Interview with Stephen Downes at SURF Education Days 2007


I interviewed Stephen Downes at SURF Education Days 2007 in Utrecht, Netherlands. The conference was mainly about professional education. Thanks for the organizers for inviting me.

I’ve known Stephen’s great newsletter since 2001. He covered my previous project called MimerDesk on March 29, 2002 with the following notes:

For those of you looking for alternatives to six-figure learning management systems, here is an alternative that my be easier on your budget (and may change the way you approach online learning).

Well, MimerDesk really didn’t change the world in general but it teached me many things about the value of openness and thinking differently about online learning. The project has been discontinued since 2003, when I started to work on Dicole.

In february 2005 I interviewed Stephen Downes for a podcast and since then we have been watching the work of each other closely. Stephen’s work has been a source of inspiration for me for many years and I consider him as one of my real teachers since I left the cathedrals of traditional education. Finally we had the opportunity to meet in person at the dutch edu-blogger dinner (thanks to Wilfred Rubens and Keith Russell) and later at the SURF Education Days 2007 conference.

We both had presentations at the conference. I recorded Stephen’s great presentation on free learning vs. control learning and my own that will be available later. Until then, here is a video interview with Stephen Downes as we retreated from the conference to a restaurant to have a conversation on all things related to learning:

Here is a podcast version, if you want to listen it instead: [MP3, 14MB]

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  • http://www.wilfredrubens.com Wilfred Rubens

    Hi Teemu,

    Interesting interview. BTW: we don’t have a hot potatoe in our throat ;-)
    It was interesting talking to you and listening to your presentation.
    Hope to see you again.

  • http://interactic.ning.com José Paulo Santos

    Hello Teemu

    I really, really enjoyed this informal conversation between you an Stephen. It was a wonderful learning moment for me.
    It would be very nice if scholars, academics, teachers and researchers left their lectures and meet their students at the cafeteria, in the garden or other places to share their thoughts, their perspectives.
    Your presentation was also very good.
    Thank you from Portugal.

    Best regards
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