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White House: Innovation in Higher Education

George Siemens

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

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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

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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

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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

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Students should see what the organization sees. Analytics engine as a platform: open for all researchers and organizations to build on.

Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)

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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).

The greatest MOOC conference in the history of MOOCs

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have been working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the past year on organizing a grant, whitepaper, and conference on MOOCs. As part of this work, we are organizing a conference at University of Texas Arlington December 5-6, 2013: MOOCs and Emerging Educational Models: Policy, Practice, and Learning. The Conference.

Congrats to Paul-Olivier Dehaye: MassiveTeaching

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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.

Duplication theory of educational value

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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.

What’s next for educational software?

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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.

Google+ – fundamental misunderstanding of networks?

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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.

Learning and creating knowledge in social networks

George Siemens

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.

Personal Learner Knowledge Graph

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The entire education system is focused on content/curriculum. Content drives almost all academic conversations. Video from The Agenda

New MOOC: Data, Analytics, & Learning

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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.

MOOCs: Scaling Corporate Learning

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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.

Done doing keynotes

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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.

Open presentations on MOOCs and MOOC Research Initiative

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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.

Journal of Learning Analytics

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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.

WISE: The world’s most important education conference

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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.

Instructure: we know. we learn.

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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.

Learner self-organization in complex knowledge settings

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Consider learning: it can be organized for us or we, as individuals, can organize ourselves. View more presentations from gsiemens

On Research and Academic Diversity

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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,

Reflecting on Learning Analytics and SoLAR

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The fact that Ryan was willing to assist in the formation of a possibly competing organization speaks volumes about his desire to have rich scientific discourse. Organization was slow plodding for the first LAK conference. Leading up to LAK14, we were legally organized as SoLAR and took on the financial risk for local organizers.

Lots of free learnin’ going on

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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.

Blackboard’s identity crisis, Desire2Learn’s optimism, and Instructure’s coolness

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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.

Open Symposium: Policy and Strategy for Learning Analytics Deployment

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We ( SoLAR ) are organizing an online symposium on Policy and Strategy for Learning Analytics Deployment. Educational data is complex.

What do connections do?

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I’ve been thinking more about connections over the past several years than I have about networks. Let me provide a simple example.

WISE Panel: Can MOOCs democratize higher education?

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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.

I was wrong

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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.

Rejected: On being disappointed, sorta

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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.

Join us: Stanford Learning Analytics Summer Institute

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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 Linearity of Stephen Downes. Or a tale of two Stephens

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In the past, unions existed to serve as an organizing structure to advocate for the rights of individual works. Stephen would argue that we could today do this organizing and democracy preserving work through networks. Stephen makes the following points: 1. George has recanted his previous work and is now playing the academic game. 2.

A few thoughts on China and education

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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

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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.

Why #Occupy will fail

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The movement is now 6 weeks old, and with that small amount of maturity, comes new models of organization and structure. Let ideas emerge, experiment with new models of democracy, and take advantage of self-organization and the passion of connected individuals. The inequalities in society are increasing. And that’s not happening.

Stanford Learning Analytics Summer Institute

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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.

Connected Learning: What have they done with Alec, Will, Vicki?

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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’).

What’s wrong with the Canadian conference circuit?

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Generally, they have not been positive. I’ve organized events on social media, learning analytics (the most successful one), big data, and recently, educational technology innovation. CNIE was formed from two organizations (AMTEC and CADE) that were also dying. Basically, the conference circuit in Canada is dead and/or dying.

The social enterprise?

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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

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quick look at the sponsor pavilion provides a sense of where organizations are trying to make money off of big data. Conference themes.

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