The Open Education Professional Directory

Stephen Downes, Researcher / Program Manager

General

Institution
National Research Council Canada
Location
Moncton,
New Brunswick,
Canada
Contact
stephen@downes.ca

Languages

Native/near native level proficiency
English
Business level proficiency
French

Areas of expertise

Open Education - General
Open Education policy development
Implementation of open education policies
Open licenses
Business Models for open education
Research in open education
Open Educational Resources
Authoring OER
Using/remixing OER for online education
OER project management
Technology for OER
Open Access
Open Access policy development
Open Access project management
Open Access publishing
MOOC
Authoring MOOCs
Facilitating MOOCs
MOOC instructional design
Openly licensed content in MOOCs
Technology for MOOCs
Overall project management for MOOC development
Using MOOCs in formal education programs
Geographic regions of professional expertise
Asia/Pacific
Europe
North America
South America

Profile

Personal statement

tephen Downes is a senior researcher for Canada's National Research Council and a leading proponent of the use of online media and services in education. As the author of the widely-read OLDaily online newsletter, Downes has earned international recognition for his leading-edge work in the field of online learning. He developed some of Canada's first online courses at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Manitoba. He also built a learning management system from scratch and authored the now-classic "The Future of Online Learning".

At the University of Alberta he built a learning and research portal for the municipal sector in that province, Munimall, and another for the Engineering and Geology sector, PEGGAsus. He also pioneered the development of learning objects and was one of the first adopters and developers of RSS content syndication in education. Downes introduced the concept of e-learning 2.0 and with George Siemens developed and defined the concept of Connectivism, using the social network approach to deliver open online courses to three thousand participants over two years.

Downes has been offering courses in learning, logic, philosophy both online and off since 1987, has 135 articles published in books, magazines and academic journals, and has presented his unique perspective on learning and technology more than 250 times to audiences in 17 countries on five continents. He is a habitual photographer, plays darts for money, and can be found at home with his wife Andrea and four cats in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

External links

http://www.downes.ca