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Thoughts on “Collective Intelligence”

Thoughts on “Collective Intelligence” | Agile Learning |

Fascinating nuggets from the book summary of Collective Intelligence by Pierre Lévy (click through post here to locate & enlarge the chart):


The premise: Humankind must acknowledge the potential of cyberspace to enable beneficial new forms of complex collective thought, collective expression, and social organization.

Technology makes this feasible (p. 246). The author's ideas are reminiscent of:

  • Vannevar Bush‘s collective memory
  • Marshall McLuhan‘s notion of a forthcoming “global village”
  • Douglas Engelbart‘s vision of the computer as a tool to augment human thought,
  • J. C. R. Licklider‘s plans for symbiotic human—computer networks.


Lévy calls for a revolution in society’s understanding of itself – the expansion of subjectivity (cf. Lévy, 2000).



  • Multi-modal and dynamic (p. 120)
  • Virtual worlds instruments of self-knowledge and self-definition 
  • Deterritorialized with self-organization
  • Continuous self-invention of human communities
  • Computer-aided imagination 
  • The collective can choose to foster & encourage individuality
From another reviewer:
Levy begins with the premise that the prosperity of any nation or other entity depends on their ability to navigate the knowledge space, and ... knowledge space will displace the spaces of the (natural) earth, (political) territory, or (economic) commodity. 

Via Pierre Levy, Frederic DOMON
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

One word: Fascinating! (nod to Mr. Spock)

The language of the post & the book itself is academic, yet the ideas are wonder producing.  I think we are seeing the first signs of what Lévy describes in social media, gaming and in group processes like Open Space Technology, among other things.  ~  D

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, January 14, 2014 4:50 AM

Great one.

Miguel Angel Perez Alvarez's curator insight, January 14, 2014 2:14 PM

Inteligencia colectiva, evolución

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, January 31, 2014 11:18 PM

Cyberspace big thoughts, and perhaps indicating a fusion or an evolution of knowledge management in a group space.

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How We Use Social Media for Informal Learning - Less trainers, More curators

How We Use Social Media for Informal Learning - Less trainers, More curators | Agile Learning |
Vendors talk about social learning like its something revolutionary, but I'm here to tell you its not. Informal learning is an everyday thing.



We’ve found social media chats to be the perfect way to get even the most skeptical participant at least a small amount of exposure to social media as a learning tool.

I identified some of the common objections people have to social media for learning above, and now I will show how social media chats meet each one of those challenges:

  • It takes very little work to participate: People are able to take a 30 minute break from whatever task they were completing on a Thursday afternoon and spend time chatting with co-workers about topics of general interest. Since the articles are curated for them, it is easy to participate...
  • The weekly chat is a regular reminder to participate: #TalkTech is a recurring weekly event on everyone’s Outlook calendar. Everyone in the company knows it’s happening and the chat serves as a constant reminder to take advantage of social media tools for personal learning, even if that just means logging in for 30 minutes a week.
  • It’s easy to chat, or just read: People start to feel more comfortable participating in the chat when they see co-workers doing it. Since the topics are posted in our blog and we create a transcript of the chat afterwards, even people who prefer to absorb the content at a slower pace can access the information and benefit from the learning.
  • The chat provides structure: It’s easier to know “what to say” on social media when everyone is discussing the same topic for a set period of time. Instead of trying to figure out what to post about, the chat provides direction… and a clear start and stop time.


Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This fits my experience and is a helpful strategy to facilitate learning using social media.  What do you think? ~  Deb

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"We help each other be expert." Social Media to learn, teach, research – Full Video

Difficult polymath problem?  "...The discussion would go until they solved the problem.   ...We are all experts...  We help each other be expert."

Autonomy, privacy, platforms, research, complexity, sharing incuding solving a complex math problem - solving problems collaboratively.

Video of the Cristina Costa session, Social Media for learning, teaching and researching at the University of Liverpool on 9th February 2012 - full video.

From the Univ. of Liverpool describing this session:

  • Cristina is the Learning and Research Technologies Manager at the University of Salford and was named the Learning Technologist of the year in 2010 (Association for Learning Technology). the seminar was for teachers-researchers who have heard of social media but do not have a great deal of experience with it.
  • Cristina challenged the approach to using the web ‘as a book’ – just as a place to go and ‘look things up’. 
  • She encouraged us to view the web as a place to set up challenges and inquiries for students, to use its social personal(ised) potential and overall to use the web to create.  To contribute not just to consume.  
  • The session was really well received, full of ideas and links to new practical choices.  

Related posts by Deb:  


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Cristina Costa covers many themes including the problems with using Facebook and what tools work better, and complex polymath problem solving through collaboration.  ~  D

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Informal Learning Quotes & Perspective - Stephen Hart

Informal Learning Quotes & Perspective - Stephen Hart | Agile Learning |

Here are original quotes on formal education and informal learning by Stephen W. Hart.


Formal education is safe, informal learning takes courage.



Formal education is safe, informal learning takes courage.

Formal education is in the audience, informal learning is on the stage.

Formal education is knowing a tomato is a fruit, informal learning is not using it in fruit salad.

Formal education is the map, informal learning is the journey.

Stephen Hart says,  "The education and social learning quotes are original;  feel free to use them but give credit to Stephen W Hart and leave a comment.


Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

It's a great list here that helps make the point about informal and formal learning effectiveness. ~  Deb

For example:  "Formal education is paint by the numbers, informal learning is your own masterpiece."  Quote via @StephenWHart 

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Leaping Learning Lizards! Lanyrd integrates with LinkedIn

Leaping Learning Lizards!  Lanyrd integrates with LinkedIn | Agile Learning |

Integration can be powerful.  This reverberates for many industries including learning, conferences as well as the professional speaking industies.



Lanyrd now helps LinkedIn users discover conferences and professional events based on their LinkedIn connections and profile information.

This fills a gap left by the shutdown of LinkedIn's events application and allows event organizers to continue to take advantage of LinkedIn to promote their events.

LinkedIn users can also use Lanyrd to build their own speaker profiles, get event information on their mobile phones and network more effectively with others at events.

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The Stupid Company? Is Collective Intelligence a Myth? Call for papers: The #eCollab Blog Carnival

The Stupid Company?  Is Collective Intelligence a Myth?  Call for papers: The #eCollab Blog Carnival | Agile Learning |

In theory, everyone is for the learning organization or the mobilization of collective intelligence.   How could you be against it? Would that make you in favour of the "stupid organization"?

eCollab Blog Carnival post suggested by Frederic Domon. It looks like a great idea. ~ Deb

Few organizations have developed a model for a sustainable learning organization.

So, is collective intelligence a myth? What are the reasons for successive failures at attempts to implement the learning organization? How can this be fixed?

Please join us in this discussion!

If you wish to participate (2 choices):

Do you have a blog?

  • Respond with an article you publish on your blog. Send an email to fdomon (at) or a tweet to @hjarche or @fdomon to make sure we do not forget your article.
  • If you use Twitter, send a message linked to your post using the hashtag #ecollab
  • We will publish all articles, or excerpts of them on the site. This will make for easier reading of the blog carnival. We will link to the original article and will contact you for a short bio and photo to include with the article

You do not have a blog but this interests you?


Send your article directly to fdomon (at) We will then publish it.

Good blog Carnival and thank you in advance for your participation. - Frederic Domon.

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The Dangers of Pasteurized Learning - Brain speedy or Brain dead?

The Dangers of Pasteurized Learning - Brain speedy or Brain dead? | Agile Learning |

"Is it really about teaching more, in less time, with shrinking budgets?  Or are we doing our brains & our bottom line a disservice, including conference event planning?"  

This is a great post on how to leverage learning that sticks, is sticky, vs. a spray and pray approach that still, unfortunately, dominates training programs and many conference events.

Here's an excerpt of this great post by 

Fresh thinking about how we learn
There are two kinds of learning. Learning physical tasks, like how to snowboard...embedded through repetition in the deeper motor regions of the brain such as the basal ganglia. This is known as procedural memory.

For workplace learning to be useful, we need to be able to recall ideas easily. 

In the last decade, Neuroscientists discovered that whether an idea can be easily recalled is linked to the strength of activation of the hippocampus during a learning task.

Many corporate training programs are the mental equivalent of trying to eat a week of meals in a day.

With this finding, scientists such as Lila Davachi at NYU and others have been able to test out many variables involved in learning experiences, such as what happens to the hippocampus if you distract people while absorbing information.

Over a few months of collaboration, Lila Davachi and I, along with Tobias Keifer, a consultant from Booz & Co., found a useful pattern that summarized the four biggest factors that determined the quality of recall. These are:

  • Attention, 
  • Generation, 
  • Emotion and 
  • Spacing, or the ‘AGES’ model. 

The AGES model was first presented at the 2010 NeuroLeadership Summit, and then published in the 2010 NeuroLeadership Journal. Read the full post including Learning that lasts through AGES that has a summary of this important research here.

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HR is ripe for social disruption. Peer sharing & learning within HR structures to support innovative organizations

HR is ripe for social disruption.  Peer sharing & learning within HR structures to support innovative organizations | Agile Learning |

Is it finally Time for Social HR? What's out there that uses social systems to revitalize how people are recruited and learn, grow and develop within organizations?

If organizations tend to be hidebound against change, Human Resources (HR) is even more so, in spite of the trendy strategic HR spin of the early 2000's . Consider HR's roots, which persists: labor relations, compensation, employment/personnel and the number of lawyers on staff.

Here's some fresh thinking about injecting social into HR systems.

Excerpted, adapted:

Knowledge Sharing: Forget the idea of databases acting as “repositories” of knowledge, internal social networks can capture employees work activity as social intranets – and team members can follow what others are doing on their activity streams. Newer tools like Opzi and MindQuilt can also emerge as a enterprise version of Quora, the popular Q&A site.

Recruitment:  HR has been quick to leverage social media to “Broadcast” vacancies. The next level would be actively creating and nurturing communities of practice shaped around skills where hiring managers can gauge level of skills of people and also develop them (Disclaimer: The author works with BraveNewTalent, a platform that helps organizations do that)

HR policies: Using a social tool which leverages crowdsourcing ideas from employees can help HR in co-creating processes and policies – and raise acceptability when they are finally rolled out. Dell’s EmployeeStorm is a great example by which employees give ideas on everything in the company.

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Disruptive Technologies in Social Learning - 2012 | Bill Brandon, Learning Solutions

Disruptive Technologies in Social Learning -  2012 | Bill Brandon, Learning Solutions | Agile Learning |

“In 2012, three (3) disruptive technologies [will] play a larger and larger part in our work ...changing business models, roles and relationships in more and more organizations in 2012, not just the early adopters."


1. Mobile

Mobile technology is already having an effect in secondary education as well as in higher education, where tablets and mobile phones are a standard part of the delivery system on many campuses.


Consumers have switched their behavior to smartphones. This year for the first time, time spent in mobile device use of apps passed the time spent using mobile devices to access the Web. These behavioral changes will increasingly show up in government and enterprise learning-related activities in 2012.


2. Social

Social technology is having similar effects on consumer behavior, but with interesting variations. For example, television producers have figured out how to make social comments on second screens (the iPad in the lap of a viewer while she watches television) part of the show.


Social apps and sites are already a significant part of marketing products and ideas. Game designers increasingly add social features to their products.

Could there be effects on learning in 2012? How can we engage individual learners on multiple platforms simultaneously? How can we simultaneously engage multiple learners, including collaborative engagement across multiple platforms?

3. The Cloud

(a metaphor for the Internet, the unseen “cloud” of servers used as a utility to store information and host applications and services in real time) is another phenomenon  discussed for several years.


More enterprises are creating their own on-premise “clouds” as a means of gaining the advantages of cloud computing while having (at least some) control over security of their data and reliability of services. Combinations of The Cloud and on-premise clouds are also becoming more common.

Via Heiko Idensen
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Reading, Writing, Empathy: The Rise of 'Social Emotional Learning'

Reading, Writing, Empathy: The Rise of 'Social Emotional Learning' | Agile Learning |

Marc Brackett never liked school. “I was always bored,” he says, “and I never felt like any of my teachers really cared. I can’t think of anybody that made me feel inspired.”


It’s a surprising complaint coming from a 42-year-old Yale research scientist with a 27-page CV and nearly $4 million in career funding. But Brackett knows that many kids feel the way he does about school, and he wants to do a complete emotional makeover of the nation’s schools.


At a time of contentious debate over how to reform schools to make teachers more effective and students more successful, “social emotional learning” may be a key part of the solution.


An outgrowth of the emotional intelligence framework, popularized by Daniel Goleman, SEL teaches children how to identify and manage emotions and interactions.


One of the central considerations of an evolved EQ—as proponents call an “emotional quotient”—is promoting empathy, a critical and often neglected quality in our increasingly interconnected, multicultural world.

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P2PU - A lab for open social learning, beyond the Harvard circle, Author: Philipp Schmidt

P2PU - A lab for open social learning, beyond the Harvard circle, Author: Philipp Schmidt | Agile Learning |

I'm intrigued!  This could be the non-exclusive people's community version of Harvard's innovation community.


Excerpt:  How P2PU could become a social learning lab - for massive experimentation?  (Question from the blog author, Phillip Schmidt, to the HASTAC community.)


Besides giving an elite university a lot of cash, how can we foster more innovation in learning and teaching in ways that will affect more people?


How could we make this a lab that you would want to use?


P2PU started as a place that encouraged serendipitous experiences. ...We offer a more robust (release version) of the platform for those who care less about experimentation and just want an easy to use platform for social learning.


Original post ->


There isn’t really an open lab for learning innovation – and that P2PU could be it.


>if we could model ourselves as a research institute. There would be heaps of experimentation and research, some of it driven by us and some driven by partners who want to work with us, and each year we would publish a string of short reports about what we are learning.


> we could connect it to an annual conference with great speakers from the P2PU community who share the results of their work, and suggested that corporations would be willing to pay substantive amounts of money for this knowledge.


Which brings me to the term “lab”. It’s a term that means different things to different people. And when I explained that it was a mechanism to support experimentation and research, they would ask if it was “kind of like a lab.” And that’s exactly what it would it be like.


Supported by a platform that is extendable, hackable, malleable and customizable – We need a sandbox.  But the sandbox is not the important piece here, it’s a means to an end (or a journey rather).


P2PU would be run by a community that is passionate about peer learning and openness, and thrives on experimentation.

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Personal Learning Networks as a part of Peer & Social, Custom Learning

Learning Jargon?  Maybe so.  Yet it is making the rounds.  Thoughts on PLNs...

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, October 17, 2011 4:33 PM
Great to see this collection. Very helpful. I like the way ScoopIt is working so far and what you are doing with it. Excellent! --Deb
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10 Ways to Learn From Twitter: Informal, Fast and Current

10 Ways to Learn From Twitter: Informal, Fast and Current | Agile Learning |

Twitter is a powerful platform for personal and professional learning, enrichment and growth. Use Twitter for informal learning.Post from: The eLearning Coach.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Social media has world-wide, instant read tools for informal learning.  A post like this, by an e-learning coach, absolutely has a place in Agile Learning.  (There's more on the Social Media Learning Lab curation stream as well.)  ~ Deb

Robin Martin's comment, July 31, 2013 9:25 PM
Very, very cool Deb!
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, July 31, 2013 11:49 PM
Thanks for the comment Robin!
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, July 31, 2013 11:50 PM

First shared on Agile Learning, this post also belongs here in the Social Media Learning Lab.  ~  Deb

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Me as an infographic! Christina's Bio Illustrates It.

Me as an infographic! Christina's Bio Illustrates It. | Agile Learning |

To illustrate the previous full video on teaching, learning and doing research via social media in a university setting, here is an Infographic on Christina Costa.

The website also links to her PhD thesis:  

The participatory web in the context of academic research : landscapes of change and conflicts

I just developed an infographic on my experience using

It doesn’t look as great as I’d like – need to improve my design skills!! – but this was pretty easy to create.

A great way to illustrate one’s experience.


Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Originally posted on my curation stream, "Infographics and Sweet Stats" - it also belongs here on Agile Learning to illustrate Christina's video listed below (full session on using Social Media in learning, research, teaching.) ~ D

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, July 15, 2013 11:29 AM

As she says,  "A great way to illustrate one’s experience."  ~  D

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, July 15, 2013 11:36 AM

I'd be remiss if I didn't also Scoop this to my Social Media curation stream at the SMLL - social media at the university, with the video lecturers bio illustrated via this infographic tool.  ~  Deb

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The Nature of the Future – Education & Change, Review by Harold Jarche

The Nature of the Future – Education & Change, Review by Harold Jarche | Agile Learning |

Marina Gorbis identifies unique human skills [that] should be the core of any public education program.

  • Sensemaking
  • Social and emotional intelligence
  • Novel and adaptive thinking
  • Moral and ethical reasoning

As Gorbis write... “Learning is Social”.

We need to learn how to work better with machines, letting machines do what they are good at.

Gorbis shows how machines and average people can outperform experts at playing chess. 

“Weak human + machine + better process

was superior to a strong computer alone

and, more remarkably,superior to a

strong human + machine + inferior process.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Sensemaking of MOOCs and adaptive learning.  Trust a smart process.  ~ Deb

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, April 26, 2013 2:38 PM

It's not just the skills, it's the social and the process, lest all the talk about MOOCs and universities and skill training lead to engineering and accounting.  ~  Deb

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SlideShare Classic: 8 Reasons to Focus on Informal Learning

SlideShare Classic:  8 Reasons to Focus on Informal Learning | Agile Learning |

"Informal and social learning is core to successful learning.  These 8 classic reasons still apply today."

8 reasons to focus on informal learning.

They are:

  1. There are imperatives for informal learning
  2. Learning is a process, not a series of of events
  3. Most learning occurs outside of the classroom
  4. The vast majority of learning is social
  5. A lot of formal learning is ineffective
  6. People learn better when they are in charge
  7. There’s inherent inertia in formal approaches
  8. Informal and social learning are cost-effective

Deb's related posts:

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Oldie but a goodie, as the conversation on informal and social learning is still current.  We still have a long way to go.  ~  Deb

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The Rise of Social Learning with Results, at Work

The Rise of Social Learning with Results, at Work | Agile Learning |

A tidal wave of social learning is reshaping the way we experience new information, it 'connects people in ways that make learning a joy,' and encourages creativity & productivity."

I'm intrigued and encouraged by the evolution of social learning, informed by flexible, large group methods, like "Open Space" and the mainstream presence of social media.  This article spotlights the trend & developments.  ~  Deb


As businesses become more globalized, people are discovering more flexible, engaging ways to make connections with each other. We’re now able to cast a net into the ebbs and flows of relevant information that surrounds us.

Marcia Connor, in a recent Fast Co. article summarizes,  

  • “Social learning combines social media tools with a shift in the corporate culture, a shift that encourages ongoing knowledge transfer and connects people in ways that make learning a joy.”

  • New technologies are making it possible to create vibrant working environments that are “enthusiastically supported, where your sense of wonder returns and creativity blossoms — where people thrive.”

Why has the business world taken such a siloed approach to learning for so long?

It's beyond the org chart.

Professionals are using social learning strategies to build their own personal learning networks (PLN) to keep up to date on topics of interest.

Read the full article here.

DN: There are problems, of course, with information overload. We can help manage this by using good tools to channel and inform our interests, learning groups and tasks.

Learn more about large group methods via Deb's photo essay & mini-blog on Open Space here as well as her Open Space handout on her tools page here.

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Pros and Cons of Social Media in Education, INFOGRAPHIC > Big Universities today, Disruption Tomorrow?

Pros and Cons of Social Media in Education, INFOGRAPHIC > Big Universities today, Disruption Tomorrow? | Agile Learning |

Check out the top five schools using social media well, at least today. These are the usual suspects.   ALSO take a look at OmniAcademy and Southern New Hampshire University (profiled in Fast Company.)   These two seem to have more in common in preparing for the disruption in higher education that is already beginning to happen.

Embed the image above on your site Via: Online Universities Blog...

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Social Media AND Social Learning, the Behavioral Difference | Education News

Social Media AND Social Learning, the Behavioral Difference | Education News | Agile Learning |

Social media is the platform and social learning is the act.  

(paraphrased by me - dn)

Social learning... is the act of exchanging ideas, knowledge or information through social media means.

Marcia Conner and Tony Bingham, in The New Social Learning, define social learning as:

  • ...people becoming more informed, gaining a wider perspective, and 
  • being able to make better decisions by engaging with others.
  • ...acknowledg[ing] that learning happens with and through other people, 
  • a matter of participating in a community, 
  • not just by acquiring knowledge.

Social learning is a behavior. It is not a separate behavior outside of the overall learning spectrum, but one that is also relatively new. One cannot assume that by enlisting in a Facebook or Twitter account (social media examples) that the user will be able to socially learn.

Organizations not only need to help with the definition of learning, they need to provide the right opportunities to help their employees understand how to socially learn as well.

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Curation & Blogging, Business Lessons Learned & Curator Prescience, 2012

A choice in social media for business today is blogging or curation, or some of both, or developing a hybrid. How do you make smart choices among traditional and the newest social media tools?

Curation to deal with Social Media Overload:  It's a theme in my new, tailored video presented this month to the local Lunch Ann Arbor Marketing, @LA2M group, focusing on the differences between blogging and curation.

Curation is not filtering, it's not aggregating, it's functioning as a librarian of current and classic content, which allows others into the curation process curate with you, to help avoid "filter bubble" syndrome (I've blogged & have a Move.on video on the subject.)  ScoopIt enables the co-creation curation function as one of the newer curation platforms out there.

I also mention in my video, both Beth Kanter, a respected blogger in non-profit circles, and Robin Good, who was just interviewed by Beth.  This seems to be a prescient convergence to me.

LA2M also archives most of their presentation, so my presentation partner, JT, has his slides and our UStream video archived here, so you can access our combined, recent curationg presentation.

What do you think about curation?  What are your questions?

~ Deb

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Infographic – Service-Learning in Online Courses

Infographic – Service-Learning in Online Courses | Agile Learning |

This post features a decision tree:   to help people deal with questions on the merging of community-centered, experiential learning, and the fastest growing area within higher education.

Click the image above to download a PDF version of version 1.0 of the infographic. Also note the invitation for a webinar on the subject.

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Learning to Let Go: My Friday Non-interference Pact with my Students | Blogging Pedagogy

Learning to Let Go: My Friday Non-interference Pact with my Students | Blogging Pedagogy | Agile Learning |

Beginning ...with the second half of the semester, every Friday is given over to my students. We don’t have any readings assigned by me, and I don’t plan any material for the class.

Instead, small groups of 3-5 students are responsible for determining the day’s content and executing that.  


"You need to plan some sort of activity that will last at least 30 minutes; it must engage the whole class; and it must relate in an immediate way to the text we are currently reading."

Otherwise, you are free to plan what you want, and I won’t interfere.

...After the anxiety wears off, my students often seem to engage with the activity remarkably well.

It encourages ownership of the material, it provokes them to think in depth about a week’s worth of reading, and the discussion that have come out of it (so far) have turned out to be really e

It’s hard to give up directing the conversation, steering students —but of course, I still do that Mondays and Wednesdays.

What I discovered is that this group of students, ...comes around to the right questions and interpretive moments, anyways.

Today one of the group members asked about tree symbolism in Beloved. “Perhaps it’s coincidental,” one student said.

“Well,” another student answered, “it’s hard to imagine that it would be coincidental—think of all the planning that went into the novel.” And from there they were off, debating the symbolism and even debating the value of reading for symbolism...


Though their arguments often lacked an advanced theoretical vocabulary, my students were really thinking at high levels with great rigor.

The pedagogical point of all this, ...there is a real value in letting go of control of the classroom for a while. Let your students make mistakes, and see if they can sort them out on their own.

Let your students talk about what they’re invested in, what they find compelling about the topic at hand, what they don’t care about, and why.

Let go of being a classroom “parent” and let your students take responsibility for themselves.

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Opportunity or Threat? The New Transparency | Doug Rice via @JanetCallaway

Opportunity or Threat?  The New Transparency | Doug Rice via @JanetCallaway | Agile Learning |

In a play or musical, the scene or act will come to an end and the actors and actresses will fade to the back of the stage. 


Now we have:  The Death of the Curtain


Somewhere along the lines, between the revolution in information technology and the development of social media, the curtain vanished.


Businesses are increasingly losing their backstage. Performance is always live, there is no time to rehearse or rescript. The customer, more and more with each passing moment, can see everything.


Authenticity and transparency used to be a choice. You used to be able to plan exactly how much about you the customer should know.


Not anymore.


Your story is transparent, whether you like it or not.


The real you will shine through because there is no curtain to hide it. You are exposed. And the show will go on, whether or not you are ready for it.


The question you must ask yourself is whether or not this is a good thing. The open conversations you are having with your customers via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, blog comments, etc. can go either way.


They’ll see you for who you are. The question is, “Who are you?”


Your story is more important than ever because now, more than ever before, customers can have instaneous access to it. Is it something that you are proud of or ashamed of? Do you fear joining social media due to the threat of bad PR or are you excited about joining social media due to the opportunity for good PR?


How you answer this questions says everything about your story.

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