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Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The talk is called "Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World" and I want to begin with a story that came across the wires recently and I thought was very appropriate for this venue. The hashtag is a way of creating self-organizing networks.

Elgg: it’s a community effort

Harold Jarche

This weekend I noticed a tweet from Alec Couros about some issues with the Ning social networking platform. This social networking platform is simple to set-up and use and has been embraced by millions, including LearnTrends (+3,000) and WorkLiteracy (+900), two sites I manage. Another platform that I have used since its early days is Elgg , an open source social networking platform that attracted me because of its unique underlying model.

Identifying a collaboration platform

Harold Jarche

Step Two, or a concurrent step, would be to look at how to enhance collaboration. First of all, collaborative work tools must be simple to be effective. A collaboration platform that is over-engineered would be counterproductive. The key aspect of a collaboration platform is that should make work more transparent and rewards sharing. Does it simplify work and make it more transparent for everyone in the network? Connect the LMS to a collaborative work platform.

From “learning technologies” to “social technologies”

Jane Hart

Social technologies now play a big part in everything we do, and it is quite clear that many knowledge workers use a variety of social tools and networks not only to help them get work done, but also to learn efficiently while on the job.

Information: What am I missing?

George Siemens

Create, collaborate, and share. Landing (Elgg), Twitter, Facebook. understand activity, influence, networks, or other means of social and. information network activity. What can we do now with information that we could not do in the past? I’ve abused Kauffman’s concept of the adjacent possible by applying it to the new opportunities, untapped potential, and levels of complexity, that arise with the development of something new.

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100 eLearning Articles and White Papers

Tony Karrer

collaboration 8. Managing the Complexity of Forming an Online Networking Community: 14. Building community in an online learning environment: communication, cooperation and collaboration 16. Learning Networks and Connective Knowledge 25. Podcast on Social Networking in Project-Based Learning | Beyond School 44. Learning and Networking with a Blog (Deleted Scenes) : eLearning Technology 46. Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0

Ning cancels “free”

George Siemens

Big news today from Ning: no more free networks (and 40% staff layoffs). Many educators use Ning for creating social networks. Which is why I’m quite pleased that we’re using Elgg for our institutional learning/collaboration network at Athabasca University: the Landing. Hosted services are great – as long as you can pull your data out (a significant value to Google’s data liberation project).

New Technology Supporting Informal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This work, in turn, is suggesting and supporting the model of learning described in the first section, that of a course network supporting and informing an ever-shifting set of course episodes. Peters, 2006) In part, our best response to the variability and complexity of the subject matter along with the changing nature of the learner is to design systems that are decentralized, to push learning decisions down the hierarchy or out to the edges of the network.

DIY is here

Harold Jarche

Open source Elgg may replace Ning with a non locked-in platform, but its success remains to be seen. Just look at Google Docs, the best and easiest DIY online collaboration suite, in my opinion. Enabling DIY should be a prime directive in the development of technologies for collaborative work and networked learning as well. Over three years ago I wrote that the future of learning is DIY : With Google you can find most information that you need.

May – June 15 Great Ones

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Study: Twitter Is Not a Very Social Network - ReadWriteWeb , May 11, 2010. Blog – The Fundamental Limits of Privacy For Social Networks - Technology Review Feed – Tech Review Top Stories , May 4, 2010. Edfutures – How to collaborate and not lead. Facebook, The Movie, In Theaters Soon - Lockergnome Blog Network , June 4, 2010. Using Twitter to deliver a collaborative keynote , May 23, 2010. Identifying a collaboration platform , May 5, 2010.

eLearning Learning - Best of May

Tony Karrer

Blogger in Middle-earth , May 26, 2009 Tips for Working with SMEs - Bozarthzone , May 21, 2009 Social Networking in Times of Stress and Personal Emergencies - Electronic Papyrus , May 11, 2009 Aligning Learning Theory with Instructional Design - The E-Learning Curve , May 21, 2009 Developing a PLE Using Web 2.0 eLearning Learning Hot List May 1, 2009 to May 31, 2009 Here is the best stuff from May 2009 via the eLearning Learning site. Hope you enjoy.

TTI Vanguard Conference Notes - 6

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Stephen Downes, National Research Council Dimensions of a learning Network In this talk I overview the major elements of Connectivism and learning network theory, explaining how networks are used to foster learning,and describing the properties of stable or effective networks. Tell volunteers what you're doing with the work - volunteers are research collaborators 3.

Connectivism and Transculturality

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Communities as Networks As you can see we are broadcasting live to a worldwide audience of 27 people. Look at this network up here on the screen. This is a network of western European languages. They're clusters located within a network rather than stand-along "we are all united" kind of groups. If we understand that our culture, that our nationality, our language, that our domains or disciplines, are clusters in a network then we think of these things differently.

Stager, Logo and Web 2.0

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

While some continue to argue that tooks and resources should be specifically 'educational', I would suggest that the newer approach (which we are calling 'learning networks' or 'connectivism') stresses continuity between the educational environment and the wider social environment. New types of collaboration ( not 'teams') in the corporate world resemble new types of collaboration ( not 'classes') in academia. Learning networks.

Education, Technology and Myth

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

If so, then the mathematics describing the difficusion of technology will be the same as the mathematics underlying social network theory. This resulted in a system that is very different from Moodle, which developed with constructivist theory specifically in mind, and even more from ELGG, which is probably the closest thing we have today to a connectivist application.