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November 19, 2009

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Resurrecting "Disconnectivism"
Eric Calvert expresses frustration at his experiences in traditional education (at K-12 level): "Unfortunately, right now, it looks like the disconnectivists are winning the K-12 debate. However, there's still hope for a come-from-behind shift. After all, connectivists can use tools to organize themselves that the disconnectivists are afraid to touch. Connectivists can collaborate 24/7. Connectivists can get smarter faster."
While connectivism and networked learning has received a fair bit of attention over the last few years (evidenced by growing numbers of peer-review publications and conference themes), within education, I think it is still the minority view. Yesterday, I meet with a colleague at a "library bar" in Oslo, the conversation turned to "why do some people come to appreciate the value of networked learning, while others resist". I think it's a function of personal experience. Once you've had the experience of an individual commenting on a blog post, having questions answered on Twitter, created a document with colleagues in a wiki, or participated in a global online course, connectivism doesn't seem that foreign. Understanding comes through experience. Eric Calvert, , November 19, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Conference Humiliation
Technology, as we've been discussing in this course, changes power structures and relationships: between student and teacher, audience and presenter. The Chronicle's article looks at how Twitter use during a conference changes the presenters role and the ways in which an audience engages with each other. The concern here is not Twitter - rather, it's that people sitting in a conference listening to a poor speaker, now have a way of expression. Twitter didn't create audience frustration. But it did highlight it in this case. Of course, there is always a risk that instead of providing meaningful feedback to presenters, the conversation turns into a mob-like attack.... The Chronicle, , November 19, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Connectivism Research Ning site
This ning site was set up last year during CCK08 by Sui Fai John Mak and others...and has been somewhat active since then (almost 150 members). Given our topic this week, this is a good time to highlight this network :). , , November 19, 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

New media’s just another word for nothing left to lose
Do you often wonder why 20-somethings are not engaging themselves more into revolutionizing the old ways of doing things? Why the participants in Metanomics or We Are the Network are often in their forties or older? At the end of today’s Metanomics show, professor Robert Bloomfield told us why: it’s all about opportunity costs. Young people are [...] November 19, 2009

Breakfast snack
There has been some odd stuff coming through my google alerts lately - not sure if it was doing partial word match or just generally garbled at my end. However this morning we are back on track and it delivered an excellent link. Eric Calvert comments on connectivism in k12 and the struggle when things are blocked. This is the third time recently I have seen similar comments but the best yet. If November 19, 2009

CCK09 Distance Education to Networked Learning
Terry Anderson, a Professor at Athabasca University, outlined and discussed the three main generations of Distance Education for the CCK09 Net Pedagogy Conference. The include 1) Behaviourist/Cognitive Pedagogy, 2) Constructivist Technology/Pedagogy of Learning, and 3) Networks & Connectivist Pedagogy. Refer to URL: [http://www.slideshare.net/terrya/connectivist-and-connected-knowledge-ck09-2517975] for further details. This presentation was very helpful. November 19, 2009

Rockhampton, Central Queensland, Australia
November 19, 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: Tomcats, LOLcats, body language or words
by Mary Rearick.  

I could not attend the session, but I listened to it later (although though the recording was not very good). I came away from the presentation thinking about media... and the need to understand the modes of communication related to media (images, sound, etc.). I also thought abut games... language games...

November 19, 2009

Re: Tomcats, LOLcats, body language or words
by Andrea Neville.  

Hello

I have been reading these threads with interest.

I would think that knowing about LOLcats would not be required for everyone to function online, but if the places you visit keep showing these pictures of cats with oddly spelled words it helps to know what is going on. There would be different things for other spaces. To me it is like walking into a room where somepeople are referencing the (whatever) that happened (whenever) . If you have other points of reference you can still talk to them but if every so often they refer back to the (whatever) and I don't understand that I may be missing large chunks of how they are connecting things.

Sometimes knowing the language surrounding a particular conversation might be the difference between confusion or clarity and insult or humour. Especially in a mostly-text environment. So I agree that not eveyone needs to know LOLcats, but the better I learn whatever languages are in use in the converstation the better I communicate.

Andrea

November 19, 2009

Re: uploading pics
by Maijann Ruby.  

I recognize those trees....

November 19, 2009

Re: Net Pedagogy and Acupuncture?
by roy williams.  

Maijann, brilliant analogy. 

A really interesting way to think of teaching, facilitating, enabling ...

November 19, 2009

Re: uploading pics
by roy williams.  

Heli, wow.

smile

November 19, 2009

Re: help with some clarification please
by roy williams.  

Asako, "Structural properties take over the logic of understanding the networks/society" - exactly.

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The most incisive analysis of this is in the work of Knorr-Cetina, quoted here in a draft paper

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"‘Lightness’ is one of Knorr-Cetina’s four key characteristics of “recently emerged complex global microstructures” (ibid.), which highlights the radically different notion of global structures that she has in mind.  She says that “the mechanisms and structures involved suggest a reversal [a ‘devolution’] of the historical trend towards formal, rationalised (bureaucratic organisational) structures … and appear to facilitate a certain non-Weberian effectiveness [which] relies to a far greater extent than hitherto on the systematic and reflexive use of systems of amplification and augmentation [which] seek to exploit the potential for disproportionalities between input and output or effort and effect” (2005:215-216).

She applies this to global financial systems, and global terrorist networks. 

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Question: could it apply equally to other Internet based networks, like learning networks?

November 19, 2009

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

Twitter

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

Would still like comments on ths blog post of a few weeks ago: http://j.mp/3UpgLp #eci831 #CCK09


Being well connected (with #2ecf) then being suddenly disconnected is most frustrating! #cck09


Post - Social Emotions in Social Networks, http://bit.ly/GYvF7 #CCK09


@loonyhiker Thank you Pat, next week post on my own Emotions networking with learners on CCK09 online course


@marudelcampo Qué te parece mi post Emotions in Social Networks, CCK09, http://bit.ly/GYvF7 ??


Presenter in SL on evolution of the Internet is saying connections between people was key. #Connectivism #CCK09


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


RT @ConnectIrmeli @emapey connective learning, you boost my innovative thinking in Finland from Uruguay with international sources #CCK09


RT @ConnectIrmeli @emapey connective learning, you boost my innovative thinking in Finland from Uruguay with international sources #CCK09


Check out this SlideShare Presentation : Connectivist And Connected Knowledge CCK09 http://slidesha.re/3GdP0g


RT @MFPaulsen: Check out this SlideShare Presentation : Connectivist And Connected Knowledge CCK09 http://slidesha.re/3GdP0g #mpel3


Check out this SlideShare Presentation : Connectivist And Connected Knowledge CCK09 http://slidesha.re/3GdP0g


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


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