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Open Education and Personal Learning


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In this presentation I outline major aspects of the learning and performance support systems (LPSS) program as it relates to open education environments. In particular I focus on understanding OERs as words, aggregating and analyzing OERs, data representation, and learner production and sharing of OERs. I conclude with a number of brief case studies of how work in LPSS supports this perspective. For audio please see

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Open Education and Personal Learning

  1. Open Education and Personal Learning Stephen Downes OE Global, Banff, Alberta April 23, 2015
  2. Think of OERs as words in a conversation
  3. It forces us to think about how they can be used.
  4. Consider how words are used in education.
  5. We are constrained in so many ways • Limited to objectives and educational purpose • The words have to contain educational content • They must perform (say) one of Gagne’s tasks • That pedagogy is limited to one of knowledge transfer • Students are rendered essentially mute
  6. Pask: Conversational Theory
  7. Knowledge is reified by, and is the product of, not only an individual, but of the wider community.
  8. What are OERs? “OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation.” knowledge/open-educational-resources/what-are-open-educational-resources- oers/
  9. So what follows? • Deconstructing OERs • Representing knowledge and understanding • Students as authors of OERs
  10. Deconstructing Sentences • A simple sentence has subject-object-verb • A complex sentence can have much more
  11. Anatomy of a Tweet
  12. Understanding LOLcats & Memes
  13. Where Conversations Happen
  14. What Conversations Contain introverted_n_3721431.html
  15. RRN Aggregation and Storage Email RSS OAI Sharepoint Facebook Twitter Monster Government Repositories Desire2Learn Coursera EdX etc Parsing Scraping Analytics etc Article Photograph Video Person Author Publisher Organization Job Opportunity Competency Cetrificate Event Location / Place Time / Date Storage RELATIONS Personal Context
  16. Understanding Knowledge
  17. Knowing a Pile of Facts? Image:
  18. The Graph Database
  19. Quality & Narrative • Accuracy • Reputation of author/institution • Standard of technical production • Accessibility • Fitness for purpose Really? These? considerations
  20. Learning in Context Task-Focused Network-based
  21. How OERs (Really) Begin
  22. Performance Support
  23. User-Generated OERs
  24. Working Out Loud
  25. Personal Assistant for Learning learning-pal-proposals-2/index.html
  26. Personal Learning Record Activity Record - LRS Portfolio, artifacts and evidence Badges, certificates, credentials, competencies OERs PLR
  27. Informal OER Ecosystem
  28. Creating Live OERs
  29. LPSS: Some Case Studies
  30. MOOC – CCK08
  31. Plearn – Importance of the Graph
  32. OIF – MOOC-REL
  33. PCO Badges for Learning
  35. ALECSO – Capacity Building
  36. MINT - Mobile INteractive Trainer
  37. Collecting xAPI from Med Sims
  38. Concierge OMS
  39. How to Engage
  40. Stephen Downes