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SUNY Initiatives Supporting Online Learning Panel

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Live notes from the SUNY OpenCOTE Conterence, Syracuse, NY. SUNY Goal: 150K graduates by 2015 (up from 95K this year) SUNY ACSIE Framework - Access, Completion, Success, Inquiry, Engagement 500+ Online programs from 43 campuses Roles: - Leadership - eg.

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. Here I refer not only to the inherent conservatism in society, but also in the infallible human inclination to use new things in new and unexpected ways.

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. Thank you very much it''s a pleasure to be here. Quick mike check. Mike check, everything good?

Research and Evidence

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I wrote the other day that the study released by George Siemens and others on the history and current state of distance, blended, and online learning was a bad study. I said, "the absence of a background in the field is glaring and obvious."

Detecting Fake News

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After the spate of fake news in circulation over the last year or so numerous guides have been published to help you spot fake news. Unfortunately, few of them are effective. The reason for this - which you can spot for yourself as you look at them - is that they tend to focus on whether or not the source is authoritative. But to spot fake news, you need to focus on whether the news is authoritative. The reason for this - and again, you can verify this for yourself - is that the authorities lie.

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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. This is the first of three talks I''m giving this week.

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). It is a paraphrase with lots of direct quotation, but shouldn't be taken as word-for word literal. All errors are my own.

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. These were designed originally by organizations such as the Open University, in Britain, and Canada''s Athabasca University.

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. I want to explain myself so that you know what we did and why we did it. And I want to lead into a discussion of what will follow, what the next generation technology will be to follow after the MOOC. I want to do a bit more than that.

The Metasociety

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Responding to An Open Letter to #OccupyWallStreet When the OWS people say 'we' they do not mean it in the sense of 'we who are camped out' but rather 'we' as in 'we who are not among the financial elite'.

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Emergence / Recognition

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Emergence Alan Levine writes, "I am looking for a metaphor or a real example of something maybe complex or just larger/valuable that does not arise solely from adding up many small components. The meaning of a sentence does not arise solely from the meanings of the words that make it up.

Personal Learning MOOC

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Instructor: Stephen Downes This course explores the topic of learning in three ways: first, through an examination of research and development issues related to the topic; second, through interaction with a personal learning environment (specifically: LPSS) to take the course; and third, through activities supporting the development of a personal learning environment at a conceptual level.

Experts and Authority

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In an article last year (and soon-to-be book ) Tom Nichols complained about the new relativism brought about by Wikipedia and Google and bemoaning the declining authority of the expert.

How to Get the Most out of a Conference

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MS-Word version -- PDF Version EDUCAUSE has this habit of creating placeholders for its posts and then sending RSS feeds composed solely of those placeholders.

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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. Phil – there’s so much hype or madness around MOOCs, and there’s a lot of discussion from people who were not previously involved in online education. They sometimes act like online education was invented in the last two years.

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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. The democratization of the MOOC cannot be underestimated We have reached the point in the history of MOOCs where the initial excitement is waning and people are beginning to ask questions about whether MOOCs will play a useful role, much less a transformational one, into the future.

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. This is a beautiful location - and I hear that Canadians are fond of nature. And you'll hear a lot today about econogy and nature. Complex dynamic systems.

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. Here''s a citation : The average completion rate of xMOOCs is 7.6%, with a minimum of 0.67% and a maximum of 19.2%. The 19.2%

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. These are the MOOCs that have received most of the attention in recent years and have generally shaped people''s impressions.

My Workflow

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I was thinking about working openly recently and decided to document my workflow, such as it is. As you can see I need to devise a way to make my projects and courses more transparent. There's also a PowerPoint version of the image with working links. No HTML version, sorry

My Viva

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Patrick Dunleavy offers this list of ten typical questions that might be asked on your PhD oral exam. I always felt I would have aced my oral exam, but I never got to take it because my examiners did not want me to work on network theory. So how would I have answered these questions?

The Green Solution

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Canada's PostMedia, concerned as always about meeting Canada's climate change targets, has published an article in the Toronto Sun arguing that Trudeau's emissions reduction targets are (and I quote) "impossible". In support of this conclusion the cite "math".

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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. New Forms of Learning By now in educational institutions around the world we(*) have firmly entered into the technological era. There is no question any more of whether we should embrace new learning technologies; we have done it. Today we employ tools such as learning management systems, digital learning resources and eBooks.

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. Some comments in parentheses are my own.

The Great Rebranding

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Types and Tokens

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Look at this picture: Did you see a cat? Or did you see my cat Alex? This is a question of some significance, since one of them exists and the other doesn't. And therein lie some important lessons in theory and theorizing.

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Assessment in MOOCs

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I was asked: " I was wondering how they might work with the Humanities, as I teach Seventeenth-Century Literature, Shakespeare and other related subjects, which require research papers and final examinations. I can see using MOOCs for people who simply have a (non-credit) interest in these subjects, but I can''t see myself marking 5,000 term papers, and a similar number of exams. Multiple-choice evaluation, as in science, is easily taken care of electronically, but not in humanities.

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. It''s worth taking the time to read it in full before proceeding with this post: here it is.

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. I 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.

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. This program was developed and approved to address the issue of skills shortages in technical and professional industries in Canada. It is an issue that costs Canadian industry billions of dollars a year while thousands of Canadians remain unemployed.

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. This presentation is mine and ifyou want to share it with people, go ahead and share it. No problem at all.

The Google Ecosystem

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This is an illustration of the Google Plus Ecosystem I created to try to explain the flow of information through Google Plus from its (currently undocumented) sources through to its (currently broken) output

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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. Yet when I post an article on that page, it reaches a small percentage of that audience. This item , for example, which as of today has reached 33 people.

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. I 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. We're going to talk about the factors that led to the development of the Massive Open Online Course and Connectivism and the new phenomena in learning today.

Learning and Performance Support Systems

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This post is to introduce you to our Learning and Performance Support Systems program, a new $19 million 5-year initiative at the National Research Council that I will be leading.

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. Dron writes, "But I''m not so sure that, as presented here, it is a learning theory at all." Honestly, I don''t care whether it''s a learning theory.

E-Learning Generations

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( version française ) In recent years I have been working on two major concepts:first, the connectivist theory of online learning, which views learning as anetwork process; and second, the massive open online course, or MOOC, which isan instantiation of that process. These, however, represent only the mostrecent of what can be seen as a series of 'generations' of e-learning.

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. How many newcomers should we welcome to Canada in 2017 and beyond?

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. The idea is to identify some key events in our own professional development, some 'watershed moments', if you will.

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. They’re still focused on their own organizational information systems and traditional institutional networks. -- William H.