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Trendspotting Workshop - ZHAW, April 30th

June 19th, 2009 Martin Raske No comments

End of April I attended an Open Space Workshop in Winterthur. It was organized by the Zurich University of Applied Science and the topic was "Educational Trendspotting". Around 70 persons from all different kind of areas met to discuss how learning is going to change in the next 20 years.

For those of you, who did not attend and for those of you who did: This is the link to the video streams of the whole event:

https://cast.switch.ch/vod/channels/5yiklm0xb

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The Value of Twitter

June 16th, 2009 Martin Raske No comments

Twittering is like hugging. Just because it's hard to measure the return on investment doesn't mean there isn't value there.

a tweet from @zappos

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#140conf

June 15th, 2009 Martin Raske No comments

These days there's a big Twitter Conference going on in NYC. I can't be there, that's why I follow it on http://140live.socialapproach.com/ (great map-feature) and on @14conf

So far I don't read and hear a lot of content about twitter. But the many visitors of the conference tweet a lot about their trip to NYC and about the tweetups they plan for the pre-conference night. For the time being it rather supports what many are thinking of Twitter: A lot of irrelevant noise.

Hooray - I get Comments

June 15th, 2009 Martin Raske No comments

What a joy: I got comments as soon as I had moved to Wordpress.
What a disappointment: Most of them are spam from xyz@ds4ns1ns2.cn.
I wonder if there's a spam filter for Wordpress?

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Time Spent - seize the day

June 13th, 2009 Martin Raske No comments

What is your typical day like? How do you do all you do with elearning learning, elearning technology, techempower, work literacy and all the consulting and still remain profitable while having a LIFE? Ok, so that is more than one question, but hopefully you get the drift. What are your thoughts here?

I think I understand where this question of the month is coming from: Technology needs time. If you try to stay up with the developments in the web 2.0, if you try to implement some of this new ideas to your work environment, if you try to also have some kind of a family life, then it is only a matter of time until this question pops up: How do you do all this in 24 hours?

My typical day is rather traditional:

I get up at 6 am and if I am lucky I'm in the office half past seven - most of the time it's eight. I work until eleven thirty and then go and have lunch with my team - a typical Swiss thing to do: You go out to have lunch. If you need to have lunch at your desk, you are considered to have an issue with organizing your day well enough and you could easily be sent to a personal effectiveness seminare. - At noon or shortly after we are back in the office and I keep working until 6.30 pm. I want to make sure to be back home no later 7.30 pm, so I can have supper with my family. From 8.30 pm on, when the kids are in bed, until midnight, when I go to bed myself, there is still plenty of time to do things - most of the time do my social networking, blogging, twittering etc. etc.

My office days are packed with meetings - face to face, video conferences, telephone conferences, one on one's, phone calls, virtual classrooms. You could argue that a lot of these activities are some kind of social networking - with a given business objective and within the company. However, there are days when I only sit at my desk for 1 or 2 hours. During this time there's no chance for me to blog or network socially. My main working tool still is email. I get between 50 and 100 relevant emails a day. Relevant meaning I have to read them and have to answer most of them - if I find my 10 seconds it needs to send a tweet I'm lucky.

Another reason why most of my web 2.0 activities happen outside the office hours was mentionned by Jenise Cook: IT Security. There are very tight firewalls in our company that would not allow access to many web 2.0 tools. Many websites are blocked off. I always have a private netbook with wireless internet connection sitting at my desk, so I can at least follow some of my favourite websites, blogs and tweets, but it's not at all integrated in my daily routine.

My philosophy is: 24 hours are a given. It's not worth complaining about it beeing too little or too much. It is up to me, what I make with this time:

Carpe diem.

I am followed - and now?

June 12th, 2009 Martin Raske No comments

Today one of my colleagues from work told me that he had discussions about my tweets and my blog with other people from the office. Some seem to wonder, why I don't care that people from the firm read what I write. Well, I not only don't care, I even think it's perfect: If there are people who think it is worthwhile to follow me, it means that they care about what I have to say. And if that's the case, I have some influence with my writing. That's more than I could have hoped for. Thank you.

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WissensWert Blog Carnival No. 5 - Why do you twitter?

June 12th, 2009 Martin Raske No comments

The question of this month's blog carnival on http://wissenswert.iwi.unisg.ch/?p=590 is "Why the heck do you twitter?"

I'm a late joiner. WhenDidYouJoinTwitter? tells me that I joined Twitter on January 16th, 2009. At this point the whole world was talking about Twitter. The newspapers were full of it and even on TV they discussed microblogging. I am a late joiner, but I quickly enjoyed it.

I twitter because...

...I wanted to find out about all kind of social media tools. In early 2009 I signed up for all kind of web 2.0 tools that I could find, just to find out, what was going on in the world. I had the impression that by concentrating on traditional e-learning for quite a while - ten years actually - I had missed some recent developments in the real world and I still feel too young to be left behind.

...I realized that it does not take much of my time and still I could start playing a role in the web 2.0 community. A tiny one, yes, but a role. And very early I realized that it is so easy to get in contact with people you don't even know in person by using Twitter. And that brings me to the next reason.

...Connecting with people you know and people you don't know was never easier.

...Virtual communities are vital communities. I still hear many people say: I would rather meet someone in person than to only be in virtual contact with them. And I always say to them: Why do you think this is an either-or decision? For me it's an AND-situation.

...I believe that companies could profit from it in many ways.

...I am a gadget guy. I have my BlackBerry and my cell phone always with me. And I have a netbook and a laptop and a desktop and another laptop and an old laptop too. In other words: I am almost always online - why not use this fact to talk to the world - if the world wants to listen?

...Even though everybody does it, not many people do it - and where I come from, you don't find many tweeting birds. Which makes me an early bird even though I am a late joiner - nice contradiction.

...It's fun to talk to the world and thinking that maybe someone even reads my thoughts.

...I have had a few feedbacks now from vendors and service providers who want to do business with me and who know a lot of what I think and what I need and what I don't like. And what's really funny: They even told me: 'Don't put me on your Twitter after our meeting.' Isn't that fun? Makes you feel very powerful.

...It's much easier to let my friends know what I do - if they would want to know.

...I just feel I should be part of the 1% that contributes to building our www.

...Otherwise nobody would ever find my blog.

The first big move of my blog

June 11th, 2009 Martin Raske No comments

I have listened to all the enthusiastic comments in my blogosphere about Wordpress and there I am: I have moved my http://lllic.blogspot.com blog to my onw website and to wordpress.

The famous 5 minutes installation though, that is promised by wordpress, did not happen. It took me ages and finally it was www.inm.ch who helped me convince the mySQL database to talk to the blog and the other way around. But now it is done, the blog is set up and I can start writing again. It's a totally different feeling of course, having my onw blog at my own website. Maybe I can even say that I have moved from a digital naive to a digital grown-up now? Let's see what the future brings.

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