PLE vs. LMS – disaggregate power, not people.

As PLENK2010 moves into week two we are taking on the debate between Personal Learning Environments and Learning management systems. My next post will address the differences between the two, but there is a major point that I’d like to address that digs into my distaste for the use of the word ‘personal’ in education. … Continue reading “PLE vs. LMS – disaggregate power, not people.”

Open Learning – leveraging the web for collaboration

This is a moodle book I’ve put together to give people an introduction to open learning at UPEI… It still needs some work… but there it is. This topic considers the concept open learning and explores how being open as an educator can increase the chances for collaboration, access to knowledge and promote lifelong learning … Continue reading “Open Learning – leveraging the web for collaboration”

The Open Course: Brand and Community ROI

Well… I expect the title might be a bit of a surprise. About six months ago, I sent in an application to an ‘innovation forum’ in new brunswick on the possibilities of the MOOC or, what I would now call an open course (a mooc being something that happens to you rather than something you … Continue reading “The Open Course: Brand and Community ROI”

Open Learning (M)OOCs supporting the Digital Economy. Draft thinking

As you might imagine, I did not choose the term ‘digital economy’ that is in the title of this post. It is the result of some boundary stretching that I’m experimenting with this fall. I have too activities, one a SSHRC grant on the digital economy and the other a presentation at an ‘innovation forum’ … Continue reading “Open Learning (M)OOCs supporting the Digital Economy. Draft thinking”

Response to critiques of Open Course Educause article and the free economy generally

Earlier this year, while George Siemens and I were working our way through teaching the Edfutures course, we were contacted by the fine folks at the Educause review and asked to contribute an article on ‘the open course.’ I’ve been fortunate enough to run a few open courses now, some inside and some outside of … Continue reading “Response to critiques of Open Course Educause article and the free economy generally”

Open Educational Resources: The implications for educational development (SEDA)

This article will be published in the December 2009 issue of Educational Developments, SEDA’s Magazine (see http://www.seda.ac.uk). Many thanks to James Wisdom and Co. for their help, patience and excellent suggestions. Introduction I am not, in any sense, an opponent of openness. I think that an open sharing of ideas is healthy for the thinker … Continue reading “Open Educational Resources: The implications for educational development (SEDA)”

Who’s Dave?

Link to CV Dave Cormier is an educational activist, researcher, online community advocate and the Project Lead for Student Relations Management at the University of Prince Edward Island. He has published on open education, Rhizomatic Learning, MOOCs (Massive/Open Online Courses), and the impact of technology on the future of high education. His educational journey started … Continue reading “Who’s Dave?”

Top 10 Edtech News etc thingers of 2008

10. Blogging is dead http://cogdogblog.com/2008/11/10/blogging-dead-after-all/ Proclaimed and recinded. Here it is ladies and gentlemen the end of the first era of blogging. Far fewer are the blogs that tell us “just how exciting it all is”… According to Alan Levine, who quoted Nick Carr who quoted Technorati “they’ve been tracking 133 million blogs since 2002, … Continue reading “Top 10 Edtech News etc thingers of 2008”