My 25 Years of Ed Tech

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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). Anyhow, I document many uses of learning analytics here.

Online Newspaper Software

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

These are sites set up using Drupal and then expanded with various modules. There are four newspaper-specific Drupal module packages: * NodeStream - publish content in newspaper style * OpenPublish - OpenPublish is an online news platform that emphasizes visitor engagement and ease of content creation. Modules for facebook like and Disqus comments. Focus on subscription, scheduling, advertising and analytics.

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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. Computer programming lends itself to an online module, with assignments than can be auto-graded. This is the work of a field called 'Learning Analytics' (which should be 'discovered' by the Stanford-MIT nexus any time now).

Course 170

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.