Category Archives: Just Jay

Modularity, BMWs, & MOOCs

Recognize this? It cost me $1,000.

bmwWhen my car was detailed, this part of the steering column was damaged. It doesn’t come any smaller. You can’t buy these individually.

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BMW has decreed that you have to buy all these parts, even when some of them are perfectly okay. (My car’s issue was with the collar thing-a-ma-bob in the center.)

Dumb design, eh? It’s Continue reading

MOOC Links

moocBusiness+MOOCs Hangout on Air
February 27, 9:30 am Pacific time.

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Clark Quinn will manage our back channel on Twitter. #QMOOC


Jay’s MOOC bookmarks

195 posts about MOOCs 14 articles on MOOCs

Using mLearning and MOOCs to Understand Continue reading

Canon PowerShot Sx50 HS

This is an amazing camera. Takes great shots. The show-stopper is x50 zoom.

x50-2 x50-3 x50-4 x50

These shots of the meditation chair in my redwood grove were all taken from the same location!

Meditation chair. 50x cam

Meditation chair. 50x cam

Meditation chair. 50x cam

Here are two cars filled with intangibles on the n-scale Internet Time Lines:

Internet Time Lines

and the caboose:

Internet Time Lines

Spring has sprung here in Berkeley. This is my neighbor’s back yard:

50x camera

50x camera

Here’s a meal of black bean soup Continue reading

Slow Learning and payback



Ten years ago I devoured this book and passed it along to Clark Quinn, who coined the term “Slow Learning” as a result. Here is his brilliant piece on Slow Learning.

The analogy is apt.

In the dark ages of American sophistication about eating circa 1950, common wisdom was tip was short for T.I.P. meaning “to insure promptness.”* Food in this country was so abysmal Continue reading


Business+MOOCs. Discuss.

February 27, 9:30 am Pacific time.

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Jay Cross
George Siemens
Stephen Downes
Dave Cormier
Center for Creative Leadership


Daphe Koller, Coursera
Curt Bonk

Who else should be there?





If you’re new here, be aware that Continue reading

50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10

50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10

part 1 of 5

People learn their jobs by doing their jobs. Effective managers make stretch
assignments and coach their team members. Experience is the teacher, and managers shape those experiences.

These posts offer guidance to managers who want to make learning from experience and conversation more effective. Replacing today’s haphazard approaches with systematic, Continue reading

Innovation + Quality


Learning Innovations and Quality Conference: “The Future of Digital Resources”

LINQ is the only European conference to cover both Learning Innovations and Learning Quality.

I will deliver the opening keynote on Friday, May 17th, at the Global Headquarters of United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome.



Friday Hangout, Feb 8 – now 10:00 am

comcoverThe Learning Community now has 345 members. Invite your friends. Tell the staff.

The broader our Community, the more likely it will shower us with great collective intelligence and fun camaraderie. Only connect.

Drop by the Google+ Learning Community Hangout this Friday at 9:00 am Pacific | 12:00 pm Eastern | 5:00 pm Greenwich Mean | 6:00 pm Berlin | Abu Dhabi 9:00 pm | Shanghai 1:00 am | Sydney 4:00 Continue reading