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Case Studies in MOOCs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Right, I've never used one in a MOOC. So how I would set one up is a bit speculative, though based on some examples (references completely forgotten) I've seen in the past. There are different types of things called 'case studies'.

The Myth of Post-Covid Skills, Reconsidered

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A few comments on this post. Having taken a look, I don't think a search of the top ten Google results for 'post-COVID skills' was the best place to look for lessons learned. The Google search gives us results from siets like McKinsey, Forbes, and topuniversities.com.

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Recommendations for Good Practice Using AI in Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Image: Forbes General Design for Humans The application of AI should be based on a human-centered approach. This means that the design should be based on actual human use, and not an idealized model.

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There's No One Thing Called Ethics

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I wrote this in OLDaily today: There's a lesson here anyone interested in the ethics of AI or education or whatever should heed. There are no simple solutions, because there will never be unanimous agreement on highly contested issues.

RSS and the Browser As Social Network

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Google Reader - source Responding to Mark Berthelemy. RSS was essentially disappeared because there wasn't a good business model for commercialization. Centralized social networks work much better for user tracking and link promotion. But they lose this advantage if they support RSS.

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Considerations on the Framework for Ethical Learning Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

As readers may know, I've been looking a lot recently at ethics related to online learning. In particular, I've studied a number of ethical codes and frameworks, publishing a paper summarizing my work.

Remarks on Interactivity

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I wrote this in response to an inquiry. I am bringing the constructs and principles of Information Systems (IS) with those of Connectivism since the previous studies rarely consider the learning theories’ principals, especially the learning theory for the digital age.

Future Learning Environments

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is an unedited AI transcript of a conversation I had with a group of people at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. Please note that the AI does not distinguish between speakers; in all, sever different speakers spoke. To hear the audio please see [link] Sure.

Remote Comments

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I've had an idea in the back of my mind for a long time now, and as I get closer to a real-world gRSShopper other people can actually use I began to ask around is anyone had seen an implementation. In a word, the response was "no".

Connectivism

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Unedited AI-generated transcript of a talk given online April 27, 2021. So, hello everyone. As was stated in the introduction, my name is Stephen Downes and it's a pleasure to be here. It's April 27 for me April 28th for you in Malaysia and this presentation is simply called ‘Connectivism’.

My Top Personal Learning Tools 2020

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Jane Hart has issued her annual call for our top ten e-learning tools, and here's mine. I've named my list 'personal learning tools' because I think of learning as an activity that blends my own activities as a 'student' with those as a 'teacher'.

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Sympathy for the Devil: Criticizing and Criticalizing the Media

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

These are notes taken during Shirley Steinberg's CNIE keynote, Sympathy for the Devil: Criticizing and Criticalizing the Media: Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil - accomplishments of the devil, listeners as audience are complicit in these accomplishments.

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Reflections on the Futures of Education

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

On the Futures This post is a series of short comments on the just-released document from the Canadian UNESCO chairs on the future of education.

The Future of Online Learning 2020

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is an edited text transcript from my presentation from April 27, 2020. Presentation page (audio, video, slides): [link] This talk is about change. It's about the change we see individually in our homes and in our workplaces and it's about the larger changes sweeping through society.

A Personal Learning Platform

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is an unedited auto-generated transcript from my talk today to Creative Commons Lightning Talks. Hi everyone, it's Stephen Downes here from Casselman Ontario Canada.

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What's Next for MOOCs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Hi, I'm Stephen Downes videoing in from Casselman in Ontario, Canada. My talk today is called What's Next for MOOCs. Now that might be a bit of a surprise for you because you probably read last year or maybe the year before or five years ago, that moocs are dead.

On the Indieweb

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I'm going to take Daniel Goldsmith's excellent post Praxis and the Indieweb as a point of departure for this post. Like Goldsmith, I am a fan of the Indieweb, or at least, the concept of the Indieweb. And I've been involved, at least around the periphery, in its development for many years.

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Professors and Bias

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A Reader wrote: I have seen the shift in politics over the last two years and find myself fundamentally disagreeing with many of my professor's views more often than not. Education is headed down a slippery path of indoctrination.

Being Online: Facing the Digital Future Together

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is an unedited auto-generated transcript of my talk for LINC home learning professional development, November 28, 2020.

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More Open

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

[ source ] "We should pause and ask the question," says David Wiley, "is more open always better?" The answer, of course, is "it depends". I don't keep my house open for just anyone to drop by. I keep my bank account PIN a secret.

A Message About Learning from the Shop Floor

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Dear Boss, Thank you for your email about e-learning , titled 'A message about learning from the C-suite' which was reprinted in Chief Learning Officer. You asked some questions and made some comments, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to reply.

Flying to Conferences

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I just want to take a few moments to consider Bryan Alexander's comments about flying to conferences. As most readers know, I have flown to hundreds of academic conferences over the years. So I guess I would be considered a prime offender in this regard.

How to Help Students Succeed by Taking Ownership of Their Learning Online Through Personal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is an unedited transcript created by the Google Sound Recording on the Pixel 4 (the main reason I bought this phone in fact) of the webinar I gave July 30, 2020. Thank you very much Sarah and I'm still waiting for that invitation to speak in Antarctica. Any time you're ready? I'm on a plane.

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How to Learn Using Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Learning with technology is different from learning with textbooks or learning with classroom instruction. In these, the focus is on understanding and remembering. It is content based. The learning objective is defined as mastery of this body of knowledge.

Being There: What Presence Means in a Digital World.

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is an unedited automated transcript produced by my Pixel 4 from this presentation: [link] Hi everyone. I'm Stephen Downs and I bring you greetings from my home office in Castleman, Ontario, Canada. Thank you for taking the time to watch my presentation today.

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Educational Research in Learning Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In this post I discuss the nature (and weaknesses) of research in our field. I am broadly sympathetic with the arguments offered by Philip J.

The Transformation of Digital Spaces and Digital Life

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to a survey: Please tell us how you imagine this transformation of digital spaces and digital life will take place: What reforms or initiatives may have the biggest impact? What beneficial role do you see tech leaders and/or politicians and/or public audiences playing in this evolution?

Connectivism at the Moment

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to an email enquiry - what is your opinion/ vision regarding the application of the CONNECTIVISM theory at present ? I see it being widely applied both online and offline. I recently wrote a paper called 'Recent Work in Connectivism ' where I describe this work.

Change in Education and What Needs to be Done

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Published as Change in Education and What Needs to be Done , 15 pages, 2020, Maysan Center for Future Studies. In recent months we as a global community have experienced a hard lesson about the nature of change.

How It Could Work

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I'm just going to offer a short post today as I develop some aspects of gRSShopper. In particular, I now have the gRSShopper MOOC environment up and running in a Docker environment - all the instructions are here if you want a copy for yourself, plus there's a video showing how to do it.

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Personal Learning: Taking Ownership of Learning Online: Part One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Note: this is an unedited audio transcript generated by the Google sound recorder app on my Pixel 4. In the future I may edit it (or if you want to, feel free). For now, I provide it as is for your enjoyment.

What Is Online Learning?

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I have a lot of sympathy for those working in educational technology positions at schools and universities today because they have been thrust into the unenviable position of converting a recalcitrant faculty of teachers and professors into overnight online instructors. Such a conversion would never have happened without an external force such as Covid-19.

Lessons From the Pandemic

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Introduction There were times when no one would have expected this, but as we enter the 2040s the school remains the centre of education and development in the community. In retrospect, we should have expected no other outcome.

My Meaning and the Parrot's

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Image: Quotes A while back I read an article titled ' My words have meaning, your parrot’s do not.

Supporting Everyday Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is an unedited transcript of my workshop. There we go, so now I'm recording.

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My 25 Years of Ed Tech

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Martin Weller has released his book 25 Years of Ed Tech today. It's a nice read; you are encouraged to check it out. But I have to confess, on having looked at the table of contents, I thought that it captured my career pretty well. Of course, that was not Weller's objective.

Where Do Blog Post Ideas Come From?

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Someone asked me by email, do you have any advice on how to come up with blog post ideas?

Reimaging Open Educational Resources

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is an edited transcript of my presentation 'Reimaging Open Educational Resources' presented November 10 2020 to the Open Education 2020 Conferemce. link] So what I want to talk to you today talked about with you today is open education resources.

OER and User Pay

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Thanks to Jeff Rubenstein for a thoughtful comment. I agree that the division between 'content' and 'paper + ink' isn't always the best way to approach the discussion, and should note here that it was generated as a metaphor to frame a response to a commonly raised issue.

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On Pandemic Politics, Pedagogies and Practices

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Institutional Support for Personal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Unedited Automated Transcript, December 14,2020 All right, um, so hello everyone.

Cruft

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to Donald Clark's excellent article, Let's move on from 'Unintelligible Intelligences' - IQ, Multiple Intelligences, Emotional Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence. Let’s take this idea further. Koch (2014) claimed that ALL networks are, to some degree ‘intelligent’." Not just Koch.

Boxing gRSShopper

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

What, again? Yes, again. Today I'm working on creating and saving a reusable Docker image of gRSShopper. I have the benefit of some previous work on this set-up, and so it might work today, so I'm documenting my process. Note : I'm doing all this so you don't have to.