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Stephen Downes: Online Learning and Knowledge Networks

Online Learning and Knowledge Networks (.ppt file)…Stephen Downes has been presenting a fairly consistent messge over the last several years on the future of online learning…particularly relating it to learning objects, metadata…with a recent more explicit emphasis on networks (and in this presentation “learning environments”). With the interplay of learning objects, resource profiles, learning objects browser, back propagation…I’m surprised that greater discussion or “actionable” efforts have not resulted from his work (unless I’m just completely unaware of what’s happening). Personally, I think Stephen should open his ideas up to communities of debate (i.e. form a “Learning Innovations Group”) committed to promoting and exploring the feasability and implementation of new directions in learning. His message doesn’t seem to filter down to people who most benefit from it – end users. Time to begin a marketing effort :) .