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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Finds: Riffing on the lessons of improv to co-create with your audience

Liz Danzico explores how these frameworks take hold and what the opportunities are for interaction designers. A great concept for designing environments that support co-created learning.

Liz Danzico-Frames: Notes on Improvisation and Design from Interaction Design Association on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Humor: Meeting ALL learning styles

You've got to love The Onion....


Parents Of Nasal Learners Demand Odor-Based Curriculum

"COLUMBUS, OH–Backed by olfactory-education experts, parents of nasal learners are demanding that U.S. public schools provide odor-based curricula for their academically struggling children. " ...

Thursday, March 18, 2010 Tidbits: Self Directed Learning

Here are the most recent articles and resources I've found in my favorites list that include the tag "SelfDirectedLearning" I include an earlier post of mine on the same topic which provides more links:

Williams Instructional Design: Self-Directed Learning January 2008 post

CappuccinoU: "This e-book is about a new style of learning in which innovative people have combined new information technology with traditional ways of learning to develop a new, personally-driven approach to learning. It happens predominantly in “the third place,” a location that is neither home nor office. The third place is usually a coffee house, one which is designed to serve this particular audience. People gather in their favourite third places to work, relax, visit and learn. They work independently and in groups. Some of them use computers which may or may not be linked to the web. Some are taking courses online; others are writing books
like this one. This is Cappuccino U."

Strong Value of Self-Directed Learning in the Workplace: How Supervisors and Learners Gain Leaps in Learning: From the Free Management Library, a primer for fostering self-directed learning in the workplace.

Mastering healthcare applications: Toronto hospital uses self-directed and computer-based training to meet clinical staff's learning needs
: A case study.

Creating Learning Communities: From A Coalition for Self-Learning, an online resource center.

Beyond Global Collaborative “Units,” on to Real PLN’s: Podcast with Chris Craft: From the Beyond School blog.

The new dynamics of strategy: Sense-making in a complex and complicated world: From Cognitive Edge. From the synopsis:

"In this paper, we challenge the universality of three basic assumptions prevalent in organizational decision support and strategy: assumptions of order, of rational choice, and of intent. We describe the Cynefin framework, a sense-making device we have developed to help people make sense of the complexities made visible by the relaxation of these assumptions. The Cynefin framework is derived from several years of action research into the use of narrative and complexity theory in organizational knowledge exchange, decision-making, strategy, and policy-making. The framework is explained, its conceptual underpinnings are outlined, and its use in group sense-making and discourse is described. Finally, the consequences of relaxing the three basic assumptions, using the Cynefin framework as a mechanism, are considered."

Friday, March 5, 2010

Finds: "Slo-Mo Dogs" Wordless Storytelling & Getting to the Affective

Alright, I admit it. This is an excuse to simply share a lovely dog video in the form of an ad. But... doesn't this micro-story evoke emotion?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Finds: Sam Loman's "Underskin"

Sam Loman has created a great metaphor for illustrating the systems of the body: the NYC subway system. It is a simple and clean communication that differentiates each major system (skeletal, pulmonary, etc.) and organ, showing where they are and how they interact, without the "white noise" detail of classic illustrations. Brilliant.

Click here for a full-size version via Information Aesthetics.