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Accredible: Sharing Learning Experiences

I received an alert from Adam Brimo yesterday about Accredible. On the Accredible Blog, the founders note: Here at Accredible, we’ve been working hard to improve the way that credentials and certificates are generated across MOOCs, university courses also as wider learning by using peer-review and reputational networks to determine and maintain quality. Accredible propose that "by re-imagining the idea of the certificate to be more than just a statement, we can create a living portfolio of evidence that shows you have certain knowledge or skills. You can also get a much ‘higher resolution’ image of who a student is, what they can do...

130110 Open Opportunities

It has been interesting to note the New Year flurry of activity around open learning opportunities. Stephen Downes has been sharing some of the developments in OLDaily as has John Mak. Stephen's links took me to David Wiley's Introduction to Openness in Education, the 2013 Version. From there I went to the Canvas host for this year's course. The list of modules available is here. I liked David's analogy of the course as a campfire (notwithstanding my sensitivity to fire behaviour at this time of the year in Australia): ... the most important function of both a great campfire and a great...

Four Weeks at the SOOC

Earlier this morning I wrote my final Daily Wrap for the Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport small open online course (SOOC). What a wonderful month it has been at the SOOC. During November in Australia, Mark and Danny have been with me on the day shift in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, Darrell and Adam have been the custodians of the SOOC. As I was compiling the Wrap I received a link to a new version of Burn Note. This application takes communication to a different level. What's a Burn Note? A Burn Note is an online message which can...

Open Opportunities: Scaling Cooperation

We have had two extremely windy days in New South Wales. On Wednesday there was a state-wide total fire ban. This morning the winds of the Internet brought me a number of alerts that had me thinking about other kinds of fires ... Plutarch's kindling kind. Stephen Downes started me on my journey with two posts: Caught between a MOOC and a hard place Designing and running a MOOC Those two posts led me to: Lisa Lane's Pedagogy First Programme Jenny Mackness's Caught between a MOOC and a hard place Alan Levine's Gotta Know When To Walk Mark Smithers' post The Development of Connectivism and MOOCs George Siemens' Slideshare Designing...

A Souq-Like SOOC

There has been a lot of discussion recently about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). I am grateful to Stephen Downes' OLDaily and George Siemens for regular updates about MOOC opportunities and debate. I was fortunate to be a participant in the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (CCK08) open online course. George Siemens writes of this: In 2008, Stephen Downes and I offered an open online course Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (CCK08).  As our registration numbers increased to about 2300 students, Dave Cormier and Bryan Alexander dubbed the course offering a “massive open online course” or MOOC. The term has stuck and both Dave...

Community and Trust

I have been thinking a lot about communities of late. Last week I wrote about trust, connectedness and kindness to exlplore some of these ideas. Community Sue, my wife, is reading Donald Epstein and Nathaniel Altman's book The 12 Stages of Healing. We have been discussing the ideas in the book in relation to wellness. I was attracted in particular to Donald and Nathaniel's discussion of community as "a way of being" that has a number of facets that include: Bodymind Primary relationships Shared interests Donald and Nathaniel observe that: It is human nature to draw boundaries or imaginary 'circles' around our lives. Some people draw these circles...

Treasure Trove

Introduction Last week was another treasure trove week for me. It started with my daughter Beth's first blog post and concluded with news of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) running at present. Treasure Baskets Beth's post about treasure baskets set me off thinking about the possibilities of guided discovery in play. I thought too about the personalisation that might occur in learning as teachers and coaches adapt the idea of a treasure basket to their own learning environments. A treasure basket is a collection of everyday objects chosen to stimulate the different senses. I followed up on Beth's discussion of the role...

Working Together

Last year I wrote a large number of posts about personal learning. Towards the end of the year I started to think about how spaces provide opportunities to connect personal learning. This year I am hoping to develop these ideas about Commons spaces. I hope too to explore how we talk about and write about these spaces. My first post for 2011 is about collective intelligence. Back in September, 2010, Science published a paper by Anita Williams Woolley, Christopher F. Chabris, Alex Pentland, Nada Hashmi, and Thomas W. Malone titled Evidence for a collective intelligence factor in the performance of human groups....

Edging to Open Learning in Open Spaces

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Ballarat to discuss Edgeless Challenges and Opportunities. I have been thinking a great deal about learning spaces and the function (rather than the form) of the university of late. In part these thoughts have been stimulated by the University of Canberra's development of teaching and learning commons. This week I have been overwhelmed by the number of connections I am finding in relation to open learning and sharing. Some of these connections include: George Siemens' post (10 December) about Connections, Clouds, Things & Analytics in which he observes that: many universities have an educational...