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Interactive Decision Objects

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from elearningpost

The IDOs are an interactive framework for decision-making. For example, consider the case of a group (or an individual) wanting to analyse competitors to review existing strategy.

Downloaded the kit, will post again after diging it deep enough.

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March 30th, 2004 at 10:56 am

Posted in Big Picture

Information tsunami or splash in the pool?

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Interesting observation @ Every Signal Starts Out As Noise – Ton Zijlstra
“Why do we call information and data coming to us noise? Because we know not all that stuff is useful, we label the unuseful stuff as noise. And because of the tilted signal to noise ratio we perceive, i.e. what little we actually use from what comes at us, we say we suffer from information overload. I say that this is rubbish.
There is no such thing as information overload. It does not exist.”
“In the known and knowable areas, these assumptions make sure that you take the right decisions about causal relationships, and thus be able to control or to cope with your situation. This made perfect sense where information was limited or even scarce. There is fear hidden behind these assumptions, that culminate in the fear to make the wrong decision.

Those three fears are:
I will miss important things
I will forget important things
I’ll miss big opportunities to success

From a complexity perspective the answers to the three fears, and the three assumptions are:
Look at what you see, not at what you don’t see
You are your own filter, important stuff will bubble to the surface at some point
It’s about the few actions you do take, not all the actions you could have.

Or when put into actions:
Skim, not read, all available info, don’t judge yet
Combine what strikes you at first as possible patterns (barriers and attractors), and examine those more closely
Build upon the patterns, and choose one or two to cultivate and act upon”

At the same time Jay blogged
“The brain is not a logically structured organ; these processes of connection resemble the processes of metaphor more than those of logic.”
“The brain will always have more going on than seems necessary, more randomness and variation than any humanly designed system. There is enormous redundancy (which Dr. Edelman refers to as “degeneracy”) in the brain’s functioning, giving it remarkable resilience and evolutionary possibilities. No brain event happens the same way twice. Even memory is always a variant, he says — a re-creation, never a repetition. “

Going back to Ton
“We’ve Dealt with Information Overload Since the Dawn of Humanity
It all boils down to trusting upon the notion in Open Space of “whatever happens is the only thing that could have”. It is also basically how we humans have looked upon the earth for most of our existence. We always take in all our surroundings all the time”
Blog to handle the Tsunami and early warning system:
“Blogs create and aggregate an enormous amount of often prefiltered background noise. Being exposed to the blogosphere enables companies to reconnect to their noisy surroundings. It requires however that they accept that their organisational structures are not all that make up reality and don’t want information to flow along those structures only, and also accept that they will not know in advance what is useful information.”

There are some interesting comments, counter–comments going on there.
I’ll need to dig deeper and post something (whatever I can catch on my small antenna) tomorrow

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March 29th, 2004 at 10:50 am

Judgement day is here

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Emergent Learning : Jay cross

“That future has arrived. Today a healthy percentage of learning in corporations is technology-assisted. At first we thought it was all about content, but context-free courseware failed for lack of human support. Pioneering online communities turned into ghost towns.

Then we realized that e-learning is a bundle of capabilities, not a silver bullet. When e-learning technology supplements traditional learning, it usually saves time, money and drudgery. Properly implemented, e-learning is a powerful, cost-effective tool. No longer the “next big thing,” e-learning has hit the mainstream.”

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March 29th, 2004 at 10:48 am

Connect please!

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It all started with Dave Pollard’s question – Why Haven’t We Developed ‘Work-Arounds’ For Blogging’s Limitations.

“To me, the greatest limitation is blogs’ lack of integration and ‘transitionability’ with other communication tools. Why haven’t we developed generally-accepted work-arounds that allow us to transition from blog comments to e-mail threads, IM, telephony, wikis and other tools, and back again? Have we become so used to being led around the nose by the functionality (and lack thereof) of communication tools that we’ve lost our imagination and social will to develop means to jump to better tools when the one we’re working isn’t optimal?”

Dina Mehta posted a comment, articulated a blogpost with many more gems .

“Building relationships and workable connections that create something – that takes time, frayed nerves, affinity, dialogue, sharing … of visions, or values or desires. We have to find ways that are less “flat” of getting to know each other online, And, probably the only way to get there is by learning what “presence” is online and how we will each individually use it or respond to it or manipulate it ”

The question remains the same – “Can we make virtual presence feel real? “

She also added – “I wonder if it would be a good idea to have that button and an IM equivalent at the bottom of each of our blog posts. In the bar that has comments and permalinks. Along with presence indicators – so the reader would know if i’m available to chat or talk. Not sure whether existing blog software providers allow it – i’m pretty sure Radio doesn’t yet. “

I think we can do something like that with yahoo, although I don’t know how to contexualized the stuff.

David Wilcox also posted the same concern – “More about joining up online places – and people

“How can we can we get good connections between different online places (email lists, forums, blogs and so on), work out which tools do what best, deal with so much communication … and also think on what personality type and preferences dispose our energies to different ways of doing things. Are there face-to-face people, phone people, mainly-blogging people, community people? If so, what hope is there of connecting well?”

WOW! You guys hijacked at least 2 hours of my weekend.

What about our e-Learning world? Anyone thinking about connection, user experience and knowledge flow in post courseware era. Anyone from the pedagogy ivory tower? I am waiting for a oracle here!

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March 29th, 2004 at 10:46 am

Posted in Big Picture

Top 10 tips for great pictures

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Top 10 tips for great pictures : from Kodak

Simple photography lessons for amateurs. Learnable and enjoyable.
“Do you wish you were a better photographer? All it takes is a little know-how and experience. Keep reading for some important picture-taking tips. Then grab your camera and start shooting your way to great pictures.”

I specially liked the interactive “Try it yourself” modules.

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March 26th, 2004 at 11:45 am

Posted in Wanton Posts