Decision making, problem solving traps and course management systems

As part of the missing Ps framework, in the “People” category, I’m planning to talk about how the decision making around adoption of course management systems (CMSs) is always posited as a rational act. When, in fact, most people involved in and the decision making processes around CMSs is far from rational. In a discussion

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Enterprise systems and shadow systems: What can the miner's canary tell us?

The following is the first cut at developing a submission for the 2007 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Seattle, Oct 23-36. The theme for the conference is “Information Futures: Aligning our Missions”. Proposals are due February 6, 2007. In this presentation I’d like to do something along the following lines Enterprise systems – including ERP systems,

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Metaphors and models considered harmful for e-learning

The adoption, implementation and support of e-learning is a difficult and extremely complex act. A variety of metaphors and models are drawn upon by participants to reduce the difficulty involved. These metaphors and models represent fundamental understandings of the participants and directly influences the decisions they make. The position I’d like to take for a

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Breakthrough learning – what lessons for staff development of academics?

Starting with a review by Will thalheimer I came across the book The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning: How to Turn Training and Development into Business Results by Calhoun Wick et al. I won’t bother summarising the book. The review by Will thalheimer does a good job of that and the Amazon link lets you

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Freeze and unfreeze – one problem with herding cats

I’m currently working on a paper/idea which is essentially seeking to argue that the herding cats metaphor. This metaphor’s most famous instantiation is the EDS herding cats commercial. It is a metaphor/phrase that is often used within higher education, especially when someone has tried to get academics to do something. It’s often equated to herding

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Participatory design as the basis for staff development and course design

Origins Teemu Leinonen has a good post about Participatory Design and Scenarios in Learning. It outlines some norms behind participatory design, explains the use of scenarios and makes connections between participatory designs and other “paradigms” (e.g. social constructivist theory of learning and open source development). Relevance The value I take from the post is that

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