Revisiting SCORM

SCORM works on 2 main principles - as a way to package and sequence learning material, and as a way for learning management systems to track learning activity through a run time interface. It is based on traditional teaching-learning processes and provides additional promises of inter-operability and reuse through standardization of the way courses are organized and presented to... Continue Reading →

On Innovation

For my 200th post, I thought it would be a good idea to write about a possible model to comprehend the spate of technological changes happening around us. There is a wealth of material available on defining what innovation really is. And, of course, multiple views and types of innovation have been identified and argued about. There is... Continue Reading →

Digital memory against forgetting

In 1978 Milan Kundera wrote a novel , The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, and said: "The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting." Now in 2010, in our context, perhaps, this statement might be revisited. Our struggle, in the digital medium, is not of forgetting our digital memories (look... Continue Reading →

3 Idiots: Educational Pedagogy or Fantasy

In case you didn't know, 3 Idiots is now a record-breaking Hindi movie, that explores and exposes the educational system. As of the time of this post, it has been released worldwide and is the highest grosser in Indian cinema history (about US$68mn in 19 days and also made 43 million pounds worldwide to date). The movie... Continue Reading →

The 21st century LMS

I recently read a report compiled by eLearning Network from their Next Generation Learning Management Event held in September, 2009. It is an interesting report. Personalization of content is a base expectation with an element of learner's control or choice over what she wants to learn coupled with added intelligence from the system to provide relevant... Continue Reading →

Medium – the Massage

Reading Marshall mcLuhan's the medium is the MASSAGE. Deep. The impact of media - the wheel as an extension of the leg, clothes as an extension of the body, electronic circuitry as an extension of the brain - has powerful impacts on the way we are. He makes the point about "electric technology" presenting a unifying force,... Continue Reading →

2009 Predictions

It's the new year and time to review some of the predictions I had made for 2008. PLEs will be shareable - tools shall arrive on the web that shall allow entire learning experiences to be sliced and shared between users. This shall be followed by ratings on which PLE slices are great. Any learner... Continue Reading →

Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers, Gladwell's 2008 book (and I have not read his earlier work yet), is something that I started on yesterday. It has caught my attention from page one.  Gladwell wants us to ...appreciate the idea that values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with have a profound effect on who... Continue Reading →

Systemic change

I read George's post and reference to CISCO's beliefs with great interest. There are systemic barriers to change almost anywhere change occurs. But John Chambers suggests that changing the structure of the organization is key to making innovation work somewhat like C K Prahalad and M S Krishnan outline in their book, The New Age of... Continue Reading →

The new age of innovation

The book by the same name written by C.K. Prahalad and M.S. Krishnan has much to offer us in the learning industry. There is a fundamental transformation in the way we do business and it is critical for companies to negotiate two fundamental pillars of this change - co-created experiences and access (rather than ownership)... Continue Reading →

The “Job” of Innovation

Innovation is a weird beast. At one end it arouses vivid and rapturous enthusiasm about the future and the promises it holds. On the other, it is constrained by real-life constraints and mindsets. Perhaps the greatest challenge is focus and that is what this post is about. How to resolve the apparent conflict of being radically... Continue Reading →

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