A bit of Blackboard TLC | The Learning Edge Blackboard European Teaching and Learning Conference at Aston University, Birmingham Last week I was in Birmingham for the Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference. This conference allows those interested or involved in Learning Technology to get together to discuss, demonstrate and network with colleagues from institutions all over Europe. The main themes involved: Engagement & RetentionInstructor AdoptionDigital Collaboration SolutionsInstitutional ValueLarge Course Support The ‘Roadmap’ session. This session is always one of the best attended sessions at the conference. Post first on discussion forums; before a student gets to see what other students have written they have to create their own post/message first.Roll over of course dates for the following year which will automatically adjust the dates for the next year in one go! Some features suggested for later releases include: The Roadmap session was particularly relevant to us as we are looking at upgrading in the summer.
Two Routes to Resilience Photography: Aurélien Mole Artwork: Henrique Oliveira, Desnatureza, Galerie Vallois, Paris, 2011, plywood, 3.1 x 3.8 x 3.6 m Sooner or later, your company will probably need to transform itself in response to market shifts, groundbreaking technologies, or disruptive start-ups. Some strategists suggest doing this quickly and aggressively, by making a clean break from the past and turning your firm into something entirely new. In our experience, though, organizations built for legacy markets rarely pull this off. It can take years for an innovative initiative to become large enough to replace the revenue an incumbent has lost to disruption. We propose an approach that’s both more practical to implement and more sustainable. First, major transformations need to be two different efforts happening in parallel. Dividing the effort in two allows leaders to develop a new strategy for the core that doesn’t need to make up for all the business lost to disruption. A Seismic Disruption
30+ Free and Inspiring Blogger Templates Showcasing the designs of Blogger template designers has been a regular feature on Blogger Buster. Each time I compile a collection of Blogger templates, I am fascinated to see the variety of free designs available. But after seeing some of the free designs available in 2012, this time I'm truly awed. Having discovered (and of course, bookmarked) some truly amazing Blogger template designers, I present more than 30 of my favourite templates for 2012 with full template screenshots and links to the designers' sites. P.S. Don't forget to check out some of the older Blogger template collections! 1. A clean minimalist template which is customizable through the Blogger Template Designer. Demo | Download 2. Designed by Compartdisimo, this is a stunning template in which images are automatically transformed to be circular in appearance. Demo | Download 3. A stunning design by Loefa-Cebook which includes an integrated slider on the home page. Demo | Download 4. Demo | Download 5. Demo | Download 6. 7.
The 10 Most Popular Leadership Stories Of 2014 In 2014, we tried to keep our work and lives in balance, find stillness in the chaos, and keep our personal brands shiny and optimally effective. We worked the social media scene, rearranged our office spaces, and discussed the merits of caffeine and mentorship—and combinations of the two. We've covered a lot this year, but the stories our readers loved most played with your imagination: A career that's found in your wildest dreams, big-picture statements of personal purpose and seemingly harmless words that have societal and psychological implications. Our top stories hoped for chances at a better life with more fulfilling work, and maybe even gave you the nudge to get there. Which of this year's stories was your own favorite? #10: 5 Dream Jobs You Probably Didn’t Know Exist How would you like to babysit pandas for a living, or be a water slide tester? #9: The Exact Amount Of Time You Should Work Every Day #8: How A Popular Two-Letter Word Is Undermining Your Credibility So, what?
What Google Taught Me About Personal Communication - Stew Friedman by Stew Friedman | 11:22 PM May 27, 2008 A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking in the Leading@Google series at the company’s storied Mountain view campus. It is a remarkable place. Yes, the food is amazing, and it’s everywhere (you are always within 100 feet of free, fantastic fare). Yes, the surfaces are ecologically sound and the use of energy is minimal. Beautiful and informative electronic displays of information are ubiquitous. They created small posters on paper and taped them on the glass door entrances to virtually all of the buildings on campus. This was another great example of how Googlers are continually innovating with the use of media, even if it means going back to the future. 1. 2. 3. I’m doing research on what we are learning about how to use the different forms of communication now available to us and would love to hear a story or lesson you’ve learned since the start of this year about choosing media wisely.
A new way to learn foreign languages Bilingual: Polyglot Indonesia was formed by Arradi Nur Rizal after he returned from Argentina and wanted to keep up his Spanish skills. Courtesy of Polyglot Indonesia Arradi Nur Rizal could speak Spanish after living in Argentina for a year. As a fellow in a student exchange program, learning to speak the local language was a must. Unfortunately, after he returned to Indonesia, Rizal lost some of his speaking ability, as he didn’t have any friends to practice with. “I had not spoken Spanish for six years and I lost so much vocabulary as a result,” Rizal told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview. He said he did not want that to happen to others who had learned a foreign language but had nowhere to practice. In Polyglot Indonesia, people who can speak several languages can meet up and practice. Rizal believes learning a language is not easy because it requires serious study and a lot of effort. Polyglot Indonesia was established in June 2012. “I study the language by myself.
What Makes a Leader? It was Daniel Goleman who first brought the term “emotional intelligence” to a wide audience with his 1995 book of that name, and it was Goleman who first applied the concept to business with his 1998 HBR article, reprinted here. In his research at nearly 200 large, global companies, Goleman found that while the qualities traditionally associated with leadership—such as intelligence, toughness, determination, and vision—are required for success, they are insufficient. Truly effective leaders are also distinguished by a high degree of emotional intelligence, which includes self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill. These qualities may sound “soft” and unbusinesslike, but Goleman found direct ties between emotional intelligence and measurable business results. Every businessperson knows a story about a highly intelligent, highly skilled executive who was promoted into a leadership position only to fail at the job. Evaluating Emotional Intelligence
A Economia do futuro, como será? A nossa atual economia (muito pouco econômica) já levou porrada de todos os lados. Políticos, empreendedores, investidores e, frequentemente, até economistas. Cá entre nós, a boa ideia inicial do sistema já foi pro brejo. Isso você já sabe. Como você também sabe, na LUZ a ideia é sempre mostrar possíveis soluções ao invés de ficar apontando problemas. Assine nossa newsletter Receba ferramentas de gestão gratuitas toda semana! Uma das grandes questões que temos para ser respondidas é: qual a nova definição de progresso e como nos organizaremos para isso? Intrigado por esse assunto, me deparei por iniciativas como o FIB (Felicidade Interna Bruta), que divide a vida em várias esferas e mede, tanto com números quanto questionários, quão feliz o povo está. Qual é a solução real então? A solução está no FIB, está no HPI, como está também em diversos outros métodos, mas o que interessa aqui não é dialogarmos sobre que método é o certo, porque vai limitar o nosso horizonte. O que você acha?
6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them You don’t need an MP3 player, a turntable, or a CD player to listen to Tristan Perich’s new album, Noise Patterns. All you need is a pair of headphones—"not earbuds," says the composer—and a willingness to hear music in noise. The 34-year-old Perich’s compositions push the border between white noise and electronic music, frequently straddling the two as if the static on your old television started emitting a strangely beautiful pattern of sound. Perich, who studied math, music, and computer science at Columbia and received a masters from NYU's fabled hacking-meets-art Interactive Telecommunications Program, has spent the last dozen years of his life exploring the frontiers of one-bit sound, transforming those lines of 1s and 0s into a living art form. Like the previous outings, Perich’s latest masterpiece is emblazoned on a limited-edition microchip and soldered to a circuit board so simple that it looks like it could be made out of Snap Circuits. A recorded excerpt from Noise Patterns
Communications Lessons from the Tillman and Lynch Revelations - Kathy Bloomgarden by Kathy Bloomgarden | 4:15 PM April 27, 2007 Today’s Conversation Starter comes from Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO of public relations giant Ruder-Finn, and author of Trust: The Secret Weapon of Effective Business Leaders. Bloomgarden offers her thoughts on the recent revelations about Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch from a communications perspective. The recent revelations about Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch, finally getting at the truth years after each event, is our latest reminder that crises are complex, that it is often difficult to get the straight story, and that the cover-up is almost always worse than the crime. To begin, determine the facts for yourself. The second principle is to dig down. Third, don’t “spin” the story. Most importantly, tell the truth. It is important to remember that John F.
Technology: Virtual mobility with a difference « European Association for International Education European Association for International Education Student mobility is on the rise. A previous Communiqué of the Conference of European Ministers Responsible for Higher Education set a target of at least 20% of those graduating in the European higher education area having participated in a study or training period abroad by 2020. While this aim is very desirable, it does beg the question: What about the remaining 80% of students who may not engage in some kind of physical mobility during their studies? The need to expose the maximum number of students to the benefits of working and interacting with members of other cultures has led many educators to engage their students in telecollaborative or online intercultural exchange projects with partner students in distant locations around the globe. These exchanges usually involve collaborative project work using two or more languages. Integrated virtual mobility Combining virtual and physical mobility So why isn’t everyone doing it? Supporting new telecollaborators Related posts: