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  Tuesday, December 17, 2002


  Without a blog, you're just a lurker

"Is Blogging Now A Necessity?" [via Seb's Open Research]

[...] Without a blog, you're just a lurker on the net.

A blog is a social network application that represents the basic social building block: one person. [...]

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  December KM reading

My company's information center does the great job of collecting table of contents of KM journals in one mail, so I don't have to go to the library or search in different places any more. Below are my to read choices from the recent selection. Please note that most likely you will not have full-text access, but I have to order most of those articles too.

**Making knowledge work productive and effective, Thomas H. Davenport  

The nature of knowledge work is an area often ignored by firms looking to implement a knowledge management programme, yet real gains can be made by focusing on particular types of knowledge workers and targeting interventions accordingly. Thomas H. Davenport describes the experiences of Partners Health Care System to illustrate how knowledge work can be made more effective.

I wonder how different this one is from Just-in-time delivery comes to knowledge management by Thomas H. Davenport and John Glaser.

**A personal view of knowledge work, Richard Cross 

Web-logs, or blogs, as they have become known, range from the insightful and informative to the banal and nonsensical. Done well, though, a good blog can help generate valuable debate, and even create a community of interest around a given subject. Richard Cross offers his views on this very modern medium, before embarking on his own blogging soliloquy.

*Building a corporate KM community, Paul Louis Iske

Two years ago, a number of KM practitioners based in the Netherlands decided to create a platform that would allow them to exchange ideas and experiences on an ongoing basis. Paul Louis Iske reports on the progress of the Dutch KM Open community of practice, which includes representatives from ABN Amro, Ahold, Akzo Nobel, Baan, Corus, DSM, Heineken, Philips, Shell and Unilever.

***Local Knowledge: Innovation in the Networked Age, Brown J.S. & Duguid P.

The ubiquity of information makes it easy to overlook the local character of innovative knowledge. Nowhere is this local character more overlooked yet paradoxically more evident than in Silicon Valley. The Valley persists as a densely interconnected innovative region, though its inhabitants loudly proclaim that the information technology they develop renders distance dead and place insignificant. It persists, we argue, because of the local character of innovative knowledge, which flows in social rather than digital networks. The locality of innovative knowledge highlights the challenge of developing other regions for the modern economy. Should these abandon traditional local strengths and strive to become another Silicon Valley? Or should they concentrate on their traditional strengths and rely on Silicon Valley and the other established high-tech regions to provide the necessary technology to survive in the digital age? We argue that they should do neither, but instead develop new technologies in service of their existing competencies and needs. Finding new ways to address indigenous problems is the right way, we believe, to tie to the region expertise, talent, and capital that might otherwise be lost to the lure of existing high-tech clusters.

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  Fast and unexpected

Peter West [SynapShots] points to the Knowledge Board version of Personal Knowledge Publishing and Its Uses in Research, Part 1 and Part 2.

I posted it there* yesterday late in evening and received the announcement today in the morning. I wonder how Peter managed to be so fast in finding it :)


*I'm the member of Quearere interface team and have editor rights for this SIG focused on KM research and reflective practice. If you have something interesting to publish, please let me know.


  Work-Learning Research on e-learning and spiral curriculum

What's elearning good for? [elearnspace blog] points to Elearning's Unique Capability:

Article details four learning effects (spacing, delayed feedback, relearning, and reducing the retention interval)...and asserts the characteristics of elearning uniquely meets those effects. Particularly valuable statement: eleanring as means to extend the learning timeline through us of "pre" and "post" learning event activities...as well as the learning event itself. Simple concept, but like the author states, not really being explored.

Next to the fact that this article is worth reading, its author, Will Thalheimer from Work-Learning Research is the one who pointed me to matemagenic processing. I have to thank him for the name for my blog.

Back to the article. Will argues that four learning effects are best supported with spiral curiculum and doubts that learning objects and LMS will support it well:

The learning-object concept seems to push the field backward toward isolated non-spaced bits of information. Learning objects could be designed to produce spaced e-learning, but their basic framework will make this difficult.

[...]Learning Management Systems apply the same constrains as learning objects. They push us toward a model of learning as a series of isolated topics, glued together through a system that manages incidents, not spaced flows of information and reinforcement.

I feel like thinking more about this article, but now I'm too sleepy :)

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