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October 20, 2009

Week 6: Complex Adaptive Systems

Week 6 readings have now been posted. Live session will be held Thurs at 2 pm CST. Link and time zone conversion can be found by following the link.

Complex adaptive systems (CAS) are a significant shift in thinking. Instead of seeing the world as a mechanistic structure that produces set outcomes, CAS states that multiple interacting elements respond continually to feedback from each other and the environment. As such, it is difficult to predict outcomes. This limitation suggests that since outcomes are not always knowable, our attention is best served when directed at the elements interacting and the nature of their interactions.

Highlighted Resources

Contributing to the Network
Setting goals and planning learning activities is important. Learning about a specific subject requires intention. At the start of CCK09, I noticed several participants planning how they were going to interact with course content and with others (hopefully they'll provide a follow up of how successful they were). Plain Gillian shares a mid-course strategy for getting more involved in CCK09:
1. Every day I must post at least one thing to either the Moodle forum or on someones blog
2. Each week I must post at least one blog entry
3. I should check the Twitter feeds on #CCK09 more often
4. I should post things I find regarding CCK09 on Twitter , , October 19, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Where have all the people gone?
CCK09 is quite different from CCK08, but similarities exist. For example, last week, Ailsa Haxell posed a question in Moodle: Where have all the people gone? The discussion ranged from suggestions that perhaps connectivism no longer captures a few individuals posting about reasons why they have been several posts comparing interaction patterns in CCK08 and CCK09. Interestingly, similar patterns of forum interactions exist. Is it content of the last few weeks that reduces activity? Or is it just what happens after the initial flurry of activity at the start of the course? Moodle, , October 19, 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 Is a scientific approach towards learning important?
Feynman in this video provides a unique perspective on social science.  It sounds challenging to most social scientists. I agree on the rigorous checks that are necessary on any “Theory” based on a scientific approach.  It would be useful to adopt a scientific approach in exploring the multiple forms of truths.  May be it’s important to reflect [...] October 20, 2009

the new thing
Since the start of the PLE/PLN week I have been thinking about why I selected a LMS for this years new thing instead of encouraging a more individually driven PLE/PLN (do it yourself) approach.Teachers were asking for help with writing wikis, student email, chat forums, discussion groups and a few other things. It was becomming a problem for me since everyone was using something different and I October 20, 2009

Why this system doesn't have the capability to email me when there is an unmoderated comment I don't know. There is an option to email me comments once they are moderated (which is silly because at that point I already know they exist) but no option to tell me to come look and moderate something, or if there is I havn't found it yet. I can only guess that they are assuming you will login October 20, 2009

CCK09 Educational Leadership
I found this article on Educational Leadership  interesting and challenging. A critique on Dr. Fenwick English’s book: Pros of Postmodernism Multiple Forms of Truth Logic and Intuition Modification of Temporary Understanding Ability to Exercise Choice Human Diversity and the Pursuit of  Multiple Truths Theories in themselves are not the target of postmodernism. Postmodernism opposes theory based practices… Theory based practices are those which propose one basic [...] October 19, 2009

CCK09 New creative leadership
In this New Creative Leader, 5 traits are listed. Coach your team and organization toward success. Empower people. Cultivate respect. Manage both success and failure. Show graciousness in your management.  Be humble about your successes. Here is another educational leadership with lots of tips. We could empower our learners in their learning journeys with their use of PLN/PLE.   Let every learner shines! Comments? Postscript: This A National Look at [...] October 19, 2009

CCK09 What are the impacts of technology and social media on learning?
This robot show is amazing. This Youtube In the Online Learning Environment introduces Youtube on learning Both technology and social media are so promising to both formal and informal learning (PLE/PLN). What are the impacts of technology and social media on learning? John October 19, 2009

CCK09 How can we make a difference?
Enjoy this If learning is like dancing, would it make a difference? Dance around with people all over the world, stay connected, and be engaged.  And most important of all interact with people, networks, communities and the WORLD! The spirit of connectivism in ACTION.  That’s the JOY! October 19, 2009

CCK09 This is Your Brain
This video lecture This is Your Brain talks about Dualism and Materialism. Are you just a pack of neurons? What is Dualism? What is Materialism? The mind is what the brain does. Physical objects can do certain things.  Machines can play chess. Brain does not taste good, but… Neuroscience – How the brain gives thoughts? Neurons – Basic building of thoughts Three types [...] October 19, 2009

CCK09 * PLE & PLN Conference * 13-16 Oct 2009
I particularly liked Steve Wheeler’s Presentation for the Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) and Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) Conference held between 13-16th October, 2009. It was a generous project to present this conference to online learners. I feel that Steve articulated the concepts of PLN & PLE very well. A website that I feel is also useful in [...] October 19, 2009

CCK09 Course – Reflections – Week 4 – S. Downes article
I read the article titled ‘Learning Networks and Connective Knowledge’ by Stephen Downes Oct 2006 at URL: []. Stephen’s view is that Connectivism is derived from Pragmatics. It may be noted that Professor M.A.K. Halliday devised a theory of Systemic Functional Linguistics which has been influential in classroom contexts. Consideration of Halliday’s theory of linguistics in relation to Connectivism [...] October 19, 2009


(These should be fresh. Still working on improving the Twitter display.) Very little time for #CCK09 recently. :-(

RT @BernajeanPorter:3D Interactive PLN models @ShaheraZade's Gardens in SL - more on display later this month #cck09

Read the research paper "Ideals and reality of participating in a MOOC". Thx @authors, I finally understand my own feelings now #cck09

Let's say, I just found an answer on what works for me and what doesn't in this #cck09 course. Feeling releived.

good to have a decent connection. now to try and get caught up on what i missed last week. starting with #CCK09

does anyone on #cck09 know a way of sharing on google reader ?

@NicolaAvery sharing how? To a specifc group, or to the whole world (public feed)? You can share anything to a public feed in Reader #cck09

@edwebb @dblancquaert thank you I wondered if you could somehow mark it as a public share with #cck09 haven't found mobile diigo, delicious

I might want to use personal brain to create my #cck09 concept map assignment. Don't really like cmap (

RT @csantos: RT @maresta: listen @josiefraser's CCK09 recording (available at, with @csantos @lfpedro. nice :)

A wise advice: Design learning, then seek tools @gsiemens #cck09 #autoaprenentatge_mec

RT @mariaperif RT @csantos RT @maresta: listening to @josiefraser's CCK09 recording with @csantos @lfpedro

Got a Bible verse you don't understand? Tweet or DM it to me & I'll research it & blog a sermon on it. #CCK09 #eci831 #ConnectedChurch

SAPO project, a ShaPLE:. A third way between LMS and PLE? #cck09 #autoaprenentatge_mec

CCK09 Educational Leadership « Suifaijohnmak's Weblog

My new post for CCK09 week 5. Strategies to help me become a more active participant.

Awesome! I can listen to the #CCK09 PLN talks on my long journeys back and forth from work

@siavogel not much presence in the #cck09 moodle either

#cck09 should have a text-free week - no words except maybe audio

Late update on #cck09... listening to an interesting perspective from @davecormier

@davecormier haha, I'm listening to the session that was held on the 4th week of #cck09-nice ideas shared on negotiating the understanding

An interview with Stephen Downes on OER @myen #cck09

RT @CathyLAnderson: An interview with Stephen Downes on OER @myen #cck09

RT @Downes: just about to start our next PLE-PLN Conference session with Steve Wheeler to join #CCK09

Am listening to Steve Wheeler #cck09

#cck09 no one one the back channel. Would be nice if someone would make @tombuckteeth sound bit less like a goldfish

Listening Steve Wheeler elluminate: CCK09

RT @josemota: RT @gsiemens: PLE/PLN conference next week CCK09 and call for chapters for ebook: (please share the call)

@timbuckteeth, @Downes Again - big thanks for taking the time + trouble to make the #CCK09 conference available

@jonmott Did you follow @timbuckteeth at #CCK09 via Illiminate. I enjoyed hearing these voices. Thought I'd follow - have friends in common

Will be m.i.a. from #CCK09 this evening, as my Tech. Innovations in Training & Dev class ( is 2night

OK; #cck09 sessie gedaan, opgegeven voor @teachmeetnl 4 nov; google wave invite binnen, heb feeds en tweets gezien, nu rust. Bye.

Audio podcast for @downes & @gsiemens PLE/PLN symposium #cck09

@NicolaAvery Nicola, thanks for posting about your participation in cck09 course using phone,

Thank you!! Just what I have been looking for RT @djplaner Audio podcast for @downes & @gsiemens PLE/PLN symposium #cck09

I think we should add twitter handles to the #cck09 guest speaker list...did not realize Steve Wheeler was @timbuckteeth until later :-)

does recommend to delay formal education recognise/raise value of informal Learning? #cck09

so informal learning is foundation 'formal' learning; Formal learning values Independent learning; Ind Learning includes informal Ln #cck09

RT @Downes: 10 min to start of our next PLE-PLN Conference session, this with Josie Fraser and friends - to join #CCK09

Instructional strategies tied to technology --what a concept! Hope you can come: #CCK09

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