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My 25 Years of Ed Tech

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Diversity University started out as an educational MUD; Walden University was also an early adopter, and a whole bunch more. 1998 – Wikis Also: CMSs, RSS I didn't bother with Wikis. Instead, for me, 1998 was the year of RSS and content syndication. I did a lot of work with RSS, combining it with content management systems (CMS). I had designed OLe so that it used free-standing 'modules', and the IMS-LOM was perfect for this.

The Rise of MOOCs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I've been working with aggregators since the beginning of RSS and of course have been influenced here by the work of people like Dave Winer and Aaron Swartz, among many others. I'm not sure whether I expected the format to take off so quickly, but I was not surprised at all that once it proved successful it would be adopted by the Ivy Leagues (who would receive credit for its 'discovery') because this follows a well-established pattern in our field.

Course 169

E-Learning Generations

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Second, it created the idea that these content modules orchunks were sharable. Third, it brings in the idea of interoperability, first inthe form of syndication formats such as RSS, which allow us to share ourcontent easily with each other, but also later in the form or applicationprogramming interfaces, which allow one computer program on one website tocommunicate with another program on another website.