Content-type: text/html OLDaily Audio Audio recordings of my presentations. en-us Mon, 22 Jul 2024 09:26:00 -0400 Mon, 22 Jul 2024 09:26:00 -0400 Edu_RSS Stephen Downes talks about his experiences with the cloud This is a conversation I had a couple weeks ago with Jim Groom and Taylor Jadin of Reclaim Hosting. The purpose was to talk about my experiences moving my website from the CPanel site to Reclaim's cloud hosting, though we covered a wide range of related topics.

ReclaimTV, Online via Zoom () Jun 25, 2024 [Link] [Video] ]]>
Tue, 25 Jun 2024 14:37:00 -0400
AI in Enterprise Learning Systems This presentation provides a general perspective on the use of AI in enterprise learning systems like Learning Experience Platforms, Learning Management Systems, and Talent Management Systems, and what that might mean for learning.

Summer Institute on Education and AI, Montreal () May 26, 2024 [Link] [Slides] [Video] ]]> [Transcript]
, 26 May 2024 13:17:00 -0400
Open Education and Innovations in Teaching and Learning: Future Directions Conversation between experts on the topics of open education, artificial intelligence, and the future of open.

2024 Open Education Bootcamp, Online, via Zoom () May 15, 2024 [Link] [Video] ]]>
Wed, 15 May 2024 16:33:00 -0400
AI Ethics in a research context: current approaches and future challenges Facilitated by some of Canada's leading experts in AI ethics, this workshop will provide participants with a solid grounding in the nature of AI tools and advances in AI ethics as well as examples of AI ethics challenges to date. Topics of discussion will include: reconciling inconsistencies between different frameworks, addressing the underlying tension between individual ethical principles (e.g. participant privacy versus data transparency), and how AI-specific guidance is situated within the broader landscape of research ethics and existing regulatory frameworks.

CAREB 2024, Online via Pheedloop () Apr 30, 2024 [Link] [Slides] ]]>
Tue, 30 Apr 2024 10:00:00 -0400
Introduction to Open Pedagogy Slides][Audio]

This presentation will introduce open pedagogy through definition and some examples, outline the role of OER, and identify some core principles of practice. This will involve a discussion of student agency and community building. Open pedagogy in practice will be considered, including open approaches to renewable and responsive assignments and the development student-created OER. Participants will become aware of issues and challenges around open pedagogy, including those involving content rights, participation and privacy issues.

Microlearning Program, Online via Zoom () Mar 08, 2024 [Link] [Slides] [Audio] [Video] ]]>
Fri, 08 Mar 2024 12:44:00 -0400
Introduction to Open Online Learning Slides][Audio]

The idea of open online learning has been taken up by numerous colleges and universities, opening up new opportunities to many people previously unable to access higher education courses and materials. This presentation talks about the history of open online learning, the motivations for its development, open learning tools and resources available today, and the future of open online learning.

Microlearning, Online via Zoom (Seminar) Feb 28, 2024 [Link] [Slides] [Audio] [Video] ]]> [Transcript]
Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:47:00 -0400
Connectivism: What is it? How to apply it. Slides][Audio]

Connectivism is a relatively new learning theory that suggests students should combine thoughts, theories, and general information in a useful manner. Four key principles for learning: autonomy, connectedness, diversity, and openness. This presentation will outline the elements of Connectivism and model how it can be applied in an online learning setting.

Microlearning Series, Online via Zoom (Seminar) Jan 26, 2024 [Link] [Slides] [Audio] [Video] ]]> [Transcript]
Fri, 26 Jan 2024 13:09:00 -0400
Introduction to Social Constructivism Slides][Audio]

In this presentation I introduce the basic elements of constructivim and social constructivism, outline the relation to critical theory, discuss applications in the classroom, and consider criticisms of social constructivism. Unedited audio transcript.

Microlearning Series, Online, via Zoom (Seminar) Dec 15, 2023 [Link] [Slides] [Audio] [Video] ]]> [Transcript]
Fri, 15 Dec 2023 14:47:00 -0400
Introduction to AI Policies, Guidelines, and Frameworks Slides][Audio]

This workshop looks at recent policies, guidelines and frameworks developed by governments and institutions for the ethical and responsible use of artificial intelligence. How are they created, and what things do they address? Participants have the opportunity to identify important values and principles in order to develop a starting point for discussion relevant to their own context. (Slides will be available shortly)

Microlearning Series, Online, via Zoom (Workshop) Nov 16, 2023 [Link] [Slides] [Audio] [Video] ]]> [Transcript]
Thu, 16 Nov 2023 08:35:00 -0400
Three Frameworks for Data Literacy Slides][Audio]

Data literacy education across three frameworks: the competency model defining data literacy, the assessment of data literacy competencies, and methods for the development of data literacy in an organization.


20th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in a Digital Age, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal (Seminar) Oct 21, 2023 [Link] [Slides] [Audio] [Video] ]]> [Transcript]
Sat, 21 Oct 2023 06:24:00 -0400
Introduction to AI As the title suggests, this is an introduction to artificial intelligence for people with a non technical background, covering how AI systems work, how we can work with them, and some of the issues and ethical concerns that follow. Here's another video showing the participants'-end view.

Invited Talk, Online, via Zoom (Seminar) Oct 12, 2023 [Link] [Slides] [Video] ]]>
Thu, 12 Oct 2023 16:02:00 -0400
Transforming Learning Design in the AI Era In this presentation I consider some potential applications of AI in the design of online learning (and MOOCs in particular), point to the importance of data in these design processes, and discuss how data development and quality will become of major importance to learning design in the future.

Transforming Education in the Artificial Intelligence Era, Rabat, Morocco, via Salle de conférence AI et Transformation pédagogique () Jul 13, 2023 [Link] [Slides] ]]>
Thu, 13 Jul 2023 19:14:00 -0400
Why Do Digital Transformations Fail? CNIE Keynote. What would it take to talk usefully about some of these technologies that we're working on? We consider things like AI, blockchain and metaverse from the perspective of technology adoption models and ask how we would account for whether they succeed or fail?

CNIE 2023, Online via Zoom (Keynote) May 25, 2023 [Link] [Slides] [Video] ]]> [Transcript]
Thu, 25 May 2023 16:13:00 -0400
How to Make the Most of Online Learning Slides][Audio]

Instead of thinking about online learning as digital lessons and classes, to make the most of it think of it as an environment for doing things. So our learning begins with the question 'what do I want to do?'. This talk describes how to do that, from finding communities, to learning from experts, to discovering your own voice. (Audio on the video isn't very good, so maybe listed to the audio file instead; it's a little quiet but a lot clearer).

Congreso Líderes Digitales, Matrid, Spain (Keynote) Mar 02, 2023 [Link] [Slides] [Audio] [Video] ]]> [Transcript]
Thu, 02 Mar 2023 14:08:00 -0400
Navigating the AI Revolution Slides][Audio]

This presentation looks at the role of higher education institutions and how it changes in light of recent AI technologies.

Navigating the Al Revolution, Bellevue, WA, vs MS Teams (Seminar) Feb 10, 2023 [Link] [Slides] [Audio] [Video] ]]>
Fri, 10 Feb 2023 15:40:00 -0400
Universities at the Crossroads: Technologies, values and the role of the institution Slides][Audio]

My objectives are to: offer clear and understandable descriptions of three current technologies (metaverse, blockchain, artificial intelligence); discuss how they will impact the traditional role and function of universities; and describe the application of the conference themes (inclusion, sustainability, ethics) to these technologies with respect to these roles. Video with translation into Catalan


1r Congres Internacional de la SCP-IEC, Lleida, Spain (Keynote) Dec 02, 2022 [Link] [Slides] [Audio] [Video] ]]> [Transcript]
Fri, 02 Dec 2022 03:59:00 -0400
Ethics, Analytics and the Duty of Care: The Workshop We begin by looking at the applications of artificial intelligence and analytics in learning technology, describing in a structured way what decisions we actually make when we apply artificial intelligence, analytics, and neural networks to teaching and learning. We also survey the ethical issues that have arisen in the field, for example, bias in algorithms, justice and fairness, diversity and equity, bad actors and data manipulation, and a range of other concerns.

Some additional (big) resources:

Online Educa Berlin 2022, Berlin, Germany (Workshop) Nov 23, 2022 [Link] [Slides] ]]>
Wed, 23 Nov 2022 00:46:00 -0400
Open Learning in the Fediverse Slides][Audio]

As a new generation of digital technologies evolves we are awash in new terms and concepts: the metaverse, the fediverse, blockchain, web3, acitivitypub, and more. This presentation untangles these concepts and presents them from the perspective of their impact on open learning.

Open Education Conference, Online, via Zoom (Lecture) Oct 19, 2022 [Link] [Slides] [Audio] [Video] ]]> [Transcript]
Wed, 19 Oct 2022 10:09:00 -0400
Delivering Solutions for Education in a Rapidly Changing Digital World I was a part of this panel along with other members of the Covid Education Alliance (CovidEA). This session explores the ways in which digital solutions are currently used in our learning systems and how their uses can be expanded upon. Panelists discuss the priorities and concrete actions needed to transition to effective, sustainable education systems that prepare students and learners for the future.

Digital With Purpose Summit 2022, Online, to Lisbon, Portugal () Sept 28, 2022 [Link] [Slides] [Video] ]]>
Wed, 28 Sept 2022 13:48:00 -0400
The Future of Learning Technology: 10 Key Tools and Methods Slides][Audio]

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the education system in Canada and around the world received an unexpected shock as schools, colleges and universities closed and people began working and learning from home. As faculty, instructors, students, administrators, policy-makers and funders, we learned a lot. But what can we expect in the future? In this webinar, Contact North I Contact Nord Research Associate Stephen Downes discusses the 10 major educational technology tools, methods and developments that are expected to be more widely adopted within two to three years and will likely be mainstream by 2030. See also the associated research report published by Contact North.

Webinar, Online, via Zoom (Seminar) Sept 21, 2022 [Link] [Slides] [Audio] [Video] ]]> [Transcript]
Wed, 21 Sept 2022 12:12:00 -0400