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Notes for

UNCTAD's Advisory Group on
"Developing skills, knowledge and capacities through
innovation: E-Learning, M-Learn...
Issues of Access
• Technological Access
– Power and demand
– From AAAA (Any Access At All) to BB (Broadband)
– The many fa...
Traditional E-Learning
• The Course as Course
– Web course tools (outlines and tests)
– Course content (learning objects)
...
What is the MOOC?
• Massive
– By design, not as a success term

• Open
– (By ‘open’ we don’t mean ‘closed’)

• Online
– (T...
MOOC as a form of OER
• Open Educational Resources
– The UNESCO definition (and program)
– The ‘Educational’ in Educationa...
Models of Sustainability
• Commercial Models
– Upselling and Extended Services
– Advertising and marketing
– Product and L...
Learning Communities
• Local vs Localization
• Self-Organizing Learning Communities
– “I have a question…”
– Scaffolding a...
Informal Learning
• Many reasons to MOOC
• Learning in order to know
– Learning in order to do

• Completing the learning
...
Technology and Support
• Learning and Performance Support Systems
– Resources and repositories
• Software as a service

– ...
Home and Away
• The Udacity Option
– (Give up and focus on corporate learning)

• The Coursera Option
– Focus on the Elite...
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Notes for UNCTAD's Advisory Group on "Developing skills, knowledge and capacities through innovation: E-Learning, M-Learning, cloud-Learning" Stephen Downes December 10, 2013

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Summary notes for a discussion with the Notes for UNCTAD's Advisory Group on "Developing skills, knowledge and capacities through innovation: E-Learning, M-Learning, cloud-Learning" ranging from challenges of access, traditio0nal online learning, mobile and cloud technologies, and community based online elarning.
Stephen Downes
December 10, 2013

Published in: Education, Technology

Notes for UNCTAD's Advisory Group on "Developing skills, knowledge and capacities through innovation: E-Learning, M-Learning, cloud-Learning" Stephen Downes December 10, 2013

  1. 1. Notes for UNCTAD's Advisory Group on "Developing skills, knowledge and capacities through innovation: E-Learning, M-Learning, cloud-Learning" Stephen Downes December 10, 2013
  2. 2. Issues of Access • Technological Access – Power and demand – From AAAA (Any Access At All) to BB (Broadband) – The many faces of mobile • Cognitive Access – Literacy and digital literacy – Time to learn – Something of Value
  3. 3. Traditional E-Learning • The Course as Course – Web course tools (outlines and tests) – Course content (learning objects) – Design pedagogy and instruction • The Course as Book – Design pedagogy and instruction – Course content (learning objects) – Web course tools (outlines and tests)
  4. 4. What is the MOOC? • Massive – By design, not as a success term • Open – (By ‘open’ we don’t mean ‘closed’) • Online – (To support access, community and openness) • Course – In the traditional, pre-industrial sense
  5. 5. MOOC as a form of OER • Open Educational Resources – The UNESCO definition (and program) – The ‘Educational’ in Educational • OERs as Courseware – OER University – The MOOC as a collection of OERs – Logic Model / Stages of Openness
  6. 6. Models of Sustainability • Commercial Models – Upselling and Extended Services – Advertising and marketing – Product and Labour Support • Non-commercial Models – Public Knowledge – ‘Giving’ Knowledge for Free – Apache, Wikipedia and Open Source
  7. 7. Learning Communities • Local vs Localization • Self-Organizing Learning Communities – “I have a question…” – Scaffolding and Support
  8. 8. Informal Learning • Many reasons to MOOC • Learning in order to know – Learning in order to do • Completing the learning – Completing the task • Community as support and authority – Mutual dependence vs dependence – Independence
  9. 9. Technology and Support • Learning and Performance Support Systems – Resources and repositories • Software as a service – The cloud infrastructure • Storage as a service – The personal learning record – Personal learning assistant – Analytics, competence and assessment
  10. 10. Home and Away • The Udacity Option – (Give up and focus on corporate learning) • The Coursera Option – Focus on the Elite Experience? – Learning communities in US embassies? • The Triad Model – The host-provider framework

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