Taking workplace engagement and effectiveness to the next level

How can you make the work environment more effective with interactivity, more human-centric and last but not least … fun? Ok, let’s see, imagine the scene where the staff of a project entering the conference room, the project leader says: “Watson, bring me the last working session.” The computer recognizes and greets the project staff, then retrieves the materials used in the last meeting and displays them on three large screens, and the work can… Continue reading

Originality as the most valuable asset

In an age where originality is hard-currency or rather soft currency. Everything that starts with “mass” is seen as a gust from the past. Designers are what often stands between market success and failure. It is an environment where intuition and preferences should be fed with a pleasant experience, not like before when everybody was offered more of the same thing as everybody else. This means that the image of the starving artist of 20th… Continue reading

Taking the digitization of school seriously

The Norwegian government now is working to overbridge the digital divide for the next step of the digitization of school. In this spirit, it is starting eight new projects for further training of teachers to improve their digital competence. The method that will be used to focus on a flexible and adaptable curriculum to the individual teacher’s work situation. The themes of the courses are programming and robotics in the industry, and how the working… Continue reading

Publishing 4.0 – trends on a new playground

Researchers from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Erlangen-Nürnberg have developed ten proposals to provide publishers with inspiration to concepts for new business models. The inspiration comes from general research on industry 4.0 that is being applied to the publishing industry’s prerequisites. “The key element of publishing 4.0 is the customer-driven approach,” Jörn Fahsel, said, he is a doctoral candidate at Institute of Book Studies (E-publishing and Digital Markets) and a member of the research team behind the study.… Continue reading

The Lab – A symbol of the Digital Society and its Learning Part 3

“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there is.” This quote is often connected to Albert Einstein, however, there are written sources from 1882 where these words are included. At that time Einstein was three years old, so it unclear who really was the source of this timeless wisdom that is getting a new dimension in the digital society. Driving-forces of the new dimension In a world of data… Continue reading

Relevance and teaching in the digital society Part 2

The first part of this article e.g. claimed that the educational content in the industrial age was “made artificial to humans”. This meant a school where a lot of the teaching and learning was taken out of its context and thereby also usefulness. Some of the knowledge and skills easily could be reconnected to life- and societal contexts, but way too much was useless in itself or the usefulness was not that apparent. The division… Continue reading

The making of an Educational System that works in the Digital Society

  The educational system is transforming, the edtech market booming and learning is becoming adapted to humans like machine learning is adapted to artificial intelligence. So, let’s dig deeper of what the latter means in practice with a focus on five areas: Evaluating learning performance, soft skills development, relevance and inspiration, teaching and the Lab. Evaluating learning performance The industrial society grading system for schools is rather strange. Since it starts with an A as… Continue reading