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Optimistic about Optimisation

Two Medium posts this week (written by Thomas Oppong and David Weinberger) have returned me to think about optimisation as an organisational opportunity that goes beyond the rhetoric of 'world best' and 'world leading' aspirations. Pursuit of progress Thomas Oppong in his discussion of 'good enough' and the pursuit of progress quoted Seth Godin: You’re not in the perfect business. Stop pretending that’s what the world wants from you.Truly perfect is becoming friendly with your imperfections on the way to doing something remarkable. Thomas concludes his post with the observation "Pursuing progress allows you to celebrate each step that feels like an accomplishment". Machine Learning David Weinberger's...

Connecting 131006

Earlier this month, Katherine Schulten asked What might “connected teaching” or “connected learning” — that is, using technology to build communities and share knowledge — look like in practice? She shares twenty-eight examples of connections in her blog post. I was thinking about Seth Godin and his Krypton course initiative as I read her post. The logistics of the Krypton courses include: Every week for four weeks, a course meets. A course is a group of people learning together. You can host each of the four classes of the course in your office, your home or a coffee shop. The ideal size is 6 to...

#HPRW10 Sharing

I have been thinking about a framework for my panel contribution at Day Three of #HPRW10.The topic for the panel to address is How do we make the research effort into high performance sport more effective? The abstract I submitted was: There is a wonderful momentum growing around the aggregation of effort in many aspects of social and professional life. Following on from my presentation at the NESC Forum 2009 I am going to propose that a connected network of practice is essential for sport to flourish in Australia. This connected network will be open and through aggregation will ensure that...

Point of Departure: Food for Thought 1.1 (W to S)

I have been away enjoying the Australian summer but I have been thinking about this post for some time. Last year I posted a list of the sites that nourish my thinking about teaching, learning and educational technology. During 2009 I am going to write about these sites as a synthesis of themes and links. I hope to post once a week to capture something of a week's news and discussions. It is my way of responding to and contributing to communities of practice that are growing by sharing (Kim Marshall, Beth Kanter and Richard Byrne are the most...