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September 28, 2009

The first two weeks have provided an introduction to connectivism and general network structures. In week 3, we turn our focus to distinctions between connectives and collectives (or networks and groups). The above link details weekly readings and discussions...

Highlighted Resources

Networks: Theory and Application
Thanks to Benjamin Stewart in the CCK09 group at Diigo, found this treasure trove of resources related to networks. This is a full graduate level course, so don't feel you need to read it all for this course. This introductory lecture, though, will show you numeous exampels of networks from all domains. Lada Adamic, open.michigan, September 28, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Recordings of Live Sessions
Live sessions for the first few weeks are now available. Audio files will be available on the site shortly as well. , , September 27, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Networks: Theory and Application
Last week, I was whining about the lack of introductory resources in describing networks. Network discussions start at a very basic level i.e. "this is a node", and very rapidly ramp up to complex topics such as calculating centrality and message propagation. A good introductory resource is needed. Roel Cantada shared a great resources in the moodle forum from U of Michigan on Network Theory and Application. , , September 27, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Learning in Social Networks and Networked Learning
In preparation for the Networked Learning Conference 2010, organizers have initiated a series of "hot seat" discussions over the next several months. Up first: Caroline Haythornthwaite (starting Sept 28). CCK09 participants who are interested in greater research-focus on learning networks will likely find the discussion to be of value. Haythornthwaite has published on network analysis, language analysis (noun) in learning communities, etc. Caroline Haythornthwaite, , September 27, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]


Here's what course members from around the world had to say. Want to join the conversation? Submit your feed. Then put this at the beginning of your post: CCK09

attempting to understand connectivism
So as part of my commitment to lifelong learning I have enrolled myself in George Siemen’s and Stephen Downes’ online course ‘Connectivism and Connected Knowledge CCK09′ along with (I think) almost 800 others.  Most of my recent participation in courses has leaned towards more practical courses (eg playing a musical instrument etc) so it is [...] September 28, 2009

CCK09 -living in networks
How to describe interactions in networks? Static pictures are not enough, we must have flashes or videos. Keith Lyons helped again, I found this video Evolving twitter communities in his last blog post ( I couldn’t link to it, so I linked to YouTube). “This is a dynamic network, showing what companies the 200 most prolific [...] September 28, 2009

CCK09 – from knowledge to networks
I have continued my path by reading again Anna Sfard’s and Etienne  Wenger’s writings and I see many important steps forward. Learning by participation and communities of practice have been meaningful concepts for me. It was nice to meet my old thoughts again and reorganize my mind (what does that mean?) The concept ‘brokering’ opened [...] September 28, 2009

CCK09 – knowledge in interactive practice
This is my first step in second CCK09-travel. I always try to find my way, not George’s or Stephen’s or others’. I already know some students and I am convinced that I’ll get ideas from them .. so I must have my mind open. But I have to know what there is in my mind [...] September 28, 2009

How to participate in CCK09?
I will destabilize my participating as you can see: September 28, 2009

CCK09 – Connectivism & Connective Knowledge 2009 Begins!
Just catching up on the start of Connectivism & Connective Knowledge 2009 – a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) being offered by George Siemens and Stephen Downes from the University of Manitoba.  (Search this blog for CCK08 to see posts from last year’s class.) This year I am making a conscious effort to not feel pressured [...] September 28, 2009

CCK09: The four schools
Behaviorist: a guy at an ATM machine. Plug in the right numbers and get the cash. Hierarchical learning. Cognitivist: a child hanging ornaments on a Christmas tree. The tree is the structure provided for him, the ornaments are blocks of knowledge. Learning is memory and context. Constructivist: kids building the Eiffel Tower [...] September 28, 2009

Networked Diversity and “Standards” in Education
After reading the resources on networks following session 2 of CCK09, I am thinking today about the implications of a networked view of learning and knowledge for systems of education. If knowledge lies in the connections within and among people, then it seems to me that part of the strategy for making smart people has to [...] September 28, 2009

CCK09 - What is Connectivism?
Esta semana comenzó, dirigido por George Siemens, y con la participación de Stephen Downes, el curso "Connectivism and Connective Knowledge '09" que organizan desde la Universidad de Manitoba, en Canadá.

Este curso es continuación de otro similar que se realizó el año pasado. Este año nos juntamos en él alumnado nuevo, otros que como yo no pudimos terminarlo, e incluso algunas personas que lo completaron, dispuestos todos y todas a profundizar sobre el conectivismo y el manejo de la información en este mundo interconectado.

La primera tarea esta semana es precisamente debatir sobre el conectivismo. ¿Es una teoría del aprendizaje? ¿una refundición de otras teorías?, ¿una manera de manejar mejor el conocimiento en red?

Siemens y Downes, mediante sus propias visiones, y los participantes en el curso, mediante sus opiniones, manifestadas en los foros y en sus blogs, debatimos ahora sobre ello.

George Siemens, en su artículo What is Connectivism? Week 1: CCK09 resume las distintas teorías del aprendizaje y las compara con el conectivismo, concluyendo con cinco puntos que hacen diferente el conectivismo.

Como ya saben, mis dificultades con el inglés, y aún más con el hablado, harán muy difícil que yo pueda aprovechar los recursos de los vídeos y charlas online que lo acompañarán, pero al menos intentaré comprender algunos de los textos y debates que aparezcan en él.

Así pues, he traducido (lo mejor que he podido) el artículo de Siemens , y lo añado aquí en dos presentaciones web, Isuu y Scribd:

¿Qué es Conectivismo? September 28, 2009

CCK09: Knowledge is in the connection

...knowledge is IN the connections: This to me has more significance in that it's not just that there is a connection, but recognizing the tie (strong or weak) within the connection as well.

...knowledge IS the connections: This has less significance to me because it seems that the connection is all that matters, not so much the tie within the connection.

Regardless of the language, I think the point is that connectivism is based on the notion that what we know is a complexed arrangement of connections that is particular to the individual at a particular point in time. The arrangement of connections (e.g., knowledge) is in a constant state of flux; that is, it's either growing or diminishing on a continuous basis (it never stays the same). I equate this to learning a musical instrument. Back in the day, I used to practice the upright bass for hours, whether preparing for a concert or some music event somewhere. I was well aware that if I was playing - putting forth my best effort - I was improving. If I wasn't playing, I was becoming a worse bass player. I can say that I´m sure that no one in the rest of the world played the upright bass exactly the way I did (which is a good thing). The same goes for connective knowledge. My understanding of Paris is the capital of France is unique and unlike everyone else's understanding of the same.

This is why knowledge is not a thing. If it were, I could have found other upright bass players who played exactly the way I did. Wow, what a group that would have been!

September 28, 2009

DONE! I did a netbio of my learning process

Good exercise: think of the most important learning process you´ve done. Then draw them and try to see the conections between them. Chaos/coherence may arise.

I´ve always done this kind of concept drawings on paper . First time with map softwares. I tried with freemind and xmind, finally did it with the second one. September 28, 2009

Today I am back in the office after a week on the road. It was a very long week - things we accomplished on wednesday now feeling like a month ago instead of just 4 days. It was a very successful trip, with an incredible amount of work completed. No schoolwork, just work work, missed out on everything else this week, didn't even manage to read the forums. Several times I thought about this September 28, 2009

Meeting in Second Life
Today I joined a group from the Connectivism course in Second Life. I have not used SL much since finishing the course in June so it took a few minutes to remember how to join a group, fly, found the talk button, and chat. It all came back really quickly. I even hooked up a mic keeping George's comments from an earlier course in mind that I should participate by voice if possible . Once I had September 28, 2009

The end of the matchmaking week?
Tonight was the second live class for CCK09. Stephen and George discussed their approaches to connectivism and spent some time on how they think about this differently. It was this back and forth of trying to explain themselves to each other and moving through different metaphors that made this a great class for me. The readings have been a hard slog - philosophy and theory of any kind is not an September 28, 2009

Monday night was the start of the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge course. We met in elive where the organizers discussed the format of the course (which really turned out to be a wide diversity of formats) and some ideas on how to approach our participation.The course page is hereThis course will be really different from anything else I have participated in. In a recent course I found it September 28, 2009

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