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

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A researcher, theorist, educator, Siemens is the digital learning guy. 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. Siemens’ work is on the cutting edge of what’s possible in digital learning, but he doesn’t want to discuss the latest fads in education technology.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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In 2012, Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education sued Boundless Learning, claiming that the open education textbook startup had “stolen the creative expression of their authors and editors, violating their intellectual-property rights.”

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Via Chalkbeat : “ Betsy DeVos ’s first Detroit visit featured Girl Scouts, robots, and talk of beluga whales.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). So much MOOC news! (Or “ MOOCs Are Global. Also via Edsurge : “How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age.” Via Techcrunch : “Thousands of academics spurn Nature ’s new paid-access Machine Learning journal.”

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Inside Higher Ed : “Analysis of Georgia Tech ’s MOOC-inspired online master’s in computer science suggests that institutions can successfully deliver high-quality, low-cost degrees to students at scale.” From the press release : “IMS Global Learning Consortium Announces Open Badges 2.0 “ Does tech designed to personalize learning actually benefit students?

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Via The Atlantic : “Two radically different bills aim to overhaul [ Detroit ’s] beleaguered school system. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Why Don’t All School Systems Do This?” Education Politics.

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “ Coursera ’s New Strategy Takes Inspiration From Netflix – and LinkedIn.” ” There’s more MOOC-related research in the research section below. ” “The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is engaging in a strategic review that will include weighing mergers and closings among its 14 universities,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

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Via Alternet : “ Gavin Grimm Wants To Fix The Education System That Failed Him.” ” When you hear someone invoke New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina as a model, do remember what happened to all the Black teachers … Via the AP : “ Philadelphia moves to retake control of city school system.” “In the Era of Microcredentials , Institutions Look to Blockchain to Verify Learning,” says Edsurge. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Perhaps we can learn a little about the folks who still do. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “An Education Department plan to begin cutting large debt collection firms out of the student loan system is on hold after Congress warned against move.” ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “ Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive? ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Department of Education Announces Requirements for New Federal Loan Servicing System.” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Mozilla announced it is handing the Open Badges initiative to the IMS Global Learning Consortium. Via Campus Technology : “ Learning Objects Debuts Competency-Based Education Platform.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “When the Teaching Assistant Is a Robot.”