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September 30, 2009

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Twitter #CCK09 Feed
I've added the Twitter RSS feed to the list of harvested feeds; Twitter posts tagged #cck09 will now show up in the contributed content (below). If you have similar feeds from other services, be sure to enter them into the feed list - go to the submit page to add them. Stephen Downes, Twitter, September 30, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Roots of Connectivism
For CCK09, we are trying to encourage connections with other courses. After all, why confine discussion to one course/topic or group of learners? As more courses are taught in an open manner, we'll have access to valuable discussions and information sharing sessions. Content alone doesn't equal learning. But, if the process of instruction and the activities of interaction are open, the entire experience of learning can be extended beyond individual courses. Last night, I presented to Alec Couros open class Social Media and Open Education. The recording is now available... George Siemens, , September 29, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Healthcare Lobbying
Interesting diagram, detailing the network structure of health care reform in the US. As Krebs states: "Health Care Reform continues to limp along in our nation's Capital. There are many voices and many opinions. Which ones will win out? The citizens may not be heard. The politicians working on the problem are embedded in a network of lobbyists who have as their clients various health care and insurance firms."
Valdis Krebs, , September 29, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Social Network Basics
The pdf file linked above provides a "one slide" overview of social networks and roles played by individuals within networks. It's about as compact an introduction to social networks as you're likely to encounter. Caroline Haythornthwaite, , September 29, 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 – new headings?
We are studying groups and networks and I am wondering why just  these concepts. Stephen’s image shows that groups are bad and networks are good and up-to-date.  I can follow the purpose and understand the differences, but I totally disagree with using group in this connection. I am searching  new headings for the description: Institution  versus [...] September 30, 2009

Daily Bookmarks 09/29/2009
Plain_Gillian – Reflections on Learning: How Connectivism and Constructivism Differ More ideas on how connectivism & constructivism differ, looking at the role of personal perception in constructivism versus the role of the network in providing dynamic feedback in connectivism tags: connectivism, constructivism, CCK09 The Power of Educational Technology: 9 Common Principles for 21st Century Schools Principles for 21st century [...] September 30, 2009

Social (and learning?) evolution in terms of TIMN
Found David Ronfeldt's blog via Spinuzzi's blog posting on one of his RAND papers.
"According to my review of history and theory, four forms of organization — and evidently only four — lie behind the governance and evolution of all societies across the ages:" Overview of social evolution (past, present, and future) in TIMN terms

TIMN stands for: Tribal, Institutional, Market and Network.

This is a compelling way to look at the evolution of society and wonder if it can be applied to medical teaching and learning too.

Tribal - apprentice and mentor within a particular practice

Institutional - traditional university / college teaching

Market - the open market for CME/CPD and courses

Network - courses such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes at Cardiff perhaps, Wenger's communities of practice living in digital habitats, CCK09 of course ...

My only anxiety is that evolution suggests a one-way and one correct way for a society to evolve. Working in a network with social equity, justice, information overload and rewarding connections but I'm sure there are times when the other forms of organistion would work better. September 30, 2009

Reflections on CCK09 week 2 - networks
Had an interesting week looking at network properties as part of Week 2 of CCK09.

Building my own network (nature vs. nuture)

Read Imreli Aro's introduction of herself to the course and in particular her 10 rules of becoming a social mediator. Asking questions seems such an obvious way to start networking and I've found it particularly useful during this week. Have built contacts and even met one for lunch who introduced me to a new restaurant on our campus (thanks Anne-Marie)! There are a number of health professionals on CCK09 and hope to connect with them some more.

I wonder what the balance should be between actively seeking to make a network and allowing a network to develop by serendipity. Which is the more effective in terms of time and effort, efficacy of learning, complexity of knowledge etc.? It must be a balance but remembering the qualities of others in your network is something I find quite a challenge especially when the initial contacts are very brief. In 'the real world' it would take several meetings to build up a rapport and this connectivism network building feels a little like ruthless speed-dating at times. I think time and discovered shared interests will be the best means for me.

Have initiated a lot of networking outside the CCK09 course as well and will build on my role as 'broker' between different networks and communities. Found the facebook tool to map my own personal network of friends very interesting. It allowed me to visualise hubs (my sister) and brokers (a friend who introduced us to a charity we are now involved with) in my own personal network.

An interesting point has appeared when looking at the discussions of two people in my network both doctors talking about patients who read medical information on the internet and form fantastic disease-specific communities such as 'survive the journey' for Cushing's disease. You would think that doctors would be useful people in those online communities but they are not. The strength of the connections between the members of the community is much stronger than that of any doctor with the community.

Network complexity / analysis

I had read about scale-free networks previously but this week has allowed me to bring several of my own nerdy interests together. Fractals, Mandelbrot's (mis)behaviour of markets that suggests the complexity of market forces could be explained by its 'scale-free' nature, how the brain works, small-group teaching techniques, and specialist communities. This has been connection making at a conceptual level and has allowed me to look at learning with a different perspective. most interesting. Whether this is 'connectivism' or just being inspired by reading other people's opinions and challenges is the big question ... for my CCK09 thoughts. Added a lot about network properties and Downe's design principles to my concept map of connectivism.

Reading Barabasi's Scale-Free Networks: A Decade and Beyond raised a question about how common scale-free networks are. Scale-free networks are a feature of many but not all networks in nature. In particular we do not know if the central nervous system does behave like this as we have no map of its connexions (the connectome) or any way of generating an accurate model. I wrote about it in response to a thread called 'the connection' started by Ken Anderson where I said,

"The key part of this which I am not clear on is how can we be certain that network properties that exist in one system can be extrapolated to another. Not all networks are best explained by a power law for example. How can our understanding of complex networks (WWW, society, models of scale-free networks on a computer or in a maths expression) help us explain the characteristics of networks which we don't understand very well - like the CNS for example. Likewise, in the other direction, how can our insight into human cognitive processes be extrapolated to explain the dynamics of personal learning networks.

Hmm. Best leave it there with a big question mark and hope someone else pitches in to dig me out of my hole. ?"
September 30, 2009


any connectivism people in and around Brussels interested in meeting in the physical world? and having a physical drink? #CCK09

RT @jackiegerstein A Spezify for Connectivism #CCK09 (thx for the idea @jenwagner )

More people sharing more resources in new ways is the history of civilisation RT @leighblackall @durablegraphics #cck09

A Spezify for Connectivism #CCK09 (thx for the idea @jenwagner )

@monk51295 glad to hear you are following #CCK09 -enjoy the session! Should talk about it sometime...

Now, presentation on the topic of What is Connectivism? to EC & I 831 and CCK09,

Now, presentation on the topic of What is Connectivism? to EC & I 831 and CCK09,

#cck09 'scientists may have a devised useful new tool for studying neurological growth and healing in humans.'

The origin of the terms PLN and PLE #cck09

Going offline to reflect about the quality control thread Love that #CCK09 make me reconsider my standard views- thanks!

@luzpearson Perhaps writing about research (blogging, forums, summarizing, analyzing) is the practice? Not sure. #cck09

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