Tag Archives: Stephen Downes

Week 0.5 – eLearning 3.0

I just finished watching Stephen Downes’ talk on Web3 technologies and their implications for learning. I am very interested in what Stephen had to say about technologies being used to build consensus and decision making. I think a shared, distributed … Continue reading

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Week 0: Seimens and Downes on AI

It was good to see Stephen Downes and George Siemens sitting down together and talking again for our Education 3.0 MOOC. It felt just like old times (CCK08, CCK11, etc.). I can’t really say what they do for one another … Continue reading

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AI Ain’t What It Used to Be

Stephen Downes posted a link to the Metafilter blog where a discussion that begins thus is taking place: Uber’s Self-Driving Car Didn’t Malfunction, It Was Just Bad. There were no software glitches or sensor breakdowns that led to a fatal … Continue reading

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Impacts of OER in Community College

I appreciate Stephen Downes take on OER – that there should be “no significant difference” between classes taught with OER or commercial text as far as outcomes go. I got into education to see that happen. The impact that I … Continue reading

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Connectivism, Neuroscience, and Education

I have never been comfortable with proclamations by educators or scientists (and yes, there is a difference) about how the brain works. The logical fallacy goes something like this: “we have isolated a mechanism in the brain, learning takes place … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Connectivism and Peer Review

A social network diagram (Wikipedia) I have been looking at social constructivism and the social generation of knowledge over the last week. I am interested in this line of thought because I feel that for us to really get a … Continue reading

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MOOCs and Student Support

Internet Penetration (% Population). Red indicates no statistics available. (Wikipedia) I read an article this week that I found via Stephen Downe’s blog that is from the eLearning Africa News Portal called “The Underlying Inequality of MOOCs” by Alicia Mitchell. … Continue reading

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MOOCs: Disruption is the Mother of Invention

Stephen Downes There is an article in the Boston Review by Thomas Leddy called “Are MOOCs Good for Students?” In this article Leddy claims that “MOOCs pose a great threat to the most important value of higher education: ‘literacy.’ By … Continue reading

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MOOCs, Group Work, and Instructional Design

Debate Chamber of the Oxford Union Society (Wikipedia) Everything Old is New AgainIn my last post I pointed out that all the arguments about MOOCs sound so much like the old arguments against online education in the 90s. One of … Continue reading

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MOOCs: Lets Do The Timewarp Again!

I love all the arguments from the 1990s that were leveled at online teaching and learning that are now being leveled at MOOCs. I re-read all of my favorite straw-man hits from the 90s including the digital divide, lack of … Continue reading

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