Drivers and modulators

Dave Snowden

One thing that came up this morning (well overnight as the exchange is with an Australian) is the difference between drivers and modulators, or rather the different implications of the two terms. A different way of looking at this is the replace the word driver with modulator. Some you control, some are controlled by people you know and some appear to change at random. Now as long as the magnets don't change, the iron filings will form a complex stable pattern.

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A New Website, Part Six - Drupal Modules

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

You have to select 'Site Configuration', then 'Site Information', and change the page at the bottom of the list of options (though you should actually create the new page first). Modules A module is some additional programming that gives your site some additional functionality. A number of optional modules come installed with the original Drupal download. In addition, you can get many more modules from the Drupal web site. So I activate the module.

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Nothing Has Changed. Everything Has Changed.

Charles Jennings

We know that the results of learning and development activities can only be determined by changes in behaviour (after all, at its heart that’s what ‘real learning’ is) and behaviour change needs to be measured in terms of what individuals, teams and organisations can do and are doing, that they couldn’t do previously, or what they’re doing better than before. But we need wider fundamental changes if we’re to do so at speed and scale. So, what are these fundamental changes?

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Economic structural change is NOT industry compositional change

Trends in the Living Networks

In preliminary conversations with one group I encountered a very common and deeply misleading view of how business is changing today. We engaged in discussions on “economic structural change”, that were in fact only about changes in industry composition. The mindset was to consider the changes in relative sizes of industries in the economy, such as manufacturing getting smaller and tourism becoming larger.

Returning to constraints

Dave Snowden

There are two reasons for doing this: Firstly , mapping and changing constraints avoid a direct connection between situational assessment and action. Change is a result of natural conditions , clear decisions , or a decision process which is not fully predictable.

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The Need to Adapt to the Speed of Change or Die: lessons for L&D from the retail industry

Charles Jennings

Not just exposure to tough economic times and having to make changes to do more with less, and do things differently. Each of the above were overtaken by circumstances (and technologies) that changed faster and to a greater extent than they thought possible, understood, and planned for. Schmidt explained that the basic Google interface is designed in that way, and won’t change fundamentally, because people “will always use the easiest and fastest way possible to find information”.

Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 1

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I did a bit of searching around and determined that the overall structure is pretty common: - course - modules - an array of individual units of instruction - sections - an array of individual offerings of the course Like this: Figure 1. I already have a 'course' table in gRSShopper from previous experiments, so I'll make a 'module' table and a 'section' table. I'm making a module table so I typed 'module' in the form. Let's define what I want in a module.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 3

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

From this I created a set of nine topics that constituted the structure of the course - the course modules. Then, for each module, I considered the topic from four distinct perspectives: philosophy, technology, media and learning. This synopsis will be used for a variety of purposes: it creates the content for each module, it defines the sort of tasks and activities we can engage in, it creates the outline for my introductory E-Learning 3.0 So that's my module page.

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Serverless Computing - An Innovative Approach to Software Development

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Serverless is an approach to software development for quickly building and deploying applications as a collection of loosely coupled modules and microservices. Cloud is now an integral part of a company’s IT strategy, grounded in the day-to-day nuts and bolts of implementing change. Serverless applications are woven or composed from a collection of loosely coupled, lightweight modules or microservices. you’ll probably need to change your code (e.g.,

Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 6

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Also, I wanted to be able to put videos on the Event page and even on the Modules page. I need to associate each video with an event, and with a module. I could do this in either the Media Editor or the Event Editor and Module Editor. Figure 70 - Media form in Form Editor I've added course, module and event as keylists. Here's a sample event page with the video: Figure 73 - Event Page Videos in Modules Now for the modules.

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Connections: Deconstruction and Connectivism

George Siemens

However, I’ll spend time revisiting Derrida and others (notably Latour, but he is a sociologist, so I have more tolerance), especially after a student in the MDDE622 course that Rory McGreal and I taught at Athabasca University, posted an interesting learning module on Deconstruction and Connectivism. Stella Bastone agreed to share the module. From the module: According to Derrida, all Western thought is based on the idea of a center…Deconstruction challenges this.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 2

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In the previous segment I decided to create a course with modules and sections, and set up the modules. I'll fill out the actual content of those modules over time. What I want to do is list the course modules and events (there's only one course so I don't need to list courses). The format will default to HTML, and I'll want to change that, but I'll test this first. Figure 15 - where are my modules? The result should be a clickable link to the module.

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New Project: Digitizing Higher Education

George Siemens

Here’s the pitch: Higher education faces tremendous change pressure and the resulting structures that are now being formed will alter the role of universities in society for the next several generations. The best time to change systems is when it is already experiencing change. I recognize that universities need to change. Once this analysis is done, each university will enter one of ten modules based on their current progress.

The need for order

Dave Snowden

That carried over to my early work writing code for decision support systems for the likes of Guinness where the structure of sub-routines and object definition provided a coherent scaffolding that allowed complex, rapid changes in system and function. So start with mapping constraints and modulators and then simulating likely effects of change.

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“… intire of it selfe”

Dave Snowden

A health warning – this is an exploratory post starting to develop an anthro-complexity theory of organisational change. A whole battery of organisational change consultants and departments organise around variations of what is known in political philosophy as social atomism.

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Peer Learning As A Prelude to Collective Action for Social Change: Reflection

Beth Kanter

Just like message consistency, storytelling, and interviewing skills, proficiency with social media like Facebook and Twitter increases their capacity to make change happen for children in their state. The first module was focused on defining and showing examples of social media integration when developing a “Ladder of Engagement,” based on chapter 6 of my book, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit. Source: Spitfire Twitter Feed.

first we kill the jobs

Harold Jarche

The project delivered 138 modules on the locations for its holidays, flights, airport codes and so on. We need to find ways to build it into the DNA of our working lives so that it becomes a part of who we are, not something we do only when the circumstances are ‘right’ This is our only security in a world that shifts constantly, demanding of us new ideas and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances.”

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A Review of SAP Jam

Dan Pontefract

A logo, background colour scheme, and a few other UI changes can be made. The hurdle was overcome well before we went live to the organization, but the lesson for others is to ensure you sort through the relationship of Jam to BizX if you are launching other SuccessFactors modules at the same time. Overall, Jam deployed to the organization easier than some of the other SuccessFactors modules. (I Learning Module Integration.

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observation > narration > curation

Harold Jarche

What are you doing during this pandemic as your organization reacts and changes its practices? “Stop work on that coronavirus eLearning module you started last week. For example, climate change may be slowed down a bit this year but it is still a slow-moving ‘black swan’ event we will collectively face.

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Homo Narrans: archetypes

Dave Snowden

Ponder that statement, it’s key to the whole field of anthro-complexity and a shift from a subjective to an objective approach in understanding and managing change. Two days ago (apologies for skipping a day) I said that I would pick up on the role of archetypes in narrative work.

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Twelvetide 20:09 Manege and menage

Dave Snowden

While sometimes we just respond to what is happening, termite like in predictability, but it ain’t necessarily so and we can choose to both act differently and also to create social systems that initiate such change.

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Digital Learning Research Network Conference 2016

George Siemens

For dLRN15, we wanted to socialize/narrativize the scope of change that we face as a field. The framework of changes can’t be understood through traditional research methods. Online Readiness Modules and Student Success. As part of the Digital Learning Research Network, we held our first conference at Stanford last year. The conference focused on making sense of higher education.

Learning Electron - Part 2

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Angular is integrated using three Node modules (all loaded using npm install ): electron-angular , electron-reload , and elegular. What it does is update the Node application any time a fle changes, so you can make changes in the HTML and Javascript and see them right away, without having to stop and restart your application. There are two npm modules to install. The second is the specific SQLite3 module for Node.

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friday power

Harold Jarche

“I f you never change your mind, why have one?” The last module is 4.5 This is like assuming an HVAC guy is an expert in climate change. Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. some links are to the complete Twitter thread]. ” —Edward de Bono — via @stiggylou. “I’m taking an online data analytics class from the Wharton School of Business.

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Boxing gRSShopper

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

You can tell because the prompt changes. I'll begin with the Fauria Dockerfile and make my changes. Here's my forked version: [link] You will be able to see the changes I made. There are two major sets of changes (and this actually went pretty quickly). What, again?

Never Underestimate the Power of Education and Enablement

Luis Suarez

A few months back, if you would remember, I got started with this series of blog entries about the Social Business Adaptation Framework I’m currently using when working with clients who are just about to embark on the so-called Social Business Transformation journey or with those other clients who may want to spice up their digital transformation efforts carried out so far and whatever other change initiatives already put in place.

It’s Only 65% !

Charles Jennings

Training describes a structured set of events that when designed and assembled carefully can provide an effective way to help people accelerate learning (learning = behaviour change). The numbers are a simple framework to drive change and help people focus beyond structured learning interventions to where most of the learning happens (in the ‘20’ and ‘70’). The results of yet another 70:20:10 survey were published recently.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 12

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Figure 140 - The 'Authorize' button on the Swagger sample API Interface page In Perl I decided to create a Perl Module that would handle all the Badgr API tasks. Each time I want to use Badgr I call up a new instance of this module, that is, 'a new Badgr object'. For gRSShopper I found a way to encode images into Base64 using a Perl module. Second, just to change things up, we create our URI in a new way.

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The Organization Needs to Ask Itself Tough Questions to Survive

Dan Pontefract

Warren Bennis, in 1993, noted the following in his book “ An Invented Life: Reflections on Leadership and Change ”: Given the nature and constancy of change and the transnational challenges facing American business leadership, the key to making the right choices will come from understanding and embodying the leadership qualities necessary to succeed in the volatile and mercurial global economy.

Senses of direction

Dave Snowden

However the more things change, the more we miss goals, the more unforeseen factors intrude the more dangerous a precise goal becomes. But other than in that precise context a goal is dangerous in terms of missed opportunities, confirmation bias and a general failure to realise that there are too many modulators in operation to allow predictability. I’ve spent a fair amount of my time in the mountains working within a general sense of direction but adjusting goal to fit the context.

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gRSShopper Setup Log

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Perl modules requested had been installed for me (you can see the list below in this post). Changed owner and group to ''apache'' and tested again. Gave my user access to apache group: >usermod -G wheel,apache myusername and then changed owner and group for /var/www/html and /var/www/cgi-bin from ''root'' to ''apache'' then gave write access to apache to cgi-bin: >chmod 775 cgi-bin 7. This script tests for required modules. load_modules() if you''re interested).

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 8

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I could use a Perl Module to create the OPML file. The disadvantage is that it means installing yet another Perl module. I've changed that from ISO-8859-1 to UTF-8. Again, I could use a Perl module specifically designed for this, and in some cases I will. Syndication Syndication is the core of the cMOOC approach to learning and we haven't talked about it at all yet.

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The Standalone LMS is Dead

Dan Pontefract

This is the nuclear fault of the LMS itself and of anitquated thinking from our learning leaders; it encourages standalone learning by driving people to register for an event … be it an ILT class or an eLearning module. If you want to change the culture (as Will Kelly describes here ) it’s surely not just about the technology. This cannot happen solely in an ILT class and it surely does not happen in an eLearning module.

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The Knowledge and Learning Transfer Problem

Charles Jennings

The overwhelming majority of staff development budget is spent on the acquisition, design, development and delivery of formal development in the form of programmes, courses, and eLearning modules. During a meeting at Cambridge University around 30 years ago I was thoroughly chastised by a Cambridge academic. I’d used the phrase ‘learning delivery’ when describing computer-supported collaborative learning ( CSCL ) approaches.

Five Steps to Making Your Content Mobile Ready


The very nature of on-demand mobile delivery dictates that you are able to change your content much more rapidly than you did in the past, and that means going agile with learning content development. As in software development, where Agile can be started with just a single module, Xyleme customers begin Agile development with a single content nugget, such as a topic, lesson, or procedure.

Microlearning Malarkey

Clark Quinn

Specifically: “learning that has been designed from the bottom up to be consumed in shorter modules.” But not a change in our attention (evolution doesn’t happen that fast and attention is too complex for such a simple assessment). Someone pointed me to a microlearning post, wondering if I agreed with their somewhat skeptical take on the article. And I did agree with the skepticism. Further, it referenced another site with worse implications.

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Digital Learning 4.0: How to Guarantee Measurable Learner Impact Where Others Have Failed

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Table summary: in Ontario with class size changes, we're using e-learning to offer courses that would not otherwise be available. Slide presenting a lego analogy of how modules can be fitted together to personalize the experience. Change the channel. Leverage qualified feedback for change - make sure the people who offer feedback know what they're talking about Summary of: Digital Learning 4.0:

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The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: opportunities and challenges for the L&D profession

Charles Jennings

Rethink what’s gone before and adapt to change, or keep on doing what’s always been done in the hope beyond hope that it will work. The first of these choices has the potential to place L&D departments at the heart of the changes that are driving successful organisations. Innovation is their driver and change is accepted as the norm. Change processes while developing capability There are some practical changes that need to be addressed first.

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Re-thinking Workplace Learning: extracting rather than adding

Charles Jennings

In other words if people have the opportunity to learn and develop as part of their work and they are supported by their manager, then learning will be much better transformed into measurable behavioural change and performance improvement. And it changes viable measurement approaches as well. A decade ago the Corporate Executive Board published a report detailing the findings of a study into the role managers can play in employee development.

EPortfolios and Badges Workshop - #OEB14

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Three specific aims: - create an EP environment for the organizers - create an EP environment for the students - help people create their own EP The design principles for the course modules: - non-stop, always open, self-study, self-paced - customizable, task-oriented - use and reuse OER (content) - creation of the ''learning scenario'' - orient them toward tangible results - create sharing options through the social web The course is made up of 7 modules (which I won''t list here).

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A New Website, Part Eight - Drupal Reloaded

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

First thing, I went to Google looking for information on how to install new modules in Drupal 5.0. Modules have a name, say, 'foo'. There is a.module file associated with that module, 'foo.module'. There can be (but doesn't have to be) a directory with that same name, 'drupal/modules/foo'. Drupal, when it lists the modules that can be installed, checks the 'modules' directory and any subdirectories for a file called '.module'. module'.

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From Courses to Campaigns : using the 70:20:10 approach

Charles Jennings

Learning is more powerful and likely to result in behaviour change when the learning context and the working context are identical. Virtually all of them are wrapped up in an ‘event’ concept – often called the course, workshop, programme (or program), module etc. In her article Jane Hart also hits on one of the major change factors necessary to enable the objective of extending learning beyond the course and into daily workflow – the right mindset.

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Content as a Service


Delivery of learning via the LMS is still, and will continue to be, appropriate for some learning environments, but it is not the whole of learning, and is increasingly out of step with the changing tastes and preferences driven by a workforce armed with mobile devices and versant in social media. Mistakes in the content may be forever because the effort to make changes isn’t worth the hassle. This includes your eLearning modules, PDFs, movies, podcasts, articles, etc.