The Role of Open Educational Resources in Personal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So, the argument for open educational resources is simply:networks need openness in order to function. David Wiley has spoken about open educational resources formany years. George Siemens and I, in our work offering online courses,have depicted the progression of openness in three major stages: - First of all, openness in educational resources - Secondly, open courses, and then - Third, an as yet unrealized openness, opennessin assessment.

The Importance of Elgg in the Future of Learning

George Siemens

When I survey the landscape of educational tools, I come to the following conclusion: Elgg is the most important tool, currently available, in shaping the future of learning. Disclaimer: I was on an advisory board for Elgg when it first started, though the board never really did much, but I mention it now so it looks like I might be cool). Why Elgg? They recently announced a hosted Elgg service. And I’d love to run the next MOOC in Elgg.

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Elgg: it’s a community effort

Harold Jarche

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. We started using Elgg for an online medical community of practice in 2004 after going through dozens of platforms. The key differentiator of Elgg is that the individual is the centre of all the action. We liked Elgg so much that we paid to develop a calendar function and then gave the code to the community.

Harold Jarche » Elgg powers business and academic community

Harold Jarche

Stephen Downes: ebook on openness

George Siemens

This paper covers a wide territory of Downes’ work in open education, covering almost a decade. It includes a few classics (to the degree that our field has classics), such as his discussion with Dave Tosh (co-founder of Elgg) on the role of openness in economics or earning a living and numerous encounters with David Wiley. Rory McGreal and I are teaching a course in Openness in Education in the MDE program at Athabasca in early 2012.

eBook 24

100 eLearning Articles and White Papers

Tony Karrer

Is the Future of Education (Techlearning blog) 11. The New Learning Landscape - Using Wiki in Education - How do students learn in a world where traditional assessments of intelligence are radically changing, abundant knowledge is more readily available, and learning community is more important than ever? A third of teachers struggle to use the technology schools are equipped with and want more support and training, the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) said today.

Identifying a collaboration platform

Harold Jarche

I recently described one such platform – Elgg: it’s a community effort : 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. We started using Elgg for an online medical community of practice in 2004 after going through dozens of platforms. The key differentiator of Elgg is that the individual [worker] is the centre of all the action.

Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

As Peter said this is part 2 of a trilogy of talks, I gave the first one yesterday at University of Greenwich on the topic of "Open learning and open educational resources". They wanted, in other words, from my perspective, more control over their education.

Hard is Easy, Soft is Hard

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Online education is not a progression to a new era at all” but rather a return to the mass production era. changes things – like Elgg, it is a plug-in based environment, so your Moodle 2.0 There are different ways of setting up educational technology – on the one hand, you can use an entire system, like an LMS. But the ‘softer’ (less predefined) system of Elgg is harder to use, especially within a hard (entrenched, institutionalized, calcified) system like Athabasca.

E-Learning Generations

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In education, probably themajor player from this era was Elgg, at that time and still to this day a noveltechnology. We set up Connectivism and Connective Knowledge 2008(CCK08) as a credit course in Manitoba's Certificate in Adult Education (CAE),offered by the University of Manitoba. The abilityto read and write educational content, to record audio and make video, is nowopen to everybody, and we leverage this in the MOOC.

Ning cancels “free”

George Siemens

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. Big news today from Ning: no more free networks (and 40% staff layoffs). 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

Münte, Altenmüller, & Jäncke, 2002) For this reason, we need to see the educational system itself as adaptive rather than merely prescriptive. Software to create social networks is the logical successor to content management systems such as Drupal, and in the field of learning, the most prominent such system is Elgg. Elgg, 2009) Systems such as Elgg therefore combine the functions of content management and social networking. Understanding Why Education Must Change.

Selecting OS learning technology platforms

Harold Jarche

Like Dave, I’m not crazy about Moodle because it replicates the institutional course-centric education model, which I feel is outdated. I would add Elgg to mix if there is an interest in the functionality of Ning, but with the advantage of open source. Yes, it can get much more complicated, but looking at these three for education or training projects is a good start. Dave Cormier has written a great article on selecting a content management system (CMS).

Desire2Learn Mobile FLV - eLearning from Last Week

Tony Karrer

9 Free Tools That Help Me Build Better E-Learning , May 5, 2009 Control and Community: A Case Study of Enterprise Wiki Usage , May 4, 2009 Using Elgg as as Social Learning platform , May 2, 2009 Learning with 'e's: e-Learning 3.0 , May 4, 2009 Learning 2.0 , May 5, 2009 Become a chief meta-learning officer , May 3, 2009 The Future of eLearning is Social Learning , May 2, 2009 Are You a Super Learner? , Here what eLearning Learning thinks is the most interesting stuff from last week.

May – June 15 Great Ones

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Education 2.0: Dave’s Educational Blog , June 4, 2010. The Importance of Elgg in the Future of Learning , May 6, 2010. The Importance of Elgg in the Future of Learning , May 6, 2010. Best of Informal Learning Flow. May 1, 2010 to June 14, 2010. The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. 12 Things Good Bosses Believe - , May 28, 2010. What is data science? OReilly Radar , June 2, 2010.

Beta, data and more

Harold Jarche

Here’s what I learned on Twitter this past week: @literacyadviser “The only truly effective web filter is an educated mind.&# This reminds me how important it is to own your data , and the following show two open source options to Ning’s Software as a Service (SaaS) platform: @elggdotcom “there is a hosted version of Elgg coming in May&#.

eLearning Learning - Best of May

Tony Karrer

The Truth About Twitter - Social Enterprise Blog , May 11, 2009 Twitter Tips: for Teachers & Educators - Don't Waste Your Time , May 9, 2009 Twitter and Webinars - eLearning Technology , May 14, 2009 Presentation: Twitter in Education - Don't Waste Your Time , May 12, 2009 The Challenge of Training the PlayStation Generation - The E-Learning Curve , May 15, 2009 Adobe eLearning Suite: is it worth it?

Making Software, Making Money

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The project to which he refers, of course, is ELGG. It has been reasonably popular, particularly in the education circles for which is is designed. It was crowded even when ELGG launched. Here's the question to ask: would ELGG have had any measure of success had it been subscription-based software? As open source software goes, ELGG is almost unique in its intent to create a revenue stream for its producer. This is why they treat ELGG as a business.

Introduction to Social Networking

Harold Jarche

We are operating this class on the Ning platform [the description of how we used Ning still pertains to other social networking platforms such as Elgg or ]. They may also differ in terms of the types of information you would include, such as name, location, education, etc. NOTE: Elgg will soon be offering a hosted and open source alternative to Ning.

Social Networks

Clark Quinn

Are there any particular ways participants currently use social networks for training and educational purposes? The resources that were provided on this are great: The Facebook Classroom: 25 Education Apps Facebook as a Learning Platform Ning in Education Some learning professionals weigh in on how they're using social network. But what disapoint me is the fact that some schools, educational institutions don't allow the use of social networks in info labs.

So many thoughts, so little time

Jay Cross

The Benefits of a Classical Education - OReilly Radar , June 21, 2009. Blogs in Education - Half an Hour , April 13, 2009. How to choose the right CMS for Education - Dave’s Educational Blog , January 26, 2009. Ofsted survey – Virtual learning environments: an evaluation of their development in a sample of educational settings - Fortnightly Mailing , January 13, 2009. Using Elgg as as Social Learning platform , May 2, 2009.

TTI Vanguard Conference Notes - 6

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

80 percent men, 20 percent women, similar to other astronomy projects; a bit more educated than most, but not heavily PhD or professional). Demo of the social networking platform it's based on ELGG ) [link] We have about 3300 users already, 800 from outside the corporation - our users latched on to it because it did fill a need in having multi-organization groups.

Stager, Logo and Web 2.0

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Schools were designed for a particular purpose, one that is almost diametrically at odds with what ought to be the practices and objectives of a contemporary education, an education suited not only to the information age but also to the objectives of personal freedom and empowerment. tools promoted by Warlick and Utecht were not created by educators or for children. Logo and the rest were designed specifically for an educational environment.

Connectivism and Transculturality

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Here's you, at the centre, it's represented in this case by Elgg because the people from Elgg created this diagram, it's a version of the diagram created by Scott Wilson, and then you at the centre are connected to all kinds of different things, different people, different applications online. And the educational version would be, "an education is a totality of facts." That's the old way of looking at education.