Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Three items from Egmon's group at Northwestern

The Center for Learning & Organization Change at Northwestern University has three offerings for the knowledge management community in the Chicagoland area: a course for the winter; an Innovators Series of lectures; and an introduction to their Learning & Organization Change masters program. Full details below:

Dear KM Colleagues,
I wanted to bring your attention to several great opportunities for
knowledge management leaders offered by Northwestern University’s Center for
Learning & Organizational (CLOC).

1. 1-course offering: Knowledge in Management: The Integration of
Business & Cognition and The Design of Online Learning

During winter quarter, January 3rd – March 11th, we are offering a unique
opportunity to apply to take one course in the Learning & Organizational
Change masters program. For those interested but not yet ready to commit to the
full degree program, this is a great way to gain exposure and learning while
making a decision.

Our courses focus on bridging theory & practice, working with
real-world case studies, project work in teams throughout the quarter, and
blending lecture with facilitated dialogue during class sessions. Courses meet
once a week from 6-9 pm in the evenings on the Evanston campus.

Learn about how to apply by attending our upcoming information session
being held on the Chicago campus November 3rd.

To learn more about these particular courses, visit: http://www.sesp.northwestern.edu/Programs/LOC/Announce.html#course

2. CLOC Innovator Series
Innovation in the Health Care Industry: Opportunities for Learning &
Featuring Al Lever, CEO of American College of Chest Physicians
Wednesday, November 3rd
Northwestern’s Chicago campus
339 E. Chicago
Wieboldt Hall, room 723
6:30 – 7:00 Wine & cheese reception
7:00 – 8:00 Innovator dialogue
8:00 – 9:00 MS LOC Information session

Every quarter, the CLOC features one of our organizational members whose
thinking and designs for learning & change represent innovative insights for
researchers, practitioners and graduate students from across sectors.
Participants glean ideas for their own applications through discussion in a very
interactive forum.

Al’s dialogue will focus on forces of change in the healthcare industry.
Specifically, Al will share ACCP’s response to the need for interdisciplinary,
patient-focused care through their new Institute model.

3. MS LOC Information Session
Just following the Innovator Series dialogue, we will provide information
about our graduate level programs that we believe are of increasing interest and
value to leaders who concern themselves with leveraging knowledge, learning and
change within and between organizations to realize better business value.

We especially encourage you to bring along professionals from your
organization and or fields of work who are interested in obtaining more
formalized and grounded knowledge in these aspects of leadership, and who are
interested in using cases from their own environment as projects in the

Please contact me if you know of other leaders who would be interested in
the Innovator Series, the graduate courses and the work of the Center. I will be
glad to personally invite them. Also, feel free to forward to them this
invitation and embedded links to more information.

We welcome your interest and participation. Please let us know if you
plan to attend all or part of our Innovator Series by providing an RSVP
at: http://www.sesp.northwestern.edu/Programs/LOC/Announce.html.

Jeanie Egmon

Monday, October 18, 2004

Chicagoland Learning Leaders Conference

This was an excellent conference last year, and this year's looks to be just as good.

The theme of this year's event is How Learning Professionals Become Great
Business Partners. The afternoon will be filled with breakout sessions
morning keynote speeches

  • Rich Teerlink, former CEO at Harley-Davidson and co-author of More
    Than a
  • Vince Serritella, CLO at W.W. Grainger
  • Diana Thomas, Dean of Hamburger U, McDonald's
  • Shirley Rogers-Reece, VP of Worldwide Training, Learning & Development

More details and the program at the website.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

KM Chicago

Several attendees requested some resources for blogging, primarily around the technology. But I can't get away without mentioning BlogWalk and BlogTalk, two conversations about how blogs can make a difference. Blogging tools. The Weblogs Compendium lists more than 50 tools. We mentioned Radio Userland, Movable Type, TypePad, WordPress and Blogger during the discussion. Reading tools. These tools make use of syndication or web feeds to read many blogs that syndicate their content all in one location, either on a web site, or locally. We mentioned Bloglines, SharpReader, FeedDemon, NewsGator, and RSSBandit during the discussion. Here is a short list of feed readers, and Weblogs Compendium has a giant list of readers too. I suggest Bloglines for first-timers: it's free and it is on the web, so there is nothing to install. Other tools. Besides Google for searching, there are many blog-specific engines out there to help find interesting content or create feeds of searches. Some examples include Technorati, Feedster and PubSub.