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An Open Learning
Architecture
Stephen Downes
National Research Council Canada
March 17, 2016
What we need…
• “We need a system that is optimized toward
slotting in new pieces as they become
available, not as an afte...
Learning as a network phenomenon…
• Web of user-generated content (eg. Wikipedia)…
• Social networks and communities (enta...
E-Learning 2.0…
Properties of successful networks…
• Charles Vest – three key attributes:
– Diversity (many objectives)
– Interwoven (many...
Diversity…
The idea of making everything the same –
anything the same – is fundamentally misguided
Interwoven…
The idea that our different activities are distinct
is fundamentally misguided
Open…
The idea that we can store knowledge in closed
repositories is fundamentally misguided
The Metaversity
Resource Profiles
Resource Production
Repositories
Rights
Resource Aggregation
Common Environment
Personal Identity
Environment Interface
Syndication
Community
Takeaway…
• Charles Vest talked about a ‘meta-university’
• This (if I may be so audacious) is the information
architectur...
http://www.downes.ca
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An Open Learning Architecture

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In this presentation for #NRC01PL Personal Learning I discuss the steps we need to take to advance from an LMS-based learning architecture to an open and distributed architecture.

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An Open Learning Architecture

  1. 1. An Open Learning Architecture Stephen Downes National Research Council Canada March 17, 2016
  2. 2. What we need… • “We need a system that is optimized toward slotting in new pieces as they become available, not as an after-thought or an add-on, but as a fundamental characteristic of the system.” • Michael Feldstein, August 7, 2005 http://mfeldstein.com/index.php/the_long_tail_of_learning_applications/
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. E-Learning 2.0…
  5. 5. Properties of successful networks… • Charles Vest – three key attributes: – Diversity (many objectives) – Interwoven (many activities) – Open (many minds) • Charles M. Vest, SAC, August 8, 2005 http://jade.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/cdb/2005/08/08/opencourseware-sac2005
  6. 6. Diversity… The idea of making everything the same – anything the same – is fundamentally misguided
  7. 7. Interwoven… The idea that our different activities are distinct is fundamentally misguided
  8. 8. Open… The idea that we can store knowledge in closed repositories is fundamentally misguided
  9. 9. The Metaversity
  10. 10. Resource Profiles
  11. 11. Resource Production
  12. 12. Repositories
  13. 13. Rights
  14. 14. Resource Aggregation
  15. 15. Common Environment
  16. 16. Personal Identity
  17. 17. Environment Interface
  18. 18. Syndication
  19. 19. Community
  20. 20. Takeaway… • Charles Vest talked about a ‘meta-university’ • This (if I may be so audacious) is the information architecture of the meta-university • The key is not large, integrated systems, but rather, small, flexible bits that can be connected • This applies to metadata too
  21. 21. http://www.downes.ca

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