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Lernen zwischen Bildungsinstitution und Twitterwolke

Letzten Donnerstag 18. November 2009 nachmittag durfte ich auf dem Forum E-Society der FHS St. Gallen Impulse zum Thema Lernen im Web 2.0 und im Betrieb vortragen. Ein Kollege der FHS hat bereits dazu eine kurze Zusammenfassung geleistet.

Vortrag hier zum Durchblättern:

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Viele Bilder sind nicht selbsterklärend. Daher kann mein Vortrag mit zusätzlichen, erklärenden Notizen auf slideshare heruntergeladen werden.

Zusammenfassend ging es mir um folgende Bereiche:


Interview mit Prof. Bullinger zur Flat World-Ein deutsches Forschungs-Modell weltweit?

Eilif Trondsen, Gründer des E-Learning Forum, interviewt Prof. Hans-Jörg Bullinger, Präsident der Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (FhG), der führenden Forschungsinstitution in Europa. Die Forschung und Wissenschaft hat in der FhG vor allem ein Ziel: Ideen und Innovationen schnellstmöglich in marktfähige Produkte und Dienstleistungen umzusetzen. Ein prominentes Beispiel ist mp3, das jeder kennt, aber über das noch nicht alle wissen, dass dies ebenfalls bei Fraunhofer in einem internationen Projekt erfunden wurde.

Im Interview, in englischer Sprache, geht es um die Fragestellung: wie stellt sich Europas Forschung zum globalen Wettbewerb auf? Auszug von Themen des Interviews:

  • “Intellectual property rights (patents)
  • networking the various experts
  • new quality of information exchange and synergy effect
  • a patent is not the innovation: innovation is a marketable product or service
  • not only the production places are distributed around the world, also the research places (..), all the talent
  • learning and education: at the moment we are still behind the best university in the states. (..) but close cooperations between technical oriented universities and industry
  • informal learning: only 1-2% of students applying this way (..) but they want to have a job where they can learn something
  • technology hypes in the future: micro-electronic, light and laser, nanotechnology, white biology, combination of pharmacy, biology and chemistry, life sciences.”

[Dauer: 40:51 Min vom 19.06.2006]

Software Strategies in a Flat World

David DeWalt is using the company EMC as example of how the software business is changing in response to challenges like global outsourcing, multi-tenancy, and service appliances. He shows how a hugely profitable company like EMC no longer does much R&D but now focuses on acquisition and development, absorbing approximately two companies every quarter. DeWalt goes on to describe how EMC has developed a strategy of getting newly aquired products and companies up and running from the start.

Launch the video presentation here.

The Word is Flat: Now What

Podcast from Curtis R. Carlson, President and CEO of SRI International on implications and opportunities for education and workplace learning:

“I was reading a report the other day that was evaluating the competitiveness and the ability to innovate of different countries around the world and one of the major conclusions of that study was that, the way people work together, the processes, the ideas, the concepts, the tools that they have is one of the most profound influences in the ability to be successful in today’s world. So to us, at SRI, that means innovation best practices that we bring and we teach to everybody at SRI, and as you mentioned, we have a workshop that we’ve given to major countries and companies and organizations around the world who want to learn from SRI those best practices to be able to innovate much faster.”

[Duration: 00:30:27. This audio was added to the executive podcast series “The World is Flat” on 2006-17-02.]


Download the podcast here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.

The World is Flat

Globalization guru Thomas L. Friedman, author of The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, describes in this MIT webcast the cascade of technological and social shifts that effectively leveled the economic world:

“Holy mackerel, the world is becoming flat. Several technological and political forces have converged, and that has produced a global, Web-enabled playing field that allows for multiple forms of collaboration without regard to geography or distance – or soon, even language.”

[Duration: 1:15:04. This video was added to MIT World on 2005-05-25.]


Download a PDF-Summary of his book here. “The Ten Forces that Flattened the World” can be found here.

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