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George Siemens: What’s next for educational software?

Most educational software instantiates physical learning spaces. This is reflected in learning management systems, virtual classrooms, and interactive whiteboards. Essentially, we use new tools to do the work of old tools and largely fail, at first, to identify and advance the unique affordances of new technology.

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George Siemens -> xED Book | a book about education stuff, moocs, etc.

"Bonnie Stewart, Dave Cormier, and I have signed on to write a book on MOOCs and other such trends in education. The book will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2013. Unfortunately, and I recognize the irony, the book will not be open. So we’ve set up a blog as field notes for the book."

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Open Access Week :: Athabasca University

Open Access Week :: Athabasca University | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

George Siemens about "Making Sense of Complexity in Open Information Environments"
Wednesday, October 26,
NOW!!

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George Siemens: Quality Control in MOOCs | xED Book

Like traditional education institutions, identity and reputation are important in MOOCs. For providers such as Udacity, Coursera, and edX, it means that the end user experience is vital in perceptions of overall quality. If students encounter a poor course (design, video, layout), that experience casts a reputation on the overall course provider. If they can’t offer quality courses, how do we know the assessments will be good quality? Or that plagiarism is being taken seriously?

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Jeffrey R. Young - Encore Episode: A Pioneer of Free Online Courses Explains Their Promise

Jeffrey R. Young - Encore Episode: A Pioneer of Free Online Courses Explains Their Promise | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

George Siemens, who leads Athabasca University’s Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute, makes the case for why colleges should experiment with inviting tens of thousands of students to participate in their courses free online. Since the Tech Therapy team conducted the interview last year, the model has caught on with many well-known universities.

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George Siemens (TEDxEdmonton): Openness: Why learners should know about, and influence, how decisions are made about their learning

George Siemens (TEDxEdmonton): Openness: Why learners should know about, and influence, how decisions are made about their learning | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it
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