E-Learning 3.0 Course Synopsis

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The MOOC environment is designed to support both types of learning. Ideally, course participants will have tools to manage their individual knowledge networks as well as means to interact through social networks. Each person enters the course with their own learning objective.

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Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In this paper I would like to address the core design elements in the development of a personal learning architecture being developed in the National Research Council''s Learning and Performance Support Systems program. The MOOC combined several themes which were in themselves becoming increasingly important: the idea of massively multi-user environments, the idea of using open and distributed content, the idea of fully online delivery, and the packaging of these as an online course.

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The Future IMS Learning Design

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The Future IMS Learning Design What is the future of learning design? Joel Greenberg My own personal view: maybe the world is moving on, and maybe the idea of 'design' is a bit old fashioned. So now we have this whole system all based around Word - structured interface, graphics from repository. The idea is to lead academics to a lightweight narrative, and having them design around it. So, what is the future of learning design?

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What will universities monetize in the future?

George Siemens

If I was tasked with designing a course from scratch, I would start by searching repositories, rather than creating any new content. Universities do more than teach. Research is one of the most important activities of higher education.

Assessing online assessments

Clark Quinn

Particularly as MOOCs come into play, with (decreasingly) government funded institutions giving online content and courses for free. I recall hearing of, but haven’t yet seen, a seriously threatening repository of such. Yes, there are learning object repositories, but they’re not yet populated with a rich suite of contextualized practice. Writing evaluation rubrics is also a challenge for untrained designers or experts. design games strategy

Personalization for Knowledge Workers


The objective is to help the employee cut through the corporate knowledge repository and match the content with the unique needs of each employee. It engenders a “living” repository where problems are fixed as soon as they are identified, and gaps filled as they become apparent.



A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application that allows a company, school, or organization to administer, document, track, and report on the delivery of educational courses and training programs. Online learning object repository. Online Learning Object Repository. ?.

How Not to Adopt an LCMS


Create topics to be distributed as microlearning or assembled into a course. Store content in a single repository so that it is easy to search, find, and reuse. It’s very difficult to sit down and design the perfect solution in a vacuum.

Single-Source Workshop with Bryan Chapman and Xyleme Recap


He took his single-source workshop materials and using Xyleme LCMS technology, created a full course on the topic. Based on industry averages, he estimated the time to develop this course and all the outputs would have previously taken 804 hours and the cost would have been $42,000.

Open Education, MOOCs, and Opportunities

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

These systems were modeled on distance education resources such as programmed texts and course workbooks. These were designed originally by organizations such as the Open University, in Britain, and Canada''s Athabasca University. Online courses were developed according to a protocol that developed over 20 years of experience. This project, funded by Foundations such as Hewlett, involved the conversion and distribution of all MIT course materials on the internet.

working smarter case study

Harold Jarche

The university transitioned from designing processes for formal learning to increasing support for informal learning by: Establishing a learning & performance innovation team. From pushing training and courses, to workers pulling learning as required.

Beyond Free ? Open Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

They are however designed to be standalone talks as well so hopefully you will not be as unfulfilled after the talk as you might be afraid of being. She challenges the concept of the Massive Open Online Course by asking, "What is the problem that MOOCs appear to have solved?"

stories connect knowledge

Harold Jarche

Sometimes our decisions not to do something are just as important as our selected course of action, from the perspective of the future. Institutional decision memories can describe how and why we, as an organization, chose one course of action over another.

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Content as a Service


As instructional designers, we create our learning products, package them up with all the content and media, wish them well, and ship them off to the LMS’s – never to be seen again. Learners must go through a cumbersome process of logging in, registering for the course, launching the course, then navigating through it to find the bit they are interested in. It takes months to create big monolithic eLearning courses that we lose control of once we ship to an LMS.

LibraryLab funded project librapalooza

David Weinberger

Makes it easy to create slideshows out of images from image repositories. It initially is using the VIA repository. It’s intended for classroom use, or, of course, for anyone. This tool eases the process of adding open access material to open access repositories, including Harvard DASH. This is an issue because not all repositories have the same APIs or metadata definitions. This is a viewer designed specifically for viewing historical atlases online.

International Perspective: The MOOC and Campus-Based Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The typical online course is a structured content repository; the instructor has thought about which resources and the student is instructed to move through them in the crudest form possible, read this, do that, and that is the extent of the orchestration.

Foradian Technologies Interview

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Since 2001 at NRC I have worked on learning object standards and repositories, content recommender systems, collaborative content authoring technology, and massive open online courses (MOOCs). Please discuss about the importance of designing a course? This means that instead of charting a route through content, course designers need to present options and opportunities for learners to engage, interact, work with resources and create new knowledge.

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.

The Real Goal of Open Educational Resources

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

UNESCO (again) - "For students, OERs offer free access to some of the world’s best courses and even degree programs. For teachers, ministries of education and governments, OERs provide free and legal access to some of the world’s best courses." OER ensures that students have access to all course material from the first day of class." It will be used, of course. Unless, of course, the real benefit of open licenses is that the resources are free.

Evaluation of CL/4291 “Draft text of the Recommendation concerning Open Educational Resources”, UNESCO

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Is it all and only “appropriate pedagogical methodologies, well-designed learning objects and the diversity of learning activities”? There is first of all significant ambiguity in the terms “appropriate” and “well-designed”.

STEM Literacy is for Everyone

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Among LINC’s key projects is Blossoms - Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies , which is developing a large free repository of video modules created by gifted volunteers from around the world to assist school teachers with math and science courses. They are not even taking STEM courses in school, - be it high school, post-secondary education or college. MIT professor Richard Larson recently wrote an excellent opinion column - STEM is for Everyone.

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The MOOC of One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

What I mean by that is I want to talk about the development of the MOOC or the Massive Open Online Course. I''m one of the people who designed the concept originally in 2008. Even the MOOCs, the Massive Open Online Courses, that have followed the MOOCs that were developed by George Siemens and myself, the courses offered by Khan Academy, Coursera, Udacity, Udemy, and the rest are all based on the idea of some body of content. We say, "Well, Massive Open Online Course."

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Free chapters from Implementing eLearning

Jay Cross

Marketing Design. This material will join the repository of problem-solving stuff I’m assembling at jaycross.com. Seven years ago, Lance Dublin and I wrote a book entitled Implementing eLearning. The cover explained… Here Is How To: Manage the Change to E-Learning.

The top 10 reasons your mobile learning strategy will fail | Dawn.


That’s because rapid eLearning has nothing to do with the learner and everything to do with the Instructional Designer and how they want you to see their knowledge. It’s time to move away from the designer-centric view of content to the learner-centric view.

MOOCs and the OPAL Quality Clearinghouse

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a concept developed by Stephen Downes, George Siemens (University of Manitoba, Athabasca University) and Dave Cormier (UPEI) in 2008. The practice consists of hosting a traditional college or university course in an open environment, supported by technology that facilitates massive participation. The design is such that quality materials will be discovered and highlighted by course participants.

Should Knowledge Workers have E2.0 Ratings, Part 3

Andy McAfee

Many of the comments I received relate to the eternal debate over optimal incentive design, and whether it’s desirable (or even possible) to measure and reward effort vs. activities vs. outcomes. They serve as large and dynamic knowledge repositories. Photo of Andrew McAfee Home Blog About RSS Andrew McAfees Blog The Business Impact of IT Tweet Should Knowledge Workers have E2.0

Learning and Performance Support Systems

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Although advanced learning technologies are available, the bulk of training continues to be offered in the form of in-person courses. Program Design and Scope The LPSS is designed along three technology thrusts.

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New Issues for OERs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Unattributed suggestions from the 'email thread', organized into categories by me (with my commentary following): Funding, Support, Development - Faculty Funding faculty development efforts around OER, including adoption/adaptation/creation/OEP (funds for course releases, peer reviewing, etc.) Uniform rating system for OER Better versioning control Is a central repository for higher-ed OER a realistic option?

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Through the Workscape Looking Glass

Jay Cross

Training departments have single-shot solutions: courses. Courses are rarely appropriate for experienced workers. Unlearn your assumptions about courses and top-down learning. leveraging self-sustaining processes instead of one-time courses. Knowledge repository.

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50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10

Jay Cross

Traditionally, training departments were designed for mechanical work processes. Instructional designers created curriculum around tried-and-true best practices. Training identified knowledge gaps and delivered courses to close them. 10 percent from courses and reading.

The aging workforce (part 3)

Dave Snowden

while valuable in creating works of art was not valuable as a knowledge repository. Universities would benefit from more active engagement by older students in many a course.

Life Without eMail – 5th Year Progress Report – The Community, The Movement

Luis Suarez

Well, mainly because if there is anything that I have learned over the course of time, and, specially, in the last couple of years, is that the world doesn’t use email.

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SharePoint Social Learning Experience

Tony Karrer

for Marketing – Social Learning Experience The concept is probably easiest to understand by considering what HP did around their course on Web 2.0 Of course, that’s an interesting learning problem in that the answer around “implications” is not defined.

My Watershed Moments

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I gave two talks , both on the subject of learning objkects and learning object repositories, at a conference titled Objetos de Aprendizaje (OA) y Redes de Alta Velocidad held at the Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria. I had even authored a guide, Practical Graphic Design.

Crowdsourcing the Future of eLearning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Or students in one country creating a Math 8 course for all students on Moodle. online classes and institutions might develop local capacity by developing courses and resources for a global audience. Students - allowing students to 'friend' courses on different sites, and share forum messages from similar courses around the world. The idea of making students co-creators of the course, by creating definitions, wiki entries, etc.

Notes from ALT-C

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

initiatives to challenge institutional structure by starting dialogiues - SU was very good with communicating with students throught the process - Birmingham - projects innvoate in specific courses - led by SU - w/ student-staff teams bringing forward specific projects. lists, not tables) Roger Henry - ''Your Business Future'' - OERs in the business course - videos. -

Open Learning, Open Networks

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Open online learning entered the mainstream with the growth and popularity of MOOCs, but while interest in open online courses has never been greater MOOCs represent only the first step in a broader open learning infrastructure. I am still working on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). [8]

Howard Rheingold on the Social Media Classroom

Nancy White

Every platform has its lineage, the experiences of the designers that inform design choices during development. The Classroom also includes curricular material: syllabi, lesson plans, resource repositories, screencasts and videos.

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[liveblog] International Univ. Lib. conference: Afternoon panel

David Weinberger

For example, the DASH repository at Harvard (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard). And “why aren’t we creating our own courses?” why aren’t we creating our own courses? The desk also is designed for queueing. “”So designed, service desks reinforce a transactional, consumerist vision of what we do.”” ”” “So designed, service desks reinforce a transactional, consumerist vision of what we do.”

Old Growth Media And The Future Of News

Steven Berlin Johnson

In 1993, Wired Magazine launched, and suddenly I had access not only to an amazing monthly repository of technology news, but also a new kind of in-depth analysis that had never appeared in the pages of MacWorld. I probably read twenty mini-essays about Safari’s new tab design.)

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Working Smarter eFieldbook $12

Jay Cross

A major part of modern instructional design is actually workscape design. Workscape designers, like landscape designers, start with the existing environment. Information repository, archives, search engine. Donald Clark: 10 ways to shorten courses 215.

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Contest - Win a Free Copy of Digital Habitats via LearnTrends 2009

Tony Karrer

And, of course, happy to answer any questions. We use the polarities that are developed in Digital Habitats to tie these examples together and give you design ideas for program development. I've known Nancy White and John Smith for quite a while.

Presentation to UNCTAD's Advisory Group on "Developing skills, knowledge and capacities through innovation: E-Learning, M-Learning, cloud-Learning"

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We''ve discovered in recent offerings of online courses, people started out enthusiastically, but are unable to finish the course because they''ve run out of time. This is something that does not come from the online course, or even the online environment. Learning looks at the online course, as a course. What I mean by that is the traditional college/university course. learning in many respects begins as a set of course tools for web support.

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