6. Personal Online Learning Networks

Learning is lifelong. Online learning facilitates lifelong learning in ways not possible even three years ago. With two billion people online; a host of open resources; and a rapidly growing online specialized and continuing education segment, the sky is the limit. University of Illinois Springfield Center for Online Learning, Research and Service Associate Director Shari Smith leads this week's discussion of ways in which personal online learning networks are changing the world and how we learn!

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Live presentation
On Thursday, August 4, at 2:00 pm Eastern, 1:00 pm Central, noon Mountain; 11:00 am Pacific time in the U.S. - 7:00 pm London time, we will host a live Web conference on the weekly topic. We plan to provide hundreds of streams of the "live" Thursday sessions in both flash format and non-flash (mobile) format so that participants can view the panels.  A Twitter back channel will also be encouraged for ongoing discussion of the panel.  The hour-long conversation will be recorded and the URL for the recording will be made available the following day, August 5.

Joining us for the live session will be:

Shari Smith, Moderator, Associate Director, Center for Online Learning, Research and Service, University of Illinois Springfield

George Siemens, Founder and President of Complexive Systems Inc., Athabasca University
George Siemens is a strategist and researcher at the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. Formerly, he was the Associate Director, R & D, Learning Technologies Centre at University of Manitoba. He is the founder Complexive Systems Inc., an research and learning lab focused on assisting organizations develop approaches to meet the needs of changing learners, employees, and global education and business environments. Siemens has keynoted and presented at national and international conferences. His publications and personal blogs can be accessed at www.elearnspace.org and www.connectivism.ca.
Jason Rhode, Assistant Director, Faculty Development and Instructional Design CenterNorthern Illinois University
Jason Rhode is an experienced instructor, instructional designer, course developer, and program director with over a decade of experience in the field of online learning. He serves as the Assistant Director of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at Northern Illinois University where he is responsible for developing and offering training programs and support for faculty and staff on teaching with technology and related topics, providing leadership on technology-related issues, and performing supervisory functions at the Center. He designs and teaches online and blended courses in instructional design and educational technology and enjoys sharing his expertise designing and teaching online and with others. More details and links to connect with Jason are at niu.edu/jrhode.
Nancy Rubin, Product Education Specialist, Learning Objects

Nancy Rubin is an experienced educator, trainer, and social learning practitioner, with over 10 years of experience in the field of eLearning.An early adopter of Web 2.0 applications, Dr. Rubin has incorporated social media in her own teaching and learning, and has conducted numerous trainings and workshops on social software for learning.Dr. Rubin works with Learning Objects’, a company specializing in social learning applications for teaching and learning, as an educational technology strategist.  Her twitter name is @nancyrubin.  Dr. Rubin often writes about Personal Learning in her blog, Objects of Interest.

Live Sessions

Slides from the Live Session: http://goo.gl/Cxl9p

Live panel discussion sessions will be held each Thursday at 2:00 pm eastern daylight, 1:00 pm central daylight, noon mountain daylight, 11:00 am pacific daylight and 7:00 pm London time. They may be viewed live online at:

Your screen will look like this:  

The audio of the panel and slides will appear on the left of the screen
For this session, we will be using the Twitter hashtag #edumooc6.  The #edumooc6 twitter back channel feed will appear center screen
A Twitter compose gadget will appear on the right for those with Twitter accounts to upload tweets

The session will be recorded and be made available online for those who wish to view later.

You are encouraged to visit these resources as we examine the topic of the week. Our weekly lists are not comprehensive, but rather they are a sampling of the range of resources available for each weekly topic. All of the sites we list are open; that is, they do not require paid subscriptions. Please take advantage of your eduMOOC Google Group to discuss these sites and recommend additions.

Blogs and Wikis
Blog Posts
Podcasts and Video
Ezines, Journals and Articles

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