Open Educational Resources and the Distributed Web

Jenny Connected

Another criticism that is often levelled at open education is that it has a colonising effect, propagating the voice of Western society, but Stephen also pointed out that if you create your own open educational resources, you can promote your own culture.

2018 225

Creativity and experience on the distributed web

Jenny Connected

I remember in 1999 how stimulating it was to go to a conference on the newly published report – All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education. The topic for the penultimate week in the E-Learning 3.0

2018 148

Ten Reasons to Keep Writing

Jenny Connected

Because you know that stories are how people from different cultures and with different experiences communicate, empathize and grow to understand each other. TenReasonsToKeepWriting 3:35pm · 26 Oct 2018. One of the people I enjoy following on Twitter is the author Joanne Harris.

2018 193

Links of the Quarter: September 2018

How to Save the World

How the World Really Works Our Culture / Ourselves Preparing for Civilization's EndCartoon by Hugh Macleod from Gaping Void. P hysicist Sean Carroll, a leading-edge thinker and researcher on quantum mechanics and astrophysics.

2018 59

Edusemiotics, the Divided Brain and Connectivism

Jenny Connected

Semiotics, edusemiotics and the culture of education. I have recently been exploring Iain McGilchrist’s ground-breaking work on the divided brain (see The Master and his Emissary.

2018 217

The Quantified, Qualified and Connected Self

Jenny Connected

The “quantified self” will give way to the “qualified self” and ultimately to the “connected self” as we begin to define ourselves not merely by simple measures of ethnicity, language, religion and culture, but through thousands of shared experiences, affinities, and inclinations.

2018 148

Badges are not sufficient

Jenny Connected

A change of mindset, culture and beliefs will be needed, if new approaches to assessment which take advantage of the distributed web are to be adopted. This week Stephen invited Viplav Baxi to join him in a discussion about this week’s topic – Recognition – for the E-Learning 3.0

2018 139

‘Betweenness’ : a way of being in the world

Jenny Connected

Mariana Funes & Jenny Mackness (2018) When inclusion excludes: a counter narrative of open online education, Learning, Media and Technology, 43:2, 119 138, DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2018.1444638.

2018 148

Community network mapping: just get going!

Making CommunitySense

A purpose, however, can also be a much more fuzzy theme , such as “contributing to culture and heritage” (see, for instance, how we used the EU URBACT “urban topics” to map and connect European social innovation iniatives ).

2018 219

Links of the Quarter: June 2018

How to Save the World

photo by Ian Nelson of Hanalei Bay, Kaua’i after the April 2018 floods, which swept away some livestock fences and introduced some species to some novel ecosystems. The musical duo Anna and Elizabeth do a bit of cultural anthropology, in two-part harmony.

2018 46

Losing Yourself in Awesome

Evolving Web

Two years ago, Toni and I decided to be more picky about clients - work to ensure success, find companies that are willing to do the hard work of building a culture - not ones that simply want to by a box of Agile or someone else's canned Lean journey. You can lose yourself in awesome.

2018 192

Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care

How to Save the World

All civilizations end, and a study of them shows that there are usually two precursors to their collapse: widespread cultural acedia , and then a period of chaos. This is cultural acedia. Our Culture / Ourselves Preparing for Civilization's End

2018 74

Cultural Isomorphism

How to Save the World

So they won’t be able to merge with any other local human societies to create anything of scale, and hence will be immune to this cultural homogenization and isomorphism that has so diminished and desolated our world. Our Culture / Ourselves

2018 46

Conversations for Understanding – the Amway RealTalk Approach

Michael Sampson - Currents

The overall intent was to improve the culture at Amway. Culture & CompetencyClaire from Amway explains their RealTalk initiative to create the context for people to talk about difficult subjects without trying to “win” the conversation.

2018 136

Improving Things for Knowledge and Information Workers

Michael Sampson - Currents

In 2018, is the answer more collaboration, interaction, distractions, disruptions and interruptions? Adoption & Effective Use Culture & Competency Re-Imagining Effective WorkKnowledge and information workers don’t produce physical product.

2018 116

Building “networks of communities” for a civic intelligence movement with impact

Making CommunitySense

These are just a recipes for ever more socio-economic and cultural alienation, disillusion and disempowerment. We live in an age of confusion, stagnation, and crisis. What we need is not more of the same top down, neo-liberal corporate and government interventions.

2018 182

Curbing Crap From Your Mental Diet

Evolving Web

Community Indicators Coopertainment Culture Current Affairs Focused Social MediaIt takes 72 hours to fix your feed. Your Facebook feed feeds your brain. It can feed it with positive messages or real world things. Or it can act like Cable News and feed you fear of the “other”.

2018 130

Distractions at the Office Mean That Remote Workers Outperform

Michael Sampson - Currents

Culture & CompetencyBrian writes about why remote workers outperform office workers : … one study found that the number of people who say they cannot concentrate at their desk has increased by 16 percent since 2008.

2018 127

Links of the Quarter: March 2018

How to Save the World

Rotten: Td0s writes about our culture’s unwillingness to do things well, and to pay to maintain the infrastructure we build and depend on : Doing something well, making something that will last, is not prized in this culture. Is Civilization a Wetiko Culture?:

2018 46

Conversation and Silence, Part One

How to Save the World

Our Culture / OurselvesThis is the first part of a two-part article. photo by Maren Yumi on flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. I t’s been a few years since I last wrote about conversation. I don’t see nearly the value in conversation that I used to.

2018 74

#XED is Essential for #DEX

Michael Sampson - Currents

Culture & CompetencyDEX, or Digital Employee Experience, is the new thing to orient around. The term “intranets” has been deprecated for a while, and even the term digital workplace could become last year’s idea.

2018 116

Beat the Conference Blahs

Partnering Resources

Collaboration Employee Engagement Organizational CultureIt’s Day Two of the convention and my body aches from sitting in one place for so long. I’ve heard experts tell me what to do and how to do it. I’ve seen ten PowerPoint templates and seven videos. I’ve been promised the Next Big Thing.

2018 130

Using Data Analytics on People for Better Decision Making

Michael Sampson - Currents

In cultural transformation, by crunching comparative data on things like managerial interaction with direct reports, and the effect of different levels on employee engagement scores. Read more: How People Analytics Can Help You Change Process, Culture, and Strategy (Harvard Business Review).

2018 116

Don’t Get to Perfect Too Soon

Michael Sampson - Currents

Culture & CompetencyGetting to perfect too soon reduces the available space for collaboration.

2018 116

Backlash Against Group Chat

Michael Sampson - Currents

Culture & Competency Microsoft Office 365 Tools & TechnologiesGroup chat offers a particular approach to communication between people, characterised by rapid fire interaction, short sentences or thought fragments, and a fun and lively tone.

Chat 116

Staff Persona Avatars: Social Media, Big Data and Employer Branding

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Would you use big data tools that analyse social media to identify your perfect job and ditch unsuitale jobs? Should organisations use big data tools to analyse social media to identify perfect candidates and ditch less than ideal ones? Employer Branding and Social Media profiling.

2018 157

Do You Have a Productive Partnership or a Tug of War?

Partnering Resources

Join Maya on Saturday, March 17 for a conversation about partnership at “It’s About People” panel at the Mass Cultural Council Institute. They’re supposed to be your ally. Your co-conspirator. Your partner. But instead it feels like every conversation is a struggle.

2018 141

From Intranets to DEX in 2018

Michael Sampson - Currents

DEX 2018 will be held in Sydney on June 6-8, 2018. and office furniture) plus the organisational and cultural aspects of work (career development, mentoring, and leadership). Conference Notes Culture & Competency

2017 116

Shopping for Inspiration

Michael Sampson - Currents

The intent doesn’t spring from a slavish desire to merely duplicate the exact technical configuration in your own organisation—blind to the cultural and organisational differences between them and you—but rather as an eye-opening experience to see what you haven’t seen as possible before.

2018 127

Losing Yourself in Awesome

Evolving Web

Two years ago, Toni and I decided to be more picky about clients - work to ensure success, find companies that are willing to do the hard work of building a culture - not ones that simply want to by a box of Agile or someone else's canned Lean journey. You can lose yourself in awesome.

2018 130

Hierarchy is the Enemy of Learning

How to Save the World

Our Culture / Ourselvesdrawing by hugh macleod at gaping void . I spent many years of my professional life advising small and medium sized businesses.

2018 92

Evidence of a friendship

Mathemagenic

Across cultures life NLA friend from Moscow, who was coming to our house to celebrate my birthday with me was refused a visum. Because, between the other things, they couldn’t see clearly why she was coming.

2018 116

Bookreviews Kevin Kelly: mind artificial intelligence, attention and quantified self

Joitske Hulsebosch

I was more skeptic because I saw how great the influence of culture and the way people react to technology is. I read two books by Kevin Kelly about technology, one on my kindle and one on paper (not the same book by the way :). The first was What technology wants ; the second the Inevitable.

2018 141

From Changing Tools to Making Progress

Michael Sampson - Currents

Cultural design – the fragrance of the work environment, the rules of engagement, and shared values. Perhaps that’s a funny way to think about culture, but to me culture is about smell – whether working in a place smells good or stinks.

2018 116

November in review: transitions

Mathemagenic

Next to all the obvious things this was also about reconsidering my connections with Russia, where she and the appartment where she lived provided a sort of embilical cord for being connected with the family, the country and the culture. November turned to be a strange month. I went to Moscow for a week, without the kids and, for a first time in many years, without a real to do list. It was good to recharge, reconnect and reconsider. It was two years since my mother passed away.

2018 89

Effecting Change – the Cohesive, Larger Vision

Michael Sampson - Currents

At Silverside , we are all about effecting change; about helping people and organisations transform from an email culture to a collaborative culture. There’s much more to come from Silverside as 2018 unfolds.

2018 116

Iain McGilchrist and the divided brain

Jenny Connected

He believes that signs of this are in a loss of sight of the natural world and embodied culture, treating our bodies like machines, creating art, music and poetry that is too explicit, and religion becoming important or unimportant for the wrong reasons.

2018 130

From Changing Tools to Making Progress – Improving Amenability

Michael Sampson - Currents

Or run a workshop on team culture, get an assessment done, and start exploring how to improve the cultural tone / smell of the unit. In Part 1, I introduced the three slices of the existing setting , and asked how far a change of some defined kind would go when introduced.

2018 116

Building “networks of communities” for a civic intelligence movement with impact

Making CommunitySense

These are just a recipes for ever more socio-economic and cultural alienation, disillusion and disempowerment. We live in an age of confusion, stagnation, and crisis. What we need is not more of the same top down, neo-liberal corporate and government interventions.

2018 130

Three different views on social learning

Joitske Hulsebosch

I am not the first to note that social learning is a confusion concept. Every Friday there is an interesting #ldinsight Twitter chat. I joined one Friday when the topic was about social learning. I struggled going from my tweetchat back to twitter and hootsuite trying to keep up with replies :).

2018 130

Conversation and Silence, Part Two

How to Save the World

But only a tiny proportion of the massive firehose of talk that pervades our dying culture has anything to do with calling to account, or with real conversation as I defined it in part one of this article. Our Culture / Ourselves

2018 51

Skills for ‘Being’ in a Digital Age

Jenny Connected

For McGilchrist the answer is to create a different world and change our culture. I have been puzzling over George Siemens ’ idea that learners need to develop ‘being skills’ if they are to cope with what it means to be human in a digital age. George discusses this with Neil Selwyn in an interview recorded for Monash University, Australia, Faculty of Education. George does qualify, right at the beginning of the interview, that his question ‘What does it mean to be human in a Digital Age?’

2018 109

On Compassion: Michael Dowd Sermon

How to Save the World

M ichael Dowd based his sermon this past weekend on my Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care post, focusing in particular on the eight essential human needs listed above. Our Culture / Ourselves Preparing for Civilization's End

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