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Organizing

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Quoted at length from Self-organization of complex, intelligent systems: an action ontology for transdisciplinary integration , Francis Heylighen , Integral Review : A mobilization system would combat this confused and unproductive way of acting by redirecting effort in the most efficient way at the most important issues.

The 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The leaders in this space - Slack , say, or Atlassian - are based around the idea that groups are self-organizing, that each person defines their own contribution, and that the purpose of the software is to help with communication rather than coordination, to share rather than to direct. It's the digital instantiation of digital-age forms of organization such as agile development or wirearchies.

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Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

But you get everything from people, lists of people, organizations, associations, sometimes pets, sometimes nothing at all. It has to be organized. It''s based on -- and the photo of the murmuration should a big clue here -- based on self-organization.

Research and Evidence

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Here's what Siemens says about these colleagues in his recent blog post on the debate: One approach is to emphasize loosely coupled networks organized by ideals through social media.

Beyond Free ? Open Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Journals published by non-profit organizations, says this report, "2 to 10 times better value than those published by commercial companies." by Stephen Downes Thank you, I have way too much fun with these talks. It shouldn''t be allowed. Thank you very much; it''s a pleasure to be here.

Everything You Thought You Knew About MOOCs Could Be Wrong

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Or they can be self-organized, the way a students self-organized a sequel. The CMOOCs have done interesting work in self-organization and community for learning. Summary of a presentation by Phil Hill and Michael Feldstein.

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How to Get the Most out of a Conference

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Test your proposal with your colleagues (I don't recommend putting them online ahead of the selection process because it may impede the process - I personally prefer openness but many conference organizers do not, and may react badly).

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Scaling the Heights of Language, its Learning, and its Teaching

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The perturbation - addition of an element to a system around which organization occurs. This is a summary of a talk by Diane Larsen-Freeman at TESL 2015. It was a treat to listen to. Errors and omissions are entirely my own.

My Viva

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Patrick Dunleavy offers this list of ten typical questions that might be asked on your PhD oral exam. I always felt I would have aced my oral exam, but I never got to take it because my examiners did not want me to work on network theory. So how would I have answered these questions?

EPortfolios and Badges Workshop - #OEB14

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In the final version of the document, 3 or 4 months time, we intend to link the competency framework document to an ongoing and developing spreadsheet of organizations and frameworks related to the recognition and accreditation of competencies.

Connectivism and the Primal Scream

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If Google tried to organize the internet into some sort of ''diffculty level'' for you, the results would be endlessly frustrating. The more pressing question is why your desire for ''clarity and structure'' require that things be more or less centralized, and already organized for you.

The Role of Open Educational Resources in Personal Learning

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The grandfather of these is called learning object metadata,or LOM, created originally by the Aviation Industry Computer-Based TrainingCommittee (AICC), and then passed on by Instructional Management Systems, orIMS, and then standardized under IEEE, and then really standardized under theISO standards organizations. And again,it’s based on this idea that there will be some organization that does somepublishing.

Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment

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These projects are managed through a program organization that maps the technology effort to client demands and the employment outcomes described at the beginning of this paper. 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 importance of faculty in the higher education experience

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

If we look at the organization of learning in our own community, we can see the continued focus courses, programs, and disciplines, like biology, engineering, literature, and the like. Speaking notes for for Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey National Faculty Meeting, Mexico City, July 4, 2016. Presentation page. New Forms of Learning By now in educational institutions around the world we(*) have firmly entered into the technological era.

Open Learning, Open Networks

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Tools like Docker organize boxes into ‘containers’ so they can be scaled as needed to meet increased server load. The stuff comes to you, and organizes itself, and puts itself in your server-less content management system all by itself, ready for you to use.

Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

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The pro-commercial organization promptly rejected it, but the model is that people create their own educational resources. What Jay is adding to the concept of informal learning is that now there's no structure, now there's no organization, now there's no professor. It's the idea that, when people interact together in this kind of environment, in this learning environment, they are able to self organize. We opened the way we organize our courses.

Response to Dron

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Well, now he''s going to backtrack on that: Brains have levels of emergent and structural organization that are tightly hooked into our bodies, with evolved intentionality to help us stay alive, look after children, eat, mate, seek comfort, avoid danger, learn to use tools etc. They are self-organizing networks. That does not mean there are no innate properties to brains, neural organization, and bodies in general.

Ascent from Social Media

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Skeezy political organizations. It has no problems with hate speech , but generally dislikes plus sized women, cannabis advocates, sexual health organizations, indigenous people, reporters, and mentions of Facebook censorship. 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'.

A Year in Photos

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Organizations aren’t thinking about the ‘networked individual’ – the networking choices and patterns of individual Internet users. Our perceptions are the result of self-organizing networks, an each one manages the task a little bit differently.

Education as Platform: The MOOC Experience and what we can do to make it better

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

That began with Connectivism 2008 with some nasty criticisms, but Tony Bates cites an anonymous academic, a university administrator, who says, and I quote: Those who will not reach the academic level set by the organizers will remain lurkers who can only profit in discussing with the those in the crowd that can argue at the same level. Presented to EdgeX2012 , Delhi, India, March 12, 2012. My name is Stephen Downes, I'm from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

On Immigration

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I think we should be drawing on community support and community organizations more, because in the case of the Syrian refugees resources that were available were untapped. The following is a set of questions and my responses to a Canadian government request for feedback the future of immigration in Canada (it would be nice if these surveys had a 'blog this' button; in the mean time they advise that the results will eventually be posted on Open.Canada.ca , which of course I support.

Designing and Implementing MOOCs that Maximize Student Learning

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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? Kurt Vonnegut once said “I want to stand as close to the edge as possible without falling over.”

Theories Related to Connectivism

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This is also the root of the idea of ''self-organizing networks'' which we see in James Surowicki''s ''The Wisdom of Crowds''. 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.

Why I'm Voting NDP

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And third, it will restore funding to the network of environmental and scientific organizations that have been denuded by the Tories. 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? Because the NDP stands for something, and it mostly stands for the things I stand for.

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The People's Manifesto

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The land and the resources we have inherited from our forbearers belong to all of us equally, organized and protected in order to serve the purpose of society, and imposing on us a responsibility to protect and preserve them, so that we may pass them down to our descendants.

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

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But the manner, organization and structure of those connections must be designed with the intent of creating the most interesting and accessible environment. 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. Anything that cannot be automated must be distributed, and if so, works at scale.

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Beyond Assessment ? Recognizing Achievement in a Networked World

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You give them a standard set of test questions (interestingly, test questions not based on the curriculum of what they learn but rather test questions based on some definition of what the organizers of PISA think they should have learned by the age of 15. Interestingly, organizations like "The Washington Post," who promote testing, also run testing agencies like Kaplan. totally integrated organic system, not a machine. It''s an organic thing.

Connectivism as Epistemology

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Humans have always been a network (at least, since graduating from single-celled organisms). 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?

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

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Sure, we hear about fair play, but it is so rare that organizations like the Olympics issue special awards when it happens. 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.

Analysis and Support of MOOCs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

What you'll find in connectivism, but not in Wellman: - 'to know' is to be organized in a certain way, as in a set of connections (such that 'to know x' is to recognize x) - 'to learn' is to to grow, adapt and change that organizations, ie., 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?"

Social Media: An Interview

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Some of it could be aggregated (if, say, they used a course tag, such as we do in #change11) but others would be completely inaccessible to any formal organization. I was asked to contribute my responses to interview questions on social media for a new journal called The Future of Learning and of course I was happy to send some thoughts along. When did you start getting interested in the potential of social media in education and why? It all depends on what you call social media.

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#OEB14 Rheingold, Lewin, Stevenson

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

How would they organize themselves? We use MediaWiki, we use Discourse (discourse.com) - working with the organizers of these open learning courses (eg. 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.

What I've Learned From Philosophy

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The water organizes itself through a whole series of molecule-to-molecule interactions. I posted an item in OLDaily today from Forbes touting the benefits of formerly 'useless' liberal arts degrees. In this item Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield is quoted : “Studying philosophy taught me two things,” says Butterfield, sitting in his office in San Francisco’s South of Market district, a neighborhood almost entirely dedicated to the cult of coding. “I I learned how to write really clearly.

Personalizing 21st Century Education

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Notes from: Personalizing 21st Century Education: A Framework for Student Success Dan Domenech, Morton Sherman, John L. Brown Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Brand.

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

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there are more than 15mM applications deployed on virtualized infrastructures - demands are not being net - nearly 2/3 or organizations fall behind schedule when deploying new IT capabilities - some things we''ve done behind the scenes has help - virtualizing, for example - but of course these things need their own support - that''s where Bluecat comes in - what is missing today?

MOOCs for Development - Day 2

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The Challenge of MOOCs Panel Stephen Downes Please see my presentation and audio here: [link] N.V. Varghese - view from developing countries - largest expansion of the system in this century - did not rely on public resources at all - shows willingness to pay - GER (gross educational? resources) disparity worldwide - OECD countries universalized higher ed, but developing countries still in an elite system - social demand far outstrips brick-and-mortar solutions - can MOOCs address this?

A Lexicon of Sustainability

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I asked Miguel, who started growing organic food because it was too expensive. There''s this idea of organics and eating locally. There''s a movement to have producers say whether food contains GMO organisms. We took this to Mexico - in Mexico ''organic'' didn''t mean aanything. This is a summary of a talk at the Hewlett Grantees'' Meeting, San Francisco, March 25, 2015. Errors (and typos, etc) are my own.

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Institutions and Openness

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What I am saying is that we cannot count on institutions - organized economic and political units - to ensure the lasting value of these things is preserved. Setting Up the Discussion Let's be precise about what was claimed by Michael Caulfield in his paper Putting Student-Produced OER at the Heart of the Institution : People make things possible. Institutions make them last. His italics. His point is specifically that unless something is institutionalized, it does not last.

MOOCs for Credit: Current State of the Art

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based umbrella organization with about 1800 institutions and work mostly with presidents and chancellors. Various organizations – Gates, Lumina, the Obama administration – are proposing a goal of 60 percent by 2020 or 2025.

MOOCs and Community Colleges

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Stephen Downes: It’s in French; it’s sponsored by the Organization Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF); it’s going to be nine or ten weeks long. Interview with Patrick Flanagan, who was doing research for New Brunswick Community College (NBCC). Patrick Flanagan: OK, thanks very much.