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30 MARCH 2014

Canadian MOOC pioneers George Siemens and Stephen Downes

"Dr. Siemens, along with Stephen Downes, senior researcher at the National Research Council, years earlier had launched what is widely recognized as the first MOOC, in 2008. It was a course on learning theory offered through the University of Manitoba where Dr. Siemens then taught."

(Rosanna Tamburri, 12 February 2014, University Affairs)


2008Athabasca UniversityCanada • Complexive Systems Inc • George Siemens • global strategy execution • integrated learning structures • knowledge • learning theory programme • Massive Open Online CoursesMOOCsNational Research Council of Canada • networked technologies • online learningoriginatorsocial media researchStephen Downes • Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute • University of Manitoba


Simon Perkins
28 DECEMBER 2013

Connectivist Learning Theory

"A central tenet of most learning theories is that learning occurs inside a person. Even social constructivist views, which hold that learning is a socially enacted process, promotes the principality of the individual (and her/his physical presence–i.e. brain–based) in learning. These theories do not address learning that occurs outside of people (i.e. learning that is stored and manipulated by technology)... In a networked world, the very manner of information that we acquire is worth exploring. The need to evaluate the worthiness of learning something is a meta–skill that is applied before learning itself begins. When knowledge is subject to paucity, the process of assessing worthiness is assumed to be intrinsic to learning. When knowledge is abundant, the rapid evaluation of knowledge is important. The ability to synthesize and recognize connections and patterns is a valuable skill. Including technology and connection making as learning activities begins to move learning theories into a digital age. We can no longer personally experience and acquire learning that we need to act. We derive our competence from forming connections. Karen Stephenson states: 'Experience has long been considered the best teacher of knowledge. Since we cannot experience everything, other people's experiences, and hence other people, become the surrogate for knowledge. 'I store my knowledge in my friends' is an axiom for collecting knowledge through collecting people.

Connectivism is the integration of principles explored by chaos, network, and complexity and self–organization theories"

(George Siemens, P2P Foundation)


accepted knowledge • Albert Bandura • Albert-Laszlo Barabasi • Andrew Clark • Brent Davis • Chris Jones • collective knowledge • complexity of views • connection forming • connections and patterns • connectivism • conventional wisdom • Dave Cormier • David Rumelhart • David Wileydigital age • embodied cognition • Ernst von GlasersfeldEtienne Wengerevaluate and select • evaluate worthiness • evaluation skills • Gavriel Salomon • George Siemens • heedful interrelating • I store my knowledge with my friendsindividualismisolated individualJames Gibson • James McClelland • Jean Lave • Jerome Bruner • Karen Stephenson • Karl Weick • know-how • know-what • know-who • knowledge collectionknowledge commons • knowledge evaluation • knowledge synthesis • learning is socially enactedlearning theoryLev VygotskyLudwig Wittgenstein • Mark Mason • Marshall McLuhan • Martin de Laat • Marvin Minsky • meta-analysismetacognition • Michael Spivey • Neil Postmannetwork societynetworked world • networks are everywhere • P2P Foundation • patterns of connections • patterns of knowledgepaucity • Paul Churchland • recognition rules • Ronald Barnett • Roy Pea • self-organisation theories • self-organising systemsensemaking • Seymour Papert • shared knowledge • shared learning interests • situated learning • social cognitive theory • social construction of knowledge • social learning theory • social-constructivist approach • Starr-Roxanne Hiltz • systems thinkingwicked problems


Simon Perkins
03 AUGUST 2012

Connectivism: Socialising Open Learning

Fig.1 George Siemens 2009 presentation "Connectivism: Socializing Open Learning", VI International Seminar on Open Social Learning of the UOC UNESCO Chair in e–Learning.



2009academyarbiter of connections • Brian Arthur • Bruno Latour • Catalonia • combination of connections • conference presentationconnectivismconstellation of connectionse-learninge-learning 2.0George Siemensinterconnectednessknowledge acquired from real-world settingsknowledge brokeringknowledge integrationlearning technologieslegitimate scholarly practices • Manitoba Universit • open learning • open social environments • open social learning • Open University of Catalonia • Personal Learning EnvironmentPLErecognition rulesscholarshipsensemaking • socialising open learning • the academyUNESCOUniversitat Oberta de Catalunya • UOC


Simon Perkins
25 JULY 2012

Stephen Downes: the use of online media and services in education

"Stephen Downes is a senior researcher for Canada's National Research Council and a leading proponent of the use of online media and services in education. As the author of the widely–read OLDaily online newsletter, Downes has earned international recognition for his leading–edge work in the field of online learning. He developed some of Canada's first online courses at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Manitoba. He also built a learning management system from scratch and authored the now–classic 'The Future of Online Learning'.

At the University of Alberta he built a learning and research portal for the municipal sector in that province, Munimall, and another for the Engineering and Geology sector, PEGGAsus. He also pioneered the development of learning objects and was one of the first adopters and developers of RSS content syndication in education. Downes introduced the concept of e–learning 2.0 and with George Siemens developed and defined the concept of Connectivism, using the social network approach to deliver open online courses to three thousand participants over two years."

(Stephen Downes)


Canadaconnectivisme-learninge-learning 2.0educationeducation content syndicationGeorge Siemens • leading proponent • learning • learning and research portal • Learning Management Systemlearning objects • municipal sector • National Research Council of Canadanew media • newsletter • OLDaily • online courses • online education media • online education servicesonline learning • online newsletter • open online courses • PEGGAsus • social networkStephen Downessyndicationteaching • The Future of Online Learning • University of Alberta


Simon Perkins
08 APRIL 2011

1st International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge

Learning Analytics & Knowledge: February 27–March 1, 2011 in Banff, Alberta

"The growth of data surpasses the ability of organizations to make sense of it. This concern is particularly pronounced in relation to knowledge, teaching, and learning. Learning institutions and corporations make little use of the data learners 'throw off' in the process of accessing learning materials, interacting with educators and peers, and creating new content. In an age where educational institutions are under growing pressure to reduce costs and increase efficiency, analytics promises to be an important lens through which to view and plan for change at course and institutions levels. Corporations face pressure for increased competitiveness and productivity, a challenge that requires important contributions in organizational capacity building from work place and informal learning. Learning analytics can play a role in highlighting the development of employees through their learning activities."

(George Siemens, 2010–07–22)


2011 • accessing learning materials • analytics • Banff • Canadacloud computing • cloud hosting • conference • creating new content • data mining • education data • educational institutions • electronic education data • enterprise settings • exchanging analytics • formal institutional boundaries • George Siemens • increased competitiveness • increased efficiency • increased productivity • informal learning • information flow • interacting with educators • interacting with peers • knowledge analysis • knowledge development • knowledge modeling • knowledge representation • learning activities • learning analytics • learning and knowledge work • learning institutions • longitudinal learning datamaking sense • making sense of data • myriad platforms • nascent field • networked learning • new models • novel insights • open dataorganisational capabilities • organisational capacity building • organisational effectiveness • organisational systems • pedagogical domains • personalised educationpredictive analytics • pressure to reduce costs • semantic web • serve the needs of stakeholders • social domains • social interactionssocial learning • technical complexity • workplace learning


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