Friday, April 22, 2005

Best you might've missed

Today it seems spring went into hiding. It's cold and rainy here in DC, but I hope you all have a good weekend anyway. Here are the best articles from this week.

Emergent learning

What is Workflow Learning? A good basic outline (along with entertaining graphics) from Jay Cross, co-founder of the Workflow Institute.

"War Games." "In offices created by an ex-Star Trek designer and using techniques and technology from movies and gaming, some of Hollywood's top creative talents are helping the US military to train for war in the 21st century."


"The Distancing Question in Online Education." Glenn Russell examines "the affective domain—in particular, the ability of students to empathize, connect, and interact with their distant peers and instructor, and the ability of instructors to adequately respond to the emotional states and needs of students from afar."

The Interface is the Content. Clark Aldrich writes, "One of the big 'ahas' of the next generation of elearning designers is that the interface is a significant piece of the content, not just a conduit to the content."

Traditional training/learning Uses Blogging Technology to Inform Busy Adults About Educational Opportunities. "An online directory of nontraditional education programs for busy adults has created a form a community where adults contemplating going back to school can interact with people in similar situations..."

Wiki on Becoming a Better Thinker. A host of resources. Also look for my June Intelligence column, which will cover three software programs that say they can boost brain power.


Leading Ideas: Embrace the Lunatic Inside You. Ideas on tapping into your crazy (but ultimately good) ideas, from the Fast Company blog.

Recovering the Lost Art of Note-Taking. Tips on taking notes at work from the Working Smart blog.


"'Infomania' Worse Than Marijuana." Can it be true? A new study says excessive use of technology reduces workers' intelligence more than marijuana use. (Thanks, e-Learning Centre.)

"The Infinite Library." A fascinating and in-depth article on how Google's plan to digitize millions of books will affect libraries. Also see an item on this program in April's Intelligence column in T+D.

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