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Educational Projection: Supporting Distributed Learning Online


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With the development of the personal learning environment, the open online course, and informal learning outside the institution, teachers and professors may be wondering what they can do to support education in this new environment. In this talk we will examine the mechanisms educational providers and institutions can employ in order to project learning resources and services into the community and workplace where they are needed. The talk will focus first on the principles of educational projection, and then discuss practical mechanisms, such as cloud services, event amplification and content curation. For audio and video recordings please see

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Educational Projection: Supporting Distributed Learning Online

  1. 1. Educational Projection Supporting Distributed Learning Online Stephen Downes National Research Council Canada 15 March 2011
  2. 2. Projecting Learning Event Amplification: go2meeting go2 ds106 livestream
  3. 3. Backchannel <ul><li>gRSShopper Backchannel: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Or: Twitter Channels </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use tag: #itm11 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conference Apps: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Behind the Scenes <ul><li>Slides will be available on Slideshare </li></ul><ul><li>We are broadcasting on live audio </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>We are recording the audio </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>We are recording the video </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 5. Online Courses <ul><li>If you’re still posting course content into your LMS, you’re doing it wrong </li></ul><ul><li>Online learning isn’t about pushing content – it’s about engaging, interacting, doing </li></ul>
  6. 6. The MOOC <ul><li>Massive </li></ul><ul><li>Open </li></ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><li>Course </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 7. Course Elements <ul><li>Aggregate </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Feeds: </li></ul><ul><li>Remix </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feed browser: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Music mashup APIs and examples </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Repurpose </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Go to  and create a new blog. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Or, if you already have a blog, you can use your existing blog – use course tag #cck11 </li></ul><ul><li>You can also use Wordpress ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Create an account with </li></ul><ul><li>More creation: </li></ul><ul><li> Whole suite: </li></ul><ul><li>Feed Forward </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr, Second Life, Yahoo Groups, Facebook, YouTube, anything!  </li></ul>
  8. 8. Other MOOCs <ul><li>Ds106 – Digital StoryTelling </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Literacies </li></ul><ul><li>PLENK </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Analytics </li></ul><ul><li>PLEK12 </li></ul><ul><li>EC&I 381 </li></ul><ul><li>Networked Seminar </li></ul>
  9. 9. How Do I Keep Up? <ul><li>Create a Personal Learning Network </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn Ning Facebook Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Create some Online Presence </li></ul><ul><li>Blog, Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Stay Connected </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share events in Google calendar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share links in delicious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a photo pool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Content Curation <ul><li>Selecting the best of the web (for a specific purpose) </li></ul><ul><li>Can be labour-intensive </li></ul><ul><li>Organization matters as much as selection </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><ul><ul><li>Stephen Downes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>