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Personal Learning National Research Council

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About This Course

This course explores the topic of learning in three ways: first, through an examination of research and development issues related to the topic; second, through interaction with a personal learning environment (specifically: LPSS) to take the course; and third, through activities supporting the development of a personal learning environment at a conceptual level.

The following topics will be discussed in the course:

  • Learning through practice
  • Content Knowledge vs Practice
  • The Case of the cMOOC
  • Personal Learning Environments - a History
  • Learning and Performance Support Systems - an Overview
    • Resource Repositories
    • Personal Coud
    • Personal Learning Record
    • Learning Analytics
    • Personal Learning Assistant
  • Applications and Extensions


Participants should familiarize themselves by viewing the following presentations:

Course Staff

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Stephen Downes

Stephen Downes is a specialist in online learning technology and new media. He is a leading voice in online and networked learning. He speaks from practical experience both as a college and university teacher and the author of learning management and content syndication software. Through a 25-year career in the field, Downes has developed and deployed a series of progressively more innovative technologies, beginning with multi-user domains (MUDs) in the 1990s, open online communities in the 2000s, and personal learning environments in the 2010s. 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. As a teacher and designer, he is also known as the originator of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

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  2. Classes Start

    Feb 22, 2016
  3. Classes End

    Apr 29, 2016
  4. Estimated Effort