“…the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions…” Niccolò Machiavelli – Wikiquote

This is so true:

“It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them.”

Source: Niccolò Machiavelli – Wikiquote

Read: The Rise of the Crowd-Sourced Syllabus

The Crowd Sourced Syllabus. I like it. previously there were lesson plan sharing sites but this now includes students and possibly participants. The potential for learning for the students either as contributors to the syllabus or recipients of the learning is awesome.

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“From the Trump Syllabus 2.0 to the Native Lives Matter Syllabus, crowd-sourced syllabi have popped up as resources for educators and readers looking for background about complex current events.

The rise of crowd-sourced syllabus is an important leap, in both disseminating and gathering knowledge and in shaping active learners, no matter what their age or location.”

via The Rise of the Crowd-Sourced Syllabus — Discover

How Long Does It Take To Create an Hour of Learning #ILT #VILT #eLearning #blendedlearning

Bryan Chapman created two great resources on the cost of developing one hour of learning. They are from a few years ago but still provide great information. They are located here:

To find out more about Bryan Chapman and the Chapman Alliance please visit: http://www.chapmanalliance.com.

Other resources that discuss the same topic are:

Note: These articles are dated but the hours should still be valid. Adjust the rates to what is applicable in your business.


Read: JavaScript Testing: Unit vs Functional vs Integration Tests on Sitepoint by @_ericelliott

Another article from Eric Elliot that describes the different types of testing.

Unit tests, integration tests, and functional tests are all types of automated tests which form essential cornerstones of continuous delivery, a development methodology that allows you to safely ship changes to production in days or hours rather than months or years.

Source: JavaScript Testing: Unit vs Functional vs Integration Tests

Read: How One Jira Ticket Made My Employer $1MM/Month: 7 Metrics that Actually Matter — JavaScript Scene — Medium by @_ericelliott

I am currently researching metrics for a project that I am hoping to kick off soon. This article lists potential metrics.

More importantly, the quote by Peter Drucker in the article expresses a pretty realistic true:

“What gets measured gets managed — even when it’s pointless to measure and manage it, and even if it harms the purpose of the organization to do so.” ~ Peter Drucker

Reading Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier

I am reading Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier. I am learning a lot in the book about topics such as velocity, value, correlation, causation, and datafication. I will share more on this over the next few weeks.

In addition to this book, I finally looked at the Privacy episode of CNN’s Morgan Spurlock Inside Man. A portion of the show is embedded below.

It was interesting to learn that New Yorkers might have 25 or more cameras on them but also it was interesting to learn about Tweet Metadata. After seeing the episode, I decided to lookup Tweet Metadata. I found multiple articles but this one, The Anatomy of a Tweet: Metadata on Twitter was pretty good. If you read the article download the PDF so that you can see the graphic in full size. That tweet that we send has so much more data attached to it than the 140 characters. 

I am totally interested in Big Data, but definitely there is a side to big data that will not be the most ethical if it is abused. I hope that if I am ever able to move into Big Data that wherever I am, it is done right and ethically.