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connected thinking

“… it’s easy, and it’s seductive, to assume that data is really knowledge. Or that information is, indeed, wisdom. Or that knowledge can exist without data. And how easy, and how effortlessly, one can parade and disguise itself as another. And how quickly we can forget that wisdom without knowledge, wisdom without any data, is just a hunch.” —Toni Morrison (2019) The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations Data needs knowledge to understand it. Those who have this knowl...
Tags: Complexity, Toni Morrison, eLearning, Wilson, SocialLearning, Kenneth Mikkelsen, Meditations Data

#3quotes from Papert

Image from Wikimedia Commons MIT professor Seymour Papert wanted to turn education on its head.He was disillusioned with the idea that we should 'instruct' children and that they would learn solely from content delivery. He was particularly critical of the use of computers as 'replacements' for teachers. There's a clear indication of those sentiments in this quote from his seminal work from 1980, Mindstorms: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas: “In many schools today, the phrase 'com...
Tags: New York, Technology, Learning, Education, Computers, Teaching, Brighton, Schools, eLearning, Seymour Papert, Papert, Making, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Mindstorms, Doing

E-Learning Variables 101

Building e-learning courses is usually a matter of pulling together the appropriate content, visuals, and some level of interactivity. Most courses I see are linear with some simple interactions like tabs and labeled graphics. However, there’s a way to make e-learning content and the learning experience more dynamic when using variables. Variables help create custom user experiences such as personalized visuals, conditional navigation, and adaptive learning paths. The challenge for many e-learn...
Tags: Minneapolis, Washington, Tutorials, Interaction Design, Gamification, eLearning, E-learning, Tom Kuhlmann, Articulate Storyline, Online Course Design, E-learning Examples, Articulate 360, E-learning 101, Orlando Learning Solutions Conference, Edinburgh UK Articulate Roadshow Details, Madrid E Learning Workshop

constant outrage

Many of us are getting depressed and pessimistic about  the state of society, whether it be the big one — climate change — or the many smaller problems facing us — populism, extremism, anti-science movements, xenophobia, etc. One of the biggest frustrations is that the various camps just do not talk to each other with any intention of understanding. In addition, social media — the preferred source of news for many people — tend to increase the outrage. The medium is the message, said Marshall Mc...
Tags: Technology, Democracy, Communities, eLearning, Ontario Canada, Marshall McLuhan, Umberto Eco, Dunning Kruger, Jason Kotke

Is sharing caring? #OpenBlog19

Photo by Krzyboy2o on Wikimedia Commons This is a post for #OpenBlog19. I attended an event in Utrecht, in the Netherlands way back in 2007, at around the time that social media was emerging as a serious learning technology. Together for two days, we discussed how digital technologies and networks could support learning. The event was called 'Show that you Share' and focused on tools such as Creative Commons, personal learning environments and mobile phones as a means of creating, shari...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Education, Knowledge, Social Media, Sharing, Smartphone, Copyright, Netherlands, Creative Commons, Utrecht, eLearning, PLE, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Personal Learning Environment

Why Is Everyone Talking About Kafka?

Fending off buzzwords can feel like a full-time job, so having a reliable approach to assessing technologies is a critical piece of an engineer’s toolkit. With the rise of Kafka, more and more companies are trying to figure out why there has been so much momentum behind it and if they should be evaluating it. By walking through a set of 4 questions, we will gain a better understanding of Kafka’s position in an organization’s tech stack. What does it do? This may seem like an obvious question t...
Tags: Streams, Blog, Linkedin, Data, Analytics, Kafka, eLearning, Apache, Apache Kafka, Kafka Streams, Kafka Consumer, Kafka Producer, Why Kafka, LinkedIn Once, Martin Kleppman, Kafka Streams Processing API


[Author: [email protected] (Clive Shepherd)]
Tags: Music, eLearning, Clive Shepherd, Kora, Thin Air

Bridge to the future

Photo by Neiljs on Wikimedia Commons I recorded a podcast interview with Martin Couzins and Nigel Paine recently, and it's now available online to listen to. It's part of a series called From Scratch, and I really enjoyed being quizzed by the dynamic duo about my new book Digital Learning in Organisations. Some of the questions really made me dig deeply into my thoughts to address.Nigel actually thought my book was something of a 'bridge to the future' in his closing comments. That's re...
Tags: Podcast, Technology, Learning, Interview, Digital, Nigel, eLearning, Martin, Nigel Paine, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, L&D, Organisations, From Scratch, Martin Couzins, Neiljs

beyond government and markets

The key to our transformation toward a network society is citizen sensemaking. The thinking that got us into our current state of affairs will not get us out. Hierarchical leadership, even in democratic governments, is inadequate for the complexity of a networked society. Our governments seem to be completely unprepared to regulate surveillance capitalism, let alone climate change. Leadership on these issues is coming from outside government and in spite of the market. “We want leadership distri...
Tags: Leadership, Sweden, Democracy, Communities, eLearning, Jennifer Sertl, Greta Thunberg

Burn your training request form

If your organization is typical, you have a training request form. Look at it now. It probably commits 10,000 sins. For example, it might ask the client to: Identify the format and length of “the training” List the content that should be included Specify the date and location for “the training” Identify the number of people to be “trained” With this form, you’re saying, “My job is to produce whatever training you want, whether or not it will actually work.” It turns you into a worker in a co...
Tags: eLearning, Instructional Design, Client Management

Work arounds

Photo by Jeshoots on Pexels In my two previous posts here and here I've been writing about how the use of smartphones and other personal devices and technologies in the workplace can have negative effects on concentration, memory, task completion and social interaction. It's not all bad news. There are many advantages of bringing personal devices into the workplace, especially around new learning opportunities. Yet the use of personal devices needs to be tempered against how they can im...
Tags: Social, Technology, Email, Smartphone, eLearning, Distraction, Don, Workplace Learning, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Personal Devices, JESHOOTS

Learning is a human experience

Humans need humans and never more than when we are learning. As we move from a situation in which most learning is face-to-face to one in which we make use of digital content and perhaps even AI as the vehicle for a learning experience, we don't need to give up on our humanity. [Author: [email protected] (Clive Shepherd)]
Tags: eLearning, Clive Shepherd

How to Become a Successful E-Learning Developer

Between the blog posts, community interactions, workshops, and webinars one of the most frequently asked questions is how to get started with e-learning or become a better e-learning developer. I’ve written about this in several previous posts that cover how to build your skills, create your personal brand, and maintain a portfolio. You can find previous posts and a really cool interaction below. How to Build Your Skills Here’s a list of some of the posts on personal development. How to Impr...
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self-perception of knowledge

Sensemaking does not have to be a complicated affair. I have recently had several conversations with people who have simplified their sensemaking processes — using fewer tools and streamlining processes — quite often accepting the fact they won’t capture everything. I have described personal knowledge mastery made simple to show that you can start without having to learn a whole bunch of practices and procedures. A core part of PKM is adding value — for yourself, and others. If you are not addin...
Tags: Facebook, eLearning, PKMastery

unintended consequences

“Welcome to Magic School. Here is your schedule.” “Thanks! But…” “Yes?” “This is just ‘Ethics’ and ‘Human rights’ and things like that.” “Correct, that’s the first year curriculum.” “Do we have to learn all this?” “Of course! What do you think this is, software engineering?” —@MicroSFF — Some unintended consequences of automobiles are pollution, gridlock, and manslaughter. An unintended consequence of using cement as our primary building material is large CO2 emissions. An unintended consequenc...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Innovation, eLearning, Marshall Eric McLuhan, Magic School Here

applied imagination

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. @RitaJKing — “I advocate for calling AI applied imagination instead of artificial intelligence. We need to start thinking.” @LynnBoyden — “Why is there no place in any car for me to put my purse?” @WhiteOwl — “We think we design jobs for organisations but really we design organisations for jobs.” @MayaDrøschler — “I heard two scientists on the radio discussing men’s and w...
Tags: Harry Hill, eLearning, Alexander, Winnie Byanyima, Friday's Finds, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, Amanda Higgens, Pony Phillips, Phillips Image

Standard deviation

Photo by Pedro Figueras on Pexels In my last post I wrote about smartphones and other personal devices, and their tendency to distract us by diverting our attention.  This is a continuation.Distractions in the workplace are common. They interrupt the flow of work. An email pops up on your desktop screen asking for your 'urgent' attention, Facebook messenger pings on your smartphone telling you someone has responded to your earlier status update. A colleague phones you to invite you out ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, London, Relationships, Communication, Research, Smartphones, eLearning, Interaction, Distraction, Lee, Duffy, Howard Rheingold, Digital Age, Steve Wheeler

Enter Into the Programming World With Python Training

The Engineering educational modules in India recommend the universities to start the programming classes for the students with C, followed by C++ and Java. This has made an assumption that ‘C’ kick-starts the coding lessons for freshers. A straightforward metaphor would enable you to understand the difference between starting programming […]
Tags: India, Articles, eLearning

Migration of Flash to HTML5: Here’s to Cost effective –Time Saving Tools

Is it possible to make the courses mobile-compatible with effective Flash to HTML5 conversion that’s cost effective and less time consuming? Yes! Manual conversion of a complex Flash project to HTML5 is a labor-intensive and time-consuming process that can be very expensive for organizations due to platform differences. Cost of such a conversion depends on […]
Tags: eLearning, Upside Learning, Time Saving Tools

learning as a disservice

It is time to revive an insightful comment by a friend and inspiration, David Jonassen — as his Wikipedia entry says, Dave wrote about “learning with media, not from it”. “Every amateur epistemologist knows that knowledge cannot be managed. Education has always assumed that knowledge can be transferred and that we can carefully control the process through education. That is a grand illusion.” —David Jonassen Knowledge is personal. Knowledge is human. Knowledge cannot be managed. This is where ...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Wikipedia, Dave, Netflix, eLearning, David Jonassen, David Jonassen Knowledge, Forbes Learning

learning as disservice

It is time to revive an insightful comment by a friend and inspiration, David Jonassen — as his Wikipedia entry says, Dave wrote about “learning with media, not from it”. “Every amateur epistemologist knows that knowledge cannot be managed. Education has always assumed that knowledge can be transferred and that we can carefully control the process through education. That is a grand illusion.” —David Jonassen Knowledge is personal. Knowledge is human. Knowledge cannot be managed. This is where ...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Wikipedia, Dave, Netflix, eLearning, David Jonassen, David Jonassen Knowledge, Forbes Learning

Weapons of mass distraction

Photo by Steve Wheeler Humans were once untethered, free to wander the world and explore at will. Then came telecommunications, telephones, computers and the internet to transform the ways we could communicate across great distances. But such innovation also tethered people to specific geographical locations.The invention of the mobile phone liberated us to move freely again, but in doing so, we became tethered in a different, more subtle sense. Now, wherever we gaze in modern, industri...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Technology, London, Learning, Communication, Smartphone, eLearning, Distraction, Mark Curtis, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England

Here’s a Free E-Learning Interaction Template

I built a simple sorting interaction to show how to work with sliders and variables for a workshop. It’s a fun and simple interaction so I cleaned out the data and made it so it can work as a template. It’s yours to use as you wish. Click here to view the demo. Download the template here. Tutorial: Interactive Sort Activity Here’s a YouTube tutorial that walks through the template and explains how to customize it. A few things you’ll learn: Customizing the slider Animation-based triggers ...
Tags: Washington, Tutorials, Assessment, Interaction Design, Madrid, Templates, eLearning, Tom Kuhlmann, Articulate Storyline, Free Downloads, E-learning Examples, Articulate 360, Toronto Sign, Orlando Learning Solutions Conference, ATD International Conference Expo June, E Learning Workshop Workshop

Infographic Intro

What exactly is Sports? Traditionally, it's been defined as a competition for the highest level of physical competence and skill which is either casually or formally organized for the entertainment of both the participants and the spectators. However, this conventional definition is currently challenged by the rise of eSports. Just […]
Tags: Articles, eLearning

Personal and personalised learning

Photo by Marshall Henrie on Wikimedia Commons My keynote speech at the nextEd2019 conference in Lisbon was titled 'Personalising learning in the digital age'. I explored some of the older concepts such as personal learning environments, networked learning and desire lines, before moving on to discuss some of the latest thinking around personal learning.The event, organised by the Open University of Portugal, also featured several of the celebrated veterans of open and distance education...
Tags: Learning, Education, Scaffolding, Spain, Personal, Portugal, Brazil, Guide, Terry Anderson, eLearning, Lisbon, Lisbon Portugal, PLE, Steve Wheeler, PLN, Jeronimos Monastery

we don’t need another hero

People in leadership positions are very busy — too busy it seems. “CEOs attend an endless stream of meetings, each of which can be totally different from the one before and the one that follows. Their sheer number and variety is a defining feature of the top job. On average, the leaders in our study had 37 meetings of assorted lengths in any given week and spent 72% of their total work time in meetings.” —HBR 2018-07 But being busy makes them feel important — perhaps even heroic. “Many of us can...
Tags: Leadership, eLearning, Wheatley, Margaret Wheatley, Margaret Wheatly

Flash to HTML5: Handling Volume Conversion Efficiently

Now that Adobe has forced your hand to convert your legacy Flash courses to HTML5, you will have to revisit your entire repertoire of eLearning courses. Over the course of several years, you may have imagined, visualized and developed just the right content for your organization.  It may seem like a tall order to do […]
Tags: Adobe, eLearning, Upside Learning

Creating dynamic headers in Reportlab

When writing code to make a report, you never truly know what you are going to get into. In a recent Python project, I was using the excellent ReportLab libraryand things were going smoothly. But then I needed make a header that would appear on every page. This isn’t took bad – you just create a function that goes on the document when you build it. But the API doesn’t support that terribly well – the function that you give to the Document object takes the Document and the Canvas as the only para...
Tags: Python, Blog, Reporting, Pdf, eLearning, Reportlab

toward a network society

Our current triform society is based on families/communities, a public sector, and a private market sector. But this form, dominated by Markets is unable to deal with the complexities we face globally — climate change, pollution, populism/fanaticism, nuclear war, etc. A quadriform society would be primarily guided by the Network form of organizing. We are making some advances in that area but we still have challenges getting beyond nation states and financial markets. The “quadriformist choic...
Tags: Leadership, Learning, Democracy, America, eLearning, Janus, David Ronfeldt, Greta Thunberg

we all need an inner circle

Work has always been about who you know, more than what you know. That’s why the rich and powerful send their children to elite schools. It’s not about the education but rather the connections. We still fool ourselves that a capitalist economy is a meritocracy — which any marginalized group can attest is false. However, the emerging network era and its democratization of media is giving voice to more of these groups. I have advocated for retrieving gender balance in our organizations as the cont...
Tags: Work, Social Networks, Communities, eLearning, SocialLearning, Brian Uzzi