Category Archives: Social Learning

Got a Hammer? (Why Facebook is the wrong tool for workplace collaboration)

The old saw suggests that if the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  We’re seeing a lot of that in the social software space. Apparently, now that every corporate executive has a kid on Facebook, more and more companies in the Web2.0, social software space feel the need to

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At the sound of the tone, leave a brief message…discussion forums still rule for collaboration!

If the web-displayed email list is the oldest form of Web2.0 technology, the message board is probably the second-most venerable form of the read-write web. For many web denizens, the message board is their first experience with publishing their words in a world-readable place. And though some would like to think this technology too “last

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Discussion Forums as Stealth Knowledge Management

The blogs are alive with Knowledge Management talk this week. Apparently, June is KM conference time. As a professional who has spent most of my career developing technical tools to facilitate communities of practice and training, I think I can reasonably refer to my work as facilitating the management of knowledge. Mostly, I’ve been all

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Building It, Getting Them to Come Redux – Communities of Practice

Last week, Jay Cross declared something we’ve thought true for a long time: Conversations are a better way to learn than reading blog entries, so I’m remapping my site [to] make it easier to learn from. One of the most active conversations in Jay’s new Ning-based Internet Time Community is “How to start a community?”

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Multi-task This!

Sherry Turkle writes in Forbes this week about the tradeoffs incurred in our technologically-facilitated multi-tasking approach to the world. She observes: The self that grows up with multitasking and rapid response measures success by calls made, e-mails answered and messages responded to. Self-esteem is calibrated by what the technology proposes, by what it makes easy.

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