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November 19, 2009
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]
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]
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: CCK09New media’s just another word for nothing left to lose
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
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.
AndreaNovember 19, 2009
I recognize those trees....November 19, 2009
Maijann, brilliant analogy.
A really interesting way to think of teaching, facilitating, enabling ...November 19, 2009
November 19, 2009
Asako, "Structural properties take over the logic of understanding the networks/society" - exactly.
The most incisive analysis of this is in the work of Knorr-Cetina, quoted here in a draft paper
"‘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.
Question: could it apply equally to other Internet based networks, like learning networks?November 19, 2009
Dustcube anyone?November 18, 2009
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
Wow, the ecology - trees --- wood, so beautiful. Here is another wood...
It seems difficult to resize it here.November 18, 2009
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
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?)
and here comes one more, my way ..November 18, 2009
and of course acupunctuation is the art of inserting needles into sick parts of sentences in order to make them flow I need to go & lie down in a dark roomNovember 18, 2009
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.
Ulop, what a wonderful format for an assignment!
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
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