Business Model Innovation Matters
Alex OsterwalderAlex Osterwalder, SlideshareCC BY, 2012/11/05

Interesting presentation I picked up on today from this post (inappropriate metaphor warning). Alex Osterwalder's main point is to undermine the traditional business planning process and focus more on business model innovation. In the first half of the presentation he offers a series of examples of disruptive business models, and in the second half he expands on the 'canvas' methodology (it strikes me as being something like a rapid prototyping or agile method of business planning). Anyhow, I thought I'd include this slide show today because I used in a blog post.

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Designing and Running a MOOC
George SiemensGeorge Siemens, SlideshareCC BY, 2012/09/05

A light presentation from George Siemens outline the nature and history of MOOCs before outlining in nine easy steps how to build a MOOC of your own. I notice that the advertisements on Slideshare are getting more intrusive. Related: a diagram from Mark Smithers on the history and nature of MOOCs.

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Lisbon Connectivism
George SiemensGeorge Siemens, SlideshareCC BY, 2011/08/15

Good recent presentation on connectivism and associated learning design and pedagogy, from George Siemens, Today: Total:53 [Comment] [Direct Link]

7 Top Social Game Metrics for 2011 - The A.R.M Metrics Framework
Alberta LaiAlberta Lai, SlideshareCC BY, 2011/02/07

Some great analytics links submitted by Michelle Lange to the LAK11 Scope Forum. This first link not only details the 'seven deadly metrics', it draws out elements that are of importance to the commercialization of software, clearly identifying such factors as the cost of customer acquisition and customer retention parameters. It makes it clear that you establish a customer base first, monetize later. The unleashing the power article by Dave Sparks is an overview of the importance of analytics. And in Minimize Robot Traffic Adam Greco talks about reducing the number of false positives from crawlers, robots and even your own company's staff. Today: Total:50 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Real Life Social Network
Paul AdamsPaul Adams, SlideshareCC BY, 2010/12/29

Really nice presentation from Paul Adams, who works with the Google User Experience team, on the true nature of social networks. The main point is that we do not have one amorphous group of friends, but rather, that we have several distinct groups of friends. We belong not to one network but to many. Additionally, he notes, some of these are closer to the others, and the role of 'influencers' is mediated by these groups of friends, with influence coming, as it were, from the outside in. Which is, not coincidentally, the name of his blog and book. If you don't have time for the 224 slides in his presentation, here's the actual data he presents.

I was referred to this presentation from an answer on Quora by Cameron Neylon, who writes, "A key issue with making any of these greater granularity of relationships work will be providing interfaces that make it easy to manage these." This is at least part of the problem Diaspora is trying to solve with 'aspects' (I have five Diaspora invitations to give to the first five people who read this far and ask me for one).

Quora is "a continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it." Neylon's answer was one of the links in Brian Kelly's article on Quora. Kelly was drawn to the site via a tweet from George Siemens pointing to a question about information overload and his answer (now superseded by Robert Scoble's much better answer - sorry George).

I think that some people - like Brian Kelly - now realize that by creating richly linked blog posts they are creating an invaluable data resource. So much nicer than those self-promoters who link only to themselves or members of their small circle or alliance. Today: Total:116 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Creative Commons: What every Educator needs to know
Rodd LucierRodd Lucier, SlideshareCC BY, 2010/12/03

It's Creative Commons. With bunnies.
Creative Commons: What every Educator needs to know

View more webinars from Rodd Lucier. Via David Hopkins, who writes, "I know there are clearly issues with students knowing and understanding what is legal and what is not when you use and re-use content or images you find on the Internet." Today: Total:91 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Various AuthorsVarious authors, SlideshareCC BY, 2010/08/27

Set of slides and photos from the Centro Cultural Canada festival in Cordoba, Argentina, that I attended in May. I had a great time in Cordoba, and by all accounts the festival was a great success. Today: Total:92 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Staged Self-Directed Learning Model
Barbara StokesBarbara Stokes, SlideshareCC BY,

This presentation on Gerald Grow's staged self-directed learning model came up during today's Critical Literacies online discussion. It "proposes a way teachers can be vigorously influential while empowering students towards greater autonomy." The ideas is to map teaching methods to the learner's stage of self-direction. Grow describes four stages: dependent, interested, involved, self-directed. Of course, the model depends on getting the trajectory toward self-directed learning right. It does not account for multiple dimensions (and hence, multiple possible routes) to autonomy. But we saw today, in Paul Bouchard, that there can be as many as four dimensions of autonomy: conative, algorithmic, semiotic, and economic. Today: Total:108 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Definitions of Personal Learning Environment (PLE)
Ilona BuchemIlona Buchem, SlideshareCC BY,

Interesting set of definitions of the PLE, compiled into a slide show. Via Mohamed Amine Chatti, who also gives us another link to a working version of Plem. Today: Total:80 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Design Intersections: How Games Can Help Us Solve the World's Biggest Problems
Jane McGonigalJane McGonigal, SlideshareCC BY,

Pretty good slide show on the impact and potential of games to support learning and change. The slides, by Jane McGonigal, refer to "World Without Oil" and "Evoke" (which I've been following as it moves into its third week online) as examples of massive multiplayer games that can support change. But what change? Whose change? I see the stamp of the World Bank all over Evoke, which to me creates challenges of bias and perspective. And there is the danger that these presumptions are implicit in games (see my post Sensitize / Desensitize for a summary of these concerns). More slide shows from McGonigal. If you have lots of time for TED eye-candy you can watch a video of one of her talks. Here's her most recent post on Evoke. Today: Total:48 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Field Guide for Change Agents
Ben Hazzard, Hazzard,, SlideshareCC BY,

I'm not sure I would call it a success, but EduCon's collaborative 'book' was interesting. Actually, I'm not sure I would call it a "book" either, unless we extend the category of "book" to include slide shows. I think, though, that the idea had potential, even if the execution was a bit off. The "book" suffered in terms of consistency and format and was filled with genuinely unoriginal observations and sayings; the only thing missing was "There is no try" with an attribution to Yoda (there was one attribution to "Uncle Ben").

The book was an outcome of the Educon conference held online over the weekend at Science Leadership Academy in Philadephia. As Dean Shareski, who was visiting there from Saskatchewan (and presented along with Alec Couros), said of the school, "The level of connectedness among staff doesn't hurt their image but indeed follows closely with one of their guiding principles: Learning can – and must – be networked."

There was a lot more blog chatter over the weekend from Educon, including Lucy Gray's survey, a session with wiki from Tracy Weber, reflections on privilege from Lisa Durff, reflections on friends and a day two summary from Kevin Jarrett, a short reflection from Jen Wagner, some play from Brian Smith, some linking to famous people (like Richard Branson and Chris Anderson) by Dave Warlick (twice), links and tweets from afar by Jerry Swiatek, a wrap-up from TeachPaperless, a take-away from Will Richardson, and of course the SLA kids from principal Chris Lehman. Thanks to Langwitches for numerous session summaries. Today: Total:106 [Comment] [Direct Link]

SCoPE - 7 Principles For Cultivating CoPs
Sylvia CurrieSylvia Currie, SlideshareCC BY,

I can't find any particular fault with these seven principles, though I'd like some discussion of why they apply. Via Graham Attwell. Today: Total:38 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Olivier Blanchard Basics Of Social Media Roi
Olivier BlanchardOlivier Blanchard, SlideshareCC BY,

OK, I can't say I like the presentation, but so far as I can tell, business analysts really think like this. The main point to be drawn from the cartoon is that social media needs to be (and can be) measured strictly on the basis on return on investment (specifically, cost reduction, or revenue generation). Now, of course, real enterprise (such as military, education, health care or government) desires as a return more than mere financial gain. They want measurable outcomes such as reductions in casualties, higher grades, fewer illnesses or more effective services. But the same sort of logic applies - the measurement of media metrics (such as website hits, Facebook friends, etc) is not a part of the calculation. It may suggest a measurable benefit, but it doesn't prove one. So far, so good - and I actually agree with all this. To me, though, the key question facing real enterprise is: what counts as a metric? Simple grade scores, for example, are in my mind media metrics, and not measurements of actual outcomes. But this places the onus on me: what do I offer as an alternative measurement? Via Joachim Niemeier. Today: Total:59 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The e-learning skills gap
Clive ShepherdClive Shepherd, SlideshareCC BY,

I know this is titled 'e-learning skills gap' but I think it would be more accurate to say that it refers to an 'instructional skills gap. Today: Total:55 [Comment] [Direct Link]

New Literacy in the Web 2.0 World
Daniel ChurchillDaniel Churchill, SlideshareCC BY,

New media creates new literacies by creating new opportunities for communication. Sounds obvious but still merits spelling out, as it is done in this presentation. Today: Total:48 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The nine tribes of the internet
Lee RainieLee Rainie, SlideshareCC BY,

You may as well see this here before someone feeds it to you in a keynote. The 'nine tribes' are fairly arbitrary, and the data (as is normal for Pew) reflectes American sources (and sensibilities) only. The major division is between those who are hooked into the mobile world and those who are not. The rest of the divisions reflect the degree of dependence people have on the media. I wouldn't say they are 'tribes' in any real sense - there would be no sense of affiliation with other members, for example, except perhaps among the "digital collaborators". Today: Total:64 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Web 2.0: Collaboration or Collusion?
Brett J. Millan and Rebecca O. MillanBrett J. Millan, Rebecca O. Millan, SlideshareCC BY,

Interesting take on the idea of working together, the one (collaboration) something that occurs in the open for the common good, the other (collusion) sdomething that happens in secret to gain an unfair advantage. By the same authors: Pedagogy2.0: A Missing or Broken Link. Today: Total:42 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Sustaining Social Networks
Pru MitchellPru Mitchell, SlideshareCC BY,

This slide show is less about sustaining social networks and more about how they are designed and implemented in the project. Still, I found myself nodding a lot, especially at the 'everything is a url' slide. If only people (especially metadata authors) could wrap their mind around this. Today: Total:44 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Beyond Blocking: Embracing the Social Web
Melanie McBrideMelanie McBride, SlideshareCC BY,

John Connell links to a nice slide presentation from Melanie McBride on the best approach school boards (and similar organizations) can take to web 2.0. I especially like the summary of approaches (slide 41) and the Howard Rheingold pic (slide 48) should be blown up and made into a poster. Today: Total:58 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Battle Lines: Is Academic At War With Technology?
Sarah RobbinsSarah Robbins, SlideshareCC BY,

Sarah "Intellagirl" Robbins puts together an entertaining presentation comparing the reaction of academia to technology with the reaction of the French nobility to longbowmen at Agincourt (1415). Having played far too much Civilization, I know how devastating the longbow can be against even heavily armoured opponents. And just so, though academia may appear to have the numbers and the weapons, they are facing a superior technology. (Not mentioned in the presentation: in 1453, the French would employ their own superior technology, the cannon, at the Battle of Castillon, effectively ending the Hundred Years' War.) Today: Total:41 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Web Hooks and the Programmable World of Tomorrow
Jeff LindsayJeff Lindsay, SlideshareCC BY,

So here's what I wrote to Gary Lewis, who sent this link to me: "Not sure I've seen this slide show particularly but its content is familiar to me. I don't totally agree with the author - there is a great deal of utility in (what he calls) polling, for example - push systems are inherently vulnerable to spam, unless you whitelist the pushers, and if you whitelist the pushers you create isolated content federations. Not good. But most of what he describes here (and he describes far too much for a 40 minute presentation) is relevant and useful. Just - not the only way. All of that said - it's definitely worth passing along in my newsletter." Today: Total:42 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Web 2.0 Tools for Effective Teaching
Elaine TalbertElaine Talbert, SlideshareCC BY,

Elaine Talbert (etalbert) has been performing a real service to SlideShare users as she has been collecting and posting the best and most relevant work in her 'web 2.0 tools for effective teaching' group on the site. The scale - 661 members, 1069 posts, 1426 slideshows - is impressive. But the proof is in the posts. I've been subscribing for several months. Here's what I found in my RSS reader today (about four day's worth). Some are btter than others, but none is bad, and all are worth viewing:

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Gaming Trends
Jerome Sudan Jerome Sudan, SlideshareCC BY,

Slide presentation viewable in Slideshare. I love the images in this presentation and also found the summary of major trends to be useful. A big change: the changing age demographics (explainable by gamers growing up), the impact of the Wii, the ubiquity of gaming, the shift of games from the bedroom to the living room, connected gaming, and much more. Via Muhammad Sabri Sahrir Today: Total:44 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Rethinking Curriculum Design
Grainne ConoleGrainne Conole, SlideshareCC BY,

Great presentation from Grainne Conole for the Connectivism CCK online course session this afternoon. It was interesting because we have a group of us from the PEI teachers' confrence gathered in a room to take part in the session. Conole discussed the Open University approach to learning design, including accounts of the underlying thesis, practical activities such as one-day course design sessions, 'cloudscapes' and cloudworks, the CompendiumLD learning design tool, and more. An MP3 audio recording of the session as heard here in Charlottetown is available; not sure what the quality will be, and there is a bit at the beginning where we have a conversation with the people here in PEI. Today: Total:91 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Promise and the Potential
John Biss and Erin MillsJohn Biss, Erin Mills, SlideshareCC BY,

Presentation slides by John Biss and Erin Mills, from the Canadian Council on Learning, for the talk given today at the Shaping Our Future conference live session. The talk was fairly generic, with Biss outlining the CCL's take on e-learning and the need for research. Some big questions went unanswered, at least for me. What does the CCL thing constitutes 'evidence', for example - and how can they say that the evidence on e-learning is "thin" in the face of, say, this newsletter, which has thousands and thousands of links to examples, studies, software, blog posts, and so much more? And, for example, what do we do when the cost of researching something is so much greater than the cost of simply trying it to see it it works? We are not bogging down because of lack of research, it seems to me, we are bogging down because of research! Today: Total:43 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Intranet 2.0 - Integrating Enterprise 2.0 Into Your Corporate Intranet
James DellowJames Dellow, SlideshareCC BY,

This slide show is worth a look, if only for the business imagery in combination with Web 2.0 concepts. Oh those smiling faces! Is there nothing that makes them happier than achieving business objectives? Today: Total:56 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Connectivism 101
George SiemensGeorge Siemens, SlideshareCC BY,

George Siemens is in Fairbanks, Alaska. That is worth a post in itself. I like what he says in this slide show: that the theory of connectivism developed in the manner the theory states learning occurs. He also has slide shows on the organizational impact of network learning, as well as practical connectivism. Today: Total:68 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Social Media: 10 Principles of Social Object Design
Alex de CarvahloAlex de Carvahlo, SlideshareCC BY,

Teemu Arina is talking about 'social objects'. On John Searle's theory "social objects are higher order objects whose inferiora are constituted by physical objects, which account for their apparent concreteness." The use of physical objects seems to be optional; "there is a great number of social objects - complex entities such as states, universities or corporations - which don't seem to have any obvious physical realization." We need, on my view, to understand that social objects - and therefore their physical counterparts - are fictions, no matter how real they may seem. See also Barry Smith talking about social objects and reductionism - which, I would take it, has the consequence of making the 'objects' of our perception fictions as well - or, to take Gibson, as real as anything else we think is real. Today: Total:34 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Free Learning and Control Learning
Stephen DownesStephen Downes, SlideshareCC BY,

So I delivered my opening keynote address at SURF Education Days today. It was not the usual Web 2.0 rant people were expecting - instead, I focused on the Kirschner Sweller Clark paper I mentioned yesterday (thank you for the posts and emails - they were extremely helpful) and delivered what amounted to a thorough criticism. This paper, though it has been around for about a year, was relatively new to me. I was rather surprised when I read some summaries a couple of weeks ago, and quite concerned when I read the paper itself, just recently, especially given that it was published in a first-rate journal. The responses, in my mind, missed the heart of the critique, and allowed the authors to walk away relatively unscathed. Not after today. There ought to be a certain standard in our field, especially in that part of it that represents itself as the academic and professional part. Slides are also here. There's audio and video, which will be posted later. Today: Total:60 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Slideshows for Tag: Efopenid2007
Various AuthorsVarious authors, SlideshareCC BY,

Slide decks from the eFoundations confrence on OpenID are being made available on Slideshare. So far decks from Scott Wilson, Sean Mehan and Dave Recordon have been posted. Today: Total:73 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Second Life: 20 Lessons
Jeremy KempJeremy Kemp, SlideshareCC BY,

Interesting presentation that not only sketches the role of Second Life in learning but also maps it against a dozen or so other sites for features such as players' creative capacity or the site's emphasis on collaborative behaviour. Good links on this. There's a bit of a tendency to represent Second Life as the pinnacle of online virtual world achievement, but the observations are nonetheless worth a look. Via Pacific Rim Exchange. Today: Total:45 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Stanley Frielick Moodle Moot NZ07
Stanley FrielickStanley Frielick, SlideshareCC BY,

Slides and audio from the New Zealand Moodle conference. Frielick asks, can Moodle become more supple - that is, a more social, ubiquitous and permeable personal learning environment. I think it's a good question to ask - can Moodle migrate from the old LMS world to the new web 2,0 world? Today: Total:45 [Comment] [Direct Link]

E-Learning 2.0 in Development
Stephen DownesStephen Downes, SlideshareCC BY,

I'm going to keep today's newsletter short as I have just finished my talk from this morning and have nother session this afternoon. This is the link to the slides from my talk today at the Brandon Hall conference. I have audio, but it's locked in a Windows-only recording device. The conference has a Technorati tag, a Flickr group and a Twitter tag. janet Clarey has a short comment from the talk; so does Harold Jarche. Today: Total:88 [Comment] [Direct Link]

M-Learning: Two Years: Two Life Times
Alexander HayesAlexander Hayes, SlideshareCC BY,

Alexander Hayes at his best, linking the technology with the people with the vision. "Despite the organizational reluctance to engage... our esteemed colleagues charge on... extraordinary people with great courage and foresight who link research with practice." A lyrical presentation that at one highlights numerous projects and people working on mobile learning and which may also contain the longest single sentence in the history of presentations. And it strikes me again how disappointing it is that we has some of the most expensive mobile phone rates in the world here in Canada, a short-sighted policy that has slowed adoption and stifled research. Praise for this slide show from and Leigh Blackall. Today: Total:59 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Trends and Impacts of E-Learning 2.0
Stephen DownesStephen Downes, SlideshareCC BY,

I am in Taiwan and so - of course - my email has crashed and burned. I have no email coming in or out, and the email newsletter has been disabled (RSS is still ok though). And it's really hard to work with tech support people with a 12-hour time difference.

But I'm having a great time. And I've posted slides from my href="">workshop and useless formats to give me to use! I can't find any easy way to turn it into something my computer understands (ie., can do something with besides just play).

Did I mention I'm really jet-lagged? Anyhow, I fly home Friday and if you're one of the people waiting for email from me, don't worry, I haven't forsaken you. Today: Total:68 [
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Trends and Impacts of E-Learning 2.0
Stephen DownesStephen Downes, SlideshareCC BY,

I am in Taiwan and so - of course - my email has crashed and burned. I have no email coming in or out, and the email newsletter has been disabled (RSS is still ok though). And it's really hard to work with tech support people with a 12-hour time difference. Especially when I'm really jet-lagged.

But I'm having a great time. And I've posted slides from my href="">workshop and useless formats to give me to use! I can't find any easy way to turn it into something my computer understands (ie., can do something with besides just play).

Did I mention I'm really jet-lagged? Today: Total:81 [
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OERs in Sustainable Perspective
Stephen DownesStephen Downes, SlideshareCC BY,

The Slideshare version of the talk I gave yesterday at the SCOP 2007 conference here in Heerlen. There is audio - well, 24 minutes of audio, which is now the battery life of my iRiver (sigh - another MP3 player bites the dust - and they expect me to pay for all those songs again? get real) - which will be posted later this week. Due to a scheduling glitch I only had an hour to prepare for the talk, so I don't have all the nice pictures I would normally have. This is my second time in Heerlen - I'm staying at the same hotel, even sitting in the same chair. It's hard not to have a sense of deja vu, and I have fond memories of the last time I was here. But that feels like a lifetime ago, too, part of a different world, a different version of myself.

I fly back home tomorrow - so no guarantees on a newsletter. Home for two or three days, then it's off to Taiwan. Today: Total:65 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Things You Really Need to Learn
Stephen DownesStephen Downes, SlideshareCC BY,

I am still in Holland - I thought I would be going to Heerlen today but thanks to a gap in my reservation I remain in Den Bosch. I travel to Heerlen Sunday and speak Monday. Meanwhile, this is the Slideshare version of my presentation given here. It is an adaptation of my paper of the same name, integrating the 'things you really need to learn' with applications of new technology. I'll post a proper presentation page when I can export my audio from my iRiver. Today: Total:90 [Comment] [Direct Link]


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