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.

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A New Website, Part Six - Drupal Modules

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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. The first step, then, is to look at the list of modules that comes with the Drupal download. So I select 'Site Building' -> 'Modules'. So I activate the module. This will happen for every module.

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Reflections on Complex Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Home Archives Subscribe « The Web and the Long, "Soft" War | Main | The Life Cycle of a Business » April 16, 2007 Reflections on Complex Systems Last week I attended the Almaden Institute , a meeting held annually at IBMs Almaden Research Center , located in Silicon Valley.

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. Serverless applications are woven or composed from a collection of loosely coupled, lightweight modules or microservices.

Smart Cities: A kind of 21st Century “Urban Electrification?”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Urban informatics, succinctly defined as Big Cities + Big Data , is a complex new field requiring considerable research and experimentation. Sociotechnical systems generally exhibit a level of complexity that is often beyond our ability to understand and control.

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STEM Literacy is for Everyone

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

She sees the beauty and complexity in nature and seeks to understand. Among LINC’s key projects is Blossoms - Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies , which is developing a large free repository of video modules created by gifted volunteers from around the world to assist school teachers with math and science courses. But when they don’t, - as complex, smart machines are wont to do, - they are truly frustrating, especially if we are lost and don’t know what to do.

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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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books in perpetual beta

Harold Jarche

The future of valued, human work is in collaboratively addressing complex problems and coming up with creative solutions. We are seeing growing complexity both inside and outside the enterprise. Books Complexity Learning PKM Finding Perpetual Beta is now in production.

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Systems Thinking, Safety and Risk Management

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The roundtable gathered together a group, - consisting primarily of financial experts, with a sprinkle of technologists like me, - to explore how to best regulate financial markets in our fast changing, highly interconnected, complex, digital world. . These are very complex and important questions for which there are no simple answers. Financial systems are an example of such complex engineering systems. Most complex, software-intensive systems fall under this category.

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first we kill the jobs

Harold Jarche

The project delivered 138 modules on the locations for its holidays, flights, airport codes and so on. But complex work requires more creativity, and confining individual creativity within the bounds of a mere job description is debilitating.

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Workplace Learning: Adding, Embedding & Extracting

Charles Jennings

Typically, adding learning involves integrating structured away-from-work learning (courses, classes, and eLearning modules) with learning activities within the workflow.

Xmas 2017: I Introduction

Dave Snowden

Paul Cilliers, author of Complexity and Post-Modernism and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch died on July 31st 2011. Paul to my mind produced one of the defining lists of what makes up a complex adaptive system. Characteristics of a Complex System.

Cognitive Edge accreditation

Dave Snowden

Accreditation is important to us as we have three major strategic shifts that are underway, all of which are required to ensure that Cognitive Edge - and its network - are seen as reliable, quality partners in complex projects.

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A sense of direction (1)

Dave Snowden

The latter of these is key to managing a complex space and its form should not surprise anyone who had traditionally fairy stories read to them as a child. I had a really interesting exchange on twitter over the last few days.

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Dave Snowden

One of the more fascinating aspects of human systems, and one of the most significant differences with the wider field of complexity is that of identity. All of these and more modulate identity.

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Education and Services Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

He is one the best role models I know of the kind of systems oriented, market-facing engineers that we increasingly need to help us tackle the highly complex, multi-disciplinary problems we are facing in the 21st century. Blossoms aims to develop a large free repository of video modules created by gifted volunteers from around the world to assist school teachers with math and science courses. Each module builds on prerequisite material that the class has already learned.

Senses of direction

Dave Snowden

A somewhat rambling and extended metaphor, but it reflects the general characteristic of complex systems in that that precise goals are not possible. So a unique aspect of human complex systems is the ability, in context, to create goal based order.

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Nothing Has Changed. Everything Has Changed.

Charles Jennings

We produced smarter modules and courses, better learning pathways, or integrated new technologies but the overall outcome was to make the learning landscape more complex and full of ‘busy work’. A Revolution or a Slow Demise?

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A sense of direction (3)

Dave Snowden

Complex. Given the nature of a complex adaptive system have some key things we need to pay attention to: How accurate is our description of the here and now? How much of the recent past can we account for/model by the modulators we are aware of? Liminal: Complex to Complicated.

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A sense of direction (2)

Dave Snowden

We are starting to encounter this with complexity at the moment. I’ve seen, and had the misfortune to have to read, some truly trivial and inconsequential books and articles over the last year as the ideas of complexity have become more popular.

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

Charles Jennings

All-in-all the implication for L&D professionals has been to make their traditional offerings of carefully designed, time-consuming and often slowly developed structured modules, courses and programmes relevant to fewer and fewer stakeholder needs.

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What's Interesting

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Most recently this includes my newsletter software, an always-under-construction personal learning environment (PLE) called gRSShopper, and a small toy blockchain module for Perl.

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Not everything broken is in beta

David Weinberger

It breaks the software product into functional units — modules — each with an owner. The owner is trusted to build a module that takes in data in an agreed-upon format, operates on it, and outputs the result in an agreed-upon format.

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EPortfolios and Badges Workshop - #OEB14

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The idea was to provide a framework to describe the maturity of eportfolio initiatives, trying to describe the complex nature of learning, to go beyond the basic ''how to implement an eportfolio system'', to the point where an eportfolio will have a transformative effect.

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On Connectivism and Scale

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

With respect to a connectivist MOOC, the issue is more complex. The OU Fees and Funding page states, "Our fee for a 30-credit module is £1,506, and for a 60-credit module it's £3,012."

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Yes but… (and the Isaiah moment is still with us)

Dave Snowden

For many years I and a few others have been voices crying in the wilderness on the use of complexity in policy.

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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).

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Five Barriers to Effective Learning in Organisations

Charles Jennings

However, L&D is not buffered from the rest of the world where change is increasing in speed and complexity and other professional groups need to find ways to respond faster, more flexibly, and more innovatively than they have in the past.

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Humans are not ants, agents or angels

Dave Snowden

The basic idea of the session was to look at new research methods associated with complexity. Given the time, I had to get a two minute overview of what complexity is about before I went on to describe abductive techniques and more specifically SenseMaker®.

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New training - March early bird

Dave Snowden

More conventional three by three matrices that can link from Cynefin or can stand in their own right without the need for any understanding of complexity per se. Each module however stands on its own so you can book any combination.

Notes On "Global Guidelines: Ethics in Learning Analytics"

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Institutional responsibility and obligation to act Arguments for an obligation to act Example: having observed students not submitting summative assignments or having calculated the probabilities of module completion, is the institution obliged to act on what it has identified? In my post referencing the ICDE's Global Guidelines: Ethics in Learning Analytics yesterday I said: This document summarizes the considerations of an ICDE working group on learning analytics.

Human Sensor Networks… the ultimate executive coach

Dave Snowden

I also enjoy stretching my thinking with technical metaphors and their application to complex systems. One such moment that is quite strongly imprinted in my memory was a morning back in 2007 when Dave was explaining to me the “magnet” metaphor for modulators in complex systems over breakfast at a hotel in Calgary. This is where Gell-Mann’s famous statement comes to mind - “the only valid model of a complex system is the system itself.”

Less is more: A different approach to L&D in a world awash with information

Charles Jennings

This is a very different world than one focused on producing modules, courses and curricula full of ephemeral information – detailed content that has a relatively short half-life and is unlikely to be remembered in any detail beyond a post-course assessment, even if to that point.

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Scaling the Edge: Cynefin™ as a journey

Dave Snowden

So the core knowledge will now become a ten week, five module mixture of theory and practice. We are offering no certification in complexity theory, but a pathway to a certificate in our approach and methods.

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Good food and good company

Dave Snowden

He has been working with the Cynefin framework, looking at different types of complexity that take place in the boundary transitions. The implications of a dynamic view of projects, focusing on the interdependencies between modules rather than content took us through a few Tigers.

Text-to-Speech vs Human Narration for eLearning

Tony Karrer

Company-wide training modules by an IT Process & Quality Manager at a Large Global Communications Corporation. Company-wide training modules by a Lead Courseware Developer at a Security Products Corporation. Since our training modules are used world-wide, in English, we wanted voice as well as text (all our training modules have both). The support provided by Speech-Over for modulation and pronunciation is good.

Of tittering, twittering & twitterpating

Dave Snowden

They included: The whole success of social computing is because it conforms to the three heuristics of complex systems: finely grained objects, distributed cognition & disintermediation. Need to shift from thinking about drivers to modulators. Messy coherence is the essence of managing complexity. The collective noun for magpies is a tittering which is slightly less scary than their close relatives a murder of magpies.

Learning Electron - Part 1

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It looked intriguing (and it's something to do this spring) but I wasn't quite ready for the extra complexity. Making an Application The first module in the course took us step-by-step through a standard process for making an application.

5+ garages to service your car? Sure

Martijn Linssen

Free Integration Tools" you get with purchasing an application or ERP module don't always usually mean that they are Imagine you need to drive to garage A for your tyres, B for your regular service, C for your oil-check, D for replacing a light bulb, and E to fix your stereo?

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A New Website, Part Eleven - Content Construction

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

First of all, how do define events: I needed to decide between the ' Calendar ' module and the 'CCK' module. How about the Calendar module? I don't understand the thinking behind the module pages in Drupal. And why doesn't the 'support forum' link to a module-specific support forum? Given that 'calendar' requires the 'views' module, but not 'CCK', I conclude that calendar data cannot be associated with the other type of data I want to create.

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The Big Shift: Challenge and Opportunity for Women

John Hagel

Complex systems can and should be reduced to their component parts so that the analysis is feasible and can be completed in a short period of time. This knowledge is usually experienced holistically rather than reducible to abstract categories and isolated modules. To really understand the world around us, we must adopt a much more holistic approach, seeking out the patterns and deep dynamics that shape broader more complex systems.

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Arizona: Managing the situated now

Dave Snowden

To remind you the theme is complexity, and in yesterdays session I've completed the basics of complexity, Cynefin and SenseMaker®. For everything in the complex domain create a minimum of three fail-safe experiments and make small investments to see what works. Language is key, you need to get a general understanding between complex and complicated. Final session of the Phoenix conference and I have a brief to provide a What do you do next summary in twenty minutes.

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A day with Dave Snowden

Jay Cross

Dave Snowden is a compelling storyteller, mad genius, and irascible Welshman who has pioneered the mash-up of complexity theory and management practice. Dave led a day-long seminar on his version of complexity in San Francisco today. Complex adaptive systems. Complexity theory.