Andrew Ng & George Siemens Keynotes #OpenEd13


Andrew Ng & George Siemens Keynotes #OpenEd13

Keynote Presentations

  1. The first keynote speaker was Andrew Ng from Coursera. We were asked to not tweet because we needed to preserve the bandwidth because he was presenting over Skype. Not being present at conference chilled people towards the presenter a little. The presentation seemed very much the standard Coursera pitch.
  2. One lesson around the #opened13 keynote is that bandwidth still matters for many learners and in many parts of the world.
  3. Today I learned Coursera owns what they put in my head. #opened13
  4. Beautiful irony from an African perspective at #opened13 – Andrew Ng’s keynote on Coursera and MOOCs suffers from bandwidth constraints.
  5. Silly me. I thought Coursera was going to engage with the #opened13 community. Instead, we get a standard pitch delivered over Skype.
  6. Interesting that a presentation where bandwidth is a problem still talks unironically about helping to educate all over the world #opened13
  7. Rory McGreal highlights clear gap between Coursera rhetoric and reality #opened13
  8. Why isn’t Coursera openly licensed? Ng says that its content creation costs too much money and that wouldn’t be sustainable #opened13 (sigh)
  9. Why can’t students use @Coursera materials to get credit from another institution? Umm, because money #opened13
  10. #opened13 Coursera founder shared the diversity of teaching and learning techniques in courses but improvement is always needed
  11. “What if we treat content as a byproduct of learning” and focus instead on the experience – @gsiemens #opened13
  12. Most MOOCs don’t prepare learners to create, generate, solve, innovate – @gsiemens #opened13
  13. I had been wondering why our 1st keynote was from Coursera! #opened13
  14. However Siemens did remind us during his talk that Coursera succeed in making MOOCs accessible and publicized.
  15. #opened13 Siemens notes that @OpenLearn was CC-BY, @FutureLearn protects copyright ‘to the fullest extent possible’ – why the change? £££
  16. I don’t care about losing to Coursera. A good guy bad guy narrative was useful and then I had my tenth birthday #opened13
  17. Siemens at #opened13: critiques Coursera for overlooking pedagogical foundations from Bandura, Vygotsky, and Engeström, among the others
  18. Surprised but then again not at the recall-regurgitate quizzes in Coursera examples we saw this morning #opened13
  19. Since coursera courses can’t be used for formal credit, are they the ebooks of education? You can buy, but you cant own or keep. #opened13
  20. Siemens compares education and intellectual property
    ownership to the creation of the steam engine. He spoke of the iterative and
    collaborative nature of innovation. It is rarely one person who can be credited
    for the creation of an artifact. I really agree that it is so rare that we have
    original thoughts. That is why it is said that we “stand on the shoulders of
    giants” as Google scholar reminds you every time you go to the site.

  21. As Rob Farrow recaps on his bog at OER
    Research Hub
    , MOOCs don’t prepare learners for the kinds of things that
    learners need to be able to do:  we need ‘stuff that stirs the soul’.
    (This is similar to the argument made Marcus
    Deimann
    and Farrow here.)

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