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October 30, 2009
Personal Learning Networks
Personal learning environments and personal learning networks are similar - at least in how the terms are used by educators. This presentation by Mark Woolley reviews how educators can use a few basic tools for experiencing/creating/managing their personal learning. The learning curve for creating a PLE/N has been substantially reduced over the last several years. The technical aspects of common tools have receded into the background. I teach a course on emerging technologies, and by mid-course, learners are surprised at what they are able to create with only a few simple tools. And, every few months or so, a new tool pops up that makes the process less complicated and adds additional functionality. Mark Woolley, , October 29, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
Can a network (partly) replace the teacher?
The topic in yesterday's Networked Learning hot seat was on whether a network of learners can replace the teacher. Great points made in the discussion about the role/function of teachers in courses and the prospect that this can be addressed through sensemaking and wayfinding in networks. A point I made in the forum: "What does a teacher add to the learning process that a network of learners cannot? Guidance? Direction? Expertise? Feedback? It could be argued that a network does all of those things...and possibly better than a single educator because multi-node perspectives are included. And, when engaged in networked learning, the act/process of sensemaking in itself an outcome. Learning in ambiguous, multi-faceted, constantly changing environments is better managed by a distributed networked model, than by a single educator." , , October 29, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
Recording: Week 7
The recording from today's session on power and authority is now available (listed under week 7). I think the session went well - some interesting points on H1N1, connectivism, The Daily, comparison with CCK08, etc. , , October 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
Ailsa, I am a bit lost on the crique of nodocentrism. It's a neat analysis in the abstract, but how does it work/not work on the ground? I am interested (see previous discussions) in the 'dark side', particularly of 'interests' finding me. Tell me, what's the obverse of nodocentrism? individualism? and is that better/worse/different?
"Communities are no longer dependent on finding people with similar interest, similar interest can find the people ... [but] the means itself knows no ethic" - that's really neat, thanks. Reminds me of Blackmore's replicators, again!
Is the trick to creating a good digital niche the ability to differentiate, in practice, serependipity from surveillance? Both could be based on 'interests finding people'. The distinction is paper thin, and easily torn.
A metaphor comes to mind: antibiotics work, in many cases, by 3D 'fit' which allows them to lock onto protruberances of bacteria, and kill them. Surveillance bots presumably do the same - they lock onto 'semantic' profiles of people, and ...?October 30, 2009
Hi Roy, with some prompting questions from Sui Fai John Mak, I have taken exploring the dark spaces a bit further in my blog , ailsaOctober 30, 2009
Ok, this is not exactly related to the topic this week, but it was mentioned in the Elluminate session today and has been floating around in my head for several weeks. How can you relate connectivism to the H1N1 influenza pandemic?
I wrote a post in my blog reflecting some of my views on how I am a node in an H1N1 network, I also try to relate some of the principles of connectivism to what is happening at the moment (in the northern hemisphere at least).
Are there parts of connectivism that could help people who state "I don't know what to believe" or "I don't have enough information" (when in reality there is too much information available at the click of a mouse). Or is it inappropriate/inaccurate to think that a learning theory like connectivism could help with something like this?October 30, 2009
Instead of answering the questions I will add another one.
How does one effectively counter authority or power if it is wrong or inaccurate or misleading? Is countering authority easier or more difficult in a digital world?October 30, 2009
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