4/2006

February 4, 2006

ASTD Releases New Data in Its 2005 State of the Industry Report - Learning Circuits
As organizations face stronger global competition, business leaders recognize that employee learning and skills development is more important than ever to grow and sustain a competitive advantage. According to its 2005 State of the Industry Report, the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) reports that U.S. organizations are investing more in employee learning, and technology continues to play a major role in delivering learning to the workforce. The increase in expenditure is accompanied by better accounting and governance of learning investments.

The problem with prototypes -
Your prototype has to be better (better build quality, faster interface, better lighting, whatever) than the finished product is going to be. That's what people expect anyway--they see your prototype and take off 20% for reality.

The Relevance of Textbooks - Xplanazine
Information is ubiquitous in this Information Age and can be processed, cross indexed, and searched for, and retrieved in every way imaginable using available technology.

Picturing language: Does it help or hinder? - Cognitive Daily
people take longer to process sentences that match the movement of an animation than they do to process sentences that don't match it.


Knowledge and Learning In The News - 2/4/2006

Back to the Future of eLearning - Campus Technology
In and around the classroom, on- and off-campus, the technologies and the icons of the much heralded, at times over-hyped technology revolution in education (micro/desktop/notebook computers, the Web, wireless, and Google, et al) have changed and enhanced many aspects of the educational experience, across all levels/sectors of education.

Five steps to a successful knowledge management initiative - IT World
An organization that implements an effective knowledge management (KM) program should see a substantial payoff: Reducing duplicated work increases productivity; leveraging past experience improves quality; and tracking customer behaviors enhances customer service.

Strategy before Structure - Microsoft Executive Circle
Peter Drucker was among the first to write about the importance of fewer layers and the importance of designing an organization to fit the objectives of the enterprise.

Excessive Mobile Phone Use Hinders Learning - The Korea Times
Educational authorities and policymakers raise specific concerns over the younger generation of customers, whom they believe are becoming excessively attached to their mobile phones.