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We released our first white paper, on Social Learning, at the Collaborative Enterprise last week.

For me, the essence of social learning is that as our work becomes more complex, we need faster feedback loops to stay on top of it. Courses, with their long development cycle, are inadequate to meet the learning and performance needs of those dealing with complexity. The course is an artifact of a time when information was scarce and connections were few. Social learning can give us more and better feedback if we engage  our networks in order to develop emergent work practices. This requires not only a re-thinking of training but also our organizational structures. Читать далее…

Oh, The Humanities!: Academics gather this week in Fredericton for the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, presenting papers on everything from subjectivity in ultrasounds to performing gastronomy to the crisis in public education. Throughout the week, we showcase some of the most interesting research.

When it comes to class assignments, it’s one of the biggest no-nos: Whatever you do, don’t source Wikipedia.

But what happens when students contribute to the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia themselves, and for course credit, no less?

Turns out the same students who submit essays with little regard for facts and research are sticklers for accuracy in their self-crafted Wikipedia posts, finds a new study from Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C., suggesting that Web resources can give students a newfound respect for proper information gathering.

Last fall, approximately 70 students in Brenna Gray’s first year Canadian literature classes were tasked with creating or improving Wikipedia entries for little-known Canadian authors. They had to fact-check any information already present on the page and add 350 words citing five research sources — from scholarly articles, the author’s website, media interviews and other archival material they could only access by trudging to the library. Читать далее…


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