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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, paper.li, 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>http://www.pewinternet.org/Media-Mentions/2010/CNN-Mashable-Cloud-Computing.aspx </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>http://www.idc.com/about/viewpressrelease.jsp?containerId=prUS22431810&sectionId=null&elementId=null&pageType=SYNOPSIS </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>http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1035013 </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>http://www.informationweek.com/cloud-computing/blog/archives/2008/09/a_definition_of.html </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>http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com/node/612375/ </li></ul>
  20. 22. Huh??
  21. 23. <ul><li>“ Buzzword compliant computing” </li></ul><ul><li>http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/07/17/2117221 </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>http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/china_moves_to_dominate_the_next_stage_of_the_web_internet_of_things.php </li></ul>
  28. 31. <ul><li>Central Nervous System for Earth (CeNSE) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.hpl.hp.com/research/intelligent_infrastructure/ </li></ul>
  29. 32. All the world is data. And so are we. And all of our actions. http://www.hoganphoto.com/batsto_grist_mill.htm
  30. 33. Bringing together our various “us”
  31. 34. Learning and knowledge analytics
  32. 36. http://research.uow.edu.au/learningnetworks/seeing/snapp/index.html
  33. 37. http://www4.nau.edu/ua/GPS/student/
  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: www.elearnspace.org </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference: https://tekri.athabascau.ca/analytics/ (February 27-March 1, 2011. Banff, Canada) </li></ul>

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