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  • 1. Learning Networks Stephen Downes National Research Council Canada December 15, 2005
  • 2. The New Empowerment
    • The millenials – a generation that has become empowered
    • Cluetrain – evolution from consumption to co-production
    • Learner centered design – the interdependence between teacher and learner – a sharing of power
    http://www.cluetrain.com/
  • 3. Empowering Technology
    • The Interactive Web (Web 2.0)
    • Blogs, CMSs, Wikis
    • Podcasts, screencasts, video
    • Instant messaging, Skype
    • Wireless access, the mobile web
    • This is how it happens…
    • Where do we go next?
  • 4.
    • Learning as a network phenomenon…
    • Web of user-generated content (eg. Wikipedia)…
    • Social networks and communities (entails a genuinely portable (and owned ) identity
    • Networks of interactions (aggregate, remix, repurpose, feed forward) – syndication
    • The personal learning centre
    Learning…
  • 5. Foundational Ideas…
    • Connectivism - knowledge resides in a diversity of opinions http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm
    • Open Access - file-sharing, open source, open content http:// creativecommons.org / http:// www.soros.org/openaccess /
    • The Open Society – transparency, accountability, partnerships http:// www.nplc.com /
  • 6. Radical Ideas…
    • Three Principles of Effective E-Learning:
    • Interaction – participation in a learning community (aka a community of practice)
    • Usability – simplicity and consistency
    • Relevance – aka salience, that is, learning that is relevant to you, now
    • More on these…
  • 7. E-Learning 2.0… http://elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section=articles&article=29-1
  • 8. Architecture Rethinking Learning Resources…
  • 9. Resource Profiles
  • 10. Resource Production
  • 11. Repositories
  • 12. Rights
  • 13. Resource Aggregation
  • 14. Common Environment
  • 15. Personal Identity
  • 16. Environment Interface
  • 17. Syndication
  • 18. Community
  • 19. http://www.downes.ca