In 2002, ASTD and I introduced a blog, Learning Circuits Blog, about eLearning and networking. I was an early and frequent contributor. For a simple blog, we went far. At ATD, Ryann Ellis was the under-appreciated editor who held it together for years. <Kudos!> Learning Circuits was ASTD’s first foray into modern learning.
It’s amazing to look back. In 2000, ASTD executives assured me you couldn’t charge for online instruction. Live conferencing and lecture, maybe, but not for mere content delivery or interactive learning. People were still debating whether online learning “worked.” Many were skeptics. Two years later we launched the Learning Circuits Blog. We were web and network enthusiasts; that’s how we got here.
Ryann wrote: This isn’t the first time ASTD has revamped the LC Blog into a more serviceable offering. Excited about the new communication tool, we actually started our first blog somewhat ambitiously in 2002 as an experiment lead by informal learning guru Jay Cross and Learning Circuits editor Ryann Ellis. After a few years of misfires and restarts, Jay helped us relaunch the blog as we now know it on January 5, 2005, with a post laying down ground rules for a group-generated blog. In short, the rules were, no self-promotional posts, no personal attacks, and keep it brief—all good advice to heed today, no matter the platform.
Indeed, over the years, the blog has seen several incarnations and a parade of learning technology thought leaders contributing content, including Clark Aldrich, Karl Kapp, Donald Clark, Dave Lee, Clark Quinn, Clive Shepherd, Harold Jarche, and most notably Tony Karrer, who was at the helm for nearly four years. We thank them and everyone else who shared their ideas, expertise, and dedication to the field. [And have no fear: For those looking for an older post, the LC Blog will remain live with all its content intact.]
For a few years, the Learning Circuits Blog was our learning community’s early substitute for Twitter. The vocal folks built their online reputations there. Tony Karrer and Dave Gray figured heavily in making the LC Blog go. Forgive my feeble memory for blanking on the other contributors.
ASTD revamped its IT system several years ago, breaking thousands of links irrevocably, sending lots of my content down the rathole. Bad move. Links were severed. Thank goodness Goggle has a different mindset: keep everything. Since we set up the Learning Circuits blog on Blogger, it’s there to this day.
Stroll back in time. Not much new, is there? You could use some of this stuff in Sunday’s sermon and no one would recognize they’d heard it before.
Two years ago I set up a Google Group on Learning. Last night I wrote the members:
You’re one of 1,797 members of the Learning in Organizations Community on Google Plus.
Since its founding two years ago, our community has morphed into a place to post wisdom, schlock, and self-boosterism. Some days you get lucky and discover a gem in the flow; other days you don’t find anything worth your time.
We can make a lot more out of what we’ve started here if we like. (We’ve been around longer than most Silicon start-ups.)
For example, this is a spot where you can ask questions and seek advice. Why not? Our group’s intimate. We’ll always be a safe place to float new trial balloons out of the limelight
We can help one another find things. You might get the real skinny on a vendor, an event, or a service by talking with someone who knows them from experience. As we grow to trust one another, we will form deeper relationships. Maybe. At least it wouldn’t hurt to post a few questions and see what happens.
We need not continue to be just a place to read funky articles. The network will come to life when some of us use it as a springboard and become connected by phone and skype to start changing the world together. Google makes it easy to set up a Hangout from within the Community.
We would benefit from a larger, more diverse membership. Free thinkers. People on the thin end of the Long Tail. Please promote us on your streams.
Finally, please contribute to the community if you’re good at that type of thing. You got great ideas and stories? Post them. Please share your most exciting, zany projects. You show me yours; I’ll show you mine.
If you have suggestions, post them right here. We are an open community. I’m cutting the balloons loose.
Every year, ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN attracts over 2000 participants from 100 countries worldwide, making it the most comprehensive annual meeting place for technology-supported learning and training professionals.
THIS YEAR’S ONLINE EDUCA THEMES
Modern education is evolving into a different shape. Faced with the demands of an ever more complex world, today’s learning is being delivered in a multiplicity of forms and a variety of new environments. What will the shape of future learning look like? How are we changing learning to meet our new demands? How is learning changing us? What does changing learning offer us?
The 20th edition of ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN will focus on the evolving shape of modern learning and the opportunity that the variety of modern, technology-assisted learning brings.
Better and Best Practices
Submit your proposal and share the “how to” of better and best practices. These examples grow didactic and digital competencies of learning professionals and improve relevant skills and capabilities for learners. Share what you have learned using specific techniques and methods.
Training, Learning and Talent Development Strategies
Implement training, learning and talent development strategies with learning professionals at Business EDUCA. Do technologies designed for organisational learning meet organisational needs? What are the views of consumers of learning materials on certification and assessment as they develop their talents and capabilities? What is the key to promote engagement?
The Cutting Edge
Submit your proposal and showcase the cutting edge. Share solutions, services or products for educators, learners, trainers and learning providers which support innovative methodologies, didactics and pedagogies and effectively use digital tools. Including consumer tech, wearable computing, augmented learning and?
The Education Ecosystem
Submit your proposal to discuss the education ecosystem. What are the latest thoughts and examples of how education can be unbundled to create flexible, scalable and affordable learning and training?
The New Business of Learning
Submit your proposal to define the new business of learning. What lies beyond the traditional monopoly on supply of education? Increased (global) access and reduction of costs? Institutional models alter, new organisational strategies are determined and foundations for collaboration and partnerships are explored: contribute your experiences.
(Big) Data for Education, Learning and Training
Contribute your expertise of using data for education, learning and training. Possessing and using relevant data can determine the value of education better than ever. What is your story?
DOC SEARLS | SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2013‘In Here Is New York , E.B. White opens with this sentence: “On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy.” That’s because privacy is mostly a settled issue in the physical world, and a grace of civilized life. Clothing, So are walls, doors, windows and shades. MORE >>
JOHN HAGEL | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2013‘I’m going to disrupt the Silicon Valley script. You know the one. Every talk or article coming out of Silicon Valley follows the prescribed template: start with a dazzling description of awesome new digital technologies and then proceed to explore all the wonderful benefits and opportunities that these technologies will bring to us. MORE >>
IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013‘Since the publication of its first report in 2009, I’ve closely followed the Shift Index initiative of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge. One of their major findings is that the return on assets (ROA) of US companies have been steadily dropping, and are now 75 percent lower than their 1965 levels. These three indices are highly interrelated. MORE >>
DAVID WEINBERGER | SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2013Of course Aaron was a legendary prodigy of a hacker in the sense of someone who can build anything out of anything. But that’s not what the media mean when they call him a hacker. Neither the JSTOR nor RECAP downloads were cases of hacking in the sense of forcing your way into a system by getting around technical barriers. source ]. source ]. MORE >>
DONALD CLARK PLAN B | SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2013‘MOOCs are a phenomenon, a wake-up call for Higher Education and wake-up calls, create a sense of urgency, the first step in the process of change. Here are seven MOOC flips that explain why they may be turning traditional Higher Education on its head. global flood of learners has turned up for courses on every imaginable topic. Let’s flip this. MORE >>
- How writing a blog can make you a better manager. EUEN SEMPLE | TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2013
- The future of academic certification: universities, MOOCs, aggregators, and peer reputation ROSS DAWSON | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2013
- ABC: 10 reasons NOT to create a course and 10 other options JANE HART | SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2013
- Neoliberalism and MOOCs: Amplifying nonsense GEORGE SIEMENS | MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013
- Serving Experience As The Product ADAPTIVE PATH | MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
- PKM in 34 pieces HAROLD JARCHE | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013
- Losing Aaron Swartz DOC SEARLS | SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2013
- A Contrarian View on Resilience JOHN HAGEL | MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2013
- 195 posts about MOOCs JAY CROSS | TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2013
- [berkman] Anil Dash on “The Web We Lost” DAVID WEINBERGER | TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013
- BYOD: 7 reasons to leave them to their own devices DONALD CLARK PLAN B | SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2013
- Tilting At Windmills, The Internet Edition STEVEN BERLIN JOHNSON | TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013
- An Infographic Depicting Learning & Collaboration in Action DAN PONTEFRACT | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2013
- Take the 10 Tools Challenge JANE HART | TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2013
- The Failure of Udacity GEORGE SIEMENS | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013
- Five Ways People Adopt And Love Change ADAPTIVE PATH | FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013
- From hierarchies to wirearchies HAROLD JARCHE | SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2013
- How advertising can regulate itself DOC SEARLS | SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2013
- Getting Stronger through Stress: Making Black Swans Work for You JOHN HAGEL | MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013
- The Collaborative, Sharing Economy IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER | WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2013
- [berkman] Diana Kimball: Coding as a Liberal Art DAVID WEINBERGER | TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013
- Too cool for school: 7 reasons why tablets should NOT be used in education DONALD CLARK PLAN B | SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2013
- “Blogging is just people showing off” EUEN SEMPLE | THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013
- The TED of all Leadership Management Conferences – A Review of the Drucker Forum 2013 DAN PONTEFRACT | MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013
- 5 characteristics of how Knowledge Workers like to learn at work JANE HART | THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013
- Negating the learner in the learning process GEORGE SIEMENS | SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2013
- Extending Pixar’s Rules of Storytelling to Experience Design ADAPTIVE PATH | TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013
- We need to learn how to connect HAROLD JARCHE | SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013
- Let’s help Airbnb rebuild the bridge it just burned DOC SEARLS | TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013
- Strategy Made Simple – The 3 Core Strategy Questions JOHN HAGEL | TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2013
- A Few Words on ePortfolios STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013
- Aaron Swartz and the future of libraries DAVID WEINBERGER | SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2013
- Big Data – bums on seats measures wrong end of learner DONALD CLARK PLAN B | THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013
- Our future depends on the humanization of work ROSS DAWSON | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2013
- Apparently, Organizational Culture is Crap DAN PONTEFRACT | TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2013
- Are you supporting new fashioned learning in the workplace? JANE HART | THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013
- MOOCs: How did we get here? GEORGE SIEMENS | THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013
- You can’t enforce curiosity EUEN SEMPLE | SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2013
- The future of learning is the future of work HAROLD JARCHE | THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013
- TV 3.0 DOC SEARLS | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
- Take the 10 Tools Challenge in 2013 JANE HART’S PICK OF THE DAY | TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2013
This evening in Palo Alto a group of us in mourning for Doug Engelbart took part in an X-game to celebrate his values and, we hope, carry them far, far, far into the future. A tiny fraction of the time capsule:
When Doug was a young man, he staked out his mission and despite all odds, he never wavered. His vision was audaciously grand, so the cards aren’t played out yet, but his unwavering dedication is beyond awesome.
Moore’s Law should really be known as Engelbart’s Law. (Moore once said so himself.) Doug made us appreciate scaling.
For Doug, connecting hearts and minds was the obvious way to augment human intellect. Bill Gates (“A pc on every desk”) and Steve Jobs (closed Mac) didn’t get it. Neither did most of us until the internet spewed it in our faces. Doug’s office was one of the original two nodes.
Doug, we’re working to keep your flame alive.
In two weeks I’ll be attending my favorite learning event, ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2013, the 19th International Conference on Technology-Supported Learning and Training. This will be my tenth or eleventh year attending OEB. Joining colleagues from over a hundred countries and hanging out at Christmas markets has become a habit.
Big data and analytics top this year’s agenda. I can hardly wait for the discussions of the ethics of the NSA and invasions of privacy. For my part, I’m going to focus on small data.
My session, the last event at OEB, Friday December 6, at 4:30 pm, will consist of eighteen personal stories from the last fifty years.
Inspired by French director Jean-Luc Goddard who said that “Every movie has a beginning, middle, and end — though not necessarily in that order,” the audience will select the sequence in which I tell the stories. Pick a number, hear a tale.
I plan talk about aborigines, Andrew Carnegie, Gloria Gery, Hans Monderman, George Carlin, drunk tank pink, the hills of San Francisco, founding the University of Phoenix, the birth of eLearning, the Oxford Union, a trip to the Morgan Motorcar factory, and more.
December 6 is Saint Nicholas day. Leave your boot by the door so Santa can leave you candy if you’ve been good this year.
This is a memo.
We are human beings.
The Railroad Museum is captivating for the same reason as the Monterey Bay Aquarium: it’s the real stuff and it comes from right here. Most of the fish, otters, and sea creatures in the Aquarium are native to Monterey Bay. Most of the trains in the Railroad Museum are tied to California history.
This is the first locomotive in California, shipped in pieces around the tip of South America and named for railroad mogul and governor of California Leland Stanford. Here, it’s heading into a snow shed in the high Sierra.
The Golden Spike that tied together the transcontinental railway was a big, big deal for California, providing an overland alternative to long-range shipping. Giant locomotives hauled goods through long tunnels in the Sierra. The cab is at the head of the train to keep engineers from suffocating. You’re allowed to tour the cab.
You can wander through an RPO (railway post office), dining car (place settings from many rail lines), sleeping car (which jostles as if it were real), and kitchen (only to look; it’s too small to walk through). Hundreds of school children were having a ball on the cars.
I’ve proposed that every corporation needs a history museum even if it’s just a single room or online. Artifacts reinforce values. Tales of past mistakes remind us of what not to repeat. Success stories make us proud of accomplishments. Surely, our organizations have important things to show than bowling trophies and little lucite blocks from investment bankers.