I lead the Learning and Performance Support Systems program at the National Research Council, a multi-year effort to develop personal learning technology and learning analytics. I am one of the originators of the Massive Open Online Course, write about online and networked learning, have authored learning management and content syndication software, and am the author of the widely read e-learning newsletter OLDaily.


  • Association of Medical Educators of Europe (AMEE) E-Learning Symposium, Glasgow, Scotland, September 6, 2015.

  • Ghent, Belgium, March 30, 2015.

  • Chang School Talks 2015, Ryerson University, February 23, 2015.

  • Hackademia, Online, to Brazil, March 16, 2015.

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OER Policy Development Tool


This tool will help institutions and organizations develop the open access policies they wish to support. It's a bit text-heavy (for example, a one or two work selector should be used for a check-box option, not an entire paragraph) but it should serve as a useful guide. The aim of the tool is to promote system-wide openness. "We believe that to realize the full potential of OER, colleges and universities must move beyond pockets of innovation, where OER is utilized only for select courses, and scale efforts to full OER programs."

Today: 269 Total: 269 Daniel DeMarte, Amanda Coolidge, Lumen Learning, 2016/08/31 [Direct Link]

B.C. Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit


Needless to say this is an important resources that will be appreciated by a wide public. "The goal of the Accessibility Toolkit is to provide the resources needed so that each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, teaching assistant, etc. has the opportunity to create a truly open and accessible textbook. An open textbook that is free and accessible for all students."

Today: 245 Total: 245 Tara Robertson, Sue Doner, Amanda Coolidge, BC Campus, 2016/08/31 [Direct Link]

“The fun they had” or about the quality of MOOC

I remember the Isaac Asimov story referenced in this article (16 page PDF). I credit my extensive reading of science fiction with a lot of the foresight I've been able to bring to our field, including with respect to MOOCs. Not surprisingly, this paper concludes, "the relevant literature about MOOC’s evaluation is still uncertain between the need to adopt one of the few quality enhancement frameworks specifically created for MOOC or reuse the e-learning quality models available online." As I mentioned the other day, ultimately we'll have to evaluate online learning in terms of impact with respect to provider and participant objectives.

Today: 299 Total: 299 Patrizia Ghislandi, Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, 2016/08/31 [Direct Link]

For Your Anti-Union Information


If there's anything rich educationaal institutions don't like, it's teaching staff working for less than minimum wage trying to improve their lot in life. After teaching assistants won the right to unionize in the U.S. a number of universities posted 'information' "Columbia, along with Harvard, Princeton and Yale Universities and the University of Chicago, have posted information online about the possible effects of unionization.

Today: 235 Total: 235 Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 2016/08/30 [Direct Link]

The Next Great Platform is the One That We Already Have


The argument here is that although the social and mobile landscapes look bleak, with companies like Facebook and Google dominating the space, we're poised to see a flourishing of new social applications based on mobile platforms. "It was all user-generated content. There was no massive wave of platform change, except to the extent that there were more people getting online." The current landscape, goes the argument, resembles the web landscape back in 2004 when web 2.0 was just getting started. "I think there is a lot of room to create new experiences and connect people. What are the kinds of experiences that aren’t happening yet in mobile? What core needs do people have now that aren’t being met by our current crop of mobile and social apps?"

Today: 337 Total: 337 Josh Elman, Medium, 2016/08/30 [Direct Link]

Facebook’s new Lifestage app: What parents and educators need to know


Facebook is testing a new iOS app aimed exclusively at high school students. All postings are public and the audience cannot be limited. You verify your membership with a phone number and the app is tied to your phone. Content can only be entered and viewed via the app. Parents and teachers are not permitted access; it`s exclusively for high school students. It sounds a bit like Mark Zuckerberg's dream version of the internet.

Today: 349 Total: 349 ConnectSafely, 2016/08/30 [Direct Link]

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