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Digital Learning 4.0: How to Guarantee Measurable Learner Impact Where Others Have Failed

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of: Digital Learning 4.0: How to Guarantee Measurable Learner Impact Where Others Have Failed Paul Hunter Director Digital Learning, IMD Business School IMD is a business school based in Switzerland.

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The Gen Z Learning Journey From Higher Education To The Workplace

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of a presentation: The Gen Z Learning Journey From Higher Education To The Workplace Giselle Kovary, M.A., President n-gen People Performance Inc. I want to cover research on Gen Z, especially from a Canadian context. They're more 1996 than 2012.

The 2019 National Survey of Online Learning in Canadian Post-secondary Education: Preliminary Results and Implications

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of the presentation The 2019 National Survey of Online Learning in Canadian Post-secondary Education: Preliminary Results and Implications. Moderated by Tony Bates. This is a follow-up from the first survey from 2017.

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Hearables

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of the talk "Hearables" by Rory McGreal Photo: Nobuko Fujita - What are they – Hunn 2014 – speaker-microphone in-ear with AI - Progressive development from earphones, hearing aids, etc - Can monitor: Blood pressure – stress, excitement Etc.

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Whence the Virtue of Open

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The word 'whence' means " from what place, source, or cause", and that is the question I would like to address with respect to the virtue of 'open'. The question is raised in the context of Heather Morrison's recent comments on The Dialectic of Open.

Educating the Next Generation Workforce: Preparing Students to Meet Employers’ Expectations

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of 'Educating the Next Generation Workforce: Preparing Students to Meet Employers’ Expectations' by Susan Aldridge, President (ret), Drexel University There are new types of jobs for students gradauating today, and new learning opportunities in igital labs, etc.

From Anxiety to Opportunity - The next 20 years of learning innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of 'From Anxiety to Opportunity - The next 20 years of learning innovation', John Baker, CEO, D2L. To look at the future it's helpful to understand the present and where we've been in the past. It's 20 years since D2L started - it has been a bit of a blur.

Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age for Indigenous Learners

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The Electricity of Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of a talk at eLearning Africa given by Jef Staes. I'm going to tell a story of why education is failing. We have a design error. This is a battle of two groups of people. There was an information shortage. So industry started schools. But today everything has changed.

Mahid Abdulkarim at eLearning Africa.

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of a talk by Mahid Abdulkarim at eLearning Africa. I want to tell you a story. We ll learn from stories. I hope it will show why technology means so much for a student like me. My country, Sudan, went through a revolution. We overthrew a president of 30 years. I got to witness this.

Linda Nanan Vallee at eLearning Africa

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of a talk by Linda Nanan Vallee at eLearning Africa. I felt close to something Jef said earlier, about the mission we have on Earth. So I just wanted to share some very personal things, because I fel like we are a family. When I was young I wanted to become a fighter pilot.

Turning Talent into Skills and Skills into Success

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of a talk by Ekwow Spio-Garbrah at eLearning Africa. The challenge for everyone is to find out how gto give back before moving to the next level of existence. Mentorship is one very important way to do so. Also to pick up on what Jef said about talent and passion.

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Your Art, My Art

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The New York Times today came out with a list of "the 25 works of art made after 1970 that define the contemporary age, by anyone, anywhere." What struck me as most significant was how little any of the works meant to me. Most of them I had never heard of.

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Efosa Ojomo, Christensen Institute

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of a talk by Efosa Ojomo, Christensen Institute, at eLearning Africa in Abidjan. The four Ps of education: purpose, problem, practicality, promise. The porpose: not simply to get people in a classroom, but to improve the human capital of society so they can be productive.

Martin Dougiamas, e_learning Africa

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of talk by Martin Dougiamas at e_learning Africa. I'm just going to focus on open ed-tech. We had a conference about Moodle in this room yesterday. Our mission at Moodle is to improve the world, and we're doing this by making an open source platform. The values drive the project.

Value

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

You sometimes hear me stumble over the word 'value', the way I did in a recent interview. Let me explain why. The word 'value' is widely used in our field and elsewhere.

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Shaping (As Opposed to Stumbling Into It!) – The Future of Online Learning and Training

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Shaping (As Opposed to Stumbling Into It!) – The Future of Online Learning and Training Stephen Murgatroyd, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer Contact North | Contact Nord These are summary notes of the talk, taken by me, “I’m here because I’m old….

The impacts of Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence on Learning and Development

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of a talk by Alan Bostakian, Senior Analyst, TD Bank - Future Ready project Why? The field is moving extremely fast and very soon all professionals will need to have some level of understanding about them. These areas help is in upskilling, instructional design, instructon, coaching, more.

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Connectivism and Language Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is in response to the following question from a student in Iran: I am going to start an academic project on the application of connectivism in the context of foreign language acquisition.

Approaching E-Learning 3.0

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Who is this course for? If you're reading this, then this course is for you. You've demonstrated the main criterion: some degree of interest in the subject matter of the course. You might be thinking: this course looks too difficult, too technical, or too high level.

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The Canadian Government and Cryptocurrency

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is the result of a quick survey I did today on the Canadian governments' stance on cryptocurrency, responding to an internal request. This is a policy-neutal document; that is, I don't advocate one way or another for any of the items described below.

Learning Electron - Part 2

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Continuing from Part 1 The story so far In Part 1 I covered the basics of Electron up to and including building executable applications from the Node.js application.

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On the Creative Commons Certificate Course

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A week ago, by way of a post in the Creative Commons Open Education Platform discussion list, I became aware of the Creative Commons Certificate course, "an in-depth course about CC licenses, open practices and the ethos of the Commons."

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The Failure of Reason

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

During yesterday's Future Trends Forum conversation featuring Kathleen Fitzpatrick - the author of Generous Thinking and proponent of reasoned debate between opposing parties - I asked a question that went roughly along the following lines: What if reason is what's at fault here?

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Higher Education and Rich People

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The fallout from the Jeffrey Epstein scandal continues to roil. Ethan Zuckerman has left the Media Lab.

Game Learning Analytcs for Evidence=Based Serious Games

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of a talk by Baltasar Fernandex Manjon at CELDA 2019 ie.ft.com/uber-game Serious games - Have been used successfully in many domains – medicine, military - But low adoption in mainstream education - So we say we’re working in ‘game-like simulation’ [link] - Fake news, trolls, e-influencers [link] [link] [link] - Has been formally evaluated Citizen science - Uses games for crowdsourcing Also: - Educational versions of commercial games Do serious games actually work?

A Distributed Content Addressable Network for Open Educational Resources

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Abstract We introduce Content Addressable Resources for Education (CARE) as a method for addressing issues of scale, access, management and distribution that currently exist for open educational resources (OER) as they are currently developed in higher education.

Does God Exist?

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Saint-Jean-de-Luz, photo by the author. Prompted by a sketch on CBC radio, I was curious this morning to see how Google would answer the question, "Does God exist?" To my mild surprise, the first page of results consisted of statements that God does, in fact, exist.

Call for Proposals #StephensNext60

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So I don't have an original bone in my body, as proven by this blatant rip-off of Ken Bauer's post of the same title and theme. Three Decade Mark I will turn 60 in April and so far things have turned out pretty well.

The Wrong Choice

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Joanne Jacobs links to an article titled Why I Wish I Hadn’t Gone to College by Keri Savoca. Savoca writes that she would have been a lot better off had she spent the 11 years doing something else. "I

Skills 190

Notes On "Global Guidelines: Ethics in Learning Analytics"

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In my post referencing the ICDE's Global Guidelines: Ethics in Learning Analytics yesterday I said: This document summarizes the considerations of an ICDE working group on learning analytics.

E-Learning 3.0 Course Synopsis

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Getting Ready Connectivism is based on the idea that knowledge is essentially the set of connections in a network, and that learning therefore is the process of creating and shaping those networks.

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The Fabrication that is OER

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

OER stands for 'Open Educational Resources' and as readers know I have been a long-time proponent of free and open learning resources. So why would I call them a fabrication in the title of this post? It's a response to OER @ 16, "Where are You?"

12 Deeper Tips for Great Public Speaking

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Steve Wheeler posted a nice article called 12 Tips for Great Speaking today.He's s had a lot of experience on the public speaking circuit and there's no doubt his tips hit the mark. I've also had some experience on the circuit, so I thought it would be useful to add to his remarks.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 5

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We launched the course this week and I did a bunch of things to get ready. This summarizes them in no particular order (except that they were all done in the last few days in a frantic rush). Videos Videos are an important part of any MOOC and these MOOCs are no exception.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 2

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In the previous segment I decided to create a course with modules and sections, and set up the modules. I'll fill out the actual content of those modules over time. But now I need to stance face-to-face with something I've been dreading.

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Making Baseball Fun Again

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Photo: Caitlin Tomotsugu throws a pitch. Photo credit: Darryl Gershman, MLB Baseball is of course a great sport. But there's no end to the things people want to do to make it 'better'. For example, some changes will be tried out in the Independent Atlantic League this year.

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What is the Value of OLDaily?

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

OK, before you panic, I'm not thinking of quitting OLDaily. It's not that kind of post. But still. When I changed email providers a few months ago I lost a lot of readers and my totals never did recover. (*) Nor am I being invited to speak at conferences any more.

Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 13

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Workflow The next step in the use of badges is to develop a mechanism for awarding them. This is something that can generate a lot of labour in a hurry (9 modules times 10 people means 90 badges issued.).

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Critical Thinking for Educators

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

"Pick any article from the newspaper," I would say to my students. Bring it in and we'll analyze it." This was one of my favourite - and my most effective - activities in my critical thinking classes. I never knew what the students would bring in. With each article we would have to begin afresh.

Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 1

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

One of the fun things about working with software I wrote myself is that I get to try new things. For example, instead of creating a course simply by filling in boxes in predefined forms, I can think about the structure and format ahead of time and design it exactly how I want.

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Learning Electron - Part 1

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Over the holidays this year I indulged myself in some guilt-free play: learning Electron. I ran across it reading my Medium feed, via this article demonstrating how to build a sound-machine app using Electron. I didn't build the sound-machine, but I built a bunch of other stuff.

What is Digital Literacy?

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Short response to a questionnaire. What is Digital Literacy Digital literacy is a type of literacy, specifically, the type of literacy that arises in the digital context. By 'the digital context' we mean the multimedia and inter-networked context enabled by digital technology.