Louis Rosenfeld: Informational Needs AnalysisLouis Rosenfeld: Informational Needs Analysis
"Each user has a different type of information need depending on what he's trying to find and why he's trying to find it. If we can determine the most common information needs a site's users have, we can select the few best architectural components to address those information needs."
Read the comments section, there are many good insights there.
Training Magazine: e-MaestrosTraining Magazine: e-Maestros
"These days many corporations are enlisting the help of systems integrators for massive e-learning projects that are aligned with new business initiatives.
For corporations interested in e-learning, this is both good and bad news. It's good because systems integrators have larger, skilled workforces to handle enterprisewide projects
Business 2.0: The Wisdom of the AnthillBusiness 2.0: The Wisdom of the Anthill
"If ants can run efficient supply chains with brains that weigh less than the ink in this comma, why do we humans have such trouble?" - Companies are applying the self-organizing rules of social insects to make complex businesses run more efficiently.
HOT Labs: Interdisciplinary Interactions in an Online Videoconference CourseHOT Labs: Interdisciplinary Interactions in an Online Videoconference Course
"In our feature article, this team describes their pioneering work
BW: Learning from the “Thumb Tribes”BW: Learning from the "Thumb Tribes"
Interview with Howard Rheingold: "So I realized that the mobile Internet wasn't going to be getting stock quotes on your telephone or surfing the Web on a tiny screen. It was going to make things possible that weren't possible before. What it makes possible, among other things, is collective action -- people coordinating their activities in configurations and timing that weren't possible before. "
Intranet Journal: Content Management: What’s in it for me?Intranet Journal: Content Management: What's in it for me?
"Think of how much information resides on reams of paper or in a file cabinet somewhere, that information can be invaluable to an organization for many reasons. This type of information is referred to as unstructured information. The challenge of acquiring, accessing, managing, and distributing unstructured information are a significant reason organizations looked first to micrographics, then to CM, document imaging, and document management technologies to assist in that endeavor. Today, the Internet is driving an ever-increasing need to provide fresh, timely, and relevant content to their websites. To that end, Web Content Management (WCM) solutions have emerged to assist."
The Chronicle: MIT’s Open WindowThe Chronicle: MIT's Open Window
"MIT's plans are generating interest worldwide, but some say that the project is too ambitious, even for MIT. OpenCourseWare materials for only 38 out of the more than 2,000 courses at MIT have been published so far. MIT expects to finish the project in September 2007, but some big questions remain: How much will it all cost? And what kind of organization will be needed to accomplish it? Who will take advantage of the course materials? And how does the mission of a top university change when it offers its teaching methods to the world? "
HBS Working Knowledge: Using Web Services to Tame TechnologyHBS Working Knowledge: Using Web Services to Tame Technology
"Web services replace "big bang" approaches with targeted incrementalism. The business proposition with this technology is much more compelling: Invest modest sums of money with relatively short lead-times (often six to twelve months) and generate tangible business benefits, particularly in the form of operating savings. In these challenging economic times, that's a powerful proposition."
ERCIM: Extended Faceted Taxonomies for Web CatalogsERCIM: Extended Faceted Taxonomies for Web Catalogs
"A faceted taxonomy is actually a set of taxonomies, called facets, each of which is a set of terms structured by a specialisation/generalisation relation. Using a faceted taxonomy, the indexing of objects is done by associating each object with a compound term, ie with a combination of terms coming from different facets. It was recognised long ago that a faceted taxonomy has several advantages over a single hierarchical taxonomy, including conceptual clarity, compactness and scalability."
Search Tools: Faceted Metadata Search and BrowseSearch Tools: Faceted Metadata Search and Browse
This article explains the concept of faceted metadata using examples of popular websites. "Metadata is information about information: more precisely, it's structured information about resources. This can be a single set of hierarchical subject labels, such as a Yahoo or Open Directory Project category. More often, the metadata has several facets: attributes in various orthogonal sets of categories. This is often stored in database record fields and tables, especially for product catalogs."
Fast Company: Innovation NowFast Company: Innovation Now
Gary Hamel: "The problem isn't that companies are wrong to worry about efficiency. The problem is that companies aren't imaginative in the ways that they worry about efficiency. So fine, let's get back to basics. But if you want to outperform your lackluster peers, you're going to have to bring more than basic thinking to the basics. You're going to have to bring radical thinking to the basics."
MIT Tech Review: Immobots Take ControlMIT Tech Review: Immobots Take Control
Quite unlike the metallic contraptions that march stiffly through sci-fi movies or the mindless, stripped-down devices that heft parts on our assembly lines, the new robots have more brain than brawn. Each possesses a detailed picture of its own inner workings
Emerald Fulltext: Does the degree of redundancy in social networks influence the success of businessEmerald Fulltext: Does the degree of redundancy in social networks influence the success of business start-ups?
"Entrepreneurs use their social network to start businesses. According to Burt, low redundancy in the social network promotes entrepreneurial success. [However] Using data on 100 entrepreneurs in Norway we find that simple measures such as the number and strength of ties are more important for entrepreneurs than redundancy because many weak and strong ties increase the entrepreneur's access to resources. We find that much redundancy is beneficial. Entrepreneurs get information and support more easily if they have many ties with redundant relations."
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IT Web: Knowledge management is key to businessIT Web: Knowledge management is key to business
"It would seem to be intuitive that good knowledge management leads naturally to the more effective management of risk. Better knowledge of influencing factors and the actions needed to cope with these can only help reduce the possibility of things going wrong. But as with anything else to do with KM, the challenge is in the detail. This article attempts to identify various types of risk faced by organisation and to demonstrate how KM approaches can be used to manage or mitigate these risks."
Workforce: Chief Learning Officers Link Training and Business GoalsWorkforce: Chief Learning Officers Link Training and Business Goals
"CLOs say that they identify needs through interviews with managers and executives, with the underlying premise that matching business objectives with desired competencies among employees will lead to greater productivity. It
NY Times: Students Learning to Evade Moves to Protect Media FilesNY Times: Students Learning to Evade Moves to Protect Media Files
"Some students may well emerge from educational sessions on copyright laws and electronic etiquette with a higher regard for intellectual property rights. But many of them are honing other skills as well, like how to burrow through network firewalls and spread their downloading activities across multiple computers to avoid detection."
EContent: It’s All in What You Know: Internet Information and Expert Referral ServicesEContent: It's All in What You Know: Internet Information and Expert Referral Services
Expertise can be acquired through education and experience. It can also be programmed in. The most interesting and dynamic developments in online expert services may be in the area of automated expertise. In increasing numbers, companies are using software "experts" to leverage their proprietary knowledge bases, assisting internal users in navigating through complex but well-defined areas, such as employee benefits information, or, like Jeeves, providing automated tech support and customer service through Web-based "self-help" systems.
The Chronicle: Web Site Lists Professors Who ‘Indoctrinate’ StudentsThe Chronicle: Web Site Lists Professors Who 'Indoctrinate' Students
A new Web site allows students nationwide to anonymously accuse their professors -- who are named -- of political bias. Some of those professors are calling the site "silly" and "cowardly."
Electric News: E-learning fails to make the gradeElectric News: E-learning fails to make the grade
"According to a new report from market research company Screen Digest, previous estimates about the size of the corporate e-learning market were greatly exaggerated. Nevertheless, the USD5 billion-a-year industry will still grow to be massive as Europe's knowledge-based corporations jump in on the trend. "
Boxes and Arrows: Practical Strategies for Creating a Successful IntranetBoxes and Arrows: Practical Strategies for Creating a Successful Intranet
Too often, an intranet
E-learning pilot opportunityE-learning pilot opportunity
Eduventures, in partnership with a Fortune 500 firm, is conducting a market trial by piloting an e-learning solution for small businesses. They are actively seeking small business (defined as a firm having between 2 and 199 employees) to take part in this pilot.
Participating companies will be granted access for three users from their organization to 20 courses of their choice from a deep-catalog over a 4-month period.
The market trial participation requires no financial commitment and participants will be asked to complete a series of brief evaluations to assess the value of the e-learning solution to their business in order to assist in the market research process.
Vnunet: Sexy e-learning doesn’t workVnunet: Sexy e-learning doesn't work
"I suppose we're guilty of this ourselves. If a client is hooked on getting e-learning, you can deliver something that looks good but where the learner doesn't learn a lot."
Working Knowledge: Does Your Product Have Buzz? Tap into an Online NewsgroupWorking Knowledge: Does Your Product Have Buzz? Tap into an Online Newsgroup
"Word of mouth can and should be measured just as all of the other key metrics of a company's success are typically measured. Just because it is a difficult phenomenon to get one's hands around doesn't mean that it should be thought of as purely "qualitative." We think that our method for measuring it
The Oracle: A coming attractionThe Oracle: A coming attraction
The course runs like a video, with slides and moving images accompanied by narration. The lesson is reminiscent of a program on The History Channel. The page is set up so that a student can pause or rewind the tape. A link allows questions to be sent to a professor via e-mail, and there is even a link to a page to take notes.
Each course, costs $1 million and a year to develop.
Learning Circuits: Smart Machines, Dumb People?Learning Circuits: Smart Machines, Dumb People?
Moving forward, perhaps most knowledge (not just of facts but skills) will live in learning devices. With machines assuming more mental work, humans will store fewer facts