Stephen Downes

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Interview with Stephen Downes, 19:39, Degree of Freedom, December 20, 2013.[1]
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"What Are Cultures of Learning" - Stephen Downes at altc2013, 56:08, Association for Learning Technology
For other people named Stephen Downes, see Stephen Downes (disambiguation).

Stephen Downes (born April 6, 1959) is a designer and commentator in the fields of online learning and new media. Downes has explored and promoted the educational use of computer and online technologies since 1995.[2] Downes was a presenter at the February 2007 Online Connectivism Conference.[3] In 2008, Downes and George Siemens designed and taught an online, open course reported as a "landmark in the small but growing push toward 'open teaching'"[4] - widely considered the first Connectivist Massive open online course (MOOC).

Born in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) Downes lived and worked across Canada before joining the National Research Council of Canada as a senior researcher in November 2001.[1] Currently based in Moncton, New Brunswick, Downes is a researcher at the NRC's Institute for Information Technology's e-Learning Research Group.[5]

Downes was the winner of the Edublog Award for Best Individual Blog in 2005 for his blog OLDaily.[6] Downes is Editor at Large of the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning.[7]

Downes ran for Mayor of Brandon in 1995, when he was working at the Assiniboine Community College. A member of the New Democratic Party, he ran on a platform to the left of incumbent mayor Rick Borotsik.[8]

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  1. ^ a b "Interview with Stephen Downs". Degree of Freedom. Jonathan Haber. December 20, 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ Kinney, Duncan (September 2010). "An Open Education Primer: What you need to know about the future of post-secondary education". Unlimited Magazine. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  3. ^ University of Manitoba: Learning Technologies Centre
  4. ^ Parry, Marc (August 29, 2010). "Online, Bigger Classes May Be Better Classes". Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  5. ^ "NRC Experts and Staff: Stephen Downes". National Research Council of Canada. April 16, 2003. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  6. ^ "2005 Edublog Awards". 
  7. ^ International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning Editorial Board Retrieved on 2010-09-02.
  8. ^ Bud Robertson, "Election-Profile-Brandon", Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 1995, A1.

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