Changes in TIs market environment are continuously
reflected in updates to the TI body of knowledge and in personalized
learning assignments that are pushed to Elliott via
company e-mail. Personalized learning assignments are tailored through
the corporate knowledge management tools; general corporate learning
is handled as portal postings for all employees. Elliott also receives
learning assignments as part of three product development teams
on which he is serving.
Using Pervasive Computing Tools. Elliott willfully deploys
his knowledge tools to increase the amount of knowledge he can process/manage
and the number of tasks he can juggle. On the days when he makes the
half-hour drive to work, he uses the pervasive computing devices in
his automobile to communicate with his office workspace, arranging
for materials to be assembled on his whiteboard when he arrives. He
deploys agents to search for materials necessary for his days
activities and sends e-mails and copies of materials/references to
knowledge repositories to others. While traveling, Elliott uses the
same tools to move assignments forward in his absence.
- Societys virtual body of knowledge feeds many e-knowledge
- Blended learning is a major source of revenue
- Communities of practice are the primary organizational element
- Members/practitioners as creators of e-knowledge, not just consumers
- Societys resources are a key element of graduate and certificate
programs in computer science, globally
- Ambient work and learning environments created for professional
meetings around the globe
The CSIEEE knowledge and learning resources
are an essential element in Conrad Elliotts job performance
and his continuing professional development and recognition of his
standing and accomplishments within the profession. His levels of
recognition from CSIEEE have become a de facto certification of
Perpetual Knowledge Enhancement and Refreshment.
While the TI portal provides for Elliotts learning needs directly
related to his job, the CSIEEE portal is his source for knowledge
enhancement relating to new developments in computer science and
electrical engineering. He has personalized his CSIEE portal so
he will receive push e-mails regarding new developments in five
technology specialties that are essential for his TI product teams.
He is currently participating in two emerging communities of practice,
each of which was evolved by popular demand over the past two months
to address several new cross-disciplinary topics. While he is very
active in CSIEEE professional and technical activities, he is uninvolved
in governance, standards, or other traditional professional society
Bricks and Clicks Meetings &
Tutorials. Elliott attends three or four CSIEEE special
meetings a year, either in person or as a paid lurker
at live or asynchronous video seminars of several sessions that
catch his fancy. He also participates in five CSIEEE tutorials a
year, each on emerging, highly specialized technical, or application
topics. These half-day sessions are conducted live. About 25 participants
are in the room with the speaker with hundreds or even thousands
accessing virtually. For the virtual viewers, the split screen provides
a view of the presenter and the audience along with the text of
his/her remarks, accompanying slides, and running comments from
viewers in other locations.
Following the tutorial, a two-week community of practice
is formed around the topic, facilitated by either the faculty delivering
the tutorial or another mentor from the field. Results of the dialogue
are synthesized using knowledge management tools and provided virtually
instantaneously as part of CSIEEEs body of knowledge.
Ambient Learning Environments. CSIEEE
has utilized pervasive computing technologies to create what they
have styled the ambient learning experience as a supplement
to their annual meetings. The ambient, as it is popularly
called, is staged in cities around the world on a rolling basis.
At any time, five or six cities are staging ambient meetings, which
can last for three to five days at a particular site. CSIEE members
or other practitioners interested in advanced computing issues come
to the ambient setting (a hotel, conference center, academic center,
or community center outfitted with pervasive computing technologies
to create an ambient, sensing environment that can communicate with
attendees). Elliott uses the ambient to immerse himself in contemplation
on key issues for a set period of time, removed from the competing
demands of the office and other environments.
Experiencing the Ambient.
The last ambient
that Elliott attended was scheduled to be open on Tuesday, October
23, between 07:00 and 23:00 hours. Elliott arrives at 10:00 and
as he walks in the door and sits in a comfortable chair in a designated
receiving area, is greeted with the salutation, Hello, Conrad,
Ive reviewed your record, the assignment you did last night
and the set of topics in which you are interested. Let me suggest
the following schedule of time and energy today.