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November 18, 2009

Highlighted Resources

The Technological Dimension of a Massive Open Online Course: The Case of the CCK08 Course Tools
According to the abstract, "This paper focuses on the technological aspects of one MOOC, the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (CCK08) course, in order to investigate lifelong learners' attitudes towards learning network technologies. The research framework is represented by three perspectives: (a) lifelong learning in relation to open education, with a focus on the effective use of learning tools; (b) the more recent personal knowledge management (PKM) skills approach; and (c) the usability of web-based learning tools." Good paper, with a comprehensive summary of the CCK08 course structure. Antonio Fini, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, November 18, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Contributions

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

Re: Sensitive Mail
by roy williams.  

Ulop, sure the more I work on research into how people make sense of intangile and tacit experience, such as how they learn, the more I see how crucial metaphor is to exploring and creating new ideas.

There is the metaphor of Stone Soup, for instance:

One day a traveller gets stuck at nightfall, and knocks on the door of a poor household, asking for shelter.  They welcome him, but tell him there is no food to be had.  He says, that's no problem, he'll make some stone soup.  He boils large pot of water, and adds a stone, and some salt and pepper.  This strats to smell interesting, and he asks: "I wonder if anyone has an onion to add to the stone soup? etc... and it ends up that everyone gets fed (stone soup).

Any other soup strories?

And does this story work as a metaphor for some of what we are talking about in CCK09 at all?

November 17, 2009

CCK09 Education and learning
In this Where have all the people gone  in CCK09 Moodle forum, Ulop says: “It doesn’t matter if people leave the course, and go off and study on their own. That would be their option, and the connections will re-form and the networks will form elsewhere, if the ‘course’ is not serving the needs of the people. Otherwise, [...] November 17, 2009

CCK09 Where have all the people gone in CCK09
In this Where have all the people gone  in CCK09 Moodle forum Ulop says “That said, there is no troll in CCK09 and people have left the forums. For what reason(s), this time?”  I would like to know too! People have left the forums for various reasons.  Some participants (especially new to CCK09) have already indicated the reasons at [...] November 17, 2009

Shifting mindsets towards a post-factory economy
In my musings about the post-factory society, one of the key concepts seems to be that of entrepreneurship. While big corporations will undoubtedly continue to exist, they’ll work in an ecosystem of much smaller companies or ventures. Maybe the default option for professionals will be to work as such a small venture, rather than as [...] November 17, 2009

Rockhampton, Central Queensland, Australia
[http://www.queensland-australia.com/capricorn-images-tour.html] November 17, 2009

CCK09 Reflections upon the Value of Open Education Resources
In my view, access to open education resources via online courses such as the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (CCK09) Course is very valuable, if not, critically important. Within formal institutions of learning, a variety of approaches and methodologies are currently being introduced to students/learners/participants in the field of e-learning. A question arises as to the [...] November 17, 2009

CCK09 Downes: digital literacy in the digital era
In a presentation for the CCK09 ‘Net Pedagogy’ Conference Stephen Downes presents his three theses on Digital Literacy for the 21st Century. Thesis One: Stephen asserts that within ‘the Real Internet’ words are taken literally and they are not simply metaphors. The novel languages of the Internet do not constitute static linear coherent pictures [...] November 17, 2009

Discussion Forum

These links are comments posted to the Moodle Discussion Forum, Week 8 and Week 9. If you want to participate in the discussion, but don't want to set up a blog, then you can post here.

Re: uploading pics
by roy williams.  

Dustcube anyone?

November 18, 2009

Re: uploading pics
by roy williams.  

and in IE

Ah ha! this picture, nicked from Ailsa's blog, is a jpeg file, maybe that makes the difference.

But how do you re-size it, John?

November 18, 2009

Re: uploading pics
by Sui Fai John Mak.  

Hi Roy,

Wow, the ecology - trees --- wood, so beautiful.  Here is another wood...

It seems difficult to resize it here.   

November 18, 2009

Re: help with some clarification please
by Ken Anderson.  

@Roy

If I recall correctly, the previous (CCK08) response to the assertion of a link between connectivism and behaviorism was:
George: All theories build on previous ones
Stephen: Denied the connection




November 18, 2009

Re: Net Pedagogy and Acupuncture?
by Nicola Avery.  

Hi Maijann - that's amazing! Also with acupressure, when to apply pressure or when to actually use a needle and punctuate the skin (do networks have skins?)

Nicola

November 18, 2009

Re: uploading pics
by Heli Nurmi.  

and here comes one more, my way ..

November 18, 2009

Re: Net Pedagogy and Acupuncture?
by Nicola Avery.  

and of course acupunctuation is the art of inserting needles into sick parts of sentences in order to make them flow wink I need to go & lie down in a dark room

November 18, 2009

Re: help with some clarification please
by Asako Yoshida.  

Yes, I agree. Connectivism promises a lot of possibilities sharing and connecting ideas and people, yet when it links up to Social Network theories, it reminds me of functional theory. Structural properties take over the logic of understanding the networks/society.

Asako

November 18, 2009

Re: Sensitive Mail
by roy williams.  

Ulop, what a wonderful format for an assignment!

lol

November 18, 2009

Re: help with some clarification please
by roy williams.  

John, thanks for your thoughts on learning principles in your blog.  And for the picture (how do you get to embed it here? please tell).

For me the difference is that some of us have different stuff to work with, different semiotics.  Each of us 'lifts off' (or prizes off) information from the material, to different degrees.

Viruses and genes have only the most basic, material semiotic (four protein letters, ACTG, functioning as the information switches in DNA), to work with, spectacular as that is. 

Animals have zoo-semiotics, essentially communication tools, not fully semiotic, as the material cannot be fully separated from the information.  Indication, or 'pointing' for instance, 'sticks' to your hand or finger or eyes if you are glancing in a particular direction, and your ability to 'leave it behind, when you leave' is limited - e.g. ants

Humans have socio-semiotics, i.e. fully semiotic tools, in which the material and the information link is entirely separated, in 'arbitrary and conventional' signs.  That gives us, uniquely, the possibility of creating new and even unreal meaning and information, and predication. (See the link to Reed at the bottom of the page here).

That, in turn, eventually (it takes a few million years) puts us in a position to alter the most basic material semiotic, our own genes, and in a sense to turn the tables on the material.  

The metaphor I use is that we 'lift off' or 'cut out' meaning from the material, only to re-embed it in the material later on.  (See here on dis/embedding).

November 17, 2009

Re: Tomcats, LOLcats, body language or words
by Ulöp O'Taat.  

Hi Gillian. I think any languages are important, if one wants to communicate in those languages. But I hesitate to believe that LOLcats is required in the new (communication) world. I suspect a lot of people may never learn this language, and still get along just fine. And perhaps it will be a language with a very short half-life. For me, LOLcats looks like it would be something I would visit very infrequently, maybe only for humour, if at all. I think there will be other languages that garner my interests better.

So perhaps I have missed the whole point of Stephen's presentation....

November 17, 2009

Re: help with some clarification please
by Sui Fai John Mak.  

Hi Roy,

Thanks for the links on CANs (Complex Adaptive Networks) and VANs (Virtual Adaptive Networks).   Great for reflection.

If you want to embed a picture, go to the attachment, click "browse", select a picture that has been stored in your computer file, click open to the picture selected, and click "post to forum" and you will see...

John

November 17, 2009

Re: help with some clarification please
by Ulöp O'Taat.  

@Sui Fai John Mak

"...but the learning stays forever."

I wonder if this is a fundamental meme (replicator)?

November 17, 2009

Re: help with some clarification please
by Sui Fai John Mak.  

If you like "learning to stay forever", then it is.... big grinblush

November 17, 2009

Re: Tomcats, LOLcats, body language or words
by Ulöp O'Taat.  

Hi Ailsa

I was working on a masters degree during CCK08 and found the forums a great place to toss out ideas for feedback, and to formulate my thinking through writing. Seems you are using the forums for a similar end, and I am happy to see that!

November 17, 2009

uploading pics
by ailsa haxell.  

had tried that...maybe browser prob...will try again...nope not on firefox . popup window id truncated, no browse feature.
Nope, not on safari, different popup but still not picture friendly, only attached files.

November 17, 2009

Re: uploading pics
by Sui Fai John Mak.  

Hi Ailsa and Roy, try these steps:

1. Click "browse" in the attachment

2. Look in "My pictures" (This shows all pictures you have saved under my documents)

3. Double Click the selected picture you want to upload (S:\My Documents\My Pictures\title of picture will show up in the box next to Attachment)

4. Click "Post to forum"

5. Click "continue"

The picture should appear.

John

November 17, 2009

Re: uploading pics
by ailsa haxell.  

might be a cross platform problem that is not mac friendly?
I dont get to step 1.
In firefox I have a toolbar just above this box for writing in, but when i click on this the pop up window only gives me an option for an url and when i have tried this it has not worked either. Havent found anything that lets me do a direct browse for whats on my computer...
In safari I have even fewer options.

November 17, 2009

Net Pedagogy and Acupuncture?
by Maijann Ruby.  

I thought of Connectivism theory today when I was at work as a teacher. Here's a passage we were reading: 'The ancient Chinese, who were the first to use acupuncture, believed that energy flowed through the human body. They thought that sometimes too much energy - or too little energy - flowed to one part of the body. That caused pain or sickness. There were, however, several hundred places on the body where an acupuncturist could change the flow of energy. Those places were called acupuncture points. A needle inserted into an acupuncture point on a patient's leg, for example, changed the flow of energy to the patient's stomach. When the energy flowed correctly again, the patient would feel better."

Reference: Heyer, S. (2007). Even more true stories: an intermediate reader.
NY: Pearson Logman.

November 17, 2009

Re: Sensitive Mail
by roy williams.  

Ulop, sure the more I work on research into how people make sense of intangile and tacit experience, such as how they learn, the more I see how crucial metaphor is to exploring and creating new ideas.

There is the metaphor of Stone Soup, for instance:

One day a traveller gets stuck at nightfall, and knocks on the door of a poor household, asking for shelter.  They welcome him, but tell him there is no food to be had.  He says, that's no problem, he'll make some stone soup.  He boils large pot of water, and adds a stone, and some salt and pepper.  This strats to smell interesting, and he asks: "I wonder if anyone has an onion to add to the stone soup? etc... and it ends up that everyone gets fed (stone soup).

Any other soup strories?

And does this story work as a metaphor for some of what we are talking about in CCK09 at all?

November 17, 2009

Re: Networks and Interaction.
by Oriol Miralbell.  

veryinteresting subject and references. We can see networks as an expression or representation of the potential In a linguistical domain) or we can see it as the potential of our relations represented in our mind. IN my research I'm focusing in social networks considering them as potential engines for knowledge and I apply connective learning factors as indicators to identify inside online social networks the key elements for a coopeative knowledge exchange and colnnective knowledge generation.
The perception that members of the network have of their relational power iinfluences their participation and their involvement as well.
I don't know ifthis fits completely with the refrences you've used in your post, but I believe there should be some link with.
I did my PhD courses on congnitive science and linguistics and we had many discussions like the one yu've raised. Finally I decided to focus my research on this other topic of social networks for knowledge and I often feel I should build some bridges with my former courses.

November 17, 2009

Re: Sensitive Mail
by Ulöp O'Taat.  

Can't think of another soup story, so, let's try making one up! On second thought, let's try a recipe instead:

Network Soup:

Add one part connection, one part open, one part diversity, one part autonomy
Stir, in a large bowl
Set aside the mix (CODA).

Prepare the nodes (choose methods per context)
e.g. advertise, solicit, enrol etc.

Sprinkle nodes in the CODA mix
Stir gently.
Apply heat, or cold or whatever contextual elements required.
Await emergence.

(ok, it's a start! not much of a cook am I!)


November 17, 2009

Twitter

Post in Twitter and use the hashtag #cck09 to be listed here. (These should be fresh. Still working on improving the Twitter display.)

Dell Hymes, 1927-11.13.2009 Thinking his SPEAKING model relates to @downes recent LOLcats analysis...http://bit.ly/YY2jZ #cck09


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interesting distance education pedagogy RT @MFPaulsen: Connectivist And Connected Knowledge CCK09 http://bit.ly/lxGL6


http://bit.ly/hFXI8 #CCK09


PLE/N Conference recordings http://is.gd/4WhB4 via @downes #CCK09 #lrnchat


RT @lindseybp: Here is CCK09 recorded session with Vicki Davis on differentiating instruction. It's in elluminate http://bit.ly/1hmjtl


RT @coolcatteacher: RT @lindseybp: Here is CCK09 recorded session with Vicki Davis on differentiating instruction. http://bit.ly/1hmjtl


RT @coolcatteacher: RT @lindseybp: CCK09 recorded session w/Vicki Davis on differentiating instr. Elluminate http://bit.ly/1hmjtl


Where have all the people gone http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2009/11/17/cck09-where-have-all-the-people-gone-in-cck09/ #CCK09


Education and learning http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2009/11/17/cck09-education-and-learning/ #CCK09


Check this video out -- Stupid in America http://bit.ly/S6zWs Learning should be fun #CCK09


Check this video out -- "Weird Al" Yankovic Helps Explain Auto Tune (Know Your Meme) http://bit.ly/J3gp8 #CCK09


RT @suifaijohnmak: Check this video out -- "Weird Al" Yankovic Helps Explain Auto Tune (Know Your Meme) http://bit.ly/J3gp8 #CCK09


@suifaijohnmak did you look at the wefeelfine project in cck08 last year http://www.wefeelfine.org/movements.html ? #cck09


RT@NicolaAvery @suifaijohnmak did you look at the wefeelfine project in cck08 last year http://www.wefeelfine.org/movements.html ? #cck09


@NicolaAvery wefeelfine project in cck08 last year http://www.wefeelfine.org/movements.html sounds interesting. Was it used in CCK? #CCK09


Funny video with Auto-Tune News #1: march madness. economic woes. pentagon budget cuts. http://bit.ly/o7wTr #CCK09


Check this video out -- Auto-Tune the News #7: texting. rhyming. pat buchanan fail. http://bit.ly/3b3St #CCK09


don't turn an LOL into a grt big OMG! RT @suifaijohnmak: Auto-Tune the News http://bit.ly/3b3St #CCK09


@suifaijohnmak I haven't looked at how wefeelfine works but looks interesting idea? #cck09


Week 10: Two simple topics for connectivism and research: http://bit.ly/26jEHc #CCK09


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