[LINK] Trends in Personal Learning from Canberra

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Thu Jan 21 08:46:14 AEDT 2010

Funding for vocational e-learning is one of the federal government's 
better investments. The Canberra Institute of Technology are hosting an 
online seminar on “Trends in Personal Learning” by Stephen Downes, 4 
February 2010.


Canberra Institute of Technology

The Gaggle invitation

Stephen Downes has long been a reliable forecaster of trends and events
in online learning, making his mark in 1998 with the prescient 'Future
of Online Learning' and in 2005 with 'e-Learning 2.0'. More recently, he
authored the volume, 'The Future of Online Learning: Ten Years On'.
Downes has also informed the development of online learning technologies
with papers such as 'Learning Objects', 'Resource Profiles' and
'Learning Networks and Connective Knowledge'.

Thursday 4th February 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Where - At your desk or come and join us in Room A108 for light

Log in at: and enter
the relevant details. If you have not used Wimba before, please run the
Wimba Wizard prior to the event.

         * Online learning environments
         * Networked learning aproaches
         * Implications for the future of learning

         * Are you an e-learning practitioner?
         * Educational Designer? Or Developer?
         * Based in the ACT and surrounding region?

Today’s presentation: “Trends in Personal Learning” by Stephen Downes

Educators have been earning experience in social networks and other Web
2.0 technologies for several years now, and as e-learning 2.0 becomes
more familiar it is beginning to transform into a more robust and
personalized form. Newer and more powerful collaboration tools, such as
Google Wave, are appearing. Individualized applications, such as the
Personal Learning Environment, are appearing. Tomorrow`s e-learning
student can look forward to having a range of powerful tools at his or
her fingertips. This presentation outlines trends in the development of
these tools, and describes what an education system that uses them will
look like.

RSVP: Penny Neuendorf
E penny.neuendorf(a)cit.act.edu.au T 6207 4041

There is a copy of the invitation with links to Stephen Downes papers in 
my blog at:

Tom Worthington FACS HLM, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia  http://www.tomw.net.au
Adjunct Lecturer, The Australian National University t: 02 61255694
Computer Science http://cs.anu.edu.au/people.php?StaffID=140274

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