Presentation on theme: "What are MOOCs doing to Open Education? George Siemens, PhD October 21, 2013 Presented: Open Access Week."— Presentation transcript:
What are MOOCs doing to Open Education? George Siemens, PhD October 21, 2013 Presented: Open Access Week
Short answer: destroying it
Intent of this presentation: Argue for openness as a cornerstone of innovation, creativity Detail the new value ecosystem emerging in higher education, driven by (for now) MOOCs
MOOCs $$$ Prestige & Influence
Massive: ok Open: this is where things get confusing Online: ok Course: ok
Seven Stages of Open in Education 1. Open access: OU/AU, open universities 2. Open content: OCW Consortium, MIT/Connexions/OpenLearn, CC license 3. Open Teaching: MOOCs 4. Open Credit/Assessment? 5. Open Degree? 6. Open data/analytics 7. Open System: OER U
What the hell happened
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Knowledge and Innovation
We always lived in a connected world, except we were not so much aware of it…That has changed drastically in the last decade, at many, many different levels. Albert-lászló Barabási
Knowledge is a pattern of connections New knowledge builds on (relates to) what is already known Innovation requires openness for new connection forming, new creations, new mashups
870k papers visualized
Linking Open Data cloud diagram, by Richard Cyganiak and Anja Jentzsch.
Metal workers: cylinders Steam Wheels Motion Transportation need Viability Scientific progress Entrepreneurship
a thousand threads that lead from the locomotive to the very beginning of the modern world Rosen, 2010
The process may be more like stitching together known parts than pioneering a complete route from scratch W. Bryan Arthur, 2006
A new value ecosystem
October, 2001 Courtesy of Apple
October, 2005 TV shows, music videos (September, 2006, full length movies)
January, 2007 Courtesy of Apple
Network theory of value and change The integration of services provides the value for end users
Easy trumps ideology (openness)
Networks become powerful through lock-in and integration i.e. what they exclude
Silicon Valley Shockley Terman
Today in education, we are witnessing an unbundling of previous network structures. And a rebundling of new network lock-in models.
MOOCs are a keystone concept in reformulating education models and creating new ecosystems
Power is shifting… State/public universities are concerned Network effect of small number of big winners Faculty losing influence, individuals gaining New entrants (VC-backed) Learner control (?)
Downes, 2013 (Antalya, Turkey presentation)
Soft is hard and hard is easy Jon Dron
A university as assemblage of strangers from all parts in one spot J.H. Newman Lecturers
When closed: -Information doesnt flow -Connections dont form -Diversity is diminished -Knowledge development is hampered
Conference December 5-6, 2013 University of Texas Arlington