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by Stephen Downes
[Sept] 08, 2015

Personal Learning in the Workplace
Stephen Downes, [Sept] 07, 2015, Association of Medical Educators of Europe (AMEE), Glasgow, Scotland

In this presentation I draw the distinction between personalized learning and personal learning, arguing that the latter emphasizes environment and affordances, while the former emphasizes content and testing. I describe examples of experiential learning such as the NeuroTouch Simulator built by NRC and discuss how the same approach informs the creation of the MOOC. I conclude by explaining the development of the Learning and Performance Support system as a personal learning environment.

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The MOOC Ecosystem
Stephen Downes, [Sept] 06, 2015, Association of Medical Educators of Europe (AMEE) E-Learning Symposium, Glasgow, Scotland

The MOOC ecosystem is presented as a series of magnitudes akin to Ray Eames's  1977 'Powers of Ten' video, beginning from the original MOOC of 2000 people, through to a MOOC world of 2 billion people, and back down to the synapse at 0.00002 people. The talk looks at the interactions between the levels and challeges the 'educationist' presumptions of reduction and representation (pace Quine).

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