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September 29, 2009

Highlighted Resources

Why we should be happy that Second Life is not scale free
I want to highlight this article because it's a good example of the application of the argument concerning groups and networks. "In Second Life and in many other virtual environments scale-issues limit rather drastically the number of participants which can synchronously share a same virtual space. This is often considered a bad thing, because it makes it very difficult to organize certain types of (mass) events. However, if Stephen is right, it also contributes to the fact that network events have a limited scale, that Power Laws apply less or not at all, that there is more of a conversation taking place instead of a lecture by 'sources of all knowledge'." Roland Legrand, MixedRealities, September 29, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

First Paper: Your position on Connectivism
The first paper - your position on connectivism - is due Oct 23. This paper can be shared in Moodle forums or on your blog (likely the best option).

Stephen and I have provided our view of connectivism so far. You will likely find a few critiques helpful in formulating your response:
Connectivism: Learning theory of the future or vestige of the past?
Connectivism: A New Learning Theory? (.pdf)

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How do innovator's think?
I'm still in compare/contrast mode between CCK08 & CCK09. One resource that I use more than last year is Twitter (the #CCK09 tag). This resources on how innovators think was pulled from the Twitter stream: "The first skill is what we call "associating." It's a cognitive skill that allows creative people to make connections across seemingly unrelated questions, problems, or ideas." , , September 28, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Where Constructivism and Connectivism Differ
What is accurate (true) in one context may not be accurate in another. The impact of context on action (a crime in one setting may not be a crime in another) is a constant point of negotiation in the legal system. Consideration of connections without exploring feedback (corrective) loops generated by contexts only captures a small aspect of adaptive learning. As the author in this post states:

"In Connectivism knowledge grows or emerges from a connection. It is perceived and meaning is inferred by the perceiver. The knowledge emergent from this connection might be correct but that is not the issue. This is where the concept of feedback comes into play. Our connections are not static and the transfer of signal between the entities can be a check for our perceptions. This is also why we don't want our networks to be synchronous all the time. We need input from different groups to give us a better way to check for accuracy." , , September 28, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Four Schools
A simple summary/comparison between behaviourism, cognitivism, constructivism, and connectivism.
Any summary will, by nature of the its attempt to reduce, be somewhat limited in use. But, categorization is an important aspect of coming to understand a domain. The key next step is to recognize when categories are inhibiting rather than productive... , , September 28, 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

CCK09 – Networks, the Dunbar Number, Connectors, Mavens, Persuaders and the Strong and Weak Ties
The CCK09 assignement for this week was: “……in particular, share resources on networks that you encounter in your browsing this week.” CCK09 – Learning about Networks: - Introduction to Networks - The Dunbar Number - The Tipping Point – Connectors, Mavens and Persuaders - Granovetter – Strong and Weak Ties - Other Topics on Networks - My Twitter Social Network Introduction to [...] September 29, 2009

Why we should be happy that Second Life is not scale free
CCK09, the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge course, is gearing up for its third week. I’ve been reading and watching Stephen Downes theories about networks versus groups and it somehow made me realize some positive aspects of the lack of scalability of Second Life (and many other virtual worlds). In my post about the cruel laws of [...] September 29, 2009

Evaluating Second Life as a learning network, and evaluating the criteria (update)
(We Are the Network on a field trip, one of the many learning networks active in Second Life) (update: read more on maxping about Microsoft leaving Second Life and preferring ReactionGrid, an open source alternative). Yesterday at the Connectivism meeting in Second Life we were wondering how “connectivist” our activities in Second Life are.  I just listened [...] September 29, 2009

He creat un entorn d’aprenentatge obert per al curs Connectivism & Connective Knowledge, amb Netvibes. Va prou bé. September 29, 2009

Sculpture by the Sea
The next ‘Sculpture by the Sea‘ exhibition will be held from 29th October – 15th November, 2009. You can see these sculptures along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. September 29, 2009

CCK09 Reflections on Readings for Week 2
Having done the readings for Week 2 of the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge online e-Learning course - Focus- autonomous entities – distributed knowledge – democracy, I’m amazed at the degree of disparity between contemporary e-Learning approaches. Whilst I am in agreement with a lot of the basic ideas relating to Connectivism as outlined by Stephen and [...] September 29, 2009

CCK09 Mind-Mapping
Participant-Learners in the CCK09 course have been discussing a great list of Mind-Mapping Tools for College Students in this week’s Forum Discussions. I’ve also been reading about the various forms of Network Analysis including Social Network Analysis. Refer to URL: [] September 29, 2009

CCK09 Course Activities
I’ve been using vodpod for the first time over the last couple of days at URL: []. This is a really useful site for collecting and sharing videos….I’ve managed to get some videos on using Pageflakes and Netvibes. Will watch them on the weekend! September 29, 2009

CCK09 Course Activities
Joined the CCK09 Ning Group: [] September 29, 2009

CCK09 Eluminate Discussion 2
I listened to George Siemen’s and Stephen Downe’s discussion concerning their different perspectives upon the theory of Connectivism and Connective Knowledge today (’Elluminate’ Discussion 2). One point that resonated with me is the question of the nature and quality of ‘connections’ within a network. Secondly, George and Stephen’s focus upon the notion of the ‘growth’ [...] September 29, 2009

CCK09: Course activities – What is Connectivism – Video
Seimens: Five principles of a learning theory: 1) We have a need to externalize 2) We have a need for frameworks and structures for sense making 3) We have a need to socialize in order to know 4) Our mind is a patterning mind 5) We have a desire to expand our humanity through technology. [...] September 29, 2009

Churchland – Eliminative Materialism and the Propositioanl Attitudes
Churchland (1981, p. 67) states that eliminative materialism is the thesis that our common-sense conception of psychological phenomena constitutes a radically false theory. In addition, Churchland (1981) considers notions developed within the field of completed neuroscience. In particular, his thesis is summarized as follows: ‘The propositional attitudes of folk psychology do not constitute an unbreachable [...] September 29, 2009

CCK09 Course activities: Wellman on ‘digital cities’
Notes: Wellman asserts:” that the developed world is in the midst of a paradigm shift from the ‘little boxes metaphor’ of people and institutions to diffuse, variegated social networks*Much social organization no longer fits the little boxes metaphor*In networked societies boundaries are more permeable, interactions are with diverse others, linkages switch between multiple networks, and hierarchies [...] September 29, 2009

CCK09: Synchronizing
Last week the course focused on network characteristics and attributes. As usual, I´m having a harder time with the neural aspects of networks and connections than with the social. I found the Network for Newbies presentation, by Barry Wellman, helpful to put netwoks in context. He differentiates between 3 ways to look at reality: Categories: Possess [...] September 29, 2009

CCK09 has just started: The Iceberg of new learning enviroments
The Connectivism and Connective Knowledge Course has just started and I´m excited and overwhelmed at the same time. It´s only participants introducing themselves so far, but we can all see the level is high, with lots of people from last year coming back for more. A unique chance to learn, share questions and try [...] September 29, 2009

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