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Shift Happens – get ready NOW!

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Scott McLeod, of the Univ of Minnesota, recently reworked and posted a version of a presentation that Karl Fisch created called “Did You Know?“. A nice presentation covering different shifting factors including globalization, learning, change and their impact on future! If you liked Thomas Friedman’s World is Flat – you will like this too!



Via: TIS Blog

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March 28th, 2007 at 3:18 am

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Professional development for educators: New Era

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George Siemens posted a Articulate presentation on professional development approaches for educators.

It’s the concluding element in a course I’m currently teaching on “course implementation”. I think most educators do professional development well…but not often recognized by the institution. I imagine (with absolutely no evidence) that someone who is active in reading blogs, contributing to wikis, engaged in online communities, follows trends through Google Alerts,, Digg, etc. receives the equivalent of any certificate program…with the side skills of critical thinking and pattern recognition thrown in.

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March 28th, 2007 at 3:07 am

The Future of the Web : SMR

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MIT Sloan Management Review (SMR) has a special report in its spring issue on “The Future of the Web.” [PDF download ]

From synopsis :

Nearly all businesses today are critically dependent on the Web for their everyday functioning, so it is important to stay attuned to its continuing evolution, innovation and challenges. In this special report, a variety of noted experts explore a wide range of topics pivotal to the Web’s future, from e-commerce to collaboration tools to some of the Web’s unsettling vulnerabilities.

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March 28th, 2007 at 3:03 am

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NEXUS 2007

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A bunch of young geeks at The Digital Movement organized this awesome un-conference, NEXUS 2007 at Singapore – on web and mobile 2.0, from future of Web to Citizen journalism!

Apart from the great speakers and panelists, the environment was electrifying! Live blogging, Campfire chat rooms (projected on large screen!), Twitter ‘mini-posts’ and ‘live’ Flickr pool! Cool!
I had to push off early from the conference due to a bad headache :(
More later – I need to crash now!

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March 24th, 2007 at 1:24 pm

CoP and Informal Knowledge Transfer

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Informal Knowledge Transfer by Eric Sauve at Learning Circuits.

To quote

The reality is that in many industries in which situations change rapidly, formal learning once or twice a year doesn’t provide employees with the experience or knowledge they need to find ongoing success on the job. This means that organizations must revamp their budgets and shift their resources from formal learning settings to informal situations in which the majority of learning actually takes place. (A recent study from Forrester Research detailed the rise of social computing—interactions continued through online or other technological means— and its impact on e-learning indicates that more than 80 percent of adult learning takes place outside of the classroom.)

Eric suggests communities of practice (CoPs) as a solution.

On the process side, there should be a focus on setting short- and long-term goals for the community and ensuring there’s an ongoing plan in place that anticipates many of the common issues associated with their setup and maintenance. Questions that should be considered upfront include

  • What communities will offer my organization the highest potential return?
  • How will we find and train community leaders?
  • How will we continue to engage new users after the launch of the community?

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March 21st, 2007 at 8:58 am