Openness: Why learners should know about, and influence, how decisions are made about their learning

George Siemens

Earlier this week, I delivered a presentation to TEDxEdmonton on why openness and learning analytics are critical for rethinking the future of education. The theme of the event was on open source culture and whether the promises of open source have been oversold.

My Moodle Test

Xyleme

Home > Learning Technologies , Standards > My Moodle Test My Moodle Test October 9th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment Talk has been heating up lately regarding the use of open source versus proprietary systems for learning. For example, if you check out Michael Hanley’s blog , you’ll see that he’s dedicated most of his recent posts to this subject. Sophia Peters provides another interesting post entitled Deciding Between Open Source and Proprietary Software?

Trending Sources

I need some help

George Siemens

On February 8, I’ll be delivering a talk at TEDxEdmonton’s event Rethinking Open Source Culture. In 2003 I posted a few articles online on open source movements and learning: Open source p.I , Open Source p.II , and Why we should share learning material. I have benefitted enormously from open learning. Open online courses in particular have been among the most significant learning experiences in my life.

Developmental robotics: the cute baby robot who will grow up to be just like you

Ross Dawson

An example of this is the iCub , a humanoid baby robot that can learn, emulating human cognition and development. All the source files and more can be downloaded from the RobotCub site.

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Lest we forget, the Internet started out as a DARPA sponsored project aimed at developing a robust, fault-tolerant computer network. R3 and a number of banks have committed to join this project, as have several technology companies including Accenture, Cisco, IBM, Intel and VMware.

The Smart Worker : shares what s/he learns

Jane Hart

These are not just trivial materials, but valuable performance support resources, for example: How-to materials at sites like Wiki How – “ the world’s collaborative how-to manua l&# – that provide clear steps on how to do something, e.g. How to add a movie to an iPad.

it’s all about our data

Harold Jarche

For example, we see many people willing to drive for a company like Uber in order to increase cash-flow. Control of data is the new source of power in the network era. But society is waking up, with initiatives like the Ingenesist Project and Project VRM.

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Global distributed organizations can attract the most talented in the world

Ross Dawson

Forbes has a nice story about the history of WordPress and the role the open-source software plays in the for-profit business Automattic. As a legacy of its open-source roots its 120 employees are spread across 26 countries and six continents. This mirrors the meritocracy that makes Open Source great and treats people on the quality of their ideas and their work whether they’re in San Francisco or Argentina. (Or

My Main Focus for 2011: Scaling Good Behavior - Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton

Design school project teaches bike safety - The Stanford Daily Online. Gretchen Rubin: The Happiness Project. Now that the launch of Good Boss, Bad Boss is done, along with a host of chores related to The No Asshole Rule paperback and the Asian Leadership edited volume,  I am turning to future projects.    I'm working on two projects, both of which are in the early stages.    You can find this and the other 23 projects here at HBR.

a new business ideology

Harold Jarche

Examples might be offering to provide political support to someone. Or a research organization might ask someone to volunteer their time and expertise to a project in exchange for an intangible benefit of prestige by affiliation. Very few organizations are truly open.

gamers, artists, and citizens

Harold Jarche

Personal computers are just one example. They might set up their own online community using open source software and their own servers. Gamers. Learning is the new literacy. We buy new ones every few years. Operating systems change.

The Role of Open Educational Resources in Personal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Presented to the Best Practices in Upgrading Online,Calgary, via Adobe Connect, March 29, 2011 The very first thing I want to do is to counter thedisclaimer that frightened me as this session opened, it was very loud, andsaid all kinds of things about how this was all private and cannot be shared.You can share this presentation all you want. I do want to talk about the role of open educationalresources in personal learning. What does it mean to say thatour network is open?

5 recommendations for successfully implementing distributed innovation and shared value

Ross Dawson

This means that distributed innovation models must address how you attract the best people to collaborate with you in your projects. Be open throughout the process. As you have seen, the collaborative structure of the open source model can be perfect for developing robust and refined products, but only once the initial core has been defined. Every open source project starts with an idea, an intention, and some code. Be open throughout the process.

On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a suit

Harold Jarche

For example, I once developed a Request for Proposals with a large group distributed across several time zones. The collaborative, networked enterprise saw its birth in open source software projects. Tweet What is so different about working online?

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Scaling knowledge

Harold Jarche

People who participate in structures like open source software projects can join and connect to others at will. Designers of these open organizational structures understand that in complex un-order, loose hierarchies and strong networks are best.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Developing iWitness

Adaptive Path

iWitness , our project to create a tool to aggregate social media by time and place, is now well underway, and we're looking forward to sharing some of our thinking about the design of the tool with you in the coming weeks. Ember is an example of an MVC (Model, View, Controller) framework.

Thoughts on privacy

Doc Searls

White opens with this sentence: “On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy.” Clothing, for example, is a privacy technology. Just today an executive with a giant company whose name we all know told me about visiting “click farms” in India , which he calls “just one example of fraud on a massive scale that nobody in the industry wants to talk about.”

Are Smart Cities Empty Hype?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We each first stated our respective positions in our opening statements , followed a few days later by our rebuttals , and then finally our closing statements. Smart cities projects are still in their very early stages.

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A Lexicon of Sustainability

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We asked people to develop a lexicon around food sources We started with the word ''sustainability''. The best example when we look at food is the ''cow to pickup truck indes'' - the value of a grass-fed cow compared to a truck. People talk about GMOs as privatizing seeds, etc - vbut that didn''t happen here; he open-sourced the seeds. There''s an initiative to tag a fish so you know where and how it was sourced. All resources open sourced and free.

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The Emergence of a Digital Money Ecosystem

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At the beginning of this year I wrote that the transition to universal mobile digital money is likely to be among the most exciting, important and challenging projects the world will undertake in the coming decades. Moreover, since all the key technologies of the Web came from the research and academic community, they were available to anyone free of charge, including open source implementations of many of the key software components.

What corporates can learn from the Top 10 Tools for Learning 2012

Jane Hart

This was the concept behind the successful BT Dare2Share project , and Dixon’s Retail. Both projects written up courtesy of the UK TowardsMaturity website.). The open source WordPress software is also available to download and install on company servers.

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Open Education, MOOCs, and Opportunities

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

These were designed originally by organizations such as the Open University, in Britain, and Canada''s Athabasca University. Open Education Resources Alongside the development of educational technologies is an equally important movement to support open educational resources. This movement predates the development of the world wide web in 1994, as seen for example in the Gutenberg Project, an open access archive of public domain works of classic literature.

ICTs in Higher Education Systems of Arab States: Promises and Effective Practices - A Summary Report

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Jemni presented the ALECSO smart learning framework, which adopted a four-prong strategy: to promote cloud computing, mobile applications, open educational resources, and open online courses. Openness Presenters agreed that the utility of ICTs in education is enhanced though openness.

Implicit racism in academia

Mind Hacks

They could know that they don’t trust the opinions of certain academics, for example, but not realise that race is a factor in why they feel this way. Full disclosure: I am funded by the Leverhulme Trust to work on project looking at the philosophy and psychology of implicit bias. This post is cross-posted on the project blog. Run your own IAT with our open-source code: Open-IAT !

Techniques and Tools: How To Visualize Your Network

Beth Kanter

The map can be of social media conversations, for example these network maps of Twitter conversations. For example, the Irvine New Leadership Network project that has used network mapping for two purposes: 1) evaluation 2) direct network engagement.

What is thought to be is rarely real

Dave Snowden

For each decision they are are encouraged to comment on the decision but in particular are asked to identify information sources used in making the decision, the manner of its communication and the resources or more precisely artefacts used to support the decision.

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We generally think of large companies as being good at operations and incremental innovations, which require them to excel at management discipline, detailed information analysis and project management. Mandel cites health, energy and education as examples of large-scale integrated systems in dire need of reform. Mandel cites the ecosystems surrounding the iPhone, Android and 4G mobile networks as examples.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Open Educational Resources Matures 4. open up exciting opportunities for people to access relevant information where and when they require it. Corollary => Open Source Video Technologies I'm dealing right now with delivery of video on mobile devices.

STEM Literacy is for Everyone

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

He is the founder and director of LINC - Learning International Network Consortium , a collaboration involving educators from around the world who share best practices on how to best organize higher education distance learning projects in developing countries. He mentions bioengineering and systems engineering as examples of STEM disciplines that are far removed from hardware, circuits and algorithms. opportunities opening up in the newly industrialized societies.

Mass Collaboration Workshop, Day Two

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

An example is social tagging networks. The recommended learnss for each person all the tag assocciations they have done in the past, and then tries to match this pattern to all the different examples. a ''tagging in the real world'' project: eg., tagging real-world objects in construction, health care - some examples of people tagging machines (with warnings, instructions, etc). Another project - ''My learning episode'' - a sensemaking interface.

New Forms of Assessment: measuring what you contribute rather than what you collect

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Typically, students perform tests, write essays, or complete projects for grades from instructors. Cheating occurs when they perform something other than the intended task in order to produce the result - copying answers, for example, in order to achieve higher grades than they would have earned on their own. Imagine receiving academic credit for contributing well-received resources into open source repositories, whether as software , art , photography , or educational resources.

What am I doing here?

Doc Searls

John Gage showed off the World Wide Web , projecting Mosaic (the Ur graphical browser) from a flaky Macintosh Duo. What I saw in the future were near-infinite computing and communications powers on our laps and in our pockets, projecting our very lives into a second digital world that would coexist with our physical one. That’s why I started writing for Linux Journal in 1996, involving myself in the free software and open source movements.

[berkman] Diana Kimball: Coding as a Liberal Art

David Weinberger

” She refers to Ellen Ullman’s “ Close to the Machine ” that talks about the utility of being arrogant enough to obsess over a project, cycling back to humility. She decided to code up her own site for a project for school, even though the team had been given the money to hire devs for the task. For her final project, she did a project that used multiple APIs that she was very proud of. She’s also proud of her Ruby projects folder.

Meaning & the content heresy

Dave Snowden

To take an example. This comes from anthropology and is part of a set of signifiers we developed based on anthropology which have been used in many projects since. They can be used as a part of a SenseMaker® project by any member of the network.

Connective Knowledge and Open Resources

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The practical implementation of connectivism is the massive open online course, or MOOC. It was intended very deliberately to be an example of the theory we had formed over the previous four years, and not simply a place to talk about it. The CCK08 course and all the other courses we have developed since have been based on open educational resources (OERs). I knew about open educational resources before anyone knew what the term meant. Take transportation, for example.

The 20th Anniversary of Linux

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

word of the Linux open source project quickly spread around the globe. A number of the members, highly respected leaders from industry and universities, felt that we should initiate a study on the importance of Linux and open source software in general to the advancement of high-performance computing. We formed the Linux Technology Center , an IBM team of developers who work closely with the Linux open source development community.

The GovLab

Steven Berlin Johnson

Noveck herself went on to oversee the Open Government Initiative in the first years of the Obama Administration. Peer-to-Patent stands as one of my favorite examples of peer progressive thinking at work. For starters, peer networks take a number of different forms: crowdfunding projects like Kickstarter are quite different from crowd-authored projects like open source software or Wikipedia; prize-backed challenges are a completely different beast altogether.

Workshop on Mass Collaboration - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Recent mass phenomena: Wikipedia, tagging, blogging, Scratch, massive open online courses and connectivism, citizen science, maker-space Who is creating these? Examples of hotbed communities include Cremona, Hollywood and Silicon Valley. For example, scientific meetings like this foster interaction among scientists. For example, an article from Axel Pentland (MIT) in Der Spiegel asking the question, where does mass collaboration start? So - what are the open issues. -

Review: The Edupunks' Guide, by Anya Kamenetz

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Here's Anya Kamenetz on learning to cook: A simple example is learning to make pizza. This, for example, is great: DIY, or Do-It-Yourself, is a movement about self-reliance and empowerment. And this is what George Siemens, Rita Kop, Dave Cormier and I have done over a series of six or so Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) since 2008. The seven how-to guides are each capsule examples of what I have been saying.

Open, Collaborative Trust Frameworks

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

ID³ , - the Institute for Institutional Innovation by Data Driven Design, - is a new multidisciplinary non-profit institution formed to develop architectural frameworks, open source software and educational content for the protection, sharing and monetization of sensitive data. Open, collaborative approaches have been successfully applied to the development of some of the most consequential, disruptive initiatives of the past few decades, like the World Wide Web and Linux.