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The 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning

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When I wrote The Future of Online Learning in 1998, I took into account three major sets of factors. The first was the obvious basis in technology. Internet and digital systems were advancing rapidly, in ways that could be known. The second was human nature. It's a beautiful thing. there is no longer any 'student population'. The evidence disagrees.

Research and Evidence

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think of him as a friend, he's one of the nicest people I know, and this is not intended to be an attack on his person, character or ideas. 25-31).

Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

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by Stephen Downes Introduction: What learners Need Sorry, I forgot to turn on the audio recording. That''s how you start a broadcast, with dead air.

My Watershed Moments

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I'm following in the footgsteps of Dean Shareski, who originally posted the challenge , and Chris Kennedy, who posted a response of his own.

Emergence / Recognition

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The meaning of a sentence does not arise solely from the meanings of the words that make it up. journey is not composed merely of many small trips.

Mark Surman on Open Eduction and the Open Internet

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Article and photo by Stephen Downes This is a summary of Mozilla CEO Mark Surman's talk at Open Education Global in Banff April 24 (today).

Connectivism as Learning Theory

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I think the students in the Building Online Collaborative Environments Course has an almost impossible task. Here is their effort to prove that connectivism is a learning theory. Connectivism has a direct impact on education and teaching as it works as a learning theory. They sat in desks, read from a textbook, and completed worksheets. Gibson.

Beyond Free ? Open Learning in a Networked World

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by Stephen Downes Thank you, I have way too much fun with these talks. It shouldn''t be allowed. Thank you very much; it''s a pleasure to be here.

Open Education, MOOCs, and Opportunities

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Reusable Learning Resources The initial development of online learning technology began at scale with the development of the learning management system (LMS) in the mid-1990s. These systems were modeled on distance education resources such as programmed texts and course workbooks. Content was treated differently by Stallman. CCK11.

The importance of faculty in the higher education experience

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Speaking notes for for Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey National Faculty Meeting, Mexico City, July 4, 2016. Presentation page. 1. New Forms of Learning By now in educational institutions around the world we(*) have firmly entered into the technological era. We have also embraced 21 st Century pedagogy. For example.

Ascent from Social Media

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The sad part is, most of you won't read this message. Not because you don't want to. You probably do. You actually followed me just for that purpose. But because your social network is lying to you. As of today my Facebook page OLDaily has 638 'likes'. This mean s 638 people think they are following the page. They're just inserted into my feed.

Experts and Authority

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encountered his article today via Facebook; I'm not sure whether the source of this information had any impact on its veracity. How do I know all this?

The MOOC of One

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I want to talk about the MOOC of one. What I mean by that is I want to talk about the development of the MOOC or the Massive Open Online Course. I''m one of the people who designed the concept originally in 2008. want to explain myself so that you know what we did and why we did it. want to do a bit more than that. What does it mean to be a doctor?

Scaling the Heights of Language, its Learning, and its Teaching

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This is a summary of a talk by Diane Larsen-Freeman at TESL 2015. It was a treat to listen to. Errors and omissions are entirely my own. Algar 2005 p.

The Metasociety

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The OWS people are the social equivalent of somebody running through the halls clanging on a lid and yelling that the building is on fire. Not them.

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The Green Solution

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In support of this conclusion the cite "math". You get the idea. Of course, with "math" you have to have numbers. But math? Nobody would do that.

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Everything You Thought You Knew About MOOCs Could Be Wrong

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Summary of a presentation by Phil Hill and Michael Feldstein. They sometimes act like online education was invented in the last two years. Like eg.

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How to Get the Most out of a Conference

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that leave only tantalizing glimpses. This is the case for an entry that came out today, How to Get the Most out of the Conference. Keeping track.

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Becoming MOOC

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There are two types of MOOCs. On the one hand, there is the xMOOC - this is a formal course created in a site like Coursera or EdX. An xMOOC will have regular lessons, videos and assignments, be led by an elite university professor, and attract a large online audience. One major criticism of the cMOOC is based on the free-form nature of the course.

Types and Tokens

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Look at this picture: Did you see a cat? Or did you see my cat Alex? And therein lie some important lessons in theory and theorizing. So we're good.

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MOOCs will ultimately play a transformational role

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This is my contribution to the WISE online debate - you can find other contributions here. This comes as record numbers of MOOCs are being offered by numerous providers MOOCs have become a worldwide phenomenon, with Britain''s FutureLearn launching in beta and the first Arabic MOOCs coming online. The first advantage is accessibility.

Like Reading a Newspaper

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I''ve stated this in many times in talks and interviews, but I can''t find it anywhere in my actual text-based materials, so let''s get it on the record so people can have something to cite, should they want to. It has to do with MOOC completion rates, and the oft-cited criticism that MOOCs have low completion rates. The 19.2%

My Viva

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Patrick Dunleavy offers this list of ten typical questions that might be asked on your PhD oral exam. So how would I have answered these questions?

EPortfolios and Badges Workshop - #OEB14

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E-Portfolio Workshop, Online Educa Berlin: These are content summaries; if written in the first person it is the speaker speaking, not me. So: badges.

The People's Manifesto

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Our society exists to provide the means and opportunity for each of us to fulfill our maximum potential and reach our highest aspirations, whatever we perceive them to be, while respecting the right and opportunity of others to do the same. We are freely joined and assembled as one.

Institutions and Openness

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Setting Up the Discussion Let's be precise about what was claimed by Michael Caulfield in his paper Putting Student-Produced OER at the Heart of the Institution : People make things possible. Institutions make them last. His italics. His point is specifically that unless something is institutionalized, it does not last. Where do you set up policy?

Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment

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In this paper I would like to address the core design elements in the development of a personal learning architecture being developed in the National Research Council''s Learning and Performance Support Systems program. It is an issue that costs Canadian industry billions of dollars a year while thousands of Canadians remain unemployed.

Is Connectivism a Broad Family of Ideas?

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I think it is worth looking at the end of Jon Dron''s long post to get to the heart of what he finds so wrong about my work. reserve the right to look at the rest of his work in reverse order as well. Let''s move carefully, one sentence at a time. Let me look at the other option. On one hand, it is indisputably so. Any academic school of thought is.

The Great Rebranding

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People who live and work exclusively within these institutions need to get out more.

Connectivism and the Primal Scream

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Keith Brennan writes a well-thought-out and evenly expressed criticism of connectivism as it is applied in connectivist MOOCs. Why is this important?

Assessment in MOOCs

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Multiple-choice evaluation, as in science, is easily taken care of electronically, but not in humanities. I am sure this looks like a naive question, but I think MOOCs are a wonderful idea for people who simply wish to enrich their knowledge, and would like to know a little more about them. So the question of marking term papers never came up.

On Immigration

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The following is a set of questions and my responses to a Canadian government request for feedback the future of immigration in Canada (it would be nice if these surveys had a 'blog this' button; in the mean time they advise that the results will eventually be posted on Open.Canada.ca , which of course I support. No we do not.

The Role of Open Educational Resources in Personal Learning

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Presented to the Best Practices in Upgrading Online,Calgary, via Adobe Connect, March 29, 2011 The very first thing I want to do is to counter thedisclaimer that frightened me as this session opened, it was very loud, andsaid all kinds of things about how this was all private and cannot be shared.You can share this presentation all you want. Not so.

The Google Ecosystem

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Response to Dron

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I don''t want to restate the theses of connectivism as I understand it but it may help readers of Jon Dron''s to identify where his exegesis leads him into misunderstanding. Here''s his paper , which you may need to read first. Let me first and foremost be clear about my objectives in my work. Honestly, I don''t care whether it''s a learning theory.

Learning and Performance Support Systems

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What follows is a version of the case we presented to NRC senior executive in order to have this program approved.

Why I'm Voting NDP

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I am voting for the NDP in the upcoming federal election and I think you should too. In this post I'd like to offer some reasons why. Why I support the NDP? Because the NDP stands for something, and it mostly stands for the things I stand for. The niqab issue is a case in point. The issue is apparently costing the NDP support in Quebec. Maybe not.

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Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

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Stephen Downes : Thank you everyone. Buenos Dias. It's a genuine pleasure to be able to be back in Bogotá, back in Colombia, and to be able to speak with you today. have good memories of my time in Colombia, and I'm adding to those memories with this trip. Today I want to take you through a bit of a historical journey. would sign up for it. Get it?

What Else can Work at Scale? and Techniques from Social Media

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My contribution to the Networked Learning Conference 'Hot Seat' discussion. You can read the whole discussion here. # # # Anything that can be automated works at scale. Anything that cannot be automated must be distributed, and if so, works at scale. Life seeks conditions of success. Too dense a network and society fails.

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A Year in Photos

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Organizations aren’t thinking about the ‘networked individual’ – the networking choices and patterns of individual Internet users. Ah yes.