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Open Educational Resources and the Distributed Web

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In this video, posted for the fifth week of the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC , Stephen Downes makes the case for open education.

2018 225

Trust, Truth, Consensus and Community on the distributed web

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The seventh topic in the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC has been Community. I have invested quite a bit of my time over the years learning about community – or more specifically communities of practice.

2018 148

Consensus and community in the distributed web

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The topic for this week in the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC is Community.

2018 166

Digital badges and the purpose of education

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We have now come to the end of the sixth topic – Recognition – in Stephen Downes’ E-Learning 3.0 For me, this has been the least satisfying of the course topics so far.

2018 148

Truth in a Post-Truth Age

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Last week BBC Radio 4 broadcast a series of 15 minute podcasts over five days on the topic of Truth.

2018 219

Data, personal learning and learning analytics

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This week’s topic for Stephen Downes’ E-Learning 3.0 MOOC is Data.

2018 194

Ten Reasons to Keep Writing

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One of the people I enjoy following on Twitter is the author Joanne Harris. Every so often (this might be weekly, but I’m not sure) she invites her followers to ask a question about anything and everything to do with writing and publishing, which she attempts to answer in #TenTweets.

2018 193

My experiences of the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC to date

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First a bit of background. The task for this week in the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC is related to the topic of Community in the distributed web. This is the task as created by Stephen Downes: As a community, create an assignment the completion of which denotes being a member of the community. For the purposes of this task, there can only be one community. For each participant, your being a member of the community completes the task.

2018 127

Digital Badges as Recognition of Success

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Looking back through this blog, I am reminded that in 2012 I attended a SCoPE seminar on digital badges and wrote two posts about it. Reading back through these posts I see that at that time I had some reservations about badges.

2018 148

Access to E-Learning 3.0 and the Distributed Web

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Stephen Downes has once again written an excellent summary for the work we did last week on open educational resources. He has tweeted: Downes @Downes. Friday’s #el30 newsletter is now available. el30.mooc.ca/archive/18/11_…

2018 148

Badges are not sufficient

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This week Stephen invited Viplav Baxi to join him in a discussion about this week’s topic – Recognition – for the E-Learning 3.0 They only mentioned badges briefly, but the task for participants this week has been to create a badge – see my last post.

2018 139

Talking about dying

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This month the Royal College of Physicians has published a report bearing the title ‘ Talking about dying: How to begin honest conversations about what lies ahead’ . There is a concern that doctors and other healthcare professionals find it hard to talk to patients about dying.

2018 177

Visiting Rome with a Wheelchair User

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Rome, like Venice , is a city known to be notoriously difficult for people in wheelchairs to visit. I am writing this post as the partner of a wheelchair user, to share some of our experiences of this beautiful and fascinating city.

2018 182

E-Learning 3.0 : Graph

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Graph is the Topic for Week 3 of Stephen Downes’ E-Learning 3.0 Again, he has provided a good Synopsis – see [link].

2018 161

E-Learning 3.0 : some initial thoughts

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This is the topic of a 10-week MOOC being offered by Stephen Downes, which started this week. For the course outline see – [link]. Stephen said somewhere that he was trying to create an elegant site for the course. I think he has succeeded. I love this simple image and title.

2018 174

Identity graphs as a ‘source of truth’

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Week 4 on Identity in Stephen Downes’ E-Learning 3.0 MOOC has come to an end. It was another very interesting week. Stephen has summed up the week with a video and a paper, both of which I will link to in this post. They deserve to be widely distributed.

2018 148

Failing to Create a Content Addressed Resource for the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC

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Montaigne’s opening words in his essay ‘Of Books’, seem so apposite to my experience of trying to engage with the task of creating a content-addressed resource for this week’s E-Learning 3.0 course. I quote them here to serve as a disclaimer for all that is to follow.

2018 139

What is uniquely human?

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In this first week of the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC , Stephen Downes has shared a video introduction to the course (see [link] ) and also recorded a video of a conversation he had with George Siemens. This was really enjoyable to watch.

2018 170

The Quantified, Qualified and Connected Self

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This week the topic on the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC has been Identity. We have tried to answer questions such as: How do we know who someone is? How do we project ourselves on the internet? How can we be safe and secure?

2018 148

E-Learning 3.0 : Identity Graphs

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We are now in the fourth week of this E-Learning 3.0 open course/MOOC. The task for this week is to create an Identity Graph, which Stephen Downes (convener of this course) has outlined as follows: Identity – Create an Identity Graph.

2018 148

Understanding ‘Betweenness’ – seeing beyond the parts

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In a previous post , I began to explore and share my understanding of what Iain McGilchrist has written about and means by ‘betweenness’ as a way of being in the world.

2018 174

E-Learning 3.0: The Human versus the Machine

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This post is a response to a challenge set, as a result of Task 2, by Frank Polster , a fellow course participant on Stephen Downes’ MOOC, E-Learning 3.0. Here is my challenge to all the E-Learning 3.0

2018 148

Identity from the perspective of authentication

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In this video Stephen Downes, convener of the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC explains that in the future our safety and security online will be managed through the use of identification keys.

2018 139

Some Thoughts on Identity

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The topic for Week 4 of Stephen Downes’ E-Learning 3.0 MOOC is Identity. The focus of this topic is on digital identity – exploring questions such as: ‘How do we know who someone is?’, ‘How do we project ourselves on the internet?’ How can we be safe and secure?’.

Thinking of knowledge as a graph

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This is a response to the E-Learning 3.0 task for course participants created by Matthias Melcher. See [link]. The task requires that we select from one of the topics of this course, and create a map of from the list of keywords for the topic provided by Matthias.

2018 139

E-Learning 3.0: Conversation with Ben Werdmuller

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The guest for this third week of Stephen Downes’ E-Learning 3.0 MOOC was Ben Werdmuller. I took a screenshot from the Hangout, because he has such a winning smile. Just what you need for a difficult topic!

2018 139

12 Rules for Life

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Earlier this week I travelled to Manchester to hear Jordan Peterson speak at the O2 Apollo Theatre about his book ‘12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos’ This was one event in a punishing schedule of 80 cities – [link].

2018 148

E-Learning 3.0: Cloud Computing

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The second topic in Stephen Downes’ E-Learning 3.0 MOOC, bears the title ‘Cloud’ Stephen has provided a good synopsis of the week’s content on the course site, where he starts by saying: The joke is that “the cloud” is just shorthand for “someone else’s computer.”

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E-Learning 3.0 Task 1 completed!

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In the E-learning 3.0 MOOC being run by Stephen Downes, we have been given two tasks to choose from for this week.

2018 139

‘Betweenness’ : a way of being in the world

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At the beginning of this year my colleague Mariana Funes and I published a paper in which we argued for ‘both/and’ thinking, as opposed to ‘either/or’. We did this in the context of open, online education environments, which we suggested can be both inclusive and exclusive.

2018 148

E-Learning 3.0 : Task 2

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Two initial tasks have been created by Stephen Downes for the E-Learning 3.0 No doubt there will be more. We can choose which of these two tasks to complete. I have already completed Task 1 and blogged about it.

2018 130

There are No Things. There are patterns.

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As we can see from his website, Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and his Emissary.

2018 203

#openedMOOC Week 2: Copyright, the Public Domain, and the Commons

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An infographic created by Shihaam Donnelly from [link]. This week’s videos and readings are a lot more interesting than I anticipated.

2017 212

Hand Cycling around Bali

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Map of Bali. At the beginning of this month I joined a group of hand cyclists who were raising money for REGAIN by cycling 320 km around Bali. Photo by Liz Pardey, Volunteer at Bali Sports Foundation.

2017 206

PhD by Publication – Selection of Papers

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In her book, PhD by Published Work , Susan Smith writes that one of the disadvantages of this route to a PHD is that ‘ it is tricky to retrospectively shoe-horn diverse papers into a post hoc theme’ (p.34).

2017 199

Why do a PhD by Publication?

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Why do a PhD at all? I have considered this question many times since I completed my MA in 1997 when I was asked by the awarding University department to continue to do a PhD. I declined.

2017 199

#OpenEdMOOC – Final thoughts

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(Source of Image – [link] – 0.56). Like Rebecca Heiser, I have been reflecting on the EdX Introduction to Open Education MOOC.

2017 166

#SOCRMx: Week 4 – Discourse Analysis

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(Click on image for source). In Week 4 the Introduction to Social Research Methods course requires participants to move on and 1) reflect on a chosen method, and 2) test our ability to identify specific information about methods in a given research paper.

2017 164

#openedMOOC begins October 1st

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David Wiley and George Siemens are offering a new 6 week MOOC – Introduction to Open Education – on EdX at the beginning of October.

2017 169

Questions about online ‘openness’

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Source of image. What motivates academics and teachers to get involved in areas of practice that are NOT supported by their institutions? Why invest even longer hours in supporting educational practice? My dentist doesn’t give me free root canal treatment outside of work?

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Harmony and hope as pedagogies for 2018

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This week’s OLDaily , the online newsletter published by Stephen Downes, includes a discussion about ‘a pedagogy of harmony’.

2017 151

Human Existence is Difficult. Existentialism and Phenomenology.

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What does it mean to live an authentic, fully human life? What distinguishes us from other animals? Are we truly set apart in some way? How should we think of ourselves? What are we? What should we do?

2018 130

Critical Examination of MOOCs by Jeremy Knox

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Jeremy Knox ’s book – Posthumanism and the Massive Open Online Course. Contaminating the Subject of Global Education was published early this year. I bought the book soon after it was published but have only this summer got round to reading it.

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