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Stephen Downes
Senior Research Officer, Institute for Information Technology
National Research Council, Canada

Stephen Downes specializes in research in online learning, online communities, and knowledge management. He is best known for his essays "The Future of Online Learning" and "Learning Objects." He also publishes a daily newsletter (OLDaily) about online learning.

Previous to his current position, Downes was employed as an information architect at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. There he designed and built a major Internet resource called MuniMall, a one-stop site for all components of the municipal affairs sector and municipalities in Alberta. Downes was also employed as a distance education and new instructional media design specialist with Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. Prior to that, he taught philosophy by distance for Athabasca University.

Downes holds a BA and an MA, both in philosophy, from the University of Calgary.

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// Technology Source Articles
  • BBC Learning
    // Spotlight Site, September/October 2003
  • Weblogs at Harvard Law
    // Spotlight Site, July/August 2003
  • Open Archives Initiative
    // Spotlight Site, May/June 2003
  • elearnspace
    // Spotlight Site, March/April 2003
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    // Spotlight Site, November/December 2002
  • LearnScope Virtual Learning Community
    // Spotlight Site, September/October 2002
  • e-Learning Centre
    // Spotlight Site, July/August 2002
  • The Centre for Educational Technology Interoperability Standards
    // Spotlight Site, May/June 2002
  • The George Lucas Educational Foundation
    // Spotlight Site, March/April 2002
  • eLearning Forum
    // Spotlight Site, January/February 2002
  • Research Matters at Harvard University
    // Spotlight Site, November/December 2001
  • XanEdu
    // Spotlight Site, July/August 2001
  • Illinois Online Network (ION)
    // Spotlight Site, May/June 2001
  • Online Journalism Review
    // Spotlight Site, March/April 2001
  • Distance Educators Before the River Styx
    // Commentary, January/February 2001
  • JURIST: The Legal Education Network
    // Spotlight Site, January/February 2001
  • Distance-educator.Com
    // Spotlight Site, November/December 2000
  • UMUC-Bell Atlantic
    // Spotlight Site, September/October 2000
  • MarcoPolo
    // Spotlight Site, July/August 2000
  • Nine Rules for Good Technology
    // Commentary, July/August 2000
  • Advanced Distributed Learning Network
    // Spotlight Site, May/June 2000
  • The Internet and Transnational Education
    // Commentary, May/June 2000
  • A Response to "Where Do We Go From Here?"
    // Letters to the Editor, March/April 2000
  • NetTech: The Educational Technology Coordinator Web Site
    // Spotlight Site, March/April 2000
  • The Masie Center
    // Spotlight Site, January/February 2000