MOOCs, open badges & the future of e-learning

Another year of blogging draws to a close, this time dominated by the themes of MOOCs, open badges and the future of e-learning.

This year my blog enjoyed more robust discussion, and I thank everyone who cared enough to comment. Comments are the lifeblood of bloggers, so cheers!

It would be remiss of me not to call out three commenters in particular – Crispin Weston, Chris Taylor and Matt Guyan. Thanks so much for your thoughtful, supportive and challenging comments: you improved my thinking.

I invite everyone to review my posts for 2013 – and yes, please comment!

Collage of blog images


Open badges

The future of e-learning


Merry Christmas, and here’s to a provocative 2014!

8 thoughts on “MOOCs, open badges & the future of e-learning

  1. Hey Ryan,
    Discovering your blog this year has been a real highlight for me and its opened my eyes to the likes of MOOCs, badges, augmented reality, backchannels, Udemy and more – stuff that I was previously unaware of or didn’t know much about. Its also helped me to think more broadly and ‘outside the box’ when looking at solutions for organisations.

    Also as a new blogger, (not sure if there’s a minimum number of posts required to qualify as a blogger) I enjoy your style of writing which is something that I hope to get better at as time goes on.
    It was a real pleasure to meet you this year (link to Face time post here) and connect a person to the profile pic.

    Looking forward to reading your posts in 2014.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    p.s. thanks for the mention :-)

  2. Thanks for your post Ryan and a great way to summarise your posts for the year.

    I also have to thank you for ‘opening my eyes’. In particularly, I recall our discussion waiting outside Amit Garg’s presentation on Mobile Learning at the Learn@Work conference where we had a chat about badges. Strangely, I would consider this moment a highlight of that conference simply because you presented something that I hadn’t considered important before but had also afterwards started another Twitter conversation with others around the same topic which made me see a different perspective and angle to these.

    At the time, badges didn’t sit well with me because my perception was that they were like the empty “LinkedIn endorsements” however, you presented a case that I hadn’t considered about them. In that way, you challenged my thinking and I liked and respected that.

    I have also just finished reading your latest book of your collated blog posts and reading them altogether like that crystallised my thinking on badges. I also see that we both agree on MOOCs too and their value for learning and organisations.

    Keep up the great work too. I wish you and your family a merry Christmas, stay safe and healthy over the break and hope you have a wonderful 2014.


  3. Always love reading your posts Ryan! I’m looking forward to another year of reading them in 2014 and of course the great conversations that happen on Twitter.

  4. Matt, you’re welcome, and thanks so much for your kind words. I enjoy your blog too, and I’ve really got to make a road trip to Newy… maybe for Third Place :0)

    Cheers Helen! If you recorded what I said about badges, please let me know and I’ll release it as a podcast ;0) Seriously though, it’s been a pleasure to interact with a kindred spirit and I find your enthusiasm infectious. Keep blogging and to hell with the word count!

    Likewise, Nick. I’m so glad to have discovered your blog. 2014 is going to be an interesting year for edtech, to say the least. I’m keen to see what you make of it.

  5. Hi Ryan, Thanks for the thanks – I have enjoyed the discussion and look forward to continuing it. Having been distracted from my blog by other things, I hope to do some catching up over Christmas, and hope that this will include a reply to your piece on MOOCs. Best, Crispin.

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