‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

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He’s credited with co-teaching the first MOOC in 2008, introduced the theory of “connectivism”—the idea that knowledge is distributed across digital networks—and spearheaded research projects about the role of data and analytics in education. The LMS reflects a content-driven concept of education that encourages learners to master what the university thinks they should know. What does it mean to be human in a digital age?

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Gotta keep hyping that MOOC thing. Via Edsurge : “ MOOCs Are No Longer Massive. ” Via Class Central : “Class Central’s Top 50 MOOCs of All Time (2018 edition).” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Cumulative Growth in Number of MOOCs , 2011–18.” ” Not surprisingly, there is more MOOC news in the surveillance section below.

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Lots of MOOC PR appeared in the news this week. ” “What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?” “Now that MOOCs are mainstream, where does online learning go next?” More questions about MOOCs in the Betteridge’s Headlines section below. And more on MOOCs in the credentialing section below as well. “ Is higher ed creating the next dropout factories?

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news in the credential section below. Via Class Central : “Analysis of 450 MOOC -Based Microcredentials Reveals Many Options But Little Consistency.” ” The Google blog post announcing “ Course Kit ,” a tool that will integrate Google Drive with the LMS. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via the Iowa City Press-Citizen : “ Iowa families foregoing classroom for virtual school.” Acumen “senior innovation associate” writes about +Acumen in Edsurge : “The Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates ? Meanwhile on Campus… Via ProPublica : “‘Alternative’ Education: Using Charter Schools to Hide Dropouts and Game the System.”

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Via ProPublica : “ For-Profit Schools Get State Dollars For Dropouts Who Rarely Drop In.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Politico : Western Governors University , “the nation’s leading provider of competency-based educatio n – which the Education Department’s independent watchdog last month said violated federal student aid rules – is expanding into North Carolina.” (National) Education Politics.

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Big HR news about Coursera in the HR section below. Here’s the headline from Inside Higher Ed : “For-Credit MOOC: Best of Both Worlds at MIT ?” ” But if you look closer, it’s not a MOOC; it’s just an online class at MIT. ” – data about LMS adoption from Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill. (National) Education Politics.

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Following up on ProPublica reporting , “ Florida to Examine Whether Alternative Charter Schools Underreport Dropouts.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” An op-ed in Forbes by University Ventures’ Ryan Craig : “Make Online Education Great (For The First Time).” Offering “modules” in an LMS is, apparently, newsworthy. Education Politics.