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MOOCs: A Revolution … or Just Plain Hype?

As of this writing, hundreds of MOOCs are being offered by US and foreign universities and millions of people have registered for them. But are they effective? They have been criticized for their lack of academic rigor. They also suffer from poor completion rates, with the bulk of participants dropping out in the first few days of the course. But they do offer the promise of making higher education and degrees accessible to a much larger chunk of the world’s population at a fraction of the cost, significantly reducing the cost of corporate training, and providing a convenient and cost-effective option for lifelong learning.

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Do Guard Dogs Play Basketball?

It’s a story that made the national sports headlines a few years back. It’s a fine example of creative risk-taking as well as teamwork, and one that I often use in my team-work classes.

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What’s Your (Myers Briggs) Type?

Jung noted that we’re always either taking in information (perceiving) or organizing that information and drawing conclusions (judging). Perceiving can involve sensing (what is) or intuition (what could be). Similarly, judging can involve objective considerations (thinking) or its impact on people (feeling).

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Beating Baby Bunnies

One day, shortly after Easter, when she was out shopping in a dollar store, she saw some odd-looking stuffed toys that looked like a comical, pink colored stretched out version of Bugs Bunny. (Their odd appearance accounted for why so many of them were on the after-holiday clearance sale.)

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Listening: Are You Listening?

How good are you at listening? Take our quick score-yourself test and find out.

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WIIFO Replaces WIIFM as the New Protocol for Job Satisfaction

A recent study shows that caring for others is one of the primary qualities that lead to happiness. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (IJBM) reports that those who are behaviorally compassionate are healthier and live longer, as long as they are not overwhelmed by the helping tasks.

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James P. Cavanagh

Ya Can’t Risk Something This Important, Mate.

“It’s not gum, that’s for sure. Looks like sports drink and it’s been here a while.” Is this the opening scene from a CSI TV show? Not quite. I had boarded the Sydney City Rail train at Central Station bound for Green Square. Morning commuters juggled their cups of coffee, newspapers and PDAs.

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Management Development

Tutorial

MBTI Decision-Making Style Test

How does your decision making style differ from that of your colleagues? Take our brief score-yourself MBTI inventory and find out.

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Eogogics Management Development Curricula

SOX and Other Compliance Training Bugaboos!

Government regulations and business best practices dictate that you not only conduct certain courses but also maintain records to show that they have been taken and understood by all concerned. Not offering such training can jeopardize the health and safety of your workers, earn the ire of your shareholders, and/or get you on the wrong side of the regulatory authorities.

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Soft Skills Don’t Have to Be So Hard!

There is an adage in our business, “People rise because of their hard skills and fall because of (the lack of) soft skills.” A few weeks of following the Wall Street Journal stories about the fallen executives will demonstrate how true that is.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) Revolution: Are You Ready?

Powered by the expansion of connectivity fueled by IPv6, the Internet is quickly morphing from a ‘network of computers’ into a ‘network of things’, and this technology is developing at a much faster pace than other such technologies of the past. Smart phones, cars, homes, buildings, wearable computing devices, unseen but ubiquitous sensors embedded into appliances, equipment and infrastructure, and many other “things” (including living things such as cattle and wildlife) are all getting linked up into a vast and pervasive Internet of Things (IoT)! It’s a disruptive technology that — though largely invisible to consumers — will have profound impact on our everyday lives, how businesses operate, and on the world economy as a whole (multi-trillion dollars) — all in as little as five to 10 years.

Related resources:

Article: Distributed Computing for IoT: Data Management in a Fog Computing Environment

Course: Internet of Things Workshop

Research publications on IoT (look for ‘IoT’ in our Store‘s ‘Search Product’ field)

Nearly every industry vertical stands to be transformed by the coming IoT revolution.  The IoT technology is creating enormous opportunities for new services as well as more efficient delivery of existing services.  The rapid pace at which this technology is evolving is also giving rise to major privacy/security risks for individuals, institutions, and public infrastructure — creating new vulnerabilities and giving rise to not-as-yet-thought-of attack modalities, including those of remotely engineered death and destruction. Yet, many businesses and government agencies wonder if this is all passing hype — which it is not — and many do not know how the IoT should fit into their organizational strategy.

So is your organization positioned correctly to benefit from this coming Internet of Things (IoT) revolution? Starting with this issue of the Eogogics Quarterly, we will be publishing a series of articles, courses, and research publications to help our readers better understand the underlying technologies, business and societal impact, potential, and market landscape of the Internet of Things (IoT).  Featured in this issue are an article on distributed computing for the IoT and an update on the new courses and research publications on IoT that have been recently added to our product line-up. Are there IoT issues you’re interested in that are not covered by our courses and research publications? Call us (+1 703 345-4375) or drop us a line at info@eogogics.com. We may be able to help.