e-learning resources

A couple of useful resources found this week: Designer e-learning provides an ¬†interesting list of resources for e-learning designers (not developers). The emphasis on design thinking competences is particularly interesting. Examples of deeper use of design thinking approaches to learning design would be interesting, especially in terms of ethnographic approaches to needs and uses analysis. … Read more

Future work and career planning

Came across an interesting post here on skills for employability from Lynda Gratton. The emphasis on deep skills does tie in with what I’ve been seeing in the local job market of generalist skill sets being desirable for more junior posts while “deep” skills are required for the higher value/ better paid jobs. Also, this … Read more

e-learning market

Clive Shepherd has highlighted the e-learning centre report on the market for e-learning in UK and Europe. A free summary is available here. As Clive’s post points out, the UK market is expected to grow by 4.76% to ¬£472m in 2010 – slower growth but a bigger market than France or Germany. As a sort … Read more

maturity or a loss of edge?

While I’m admittedly a bit behind the times, was intrigued by this piece of news that Nielson and McKinsey were coming together to form a joint venture to create a new company today called NM Incite, which builds upon the industry-leading social media and online brand metrics, consumer insights and real-time market intelligence of Nielsen … Read more

transforming education

An interesting post from Lars here on disruptive innovation of higher education. An interesting read and makes a strong case for the two year undergraduate degree. Especially as the traditional academic year structure is based on pre-industrial labour requirements (see Simon Jenkins in The Guardian), the argument for the two year degree appears stronger. Structurally, … Read more

Solid learning melts in to air

I’m at the start of the process of scoping a literature review of social software in workplace learning. Some of the literature on collaboration is proving interesting: Collaboration and co-creation: emphasises the social aspects of social software and Web 2.0 technologies as ESSPs (McAfee 2009) in creating collaborative learning environments that promote knowledge exchange, interpersonal … Read more

social businesses – the sociability of what?

I’ve recently come across a number of posts on the concept of the “social business” such as here as a social networks/ interactionist/ collaborative view of the firm (rather than as the more-than-profit organisation). It reminds me of the notion of informal coalitions or the shadow organisation, or “it ain’t what, its who you know” … Read more