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Want to Do Corporate Innovation Right? Go Inside Google Brain

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Sat, 06/04/2016 - 12:00


Greg Satell, Harvard Business Review, Jun 04, 2016

I imagine some time in the future we'll be reading about why Google's strategy failed and that the sort of thing it did doesn't work any more. But today is not that day, and as this article suggests, Google is currently riding high on an innovation strategy that is hard to implement but which seems to work. "What makes Google special is the way it’ s been able to integrate an entire portfolio of innovation strategies into a seamless whole. Product managers focus on customers needs. Researchers go where the science takes them. Engineers working on 20% time projects follow their passions. Anybody who wants to can adopt one or more of these approaches."

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Creating a CSS Curtain Opening Effect

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Sat, 06/04/2016 - 12:00


Geoff Graham, CSS-Tricks, Jun 04, 2016

There are thousands of lessons like this on the internet, not part of any official repository, but widely shared and widely used. This one is shared by a site called CSS-Tricks. But the magic is worked by an application called CodePen, which has been around for several years. Here's the CodePen for this article. CodePen takes the script that was entered by the author and executes it in a window that can be displayed on an HTML page. 

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The Battle Of Multiple Learning Management Systems: A Learning Application Developer’s View On LTI

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 15:00


Dov Friedman, eLearning Industry, Jun 03, 2016

This is some of what we were working with when we developed the Personal Learning course (sadly no more MOOCs until I figure out a way to pay for them). The idea was that we could connect to any LMS using our Arke prototype - this is how we were connecting to the OpenEdX installation using the personal learning environment. Ultimately, of course, we would have connected with the list of LMSs just as this application is - "Rather than building a unique solution for each Learning Management System, learning applications can now be connected with almost all EDU Learning Management Systems using one standard." 

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The OA Interviews: Michaël Bon, Founder of the Self-Journal of Science

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 12:00


Richard Poynder, Open and Shut?, Jun 03, 2016

"Right now," says Richard Poynder, "the open access revolution is stalling, and before it will be able to move forward again it will be necessary to recover territory that OA advocates are currently giving away to publishers." Hence this interview (28 page PDF) with  Michaë l Bon, who launched a new open-access publishing service called the  Self-Journal of Science  (SJS). Bon argues "OA advocates have been trying to do things back to front, and as a result have played into the hands of publishers....  By contrast, says Bon, SJS is focused on exploiting the new environment to reinvent scholarly communication." 

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British-Palestinian schoolgirl expelled from public speaking competition

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 12:00


Middle East Monitor, Jun 03, 2016

When I was in grade five I won the public speaking competition with a speech about Sir Frederick Banting and the discovery of insulin. It was uplifting and mildly patriotic. But when I was in grade eight I won the same competition with a scathing and powerful speech against the Vietnam War. I won the following three years as well, finishing with "How to be a dictator in give easy steps". The ability to write and deliver a speech is a powerful force, and I'm glad it was developed in me. So I feel for  Leanne Mohamad, a 15-year-old student at Wanstead High School in London, who won a regional final  of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge for a  moving speech about the Palestinians called  ‘ Birds not Bombs’ , but was barred from participating in the  final. She should be allowed to speak.

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39 studies about human perception in 30 minutes

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 10:00


Kennedy Elliott, Medium, Jun 02, 2016

There' some good information about design in this article as well as some insight into how humans perceive (and even some information about how humans perceive as compared to algorithms). The studies look at how humans perceive lines, shapes, objects and colour: what we think they mean, and what insights and interpretations we draw from different types of representations. Worth a look. 

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Inexorable

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 10:00


Simon Terry, Jun 02, 2016

"The thousands of small adjustments we make each day are barely noticed," writes Simon Terry. But change is a constant in human life, and it should be a constant in organizations as well. "Their existence is almost entirely driven by competition for resources, stakeholders and attention. They must deal with the scaled change and complexity of people internally and externally every day."  So far so good. But why then this fixation on purpose, as though it were some centerpiece through which all change must flow. Purpose - the  reason for being - must change also. It must be responsive to the changes within a person or within an organization as well as changes in the environment.

If we think of external factors as  drivers of change, then the purpose of an organization is an  attractor of change - and in a chaotic environment, it becomes a movable target, a  strange attractor.

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No, it’s not you: Google maps really did get crappy

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 10:00


Justin O'Beirne, Quartz, Jun 02, 2016

As a cartography  aficionado I also have notice the declining quality o Google maps, and in particular the disappearing city names. The author talks about the imbalance (too few cities, too many unnamed roads) at a certain scale, but if you zoom in you'll also notice it difficult to find street names and the names of rivers (you also get a totally different selection of city names). As suggested, these chages to Google maps are probably because it is optimized for mobile (lines good, text bad). "Unfortunately, these 'optimizations' only served to exacerbate the longstanding imbalances already in the maps. As is often the case with cartography: less isn’ t more. Less is just less. And that’ s certainly the case here."

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