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  1. 1. Connections, clouds, things, and analytics George Siemens December 9, 2010 Caledonian Academy Glasgow, Scotland
  2. 2. <ul><li>Hell is a place where nothing connects with nothing </li></ul><ul><li>T.S. Eliot </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>…or where everything connects with everything </li></ul>
  4. 4. Openness increases accessibility which increases quantity of [everything]
  5. 5. Finding new (fluid) centres
  6. 6. A continual stream
  7. 7. Centering through hashtags,, Google Alerts, RSS readers, Twitter Lists
  8. 8. Activity streams as today’s communication and collaboration tool
  9. 9. <ul><li>Splicing information and social connections based on current needs, interests, and context </li></ul>
  10. 10. Compare this with a traditional information unit (course, news cast, newspaper, album)
  11. 12. Cloud computing & SaaS
  12. 13. Tale of a stolen and a crashed computer…
  13. 15. In five years, most university IT departments will be unrecognizable by today’s standards
  14. 16. <ul><li>By 2020, we’ll “live mostly in the cloud” (some of us are already) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>“ By 2014, about 34% of all new business software purchases will be consumed via SaaS, and SaaS delivery will constitute about 14.5% of worldwide software spending across all primary markets. ” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  16. 18. What is cloud computing?
  17. 19. <ul><li>“… a style of computing in which scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service to external customers using Internet technologies.” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  18. 20. <ul><li>“ Cloud computing is on-demand access to virtualized IT resources that are housed outside of your own data center, shared by others, simple to use, paid for via subscription, and accessed over the Web. ” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  19. 21. <ul><li>“ Cloud computing really is accessing resources and services needed to perform functions with dynamically changing needs. An application or service developer requests access from the cloud rather than a specific endpoint or named resource” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  20. 22. Huh??
  21. 23. <ul><li>“ Buzzword compliant computing” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  22. 24. <ul><li>Doing stuff online (“the cloud”) that we used to do on our computers or servers </li></ul>
  23. 25. Which means: <ul><li>We can scale. Rapidly </li></ul><ul><li>We can off-load technical details & headaches </li></ul><ul><li>(hopefully) reduce costs </li></ul><ul><li>Better quality service & products </li></ul><ul><li>(should universities generate their own electricity?) </li></ul>
  24. 27. Internet of things
  25. 28. Blurring the physical and virtual worlds
  26. 29. <ul><li>Googling your car keys. Or shoes. </li></ul>
  27. 30. <ul><li>“ Social data is set to be surpassed in the data economy, though, by data published by physical, real-world objects like sensors, smart grids and connected devices. ” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  28. 31. <ul><li>Central Nervous System for Earth (CeNSE) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  29. 32. All the world is data. And so are we. And all of our actions.
  30. 33. Bringing together our various “us”
  31. 34. Learning and knowledge analytics
  32. 36.
  33. 37.
  34. 39. iKLAM <ul><li>Integrated Knowledge and Learning Analytics Model: </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing together physical (libraries, bookstore, support services) and locational (xWeb) data with online activities (in various places: email, FB, LMS, PLE)…to improve personal learning and knowledge evaluation </li></ul>
  35. 40. Impact on teaching/learning <ul><li>Courses as we know them=gone </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intelligent curriculum meets analytics meets social network meets personal profile </li></ul></ul>
  36. 41. Peer/participatory pedagogy
  37. 42. <ul><li>Open science, open scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative, multi-institutional networks </li></ul>
  38. 43. Assessment as matching, not explicit activity
  39. 44. You’re MOOCing up my view of education!
  40. 45. Open teaching & learning 2008, 2009, (soon) 2011
  41. 46. <ul><li>Twitter/Facebook/Quora: gsiemens </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletter: </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference: (February 27-March 1, 2011. Banff, Canada) </li></ul>