Imagine how frightening the world would be if politics was behest to companies and their whims. Policies would be dictated by profits rather than the needs of a society. Oh sorry, that time …
The arc of history bends toward progress—and 2016 was no different.
This is an extract from Learning to work and working to learn by Ronald Barnett, published in 1999. It is even more relevant seventeen years later.
A lot of educators around the world are shifting away from standard exams and into skills that develop the whole being of a person to prepare him much better for life.
This began as a PhD reflection but turned into a blog post because the issues matter. We need to talk. What has gone wrong? Quite a lot.
This is part four of my annual review of the year in ed-tech
That's why I flew 3000 miles to talk to Tim Ferriss. I wanted the gems. I wanted answers. Here are ten things I learned from him...
In the wake of the election, we must resist the slightest extension in the boundaries of what is right and just.
Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice [Clayton M. Christensen, Karen Dillon, Taddy Hall, David S. Duncan]
Is innovation inherently a hit-or-miss endeavor? Not if you understand why customers make the choices they do.
I believe we are at the beginning of a major revolution in how we communicate, from the perspectives of people to people, people to machine, machine to people, and machine to machine communications.
This is the safest time in human history. So why are we all so afraid?
Ben Williamson Over the past few months the close knit relationship of education with software and data has become a defining feature of political life in democratic societies.
What's the country really going to look like in 30 years? Get ready for older, more diverse, and new tensions about who gets what.
I’m exploring what it means to be human in a digital age and what role universities play in developing learners for this experience. Against the backdrop of everything is changing, we aren’t paying enough attention to what we are becoming.
Dr George Siemens discusses connectivism - where it came from and what it means. (via Dan)
It’s time once again for my annual review of “the year in education technology,” something I’ve done since 2010. Tomorrow I’ll launch the seventh edition of this massive, maniacal undertaking.
Josh Waitzkin is an endlessly fascinating person who gets mentioned a lot on this show for good reason (and he’s been a guest not just once, but twice).
Silicon Valley fails to take into account the human consequences of its technological wizardry.
Learning and development strategies are like trends — they come and they go. A learning audit can help identify which strategies will produce exactly what the workforce and business need to succeed. (Includes a case study about McDonald's.)
"They all raise the question of whether we put too much faith in numerical analysis in general and complex learning analytics in particular. That is an excellent question. But in doing so, some of these arguments position analytics in opposition to narratives. That part is not right. Analytics are narratives. They are stories that we tell, or that machines tell, in order to make meaning out of data points. The problem is that most of us aren’t especially literate in this kind of narrative and don’t know how to critique it well."
“Learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.” Peter Drucker The Real Learning Project aims to help millions of people learn to learn, from young adults to seniors. We are looking for organizational partners to pilot Real Learning and monitor the results. Feedback drives our improvement cycle. Real Learners know how to learn informally, socially, and experientially and are more likely to attain their business and personal goals as a result. Real Learning is a do-it-yourself program though often it’s taken up by small groups of co-learners.
“Peer support is critical to any career. But the higher you go in a leadership role, the fewer opportunities you have to lean on peers for deliberation and problem solving. The opportunity for a trusted peer support group is there if you only look for it, and continued success depends on it. Create a personal board of directors. Join an organization like YPO, or even organize your own local group of non-competitive peers. If you have no other agenda than to reciprocally offer help and support, you will be amazed at how receptive others will be.”
n this series, Y Combinator President Sam Altman sits down with people who have built successful companies and shaped the world today. We’ll ask them how they got started, what they think the future will look like, what they’ve learned about how to build successful companies, and what they’d do if they were just starting out today. Technology companies have become a powerful way to build the future. Our goal with this series is to share advice about how you can do it, too.
Educational genomics could be used to create tailor-made curriculum programmes, based on a pupil’s DNA profile.
When students quit their jobs and put thousands of dollars on the line to attend a coding bootcamp, they want to know their investment will pay off. General Assembly is getting closer to making that promise. Today the New York-based company, which offers in-person and online classes for in-demand skills in fields including web development and user experience, released a public framework for measuring how its students perform in courses and in the job market.
It seems like leaders are always lamenting the lack of cooperation and collaboration in their organizations. But more often than not, the culprit isn’t their employees’ unwillingness to give others a hand — it’s the fact that most people simply don’t, or won’t, ask for help. Why? First, asking for help is often perceived as a sign of weakness or ignorance, implying that someone can’t get their work done on their own. A second common barrier is nervousness about incurring social debts or obligations — ”What do I owe this person now?”
Leadership is fluid in the peloton. A lead rider one day may be hauling water bottles to support teammates the next day. I describe this as temporary, negotiated hierarchies. This is emerging as the new nature of work in the network era. What is needed to win a bike race, with complex human relationships in constantly changing conditions, is similar to working in the creative economy. Connected leadership serves everyone.
Many industries have been forever changed through the advent and impact of modern digital technologies. Surprisingly, there are still many in the world of academics that think we are somehow immune to these changes. Yet the fact is, the digitization of instruction and delivery of educational services is happening at a quickening pace.
Guests unwinding in the gilded splendour of the Corinthia Hotel in London would not generally expect to be asked if they wanted to have their heads examined.
Education on Air is a free, online conference on Saturday, December 3rd. There will be 100+ sessions from educators around the globe. Learn more about the event and the speakers.
Integration companies, while not glamorous, can build market power by positioning themselves at the center of an ecosystem and creating an “ecosystem network effect”, whereby they become a de facto standard. Okta and Segment are both on their way to achieving this. But most new applications use integration to gather, organize, and analyze data. They win the hearts of their users through great design. That’s no small challenge, given growing data sets, shrinking screen sizes, and ever shorter attention spans, which is why the concept of design has become a huge differentiator.
"We need to find a way to bridge from our closed groups to other closed groups, try to cross the ever widening social divides."
Bruno Rouffaer contends that it’s likely time to redefine your organization’s corporate identity. Old-style leadershipcontrol and commanddoesn’t work with younger generations of employees.
The 42 team ensure the proper functioning of all the of the university’s facilities, while also enriching the pedagogy or developing new learning tools.
Every time a new educational model is launched or an existing institution builds an innovative new facility we see headlines about whether this is the school/university of the future. This is another aspect of the tiresome either/or rhetoric that surrounds popular discussions of digitalisation; the new model will replace existing models. If we could just replace the definite article with the indefinite article and state simply that this is a school/university of the future the discussion might be more realistic. There is no one model for the future, there will be a wide range of different interpretations from traditional to innovative.
The lack of skills is not the main problem facing most organizations today, in spite of what many managers and executives might say.
This talk was delivered at Virginia Commonwealth University today as part of a seminar co-sponsored by the Departments of English and Sociology. The slides are also available here.
Could college degrees be replaced by alternative career pathways in the job market of the future?
Slack could have done what most companies do when a competitor rips them off, and said nothing. (This was Snapchat’s approach recently when Facebook began looting it for parts.) Instead, in the dubious tradition of Apple and uh, Rdio, the company published a remarkably smarmy full-page ad in the New York Times. The ad was a mistake on Slack’s part — one that immediately put a yet-to-launch product on equal footing with its own, while still managing to cast a $461 billion company as the scrappy upstart. For a company that brags about how thoughtful it is about language, this week's letter is a regrettable unforced error. (The company declined to talk to me about the letter.)
A brand new podcast about the meaning and identity we find in work.
While Facebook and Twitter offer an endless parade of links, Pocket wants to promote only the good stuff.
We all want to feel like we belong somewhere. In today’s connected world, one-fifth of adults in the U.S. are online “almost constantly,” according to Pew Research Center. But the internet can be a lonely place. Although “social” media sites like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter exist, it can be hard to have genuine interactions with people. That’s where Imzy comes in. Imzy, which aims to be a platform for genuine conversations with like-minded people, is launching out of private beta today. It also recently closed an $8 million Series A round led by Index Ventures.
I’m in love. I’m in love with an idea. A quite simple idea, really. But one that has amazing effects when put into motion.
How can you empower your team? Asana co-founder Justin Rosenstein recently shares his expertise on creating team empowerment and employee trust.
Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It's a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because as Heffernan points out: “Companies don’t have ideas. Only people do.”
If technology has made canceling plans too easy, how about a radically different approach? Make fewer to begin with.
Memo from the land of obvious: We live in a culture that hawks happiness like a drug. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not a curmudgeon who would begrudge people their happiness. In fact, I consider myself to be a fairly happy guy. But somewhere along the line, we seem to have lost sight of the point. Happiness has become a cultural expectation for all people at all times. Happiness gurus teaching happiness courses and writing happiness books have sprouted everywhere to help all of us - not just Americans - realize the promise of our forefathers: life, liberty and happiness.
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A community of people who want to get better every single day.
“Listen to your audience.” Few sayings have become more rote in the tech world than that. Unfortunately, it’s the saying — not the practice — that’s gone mainstream. For whatever reason, rather than listen to a few highly engaged individuals interacting with your content, marketers and startups and media companies everywhere act like the strongest signal of potential success is a large amount of people consuming something. I think that’s broken. I think the best way to understand if something will succeed is to do the harder part: Make something people want. In other words… Look for small numbers of people reacting in big ways, then lean into it.
In the dark spirit of Ambrose Bierce, let us consider new definitions of familiar terms. Specifically, let’s see what happens when we give educational technology the Devil’s Dictionary (1906) treatment.
Three groups that are often overlooked.
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Mastermind groups focus on goals and finances, and women's groups are more about the internal process -- a new project combines them
Gina Pell on the Perennials, the growing group of people who aren't bound by age in the way most people in society used to be.
• Reach teachers and students where they are, in their moment of need • Leverage outcome-based learning to ensure that users learn what they need • Provide activities that allow users to apply learning to their life/classroom • Encourage learners to connect, get feedback, and learn from others • Offer a way for teachers, staff, and students to document learning
Three ways to do it.
As the workforce evolves, so must training programs.
How to be a good citizen of Slack
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