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Open learning must support global ethics and development. A “tricky world with pervasive war and tragedy” is nevertheless one that “could see the golden age of open learning”.

Open learning must support global ethics and development

This was the prophetic view of Barney Pityana, a keynote speaker at the Presidents’ Summit of the International Council for Open and Distance Education, or ICDE, held in South Africa last week. He and fellow keynote speaker, Switzerland’s Christoph Stückelberger, viewed current political and financial world crises as opportunities for open, distance and e-learning, both to support human development and spread a global ethical culture. They were addressing the Presidents’ Summit for open, distance and e-learning institution leaders at the 26th ICDE World Conference held at the mega-resort Sun City, north of Johannesburg, from 14-16 October. The conference is hosted by the University of South Africa, or UNISA, under the theme “Growing Capacities for Sustainable Distance e-Learning Provision”.

A world in crisis “Europe is not alone. New role for distance learning. What's so good about Open Educational Resources? UBC's Massively Open Online Courses. In September UBC joined 20 other high-profile universities in a bold step that is likely to overturn much of higher education, and perhaps even the foundations of their own existence.

UBC's Massively Open Online Courses

These universities have joined the Coursera consortium to provide massively open online courses (MOOCs) in a wide range of subjects (UBC’s first offerings are in game theory, computer program design, genetics and climate change). MOOCs offered by Coursera and by Udacity and EdX, are open to anyone, anywhere in the world. No fees are charged, there are no formal application procedures or prerequisites, and the courses yield no formal academic credit. Instead of hour-long lectures, MOOCs offer weekly sets of short, focused instructional videos, supplemented with computer and peer-graded homework, quizzes and exams. Students ask for and receive help in online discussion forums and even get together for study groups in cities around the world.

The Failure of One Laptop Per Child. "25 million laptops later," Mashable announced today, "One Laptop Per Child doesn't increase test scores. " "Error Message," reads the headline from The Economist: "A disappointing return from an investment in computing. " The tenor of these stories feels like a grand "Gotcha!

" EC&I 831: Social Media & Open Education. Dave's Educational Blog. What Connectivism Is. Posted to the Connectivism Conference forum (which hits a login window - click 'login as guest' (middle of the left-hand column) - I'm sorry, and I have already complained to the conference organizer).

What Connectivism Is

Jan05_01. Editor’s Note: This is a milestone article that deserves careful study.


Making Sense of MOOCs: Musings in a Maze of Myth, Paradox and Possibility. The challenges to connectivist learning on open online networks: Learning experiences during a massive open online course. Special Issue - Connectivism: Design and Delivery of Social Networked Learning Rita Kop National Research Council of Canada Abstract Self-directed learning on open online networks is now a possibility as communication and resources can be combined to create learning environments.

The challenges to connectivist learning on open online networks: Learning experiences during a massive open online course

But is it really? There are some challenges that might prevent learners from having a quality learning experience. Keywords: Connectivism; networked learning; learner autonomy; presence; critical literacies. Overblown-Claims-of-Failure Watch: How Not to Gauge the Success of Online Courses - Rebecca J. Rosen. Online courses are experiencing sky-high dropout rates, and that's probably a good thing. Rido/Shutterstock Last summer, when Stanford announced its free, online artificial intelligence course, much of the attention celebrated just how *many* people would be able to partake of the intellectual delights normally reserved for the Stanford student body. "Virtual and Artificial, but 58,000 Want Course," the New York Times announced. The story led, "A free online course at Stanford University on artificial intelligence, to be taught this fall by two leading experts from Silicon Valley, has attracted more than 58,000 students around the globe -- a class nearly four times the size of Stanford's entire student body.

" Stephen Downes: The Role of the Educator. How often do we read about the importance of teachers in education?

Stephen Downes: The Role of the Educator

It must be every day, it seems. We are told about "strong empirical evidence that teachers are the most important school-based determinant of student achievement" again and again. The problem with the educational system, it is argued, is that teachers need to be held accountable. We are told we must fire incompetent teachers.

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Learning objects. Activity 7: Exploring OER issues. An increasing number of public institutions and private organizations are supporting Open Education Resources (OERs) to make knowledge and learning available to educators and students alike.

Activity 7: Exploring OER issues

Not to turn the great expectations connected to this new global movement of the last decade into disappointment, some fundamental issues need to be resolved, as for example how to ensure sustainability, regulate reusing resources without violating intellectual property rights, or overcome persistent access barriers to OERs. The momentous role foundations like the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation or the Andrew W. OER KnowledgeCloud. Creative%20Commons%20and%20The%20Open%20University. The openness-creativity cycle in education. OER. Activity 7: Exploring OER Issues. The three priorities identified in Activity 4 were advances in Web technologies (3.0), content management and curation and quality.

Activity 7: Exploring OER Issues

Downes (2001) discussed on the problems of adopting a common language and being able to develop content that means the same in different contexts and different countries. Web 3.0, the Intelligent Web, will increasingly support semantic interoperability - the receiving and transmitting systems will be able to interpret requests and exchange information in compatible formats and terminology. If decentralised OER resources are recognised as the best approach to guarantee scalability and sustainability, then the challenge will be to curate appropriate content from the myriad of repositories that currently exist and are being created every day.

The same ‘big data’ problem is facing many industries – healthcare, environment, resource management to name a few.