Free Tool: Project Execution Assessment

Partnering Resources

Our Execution Assessment measures performance along five critical dimensions: Strategic Clarity – How well has the organization defined the strategy? Download a short version of our Execution Capability Assessment now. Image from aeu04117 on flickr.

Automating teaching and assessment

Jenny Connected

Talbott, 2014). Finally, George Veletsianos’ talk was timely as I am currently discussing with R oy Williams , not how teaching and assessment should be automated, but rather whether and if so how, it can be put in the hands of learners. This topic will be the focus of a presentation we will give to the University of Applied Sciences, ZML – Innovative Learning Scenarios, FH JOANNEUM in Graz, Austria on September 17 th 2014.

Assess Impact in Complex Environments

Networking Action

A big challenge people are always asking me about is how to measure impact when many organizations and people are involved and when success depends on flexibly changing course in response to learning what works. They are characteristics of complex … Blog M&E complexity

Beyond Assessment – Recognizing Achievement in a Networked World

Jenny Connected

Jul 11, 2014. ePortfolios and Open Badges are only the first wave in what will emerge as a wider network-based form of assessment that makes tests and reviews unnecessary. Beyond Assessment – Recognizing Achievement in a Networked World. Jul 11, 2014. Jul 09, 2014.

My idea for digital inclusion – the minimal technology assessment kit

Social Reporter

Provocation: instead of promoting an over-rich mix of technology to people who are resistant or not interested, offer a way to understand how the world is changing and then assess how little tech they might need for their needs and interests.

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Future directions for the Footprints of Emergence framework

Jenny Connected

See for example MOOC Research Initiative Reports from the Gates Foundation funded projects and the proceedings from the European MOOCs Stakeholders Summit 2014 . Our current thinking is that new paradigms such as open learning may require new ways of thinking about assessment. 2014).

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Evaluating open learning scenarios – keynote presentation

Jenny Connected

Here are the slides and notes for the keynote presentation that Roy Williams and I gave at the E Learning Conference, FH Joanneum, in Graz, Austria, on Wednesday 17 September 2014. I work and publish across several fields: semiotics, critical discourse analysis, epistemology, ecological psychology, politics, narrative, e-learning, e-assessment, knowledge management, synaesthesia, complexity theory, international development, art design & media, and most of all, on open learning.

2014 127

Two Leadership Rules for the Networked World

Partnering Resources

Download our Clarify & Connect Tool to assess your leadership practices. Image from We have a problem. Most of us are using old leadership techniques that no longer work. Here’s a case in point. I met Cyrus a few years back.

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Links of the Month: January 28, 2014

How to Save the World

Predictions for 2014: A very funny, and wise, post by Dmitry Orlov with some predictions , and some predictions about predictions. He then provides an intriguing exercise to assess which type most appeals to you.

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Growing Old Around the Globe

Jenny Connected

Whether or not you want a verified certificate, the assessment tasks are interesting and encourage a personal and creative approach – they are flexible enough for anyone to give them a go.

2014 226

Top teams understand the 4 different types of Teamwork in Nature

The Bumble Bee

To do this they developed a rigourous but practical way to assess whether particular group activities constitute ''teamwork''. Your should try to assess the different kinds of teamwork in your teams. What do we mean by "Teamwork"?

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The Messiness of Rhizomatic Learning – Words Steal My Intent

Jenny Connected

in their publication - Promoting and assessing value creation in communities and networks: a conceptual framework - in which they write (p.9): We prefer to think of community and network as two aspects of social structures in which learning takes place.

2014 212

Use and Adoption of IBM Connections – A Survey

Michael Sampson - Currents

The purpose of this survey is to assess current use of IBM Connections in organizations, and understand current and future plans around the use of IBM Connections. I am running a research survey on how organizations are using IBM Connections. The survey has 17 questions, spread across four pages: – Demographics and Current State of Connections. – Current and Forecasted Use of IBM Connections. – Upgrading to Connections 5.0. – Satisfaction, Value, and Next Steps.

2014 185

Preview of the Living Lab for (digital) life

Social Reporter

Assess the implications for strategy. The workshop that Drew Mackie and I ran last week , exploring how to help people adopt digital technology, is part of a suite of games and other methods we are developing, with Sangeet Bhullar, under the title of Living Lab.

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ALTMOOCSIG Conference: MOOCs – Which way now?

Jenny Connected

Assessment is the problem’. ‘It’s MOOCs – Which way now? This was the question for the ALTMOOCSIG day conference (Friday June 27 th ) which was hosted at UCL. As an independent consultant and researcher, I have to think carefully about where to invest my time and resources.

2014 202

The Digital Workplace in the Connected Organization – Part 2: New Features

Portals and KM

The Scorecard provides a self-assessment tool that should prove essential to building a roadmap for establishing a digital workplace that plays an essential and strategic role in the organization.

2014 205

Change Leadership Challenge 5: Use Networks for Change

Partnering Resources

Before embarking on your change initiative, assess how communication flows in the organization. Have you assessed where and how the communication network breaks down? Image from This is the fifth in a series of posts about change leadership. Previous posts covered active, committed leadership , building a compelling business case , embedding change , and meaningful employee participation. “I’ll

2014 184

Data is beautiful (but not many learning professionals believe this)

Joitske Hulsebosch

In the book a referal is made to 1000 self-assessments by learning professionals rating their skill set. It is best when you can make a link between performance and assessment and training / informal learning. I read the book '' Big learning data ''.

2014 164

Solving collaboration issues with technology is a myth

Joitske Hulsebosch

I work with an online assessment tool, the Intercultural Readiness Check, which is based on three areas: Connect, Perform and Enjoy. This interview is also posted on our Dutch blog Ennuonline.

2014 181

Breaking out from ‘Enforced Independence’ – #rhizo14

Jenny Connected

Any attempt to do this would be to consolidate the teacher’s position as based on a whole set of power structures, further creating a reliance on the teacher for setting objectives, assessing progress and giving direction.

2014 182

Using Machine Learning to Help Process Email – Microsoft Adds Clutter to Declutter the Inbox

Michael Sampson - Currents

It gets smarter over time, learning from your prior actions with similar messages, and assessing things like the type of content and even how you are addressed in the message.

2014 161

Turn taking

Viv Mcwaters

We want to sit back, assess – from our seats! The advantage in doing some research into applied improv is that I’m reading a lot – especially books that have sat on my bookshelf, largely unread for a long time.

2014 164

Open Plan Offices Close the Brain

Michael Sampson - Currents

While there may be obvious savings from reducing a company’s real estate footprint, no one seems to be measuring the long-term financial costs of reduced wellbeing and productivity and assessing what the net effect may truly be. In his summary post on personal effectiveness in 2013, David Rock comments on how open plan offices close the brain : “ Open plan offices are all the rage.

2014 164

A free Leadership Development Benefits Estimator Tool

The Bumble Bee

Step 2 - Assess Key Leader Skill Levels, Targets and Weightings. High, Middle and Low) and make an assessment for each category which you then can multiply by the number of people in each category to get your total benefits estimate.

2014 159

Social Physics: Oxymoron or Big 'Social' Data Tipping Point?

Governance in a Networked World

The third reinforcement comes from the findings from activity around ideas (as assessed by the social tag information). I’ve long been a fan of Sandy Pentland’s work at the MIT media lab.

2014 158

How BIG could digitally amplify the impact of its £82 million investment tackling social isolation

Social Reporter

That makes me feel there is plenty of scope to share stories day-to-day about local projects over the next five years of the programme, as well as undertaking the structured assessment planned by Ecorys. The Big Lottery Fund’s investment of £82 million in 15 partnerships , that are working to reduce social isolation, could spark innovation and benefits beyond the 200,000 older people immediately involved in the programme.

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New publication: Expanding the Academic Research Community – Building Bridges into Society with the Internet

Making CommunitySense

de Moor (2014), Expanding the Academic Research Community – Building Bridges into Society with the Internet. We examine two existing science-society collaborations that focus on data collection and analysis and then proceed with a scenario that covers expanding research stages like research question framing, dissemination, and impact assessment. Just published: A.

2014 109

Who would you like to sit near at work?

Governance in a Networked World

Social networking maps and analytics can then be developed to assess where the most productive patterns of collaboration exist and also potential productivity bottlenecks or blockages.

2014 153

Making sure your research doesn’t sit on the shelf: my recent experience in South Asia

Michelle Laurie

Our internal K-Hub journey started with a capacity assessment, followed by a group training on how to influence policy and practice for researchers. Getting your research into action!

2014 130

Making sure your research doesn’t sit on the shelf: my recent experience in South Asia

Michelle Laurie

Our internal K-Hub journey started with a capacity assessment, followed by a group training on how to influence policy and practice for researchers. Getting your research into action!

2014 130

Linking research to policy – my new project

Michelle Laurie

My simple assessment could get wordy and complicated. I have recently joined an interesting project to establish a South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub (funded by the Asian Development Bank).

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Enterprise Collaboration and Social Software – Your Perspective

Michael Sampson - Currents

This survey assesses different issues like common use cases, tools, vendors, and challenges faced by organizations like yours. When people ask me for input on their collaboration and social software choices, I always ask if they have purchased / read / analysed the report from The Real Story Group on this topic. It’s the kind of report every organization should be purchasing.

2014 124

What I learnt about productive meetings from tree planting and report writing

Viv Mcwaters

What’s harder to assess, is why farmers continue to farm when it’s obvious they are not making much money. A national assessment of the program suggested lots of indicators against which to measure the success of the program. Many years ago I worked with an environmental program that was designed to help bring conservationists and farmers together, to help make agriculture productive and sustainable.

2014 118

Social Network Travel Logging

Governance in a Networked World

I would often say to them that I know that in their minds they have some real insights and that they should try to share them in their own words, no matter how bad the English might be (of course this made my job harder in assessing, but plagiarism risks are much worse).

2014 130

Relentless Networking and the Power of Now


Late last year I went through the Strengths Finder assessment (More about this one item coming up shortly as a new blog entry, by the way) and I ”discovered” how the number #1 top strength from yours truly is that one of Connectedness.

2014 165

A Community-Based Resilience Framework

How to Save the World

Modelling Resilience: First Steps: Assess our value to others as a model. Finding and Helping Work Partners and Serving Community: First Steps: Assess whether the work we are doing is in our Sweet Spot. Assess your knowledge of the essential elements of a healthy community.

2014 101

Scaffolding for sharing knowledge

Chris Collison

The idea of a common language – a frame of reference to support better understanding and more focused conversations is what lies at the heart of the creation and use of self-assessment models. In each case the self-assessment tool was created by the group who would ultimately use it.

Social Analysis in Progress…

Net-Map Toolbox

In this regard the first step is the identification of the actors involved in a specific issue, the assessment of their links, their influence and the possible existence of conflicts among them. Eva Schiffer : An interesting use of Net-Map going on in Tunisia, analyzing stakeholder networks in groundwater management.

2014 98

Digital Workplace Trends 2013 - and Participation Opportunity for 2014

Michael Sampson - Currents

This is a helpful checkpoint for assessing what your organization is doing, and to force contemplation as to whether you should be doing more. Jane is getting ready to kick off the 2014 survey, but since I''ve been late in getting this written, it may be too late for your organization to participate now, if you haven''t already registered with Jane. And in the meantime, buy a copy of the report for 2014 to get you into the right frame of reference.

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Systems Thinking and Complexity 101

How to Save the World

Two of the complex aspects might be cynicism that useful knowledge can be ‘captured’ at all in a database that lacks context of the situation, and a performance assessment system that rewards individual achievement and provides no incentive for sharing or collaboration.

2014 97

Badges are not sufficient

Jenny Connected

My blog reminded me that I travelled to Greenwich in 2014 to hear Stephen give this keynote. Stephen’s vision is that in the future assessment will be based not on what you ‘know’ but on what you ‘do’ – what you do on the public internet.

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Requiem for a Species

How to Save the World

This is no longer an expectation of what might happen if we do not act soon; this will happen, even if the most optimistic assessment of how the world might respond to the climate disruption is validated. conception of post-civilization all-weather wear by mary mattingly.

2014 101

10 Ways to Help Your People Shine

How to Save the World

The exercise brought into sharp focus what was most important to both groups, and provided the impetus to assess actions that would help the City’s workers improve the quality and value of their services, and improve the processes they use throughout the organization.

2014 81