Educational Research in Learning Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In this post I discuss the nature (and weaknesses) of research in our field. Kerr in this recent post , about how research in educational technology could be improved, but I have disagreements around the edges, enough that I think more discussion is warranted.

Complex thinking

Clark Quinn

An interesting article I came across brings up an interesting issue: how do we do complex thinking? The article says that our brains are limited in thinking about complex situations. We can do complex thinking, with the right tools.

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Emerging Online Learning Tools Research Session Mindmap

Clark Quinn

At AECT18, I dropped in on a session summarizing research on emerging technologies for online learning. There were experts in each area, so names like Vanessa Dennan on social media, Curt Bonk in MOOCs, Florence Martin on synchronous Learning, and David Wiley on Open Education Research.

Understanding complexity

Harold Jarche

Thinking of complex adaptive systems as merely complicated entities that can be regulated like machines can lead to disaster, as Niall Ferguson shows in his recent book. Human systems are complex. He also elaborates on 16 attributes of effective ways to address complex problems.

Decision Making in Our Increasingly Complex Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of years ago I attend a seminar by University of Toronto professor Avi Goldfarb , who along with UoT colleagues has been conducting research on the economic value of AI. But, explains McKinsey, our growing organizational complexity has clouded decision making accountability.

Organize for Complexity

Harold Jarche

” Well I think Niels has answered much of that question himself, in his recent book Organize for Complexity. We call this “disciplined practice” Fads like business analytics, knowledge management, and big data will never make organizations fit for complexity.

70-20-10: Origin, Research, Purpose

Charles Jennings

Learning through Conversation – April 2016 Cal Wick, Bob Eichinger, Charles Jennings 70-20-10: Origin,Research, Purpose by Cal Wick Where It All Began The 70-20-10 model has been part of the corporate learning and development lexicon for decades.

Complexity and Public Administration

Dave Snowden

Some 10 years ago now when I first became interested in how complexity science might be used in public administration there was a body of thinking but relatively few practical examples of applications. So what is applying complexity thinking to public policy really all about?

Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)

George Siemens

All aspects of it, including administration, teaching/learning, and research. The process of becoming digital has important implications for how learning occurs and how research happens and how it is shared. I’m happy to announce the formation of the digital Learning Research Network (dLRN), funded by a $1.6m From a broad overview, the goal of the grant is to improve the depth and quality of research in digital learning. Connect and amplify existing research.

Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But part of my fascination with the subject is that I often ask myself similar questions when thinking about the equally mysterious world of highly complex emergent systems, that is, systems where the whole can at times be quite different from the sum of their parts.

Game-Changing Basic Research: Benefits and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In April, MIT released The Future Postponed: Why Declining Investment in Basic Research Threatens a U.S. Innovation Deficit , - a report on both the long term benefits of basic research and the impact on those benefits of declining federal investments.

Design thinking & complexity pt 1

Dave Snowden

I started talking about the differences that complexity theory makes to design thinking some time ago - In Malmo at the XP conference as I remember it - and have now introduced that material in modified form onto day four of our accreditation programme.

The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

c and technological developments (many of which originated in fundamental blue skies research), have precipitated major transformations in services industries and public services, most notably through the advent of the internet and world-wide-web.

Vehicle Automation - a Very Important Priority for AI Research

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While some thought that fully autonomous vehicles will be all around us within a decade or so, others were not quite so sure, myself included, due to the many highly complex technical, economic and societal issues that must be worked out.

simplifying the complexity

Harold Jarche

Complex Problems. I like complex problem-solving. Perhaps my most interesting project was when a client gave me a statement of work to ‘simplify the complexity’ I did not have a solution but felt that with my extended networked I would be able to solve their problem.

Managing Complex, Disruptive Innovations - Some Lessons Learned

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Once the buzz is in the air, universities and research communities, as well as entrepreneurs and VCs are likely well on their way in developing the new technologies and figuring out their marketplace implications. .

The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This past September, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences released Restoring the Foundations: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream , - a report on the state of US leadership in science and technology. Research is generally characterized as basic or applied.

Data Science and the Changing Nature of Research and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last month, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) released the results of a new study, ARISE II: Unleashing America’s Research & Innovation Enterprise. Pressures to decrease government spending make it harder to support long term research.

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Re-wiring for the Complex Workplace

Harold Jarche

Complexity is the new normal. This is based on Robin Dunbar’s research and is supported by the consistent size of military units through history. Re-wiring for complexity. Organizations need to understand complexity instead of adding more complication.

The Firm as a Large, Complex, Extended Family

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Three years ago, the University of Chicago Law School, - which he joined as professor of law and economics in 1964, - held a conference in his honor - Markets, Firms and Property Rights: A Celebration of the Research of Ronald Coase. .

Researching open online courses

George Siemens

One area that I haven’t devoted much attention to is that of distributed online research networks. Most people in higher education participate in research networks – even if the network is merely a means of connecting researchers in different locations, with each running their own labs and research programs. While hardly novel, we are developing a distributed online research program around upcoming (massive) open online courses (MOOCs).

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70-20-10: Origin, Research, Purpose

Charles Jennings

Learning through Conversation – April 2016 Cal Wick, Bob Eichinger, Charles Jennings 70-20-10: Origin,Research, Purpose by Cal Wick Where It All Began The 70-20-10 model has been part of the corporate learning and development lexicon for decades.

Bringing the human element and complexity thinking to rebuilding resilience in Puerto Rico

Dave Snowden

We will focus on bringing the transdisciplinary human element and complexity thinking to a fascinating mix of disciplines, ranging from hydrological, electrical and mechanical engineering, meteorology, climatology, and social ecology to data science and social science.

Power laws & abductive research

Dave Snowden

I promised a more substantive post about our Friday session at the AoM on new forms of research, and I want to do it by summarising aspects of Max Boisot's final presentation, which did an excellent point of putting everything in context.

Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In thinking about this question over the last few years, I started to notice that a number of subtle, non-intuitive concepts that I learned many years ago as a physics student seem to apply to the world of big data and information-based predictions in highly complex systems. So is the world of highly complex systems , especially those systems whose components and interrelationships are themselves quite complex, as is the case with systems biology and evolution. .

Design thinking & complexity pt 2

Dave Snowden

For the moment I want to look at some of the implications for design thinking, reinterpreted through a complexity lens; shifting from a linear process to a non-linear dynamic. A complexity informed theory of design on the other hand wants to prevent the premature convergence on a defined problem that the linear model of Research-Ideate-Prototype implies. In a very important sense, then, from the perspective of material engagement, cognition has no location.

The Complex Relationship Between Science and the Public

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A 2015 study by the Pew Research Center revealed that most Americans have a positive view of science and of the accomplishments of scientists. Over 70% believe that Federal investments in basic scientific research and in engineering and technology pay off in the long run.

A complex look at task assignments

Clark Quinn

And I’ll be the first to acknowledge that it’s complex, as the diagram represents, but let me tease it apart for you and see if it makes sense. the artefact-creation process, and working and researching and…), and their learning-to-learn skills.

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Mandel summarizes the economic research evidence in two words: It depends. It favors large companies because of their ability to address complex systemic problems, manage the large-scale ecosystems that solving such problems requires, and bring their solutions to market all round the world. This kind of complex systemic innovation leverages lots of known ideas and makes them work together to help address important problems.

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“Complicated” vs. “Complex”

Martijn Linssen

The background: A gentleman who makes a living “reducing complexity” for IT systems keeps running into some of us on Twitter who study complexity. The ask: There is a group of complexity aficionados that criticize my use of the word “complexity.” ” In general, these are folks who are influenced by the Cynefin framework that considers complexity and complicated to be different attributes of a system. The Emergence of Complexity.

Preparing Students for an Increasingly Complex Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Are engineering and management schools adequately preparing students for our fast-changing, highly complex business world? Not quite, say a number of recent studies. A good education should include soft as well as hard competencies.

Complexity, swiss cheese and failure

Harold Jarche

For some of our most-read findings, see 20 facts from Pew Research Center – via @zecool. How Complex Systems Fai l [PDF] Complexity, swiss cheese and failure. Complex systems contain changing mixtures of failures latent within them.

Leadership for Complexity

Clark Quinn

The other meme from the retreat event last weekend was the notion of leadership for complexity. We talked through how things are moving from complicated to complex (and how important it is to recognize the difference), and that organizations need to receive the wake-up call and start moving forward. What’s needed is leadership that can lead the organization to be able to leverage complexity for success. Design-based research ] if you will.

How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Things are even tougher with people-centric sociotechnical systems, which not only have to deal with potential software problems, but with the even more complex issues involved in human behaviors and interactions. What is it that makes these systems so intrinsically complex?

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The Science of Complex Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When I look back over my long, relatively eclectic career, complex systems have been a common theme in all the activities I’ve been involved in. It started in the 1960s, when I was an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Chicago majoring in physics, - the study of complex natural systems. The research for my thesis was focused on the highly complex world of atoms and molecules.

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Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Harold Jarche

George Siemens , educational technologist and researcher at Athabasca University, has succinctly explained the importance of social learning in the context of today’s workplace: There is a growing demand for the ability to connect to others. Complexity: the new normal.

Social tagging games ‘n research

David Weinberger

The GiveALink link-sharing site has posted two games thaty are actually research studies. It’s actually a study called “Social Annotations through Game Play&# conducted by the Networks and Agents Network in the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research of the Indiana University School of Informatics. It’s an open bookmark-sharing service that also feeds a research program.

Complexity and Collaboration

Harold Jarche

timkastelle Nice post from @EskoKilpi: Complexity. The sciences of complexity change our perspective and thinking. Following the thinking presented by the most advanced scientific researchers, the important question to answer is not what should happen in the future, but what is happening now? Tags: Friday's Finds complexity

Learning in Complexity

Harold Jarche

” @webestime – “Simple rules lead to complex behavior. ” @CharlesJennings – “in a complex world, continuous learning is the only option available to us” – Globalization, Complexity & Change. The challenges of jobs that deal with high levels of complexity and tacit interactions are best addressed through the development of core skills and capabilities, not through trying to teach sets of processes or facts.

The Complex Relationship Between Science and the Public

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A 2015 study by the Pew Research Center revealed that most Americans have a positive view of science and of the accomplishments of scientists. Two years ago, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences launched The Public Face of Science , an initiative whose objective is to better understand the complex relationship between scientists and the public in America.

Research Goes Asian

Kevin Wheeler

Home About Future of Talent Subscribe Over the Seas Thoughts on Recruiting, Learning and Other Things as I Ramble around the World Research Goes Asian by Kevin Wheeler on August 6, 2009 Fusionopolis- Singapore The future of scientific research is moving global, and especially toward Asia, in the search for talented, skilled people. Today they are reaping the benefits as more and more universities and corporations locate their research in Asian counties. Research Centers U.S.

Is research racing to the middle?

Harold Jarche

Tweet From the annual report of the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation [my emphasis]: Large amounts of public funding are available for researchers to get started. My own observations are showing this may not be the case, but I haven’t done extensive research.

Complex Organizational Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The study of complex systems has been a common arc in my career. It started with physics at the University of Chicago in the 1960s, where I was studying complex natural systems - atomic and molecular physics in particular. Later on, when I joined IBM Research and became a computer scientist, my main research interests were centered on large computer systems, including mainframes, supercomputers and distributed systems. What makes such complex systems complex ?