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Toward a Distributed OER Network
Jun 11, 2019. Seminar, ICOE “Smart Education” Webinar , Beijing, via Adobe Connect, International Community for Open Education (ICOE). This short presentation looks at some of the problems inherent in traditional OER repositories and describes the first steps in the creation of a distributed OER network, called Content Addressable Resources for Education (CARE). Download: Audio, Slides

The Third Wave: the Next Generation of Distributed Learning Technology
May 22, 2019. Keynote, Canadan Network for Innovation in Education, Vancouver, British Columbia, CNIE. Stephen Downes argues that we are entering a new generation of distributed web technologies that will change how we view the development and delivery of online learning. In a talk that blends some of the underlying themes from artificial intelligence, blockchain and cloud technologies Downes builds on his previous work developing network-based MOOCs to describe new types of content-addressable learning resources, new activity-driven models of assessment, consensus-based communities, and a model of learning based on identity, voice and opportunity. Livestreaming video: https://mediasite.audiovisual.ubc.ca/Mediasite/Play/0e352e8649d6436a9785f064d02da7611d

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Future Learning in an Advanced Decentralized Learning Ecosystem
May 10, 2019. Keynote, Individual Training and Education (IT&E) Symposium, Canadian Forces Base Borden, Canadian Armed Forces. The U.S. Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL) has historically emphasized interoperability in decentralized learning ecosystems, supporting such things as the Personal Assistant for Learning (PAL) and Open Social Learning Models (OSLM). Similar challenges are being faced in the wider internet community. Developers have responded with new approaches supporting decentralized networks, such as open social applications (for example, micropub), distributed ledger technology (for example, blockchain), and cloud container networks. These will support new learning application such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and personal assistants. This presentation will provide an overview of this emerging infrastructure, describe key points of contact with training and development services, and outline the impact on future learning programs and systems.

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The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World
Apr 11, 2019. Interview, Transformative Technology Podcast, Online, via Zoom, . When the Pew Research Center asks American internet users for their bottom-line judgment about the role of digital technology in their own lives, the vast majority feel it is a good thing. Yet, over the past 18 months a drumbeat of concerns about the personal and societal impacts of technology has been growing. Download: href="https://www.downes.ca/files/audio/2019 04 11 - Interview - Nichol Bradford.m4a">Audio,

A Quick Look at the Future of OER
Mar 05, 2019. Seminar, Open Education Week: 24-Hour Global CC Network Web-a-thon, Online, via Uberconference, . This talk looks at the impact of new technologies – specifically, open data, cloud technologies, AI and distributed ledgers (blockchain) – on the future shape of OER – what they will look like, how they will be used, and what skills and knowledge will be needed to develop and use them. Download: Audio, Slides

Recent Work in Connectivism
Mar 04, 2019. Panel, LAK19, Phoenix, Arizona, via Zoom, . In this presentation I look at how connectivism is being applied and understood in current literature. I look at connectivism as pedagogy, connectivism as a learning theory, some successes of connectivist methods, and look at connectivism from a wider perspective. Please see href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fo3Ev8gA-RUWO_Bf-Ur63Q4uV3wYEkEb7Dllgyjo-ZA/edit#">this Google Doc for full notes and references. Download: Slides

Electron Express
Feb 28, 2019. Workshop, In-House, Ottawa, National Research Council. This is an overview of how applications are being created for the web and the desktop using Node.js packages including Express and Electron. It's intended for a non-technical audience and describes how the software works and what it can do. This not a 'how-to' guide, it's a survey of the landscape. Download: Audio, Slides

Trends in e-Learning and Virtual Education
Jan 28, 2019. Lecture, 7 Internacional e-Learning Seminar, Online, via Zoom, IT Madrid. I outline a number of major recent technological trends in e-learning and virtual education, including the use of artificial intelligence and learning analytics, blockchain technology for resources and recognition, and virtual and augmented reality for immersive experiences. I draw examples from corporate, university, and elementary education development projects and implementations. These in turn inform the discussion of wider trends in pedagogy and curriculum, including new critical literacies, community network development and management, and personal learning management and support. Download: Audio, Slides

Distributed Ledger Technologies like Blockchain…looking under the hood
Nov 23, 2018. , Internal Seminar, Ottawa, National Research Council Canada. This presentation provides an overview of blockchain and related technologies, exploring some of the underlying technologies, raising issues, and discussing potential applications. Offered to an internal NRC audience, it was presented in both English and French, with simultaneous translation provided by me. href="https://www.downes.ca/files/slides/2018 11 23 - Distributed Ledger Technologies - FR.pptx">French slides here. Download: Slides

Vision 2030: Redesigning Education for the Future
Nov 06, 2018. Keynote, Asbar World Forum 2018, Riyadh, Saudia Arabia, Asbar. In this presentation I outline three ways education needs to adapt to the future, by becoming more relevant, engaging and personal, and then describe the technologies and approaches we will need to develop and use in order to support this. (Note that long portions of the video are blocked by a camera operator sitting down in front of my camera and doing nothing in particular).

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E-Learning 3.0
Oct 18, 2018. Lecture, Online Learning 2018, Toronto, Ontario, Contact North. This presentation explores the impact of the next wave of learning technologies emerging as a consequence of the significant and substantial changes coming to the World Wide Web. Download: Audio, Slides

Personal Learning vs Personalized Learning: What Needs to Happen
Oct 17, 2018. Lecture, Online Learning 2018, Toronto, Ontario, Contact North. This special briefing explores personal learning as the future of learning, explores why it's important, the tools which enable personal learning and the significant potential of personal learning as a key to life-long learning and the skills agenda. Download: Audio, Slides

Continuing Professional Development: Looking at Old Problems in New Ways
Oct 02, 2018. , 10th National CPD Accreditation Conference, Mississauga, Ontario, . Despite the widespread availability of learning technologies, many of the traditional problems of continuing professional development (CPD) remain with us today. These problems range from managing conflict of interest to identifying learner needs to improving and measuring learning and workplace outcomes. These problem persist because we do not accompany new technology with new ways of looking at these old problems. New technology allows us to define CPD in a way that is individually driven, ongoing and performance-centered. [ href="https://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/cchat.cgi?chat_channel=4&action=archives&opt=reverse">Backchannel Transcript] Download: Slides

Topics in Distributed Ledger Technology
Aug 30, 2018. Workshop, In-house Workshop, Ottawa, Ontario, National Research Council Canada. This is an in-house presentation presentation looks at key underlying concepts of blockchain and related technologies - distributed, ledgers, hash functions, consensus. It discusses applications, some of the major coin projects, platforms and services, and some issues with this approach. First presented in-house August 30, 2018. Audio is from a second presentation October 4, 2018. Download: Audio, Slides

Blockchain in the Life Sciences
Jun 03, 2018. Panel, Life Sciences Day 2.0, Ottawa, Ontario, . Slides are of my presentation to the panel giving an accessible overview of blockchain technologies and explaining their relevance to life sciences. The audio is from the panel as a whole (the first minute is missing); it looks at the future of life sciences technology and features speakers from OBIO, CHEO and IBM as well as myself. My audio begins at the 41:00 minute mark. Download: Audio, Slides

How Open Education Can Change the World (Reprise)
Apr 26, 2018. Keynote, Educacion y Technologia en y Para La Diversidad, Medellin, Colombia, . I define and explore the application of open education and open educational resources (OER) to peace, reconciliation and development in Colombia. I describe how new technologies have made possible new ways of learning, and how we can work together as a community to teach ourselves, thus allowing each person the voice and opportunity to play a meaningful role in society. This is a more polished version of the talk given in Rionegro.
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How Open Education Can Change the World
Apr 24, 2018. Keynote, Educación para la Paz, Rionegro, Colombia, Universidad Catolica de Oriente.
In this presentation I explore the application of open education and open educational resources (OER) to peace, reconciliation and development in Colombia. I describe how new technologies have made possible new ways of learning, and how we can work together as a community to teach ourselves, thus allowing each person the voice and opportunity to play a meaningful role in society. Download: Audio, Slides

Review of Ethically Aligned Design
Mar 13, 2018. Seminar,Seminar,Seminar,, HCT Reading Club, Ottawa, via Jabber, National Research Council. In this presentation I review Ethically Aligned Design by The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, focusing on the section on classical ethics in autonomous and intelligent systems (A/IS). Download: Audio, Slides

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