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September 24, 2008
Guest Presentation: Valdis Krebs
What is a network? What are the attributes exhibited by networks? How are networks reflected in social and business environments? This week, we're pleased to have Valdis Krebs join us (Wed, 11:00 AM, CST here in elluminate) to discuss business and social networks. The session will be recorded for those that are not able to attend. It'll be a useful presentation/discussion on considering the prominence of networks and their impact in our daily lives. Valdis Krebs, Website, September 24, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
I Need Blog Friends
How do you connct to others in the disconnected world of the blogosphere? One way is to add people you read to your blogroll. Another is to link to them in your post. This course is immersive; we learn about linking by actively linking to each other. Later on in the course we will be showing how the blogs in this course link to each other. Heli Nurmi, Heli on Connectivism, September 24, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
Conceptual and Other Network Levels
In my presentation this week, I returned to three levels of how we can view networked learning. Matthias comments: "In this week's discussion of networks, the topmost of the three layers (social-external, conceptual, and neural) seems to be the most attractive, probably because research of the large numbers of social nodes involves both qualitative and quantitative interests. I am particularly fascinated about how this social level interacts with the conceptual level through mechanisms like "People who read this also read that". In a way, this makes people's networks function as a fuzzy sort of classification scheme for concepts or subjects that is much more flexible and powerful than explicit taxonomies." How do these three levels relate? How do our social networks inform conceptual? I hope Stephen and I can explore this a bit more during our live sessions this week. Matthias Melcher, , September 23, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
Epistemology: Week 2
A few key concepts in this statement: "Perhaps connectivism is the process by which we collect all of the information from all of the sources bombarding us each day and then working out which bits we need and making some sense of it. One of the real advantages of enrolling in a course like this is the "pressure" to reflect through things like this blog, the Moodle posts and reading the dailies. This reflection is critical to making the connections." As stated before, learning is the act of seeking to make sense of complex environments. Any course will introduce participants to many new ideas. We need time to pause and reflect. the challenge in hectic information environments is one of taking the time to actually reflect and look at how we're connecting information. Grant Casey, , September 23, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
Okay, I Think We've Got the Confusion Part...
From my (George) experience, the process of learning is one that walks through corridors of confusion. To learn is to step into unsettled spaces to encounter new concepts we don't yet understand. And once there, we begin to connect new to known. It's a process built on personal experiences and existing understanding. For some reason, we often view the experience of being unsettled as a negative. Yet our effort to become more settled is where we begin to connect concepts and, well, learn. In this post, Adrian states "The Connectivism & Connective Knowledge course could be characterized as a system precariously balanced on the edge of chaos, teetering on the edge of coherence." Adrian Hill, , September 23, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
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