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Informal Learning – the other 80%

Jay Cross

The start-up stiffed me but the paper morphed into the Informal Learning book. I’ll be leading a series of master classes on informal learning and working smarter in Europe. Informal Learning – the other 80%. Learning is social.

New Technology Supporting Informal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Abstract We often talk about games, simulations and other events in learning, but these technologies support only episodic learning. Equally important are those technologies that provide a context for these learning episodes, an environment where students and interact and converse among themselves. Context Online learning today is beginning to be dominated by developments in games, simulations and related technologies. Moreover, today's environment is complex.

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My 25 Years of Ed Tech

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

And it's not that we don't know the history of universities and distance education and learning theories, it's that so much of it and so many of them are wrong. In addition to the usual hands-on instructor-led learning, I discovered the training room, which was stocked with training videos.

2009 Predictions How Did I Do?

Tony Karrer

1 - "Self-Directed Learning" Increases Due to economic pressures, companies are going to reduce training budgets to a point where it doesn't make sense to create content on marginal topics. Strategy" Fails One of the better, cheap support mechanisms for self-directed learning are web 2.0

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. Online learning begins in the 1980s, it begins in the 1990s and it's born out of two major things. And like the strands of DNA we will see these things repeated through the history of online learning. The first basis is in distance learning. In the mid-1990s, people began to develop learning management systems.

Hot List - April 1, 2009 to April 11, 2009

Tony Karrer

So, here's the hot list for April 1 - April 11 via eLearning Learning. Although everyone learns most from their mistakes, it does save a lot of money if you keep some tips in the back of your mind. Building Better Learning Games - Learning Visions , April 9, 2009 Interested in building casual games for your learners? Learning results in physical changes to the brain and these changes are unique to each individual. What is an online learning community?

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The Reality of Virtual Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Presented to the Defense Learning Academy, Cornwall, Ontario, January 30, 2008. I’m looking at a particular slice of online learning, not the whole field of online learning, obviously. But my background is in philosophy and as a philosopher I’ve learned over time to look at reality in different perspectives and in different lights. You’re all looking at me; true (it’s enough to give me a complex). What is learning? But what is learning?