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6 Surprisingly Common eLearning Myths

6 Surprisingly Common eLearning Myths | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
eLearning is still a young field. For every tip, how-to and best practice, there are myths that pervade every discussion of developing, designing and implementing online training.
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European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning | Researching OER

European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning | Researching OER | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Leigh-Anne Perryman's insight: This study reports findings from a year-long pilot study during which 991 students in 9 core courses in the Virginia State University School of Business replaced traditional textbooks with openly licensed books and...
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Learn How To Find, Analyze and Visualize Information Effectively at School of Data

Learn How To Find, Analyze and Visualize Information Effectively at  School of Data | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Learn how to find, process, analyze and visualize data

Via Robin Good
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Robin Good's comment below is a useful assessment of this site.

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Top eLearning Learning Agile Global Content for Tue.Feb 19, 2013

Top eLearning Learning Agile Global Content for Tue.Feb 19, 2013 | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
RT @elearningPosts: 8 Types of Online Engagement You Must Be Aware of in... by @mkostina Daily Best in #elearning http://t.co/hmN8KVE1wK
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Meograph: Four-dimensional storytelling

Meograph: Four-dimensional storytelling | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Meograph helps you easily create, share, and playback beautiful stories in context of Where and When.

Via Javier Arana
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This application seems to be a tool to create mashups (combined multimedia information) that can be used for storytelling in education, training, or information sharing.

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Javier Arana's curator insight, February 15, 2013 10:10 AM

Unas herramienta interesante.

Hector Rosero's curator insight, February 15, 2013 3:22 PM

It's a great tool for to tell stories.

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Toward a mobile learning strategy

Toward a mobile learning strategy | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Based on the JISC Mobile Learning InfoKit, with my additional points based on recent developments in mobile learning as well as on our own observations through the Places mobile learning evaluation...

 

... In order for a school or university to strategically implement mobile learning, it must, as an institution:
> put learners at the centre
> ensure staff are on board and kept in the communication and policy loop
> consider cultural implications of employing technology often used for leisure
> consider cultural and other implications of expecting students to use their own equipment in their learning (in BYOD initiatives)
> consider cost including institutional wireless capacity, charging, and furniture in learning spaces
> plan for sustainability" from Source: http://placesmobile.wordpress.com/

 

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This blog post offers a good abstract for the JISC Mobile Learning Infokit. It points to the JISC content as well as other pointers on related works.

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10 Tips to Make BYOD A Success In Your Enterprise

10 Tips to Make BYOD A Success In Your Enterprise | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
BYOD is a major undertaking. These 10 steps can make it simpler and more productive.
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Bring Your Own Device is a growing trend, especially in Higher Education. But, in the corporate or government it has not been adopted as much. Many of these employees have personal IT equipment at home, but are issued a standard device for work. As an example many workers carry two smart phones around: 1 for family and 1 for work.  Some people would like to merge the equipment they use to simplify things. On the other hand, other people want to keep their work life separate from their personal life, so BYOD will not work for them. Some people would like to merge the equipment they use to simplify things. On the other hand, other people want to keep their work life separate from their personal life, so BYOD will not work for them.

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35 Digital Tools That Work With Bloom's Taxonomy - Edudemic

35 Digital Tools That Work With Bloom's Taxonomy - Edudemic | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Bloom's Taxonomy and digital tools creates an innovative learning environment where students are engaged in their assignments.

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Wrapping My Head Around #Connectivism

Wrapping My Head Around #Connectivism | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Connectivism is described as a "theory of personal learning."  It appears to be the clarion call of the digital age. In a more expansive way, experiencing that 'learning' should happen across different networks.  Learning as a concept exists within community and how you engage that community while utilizing 'the new' tools that exist to facilitate open learning, is a indicator of how well the process is working.  How we treat our experience across different web platforms and employ new media tools is also a good gauge for how well we are connecting. Well, maybe. Using the digital world to organize your life, populate your personal learning space and coordinate scattered remants of information, gets it done, right?....aaah so simple. But wait; not so fast. 

 

Simply having the tools doesn't automatically put you in 'wonk' sphere. Without knowledge of how to use them you are indeed lost in the digital space.  You have to aggregate, curate,  be better streamlined to become a more efficient user


Via Ana Cristina Pratas, juandoming
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Another definition from Education-2020

 

http://education-2020.wikispaces.com/Connectivism

 

" In the theory, learning occurs through connections within networks. The model uses the concept of a network with nodes and connections to define learning. Learners recognize and interpret patterns and are influenced by the diversity of networks, strength of ties and their context. Transfer occurs by connecting to and adding nodes and growing personal networks."


This concept supports the necessity of dialog with technology to permit time, distance, or other barriers to be lowered. The results will be better informed individuals and groups.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 9, 2013 11:17 AM

The term 'clarion call of the digital age' was used to describe the individualism of the digital age. I think we still need a sense of community focused on reciprocity, mutualism, and responsible sharing of knowledge/wisdom. This will bring with it personal autonomy in professional and personal growth.

Rim Riahi's curator insight, February 9, 2013 11:32 PM

Wrapping My Head Around #Connectivism


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SecArmy after exploring virtual, live training at Fort Sill: Training cost-effective, crucial | Article | The United States Army

SecArmy after exploring virtual, live training at Fort Sill: Training cost-effective, crucial | Article | The United States Army | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Secretary of the Army John McHugh was briefed on how the Fires Center of Excellence uses different training environments to be more cost effective after a visit here, Feb. 6-7.

 

"The depth of training capability they have, really from initial entry [training] right into pre-command, is impressive," said McHugh. "And the way in which they take care of our Soldiers is equally impressive."


This was McHugh's first visit to Fort Sill.

 

"If you look at our challenges with respect to training into the future, the development and utilization of simulators here at Fort Sill is instructive to people like myself," said McHugh"" from source: http://www.army.mil/

ghbrett's insight:

This is a good example of how the US Army is taking advantage of various learning envrionments such as simulations, virtual reality, collaboration, distance learning, eLearning, and other emerging technology. 

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NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition

NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Program.


The tenth edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a decade-long research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education. Six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning." from source: http://www.nmc.org/

 

The abbreviated list:

 

Time to adoption:

- < 1 year:   Massively Open Online Courses and Tablet Computing
- 2-3 years: Games and Gamification and Learning Analytics
- 4-5 years: 3D Printing and Wearable Technology


Via Andreas Link
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The NMC Horizon Report has been a most useful document for me since I first found out about it a couple years ago. I contains information that is relevant to many disciplines, K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Government Training / Education or for anyone interested in Information, Computer, and Communications Technologies.

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ghbrett's curator insight, February 7, 2013 3:33 PM

The NMC Horizon Report has been a most useful document for me since I first found out about it a couple years ago. I contains information that is relevant to many disciplines, K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Government Training / Education or for anyone interested in Information, Computer, and Communications Technologies.

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American Council on Education Recommends 5 MOOCs for Credit - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

American Council on Education Recommends 5 MOOCs for Credit - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"In what could be a major step toward bridging the gap between massive open online courses and the credentialing system that they are supposed to "disrupt," the American Council on Education on Thursday endorsed five MOOCs for credit.

 

Two of the approved courses, "Introduction to Genetics and Evolution" and "Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach," come from Duke University. Two others, "Pre-Calculus" and "Algebra," come from the University of California at Irvine. The last, "Calculus: Single-Variable," comes from the University of Pennsylvania. All five are offered through Coursera.

 

The council, an association that advises college presidents, operates a credit-recommendation service that evaluates individual courses. If a course passes muster, ACE advises its 1,800 member colleges that they can be comfortable conferring credit on students who have passed that course." from source: http://chronicle.com/

ghbrett's insight:

This is indeed a major step for massive open online courses (MOOCs). Rather than just a course for self interest or self learning, now a student can apply a passing grade to an accepting institution as part of their class load for graduation. It remains to be seen how many more courses will attain this level of acceptance in the academy.

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Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course | Inside Higher Ed

Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course | Inside Higher Ed | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Maybe it was inevitable that one of the new massive open online courses would crash. After all, MOOCs are being launched with considerable speed, not to mention hype. But MOOC advocates might have preferred the collapse of a course other than the one that was suspended this weekend, one week into instruction: "Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application."


Technology and design problems are largely to blame for the course's problems. And many students are angry that a course about online education -- let alone one offered by the Georgia Institute of Technology -- wouldn't have figured out the tech issues in advance, or been able to respond quickly once they became evident. Many of the problems related to the course's use of Google Docs to sign up for group discussions." from source: http://www.insidehighered.com/

ghbrett's insight:

This is a good example of hazards on the back end (development and management) of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs). It should provide lessons learned and processes to be avoided for future MOOC courses.

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The 12 Trends That Will Rule Products In 2013

The 12 Trends That Will Rule Products In 2013 | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Near the end of 2012, a group of us at Ziba got together to review what we’d learned over the course of the year. Working with dozens of clients who serve customers around the world, we designers spend a lot of time observing people as they interact with technology, services, and experiences, noticing how they seek solutions to everyday problems and make decisions. In the process, certain patterns emerge so forcefully that they’re practically unavoidable.

 

Meeting over three sessions spread out over a week, 23 Zibites (designers, researchers, and creative directors) discussed the patterns we’d seen, and distilled them down to the 12 insights we thought were most current and useful, to us and to our clients. Each one is presented here, as a brief essay that suggests how it will affect business practices in 2013, and as an illustration created by one of Ziba’s designers." - from Source: http://www.fastcodesign.com

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ghbrett's curator insight, February 26, 2013 11:55 AM

This article is a really good read because the twelve insights are not just about design, retail or marketing. They deal with services and innovation. I believe this article will be relevant to people in education, training, innovation,and tinkering.

 

The twelve insight titles are below. Each includes a brief description, some have graphics to support the insight.
1. The Mind Is A Competitive Environment.
2. Customer-Facing Employees Are Your Brain And Your Backbone.
3. Analog Will Never Go Away.
4. Worth Is Determined By Philosophy, Not Price.
5. Narrative Is A Delivery Vehicle To Make Information Stick.
6. Repair And Repurpose Are The New Killer Apps.
7. Technology Moves Too Fast To Care About.
8. Flawless Function Is Tomorrow’s Great User Experience.
9. Brand Loyalty Is How We Escape Decision Fatigue.
10. Human Interaction Has Never Been More Precious.
11. Gen Y Is Creating Its Own Service Economy
12. Everyone Is A Specialist.

 

As you can see there is a mix of focal points. As I said before from service to objects. From story telling, training, collaborating, to designing, making and repurposing stuff.


My Thanks to Ziba for this insightful article. [ http://www.ziba.com ]

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How smart mobility puts knowledge at your fingertips

How smart mobility puts knowledge at your fingertips | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Now deployed in several hundred stores, Certpoint’s K-Tango mobile learning platform will be extended to the company’s remaining stores in the coming months.

 

Maria van Vlodrop with Towards Maturity’s Nigel Stally and Giovanna Puma
Managers using the platform have pointed to three key benefits: ease of use, ease of access to information, and speed.

 

Just one typical comment: “It’s fast and easy access to stuff that helps me with my job.”

 

Interestingly, few mentioned ‘learning’, because even though they are learning on the job, that is not why the managers use the platform. They use it because it helps them do their jobs better. " - from Source: http://www.certpointsystems.com/blog

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An article about how eLearning can be embedded in knowledge management services. Note that the main goals were to speed the dissemination of information by making it easy to find.

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Marlborough Mobile Learning Project: QR = Quick Response

Marlborough Mobile Learning Project: QR = Quick Response | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Marlborough Mobile Learning Project: QR = Quick Response http://t.co/uA5WBIDmkl #QRCodes #mlearning #iPadEd #cbeilc #CANade #ADEdu
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Thought Leaders in Learning | USAID Learning Lab

"Learning Lab is a collaborative space where USAID staff and partners jointly create, share, refine, and apply practical approaches in order to ground our programs in evidence and adapt quickly to new learning and changing contexts, maximizing development outcomes. This online community is designed to generate collective learning for the ultimate goal of increasing the relevance and sustainability of our programs." - from Source: http://usaidlearninglab.org/
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This page on the USAID Learning Lab site has links to past events and speeches by Thought Leaders with titles such as "Too Big to Know: Scaling knowledge in a messy world," and "Keeping Our Eye Out for Learning: How to identify learning practices and leverage them more strategically." The USAID Learning Lab site is an great resource for ideas about learning, training, knowledge management for diverse communities.
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Bloom’s Taxonomy: The 21st Century Version ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Bloom’s Taxonomy: The 21st Century Version ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"So much have been written about Bloom’s taxonomy; one click in a search engine will flood your page with hundreds of articles all of which revolve around this taxonomy. Only few are those who have tried to customize it to fit in the 21st century educational paradigm. As a fan of Bloom’s pedagogy and being a classroom practitioner, I always look for new ways to improve my learning and teaching, and honestly speaking , if you are a teacher/ educator and still do not understand Bloom’s taxonomy then you are missing out on a great educational resource.

 

The following article is a summary and a fruit of my long painstaking research in the field of Bloom’s taxonomy. The purpose is to help teachers grow professionally and provide them with a solid informational background on how to better understand and apply Bloom’s taxonomy in classrooms (or for Distance Learning - reviewer comment) in the light of the new technological advances and innovations." from Source: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/

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This blog post is loaded with infographics, charts, links, and other good information to help educators and trainers who are using or interested in Bloom's Taxonomy. This is a very useful resource. Note that the writer has written this as a classroom teacher. However, this reviewer believes that the information applies to Distance Learning as well.

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eLearning Guild Research: Reconsidering Bloom's Taxonomy (Old AND New) by Patti Shank : Learning Solutions Magazine

eLearning Guild Research: Reconsidering Bloom's Taxonomy (Old AND New) by Patti Shank : Learning Solutions Magazine | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The eLearning Guild’s new research report, Bloom’s Taxonomy: What’s Old Is New Again discusses the history and revisions of Bloom’s Taxonomy, and examines its use in all facets of education and instruction and why it has endured despite numerous criticisms. It also includes numerous job aids, such as Figure 1, to help practitioners better use Bloom’s in their own settings." from Source: http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com

ghbrett's insight:

This is a worth while review that is packed with useful graphics. I'd recommend that anyone using or interested in Bloom's Taxonomy have a look at it. Please note that the new research report itself linked in this article is only available to registered members of the Learning Guild.

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Kathy Terry's curator insight, October 18, 2013 12:09 PM

I would like to see this designed on a interactive globe to represent the continous transitional stages of learning and gaining new knowledge.

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International students presented badges - Fort Leavenworth Lamp

International students presented badges - Fort Leavenworth Lamp | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Joining the ranks of “some of the world’s best and brightest leaders,” 44 international students from 45 countries received badges Dec. 13 for completing the Command and General Staff Officers Course at the Command and General Staff College.
Maj. Gen. Gordon B. Davis, Jr., deputy commandant of CGSC, used those words to praise the students in the International Graduate Badge Ceremony, noting that their participation in the college has strengthened mutual alliances, partnerships and professional developments. Since 1894, more than 7,500 international military students representing 160 nations have graduated from Fort Leavenworth.


Via DML Competition
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The US Military has had a long history of using designs, objects, patches, coins, and now badges as media for identity and status. This is consistent with past actions which happens to be an emerging trend in eLearning and Social Media -- Badges (e.g., FourSquare)

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DML Competition's curator insight, February 12, 2013 1:52 PM

Interesting analog example of badges awarded for achievements. 

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Brainstorm in Progress: MOOCs: Why Do We Need Instructional Design?

Brainstorm in Progress: MOOCs: Why Do We Need Instructional Design? | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

What is wrong with this picture?


Via Sarantis Chelmis
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The original author of this diagram is working on a paper about MOOCs. This is not a trick question. The author really does want comments about this design and how it might not or would apply to MOOCs

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P2P Video Conferencing Comes of Age with WebRTC


Via Robin Good, Jimun Gimm
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See Robin Good's Comments below. Always well thought out and better than what I could say about this post.

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Robin Good's curator insight, February 6, 2013 3:59 AM


WebRTC, the real-time collaboration and conferencing protocol is getting better and better by the day. With it, and without the need to install any plug-in, software or downloadable extension, browsers like Chrome and Firefox which fully support it, can initiate real-time video conferences just like this one.


In the video above you can see that Google has fully joined Mozilla in demonstrating peer-to-peer (P2P) video conferencing between the Firefox and Chrome web browsers using WebRTC.


"Google and Mozilla are working with the W3C and IETF to develop WebRTC, and although it is still work in progress, the applications that are being developed to demonstrate its capabilities show that WebRTC can mean an end to having to download plugins and add-ons."


In a WebRTC session all audio and video connections are encrypted by utilizing open-source audio and video codecs such as Opus and VP8.



Source: The Inquirer http://s.tt/1zoXa 

pgpete's curator insight, February 6, 2013 7:28 PM

WebRTC, the real-time collaboration and conferencing protocol is getting better and better by the day. With it, and without the need to install any plug-in, software or downloadable extension, browsers like Chrome and Firefox which fully support it, can initiate real-time video conferences just like this one.


In the video above you can see that Google has fully joined Mozilla in demonstrating peer-to-peer (P2P) video conferencing between the Firefox and Chrome web browsers using WebRTC.

 

"Google and Mozilla are working with the W3C and IETF to develop WebRTC, and although it is still work in progress, the applications that are being developed to demonstrate its capabilities show that WebRTC can mean an end to having to download plugins and add-ons."


In a WebRTC session all audio and video connections are encrypted by utilizing open-source audio and video codecs such as Opus and VP8.



Source: The Inquirer http://s.tt/1zoXa ;

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The Importance of a Learning Climate in Corporate Training

The Importance of a Learning Climate in Corporate Training | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Corporate training is a huge industry in this country, and in many ways corporations are embracing employee development like never before. According to the most recent numbers from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), American companies spent over $150 billion on training in 2011 alone. With a national workforce that hovers somewhere around 150 million people, that means American companies are shelling out more than $1000 to provide developmental training for every employee – and they do it year after year." from source: http://www.dashe.com/

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The article poses the situation and then offers a some solutions and rationale for the need for corporate training in any large organization.

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An INFOGRAPHIC on INFOGRAPHICS | Views from 590

An INFOGRAPHIC on INFOGRAPHICS | Views from 590 | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
You love them, we love them.. we even made our very own last year! It's no big surprise that INFOGRAPHICS are taking over the Internet with their easy to digest, visually appealing information. Marketers, Internet-savvy ...

Via Miguel Rodriguez
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A useful overview of Infographics.

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Tinkering with John Seely Brown

"Tinkering with John Seely Brown - an interview


"Power of Play
> The construct most overlooked by the 21st century is the power and importance of play. How do I take an idea and play with it, tinker with it, own it?


> You need to learn that not everything works, most things don’t. If the first thing that happens to you when something doesn’t work is that it frightens you, then you’re not going to be very willing to embrace change BUT


> if you realize that things don’t work (which is almost always) you can figure out how to tinker with things and absorb what happens. Often when you are tinkering it doesn’t make perfect logic sense, it’s something you begin to feel in your hands as much as your mind.


> Tinkering brings thoughts and action together in very powerful, magic ways." from source: http://learnstreaming.com/

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ghbrett's curator insight, February 6, 2013 1:20 PM

The concept of playing or tinkering with an idea is an important one. There are often instances where resources are in short supply and one has to figure out how to make do. For me my tool kit included duct tape and coat hangers to keep an old car running. Fourth gear was held in place with a coat hanger bent to fit. Adults may refer to this concept as problem solving, day dreaming, or getting the job done. John Seely Brown is a great speaker and this is an interesting interview worth watching.