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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A sense of direction (1)

Dave Snowden

The issue arrises when the nature of the system is such that the levels of uncertainty, the degree of interacting modulators is such, that unintended consequences are the only certainty. I had a really interesting exchange on twitter over the last few days.

Module 209

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.

Module 101


Dave Snowden

All of these and more modulate identity. 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. Humans beings rarely have single agency.

Cognitive Edge accreditation

Dave Snowden

We have created a list of modules or discrete units for all the various methods and tools. For each of those modules we have created a brief audio-recording and slide set. The modules will be graded on a scale of 1-3 based on level of difficulty.

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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.

Module 130

Another model for support

Clark Quinn

In one case, it was for a series of elearning modules. In a more recent instance, it was on a specific focus, but there were several modules that used a similar structure. I was thinking about today’s post , wherein I was talking about a couple of packages that might help organizations move forward. I was reflecting back on some previous posts about engagement models, and was reminded of a more recent one. And I realized this has played out in a couple of ways.

Four ways to help women learn more

Nine Shift

For example, women study more than they need to on a given module, probably 30% more than a male student would spend to learn the same amount of material and get the same score on a test. Challenge female students to spend less time per module, and to tackle more challenging modules. Last week Julie Coates and I introduced some innovative new ways to help women learn more in school and college.

Module 100

Senses of direction

Dave Snowden

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.

Frustrated With Drupal

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I got to explore, for example, the Drupal Actions and Workflow modules. Try the Send Module , which in turn requires the MimeMail Module. If there is a trigger or a toggle anywhere inside the module commands, I couldn't find it (and I spend hours searching, methodically going through every possible setting - I am nothing if not persistent (people who read these articles should know that by now)). I cannot use these modules to send anything.

Drupal 100

Easy RSS

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

RSS is ridiculously easy to create. It should be available to everyone, without the need for a specialized blogging application. Here's a Perl script that will create an RSS feed from a tab separated document.

RSS 100

A Review of SAP Jam

Dan Pontefract

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. Learning Module Integration.

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What’s New in Pastiche™ Version 1.4?


Publishers can now group the lessons of a course within modules, offering learners a more convenient navigation through the content when courses are long. On top of the glossary and module feature, we have updated the look and feel of the questions in the Quiz Me section in our demo app.

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Digital Learning Research Network Conference 2016

George Siemens

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. The discussions and prsentations addressed many of the critical challenges faced by learners, educators, administrators, and others. The schedule and archive are available here.

A wave of neuroscience

Mind Hacks

The collection has been dubbed ‘Brain Waves Module 1: Neuroscience, society and policy’ and apparently three other ‘modules’ are on their way.

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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Twitter Digest for 2011-05-23

Jane Hart

RT @ britz : Im to share my eval of an REL module today -frankly, this abt sums it up: Online courses must die! Tweet. OMG Sitting is killing you [link] #. The Networked Workplace by @ hjarche [link] #. Spiderscribe: Free-Form Mind Mapping & Brainstorming Tool [link] via @ MakeUseOf #. link] #. The C4LPT Daily is out! link] ? Top stories today via @ jamesmcluckie #.

Garden project - an invitation

Dave Snowden

Collector and Auditor modules. A great opportunity for all of you out there to tell a story about your garden (or any garden for that matter), contribute to tree planing and use the new SenseMaker™ V3.0

How Long Should an eLearning Course Be?

Tony Karrer

Interestingly the author chooses to sidestep the question he poses and instead gives a direct answer to a different question (focusing on modules that are parts of a course): What is a good length for a module? The exact number of minutes between 15 and 30 should be dictated by the depth and number of objectives in the learning module. In a one-hour course, it's absolutely fine to have two 18-minute modules and one 24-minute module.

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Sea wall or salt marsh?

Dave Snowden

As I say I’m playing with metaphor in the context of constraint management and also in mapping, but over multiple metaphors seen as modulators of identity. When we lived in St Albans, way back in the days before children, we occasionally made a winter day trip to the Essex Coast (pictured).

Module 145

A sense of direction (3)

Dave Snowden

How much of the recent past can we account for/model by the modulators we are aware of?

Module 175

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.

Musings in the cold

Dave Snowden

One is to see it as a sort of spider diagram between modulating roles, but it could also be between behaviours or other factors. An interesting couple of days In South Africa.

Module 157

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). This script tests for required modules. So I rewrote the server environment test to reflect current Perl module requirements (all models are loaded in load_modules() if you''re interested). This module handles form input functions. This module displays error messages. This module handles database functions. This module emulates a web browser.

Module 100

EPortfolios and Badges Workshop - #OEB14

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Each module has six sections: objectives, questions, investigate, activities, etc. The course isn''t available yet - we have the structure and write-throughs as the modules, but what we hope to get from you is input from you.

Module 193

Xmas 2017: I Introduction

Dave Snowden

As a result, the influence gets modulated along the way. One of the oddiities of our increasingly digitial world is the way that birthday and other reminders pop into view for old friends who are now dead.

A sense of direction (2)

Dave Snowden

In Cynefin terms this is an attempt to shift from the Complex to the Obvious (or in part Complicated) while there are still multiple modulators in play, many connections and the probability of unintended consequences high.

Module 157

The Organization Needs to Ask Itself Tough Questions to Survive

Dan Pontefract

It is alleged that during a tour of the NASA Space Center, President Lyndon Johnson came upon a janitor at work in the building where the lunar module was being housed.

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.

Celebrate both old and the new

Jay Cross

A dozen HO gauge model railroaders brought together 30 some-odd 3′ modules to form a gigantic layout at the museum. On Friday, I made a pilgrimage to one of the world’s great collections of classic cars, the Behring collection at Blackhawk.

Module 117

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

Dave Snowden

Which is why evaluation should really start with identification and mapping of constraints coupled with risk assessment which includes the percentage of current behaviour attributable to dark constraints (we can see the effect but not the cause or modulating factors).

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7 Minute Segments & Experts

Nancy White

Google’s new tack is a far cry from the traditional methods of corporate training, that of corralling staffers into classrooms or having them click through tedious online modules. CC Some rights reserved by Mundoo on Flickr.

It’s Only 65% !

Charles Jennings

Formal learning’ suggests learning that is designed and directed by someone other than the learner as part of a curriculum, course, programme, module etc. The results of yet another 70:20:10 survey were published recently.

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training > performance > social

Harold Jarche

through video, e-learning modules, reading) and the prescribed learning activities that were often looked at as ‘homework’ are completed in the classroom itself (whether that classroom is physical or virtual). Thank Goodness It’s Monday! This is my second TGIM post.

Economic structural change is NOT industry compositional change

Ross Dawson

Perhaps the best frame to understand the nature of structural change is the rapid rise of the “modular economy”, in which value is created in smaller and smaller modules over time. I am currently preparing a number of keynotes for senior business audiences over coming weeks.

LearnTrends Live: Mobile Learning

Jay Cross

Modules for assessment, content, mobility, performance. Judy Brown is talking about mobile learning: it’s more that eLearning lite. M-learning : Pervasive. Get learners to complete tasks while going about their day-to-day lives. Laptops are mobile but not in Judy’s book.

Module 118

It may take fire

Dave Snowden

I'm pretty clear in my own mind what are the key modules within our training set, and further that they need to be contextualised with more software examples.

Module 130

Apologies for the interruption.

Dave Snowden

There are also some big announcements next week on training modules, accreditation and the like so watch this space.

News 130

Online Newspaper Software

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

These are sites set up using Drupal and then expanded with various modules. There are four newspaper-specific Drupal module packages: * NodeStream - publish content in newspaper style * OpenPublish - OpenPublish is an online news platform that emphasizes visitor engagement and ease of content creation. Modules for facebook like and Disqus comments.