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George Siemens visit

Thursday 10th Deceber 2009

Image of George SiemensThe Waikato Centre for eLearning and the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research were pleased to host George Siemens at the University of Waikato on Thursday 10th December.  George is a prominent writer on the role technology has in society, particularly education, with a view that existing structures need revising to meet the challenges that an increasingly complex learning landscape brings.  He publishes and presents extensively, doing so in a spirit of openness; his book Knowing Knowledge is available as a free download, The Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning has been developed as a wiki and most of his presentations are available on SlideShare. With others he has developed Connectivism as a possible new theory of learning, extending ideas of group and network learning.

Knowing Knowledge cover imageUntil recently, George was Associate Director of the Learning Technologies Centre, University of Manitoba and has recently moved to Athabasca University in Canada to continue his research. We are fortunate that he is visiting New Zealand for a few days and has agreed to travel to the Waikato for this day.

George ran two sessions during his visit and recordings of them are available below:
(Note: some of the questions at the end of the recordings are quiet, however George's replies are clear!)

10:30am - 12 noon, SG.01: "Why universities must respond to the impact of technology on society and learning". Presentation and discussion Panopto recording (Streaming video - new window) and Audio podcast (79 Mb download)

2:00pm - 3:00pm, TT.226 (SoE library) "Connectivism: what is it and should it change the way we teach?" Presentation and discussion Panopto Recording (Streaming video; new window) and Audio podcast (61 Mb download)

CC-BY George Siemens by D'Arcy Norman
CC-BY Knowing Knowledge cover courtesy of George Siemens

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