Tuesday, March 24, 2009

TALR: Stephen Downes guest seminar

Dear UOW Staff,

On behalf of the Technology and Learning Research Group (TALR) in the Faculty of Education, it is my pleasure to announce that internationally renown author and speaker Stephen Downes will be presenting a talk entitled 'Connectivist Learning and the Personal Learning Environment' as part of our seminar program.

Stephen will be speaking in 67.104 on Friday 3rd April from 12:30 - 1:30pm. All are welcome.

Title: Connectivist Learning and the Personal Learning Environment

Abstract: How does one design learning for online delivery? To date we have seen the development of learning management systems that have emulated the traditional classroom and course environment. As we become more experienced with network learning, however, we are learning that a more distributed and collaborative form of learning - connectivism - is more appropriate. This form of learning requires that students actively manage their own learning and learning environment, making connections with a variety of people and content sources. This talk describes the author's experience offering connectivist learning online and describes the technology being developed to support this kind of learning, the personal learning environment.

About Stephen Downes

Stephen Downes works for the National Research Council of Canada where he has served as a Senior Researcher, based in Moncton, New Brunswick, since 2001. Affiliated with the Learning and Collaborative Technologies Group, Institute for Information Technology, Downes specializes in the fields of online learning, new media, pedagogy and philosophy.

Downes is perhaps best known for his daily newsletter, OLDaily, which is distributed by web, email and RSS to thousands of subscribers around the world. He has published numerous articles both online and in print, including The Future of Online Learning (1998), Learning Objects (2000), Resource Profiles (2003), and E-Learning 2.0 (2005). He is a popular speaker, appearing at hundreds of events around the world over the last fifteen years.

Prior to joining the NRC, Downes worked for the University of Alberta as an information architect, and prior to that, as a distance education and new media design specialist for Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Manitoba. This followed a decade of teaching experience both in person and by distance with Athabasca University, the University of Alberta, and Grande Prairie regional college.

More information can be found at http://www.downes.ca/

Dr Nicola F. Johnson
TALR seminar coordinator
Faculty of Education

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