E-Learning 3.0 is a breakthrough next-generation open online course that points the way to the future of open online learning. There is no single course platform; all course elements are organized as a distributed graph (or network) of linked data. Thus there are no barriers to participation. Content-based addressing allows students to access resources from the closest available location and to share their work in personally managed identity graphs. Student achievements are recognized using digital badges, and permanently stored on a blockchain. The course describes and demonstrates these breakthroughs in detail, was offered in the fall of 2018, analyzed for future development, and is being developed for distribution in freely accessible cloud containers that can run on any computer anywhere.

Tags: Digitalisation, Education, Decentralization, Data, Graph, Blockchain, Consensus, Agency, Learn smart Education for all, Education Equity, Learner centered

Stephen Downes

Digital Technology Research Centre

Through the last 30 years Stephen has been a pioneer in online learning and new media, working with both theory and technology toward a society where knowledge and learning are public goods, freely created and shared. He is best known for his work in learning content syndication and metadata, for work in open educational resources, for ‘connectivism’, a network-based learning theory, and for the world’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Downes is also well known for his daily newsletter, OLDaily and is a popular keynote speaker and has spoken in three dozen countries on six continents.

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