Stephen Downes works with the Digital Technologies Research Centre at the National Research Council of Canada specializing in new instructional media and personal learning technology. He is one of the originators of the first Massive Open Online Course, has published frequently about online and networked learning, has authored learning management and content syndication software, and is the author of the widely read e-learning newsletter OLDaily. Through a thirty year career Downes has contributed pioneering work in the fields of online learning games, learning objects and metadata, podcasting, open educational resources. Today he is developing gRSShopper, a personal learning environment, offering a course on new e-learning technologies, and supporting research and development in the use of distributed ledger technology in learning applications. He is a popular keynote speaker and has spoken in three dozen countries on six continents.


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Ontario Extend mOOC: the soft opening


Alan levine has just announce the 'soft launch' of the Ontario Extend mOOC (which officially starts January 28). "Because eCampusOntario wants to do further research and evaluation, the way inside the mOOC site is a link shared after completing a short online survey (for those who loathe surveys, we have an option to submit nothing and still get the link)." There's a link here to a form. Image: Devanth.

Today: 110 Total: 288 Alan Levine, CogDogBlog, 2019/01/18 [Direct Link]

2019: The year MOOC platforms start to die? Adieu Open2Study


Courses from Open2Study were being advertised on Class Central as late as this month, but I can confirm this report from Apostolos K. that Open2Study has shut down its free short courses service. The home page now has a notice saying "you can find undergraduate and postgraduate courses taught entirely online through 15 top Australian universities with Open Universities Australia." Apostolos writes, "it does seem a little weird that no announcement was made. Even as late as December 2018 their Facebook page sent kind reminders for students to finish up work before the next iteration of the course started, and a number of facebook posters indicated that they had signed up for the new round of courses starting in early January (this month)."

Today: 112 Total: 328 Apostolos K., Multilitteratus Incognitus, 2019/01/18 [Direct Link]

EdTech Journals is Seeking Volunteers


Jennifer Maddrell has passed along a request from Ross Perkins for volunteers to help look at and update this list of academic journals in the field of education. The list ran into difficulty late last year when the WordPress-to-GoogleSheet tool suddenly stopped functioning. "Perkins hopes to get around 25 volunteers who will each examine a small set of assigned journals and, within 30 days or so, update the information about the journals for the website."

Today: 108 Total: 261 Jennifer Maddrell, Design for Learning, 2019/01/18 [Direct Link]

New Issues for OERs


There's a new Creative Commons 'Education Platform' discussion of issues related to open educational resources (OERs). This is the next step following the development of a set of principles for the Platform. I think the suggestions came from a discussion list (it's not clear). Anyhow, I've taken the liberty of adding a set of my own 'issues' based on work in new technologies, as well as categorizing and reframing the set of existing 'issues' posted by others. These are reprinted in this blog post, allowing Creative Commons to simply delete my contribution if it's unwelcome.

Today: 130 Total: 340 Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, 2019/01/18 [Direct Link]

LEGO in the Lab


This article doesn't have much article to it, but there is a set of links pointing to interesting examples of how Lego is used in the lab and in the classroom (I wish I could see more than just the abstract for the Lego-Github presentation). I have to confess, though - when I was a kid there were two types of people in the world, Lego people, and Meccano people, and I was a Meccano person. Related: Pinterest Lego in the Classroom.

Today: 105 Total: 366 Charles Rapple, The Scholarly Kitchen, 2019/01/18 [Direct Link]

A Collaborative Way of Learning Project Management with Minecraft


This is a short paper (3 page PDF) on the use of Minecraft to support game-based learning for project managers. Minecraft was chosen, writes Claudia Alcelay, because it is collaborative and user actions are traceable. The idea is that students plan their projects, and then enter Minecraft and build according to their project plans. Then they can measure how they performed against what was plan, calculate things like earned value, and essentially emulate the planning and reporting process. I think it was a good idea, which is why I'm linking to it here.

Today: 33 Total: 404 Claudia Alcelay, International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning, 2019/01/18 [Direct Link]

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