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Yearly Archives: 2012

Connections: Deconstruction and Connectivism

I haven’t really spent much time with modern French philosophers. They vex me and use many words to say few, but ambiguous, things. However, I’ll spend time revisiting Derrida and others (notably Latour, but he is a sociologist, so I have more tolerance), especially after a student in the MDDE622 course that Rory McGreal and [...]

Finally, alternatives to prominent MOOCs

Tony Hirst shared a new initiative via OU UK: UK universities embrace the free, open, online future of higher education powered by The Open University. From a Times HE release: Futurelearn will carry courses from 12 UK institutions (see list), which will be available to students across the world free of charge. It will follow [...]

Supporting EdTech Journalists

There are many active contributors to conversations about educational technology, elearning, online learning, whatever learning. Some folks do it while gainfully employed (Stephen Downes, Alec Couros), others have made it part of their consultancy work (Jay Cross, Harold Jarche), and some (edsurge) who are VC funded. There are numerous ways to support these folks in [...]

Stanford Learning Analytics Summer Institute

MOOCs have been rather selfish, absorbing all of the attention in the edtech space in 2012. It has been all MOOC all the time. In the background, many initiatives have continued to advance including entrepreneurship in education, participatory pedagogies, the maker movement, and learning analytics. Through SoLAR, we have been active in setting up a [...]

EdTech Innovation Conference, May 1-3, 2013

I’m rather excited to announce the EdTech Innovation conference in Calgary, Alberta, May 1-3, 2013. The conference has a Canadian focus, but we welcome international attendees who are interested in EdTech innovation: EdTech Innovation is a national conference, hosted by Athabasca University in Calgary, May 1 -3, 2013, bringing together startups, researchers, and technology purchasers [...]

Sometimes, you suck Canada

I was 8 years old when I officially became a Canadian citizen. For our family, moving from Mexico, Canada was a land of opportunity. Literally. It was an opportunity for a quality of life that was not accessible to us in Mexico. My parents, as with most immigrants, were hard working. I remember my dad [...]

Innovation in Education: Companies outside of USA?

Innovation in education is getting attention globally. Entrepreneurship may well be the force that finally brings structural change to higher education after 800 years. The epicentre of edtech innovation is the USA. At least, that’s the impression I get from the blogs and news sites that I follow. In particular, Audrey Watters is an excellent [...]

Call for Papers, Journal of Online Learning and Teaching

Valerie Irvine, Jillianne Code, and I are editing a special issue of Merlot’s Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (.pdf). The journal theme: massive open online courses (MOOCs). Extended abstracts of ~500 words are due Nov 15, 2012. Full papers due January 31, 2013. Please consider submitting if you’ve taken a MOOC, taught one, or [...]

Future of Higher Education

On Monday, Oct 8, we kick of the Current State/Future of Higher Education open online course. This course will run for six weeks, covering these topics. We’re using Desire2Learn as a platform, in addition to the gRSSHopper software (developed by Stephen Downes and used in our open courses since 2008). If you want to join, [...]

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 [...]