Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The key to the definition, however, is that the resource be used to support learning, and this goes far beyond more traditionally 'educational' objects, to include free papers and videos, blog posts, online communities, and that much more. When I wrote The Future of Online Learning in 1998, I took into account three major sets of factors. The first was the obvious basis in technology. Internet and digital systems were advancing rapidly, in ways that could be known.

Research and Evidence

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Here's what Siemens says about these colleagues in his recent blog post on the debate: One approach is to emphasize loosely coupled networks organized by ideals through social media. Before blogs were called web 2.0,

Trending Sources

Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We said, "Create a blog on Blogger. by Stephen Downes Introduction: What learners Need Sorry, I forgot to turn on the audio recording. That''s how you start a broadcast, with dead air. Thank you very much it''s a pleasure to be here. Quick mike check. Mike check, everything good?

A Few Words on ePortfolios

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In the MOOCs we have offered over the years, such as Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (CCK08), we approached this issue by encouraging students to use their own blogs or websites.

Ten Key Takeaways from Tony Bates

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Moreover, the concept of blogging did not exist. Today we take electronic notes, blog them directly, and hire blog moderators to ensure children don''t get themselves into trouble publishing online. Like pretty much everyone else in the field I''ve been immensely enjoying Tony Bates''s work-in-progress, an online open textbook called Teaching in a Digital Age.

Experts and Authority

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I fear we are witnessing the 'death of expertise': a Google-fueled, Wikipedia-based, blog-sodden collapse of any division between professionals and laymen, students and teachers, knowers and wonderers," he writes.

Becoming MOOC

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Retrieved from [link] Note: this article originated as a submission requested by a magizine, but when I learned that they wanted an article that was 2,000 characters long, not 2,000 words, this article became available as a blog post There are two types of MOOCs. On the one hand, there is the xMOOC - this is a formal course created in a site like Coursera or EdX.

My Viva

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Throughout the last fifteen years or so I have assembled thousands of small items, hundreds of blog posts, and various talks and longer works. Patrick Dunleavy offers this list of ten typical questions that might be asked on your PhD oral exam.

The Great Rebranding

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Assessment in MOOCs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Peer grading can work really well for blog posts and discussion lists, where it can be managed with a simple thumbs-up thumbs-down metric. I was asked: " I was wondering how they might work with the Humanities, as I teach Seventeenth-Century Literature, Shakespeare and other related subjects, which require research papers and final examinations.

Connectivism and the Primal Scream

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Here''s 300 tweets, 700 Google+ posts in your inbox, 70 blog posts, and a Java-enabled seminar software environment you''ll need to calibrate your laptop to access (on a MAC we call that an adventure!),

Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

From the student''s perspective, by contrast, the view is to a set of other students or course instructors, and via interactions with these course participants, to a wide range of resources and services across the wider internet, everything from blog posts to YouTube videos.

Open Learning, Open Networks

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is where you store that stuff, where you store stuff that you create, your blog posts maybe, your finances perhaps.

Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Blogging exploded. People don't talk about blogging so much now but there's a lot of blogging happening right now. When we started using systems that allowed us to create our own content like blogging systems we imported this idea. The original version of blogging was something called the blogroll. I don't know if there's a Spanish word for that but in English it's the blog roll. It's a list of blogs that you read.

E-Learning Generations

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

is arguably the development of blogging software, whichallowed people to easily create web content for the first time. Of the2200 people who signed up for CCK08, 170 of them created their own blogs, thefeeds of which were aggregated with a tool I created, called gRSShopper, andthe contents delivered by email to a total of 1870 subscribers (this numberremained constant for the duration of the course).

Response to Dron

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I think where I advanced is in the following: first, explaining why these principles are important in terms of network principles (and not 3rd party observer principles or folk psychology) as a response against cascade phenomena (see, for example, Cascades and Connectivity , or Community Blogging ), and second, using these four principles as design principles for learning technology and learning design generally.

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

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The first - simple - iteration of this is, you send a message to me, I send a message to you, you send a message to you, I post a blog, you comment on it, and the messages go back and forth. When you have 2600 participants, if every person writes a blog post, that's 2600 blog posts. Blogs and discussion lists are not sufficient. Presented to EdgeX2012 , Delhi, India, March 12, 2012. My name is Stephen Downes, I'm from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

A Year in Photos

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In one, I evaluated the popularity of MOOCs , not based on gross measures like hits or tweets or whatever, but through discussions of MOOCs on the set of blogs I''ve been following more or less consistently before, during and after the hype, which shows a more-or-less steady state of interest.

On Immigration

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The following is a set of questions and my responses to a Canadian government request for feedback the future of immigration in Canada (it would be nice if these surveys had a 'blog this' button; in the mean time they advise that the results will eventually be posted on Open.Canada.ca , which of course I support.

Blogs in Education

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

What is a Blog? A blog is a personal website that contains content organized like a journal or a diary. Readers catch up with blogs by starting at the top and reading down until they encounter material they’re already read. Though blogs are typically thought of as personal journals, there is no limit to what may be covered in a blog. While the earliest blogs were created by hand, blogging becam widely popular with the advent of blog authoring tools.

Beyond Assessment ? Recognizing Achievement in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It''s not really a secret formula, but there''s a blog over there called, "The Rapid eLearning Blog," which is all based on "do a few videos, and learning will magically appear." For those who are on audio, I want to acknowledge Samuel Noekowsky, who just spoke. This talk is basically what he said, except he said it in the French way with complex theories, while I''m going to give it in the prickly, analytical, English kind of Canadian, dry presentation.

What Makes a MOOC Massive?

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In the first connectivist MOOC, for example, we have 170 individual blogs created by course participants (in Change11 we had 306 feeds). Thus for example the course that has 170 active blogs *does* qualify, while CFHE, which had 83 blogs, is on the cusp (it would need another 70 people active on other platforms, such as Twitter or Google Groups). How many blogs can a person read, follow and respond to? Responding to a LinkedIn Discussion.

Social Media: An Interview

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I use one major blogging service, Blogger. I've created various Blogs using Blogger over the eyars, but my major ones todfay are 'Half an Hour' [link] , which I use for long-form posts, and 'Let's Make Some Art Dammit' [link] I use for ds106 [link] projects and for generic art. Content from my blogs is aggregated and stored on my website. Content from my newsletter goes into an oldaily Twitter account, while content from my blogs goes to the Downes Twitter account.

RSS 85

#OEB14 Rheingold, Lewin, Stevenson

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

On another tab you find the blogs. I created a course hub that aggregates their blogs. These are summary notes of the presentations at Online Educa Berlin, 2014. If the text uses the first person, it is the presenter speaking, not me. Aida Opoku-Mensah E-Learning Africa I''ve seen the impact of e-learning. In countries where we can not invest enough in schools, e-learning is the only option. There are far too many people without access to learning. -

Non-Research Citations in the Siemens Research Study

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

There are many non-research articles cites, with a particular preference toward foundations, consultants, a few blogs and news and magazine articles. ELearnSpace Blog. Defending himself against my criticism of his recently released research study on distance and online learning, George Siemens tweets: Au contraire mon frère. The non-research citations are as selective and ill-informed as the formal citations.

International MOOCs Past and Present

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

link] Sloodle MOOC - https://www.sloodle.org/blog/?p=252 OpenLearning.com , a venture born out of the University of New South Wales ( UNSW ) in Sydney, Australia. Starting this week, you can begin taking two of their courses ( Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport & Services Marketing – The Next Level ). University of Western Australia.

Wrong on Education

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Having one's own blog - and being able to link to the evidence - is a lot better Norbert Cunningham treats Moncton to his own special treatment of education , inspired by Margaret Wente (Globe and Mail Dec.

Institutions and Openness

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

And again, the point of all those ranting blog posts I wrote when I was a younger person was that the LMS institutionalizes a pedagogy that we don’t really want. Setting Up the Discussion Let's be precise about what was claimed by Michael Caulfield in his paper Putting Student-Produced OER at the Heart of the Institution : People make things possible. Institutions make them last. His italics. His point is specifically that unless something is institutionalized, it does not last.

Advice to OcTEL

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Context: email to David Jennings, on the occasion of the start of the OcTEL MOOC , in which participants have been flooded with introductory emails from the course mailing list. Hi - here are some suggestions - posted here because you’ll probably not get them if I send an email (heh).

List 63

Transparency, Radical or Otherwise

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to Doug Johnson , who in turn is responding to Miguel Guhlin , who has made his RSS work again. :) My managers and co-workers read my blog (though not as speedily as I would like). My mother reads my blog. So I don't "write as though" they read it; I write knowing they read it. They all know I am fallible, that I sometimes have bad days, that I'll call someone out if they deserve it, and (most importantly) that I'm passionate and care about my work.

RSS 69

RSS Changeover Day Experiences

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

For some reason the designer has opted to highlight unread counts and blog titles with an ugly green circle or box with white text. Also, there''s no search (though from the blog it appears to be a priority). So today is the day Google Reader is vanishing from the web. What next?

RSS 60

The Robot Teachers

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Want to give your blog a boost? "Can you recommend a good doctor?" This is the final question in an article by Tony Bates about teaching, and it frames the debate nicely. We would be very disinclined to turn over the healing profession to automation, and in the same vein, should be equally hesitant when it comes to teachers. My first thought on reading the question was, "they're all good."

Technology Integration in K-12

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

You''ll note that I haven''t included any presentation tools, like online video, or talked about having the whole class use blogs or Facebook. I was asked, I''m curious as to what you think the three most important things for new teachers to know about technology integration in k-12? Community - teaching can be a lonely profession, and it''s easy to think you face problems nobody else faces.

Measuring MOOC Media

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Here''s the information I sent Steve Kolowich for his Chronicle article on the (possible?)

News 50

The Study, and Other Stuff

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

On the idea that "the Stephen that today has exceeded the impact of members on that committee through blogging, his newsletter, presentations, and software writing."This There are three separate threads in Siemens's response to my last post , all of which are fascinating: The thread concerning whether or not the study he published was bad, The thread examining the question of whether universities can be a valuable force for social equity, and My own experiences of the university system.

Study 42

Strive Less. Share More.

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This comment, for example, will be posted on my blog, where it will be read by people who will think it useful, people who will think it stupid, and people who will wonder why I would bother posting it at all. I was asked by Jane Wilde : Would you be willing to give us a brief response to any one of the following questions. I know each is potentially big, and we don''t want to impose. So maybe you could answer with the first thing that comes to mind.

What I Wish I Had Learned in School

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

What would I have done in an environment where I could program computers and build robots and write blogs and fly quadrocopters? School for me was not really a pleasant experience. Oh, sure, it had its moments, but it was a struggle. On the one hand, we had the typical high school curriculum, which was about as exciting as paste, and on the other hand, we had the Darwinian social environment red in metaphorical tooth and claw.

Class 57

OLDaily Over the Years

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Meanwhile, in case you''re curious, the states for this blog, Half an Hour, as volunteered by Google are as follows: I''m not sure whether we learn anything from these results, other than that persistence pays, but it''s interesting to observe them just the same

Income Inequality and the Wealth Tax

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to Branko Milanovic, Lead Economist in the World Bank research group and a visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, Why Income Inequality Is Here to Stay , in the Harvard Business Review blog. This article does not establish that "income inequality is here to stay" and beyond the discussion of two political philosophers does not address either the cause of income inequality nor the desirability of ending it.

Connective Knowledge and Open Resources

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We had about 170 blogs created to support the course, and we aggregated these using RSS – content syndication supporting online learning. From your web & blog, we found you were a passionate advocate of OER, can you share with us your first experience about open online educational resource? And none of these supported aggregation – the RSS readers and blogging engines were always separate products.