cRaggy 2018: design, feedback & reflections

Learning Alliances

This blog post describes the cRaggy event at the June 2, 2018 Cascadia R Conf , its design, the logic behind its design, feedback from participants and reflections on how such an event might be better in the future.

2018 130

New Computer – 2014 vs. 2018

Michael Sampson - Currents

We continued with the current IMAP based email system for the next few years, but the quality of the threat protection was such that I was growing increasingly worried that one or the other would click on something nefarious, and then we’d have a nightmare situation to resolve.

2018 116

Open Educational Resources and the Distributed Web

Jenny Connected

On the distributed web, new file-sharing systems, such as the Interplanetary File System (IPFS), do not rely on internet addresses to locate content. Inter Planetary File System. Every file can be found by human-readable names using a decentralized naming system called IPNS.

2018 225

Failing to Create a Content Addressed Resource for the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC

Jenny Connected

Due: Nov 23, 2018. In his post he writes: The first task I set about was downloading and installing the go-ipfs distribution implementation of the Inter-Planetary File System (IPFS). Nov 22, 2018 video. Nov 22, 2018 video. Nov 22, 2018 video. Nov 22, 2018 video.

2018 139

Data, personal learning and learning analytics

Jenny Connected

Personal Learning vs Personalized Learning: What Needs to Happen Oct 24, 2018 Online Learning 2018, Toronto, Ontario, Contact North. AI in Education Symposium – Introduction : Oct 24, 2018 Arti?cial Conversation with Shelly Blake-Plock Oct 24, 2018 Week 1 of E-Learning 3.0

2018 194

Security, identity, voice, opportunity and agency on the distributed web

Jenny Connected

Silvia and Jutta talked about how they are working to give vulnerable young people in Colombia, who have different and diverse learning needs from the norm, and are therefore marginalised by the education system, opportunities for finding their voice and identity, through shared storytelling.

2018 187

Truth in a Post-Truth Age

Jenny Connected

In the depths of the financial crisis of 2008, American bankers-turned-regulators met to discuss plans to restore market confidence by injecting vast quantities of cash into the failing system. Last week BBC Radio 4 broadcast a series of 15 minute podcasts over five days on the topic of Truth.

2018 219

Edusemiotics, the Divided Brain and Connectivism

Jenny Connected

Downes writes: In a representational system, you have a thing, a physical symbol, that stands in a one-to-one relationship with something: a bit of knowledge, an ‘understanding’, something that is learned, etc.

2018 217

Consensus and community in the distributed web

Jenny Connected

As of August 2018, about 1000 pages are deleted from Wikipedia each day. The brief basics of distributed systems and consensus. HolonIQ, Nov 30, 2018 Though dated last June this market map appeared in my inbox from Holon only today. The topic for this week in the E-Learning 3.0

2018 166

Cambridge Analytica vs Beacon – Facebook Australia Quantium

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

From Wikipedia “Beacon formed part of Facebook’s advertisement system that sent data from external websites to Facebook, for the purpose of allowing targeted advertisements and allowing users to share their activities with their friends. But it is very much like 2018.

2018 201

Access to E-Learning 3.0 and the Distributed Web

Jenny Connected

stephen@downes.ca , Nov 25, 2018. Since I did not have the skills to install the Interplanetary File System or Beaker Browser, I am not able to access or see this first Content Addressable Resource for Education (CARE) – or experience this example of the distributed web in action.

2018 148

Learning to be creative on and off the distributed web

Jenny Connected

stephen@downes.ca, Dec 20, 2018. Based on the recurring concepts in the existing literature, the paper concludes with some recommendations for how education systems can best foster these attributes in students. Backwaters, Kerala (* see note below).

2018 148

Visiting Rome with a Wheelchair User

Jenny Connected

The system we use is a Batec – expensive, but so worth it. Rome, like Venice , is a city known to be notoriously difficult for people in wheelchairs to visit.

2018 182

E-Learning 3.0 : some initial thoughts

Jenny Connected

There was more about each point in his diagram, and there will be even more as the course progresses, but the key point is that a decentralised system is needed – a system which focusses on consensus and being able to make decisions together.

2018 174

Understanding ‘Betweenness’ – seeing beyond the parts

Jenny Connected

in the architectonic philosophical system of Charles Sanders Peirce…… the issue is a tolerance for ‘vagueness’ when one considers the universe as fundamentally relational and context-dependent.’.

2018 174

What is uniquely human?

Jenny Connected

So, George asked, why are we teaching in a counter-intuitive way when systems/machines can do it so much more efficiently and in 50 years time we will all be working with robots? In this first week of the E-Learning 3.0

2018 170

E-Learning 3.0 : Graph

Jenny Connected

It helps us see how a graph – and hence, knowledge – is not merely a representational system, but is rather a perceptual system, where the graph is not merely the repository, but a growing and dynamic entity shaped by – and shaping – the environment around itself.

2018 161

Four Things to Remember When "Planning"

Evolving Web

I have planned subway systems, technology rollouts, urban growth patterns, transportation infrastructure, housing needs, freeway travel patterns, business projects, software development, building houses, building buildings, and on and on. In 1989 I received my degree in Urban Planning.

2018 194

Facebook Eavesdropping Patent and Congress Questions

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

If the reported location of a user device is near a movie theatre, and the user’s waveform fingerprint matches the soundtrack of a particular movie, the social networking system may access an online database of the show times for the theatre in the user’s vicinity.

2018 203

Digital badges and the purpose of education

Jenny Connected

Today, such systems focus on process, and centrally and institutionally designed, and benefit teachers and employers far more than they do individual learners. We have now come to the end of the sixth topic – Recognition – in Stephen Downes’ E-Learning 3.0

2018 148

Digital Badges as Recognition of Success

Jenny Connected

I wondered whether the badge system would promote the ‘completion of tasks’ approach to learning, more than a focus on developing a depth of understanding. Looking back through this blog, I am reminded that in 2012 I attended a SCoPE seminar on digital badges and wrote two posts about it.

2018 148

Our first year exploring how to make London a more Networked City

Social Reporter

We have set up the Connecting Londoners group , and collaborated with Our Way Ahead , a network of London networks and community groups promoting community-based approaches to support systems.

2018 207

E-Learning 3.0 : Identity Graphs

Jenny Connected

Is he asking about ‘source of truth’ as defined in information systems? In information systems design and theory, single source of truth (SSOT) is the practice of structuring information models and associated data schema such that every data element is stored exactly once.

2018 148

Badges are not sufficient

Jenny Connected

Competency & Skills System (CaSS). The Competency and Skills System (CASS) enables collection, processing, and incorporation of credentials and data (“assertions”) about an individual’s competencies into accessible, sharable learner profiles.

2018 139

You can stimulate curiosity for self directed learning

Joitske Hulsebosch

A side idea: I got away with reading this book with a large question for adaptive learning systems: within these systems, the learning will automatically receive new information or assignments.

2018 169

Identity from the perspective of authentication

Jenny Connected

The two keys act like a two-way security system. Public-key cryptography, or asymmetric cryptography, is any cryptographic system that uses pairs of keys: public keys which may be disseminated widely, and private keys which are known only to the owner.

2018 139

Curbing Crap From Your Mental Diet

Evolving Web

Putin used our naïve social media systems with their touted “social graphs” and alleged algorithms and realized it was information overload that could be easily, trivially, exploited. It takes 72 hours to fix your feed. Your Facebook feed feeds your brain.

2018 173

Thinking of knowledge as a graph

Jenny Connected

The graph, properly constructed, is not merely a knowledge repository, but a perceptual system that draws on the individual experiences and contributions of each node. This is a response to the E-Learning 3.0 task for course participants created by Matthias Melcher. See [link].

2018 139

E-Learning 3.0: Conversation with Ben Werdmuller

Jenny Connected

It can also be thought of as a decentralised access control system. The guest for this third week of Stephen Downes’ E-Learning 3.0 MOOC was Ben Werdmuller. I took a screenshot from the Hangout, because he has such a winning smile. Just what you need for a difficult topic!

2018 139

Networked City development

Social Reporter

The Hub for London, set up by Greater London Volunteering and London Funders to create new support systems for civil society, has appointed Margaret Cooney as its first chief executive. The Hub for London responsible for developing new systems to support charities, social action groups and community organisations has advertised a post to support and develop networks, and apply digital tech for communication and collaboration.

2018 159

Links of the Quarter: March 2018

How to Save the World

It’s an extraordinarily complex, self-sustaining system, and it’s way out of our control. Gender roles as disfiguring as foot-binding, the moribund and vampiric two-party system, the savage theology of capitalism — rip it all to the ground.

2018 46

Recovering from NotPetya – the DLA Piper Story

Michael Sampson - Currents

– setting up cloud-based versions of core systems in order to provide a live fall-back. DLA Piper , a global law firm with a presence in more than 40 countries, was hit with the NotPetya ransomware attack in June 2017.

2018 153

Living in an Algorithmic World

Jenny Connected

Two recent conferences, re:publica 18 in Berlin (May 2-4) and Theorising the Web 2018 in New York (April 27 th /28 th ) have featured the influence of algorithms on today’s world. Boyd asks how we can challenge this and how these systems can be made accountable.

2018 130

Spoof Intelligence Added for all Exchange Online Protection Plans #office365

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft added Spoof Intelligence for email security earlier this year (January 2018 I think). You need a way to ensure that the mail sent by legitimate spoofers doesn’t get caught up in spam filters in Office 365 or external email systems.

2018 116

What is Working? A Question of Discovery

Michael Sampson - Currents

One of the questions to ask when evaluating a current work activity or process (at whatever level you engage with that – e.g., business model, system) is what is working?

2018 142

Natural and non-natural information and smart niches

Taming the spaces

The distinction between natural and non-natural information is highlighted by Laurence Kirmayer, that on my opinion helps to define the smartness concept in modern artificially enhanced systems. Particularly smartness is created by a loop – from self-organised individuals’ meanings, values and actions the data are aggregated and patterned using algorithms to form collective knowledge, and […]. spaces affordance community niche

2018 100

Lessons on learning analytics from a taxi driver

Joitske Hulsebosch

He was very enthusiastic about a new system with data in his taxi. The wonderful taxi system The fantastic system of our taxi driver consists of a point system (it is called cicada) adopted by his taxi company. I've been on a surprise strip.

2018 141

Sightedness: The Lesson

Michael Sampson - Currents

You will only have an arm-waving non-specific sense of direction, and will not be able to describe or explain with anything beyond broad generalities (e.g., “We would benefit from a system that helped track customers better.”).

2018 136

Community and organization intertwine

Learning Alliances

Organizations depend on a larger social or economic system, laws, money, and produce “outcomes”. I’ve been thinking about how community and organization are intertwined, especially when they are interdependent like they are in churches, synagogues, or mission-driven organizations like Amnesty International. The formation of a process team that’s focused on governance in Shambhala prompts me to write some of my thoughts down.

2018 100

Onboarding and Offboarding: The Hidden Processes

Michael Sampson - Currents

One of the behind-the-scenes or hidden processes involves setting up access for the new employee to the systems they require for doing their work. HR system access. There’s a whole set of activities required for effectively onboarding and offboarding new employees.

2018 116

Why No Lessons Learned Microsoft?

Michael Sampson - Currents

A severe storm in Texas impacted the cooling system at the US South Central data centre, which resulted in protective systems in the data centre switching into containment mode and shutting down servers to prevent further damage.

2018 116

Curbing Crap From Your Mental Diet

Evolving Web

Putin used our naïve social media systems with their touted “social graphs” and alleged algorithms and realized it was information overload that could be easily, trivially, exploited. It takes 72 hours to fix your feed. Your Facebook feed feeds your brain.

2018 130

More Human Moments from Microsoft

Michael Sampson - Currents

A lightning storm during the night caused a power spike in the US South Central data centre, which negatively affected the cooling system in one part of the data centre, which triggered the automatic systems to start shutting down parts of the data centre to prevent further problems.

2018 116