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Friday, August 20, 2010

Delicious tidbits: The Semantic Web (or Web 3.0)

The following are articles in my Delicious library that include the tag "Web3.0."

From Digital Inspiration: A post on, "Web 3.0 Concepts Explained in Plain English." It includes a comparison of the three "versions" of the web and a presentation on the evolution of Web 3.0.

From Harold Jarche: A post on, "The Evolution of Web 3.0". It includes his comparison of "the three webs" as well as a link to his Delicious collection of articles tagged "web3.0."

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Clay Shirky on Social Media & Social Change

At last year's TED conference, Clay Shirky presented on the power of social media as, and for, social activism and change. Very inspiring. This applies to learning as well as advocacy. How do we as instructional designers and teachers/trainers best harness this new model to effectively and efficiently facilitate learning?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Delicious Tidbits: Learning Organization

The following are articles in my Delicious library that include the tag "LearningOrganization."

From Harold Jarche, a blog post on The Networked Enterprise and Learning Support. In it he argues that training is often a solution in search of a problem, and that we need to understand, encourage and support social learning in the enterprise.

From Bersin & Associates' blog, "The Business of Talent," comes a post visualizing a model for modernize corporate training:an Enterprise Learning Framework.

From Eric Davidove, a video on YouTube, entitled "Phenomenal Learning," describing how Web 2.0 technologies can help develop a learning organization. He says, "Web 2.0 technologies enable the development and delivery of phenomenal learning. Learning is naturally a social experience and comes about primarily from discussion, collaboration, sharing, practicing, and feedback. Watch this podcast to understand what I mean by Phenomenal Learning and a way in which we can employ Web 2.0 technologies to the learning experience."

In this blog post, Michelle Martin of The Bamboo Project asks and answers the question: "How Do You Create a Culture of Sharing?"

Edward Volchok looks at the topic a bit differently in his article for eLearn Magazine, entitled "Virtual Teams: Making the Online Classroom a Learning Organization."

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Cultural Concepts of Choice and Their Impact on Learning and Life

I have always appreciated the adage, "somebody discovered water, but it wasn't a fish." There are so many forces that form how we perceive the world without us even being aware of them, because we are so completely and forever surrounded by them. Language is one. Another is cultural norm. Here is a great presentation on cultural concepts of choice and how they impact our lives.

As an instructional designer, I also wonder how providing choice in learning impacts effectiveness and quality (not only "good vs bad" quality, but the perceived "personality" - for lack of a better term - of the learning experience and the newly acquired knowledge/value/skill.)

Who chooses? How many choices? How do we discern options? Should we always accept the opportunity to choose? Knowing our learners is so important to best facilitating the learning process and understanding the impact.

So many questions to ask ourselves, and so many questions we may not even realize exist to be asked!