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International Education News l The PIE News l George Siemens, University of Texas Arlington GS: I have two positions – at the University of Texas Arlington I’m Executive Director and Professor for the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge research lab, and I’m also cross-appointed with Athabasca University at the Center for Distance Education as a faculty member. Right now I’m looking at a range of factors on the impact of technology on really any aspect of the university experience, so the opportunities to use learning analytics is part of that; the opportunity to rethink university structures, teaching practices, pedagogy and so on. “The digitisation of learning is what enabled us to talk about MOOCS. MOOCS aren’t a trend themselves; they’re an outgrowth of the digitisation trend” The PIE: What are some of the emerging trends around technology?

School of Open Learn open practices at School of Open. Why "open"? Universal access to and participation in research, education, and culture is made possible by openness, but not enough people know what it means or how to take advantage of it. We hear about Open Source Software, Open Educational Resources, and Open Access… But what are these movements, who are their communities, and how do they work? Who is the conscience of the global brain? You can listen to the 25 minute cybercrime program as a podcast from the Business21C site. Here is the description of the program: Last month the hacking of Sony’s PlayStation3 system that compromised 77 million credit card users’ details gained worldwide attention as Sony shutdown its PlayStation network and music streaming service.The network breach raised questions about how the companies that fall victim to cyber crime can track down hackers, and whether they can overcome the challenges posed by online security breaches.If the key to security is raising collective consciousness through education, how can this be done effectively? Is the government’s proposed Internet filter an adequate protection measure?

Connectivism Clarissa Davis, Earl Edmunds, Vivian Kelly-Bateman Department of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology, University of Georgia Review of Connectivism Introduction Just like anything else that involves human experience or interaction, the act of learning does not happen in a vacuum. It is at the intersection of prior knowledge, experience, perception, reality, comprehension, and flexibility that learning occurs. Connectivism: Bearing a Heavy Node Published by Convergence Academies, I recently came across this infographic on learning theory on the most excellent blog, TeachThought. As you can see, with the digital age, a new theory of learning has emerged called Connectivism. it is a theory advanced by George Siemens that is based on the following trends: Many learners will move into a variety of different, possibly unrelated fields over the course of their lifetime.Informal learning is a significant aspect of our learning experience. Formal education no longer comprises the majority of our learning.

8,200+ Strong, Researchers Band Together To Force Science Journals To Open Access Evolutionary biologist Michael Eisen made this t-shirt design in support of the Elsevier boycott. Academic research is behind bars and an online boycott by 8,209 researchers (and counting) is seeking to set it free…well, more free than it has been. The boycott targets Elsevier, the publisher of popular journals like Cell and The Lancet, for its aggressive business practices, but opposition was electrified by Elsevier’s backing of a Congressional bill titled the Research Works Act (RWA). Though lesser known than the other high-profile, privacy-related bills SOPA and PIPA, the act was slated to reverse the Open Access Policy enacted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2008 that granted the public free access to any article derived from NIH-funded research.

Connectivism with Some Restraint Some rights reserved by PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE Connectivism is a learning theory created by George Siemens and written about in his article “Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age”. The article lists its principles as the following: Week 1 - What Is Connectivism? ~ CCK11 You are not logged in. [] [] [Outline] [Week 2] Dates: January 17 - 24, 2011 Overview At its heart, connectivism is the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks.

Connectivism: Its place in theory-informed research and innovation in technology-enabled learning Special Issue - Connectivism: Design and Delivery of Social Networked Learning Frances Bell University of Salford, United Kingdom Abstract