The Art of Knowledge
Learning Objects & Colin
I agree that you should approach this the way youre doing it, weeding through whats out there, because if you dont know what the other players in the market are doing, theres no way you can steal their knowledge and build on it. So yeah, keep on keeping on. I didnt mean to come off sounding like "youre wrong, do it my way" because thats no use, you gotta look at it how you gotta look at it. And I gotta look at it how I gotta look at it. So we're even. Anyway, blah blah blah.
But yeah, I think the key to all this is to see how regular people are already "voting with their feet" in terms of what are they already doing to develop relationships with knowledge sources through technology. Relationships! People! Thats what you have to think about. To me, thats the way this has to be clothed, the kind of language you have to use to support it. I think whatever the hell it is that "Learning Objects" are (and I really have no idea, its a completely vague term) you won't see ordinary people wanting to interact with them. Its like, you wouldnt want to go to a party thrown by a bunch of "Learning Objects," cause, shit, it sounds mind-numbingly boring. Whatever the core idea of it is, it may be useful, but I'm trying to get you to steer out of that kind of language domain, because its going to draw you further and further from normal human thinking, into the world of meaningless techno-babble.
Take for example Colin. If you were to walk back into Catalyst, get a job, etc, and then be like, "Colin, I have this great idea to use these Learning Objects, and Cisco is doing it, blah blah blah." He's just going to stare at you blankly, and possibly you'll both get frustrated that you can't communicate what the hell it is youre talking about. Actually, I think thats a good test for you with a lot of this stuff, is to imagine yourself trying to explain it to Colin, cause he's both conservative, and has an open mind, which is a rare mix - I think you'll usually find the just conservative side. Anyway, I'll try to throw down more as I think of it.
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