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The Un-education of a Technologist: From EDUPUNK to ds106 | bavatuesdays
By happenstance maybe? provides a gloss and commentary on the April 2015 EDUCAUSE Next-Generation LMS report for more of the same by re-awakening more of the different.
DE  edtech  edcationaldesign  lms  PLE  federation  edupunk 
june 2015 by mcmorgan
The EDUCAUSE NGDLE and an API of One's Own -e-Literate
A well-considered response to the EDUCAUSE paper on painting the LMS a new color. A federated and personal PLE would address the EDUCAUSE criteria for LEGO, while also opening the doors to alternative models of teaching and learning - like letting the student control her content.
DE  LMS  PLE  federation  fedwiki  edcationaldesign 
june 2015 by mcmorgan
Half an Hour: Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment
the core design elements in the development of a personal learning architecture being developed in the National Research Council's Learning and Performance Support Systems program.
ple  design 
march 2015 by mcmorgan
Some Idiosyncratic Reflections on Note-Taking in General and ConnectedText in Particular
"Looking back at my history of note-taking, I notice that there were two significant or radical changes in the way, in which I dealt with my notes or research information."
notetaking  ple  wiki  via:shannon_mattern 
december 2014 by mcmorgan
Reading Effectively – Words in Space
advice and strategies for reading theory, and a framework for designing PLEs.
dh  litcrit  pedagogy  notetaking  ple 
december 2014 by mcmorgan
Beyond the LMS
Yet another reason - or set of reasons - not to use d2l. "After all, at the end of each class, students would lose access to the materials — could lose, I suppose. there are some administrative controls to extend it. Anything they’d written in the forums, for example, any interactions they’d had through the messaging system: gone. And when I left the university, I lost access to all the materials that I’d posted there. My syllabi, my handouts, the rosters of my students. Gone."
dh  pedagogy  d2l  lms  ple 
september 2014 by mcmorgan
digital learning spaces - an alternative to LMS.
> Educators, however, do not need to use these all-encompassing, inflexible and costly LMS. By using emerging web technologies as the building blocks, light-weight, low-cost (or free), personal teaching environments (PTEs) and personal learning environments (PLEs) can be built containing only the tools needed by educators and students to make online teaching and learning more creative.
lms  ple 
august 2014 by mcmorgan
Beyond institutions - personal learning in a networked world
In this presentation I look at the needs and demands of people seeking learning with the models and designs offered by traditional institutions, and in the spirit of reclaiming learning describe a new ...
DH  PLE  pedagogy  DE 
july 2014 by mcmorgan
Mark Bernstein: NeoVictorian Computing
a defense of artisan programming and computing. set of blog posts.
dh  software  programming  steampunk  ple 
june 2014 by mcmorgan
The MOOC of One
S Downes reclaiming the MOOC with emphasis on PLE. Build this BSU.
dh  connectivism  ple  mooc  cmooc 
march 2014 by mcmorgan
A Domain of One's Own | University of Mary Washington
U Mary Washington gets it right: "freshmen with their own domain names and Web space. Students will have the freedom to create subdomains, install any LAMP-compatible software, setup databases and email addresses, and carve out their own space on the web that they own and control"
ple  fyc  d2l  bigdata  identity  privacy  learninganalytics 
august 2013 by mcmorgan
The big picture » A Digital Workflow for Academic Research
A close consideration of a PLE, including using links, from invention through distro. Worth returning to regularly.
ple  cmooc  invention 
june 2013 by mcmorgan
How I manage to keep active in so many networks
PhD candidate Cristina Costa on living in her PLN.
dl  dh  academia2.0  ple  fyw  social_learning 
june 2013 by mcmorgan
Revisiting Your Learning Management System - ProfHacker
The strongest arguments against the LMS are those of creation of community and student autonomy. Rebelling against a mis-shapen tool no longer a rebellion. The new metaphor might be moving out of the LMS sandbox. Evidence? the comments from educators who backhandedly acknowledge they are powerless - and scared. See Manifesto for Teaching Online, Intrusive Scaffolding
lms  ple  mooc  de  digitalborn  scaffolding 
april 2013 by mcmorgan
manifesto for teaching online
Edinburgh nails its theses to the door, loosing the chains of DE. I feel a kin.
DE  Manifesto  onlinelearning  MOOC  PLE  #edcmooc 
december 2012 by mcmorgan » Information Overload’s 2300-Year-Old History
how notetaking and then encyclopedias help manage incanabula and early print.
dh  notetaking  ple 
september 2012 by mcmorgan
E-Learning: Going down to the crossroads. Track 2: Same as it ever was: Pedagogical slippage in MOOCs and other top 40 hits | Peter Bryant
my kind of pedagogical-social crit. "Perhaps this is a consequence of the lag between research and practice, but arguably, taking MOOCs as an example, the learner is not asked to think critically about the platform or the way it’s used, they are numbers plucked out of the air, hurled around as labels to argue whose MOOC is biggest and then dismissed as drop-outs and failures, as the attritions rates are so high from most MOOC offerings."
mooc  ple  pedagogy 
august 2012 by mcmorgan
The MOOC debate
g attwood presents an overview of the current exchange concerning cMOOCs and xMOOCs.
mooc  ple  xmooc  pedagogy 
august 2012 by mcmorgan
Attwell - Reflections on PLEs
excellent. Attwell responds with a 17 min video to questions for OU students in Portugal. I usually dislike video responses (I can read faster and can control re-reading) but this one is worth the time because Graham gives an overview of the work he's been doing with PLEs for a few years. that's two years condensed into 17 mins.
ple  oer  openeducation  lms 
june 2012 by mcmorgan
Personal Learning Environments Stephen Downes
with link to the video. Sort of a primer, but it's Steven.
ple  learning2.0  learningenvironments 
may 2012 by mcmorgan
Sensemaking artifacts « Connectivism
A set of diagrams and maps illustrating how learners make sense of their early encounter with a PLE/MOOC environ.

"The teacher’s coherence or subject views aren’t “duplicated” by students. Of course some basic knowledge elements exist, but the way we come to know them in networks is different from the process of coming to know them in classrooms."

1. They reflect the sensemaking activity that the individual has experienced – how he connected different concepts within a course or how he came to understand the relationship between different entities.

2. They are a sensegiving tool. When learners are transparent in their learning through the production and sharing of artifacts, they teach others.

from George Siemens
artifacts  mooc  curating  ple  coursedesign 
february 2012 by mcmorgan
Learning Reimagined: Participatory, Peer, Global, Online
Taming a mini-mooc-like environment, with the emphasis on co-learning.
oer  mooc  ple 
july 2011 by mcmorgan
MOOCs as ecologies – or – why i work on MOOCs » Dave's Educational Blog
A step back from the Siemens-Wiley debate. Cormier considers the tensions in a MOOC: "If the MOOC challenges anything, it challenges the idea that a teacher can decide what people need to know, how much they currently know and what they should get out of the learning process. You can’t. You just can’t do it, not consistently, not over time, not for the majority of your students, not for millions of teachers. The solution presented by the MOOC is that the learner should begin to take control of how and what they are to learn."
july 2011 by mcmorgan
The Technological Dimension of a Massive Open Online Course: The Case of the CCK08 Course Tools | Fini | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
Survey results of the CCK08 course. Reviews the short history of MOOCs, places them as OER with interaction. "the course attracted adult, informal learners, who were not concerned about course completion. Time constraints, language barriers, and ICT skills affected the participants’ choice of tools; for example, learners favoured the passive, time-saving mailing list over interactive, time-consuming discussions forums and blogs. Some recommendations for future MOOCs include highlighting the purpose of the tools (e.g., skill-building) and stating clearly that the learners can choose their preferred tools. Further research on sustainability and facilitator workload should be conducted to determine the cost and effectiveness of MOOCs. Investigation is also necessary to understand MOOC participant profiles as they relate to course outcomes and retention and whether terms such as course and attrition are appropriate in this context."
OER  MOOC  PLE  CCK08  survey 
july 2011 by mcmorgan
Do open online courses have a role in educational reform? « Connectivism
Good entry point to the Siemens and WIley debating some of the qualities and position of MOOCs. "the fact that people don’t have the skills to participate in distributed networks for learning and sensemaking is exactly why we need MOOCs."

This is even more significant as the xMOOCs take off, with their lack of scaffolding and emphasis on "massive' over open.
cMOOC  MOOC  PLE  OER  futureofeducation  salvation 
july 2011 by mcmorgan
Digital Breadcrumbs, Purdy and Walker
Framed in a google search clone. "We call for examining the ways in which researchers actually use online resources for scholarly projects rather than lamenting how these researchers are not following prescribed models of efficient, purposeful online research. We, in other words, seek to consider the value of researchers' existing practices. In this early research, we find that for the participant-researchers in this study:

Multiple online resources are used together in unadvertised, collaborative ways.
“Unstructured” online research can be inventional."
a&e  research  academia2.0  research2.0  mooc  ple 
may 2011 by mcmorgan
Open Textbook Tweet - WikiEducatorj
Buzz page for pdf and hard-copy editions of a text on OER and open textbook creation compiled by Sharon Fitzpatrick.
oer  mooc  ple  open_learning  openaccess  crowdsourcing 
may 2011 by mcmorgan
Graham's notes on a PLE model that seeks to fuse/weave together knowledge and process. Most interesting aspect is the reseeding module. And the suggestion that a PLE could have a memory
ple  pln  epistemology 
may 2011 by mcmorgan
My Personal Learning Network is the most awesomest thing ever!!
siemens clarfying some misconceptions about ples: "Being connected, without creating and contributing, is a self-focused, self-centered state. I’ve ranted about this before, but there is never a good time to be a lurker. Lurking=taking. The concept of legitimate peripheral participation sounds very nice, but is actually negative. Even when we are newcomers in a network or community, we should be creating and sharing our growing understanding. We noticed this time and again in CCK08/09/EdFutures/PLENK: a resource (image, blog post) created by someone trying to understand a topic is often more valuable than instructor-provided readings. Why? Well, novices and experts have different approaches to topics and tasks. A novice who is grappling with an idea is likely better able to connect with another novice than an expert who advances a more nuanced, pattern-based assessment of a topic."
ple  mooc  lurking 
may 2011 by mcmorgan
What can we learn from alternative spaces for learning? (discussion for #tmayr, 21st April) - Jennifer Jones' PhD Notebook
Last time (1968), the cultural revolution took over and reformed the campuses. This time (2011), conservative cuts to education will inspire students to create their education elsewhere. Jennifer Jones on MOOCs, VLEs, and student occupation writ large.
#en3177  MOOC  PLE  cuts_to_education  student_revolution 
april 2011 by mcmorgan
Editorial | Siemens | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
Siemens and Conole. Editorial intro to IRRODL special issue on connectivism. The entire issue is brings us up to speed for 2011 on PLEs and MOOCs. "As the first full journal issue, that we’re aware of, devoted to connectivism, this special issue of IRRODL presents a somewhat confusing landscape. Some themes are emerging around the relationship of connectivism to existing theories of learning and social interaction (communities of practice, actor-network theory, and activity theory being most prominent). Critiques of connectivism also reveal themes: the need for ongoing research, the suitability of existing theories in answering the questions that connectivism attempts to address, and the status of connectivism as a theory of learning."
PLE  MOOC  connectivism  DE 
march 2011 by mcmorgan
Open Contempt - UBC Wiki
via zombiescholar. Brian Lamb on OER, new academic cultures, EduPunk and all the rest of it this place is getting to me I can't take it any more I could get out of here and move to Canada that's where stuff it happening or maybe someplace in Cumbria Far Sawrey looked good
scholarship2.0  ple  mooc  zombies  edupunk  OER 
march 2011 by mcmorgan
zombiescholar [licensed for non-commercial use only] / More Brains!
Weller and Groom. State of the academy: " The uptake of new technologies in research and associated practices can be seen as a barometer for innovation within higher education. ... We suggest one possible antidote to this zombification of higher education is the use of new technologies and particularly the cultural norms they embody." Yes, and yes again. Complication arises when the local culture is a Dawn of the Dead shopping mall.
ple  mooc  OER  research  scholarship2.0  D2L  en3177 
march 2011 by mcmorgan
#CCK11 gRSShopper vs Moodle – Any thoughts? « eConnections
Short reflection from a participant in CCK11 on bounded forum v open/PLE. Lots of openings into a further consideration here. Lars has found the CMS an anchor, a place where things are structured for him - which is echoed in the comments. Valid point for traditional learning, which doesn't consider the learner cutting the path.
en3177  PLE  MOOC  reflection 
february 2011 by mcmorgan
Cursive Hand in a BlackBerry Field: A Poetics of the List | The New Everyday
About lists and their use in the everyday. A loose connection with PLEs and MOOCs comes through a consideration of the everyday. a mooc makes learning an everyday occurrence.
Ple  lists  notetaking  notes  mooc 
february 2011 by mcmorgan
if:book: what i've learned since posting a proposal for a taxonomy of social reading
Author considers revision of first draft of a taxonomy. An illustration of how scholars work socially.
reading  writing  socialreading  drafting  ple 
january 2011 by mcmorgan
Will #Quora Be Big In 2011?
a good article for en3177, in part for the subject of discussion but even more for the aggregatating and repurposing the writer's doing. trace the inputs and outputs and diagram how he links it all together. this is learning.
en3177  twitter  quora  mooc  ple  synthesis 
january 2011 by mcmorgan
Detailed workflow that combines procedure with writing advice. Well, more detailed in using DT and Sente than Scrivener and Pages, and more detailed in note taking than drafting.  Highlights affordances of each application. 
Ple  notetaking  workflow  research  from delicious
december 2010 by mcmorgan
Studies Explore Whether the Internet Makes Students Better Writers - The Chronicle
Overview of recent studies and commentary on affects and position of online and extra-curricular writing. Ranges from "stylistically impoverished," to Yancey: "If we don't invite students to figure out the lessons they've learned from that writing outside of school and bring those inside of school, what will happen is only the very bright students" will do it themselves, Ms. Yancey says. "It's the rest of the population that we're worried about."
writing  blogging  literacy  academicwriting  scholarship2.0  PLE  MOOC 
december 2010 by mcmorgan
What’s wrong with (M)OOCs?
Siemens sketches his concerns about MOOCs as they become more popular. MOOCs are a new paradigm and redefine design, practice, responsibility and other aspects. Means that it's going to be hard to fit them into current thinking and current interests.
ple  mooc  twwt 
december 2010 by mcmorgan
MOOCs, knowledge and the digital economy – a research project @ Dave’s Educational Blog
Dave Cornier's post announcing the release of the "The MOOC Model for Digital Practice" (qv).  Includes 3 excellent vids on MOOCs, learning in a MOOC, and knowledge in a MOOC. 
mooc  ple  plenk2010#  en3177 
december 2010 by mcmorgan
Digital Storytelling | A ds106 Production
I'm envious of the brave. Jim Groom is brave. Jim has a hellava course started here that I'm going to shamelessly emulate in designing the backend of Weblogs and Wikis as it goes open. Assignments are central, and those I have seen are doozies. But aggregation and syndication are the pedagogical magic.
Ple  Oer  course  mooc 
december 2010 by mcmorgan
The Daily Shoot
another ple-like space to follow
ple  oer 
december 2010 by mcmorgan
Reading in the Digital Age, or, Reading How We’ve Always Read | Booksquare
Some interesting consideration of how to move the act of once-considered-private reading (annotations, notes, synopses, summaries, responses, discussions) into an online social environment. Ties to aggregate and remix in Downes's frame of a MOOC. Might be good to ease readers into PLE frames and repurposing.
reading  social_practices  weblogs  en3177  ple  mooc 
december 2010 by mcmorgan
EPIC FAIL: the sorry state of web education in schools |
via tech_rhet. Move away from teaching and using proprietary software - from Word to Dreamweaver - and start incorporating open source and web-based stuff - the kind of stuff that students can use to get beyond the proprietary. Excellent little article, but I wonder what took them so long to figure this out. Academia doesn't move as slowly as all that. Been doing this, and wrestling with it, for years. Might want to read this in conjunction with TBL's Long Live the Web.
ple  pedagogy  webdesign  wcw  berners-lee  plenk2010# 
november 2010 by mcmorgan
Faculty Views About Online Learning -
via Tech-Rhet. Bar charts. Online is more work for less educational quality, and practiced mainly by the tenure-track faculty. I'm assuming this refers mainly to institutionalized CMS stuff. That's my over-generalization for the day.
#plenk2010  DE  openeducation  open_learning  CMS  ple 
november 2010 by mcmorgan
Stephen Downes: Deinstitutionalizing Education
Go, Stephen: "While a great deal of virtual ink has been spilled over the need to reform our schools and universities, I think we need to question how we manage education altogether. For it is manifest that the institution, the form in which we have managed education and society in general, has ultimately come to failure." This article is difficult to summarize, but it places institutionalized ed in there with corporate greed, exploitation, outsourcing, and powerlessness. And my university says, "Education is broken because we don't assess." Ed is broken alright, but it's broken like corporations are.
#plenk2010  assessment  openeducation  open_learning  ple 
november 2010 by mcmorgan
Proposing a Taxonomy of Social Reading
Draft in progress of a taxonomy to start making sense of what reading becomes online. Social practices from annotation to discussion boards to other alternatives.
literacy  newliteract  socialpractices  socialreading  en3177  ple  mooc 
october 2010 by mcmorgan
“Notes, Lists, and Everyday Inscriptions”: Introduction | The New Everyday
A curated cluster media commons, considering how we take notes - the devices and the technques. #1 on my Instapaper list right now: That's a case where the note is the content. 
lists  literacy  newmedia  #plenk2010  ple  notetaking 
september 2010 by mcmorgan
'Open Teaching': When the World Is Welcome in the Online Classroom
Brief overview of open courses - that gets a number of matters wrong (ie: You don't open Bboard. You move to a different platform). Worth referring to in order to see how open courses are an attitude, not a technology. Comments from Siemens and Drexler correct the article.

: "What was different was the radically decentralized, "kids in control" environment. Instead of restricting posts to a closed discussion forum in a system like Blackboard, the class left students free to debate anywhere. Some used Moodle, an open-source course-management system. Others preferred blogs, Twitter, or Ning. In the virtual world Second Life, students built two Spanish-language sites. Some even got together face-to-face to discuss the material."
MOOC  ple  open_learning  opencourse 
september 2010 by mcmorgan
Never Mind the Edupunks; or, The Great Web 2.0 Swindle
Here's a chord. Here's another. Now go form a band. Brian Lamb and Jim Groom critique open ed, sneaky commodification, Vivienne Westwood, and the coming New Romantics. This is where we are, again. Like old home week. "It may not surprise readers that the two of us—a couple of embittered Gen-X'ers who've been associated with the "edupunk" aesthetic—look at the commodification of online educational environments with distaste. At the risk of indulging our stereotypical knee-jerk anti-corporatism, we note here several concerns."
mooc  ple  bollocks  openeducation  edupunk  openaccess  opensource  sex_pistols  SCORM 
august 2010 by mcmorgan
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