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GEORGE SIEMENS

JUNE 3, 2012

What is the theory that underpins our moocs?

If you’re even casually aware of what is happening in higher education, you’ve likely heard of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

GEORGE SIEMENS

JULY 25, 2012

MOOCs are really a platform

We can officially declare massive open online courses (MOOCs) as the higher education buzzword for 2012. MOOCs are a platform.
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GEORGE SIEMENS

APRIL 19, 2012

Remaking education in the image of our desires

Pearson, McGraw-Hill,MOOCs ( Coursera ), 2Tor. The current generation of students will witness the remaking of our education system. Sector.

GEORGE SIEMENS

JUNE 16, 2012

The future of higher education and other imponderables

In response to the number of learners, the term MOOC(massive open online course) was coined by Dave Cormier and Bryan Alexander. CANHEIT.

GEORGE SIEMENS

JULY 6, 2012

Open Letter to Canadian Universities

Several prestigious US universities, Stanford, U of Michigan, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, U of Pennsylvania, U of California, Berkeley, have started a large scale experiment in MOOCs. propose that the top 10 Canadian universities convene a meeting to plan aMOOC response that helps us to build our competence in this space. Very poorly.

STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR

AUGUST 8, 2011

Review: The Edupunks’ Guide, by Anya Kamenetz

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. I have now had the chance to read The Edupunks’ Guide and can now form some opinions based on what I’ve seen. And if I were forced to summarize my critique in a nutshell, it would be this.
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    • GEORGE SIEMENS | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2013

      Request: Partners and Pilot

      MOOCs mirror large lectures. more granular than a course) and targets learning that occurs anywhere (university, work, personal learning, MOOCs, etc). Kuhn emphasized how most activity in science is evolutionary, operating within an existing framework. This model of change is relevant in education today. But it’s getting closer.
    • JAY CROSS | FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012

      Disruptive Educational Research Conference in India

      MOOCs, OER University, Stanford AI. Next month at this time, I’ll be boarding a plane for Delhi. In the sixties I dreamed of visiting India but never made it. Finally fulfilling the dream has me totally jazzed. I’ll be taking part in EdgeX , an event that covers two important themes for education – Learning X.O world. Just Jay
    • CLARK QUINN | MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013

      ITA Predictions 2013

      People who know nothing about connectivism or collaborative learning will profit from MOOC’s. The Principals of the Internet Time Alliance decided to take a collective look ahead to the new year, and share our predictions. You’ll see overlap but also unique perspectives: Charles Jennings. Clark Quinn. Harold Jarche. Jane Hart. Jay Cross.
    • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR | MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

      K-12 MOOCs and Communities

      Would MOOC’s work for this or are they pretty traditionally structured with a content laden syllabus? MOOC that seeks to develop some of the literacies you spoke about in your talk would be interesting if you know of anything like that. Having said that, a MOOC organized for the purposes of K-12 education would be a fabulous idea.
    • NANCY WHITE | FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2011

      Tips for Facilitating a Week in Change11 MOOC

      A friend asked me to share any tips I had after facilitating week 8 of the massively open online course (MOOC) Change11. At 01:44 PM 12/22/2011, you wrote: Nancy – Last summer I agreed to facilitate a week of the change11 MOOC — I don’t know how to say no, I’m afraid. know you facilitated a week. Hiya Friend.
    • JAY CROSS | TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

      Top 50 Posts on Working Smarter for May 2011

      This will be fun: Mother of all MOOCs – George Siemens , May 19, 2011. Best of Working Smarter Daily. May 1, 2011 to May 31, 2011. The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. List of the top 100 Twitter influencers in Australia – Ross Dawson , May 31, 2011. big question – David Weinberger , May 1, 2011.
    • NANCY WHITE | MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011

      Social Artists, Connecting the Dots and Steve

      More on social artists in the next few days as I continue to synthesize what I learned last week from the MOOC Change11. One of the core ideas I hoped to chew on this week with the good folks of #change11. If you are lost about the meaning of #change 11, look here and here.) Steve wrote: Hi Nancy. know one at Pixar who is spectacular. Steve.
    • INTERNET TIME ALLIANCE | TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

      Top 50 Posts on Working Smarter for May 2011

      This will be fun: Mother of all MOOCs – George Siemens , May 19, 2011. May 1, 2011 to May 31, 2011. The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. List of the top 100 Twitter influencers in Australia – Ross Dawson , May 31, 2011. CERT and performance support – Clark Quinn , May 31, 2011. Learning 2.0
    • TED | TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2013

      12 talks to inspire New Year’s resolutions

      I liked Daphne Koller’s talk on MOOCs, “ What we’re learning from online education.’ I Happy New Year! Last month, we asked people in the TED office which talk of 2012 inspired them to make a New Year’s resolution. Her talk made me resolve to stop slouching this year. Here, more talks that helped TED staffers form New Year’s resolutions.
    • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR | MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012

      Predators and Producers: Whither Flat World

      It’s the same model being embraced by the companies that are offering MOOCs, and it won’t be long, as a commenter on the IHE article states, before they are offering closed open online courses. think they’ll probably need it in a few years, whenMOOCs turn into MOCs, though at something less than the current cost of tuition.” Right?
    • JAY CROSS | THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2013

      The skinny on MOOCs in 11 minutes

      PBS report on MOOCs with Spencer Michaels. 11 minutes. Coursea, Udacity, edX, Kahn Academy. Balanced report. Where are the peers? Meeting on their own in a local bar. The reporter says getting colleges to accept online learning for credit is a big problem. disagree. ITAshare. Web 2.0
    • JAY CROSS | TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

      Most popular posts about Working Smarter for July 2012

      MOOCs are really a platform. We can officially declare massive open online courses (MOOCs) as the higher education buzzword for 2012. MOOCs are a platform. July, 2012. GEORGE SIEMENS. JULY 25, 2012. MORE >> DAVID WEINBERGER. JULY 8, 2012. Louis C.K. and the Decent Net, or How Louis won the Internet. Louis C.K. 82 Tweets.
    • JANE HART | WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2012

      Pick of the Month: July 2012

      The concept of MOOCs got a lot of coverage this month, and particularly the announcement by Coursera that they had signed up a number of universities to their MOOC-platform. ” Steve Krause, on 22 July, in Even MORE MOOC MOOC MOOC! 1 – Change in Higher education. It’s a one-time-only event. on 5 July.
    • INTERNET TIME ALLIANCE | FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011

      Best of working smarter for September 2011

      How to Participate in the MOOC – Stephen Downes: Half an Hour , September 13, 2011. Best of Working Smarter Daily , September 1 – 30, 2011. patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, complexity theory, and more. Here’s how we choose the crème de la crème for your enjoyment. Recording can improve a bad lecture! Why E2.0
    • DAN PONTEFRACT | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012

      Udacity & Coursera. Is It Really Education Reform?

      Instead of 200 students (tuition paying Stanford pupils) they ended up with what is arguably the world’s largest MOOC when they opened up enrolment to citizens of Earth. The name Sebastian Thrun may not mean much to you, but it should. And if it doesn’t now … it probably will at some point. For free. Oh, and those 200 paying customers?
    • JAY CROSS | TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012

      Who says MOOCs are impersonal?

      . Dear 6.002x Student, Our course team is excited for the beginning of 6.002x tomorrow, September 5th, 2012. You will be joining thousands of other students from around the world in MIT’s online course exploring circuits and electronics. The 6.002x Course Team. Uh, take it back. . We made a mistake. Best regards, -The edX Team.
    • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012

      Notes from Tallinn

      Notes from the April 11 talks at the Learning in a Digital Age Conference in Tallinn, Estonia. My presentation at the conference draws largely from these notes. Kelly Hodgkins – if you aren’t plugged in you’re going to be left behind – social media use – eg. Time is relative – depending on which side of the bathroom door you’re on. Bourne’ isn’t.
    • GEORGE SIEMENS | MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

      Writing a book: xEducation

      Bonnie Stewart, Dave Cormier, and I have signed on to write a book on MOOCs and other such trends in education. The book will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2013. Unfortunately, and I recognize the irony, the book will not be open. So we’ve set up a blog as field notes for the book: xEducation. bit more background
    • BETH KANTER | THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012

      Peeragogy: Self Organized Peer Learning in Networks

      Peeragogy comes from Howard Rheingold via his Social Media Classroom and he explains it here: When I participated in the Change: Education, Learning, and Technology MOOC , I grew even more interested in the intersection of digital media/networks with self-directed learners and collaborative learning methods. Photo by Aussiegal. It resonated.
    • TED | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012

    • How you too can build your own computer
      The year was 2005 and “From Nand to Tetris” became the first of what are now known asMOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses. As computers have gotten more complex, even tech literate users have become detached from the basics of how they function. This is what Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan noticed with their computer science students in Israel.
    • NANCY WHITE | THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

      Preparing for my MOOC Contribution

      This September, George Siemens , Stephen Downes and Dave Cormier are hosting another Massively Open Online Course, Change: Education, Learning and Technology. This time it is massive in soooo many ways. In length (September – May), in number of participants, in number of guest facilitators – of which I’m one. So it is time to prepare.
    • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR | SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2012

      Questions from students at Vancouver Island University

      I received a flurry of questions on some articles on my website yesterday, questions from students at Vancouver Island University. Rather than attempt to answer them individually, I’m grouping there here. I would have liked to have heard more about the competitive nature of teaching in this environment. So that’s my first reaction to the question.
    • JAY CROSS | TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2012

    • MOOC on complexity
      I just signed up for Santa Fe Institute’s free, 11-week MOOC on Introduction to Complexity. Join me. Just Jay
    • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR | SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2011

      The Right Mix

      It’s easy enough technically to implement some sort of collaborative filtering or reputation management system, but the result would conflict with the objectives of the design of the MOOC. My response to Jon Dron, And so it ends. Interesting reflections and I appreciate the comments and the participation. I’m not even sure it’s necessary.
    • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR | FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

      LCT Poll

      I have a quick Twitter poll – I’m considering offering a MOOC in logic and critical thinking starting in September. Third question – would you pay to have assignments marked & commented by me? How much? Hypothetical only, I’m already employed (for now)). Please answer in the comments. Thanks
    • CLARK QUINN | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012

      mLearning signs of growth: now Asia

      And Inge “Ignatia” de Waard is hosting a MOOC on mobile learning. As I mentioned in my bit on the general stage at mLearnCon, mobile is the fastest-growing giant industry in history (quoting Tomi Ahonen ), reaching a billion dollars in the shortest time ever. This growth has been paralleled for mlearning as well. mobile
    • TED | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2013

    • In short: The true story of Kid President, the danger of Dr. Oz
      Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. collaboration Clay Shirky gives his rebuttal to Aaron Bady, in defense of MOOCs. Here, some staff picks of smart, funny, bizarre and cool stuff on the interwebs from this (and last) week: The true story of Kid President: Watch this behind-the-scenes video of everyone’s favorite new politician. The Awl ].
    • GEORGE SIEMENS | THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010

      The Importance of Elgg in the Future of Learning

      And I’d love to run the next MOOC in Elgg. 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. Why Elgg? The tool has its bugs, but has developed substantially in the last few years. Any thoughts
    • JAY CROSS | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2013

      Business+MOOCs

      Business+MOOCs. MOOCs just hijacked my attention for the next few days. “With a MOOC MOOC here and a MOOC MOOCthere, here a MOOC, there a MOOC, everywhere a MOOC-MOOC, Old Mac Donald had a farm, ee-i, ee-i, oh.” Just JayMOOCsDiscuss. Expected: Jay Cross.
    • What a MOOC Does – #Change11 – Stephen Downes: Half an Hour , March 1, 2012. MOOCs for the win! – George Siemens , March 5, 2012. Education as Platform: The MOOC Experience and what we can do to make it better – Stephen Downes: Half an Hour , March 23, 2012. March 1, 2012 to March 30, 2012. Here’s how. Not so much.
    • NINE SHIFT | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2013

      MOOCs and Other Fads

      Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are the fad of the moment. MOOCs are a big miss. MOOCs are a long shot for being successful, as they have not yet succeeded pedagogically, have no business or financial model, and how they might function in a new higher education model is ever so unclear. MOOCs are free. big picture.
    • NINE SHIFT | MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2013

      The latest in changing higher education

      This post is from our new 10 page White Paper, “MOOCs and Other Fads.” Higher education has entered a new phase in being transformed. Three people within a week sent me an article about the latest idea for changing higher education. Three is a trend. Innovators have been and will continue to develop innovations in education.
    • DONALD CLARK PLAN B | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2013

      MOOCs: ‘dropout’ a category mistake, look at ‘uptake’?

      With MOOCs I’d call it a category mistake, when a word is used to mean one thing (pejoratively) in the context of a long school, college or University course, then applied with the same pejorative force to a very different type of learning experience. Lots of people dropout fromMOOCS, so what? Dropout? decide when I’ve had enough.
    • HAROLD JARCHE | SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2012

      Thanks for the code

      MOOC’s are the current educational hot topic. One of my earlier blog posts is still online, which I stumbled upon this week, much to my surprise. Note: Nine years ago I was warning how production jobs were leaving Canada and getting outsourced. Deep conversations about R&D in this Province never materialized though. Technology
    • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2009

      Access2OER: The CCK08 Solution

      It came to be called the MOOC – Massive Open Online Course. Contributed to the UNESCO OER discussion list , February 16, 2009. believe it would be worth a few words to describe a course run by George Siemens and I last fall. The course was titled ‘Connectivism and Connective Knowledge’. Who provided the solution, for whom?
    • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR | THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2008

      Last Year’s Predictions For 2008, Reviewed

      As Dave Cormier summarized , it was the year in which blogging declined, Wikipedia became old, people still didn’t get it, and tentative experiments – MUVEs and MOOCs – showed only hints of what is to come. It’s the end of 2008, and while most people are predicting what will happen in 2009 , I look back at those who predicted 2008. Richard E.
    • GEORGE SIEMENS | THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010

      What we’re doing here folks is research

      What’s happening with open courses (MOOCs)? While our work with MOOCs is not as clean cut as “research&# and “apply&# (they are tightly related and inform each other), it is too early to ask questions of impact and logistics. imagine Stephen , Alec , Dave , and others likely have a similar experience.
    • GEORGE SIEMENS | TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010

      Networked Learning Conference

      Stephen is in Edmonton toward the end of June, and in addition to coercing him to present at our research seminar on networked learning, we’ll hopefully find time to arrange the details of CCK10): The Ideals and Reality of Participating in aMOOC. Blogs and Forums as Communication and Learning Tools in a MOOC.
    • HAROLD JARCHE | TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2010

      PLENK 2010

      Tweet I was not able to attend any of the sessions at PLENK (Personal Learning Environments & Networked Knowledge) 2010, a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC), other than the one I facilitated on personal knowledge management.
    • TED | FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2013

      In Short: Should education be monetizable? Plus, teaching a computer slang

      Enjoy a sampling of the stories from around the internet that captured our interest this week: This look at the dramatic rise of MOOCs and other online college offerings points out a basic conundrum: can these courses make money? None of them see making money as a motivator. Should knowledge be a commodity? Fortune ]. CJR.com ]. Good ].
    • TED | FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2012

      Local hero: Fellows Friday with Faisal Chohan

      What if these barriers started disappearing, as they have for quality education by MOOC — massive open online courses such as Udacity and Coursera? His latest project, Saaf Pindi , won a $10,000 grant from TED’s City 2.0 Tell us about your City 2.0 project, Saaf Pindi. man sells food over open drains in Rawalpindi. However, 1.3
    • NANCY WHITE | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2011

      Educational Change is a Team Sport

      Great stuff from Ellen Wagner that resonate with some of the conversations we’ve been having across the #change11 MOOC on Technology, Change and Education. Take a peek: Education transformation really is a team sport. Old ideas don’t just fade away. Old ideas can be stubborn and relentless. Big thinkers. Expert practitioners.
    • TED | FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2013

      In Short: A cookbook to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims, the BBC covers TEDxSanaa

      It’s a big step for MOOCs. Enjoy a sampling of the stories from around the internet that captured our interest this week: The gorgeous digital cookbook above, All Hands on Deck , contains innovative recipes from restaurants in Red Hook, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, that was flooded during Hurricane Sandy. AllHandsOnDeckRedHook.com ].
    • CHARLES JENNINGS | MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013

      Internet Time Alliance Predictions for 2013

      Harold Jarche People who know nothing about connectivism or collaborative learning will profit from MOOC’s. The Principals of the Internet Time Alliance decided to take a collective look ahead to the new year, and share our predictions. Others will be hamstrung with outdated skills, tools and technologies, and will be too slow to adapt.
    • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012

      Daniel on MOOCs

      I previously posted an item on Sir John Daniel’s discussion of MOOCs, but I have added more extensive comments on Tony Bate’s review – I rather suspect it is much more likely to be read by him there than on any site of mine. Open’ because that’s how we roll. WordPress esp. with the feedPress plugin, used by eg. ds106 3.
    • GEORGE SIEMENS | WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010

      Indigo MBA

      Or, better yet, maybe we should offer a MOOC Masters – a two year program exploring the relevant and critical issues in educational technology. How does the program work? We have selected the core reading list and suggested a schedule that will allow you to complete the course within 12 months.
    • JANE HART | SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2011
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      The pros and cons of MOOCs [link] #. RT @ bigthink : Is 16th Century Teaching the Future of Education? link] #. The limits to what you can learn online or alone [link] (HT @ GautamGhosh ) #. Sharepocalypse Now [link] via @ mashable <Exactly! #. link] #. Understanding Internal vs External Community Building [link] #. link] #.

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