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Lying for Learning

Over the weekend I Stumbled this post on an interesting learning strategy--lying: One of my favorite professors in college was a self-confessed liar. I guess that statement requires a bit of explanation. The topic of Corporate Finance/Capital Markets is, even within the world of the Dismal Science, (Economics) an exceptionally dry and boring subject matter, encumbered by complex mathematic models and obscure economic theory. What made Dr. K memorable was... Read more →

Evaluating Contributions to a Social Network

As we incorporate social networking tools into learning, I know that some of us are thinking about how to encourage and evaluate meaningful contributions to and participation in those networks. Dave Duarte's list of 20 Ways to Evaluate Contributions to a Social Network seems like a good start. Many of these items are open to further discussion (i.e., what's a "well-structured argument" look like?), but in those conversations, you can... Read more →

Working with the Many Little Hurdles to Social Media Adoption

Tim Davies has written an excellent post listing 50 hurdles to open government that, from what I've seen, applies to both the public and private sector. What's helpful is that he's breaking down a large problem into a series of smaller issues. He divides the hurdles into 7 types: Internet Access Office Technology Systems and Procedures Policy and Guidance Organizational Culture Basic Technical Skills Leadership and Management He's now asking... Read more →

Your Favorite Leadership Articles?

I'm working with a youth leadership program that will bring together HS sophomores with leaders from government, business, nonprofits and the media to explore the concepts of leadership in these different areas. We'd like to share a few articles with the participants---stuff that gets them thinking. I have a few ideas but would love to get your feedback. What are your favorite articles on leadership? Drop me a note in... Read more →

Random Thoughts

Trying to get back into blogging more regularly, but today is not a day for a thoughtful post. Instead, a few random thoughts. Vocabulary Words--Some new vocab words that I've encountered in the past week or so: Mindcasting--Jay Rosen's replacement for lifecasting, mindcasting is the idea of using services like Twitter to share ideas and resources, rather than what you had for breakfast or where you're going after work. Brandjacking--When... Read more →

Monitoring Your Social Media Presence

I've written before about the importance of monitoring your online reputation. In today's economy this is even more important, both for individuals and organizations. Here's a nice article on strategies for monitoring your social media presence in 10 minutes a day. (There's some argument as to whether or not 10 minutes is a realistic timeframe, but still this is a do-able daily list). The comments offer a few additional ideas,... Read more →

Deconstructing "How to Nail an Interview"

The other day I found How to Nail an Interview, a one-page website set up to describe the 22 Tips on Interviewing Steinar Skipsness learned as a result of a hidden camera experiment he set up: What is it that certain people say or do during a job interview that makes them stand out? Why do some people struggle to find work, while others land a job in no time?... Read more →

A few weeks ago I bought Kerri Smith's Guerilla Art Kit. Kerri defines guerrilla art as "any anonymous work, including but not limited to graffiti, signage, performance, additions and decorations) installed, performed or attached in public spaces, with the distinct purpose of affecting the world in a creative or thought-provoking way." Reading through it got me thinking about how some of the exercises could be adapted to support learning. It... Read more →

To Polish Those 140 Characters to Perfection

"You care about your Twitter don't you? Sure you do. Because you're a thinker, a tastemaker and a very important business person." This little iPhone app is for recording your Twitter thoughts, saving them for later and then publishing (or unpublishing). As the video says, it makes them easy to remove later "in case they're still too stupid." Not sure if it will work with Fluttr though. Read more →

Enhancing What Social Media Does Right and Reducing What it Does Wrong

Via Workplace Learning Today comes this article on the distractions of tagging. Apparently, according to Erica Naone, research indicates that tagging an article (as in Delicious) actually reduces our ability to remember what we've read: Raluca Budiu, a user-experience specialist for the Nielsen Norman Group, asked the audience whether typing in tags for articles would help them remember key concepts. The answer, according to her research, is no. Users remembered... Read more →