Complexity Explorer Santa Few Institute

Farewell 2016 and preview of 2017

23 Dec 2016

Looking back

In 2016, we offered you four courses and seven tutorials, introduced a peer-review system for project evaluation, added private messaging to the forums, increased our resources, syllabi and glossary terms, opened the virtual laboratory with the first series on fractals, and continued to work to keep the website running smoothly.  We also worked hard behind the scenes to develop even more new courses, tutorials and other intiatives which will be bearing fruit in 2017 and beyond.  

Looking forward

In 2017, we will offer you at least six courses and ten tutorials.  The new course Complexity Economics will be released in October - Doyne Farmer will be filming his course videos at the Santa Fe Institute over the summer.  Hector Zenil and Narsis Kiani's new course Information Dynamics of Complex Networks has a tentative start date in the (northern hemisphere) Spring; however, this date is not set yet and is subject to change.  The new tutorials on Introduction to Computation Theory, Introduction to Renormalization Methods, and Game Theory will be released in the first quarter of 2017.  As for our other course offerings, we will be spreading them out throughout the year, as you can see in the course schedule below.

In addition to these courses and tutorials, we will be announcing an entirely new type of learning experience on the Complexity Explorer.  We don't want to spill the beans just yet, but we can tell you it will offer you a chance to practice what you learn through our courses and showcase your knowledge by tackling real questions.  

New on our site

Check out our latest news story featuring a few of the final student projects from the first Introduction to Agent-based Modeling course.  The course was recently ranked by Class Central as one of the top 10 MOOCs of 2016.  You can access the archived videos and materials on our courses page, or you can take part in the next session this coming June, 2017.  If you were part of this year's course and you uploaded your final project to the NetLogo Modeling Commons, we'd love to add a link to your project on our news story, so send it our way to

December Giving

Our anonymous donor from 2015 came back for 2016 and promised to give us $4000 if we could raise $4000 in user donations.  Thanks to over 70 of you, we achieved that goal and received the matching donation!  Last year we managed to raise an additional $3000 in donations above our goal; this year our goal is to beat that by $1000.  If you've enjoyed our courses, tutorials and other site resources, please consider giving something back.  Your donations are tax-deductible in the U.S. and will help bridge our 2018 funding gap and allow us to keep offering complexity education to new students as our grant funding ends.  Donate as little as $1 here, and you will also go into a raffle to win one of five Complexity Explorer t-shirts mailed to you anywhere in the world.  


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