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November 1, 2012

L'apprentissage ouvert et les affaires
Stephen Downes, November 1, 2012, Forum sur l'économie du savoir, Edmunston, via Google Hangout

Talk given en français on the subject of open learning, MOOCs and the lessons for small and medium businesses. Full text of the talk is available here. Sadly, the video shows only the remote audience, not the speaker and slides.

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Alexander Hayes, Uberveillance, November 1, 2012.

If you're wondering what comes after MOOCs, it includes something like this ("The Funf Open Sensing Framework is an extensible sensing and data processing framework for mobile devices, developed at the MIT Media Lab. The core concept is to provide an open source, reusable set of functionalities, enabling the collection, uploading, and configuration of a wide range of data types."):
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[Link] [Comment][Tags: Open Source]

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Learning Management Systems and MOOCs
George Siemens, xED Book, November 1, 2012.

George Siemens points to a couple of developments underlining the provision of MOOCs in the cloud. 1. Instructure launches Canvas Network (see also) (and also) (and also). And 2. Blackboard is having early success in getting universities to adopt its CourseSites service. Desire2Learn, meanwhile, launched a new version today "with rich media content creation, personalized learning and advanced assessment."

[Link] [Comment][Tags: Connectivism, Personalization, Blackboard Inc., Networks, Assessment]

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Free Cloud LMS: Opportunity, Threat or Irrelevance?
Kris Roger, ALT Online Newsletter, November 1, 2012.

Goof ov erview of two cloud-based LMSs, Coursekit (recently renamed ‘Lore’) and Instructure Canvas, launched in 2011. "According to at least one blog article written at the time both were in some way created as a reaction to a distinct student dislike of using Blackboard. You only need to check the comments on these articles for confirmation that this dislike is still fairly commonplace."

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Udacity snags $15M to continue its assault on higher education
Paul Sloan, CNet News.com, October 28, 2012.

From CNet News.com: "Udacity just raised $15 million in a financing round led by Andreessen Horowitz and existing investors Charles River Ventures and longtime entrepreneur Steve Blank All told, the company has raised $21.1 million. Andreessen Horowitz partner Peter Levine is joining Udacity's board." I'm sure the idea had a lot to do with the funding, but also the pedigree and the connections.

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