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October 29, 2009

Elluminate Session: Live session Reminder

We are meeting on Thursday, October 29 in Elluminate at 6 pm CST (time zone conversion). Topic: power and authority - the topic addressed in readings this week.

Highlighted Resources

Symphony of Science - 'We Are All Connected'

We are all connected... The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together. "'We Are All Connected' was made from sampling Carl Sagan's Cosmos, The History Channel's Universe series, Richard Feynman's 1983 interviews, Neil deGrasse Tyson's cosmic sermon, and Bill Nye's Eyes of Nye Series, plus added visuals from The Elegant Universe (NOVA), Stephen Hawking's Universe, Cosmos, the Powers of 10, and more. It is a tribute to great minds of science, intended to spread scientific knowledge and philosophy through the medium of music." melodysheep, YouTube, October 29, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

LaaN vs. Social Constructivism
According to Chatti, "learning as a Network (LaaN) differs from social constructivism in four different ways:
- In LaaN, knowledge is a personal network rather than an object that can be constructed.
- Unlike social constructivism, which views learning as internal developmental processes that result in mental development (i.e. intrinsic), LaaN views learning as both intrinsic and extrinsic
- Vygotsky's social constructivism has centered on the role adults play in fostering children's development... however, nowadays, the lines became blurred between the expert and novice roles.
- Unlike a ZPD which is characterized by a rigid, restrictive, and unidirectional development (i.e. training the novices within the ZPD towards a level of potential development), a knowledge ecology is open, multidirectional, and without an end point of development."
From where I sit, that's a pretty good summary. Mohamed Amine Chatti, Technology Enhanced Learning, October 29, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Connectivism and H1N1
In a current topic, Brenda addresses H1N1 as a complex evolving concern. She compares the difficulty in managing information around the flu with her experience as a learner in CCK09. This is an important observation. Society is facing complex interconnected problems (over population, epidemics, global warming) that cannot be understood in the same way that most education models work today. SARS provided a similar condition of complex connected information. Progress was made through labs from around the world adopting a networked model o sharing research information. Brenda Rosenthal, , October 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

Discussion Forum

Re: Power to the People
by Leila Nachawati.  

Thanks, Ken. Like you said, I was reducing the article to just one of the tendencies reviewed: the one that focuses on democratization vs. control. But what William H. Dutton presents more deeply (and aligns himself with) is the tendency to view the Internet as a "network of networks", which empowers both individuals and institutions alike. I guess that´s a more inclusive approach.

October 29, 2009

Re: Power to the People
by Norman Constantine.  

Power on the internet comes from the individual. As long as no one can kick you out of the network (the death penalty if you would) or restrict your access (prison) then no one really has more more power over anyone else than anyone else. I do not believe for instance that Stephen or George have any more power about what goes on here than I do unless I am content to let them set the agenda as they do. I can do Moodle as I am sure hundreds of other people can here, so even if they took their "ball" and went home someone would fulfill their functions in due time. A network is a starfish not a spider!

October 29, 2009

Re: Power to the People
by ailsa haxell.  

A great prompt Asako. Thanks for reintroducing me to Mejias's work, I had forgotten about this. Do you think the nodal centric nature of networks makes the issues of power different to that that occurs or occurred in other communities?
Maybe it's easier to skip the people inbetween that are 'not of interest' when the pipelines (internet) take one directly from here to there.
Mejias describes this fear/possibility saying:
what I am trying to say is that to the extent that the network is composed of nodes and connections between nodes, it discriminates against the space between the nodes, it turns this space into a black box, a blind spot. In other words, networks promote nodocentrism. In this reconfiguration of distance, new ‘nears’ become available, but the ‘far’ becomes the space between nodes. To ignore this dark matter is to ignore the very stuff on which the network is suspended, much like the fish ignoring the water around it.

Pros and cons ...
Clay Shirky in Here comes everybody talks of the change in how communities form, in that its no longer dependent on finding people with similar interest, but that the similar interest can find the people.
So some people can now get the support or friendship or extended knowledge and discussions they need/crave.
Such ability can be for good or bad, the means itself knows no ethic.

Mejias is arguing for an ethic to be developed. He points out the nodal centric nature of an internet based network comes with predetermined bias. If you are not connected up you dont 'count'. You are invisible to others...
I am reminded of a writer Loewy, E. H. (1997) who wrote Moral strangers, moral acquaintances, and moral friends. He describes a need to be wider in our interests for “Without imagination unidentified lives and situations will not become real to us and without becoming real, such lives are unlikely to engage our compassion.”
The possibilities of networking learning makes it possible to explore, but can also make it possible to avoid.
Seems to me that this is the teaching role in connectivism as a learning theory, to invoke critical imagination. To consider the pros and cons of fostering narrow points of interest or of intersections and to consider whats inbetween.

October 29, 2009

What are your authorities in a network?
by Sui Fai John Mak.  

As an educator, what are your authorities in a network?

As a learner, what are your authorities in a network?

How has technology influenced your authority in networked teaching or learning?

This Honour Authority tells an interesting story.  Do you agree on honouring authority in social/learning networks?  What are your reasons for agreement/disagreement?

October 29, 2009

Re: Power to the People
by Sui Fai John Mak.  

Are we all power seeking "animals"? Even those who claim powerlessness in social networks or prisoners are seeking power.  Does it mean that we lose power if we don't seize them?  Or we are letting others to control us using their power? How about the ethical use of power?  What sort of ethical behaviour or intervention would lead to power in networked learning? 

Refer to this Power of Social Networking and Social Media Revolution

October 29, 2009

The power of Google
by Dolores Capdet.  

Google launched the beta version of its new Social Search service, a tool that allows tracking Internet developments and contributions of our contacts on social networks or blogs, using Google Profile.

The user, who must be registered with Google, you can select which messages are available for search.

Source: googleblog

October 29, 2009


(These should be fresh. Still working on improving the Twitter display.) Decided to give a presentation on PLE's & web2.0. on the next ICT-praktijkdag (Belgium). #cck09

How do you get YouTube videos w good training mat'l into organizations where #YouTube isn't allowed? #eci831 #CCK09 #KnowledgeManagement

9 Things I’ve Learned About Social Media-Connect to existing passion, don’t just make stuff up.#Cck09

Ops, my mistake.. It didn't actually move.. Still here, great to catch up with cck09

The quiet moment - where tsunami is gathering momentum in twitters, forums & blogs on authority & power - individual voices trumping #CCK09

Does action speaks louder than words in the use of technology and social networking - ref to authority and power #CCK09?

@CathyLAnderson: negotiate what is taught, and assesss the complexity separtately. #cck09

Putting together the "Weekly" I send out to two communities of Massachusetts educators I am teaching this fall. #i3cs21 #eci831 #cck09

What's the most compelling reason for telling one's story that you can think of (esp as it applies to #KnowledgeManagement ) #eci831 #CCK09

Listening to Will Richardson on how to help students navigate, learn & interact through Personal Learning Networks #cck09

Open social source engine to create social applications or build and run a site #cck09

Loving Lucy Gray´s conference, it´s very practice-oriented. Thanks to #cck09

I just saved the Global Education Collaborative #CCK09

I just joined Classroom 2.0, I´m having a great impression #CCK09

CR 2.0 Forum: Introductions: Hi everyone, I´m happy to be here. I´m taking the CCK09 Course and ..

@dblancquaert I tried to add you to the google wavebut not valid! can´t it be? #cck09

@luzpearson you can try Thanks. #CCK09

RT @timbuckteeth: van Harmelen: #heapsc #yam, dat je weet over wie we het hebben, had "les" van hem in #cck09

Session on Networked learning #CCK09

Glad to have found the #cck09 wave. Lets put something together.

@mpaskevi could you please add me to #CCK09 wave. I cannot find it. joxerfan at gmail dot com. Thanks.

I haven't been able to attend many of the sessions but have listened to most of them online #cck09

#cck09 if connective knowledge is a more enriching way of learning and engaging why do students still request to be passive receivers?

@luzpearson Started a wave and added you. If there is another please add me to it. #cck09

I like PLEs RT @luzpearson Lets write a "collaborative micro-paper on twitter" for #CCK09 --> WHAT YOU LIKE MOST OF CONNECTIVISM?

@siavogel could you add legrandroland(ad)googlewave(dot)com too please? #CCK09

MixedRealities :: Half-time round-up of CCK09: a course mediating ...

@CathyLAnderson YES I´m thinking about passive receivers too: #cck09

what more than 10,000 main streets learn us about the crisis of representation #CCK09

#CCK09 --> WHAT YOU LIKE OF CONNECTIVISM? I like there is no outside control on learning: is a personal discovering process (with others)

@CathyLAnderson Interesting your thoughts on innovation #cck09

@leilanachawati In 04 I worked with iEARN with 9 years old kids. I had forgotten about that, was excellent! It was connectivism! #cck09

@luzpearson #CCK09 WHAT YOU LIKE OF CONNECTIVISM? It helps us understanding macro issues while enhancing personal learning capabilities

:) sounds good RT @luzpearson @leilanachawati In 04 I worked with iEARN with 9 years old kids, it was excellent! It was connectivism! #cck09

Finished my first paper on connectivism #CCK09

Lot's of people in the house; no feeds, no tweets; bit google w, I do like it in spite of the bugs and problems. More #cck09 wavers on Twitt

Open academia involves use of open access, open formats, free software, open licenses, & open management #cck09 #yam

Yes! RT @4KM: A topic we should discuss more: #complexity in relation to learning (& leadership). @gsiemens says it's a current topic CCK09

Loitering in CCK09

Meeting here for #CCK09 "Learning is about embracing vulnerability". @gsiemens Nice.... (via @anitsirk )

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