Posts By: Harold

mediated relatedness

I gave a presentation on ‘Understanding Media for Learner Engagement’ to the UNL Extension network yesterday. It was based on McLuhan’s laws of media which I have discussed many times here since 2004 (communication in evolution) and more recently (taking back our society). One effect of the network era, and its pervasive digital connections, is… Read more »

the learning loop

John Boyd’s OODA loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) was developed as a framework to help pilots make better decisions in battle. Since its inception in the 1970’s it has been adapted for other areas of operations, including business. “Decision makers gather information (observe), form hypotheses about customer activity and the intentions of competitors (orient), make… Read more »

democracy anew

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.” —John Dewey (1916) @SamuelPepys: “To the Coffee-house, and sat long in good discourse with some gentlemen concerning the Roman Empire.” The… Read more »

innovation in perpetual beta

The perpetual beta working model tries to show how work and learning are related as we negotiate various types of networks to get new ideas, test them out, and innovate how we work. We  seek, sense, and share knowledge in different social circumstances, sometimes with strangers and other times with close and trusted colleagues. Our… Read more »

best finds of 2016

Every second Friday I review what I’ve noted on social media and post a wrap-up of what caught my eye. I do this as a reflective thinking process and to put what I’ve learned on a platform I control: this blog. Here are what I consider the best of Friday’s Finds for 2016. Quotes @Tom_Peters:… Read more »

the secret of freedom

“Le secret de la liberté est d’éclairer les hommes, comme celui de la tyrannie et de les retenir dans l’ignorance.” —Maximilien Robespierre (1758 – 1794) Translation: “The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” Is there more ‘fake news’ today than in previous decades, especially… Read more »

friday’s visualizations

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” —Stephen Biko, Speech in Cape Town, 1971, via @marick “We talk and we share and we point out… Read more »

understanding our tools

“We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” —Father John Culkin (1967) in  ‘A Schoolman’s Guide to Marshall McLuhan’. If every medium influences communication, then what effect does that have on our own learning as well as how we help others to learn? We choose our tools, and… Read more »

working to learn

This is an extract from Learning to work and working to learn by Ronald Barnett, published in 1999. It is even more relevant seventeen years later. “In this chapter, I shall suggest that, in understanding their relationships in the contemporary era, work and learning can profitably be placed against the background of wider societal and… Read more »

friday’s factual finds

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “Purposeful play. Play equals trust. A space where we can take risks. Only by taking risks do we get to learn about ourselves & each other.” —@ImSporticus “Most metrics ignore: Collaboration, Relationship-building, Capacity-building, Knowledge… Read more »