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October 14, 2009

Day 2: Personal Learning Environments/Networks Conference

The PLE/N conference continues today with presentations by Graham Attwell and Josie Fraser. More information about both speakers can be found on the speaker's resource page.

Highlighted Resources

Constructivism vs. Connectivism
Another post from a parallel course on learning theory (I'm not sure if profs are aware of the value they provide to the larger community when they ask their students to blog publicly. I'm not sure which course is being referenced, but I'm enjoying the discussion generated by this group of learners). In this instance, the writer grapples with the distinctions between constructivism/connectivism and highlights an article I posted about three years ago and related comments by Stephen. The distinction between connectivism and constructivism needs greater attention. For now, I'm somewhat content to say that since the time of the original blog post, the connection-view of learning and knowledge has grown more relevant, partly due to the growth of social/network media...and largely due to the recognition of the learning value of transparent/open learning. When the flow of learning is captured as nodes (each blog post, tweet, youtube, CMAP is essentially an artifact/node that can be connected, or that can lead to a connection to the author), connections move to the fore. After all, in a pre-digitla era, much of learning - the conversations, for example - vaporized after the event. Podcasts, videos, debates, etc. leave a learning trail. Deborah, , October 14, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

PLE/N Moodle discussion forum
Discussion around PLE/N's can, of course, occur in any forum that you find most amenable. Just remember to tag your posts with CCK09. For those that prefer to participate in Moodle, a forum has been set up to support discussions stemming from presentations (of just general questions/comments on PLE/N). , , October 14, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Recordings: PLE/N Conference
Great start to the PLE/N conference. Sharon Peters and John Thole kicked off with a discussion about mobile learning in Africa...and general constraints around educational technology. [Elluminate][MP3] Lucie Gray followed up with a discussion of how social media can be used for personalized professional development. The conference continues for the balance of the week... [Elluminate][MP3] , , October 14, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

PLE Workshop 2006
A large number of personal learning environment (PLE) position papers, posted on the web, indexed using Scott Wilson,, October 13, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

PLE Classification and Market Segmentation
Useful summary of two articles, one (Mark van Harmelen's Sixth IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT'06) paper titled Personal Learning Environments) categorizing types of PLEs and the other (Ray Sim's my Framework for PLE in Corporations) outlining user functions for PLEs. It's interesting to note in passing how quickly the concept of the PLE has been industrialized Ray Sims, Sims Learning Connections, October 13, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Emerging Perspectives on Learning, Teaching, and Technology
An extensive listing of resources and research related to teaching and learning (technology is somewhat limited as a focus point). The author(s) have put together a helpful listing of established and emergent learning theories. Worth a quick skim... , , October 12, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Pedagogy of Fun
This link has received significant attention. I like the classification Ed Webb provides: instead of theory of fun, pedagogy of fun. Fun has a way of making learning effortless, enjoyable, and rather peripheral to being engaged. Sounds a bit like Csikszentmihalyi's theory of flow. , , October 12, 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

Learning theory or something else?
One of the questions asked in our assigment is - is connectivisim a new theory of learning? The thing that is bugging me about this is it seems to be a learning theory for a very specific group of people - learners who have developed to the point where a connected network is possible for them. Then it seems like an extension of the previous theories - a point to get to.Questions still floating October 14, 2009

CCK09 Networked Learning
Networked learning 1 This is my draft on Networked learning.  Still thinking…. October 13, 2009

CCK09 New ways of thinking
Enjoy this. We all think differently even when presented with the same picture, same pattern, do we? I am not a psychologist, and I know nothing about it.. May be that’s why connectivism could be perceived and interpreted differently by each of us, especially when it comes to connective knowledge, it is emergence upon interaction, and these relate to complex [...] October 13, 2009

CCK09 Neuroscience of emotions
Enjoy October 13, 2009

CCK09 Relationship of brain to groups and networks
Here is an extract from Downes’ post, it reads “I have been thinking today about the distinction between groups and networks. Groups require unity, networks require diversity. Groups require coherence, networks require autonomy. Groups require privacy or segregation, networks require openness. Groups require focus of voice, networks require interaction. The group I am with right [...] October 13, 2009

This week in CCK09 is the PLE conference. As preparation this afternoon I reviewed the pre-event readings including Learning or Management Systems? by George Siemens .So, now I am thinking about the reasons why I selected Moodle for a project. Next friday I am facilitating a session with teachers to introduce them to Moodle and how they can use it. At only 90 min it is just barely an October 13, 2009

Personal Learning Environments & Personal Learning Networks
CCK09 – Connectivism & Connective Knowledge e-Learning: George Siemens and Stephen Downes are facilitating a symposium on Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) and Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) between 13th-16th October, 2009. Refer to URL: []. I really like this idea of the learner organising the technologies they use and their own learning! Sounds great. October 13, 2009

CCK09: The social dimension within connectivism
Miz Minh referred me to the book To think: in language, learning, and education (1), and as I was reading point #9 (on page 157), I saw a connection between what some would say as learning styles not existing to the present course on connectivism and connected knowledge, CCK09.  I would rephrase Smith's (1991) denial of "thinking in words" as follows:

The connections we form produce the visual images we perceive, or allow us to hear others in our "mind's ear".  So instead of looking at a "visual learner" as having a particular networked pattern in the brain, an educator, for example, would attempt to create an experience that allowed the learner to pursue the most salient cognitive, metacognitive, and social connections necessary, recognizing that each learner enters this same experience through a variety of "preferences and propensities" (Smith, 1991, 157).  

Reflecting on how I achieved this notion (granted, not all that profound), I recognize a variety of connective principles at play.  My own personal learning network - PLN - (Downes likes PLE) provided me with the connections necessary to reach this idea (i.e., a connection in itself).  There is a social element here which brought me in contact, to a degree, with Miz Minh, Smith, Willingham, and Downes.  Socially, I would say that I have more of a connection with Downes simply having participated in CCK08/09, even though I have not personally met any of these individuals. However, cognitively, the information that each of these individuals provides me takes on a different form.

Miz Minh afforded me the means for making cognitive connections between Smith, Willingham, and Downes that is distinct from the social connections previously mentioned.  Thus, I can have a stronger social connection with Downes - by taking the CCK08/09 courses - but might have a stronger cognitive connection with Willingham if I agree with his ideas over the other individuals mentioned here, for example.

Inge de Waard asks the question, Do you think Connectivism...should actively take part in society?

I think society provides the basis for making cognitive and biological connections.  It's not just about networking with people, it's what you do with the information you obtain from those people that makes the difference.  For example, I could set up a language exchange for language learners where they talk to native speakers in their respective target languages via Skype.  This alone might give the impression that this is a good social connection because they have contact with native speakers.  But this is just an affordance.  The potential is there for them to learn from a native speaker (through the development of cognitive connections) but it does not mean they will automatically do so.  Perhaps, the language educator will need to guide the learners through the experience in order to facilitate their learning, that is the social and technological dimensions of this experience provide an opportunity for action on the part of the language learner to cultivate cognitive/biological connections based on individual "preferences and propensities" (Smith, 1991, 157).

The social and technological dimensions of connectivism provide the affordances necessary to develop the cognitive and biological connections required for continued growth. October 13, 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

@ChristyATucker yes!Research is to write, read and talk to others about the topic (practice), and all that is studying #cck09

Half an Hour: Facts versus skills. Comments from Stephen Downes, linked to from CCK09

inspired by these massively open courses - #cck09 and #eci831 - but they over-rely on synchronous sessions and do not offer podcasts

Enjoyed George Siemen's presentation for #cck09 today - highlights for me were comments about army, govt, and views on lurking .

RT @gminks social network basics from @downes #CCK09 daily

Kevin: Got to have both, surely? RT @nelliemuller CCK09 Although I am relationship oriented, losing interest in o/l programs not task based

CCK09 Although I am relationship oriented, I am losing interest in online learning programs that are not task based.

CCK09 Although I am relationship oriented, I am losing interest in online learning programs that are not task oriented.

4 forms of evolution of societies (via @downes #CCK09 daily)

social network basics from @downes #CCK09 daily

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

RT @mollybob: RT @luzpearson regarding open education and money - suggestion - sell services rather than content #cck09

RT @luzpearson regarding open education and money - suggestion - sell services rather than content #cck09

CCK09 – Do We Need The Daily Newsletter? « Online Sapiens: No problem in a world of network plasticity (aka neu..

Post, CCK09 – Do We Need The Daily Newsletter?,

Post, CCK09 – Do We Need The Daily Newsletter?,

@CCK09 How did you experience the instructors' musings in the live online meet:

CCK09: How did you experience the instructors' musings in the live online meet:

an "open" approach is connectivist - but a connectivist approach isn't necessarily "open"? #cck09

Cooksey (2005). I walk the open road: Toward an open source philosophy. Masters thesis. #openness #cck09 #yam Connectivism & Connective Knowledge » Week 1, CCK09 <- elearning links

@andreasauwaerte agree - l am looking at Activity Theory and Actor Network Theory but recog appeal of connectivism to practitioners #CCK09

@francesbell BTW i think there is an urgent urgent need to build a broader theoretical base to avoid normativity discussion. #cck09

RT @francesbell: @daveowhite RT @gsiemens: Recording from #CCK09 discussion today:

@gsiemens I had not read your post about your choice for an other job; can understand!! wish you all good. so soon 1 nov! #cck09 goes on?

@daveowhite RT @gsiemens: Recording from #CCK09 discussion today:

CCK09 - Today I’ve started participating on an online course called “CCK09” (Connectivism and Connective...

Howdy From Texas: by Gus Goncalves.  I ran across CCK09 by chance. It was a link from a presentation by Ma..

@jackiegerstein thanks for pointing others to Only Connect. What is #cck09?

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