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Creating the Connectivist Course

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So the form was not something we designed and implemented, at least, not explicitly so. One was the beginning of open online courses. We had both seen them in operation in the past, and had most recently been influenced by Alec Couros’s online graduate course and David Wiley’s wiki-based course. What made these courses important was that they invoked the idea of including outsiders into university courses in some way.

Course 152

Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 3

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

[ Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - ] I have the basic structure of the course in place and now I want to fill it out with some content. The course starts in a couple of days and it's important to ensure people have something to see and work with.

Module 158

gRSShopper in a Box

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It includes some elements you might expect to find in a learning technologies landscape - learning analytics, competencies and skills, etc., To harvest the course data I'm actually using an NRC-built tool in development called BeeYard.

Personal Learning MOOC

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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. Participants may also be subscribed to a daily newsletter for the duration of the course.

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

George Siemens

And the LMS is not being commoditized – it’s being integrated with new value adds including curriculum, eportfolios, analytics, learner relationship management, advising, mobile, etc. He used to do a monthly newsletter, but that appears to have been discontinued. Disclaimer: They have been generous in allowing us to continue using their Collaborate tool (formerly Elluminate) for open online courses).

Social Media Planning and Evaluation for NGOs | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

This topic is designed to give you some tools and ideas for including social media appropriately in your overall organizational strategic plan and to measure its effectiveness. For example, you may try a blog as an alternative to a traditional email newsletter.

Connective Knowledge and Open Resources

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

George and I have been exchanging email since the late 1990s – we each had our own online newsletter (mine was OLDaily , his was called elearnspace ). The practical implementation of connectivism is the massive open online course, or MOOC. Rather, we encouraged people to create course content and to contribute to the course through their own websites, through discussion groups, communities, and and other forum they chose.

Daniel on MOOCs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I previously posted an item on Sir John Daniel's discussion of MOOCs, but I have added more extensive comments on Tony Bate's review - I rather suspect it is much more likely to be read by him there than on any site of mine. Here is thus the comment I posted: > I will be interested though (as will the author) in your responses to the paper.

RSS 135

Measuring the Impact of Your Nonprofit Program

Beth Kanter

The workshop used design-thinking based on Luma methodology to help participants develop a communications strategy for measuring impact. The process took participants through an assessment of the problems facing them, collective brainstorming, and prototyping.

E-Learning Generations

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

( 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. The idea that books or courses could be broken down intosmaller chunks suggested to people that these chunks could be created in onecontext and reused in another context. One was the beginning ofopen online courses.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: The Power of Power Laws

John Hagel

In many respects, the history of Western business in the twentieth century represents an effort to build scalable operations through standardization designed to serve “average consumers”. The problem is that most of our analytical tools are designed to understand Gaussian worlds.

Education as Platform: The MOOC Experience and what we can do to make it better

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

What this talk is about - it's called "Education as Platform" - is the idea of exploring some of the experiences we've had with massive open online learning, and exploring some of the criticisms that we've experienced, some of the criticisms that we've seen, and trying to understand what elements of the design are working and what elements of the design are not working, and to use this understanding to try to advance our perspective on the way online learning is proceeding and should proceed.

Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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. Distance learning therefore required the creation and distribution of learning content, of course packages that would support independent study. They had the model of the course packages, and they had the model of the classes. WebCT in English stands for "Web Course Tools." Of course, we had instant messaging.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Gaming and Learning

John Hagel

JSB and Thomas focus in particular on the role of games like World of Warcraft in building leadership talent: In this way, the process of becoming an effective World of Warcraft guild master amounts to a total-immersion course in leadership.

Skills 130

On the temptation to declare "email bankruptcy" - Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton

Design school project teaches bike safety - The Stanford Daily Online. Tim Brown: Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation. Tina Seelig: What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World. Davenport: Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning. Bill Moggridge: Designing Interactions. « Do you want to DO design thinking? Bob Sutton.

Kirschner, Sweller, Clark (2006) - Readings

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The past half-century of empirical research on this issue has provided overwhelming and unambiguous evidence that minimal guidance during instruction is significantly less effective and efficient than guidance specifically designed to support the cognitive processing necessary for learning. Recent developments in instructional research and instructional design models that support guidance during instruction are briefly described.