Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

SUNY Initiatives Supporting Online Learning Panel

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The first version of the tool will not auto-populate course information, won't scrub addresses, won't have an SIS data stream. Live notes from the SUNY OpenCOTE Conterence, Syracuse, NY.

The 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In my own work, I am trying to develop systems where the exchange of information - whether they be performance results, test results, environment and infrastructure, or any other personal data, is genuinely voluntary and based on a fair exchange for services, not denial of employment, insurance, or other necessities for life. When I wrote The Future of Online Learning in 1998, I took into account three major sets of factors. The first was the obvious basis in technology.

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Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We have information overload. An information system is an extension of the mind. by Stephen Downes Introduction: What learners Need Sorry, I forgot to turn on the audio recording. That''s how you start a broadcast, with dead air. Thank you very much it''s a pleasure to be here.

Detecting Fake News

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

They get the same information from multiple sources, and don't publish it unless they have multiple sources. After the spate of fake news in circulation over the last year or so numerous guides have been published to help you spot fake news. Unfortunately, few of them are effective. The reason for this - which you can spot for yourself as you look at them - is that they tend to focus on whether or not the source is authoritative.

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Connectivism as Learning Theory

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Verhagen''s criticism is an early and not particularly well-informed criticism, which Siemens does a reasonable job refuting. How is transferred information stored in the brain? For example, to the question what is knowledge a connectivist will talk about the capacity of a network to recognize phenomena based on partial information, a common property of neural networks.

The MOOC of One

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What we''ve done, very deliberately, in our open online courses, is to create this kind of network structure, so that the promotion of information, the distribution of content, is a very, very minimal part of what the online course is. I want to talk about the MOOC of one. 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.

Experts and Authority

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I encountered his article today via Facebook; I'm not sure whether the source of this information had any impact on its veracity. Before the widespread rise of public information, people were much more likely to purchase snake oil.

How to Get the Most out of a Conference

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

If you're giving a talk, have clothes designated especially for your talk - wear nice clothes when you present, even if it's informal. completely planned before you have all the information you need.

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Becoming MOOC

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is an environment which changes at a much greater pace than in previous years, where there is a constant flow of information, where connectivity with people worldwide is part of our everyday reality, and where jobs that existed ten years ago have disappeared, and new ones have taken their place. There are two types of MOOCs. On the one hand, there is the xMOOC - this is a formal course created in a site like Coursera or EdX.

The Google Ecosystem

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This is an illustration of the Google Plus Ecosystem I created to try to explain the flow of information through Google Plus from its (currently undocumented) sources through to its (currently broken) output

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My Viva

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

from the perspective of the employer seeking to address skills shortages it results in the shift from a formal class-based outcomes-based learning paradigm to an ongoing informal learning network, hands on support systems, and personal learning program.

Connectivism and the Primal Scream

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Cognitive Load Brennan gives us the standard definition of cognitive load: Cognitive load is the amount of information we can take in, process and retain. The information is out there! The presumption here is that there is some McGuffin, ''the information'', that is Out There Somewhere.

The importance of faculty in the higher education experience

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The mantra used to be that “information wants to be free” but what happens when the information in question is your bank account? Information about what we’ve actually done will feed directly into employment or project support tools, and instead of ‘grades’ you’ll get job offers. Artificial intelligence can very easily match specific experience to existing problems, and does not risk losing information through the artificial mechanisms of credentials or even competencies.

The Great Rebranding

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

They need to see beyond an idea of education where the students come from cookie-cutter upper income homes and whose deepest problems are motivation, distraction and information overload.

EPortfolios and Badges Workshop - #OEB14

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We designed badges that have a lot of space to include as much information as possible - we created a cube, with information in three areas (and colour indicates module).

Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In a sense, it functions like the syndicated content (RSS) readers of old, but is designed to access and manage many different forms of content, including calendar information and modern Javascript-based (JSON) descriptions of courses and programs. The PLA exchanges information with these environment, enabling them to interact intelligently with the user.

The Role of Open Educational Resources in Personal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

There’s the whole way of representing information from thesemantic web – RSS, geography, Friend-of-a-Friend, so on, a whole open learningecosystem and not just a smallish network, still waiting to be grown.

Learning and Performance Support Systems

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The Common Platform itself will consist of: a learning application for industry staff and their customers; data and information harvesting services; data and information synchronization services across platforms; and a common industry marketplace for training resources and services.

Ascent from Social Media

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So not only is my personal information being bought and sold by Facebook applications, it is being sold to these guys. The sad part is, most of you won't read this message. Not because you don't want to. You probably do. You actually followed me just for that purpose. But because your social network is lying to you. As of today my Facebook page OLDaily has 638 'likes'. This mean s 638 people think they are following the page.

Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It happens informally a lot. There are hundreds of weather stations around the world and they pull these weather stations, the content is in a certain code, they decode the content, and then they present the information. Jay Cross characterize this as informal learning, and what is informal learning? Informal learning is learning that you conduct for yourself, through your interactions in a community. We need to be open to new information.

Response to Dron

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In a sense, it expresses cognition as the process of information that occurs from interaction with symbols in the world. Cognition is then shaped by the transduction of information across extended and embodied modalities, the representations formed as result of their interactions and the attentive distribution of those representations toward a cognitive goal.

E-Learning Generations

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

These generations of have informed the shape of onlinelearning as it exists today, and will help us understand something of thedirection it will take in the future. It was also the time I firstbegan using email, the time I began using the Usenet bulletin Board system, andthe time I first began using online information systems such as Gopher. Anew business model has emerged in which providers sell information about theirusers to marketing agencies.

On Immigration

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I did not appreciate having by full background information shared with the United States when it happened about five years ago; as a native-born Canadian there was no demonstrated need, and no right to this information had been established (I do benifit occasionally by being TSA pre-approved on flights).

A Year in Photos

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

They’re still focused on their own organizational information systems and traditional institutional networks. -- William H. In the MOOC part I outlined the history of our work with MOOCs, and then appealed to connectivism to inform the design principle underlying them.

Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya

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Camtasia - problem is it destroys the object-base of presented media & symbolic information VCR recording - done in background through projector - you don''t need software on the presentation computer - eg. matterhorn open source lecture capture - object information is lost Object-based - object remains intact, can be searched, etc - but you need dedicated recording and replay software - eg.

Review: The Edupunks' Guide, by Anya Kamenetz

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

People for whom the transformation of education is a matter of academic interest in the narrow sense--you may be interested in informal, uncodable and untranslatable forms of self-learning, Marco, but there is no indication on RateMyProfessor.com that you refuse to give grades or credits." It's not even a good - or particularly informed - discussion of learning in the 21st century.

What Else can Work at Scale? and Techniques from Social Media

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Both inform the theory of environmentally-based learning, where participants interact in a common space with objects and with each other. But it is to say that a model based on social networks alone will be insufficient to inform the design of successful MOOCs. My contribution to the Networked Learning Conference 'Hot Seat' discussion. You can read the whole discussion here. # # # Anything that can be automated works at scale.

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Why I'm Voting NDP

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It allows the government to monitor all aspects of a person's life and share this information with a wide range of security agencies, including those in the United States, revealing personal income tax details, credit histories, travel and vacation plans, and more. I am voting for the NDP in the upcoming federal election and I think you should too. In this post I'd like to offer some reasons why. Why I support the NDP?

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Theories Related to Connectivism

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Third i should be informed of the trends of connectionism in the world and even the application of the theory in Computer Assisted language learning or online learning. I was asked: But i have some questions about my research. First i need ten-year findings of connectionim learning theory, second i got confused with telling the difference between connectionism, connectivist because some Chinese translators/scholars have had their own versions.The version raises argumentation.

Designing and Implementing MOOCs that Maximize Student Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Consistency: create a consistent process defining the way information flows between instructor and student. Summary of a presentation by Seth Anderson (Duke), Amy Collier (Stanford), Cassandra Horlii (California Institute of Technology) Amy: What is unique about online learning in MOOCs?

On Teaching Critical Thinking

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Invalid syllogisms, misrepresentation of information, distortion of data - all these are errors in all disciplines, and can be spotted by amateurs and experts alike. As someone who was teaching critical thinking for a living well before anyone thought to call it a '21st century skill' it bothers me to no end to read articles like this arguing that we should not be teaching critical thinking in schools.

Beyond Assessment ? Recognizing Achievement in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This addresses the specific question of assessment in open learning and in informal learning. Here''s another question : today''s students leave a lot of data traces, as we''ve just heard, from demographic information to how they read and highlight eBooks, et cetera. Is open online learning or the MOOC, the massive open online course, or informal learning in general doing the sort of thing that we need? Personal privacy and informal assessment are going to go hand in hand.

Connectivism as Epistemology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

But the sort of environments that create learning vary greatly - the sort of environment that produces a modern information-age knowledge-worker for example varies greatly from one which would produce a skilled bow-maker in the middle ages. Responding to questions from Vance McPherson 1) What is your response to Rita Kop's suggestion that connectivism is a new epistemology but not a new learning theory?

Analysis and Support of MOOCs

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to grow and shape connections Contrast with Wellman, who when he talks about knowledge, talks in information-theoretic terms, such as 'knowledge transfer' or 'knowledge mobilization'. My contributions to the Network Learning 'Hot Seat' addressing the question, "How do we analyse and support the networked interactions of thousands of people learning together?"

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

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

As for long range public good, such as environmental protection , or society-wide public good , such as energy and information access, more money is to be made ignoring the public good than supporting it. Once again, as we do at the start of every school year, we are hearing about the rampant cheating that goes on, especially online, but in fact, everywhere, and without remorse or regret. As Nikhil Hoyal writes, "Cheating is an epidemic in schools across the nation.

REL 2014

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À titre d’information, je ne diffuse pas encore la nouvelle aux médias. C’est avec grand plaisir que je vous annonce l’ouverture des inscriptions à notre cours en ligne ouvert et massif portant sur les ressources éducatives libres.

Juergen Rudolph Interview

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And I think if somebody did an ethnographic study of university students or has done in the past, they would find that that this sort of activity exists on campus as well, I mean back to my old logic courses for example, it was always you know, an informal network of people just interested in solving the problems, understanding the content, etc. But these informal groups tend not to be course-based so much, except in particular instances of interaction.

Social Media: An Interview

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link] What may have been expected when the question was asked was an answer like "I use social media to connect with people" or "I use social media to get information for my papers" or some such end-use based response. What do you see as the potential and future of social media in learning for higher education, continuing education, training, and informal learning?

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What I've Learned From Philosophy

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It's not merely that sorting out corporate information might be simple after spending years teasing out the nuances in Wittgenstein , as the article suggests, though it's partially that. Perhaps best represented by Kant, it is informed by the idea that each person is an "end in themselves", not a means to an end (today we would say "each person is inherently valuable") and that we ought to act in the manner such that every person could also consistently act in the same manner.

#OEB14 Rheingold, Lewin, Stevenson

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

If we could create brain-informed teaching and learning strategies, that might bet us to the next level. These are summary notes of the presentations at Online Educa Berlin, 2014. If the text uses the first person, it is the presenter speaking, not me. Aida Opoku-Mensah E-Learning Africa I''ve seen the impact of e-learning. In countries where we can not invest enough in schools, e-learning is the only option. There are far too many people without access to learning. -