Fifty shades of open

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 06:00

Jeffrey Pomerantz, Robin Peek, First Monday, May 05, 2016

This could have been much more appropriately titled, but the content of the piece is spot on. Specifically:

Open means rights
Open means access
Open means use
Open means transparent
Open means participatory
Open means enabling openness
Open means philosophically aligned with open principles

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Austrade sets target of 110 million MOOC students for Australia by 2025

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 03:00

Tim Dodd, Financial Review, May 04, 2016

I'm attending an expert meeting on MOOC quality for the Commonwealth of Learning in Malaysia right now, so it was interesting (and yes, amusing) to read about Australia's plans to grab a large share of the MOOC 'market'. The 110 million student represents 10% of the potential market (and  21,900 per cent growth). It may sound crazy, but "International education is already Australia's third-largest export industry, garnering nearly $19 billion in 2015, beaten only by coal and iron ore." You might wonder how Australia can earn money on 'open' learning, but of course online learning has developed into a lucrative market, as witness these courses  that Dave Cormier introduced me to this week.

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We are the Monkeys of Rum

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 21:00

Ben Werdmuller, Medium, May 04, 2016

This is a great story. I wonder how many people have stories like this - certainly most of the people I know and talk to and work with have their own internet origin stories. I did. I started by playing on a MUD, used this to learn internet programming, built an LMS, and the rest is history. What I like about Werdmuller's story is that it is on the one hand so typical and on the other hand so unique. And I remember the same sort of macro-phenomena he observes - the trolls, for example, that swarmed discussion boards in 2002 or so. It was a special moment in history, that wonderful few years when the web was created and people could use it for almost anything. 

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