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September 19, 2008
OK, so when I woke up at 5:30 this morning (because I had to travel to Fredericton) I got The Daily all set up... and then sent the wrong newsletter. My OLDaily readers were treated to an unbelievable early (and empty) newsletter and all of you were treated to... nothing. It didn't help that the University of Manitoba website also crashed overnight. So - what follows is the newsletter you would have received 14 hours ago, had I sent the right newsletter. For the record, the University of Manitoba site is up again and our UStream chat went off without a hitch - if you missed it, enjoy the recording.
As some of you have noticed, the University of Manitoba portion of the website has crashed, meaning that the wiki and the blog are inaccessible. We're not sure what the problem is, but we're working on it. Good thing we're using a distributed system!
The course, meanwhile, continues. The Moodle discussion, which runs on a different server, continues to operate. You can access blog posts from the aggregator on this site. And the UStream chat session (see below) will continue as scheduled.
UStream Discussion Today
Friday: Discussion via USTREAM 11 am CST: See time zone conversion. Note that this is an audio discussion; no video. If you miss it, hit the link anyway to watch the recording. George Siemens and Stephen Downes, UStream, September 19, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
Knowledge Is (No)Thing
Discussions of knowledge rarely lead to resolution or even to participants changing their minds. What these conversations do, however, is to help us clarify our own thoughts and beliefs. What is knowledge? Where does it reside? Many of the comments in this forum support the notion of networked knowledge. Knowledge in non-human entities? Well, that generates an entirely different view! Grappling with concepts, trying to express personal views, engaging with others in an exchange - the value here is found in the process, not in the final outcome. MoodleForum, , September 19, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
Elaborating the Connectivism Framework
Several years ago, I (George) had the pleasure of sitting on a panel at ED-MEDIA in Vancouver. One of the participants - Kai Pata - was quite passionate about activity theory and affordances. She is an infrequent blogger, but when she posts, it's full of provocative ideas and connections I had not previously made. In this post, she explores connectivism, affordances, and ecologies. You may want to take a few extra minutes to work through this article...well worth the time. Kai Pata, , September 19, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
CCK08 - Random Connections of Today
This is a great observation: "Waking up this morning the Andy Warhol method of multiplying the same image over and over again with varying colours to create a piece of pop art made me think of all the blogs of this course. I have seen many summaries, mind maps, and other representations of this week's readings in different blogs. Basically, the content is the same, but it is presented in different forms. All these put together would create something remotely suggesting the idea of the Marilyn prints." Tech Ticker also comments on it. sinikka, lost in translation, September 18, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
CCK08: Am I Asking the Wrong Question?
Good science is about asking good questions. "Maybe I am asking the wrong question," says polsterf, "and it is not 'What is connectivism?' But 'Why is this learning theory or others important?'" I (Stephen) think that's an excellent question - even supposing that our objective is to improve learning, is developing learning theory the best way to do this? And quoting Pat Parslow: "To produce adaptive, flexible problem solvers (which requires education on top of training), it would seem to make sense to use communities to provide a wide-band range of information across a number of topics and let the mind of the learner do what it does best - pattern matching and prioritizing, and resolving confusions." polsterf, SIMNET Weblog, September 18, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
Here's what course members from around the world had to say. Want to join the conversation? Login and submit your feed. Then put this at the beginning of your post: CCK08
These are posts from the last 24 hours.Concept Map: What’s New in Connectivism September 19, 2008
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