Replied to Higher Education and Rich People (Blogger)

Look. I’m glad this thing has blown up on them. I hope the whole lot of them are taken down. They disgust me. But it should have happened a long time ago. But it didn’t, and this shows just how tight this nexus is, how close the connections are between billionaires, corporations, government, media, and academia. And they’re not going to be taken down by this, not even by this, because there’s no end to the supply of people willing to give up just a little in order to work for the rich and the powerful.

This is an interesting reflection Stephen. It is easy to say that you would never have followed the same paths, but these paths are complicated where small compromises can compound. I liked your point about being ‘unattractive’.
Replied to HyperDocs: Evolution, Purpose & Intention – EdTechTeacher by an author (EdTechTeacher)

This is part Google rolling a great new service and part Google taking one more step to destroy the open web. The concept of ‘HyperDocs’ emerges from the tools GSuite provides enabling teachers and students to create using Google Docs. Greg Kulowiec doesn’t define ‘HyperDocs’ directly but instead talks about the ways student and teachers can interact using Google Docs. What would be really great would be an open web designed with that capacity – much the way Tim Berners-Lee intended it in the first place. Maybe something like that is coming. In the meantime, we can use Google Docs.

I find the whole ‘HyperDocs‘ thing interesting Stephen. I think that the online nature of GSuite has led to the association. However, as Alan Levine has shown with thinks like SplotPoint, the answer does not always have to be Google. The challenge is the ease of use, especially in regards to the ability to copy a template. I am not sure if this is what Doug Belshaw is trying to achieve with Moodle.net?
Liked Value (Half an Hour)

When I talk about people belonging to a network, for example, the only relevant thing to me is that the person is a part of the network – not how many connections they have, not what weight their words have within the network, not whether the person is a desirable contact to have. All of these are ways of trying to characterize the person’s participation in economic terms, when the fact of their participation in a network has no economic properties at all.

Replied to What is the Value of OLDaily? by an author

But in 2019 there’s no community that encompasses all of these things. Indeed, each one of these topics has not only blossomed its own community, but each one of these communities is at least as complex as the entire field of education technology was some twenty years ago. It’s not simply that change is exponential or that change is moving more and more rapidly, it’s that change is combinatorial – with each generation, the piece that was previously simple gets more and more complex.

This is an interesting reflection on the development of a blog over time. For me, it highlights the role of connections with community and the other) voices. When I think about my own work I can’t help but be influenced by the work that I am engaged in. As much as I would like to think that I am covering ‘learning and teaching’ in my newsletter. However, it cannot help but be learning and teaching based on my current experiences and perceptions.
Liked The Wrong Choice by an author (Half an Hour)

Just remember – the degree isn’t the goal. It’s the pathway. You are the goal.

And even if you find yourself still in debt at 28 like Keri Savoca, keep working, keep developing skills and experience, and don’t give up. Make of yourself everything you can, don’t look back, and savour the experience. Life – even when it is hard – is beautiful.

Listened Why Personal Learning from downes.ca

In this presentation I examine the difference between personal and personalized learning, show how this informs the design of the personal learning environment, and draw from that the reasons for preferring personal learning.


Stephen Downes provides an alternative take on ‘personal’ learning. This touches on the work of the Domain of Your Own project, as well as the #IndieWeb movement. Maybe Grsshopper is what Kin Lane meant by ‘peraonal API’.

via Doug Belshaw