Stephen Downes works with the Digital Technologies Research Centre at the National Research Council of Canada specializing in new instructional media and personal learning technology. He is one of the originators of the first Massive Open Online Course, has published frequently about online and networked learning, has authored learning management and content syndication software, and is the author of the widely read e-learning newsletter OLDaily. Through a thirty year career Downes has contributed pioneering work in the fields of online learning games, learning objects and metadata, podcasting, open educational resources. Today he is developing gRSShopper, a personal learning environment, offering a course on new e-learning technologies, and supporting research and development in the use of distributed ledger technology in learning applications. He is a popular keynote speaker and has spoken in three dozen countries on six continents.

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Artificial Intelligence in Education focusing on the Skills3.0 project

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This is a set of slides from a presentation at Elearning Fusion conference in Warsaw a couple of weeks ago that I found useful beginning with the examples starting on slide 19. Inge de Waard looks at Cognii ("enabling personalized deeper learning, intelligent tutoring, open response assessments, and pedagogically rich analytics"), Magpie ("provides learning opportunities based on challenges"), and X5GON ("fully automated creation of OER courses"). She also introduces the InnoEnergy's Digital Education Action Plan (DEAP) Skills 3.0 project.

Today: 74 Total: 524 Inge de Waard, SlideShare, 2019/04/19 [Direct Link]

The Future of Augmented Reality & Blockchain Technology

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Another way new technology will impact ed tech in unexpected ways: "if there is a major blind spot in the AR space in 2019, it's the impact that blockchain technology will eventually have on the software distributed in AR clouds." Here's a good example: "In our current, web-based digital life, copying a photograph, for example, is trivial. And determining whether or not a digital photo is an original photo or just a copy of that digital photo can be difficult. Blockchain addresses this issue by allowing developers to create unique digital assets that users and other developers cannot copy." This has an impact for both commercial content (which cannot simply be copied) and also open content (which can restruct commercial uses). There's more, but this is the gist.

Today: 108 Total: 546 Adario Strange, Next Reality, 2019/04/19 [Direct Link]

Notes from OER19

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More from OER19 in Galway, Ireland. Jim Groom's post describing some of the highlights makes me envious. Among many good bits: "It was during Melanie (Meyers)’s session that I had the epiphany that the OER conference is not so much about textbooks and content as it is about practice and people. Listening to the work she did making WordPress not so much stand-in for the LMS, but rather serve to highlight the intrinsic weakness of the (latter) system. And you do that by creating an open site that has become an resource educating people around the world about the Opioid crisis."

Today: 104 Total: 555 Jim Groom, bavatuesdays, 2019/04/19 [Direct Link]

Digital identification: A key to inclusive growth

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This article summarizes a report (128 page PDF) on digital identity. It's hard to overstate the importance of digital identity. It is key to accessing online resources and services, yet almost half the world's population lack this opportunity. On the other hand, it removes anonymity, potentially putting people at risk. This report attempts to define what constitutes a "good" system of digital identity: verified and authenticated to a high degree of assurance, unique, established with individual consent, and protects user privacy and ensures control over personal data. See this infographic.

Today: 65 Total: 436 McKinsey, 2019/04/19 [Direct Link]

Alibaba and Tencent: Gearing up for An Expansion in Education Space

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This is a longish article with quite a bit of detail on the expanding Chinese educational technology market. The authors first look at TenCent's Smart Campus, which according to its website offers "solutions based on mobile network for such aspects on school campus as student life, educational administration, teaching support services for various kinds of institutions and aims to evolve into China's largest education database and platform." It also looks at Alibaba-DingTalk's new education informatization product Future Campus (no web site yet), which will feed into its recruitment application. It is being provided to schools for free "mainly to prevent schools from being bothered by for-profit organizations."

Today: 71 Total: 480 GETChina Insights, Medium, 2019/04/19 [Direct Link]

Open Pedagogy as an Exponential Accelerator in OER Creation

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Geoff Cain is summarizing talks from the Cascadia Open Education Summit. I'll probably like to one or two more summaries. Meanwhile, for today, we have a summary of a table from Michael Dabrowski of Athabasca University on the relation between open pedagogy and open educational resource creation. "OERs are never finished, just continuously improved. There are millions of potential collaborators if you ask."

Today: 64 Total: 515 Geoff Cain, Brainstorm in Progress, 2019/04/19 [Direct Link]

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