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November 2, 2009

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Week 8: Openness and Transparency
In order for connections to form, openness is important.

But how open? Is there such a thing as too open?

Should all content and materials be freely available? What value does a university gain from keeping research "closed"? What about teaching? Should that be open as well?

Transparency is related to openness. Openness is most often related to content. Transparency, in contrast, involves making our learning explicit through forums, blogs, presentations, podcasts, and videos. Throughout this course, I've made the statement that "when you are transparent in your learning, you are teaching others". Most people, however, are uncomfortable taking the risk of posting half-baked ideas publicly. Trust and personal sense of security is important for learners. Learning is an act of vulnerability. Given the somewhat intense flame-wars that arise online or the rude level of discourse (have a look at the comments of any popular YouTube video) in forums, feelings of vulnerability trump participation.

This week:

1. This week is an opportunity for you to reflect on what openness means to you, what benefits you get from being open, and concerns with transparent learning (as well as how you expect to overcome those concerns).
2. View videos/presentations by Alan Levine on Amazing Stories of Openness.

2. Share your own story of openness - post to Blip/Youtube, create a podcast, or a blog post. Be sure to tag CCK09.

3. Attend live session - this Thurs at 6 pm CST (time zone conversion) here in elluminate.

4. And, of course, stop by the moodle discussion forum for week 8, post your comments on your blog, etc. , , November 2, 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

Personal Learning Environment/Network
As somewhat of a lurker in the Connectivism 2009 class facilitated by Stephen Downes and George Siemens I have been squeezing in viewing the Elluminate archived sessions when I can. I have to say I am grateful to George and Stephen for their work on this course, it has been fascinating. I am also grateful for the opportunity to be introduced to and begin to define my personal learning network/environment (PLN) and ponder the resources I have in my PLN.

Before I launch into all the different nodes on my Personal Learning Network or Environment (PLN/E) it seems to me that defining what these terms mean is in order. According to my current favorite resource, Wikipedia, a personal learning environment is a system that helps learners take control of and manage their own learning. This includes providing support for learners set their own learning goals, manage their learning; managing both content and process and communicate with others in the process of learning and thereby achieve learning goals. A PLE may be composed of one or more subsystems: As such it may be a desktop application, or composed of one or more web-based services."

At the foundation of my PLE/N are the Google Alerts I have set. Google Alerts basically harvest new stories, blogs, and other resources on the web for information on topics that I have set. I receive this information back, on a daily basis, in an email. There are directly links to the website, however more importantly each item is listed with a line or two of text the is just enough for me to determine if I want to continue reading the article or not. I usually read these on a daily basis..if I let too much time elapse I can too far behind. These alerts go in to my Gmail account where they are automatically sorted in to folders for me to review. I also use Google Reader, however I continue to see as kind of "clunky," perhaps with time and use I will change my perception, but for now it is something I look at about once a week. The essential benefit of Google reader to me is to be able to set feeds for blogs, websites and individuals I like to follow online.

Another primary tool of my PLN/E Twitter. I use Twitter for many things, to identify people to follow who will provide me with those specific resources that are related to my particular interests. In addition to that I also use Twitter to present my own blogs, those of others and articles related to my area of interest for feedback and comments from the followers I have attracted over the last several months. Someone once mentioned it is not so much about who is following you but who you are following..and I truly agree with that, there are certain people I either search for to see what they are tweeting or those I quickly identify in the tweet stream, who consistently have good links. I also look for Delicious, which are automated tweets based upon bookmarks put into the social bookmarking system and I get alerts from Tweet me news.

I also use Evernote. Evernote captures all those Tweets I want to use as future resources when I put @myen at the end of my tweet. Evernote captures websites, images, and documents or reports that I want to use for future referral. I can tag and sort all of this by projects. The real bonus of all of this for me is that I can access these resources from any PC.

I also have Livescribe Pen. I have found it essential that I take handwritten notes on somethings as I plan out what I am going to write, sometimes to even get motivated on what I am going to write for a blog, for work or just as reminders. On occasion I find that these handwritten notes are just what I need to overcome writer's block. I have never been a journal keeper but the use of the Livescribe Pulse Pen has given me the means to do that. What I like about the pen and notebooks is that my notes are up-loadable to the web and search-able. The only drawback I have found is that my handwriting is bad enough that the translation of the written notes to word processing has not been particularly successful. I also blog and love to blog..obviously. I maintain two other blog sites in addition to this one, and Steve Hargadon noted that he uses Google Docs as part of his PLN in a discussion with HOward Rheingold and I now use Google Docs almost exclusively having purchased a new PC and not following my usual pattern of purchase MS Office for this computer.

I have also used Twine, since starting to look at and use Evernote I have kind of drifted away from Twine, but I hope to take another look at it again. I think this is kind of an example of the problem with their being too many tools...sometimes you can lose focus on a certain Web 2.0 tool before fully evaluating it. I do think Twine is wonderful and has great potential. I understand that revisions are being made to Twine and an upgrade will be made available around the first part of 2010 if not earlier.

I am also in Second Life®, I have benefited a great deal from a variety of professional development activities in Second Life.® These range Metanomics, to Gronstedt's Train for Success, Pathfinder LInden's office hours, and events held by VIO Business,to evening events. I also have spent a great deal of time touring Second Life's® education sites, and chatting with others who share my interests. There are many things which illustrate the potential of Second Life for professional development to tour, historic sites such as Caledon, events like Burning Life, educational conferences and events as well. I am also a member of the Second Life Educators list serve and it seems that there is a continuous stream of thoughts, questions and observations on education in Second Life® from that list serve.

Two WEB 2.0 tools I think I have neglected are Facebook and Linked In. I need to work these sites that I have established to present a more "polished" image to those who view these pages. I view my Facebook page as more personal, for family and friends, however the groups that available for professional development via Facebook seem to be overshadowing that use of Facebook and I am seeing that there is a great deal of overlap. The connections that i have made via Second Life over lap a great deal, not just on Twitter but Linked In as well. Many of my Second Life connections are also my Linked In connections.

I have several connections beyond the virtual in my real life. These extend beyond conferences that I attend in person! I am a member of several national organizations and serve them in one capacity or another as well. These include Merlot and WCET. I find that I can access the people from these organizations with questions regarding the work that I do as it relates to their organizations.

When I remember I try to catch Steve Hargadon's Elluminate sessions through, these are in the evenings and if I don't catch them "live" I can listen to the podcast later. I subscribe to a variety of podcasts. It's not possible to catch them all but I do what I can!

Last but not least, I have blogged about this before, is my participation in John Jamison's Imagilearning SLemester class. I have enjoyed this opportunity very much and looked forward to an ongoing relationship as an alum of the program which focuses on virtual worlds for education and training. John always has a recommendation for another good book to read!

There is also the interesting work of Micheal Trout and the connections that I have made by working with him on eSingularity.

Other resources (and these are sporadic) include Ted Talks, Fora TV and You Tube, I have to confess I am not a huge user of these, my use of these define as sporadic at best. For the last several months I have spent a great deal of time exploring Second Life® almost exclusively.

There are some tools I have "on the back burner" so to speak that I intend to pick up and use more diligently. These include Zotero, Mixbook, Ning, and FolkSemantic. November 2, 2009

A learning theory?
The first thing I noticed after spending some time in this course is Connectivism is described in a bunch of different ways depending on who you read. With just a few weeks working on this it has not been possible to obtain sufficient experience with the various learning theories to decide for myself if this is a new learning theory, an extension of an existing theory or a restatement of parts of November 2, 2009

Personal Learning Networks without drama
Well, I’m having difficulties keeping up with the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge Course (CCK09), but happily there is a a stream of postings about this course. I like Mark Woolley’s presentation about Personal Learning Networks (PLN). It de-dramatizes the whole notion: Powerful Personal Learning Networks PLN View more documents from Mark Woolley. I particularly liked the Diigo part [...] November 2, 2009

A shared thread of time will be more crucial than shared space (Stowe Boyd)
So what is the most important? Sharing online space or sharing time online? It’s one of the fascinating issues raised in this short video featuring Stowe Boyd on the 140 characters conference: Some talking points: The primacy of the individuals instead of the group in networks such as Twitter. The dominant metaphor will be the village market place  instead [...] November 2, 2009

CCK09 Reflections – Power & Authority – Week 7
Tonight I listened to a Connectivism and Connective Knowledge Course’s (CCK09) audio recording of an Elluminate discussion on the nature of Power and Authority in complex networked systems. This re-orientated me to the notion of distributed and decentralized systems of knowledge, power and authority in view of the fact I’ve recently been thinking about existing [...] November 2, 2009

Updating myself on CCK09
Have been busy with other things lately and have not really been following the CCK09 course. It does seem generally a little quieter and that might reflect a "burn out" of some of the early enthusiasm.

Managed to catch up with the reading over the last few days and updated my concept map.

I am feeling far more satisfied with the rigour of debate that this learning theory has undergone but it is ironic (and intentional) that it is itself distributed and emergent.

There are works by Siemens and Downes that link to a lot of related theory but they are stored in many places in different forms: articles, videos, teleconference sessions, photos of whiteboards etc. The debate emerges through CCK08, CCK09 and other related networks and it is certainly impossible for any individual to find it all and know it all. November 2, 2009

Discussion Forum

Re: Power to the People
by A One.  

The network distributes power.

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Re: Power to the People
by A One.  

The Network captures communication.

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Re: Power to the People
by A One.  

Knowledge is networked

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Re: Power to the People
by A One.  

Networks are complex

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Re: Power to the People
by A One.  

One is emergent

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Atkinson series (Toronto Star)
by Ken Anderson.  

My local paper is running a series on learning, brains, neuroscience.  First couple of articles are interesting:

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Power and Authority in Education
by Geoff Downie.  

Here is a very interesting link that addresses the issue of power and authority in education, which addresses leadership issues related to the design of an adaptive education system. If you like what you read, you might want to check out the Presencing Institute ning site. They are affiliated with the Society for Organizational Learning at MIT

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Big brother..
by Valerie Taylor.  

How do you feel about this? Would you use this feature? Under what circumstances?

I'm conflicted. I would like to think that is is a very cool tool and it would be great to use. But it sort of creeps me out when I think about the trail of electronic bread crumbs that it leaves behind for "someone" to follow, probably without me knowing or why they would want to.


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Great example?
by Valerie Taylor.  

Good questions.

As I understand it, H1N1 is a topic within my network as well as in yours and in millions of others. We have probably connected to some of the same sources of information and some different ones. The two cases you give - "I don't know what to believe" or "I don't have enough information" are statements of fact - for their situation at that time. Maybe they don't care to learn enough to resolve the issue. Having access to more information won't necessarily help make a decision.

This does bring up the control and authority discussion, though. Many people wait until some authority solves their information overload and tells them what they want to hear. Is that learning? Is that connectivism?


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poor choice of font
by Valerie Taylor.  

This font doesn't show up very well on my screen.

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(These should be fresh. Still working on improving the Twitter display.) Just posted some reflections on last #CCK09 Elluminate

Updated my blog Personal Learning Environment #cck09 Connectivism ( )

@daveowhite We hope we could have a lot of sharing Nov 4 Wed 20:00 to 21:30 GMT Elluminate Session on Visitors and Residents #CCK09 See you

Teachers whose smiles remain #CCK09

My CCK09 PLE - Connectivism & Connective Knowledge 2009 and PLE -

I must be crazy, given how busy I am, but I just signed up for a course in Connectivism taught by the estimable #George_Siemens. #CCK09

starts to read #CCK09 blog posts and discussions. I am three weeks behind the schedule (sigh).

Reading Dutton's Fifth Estate. The internet as a (central) space. #CCK09

Updating myself on CCK09: Have been busy with other things lately and have not really been following the CCK09 ..

@doctorblogs 'subsumption' as in @gsiemens statement 'a collective is the subsumption of self' #CCK09

Nov 4 Wed 20:00 - 21:30 GMT Ellum CCK09 & all interested in connectivism invited to #CCK09

@dean_jenkins thanks.. when identity of self gets subsumed into a group. [Hard going presentation! #CCK09 ]

Your ideal learning (a) social/learning networks (b) self reflection (ind. learn) (c) PLN/PLE, (d)= (a) (b) (c), (e) formal education #CCK09

Properties groups/networks tensions arise. Would trust & understanding important? #CCK09

@dean_jenkins Group & network different properties, do not compare well- tensions. Reality at work: work as a group, a team EXPECTED! #CCK09

RT @gsiemens In about 8 minutes, #CCK09 here: Topic: Power and Authority in networks

All welcome! RT @gsiemens: In about 8 minutes, #CCK09 here: Topic: Power and Authority in networks

RT @francesbell: All welcome! RT @gsiemens: In about 8 minutes, #CCK09 here: Topic: Power and Authority in networks

rt @gsiemens Now: #CCK09 here: Topic: Power and Authority in networks

Have joined live discussion for CCK09: Power and Authority in Networked Learning

so do none of my techy friends know what i should download to be able to open .jnlp files in window7? missing #cck09 :(

Missed part of #cck09... will need to be of a catch on the weekend.

@amcunningham Oh no. Sorry to hear. I'm a Mac user - so I'm staying far away from Windows 7. Good luck returning to the good side for #cck09

Reading a write up on open spaces via @NicolaAvery in CCK09 Moodle Thanks!

Recording from today's CCK09 discussion

CCK09 Open and closed systems thinking and Complex Adaptive System ...: In open systems thinking there is the l..

CCK09 Open and closed systems thinking and Complex Adaptive System ...: In open systems thinking there is the l..

New post on CAS #CCK09

@gsiemens Thanks George and Stephen Enjoyable session for me. Not to anthropomorphize networks.Great advice.. #CCK09

Interesting concept for me on anthropomorphize #CCK09

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

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