Thursday, September 30, 2010

A video by Dr. Skip Ward about MOOC and #PLENK2010

Above is a video of one of the #PLENK2010 participants, Dr. Skip Ward, commented on my previous post about MOOC ( Massive Open Online Course).

As he expalins, how such an example of a learning experience is successful because of  forming a huge virtual community of learners. In fact, PLENK2010 brings together a diverse group of people wiht different aspects of expertise, tied together and participants come together to share their experiences and knowledge. It is grounded in Connectivist approach which sees learning as networked and connective.

Skip also created a Ning group " Moving Social Media into the Classroom"  .

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Constructivist and Connectivist Learning and Knowledge

In #PLENK2010 (Personal Learning Environments, Networks and Knowledge), one of the topics of discussion in Elluminate live session was about the distinct between Constructivism and Connectivism learning and knowledge.
George Siemens and Stephen Downes, the developers of Connectivism, discussed some issues there. A 15 minutes audio clip excerpt from that conversation is available here.

By D'Arcy Norman

Viplav Baxi, one of the #PLENK2010 participantsin his blog has a post discussing  Connectivist and Constructivist PLEs. There, he discusses that is the PLE ( Personal Learning Environment) a connectivist construct or a constructivist construct? Or both? Or neither, just influenced by many theories? It could be worthwhile to consider two interpretations :

  1. PLEs are some combination of constructivist as well as connectivist ideas/principles, or
  2. There exist two unique types of PLEs – constructivist and connectivist.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MOOC ( Massive Open Online Courses)

Started two weeks ago, I am participating in a massive online course: #PLENK2010: Personal Learning Environments, Networks, and Knowledge sponsored and organized by the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University. Stephen Downes and Rita Kop from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Learning and Collaborative technologies group, Dave Cormier from University of Prince Edward Island, and George Siemens (Connectivism Theory: a learning theory for digital age!) from TEKRI are course facilitators.  

It is based on connectivist approach and a great open learning environment which promotes collaboration with more tham a thousand of participants from all around the world exploring the nature of distributed networked knowledge and social learning by immersing in different social media and web 2.0 tools. 

The way it is run is absolutely great; it is less structured unlike other courses, #PLENK2010 is an unusual course which does not consist of a body of content participants are supposed to remember rather, the learning in the course results from the activities participants undertake, and will be different for each person.
In addition, this course is not conducted in a single place or environment. It is distributed across the web and  participants are expected to do activities taking place all over the internet using different social media such as Twitter, Blogs, Wikis, Moodle, delicious, discussion forums.... . Participants are asked to visit other people's web pages, and  to create their own. 
Everyday, all participants receive ' The Daily' consists of some readings, information regarding the course and the aggregated contents from participants' blogs and twitters. There are also live sessions mediated by Elluminate where the topic of the week is discussed with facilitators.  

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Campus Technology Virtual Conference 2010

  Campus Technology Virtual Conference 2010, November 18, 10:30am - 6:00pm ET:  Explore the latest Technologies Impacting Higher Education at Campus Technology Virtual 2010.  Free registration!
  • Discover how top institutions, like USC, Santa Clara and Virginia Tech, are using innovative social networking and distance learning technologies to provide enhanced teaching and learning environments on campuses around the country
  • Learn from expert speakers with hands-on experience in the newest, most revolutionary ideas in education technology
  • Spend time in the real-time virtual lounge for the best peer-to-peer networking
  • Explore online product and service demos from leading solution-providers presented in the virtual exhibit hall
  • Take away free content downloads and presentations-to-go

Keynote Presentation - New IT Strategies for a Digital Society

Susan E. Metros
 Susan E. Metros, Associate Vice Provost and Deputy CIO for Technology-Enhanced Learning and Professor of Visual Design and Clinical Education, University of Southern California

CICE-2011( Canada International Conference on Education )

The Canada International Conference on Education (CICE) is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The CICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education.

CICE-2011 will be held from the 4th to 7th of April, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.

Some topics of my interests are:
Educational Technology 
ICT Education
Internet technologies
Mobile Applications
Multi-Virtual Environment
Ubiquitous Computing
Virtual Reality

Important Dates:
Research Paper, Case Study, Work in Progress and Report Submission Deadline
December 15, 2010
Notification of Paper, Case Study, Work in Progress and Report Acceptance Date December 28, 2010
Final Paper Submission Deadline for Conference Proceedings Publication
March 1, 2011

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Future of Cloud Computing: The Big 25 in the Next 25 , #PLENK2010

I came across with an article by Eric Boyce about the promising potential of the future internet applications which can change the human life dramatically.  

 He wrote: the past 25 years have brought a digital age of Internet, massive computing power, high-speed data transmission, mobile communication, and more recently, the cloud, which brings it all together. Over the next 25 years, as technology advances and infrastructure increases, cloud computing will continue to change our world.

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, about 70% of Americans will be using cloud-based applications as their primary tools by 2020—both at work and in their free time. It’s already happening, of course—people accessing cloud-based applications like email and social media from their smart phones, streaming movies from Netflix®, and hosting their family pictures online—but just imagine what is on the horizon.

Below are some features of the future of cloud computing  which the writer pointed out but how they really could be dreamed! For reading the whole article go HERE

-The Internet is everywhere. Really. 

-No more software updates.

-Hardware optional. 

-Education for the world. 

-No more wallets! No more purses! 

-Where am I? 

-Digital media—movies, music, books, magazines. 

-A viable standard of living for all.

-Oh, and we will all be driving flying cars!

But, then a question for us in education and learning; how and in what ways we could get most out of it to enhance the teaching-studying-learning processes? what should we do and what kind of research we need to do to better exploit technologies in the service of education?






Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The future of research? one day seminar by JISC

 JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee which supports UK post-16 and higher education and research by providing leadership in the use of ICT  in support of learning, teaching, research and administration  announced one day conference on 'The Future of Research Conference' : Meeting the challenges facing research today and strategic role of technologies supported by Universities UK1 to be held on Tuesday 19 October at the Congress Centre London.
This exciting one day conference will look at the strategic role technologies can play in helping institutions overcome the challenges in supporting the research lifecycle today. Delegates are offered a range of ‘here and now’ advice and guidance and will have plenty of opportunity to discuss, and listen to, key issues within the sector. Delegates will also have the chance to take part in discussions based around the recommendations of the UUK report ‘The Future of Research’.
For those who cannot attend personally the conference could be followed online here.
Twitter tag: #jiscres10

Massive Open Online Courses for Network Creation, #plenk2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Roots of Connectivism

Gorge Siemense, the author of "Connectivism Theory" , a learning theory for digital age in this slides discusses about the roots of Connectivism starting from Behaviorism and Cognitivism to Constructivism and then elaborating on his theory.