White House: Innovation in Higher Education
AUGUST 3, 2015
The event organizers made it clear that no media or social media was allowed during the event in order to have an open brainstorming session. A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to the White House. The invitation was somewhat cryptic, but basically stated that the focus on the meeting was on quality and innovation. It’s their job.
Multiple pathways: Blending xMOOCs & cMOOCs
MAY 6, 2014
I’m running a MOOC on edX in fall on Data Analytics & Learning (registration will be open soon). They cannot be blended.
The future of higher education and other imponderables
JUNE 16, 2012
Georgia Tech’s C21U is among the more ambitious and better organized centres that I’ve seen. Registration is free (duh). adapted ).
Remaking education in the image of our desires
APRIL 19, 2012
Organizations that focus on learner and learner support are missing. Each of these are a different lens for viewing big, dramatic, change.
Openness: Why learners should know about, and influence, how decisions are made about their learning
FEBRUARY 10, 2012
Students should see what the organization sees. Analytics engine as a platform: open for all researchers and organizations to build on.
Congrats to Paul-Olivier Dehaye: MassiveTeaching
JULY 9, 2014
Hundreds, likely thousands, of faculty have taught MOOCs, often having to toe the line of terms and conditions set by an organization that doesn’t share the ideals, community, and egalitarianism that define universities (you can include me in that list). It now appears to be primarily the latter. Dehaye has not publicly commented.
Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)
NOVEMBER 18, 2014
Universities/organizations and people involved: Carnegie Mellon University (Carolyn Rose). Higher education is digitizing. All aspects of it, including administration, teaching/learning, and research. grant from the Gates Foundation – more info here. Connect and amplify existing research. Stanford University (Candace Thille).
Duplication theory of educational value
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
Higher education faces a value crisis. Value is a fuzzy concept. In theory, I can purchase a $3 steak that isn’t a good value.
Google+ – fundamental misunderstanding of networks?
JULY 10, 2011
The idea of “circles is somewhat related to Twitter Lists and is helpful for organizing friends/colleagues and tracking different activity streams. I’ve been playing around with Google+. As others have stated, it’s Google’s best foray into social networking. Yes, I’ll remember that. Public networks do.
What’s next for educational software?
AUGUST 13, 2013
and Zoran Jeremi? , we’ve been working on what we feel is a learning system (educational software) that represents the type of learning needed by individuals and organizations today. Most educational software instantiates physical learning spaces. The internet fragments information and antagonizes pre-established information structures.
Instructure: we know. we learn.
JUNE 14, 2012
It took me about two hours to setup and organize my first course in the platform. is a smooth process by the standars of any LMS.
What does it mean to be human in a digital age?
MAY 22, 2016
We’ll provide more information on this soon, in particular a conference that we are organizing at Stanford on this in November. 8. This department is lead by Prof Pete Smith and is a sister organization to LINK. Technology is changing faster than we can evolve individually and faster than we can re-organize socially.
Learning and creating knowledge in social networks
SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
Higher education is in a broad swing from hierarchical systems of organizations to network structures. Networks are the underlying structure for knowledge, learning, and society. We live in networks. We experience them daily. When a company has a failed product launch, networks and connections can explain why. As can learning.
Done doing keynotes
SEPTEMBER 7, 2013
explore the role of universities as integrated social, economic, and knowledge fabrics of society. I’d like to say a particular thank you to the many conference organizers that have extended invitations over the past decade as well as the many audience members that have paid me the honour of their attention. We like clear answers.
New MOOC: Data, Analytics, & Learning
JUNE 6, 2014
The era of data and analytics in learning is just beginning. I’ll provide more information soon about the design of the course – we are focusing on dual structured and self-organized approaches to the course This fall, together with colleagues, I’ll be offering an open course on edX: Data, Analytics, and Learning.
Personal Learner Knowledge Graph
MAY 6, 2014
The entire education system is focused on content/curriculum. Content drives almost all academic conversations. Video from The Agenda
Journal of Learning Analytics
MAY 6, 2014
have a short introduction to SoLAR and the main activities of the organization and the role (we hope) it plays in bringing together technical and social domains of learning Interest in learning analytics is growing. It’s a data centric world and will only become more so in the future. It is an open access journal.
Lots of free learnin’ going on
JANUARY 11, 2012
More info soon on sign up. 4. I’m helping to organize an online conference – Follow the Sun – a multi-day, 24 hour per day, online conference with keynotes addressing various aspects of how technology is influencing various knowledge domains Ongoing from 2011: Change MOOC. 2.
Learner self-organization in complex knowledge settings
SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
Consider learning: it can be organized for us or we, as individuals, can organize ourselves. View more presentations from gsiemens
Open presentations on MOOCs and MOOC Research Initiative
OCTOBER 18, 2013
As part of the MOOC Research Initiative , I’m organizing two open events this coming week: Oct 22, 11 am Mountain Time (see conversions ): An Overview of the MOOC Research Initiative: The project, literature, and landscape. Several presentations this next week that might be of interest to readers: 1.
WISE: The world’s most important education conference
NOVEMBER 3, 2013
WISE is a global event, though the organizers describe it as a movement and platform rather than a conference. Education is constantly confronted with a dual threat: 1. Acknowledgement that it is a foundation for all human progress and able to lift regions and society out of poverty, 2.
What do connections do?
JUNE 3, 2012
I’ve been thinking more about connections over the past several years than I have about networks. Let me provide a simple example.
MOOCs: Scaling Corporate Learning
JUNE 2, 2014
Over the past year, organizations such as Google, GE, Cisco, McAfee, Bank of America, AXA, and AT&T have started to experiment with MOOCs. To address this lack of dialogue in this space, we are organizing an online conference on MOOCs: Scaling Corporate Learning. That is starting to change. Registration is now open.
On Research and Academic Diversity
APRIL 30, 2015
One approach is to emphasize loosely coupled networks organized by ideals through social media. This isn’t to discount social networked organization or alt-ac. In my previous post, I mentioned the release of our report Preparing for the Digital University. This forms the first three chapters. Before blogs were called web 2.0,
Rejected: On being disappointed, sorta
FEBRUARY 17, 2012
Several prominent researchers and organizations are now exploring next-generation online and hybrid learning models based social networked technologies: Goodyear (2011); SocialLearn (The Open University) 2011; and OpenClass (Pearson, n.d.). Corporate partnerships with organizations involved in learning analytics. 4. still don’t.
Blackboard’s identity crisis, Desire2Learn’s optimism, and Instructure’s coolness
APRIL 6, 2012
They are an organization that knows what/who they are (an LMS vendor) and have not wandered from their mission since they started. Since Blackboard announced its acquisition of several Moodle partners, numerous voices have chimed in to explore what it means to education. and Phil Hill captures the tone/responses from major players.
Connected Learning: What have they done with Alec, Will, Vicki?
MARCH 3, 2012
This might be a simple oversight on the part of the organizers – i.e. get the message of a new initiative out quickly. However, the site indicates that a new research group has been formed to explore connected learning. The starting point of almost all research is consideration of what has come before. just sayin’).
A few thoughts on China and education
DECEMBER 9, 2011
This forecast seems to vary a fair bit, depending on how much the speaker or organization is trying to scare listeners with the west to east power shift. I just landed in Vancouver after a short trip to Shanghai to present at the IADIS conference hosted by East China Normal University. We are entering Chinese century (or several). Or singing.
Researching open online courses
JULY 4, 2011
In fall, we (TEKRI, NRC, UPEI and possibly a few other organizations) are hosting an open online course. What are the habits and patterns of learner self-organization in open online courses? 2. Over the last decade, I’ve extolled the value of social/technological networks as a means of extending learning opportunities.
Join us: Stanford Learning Analytics Summer Institute
JUNE 27, 2013
Next week, we ( SoLAR , IEDMS and others) are organizing a Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI). In response, LASI is organizing a series of local events and live-streamed keynotes. While MOOCs are sucking all of the oxygen out of the educational technology conversation, significant trends are developing under the radar.
The social enterprise?
MAY 31, 2011
The conference organizers have pulled together an excellent series of interviews with speakers. However, if the goal of an organization is to make sense of complexity in order to act meaningfully in the pursuit of goals, then we need to look beyond social mechanisms. The real change, however, is not in the social enterprise.
Strata Conference Wrap Up: Big Data, Big Opportunities
FEBRUARY 21, 2011
quick look at the sponsor pavilion provides a sense of where organizations are trying to make money off of big data. Conference themes.
WISE Panel: Can MOOCs democratize higher education?
NOVEMBER 5, 2013
Or perhaps, less of a traditional view of teachers and more teachers overall as we can self organize and teach each other. The recording from the Can MOOCs democratize higher education? panel at WISE is available here. Donald Clark shares his experience of the event as a whole , including our panel. We face a future of less teachers.
Why do synchronous web tools suck?
OCTOBER 4, 2011
It’s getting embarrassing and frustrating as a MOOC organizer. Do these organizations do user testing? We are several weeks into the Change open online course. We have an outstanding speaker list. But, unfortunately, we’ve had issues every week with our live online sessions. All have been terrible failures. Any suggestion
Open Symposium: Policy and Strategy for Learning Analytics Deployment
OCTOBER 3, 2013
We ( SoLAR ) are organizing an online symposium on Policy and Strategy for Learning Analytics Deployment. Educational data is complex.
The startups are circling education
SEPTEMBER 3, 2011
Course organizers face a key question – how to create a marginally coherent narrative in open courses? The field of education (primary, secondary, higher) needs to embrace itself for an onslaught of technology startups. Where educators have failed, entrepreneurs see opportunity.
Social and connective lock-in
FEBRUARY 25, 2011
Each new connection or connection-format that is under the control of an organization increases the value for the end user. This principle applies not only to knowledge growth, but also to organizational value networks , social networks , underpins the concept of the semantic web, and so on. Companies realize this.
Stanford Learning Analytics Summer Institute
DECEMBER 6, 2012
The Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI) is a strategic five-day event, July 1-5, 2013, co-organized by SoLAR and Stanford University. MOOCs have been rather selfish, absorbing all of the attention in the edtech space in 2012. It has been all MOOC all the time. Information and application details are posted on the institute site.
Social Networks & Learning: Research Seminar
APRIL 4, 2011
As a result, we are organizing a similar event this year. Last year, TEKRI and Athabasca University hosted a week-long research seminar on networks and learning. The event was quite successful. The seminar will be held in Edmonton from June 20-24 and is open to students and faculty.
I was wrong
JULY 8, 2014
Consulting services such as Parthenon are deeply engaged in MOOCs and helping organizations plan for and deploy them. - The costs of MOOCs are significant in terms of capital and time and effort of people. Military organizations are exploring MOOCs and alternative teaching/learning approaches and are reporting promising early results.