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Profile: Stephen Downes

By Steven Blum, copywriter ICWE When Stephen Downes and George Siemens, a pair of Canadian academics, began building the world’s first massive open online course (or MOOC) back in 2008, they weren’t exactly expecting massive success.  “We thought maybe twenty people would show up,” Downes recently told me. They ended up with 2,200 virtual students— a then-massive amount. Thankfully the course, which explored connectivist […]