xEducation is a book that George Siemens, Bonnie Stewart, and Dave Cormier have agreed (and been contracted) to write for Johns Hopkins University Press. We expect the book will be published in mid-2013. Our focus is on sidestepping the rather substantial hype around educational reform, particularly from the technological angle, and present a solid discussion of the scope and nature of higher education (HE) change.
This site has been set up to chronicle our thinking and engage with others who are interested in the dramatic change being predicted for HE. Over the past decade, we have done most of our work in the open. We write, blog, and publish in open spaces where ever possible. We also started the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs), together with Stephen Downes, in 2008.
This book, however, is not open. We decided that the audience we wanted to reach about how the internet is restructuring knowledge was different than the one we interact with in our blogs. We’re confident we’ll be criticized for that choice. To partially apease our guilt, we are treating this site as our field notes for the book.