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Writing a SOOC

It is a month until the Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport small open online course (SOOC) commences on the Open Learning platform. I am delighted that we have assembled a remarkable group of course administrators. Adam Brimo at Open Learning has made the process very easy. With friends in the United Kingdom we should be able to support the course for the whole month as a 24 hour forum. If not there should be just a very short change over period. I hope to spend much of the month facilitating the course, which, given its non-linear nature, should be an exciting...

Open for Learning

I have been thinking about open learning for some time. The open online course CCK08 accelerated and focused my interest. Since that course Stephen Downes' OLDaily has nourished my thinking. (See for example his link to Jenny Mackness's post today, The place of 'the teacher' in relation to open content.) News of Sebastian Thrun's development of Udacity ("We believe university-level education can be both high quality and low cost") has added to my interest as did the video of his talk at DLD. (See this update.) Matt Welsh ponders the "failings of the conventional higher education model for a minute and see where...

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...