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Stephen Downes

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Pretty much everything we do in education technology revolves around designing platforms. But what are they, even? This is a very good presentation, better when viewed as a video than read as a transcript, on the thinking behind designing and using platforms. In a nutshell: a platform is intended to be an abstraction of whatever it is that we do. It becomes useful to the degree it helps a group manage itself rather than being managed by a manager. It works by creating mechanisms to help groups develop standard processes and terminology that they don't have to think about when doing whatever they do. The platform shouldn't define these but rather to allow the people using it to create their own definitions. In this way, the platform captures and helps propagate the culture of the organization.

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