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November 25, 2009

CCK09 Responses to Connectivism

TODAY!

Title: Responses to connectivism
Place Elluminate room

Date/time Wed 25 Nov, 20:00 GMT. Check the time here.

About this session. One of the wonders of the CCK09 course is that bottom up organisation is encouraged and supported. Arising from a thread in the Moodle forum, we are organising an Elluminate session with short participative slots.

Each presenter picks one (controversial or not ) idea from their own research or just a response to connectivism, presents it in 3 minutes and invites audience reaction. This leaves us with 5 x 10 minute slots with majority participant time plus 10 minutes wrap up discussion.

Highlighted Resources

What is that Groups and Networks argument all about?
Frances Bell has been a commentator and critic of my characterization of networks for the last couple of years, and here she weighs in with a discussion and xtranormal video ("a good-humoured parody of conversations about Groups and Networks that took place on CCK08 and elsewhere" that can also be seen at YouTube). Her criticism, in a nutshell, is that "ascribing the attributes of autonomy, diversity, openness and emergent knowledge to networks and suggesting that groups foster the opposites of these is adopting a normative stance," while "pragmatic teachers will adopt group and network organizational forms at will to suit the circumstances in which they and their learners find themselves." Frances Bell, Weblog, November 25, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

New Tools for Personal Learning
In this presentation I describe how new technologies are being designed in order to adapt to a rapidly changing and complex world. In this picture, learning is not a matter of knowledge acquisition and memorization, but rather, personal development in such a way that we become able to navigate and work with this knowledge and content in the same manner, with the same capacities, as the expert. This is a type of learning that is based on the creation of tools that support a mesh network; this network, in turn, supports the conversation and interactions that foster the development of an expert character. Slides and audio here Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, November 25, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Speaking in Lolcats, Take 2
Reprise of my talk from last week, in more detail and some new slides. What it means to be literate in an information age is fundamentally distinct from the literacy of the 3Rs, and teaching new literacy an evolving challenge for those of us still struggling to learn it. This talk looks at the elements of 21st century literacies, redefines critical thinking for the internet age, and suggests a redefinition of what we think of as 'core' curriculum. Slides and audio ; Elluminate session recording (with video) will be available soon. Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, November 25, 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

Assignment Submissions
by Richard Jones.  

Hi,

Like Kerry, I am not sure if this is the most appropriate location to link from, but...

I have been having major issues with my hosting service over the past month and a half, so I cannot guarantee that everyone will be able to access the content (I am currently locked out, again), but I will add links, herein, in hopes that some folks, at least, will be able to have a look at my stuff at thestoryshop.net/blog. My first paper is housed on the CCK09 page. I am still working on the second, as pressing family matters have taken up much of my available time, lately.

I have created three concept maps over the last year. The first two can be viewed on my blog site (the first one was built with MS Visio and exported as a Web page), but because I have only been able to work on the blog intermittently, I have not been able to upload the latest edition. You will need to access it on the Cmaps site.

http://cmapspublic3.ihmc.us/rid=1258909436414_615356740_2488/PLEorPLN2.cmap

I would like to flesh out the learning network/environment portion, if I can find the time.

Cheers,

/RJ

November 25, 2009

CCK09 Complexity theories
CCK09 Readings include Heylighen’s (2002) article titled ‘Complexity and information overload in society: why increasing effficiency leads to decreasing control’. Whereas Snook’s (2007) paper titled ‘A general theory of complex living systems: exploring the demand side of dynamics’ provides an alternative approach. Phelps (2003) discusses contemporary Complexity theories and advocates a non-linear & complexity-based approach [...] November 25, 2009

Discussion Forum

These links are comments posted to the Moodle Discussion Forum, Week 9, Week 10 and Week 11. If you want to participate in the discussion, but don't want to set up a blog, then you can post here.

Second Paper
by Kerry Dobbins.  

I never really know where to post the links to my papers, but here is paper number 2, a couple of days late.

I struggled with this one, first, because I had too much to talk about and just had to pick some things to include and second, as the course climbs further and further into theory I am sinking more than I am swimming.


http://historian227.livejournal.com/54769.html

November 25, 2009

Re: Second Paper
by Richard Jones.  

Hi, Kerry,

I too, have difficulty in know where to post this stuff. I have put links into forum posts that I know, the instructor(s) never saw and followed.

I think you must be treading water, at least. smile Your paper covered several significant issues, not the least of which is the funding. I was surprised to read that there are no grants for college teachers. Ouch!

The issue of the inadequacy of the physical facilites for teaching in the 21st century is huge. I work in a library built in the early 1950's. With the current push to make libraries into social spaces rather than book repositories and reflective spaces, and to accommodate current technologies, the deficiencies of this building (acoustics, power, lighting, furnishings, etc.) become glaringly obvious. The cost to address the problems are astronomical. We recently had an architectural firm submit a design for renovating the library, to turn the first floor into a Learning Commons. Eight million dollars. Needless to say, we have not moved forward on that project. That is just one old building on a campus of many (my university was established in 1877). Are we heading into a time when the need for bricks and mortar will dwindle, as Stephen and George suggest?

Cheers,

/RJ

November 25, 2009

Assignment Submissions
by Richard Jones.  

Hi,

Like Kerry, I am not sure if this is the most appropriate location to link from, but...

I have been having major issues with my hosting service over the past month and a half, so I cannot guarantee that everyone will be able to access the content (I am currently locked out, again), but I will add links, herein, in hopes that some folks, at least, will be able to have a look at my stuff at thestoryshop.net/blog. My first paper is housed on the CCK09 page. I am still working on the second, as pressing family matters have taken up much of my available time, lately.

I have created three concept maps over the last year. The first two can be viewed on my blog site (the first one was built with MS Visio and exported as a Web page), but because I have only been able to work on the blog intermittently, I have not been able to upload the latest edition. You will need to access it on the Cmaps site.

http://cmapspublic3.ihmc.us/rid=1258909436414_615356740_2488/PLEorPLN2.cmap

I would like to flesh out the learning network/environment portion, if I can find the time.

Cheers,

/RJ

November 25, 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.)

Up early to do hw and then the deep clean really begins. Its great to be able to read links in the #CCK09 daily & not just scan them :)


@francesbell I like the ideas about changes in teaching but it also means changing the whole institution .assessment/accreditation #cck09


Groups and Networks discussion revisited in xtranormal mashup video starring @LisaMlane @Downes @a1lsa http://bit.ly/7nUE6Z #CCK09


RT @francesbell: Groups & Networks discussion revisited in xtranormal mashup video w/ @LisaMlane @Downes @a1lsa http://bit.ly/7nUE6Z #CCK09


Blogged about Groups and Networks with added video- cast of many #CCK09


Blogged about Groups and Networks with added video- cast of many http://bit.ly/4xpFlU #CCK09


RT @francesbell: Blogged about Groups and Networks with added video- cast of many http://bit.ly/4xpFlU #CCK09


RT @francesbell: Blogged about Groups and Networks with added video- cast of many http://bit.ly/4xpFlU #CCK09


@DavidCRoberts Have you seen my xtranormal vid? Blogged about Groups and Networks with added video- cast of many http://bit.ly/4xpFlU #CCK09


My 2nd paper for #CCK09 : http://bit.ly/8ydK5Q


RT @francesbell Blogged about Groups and Networks with added video- cast of many http://bit.ly/4xpFlU #CCK09


Still welcoming presenters/participants for Wed eve Responses to Connectivism http://bit.ly/7CKVE0 Presenters plse send slide asap #CCK09


Working on my Slde Presentation for Wednesday 25 Elluminate, #CCK09


Working on my Slde Presentation for Wednesday 25 Elluminate, #CCK09


#CCK09 Vox Pop presentation session Responses to Connectivism 2000 GMT Wed 25 Nov - all welcome, full details at http://bit.ly/7CKVE0


@leilanachawati Thanks for the topic - Any more speed presenters stepping forward? http://bit.ly/7CKVE0 #CCK09


@plaingillian re connectivism, me too, I'm back to doing some more reading then hopefully something #cck09 will emerge :-)


@NicolaAvery Good luck Nicola! I too am hoping to be inspired re #CCK09... so far so good :)


Re-listening to Martin Weller's talk about the Pedagogy of Abundance for my #CCK09 paper http://tinyurl.com/ygdb8tu


Updated my blog Open Courseware!!!! is this the future of education? ( http://bit.ly/1q8Lm ) #cck09


Check out this SlideShare Presentation : Twitter in Education: Considerations & Possi... http://slidesha.re/4qFId9 #CCK09


finally catch up with cck09, it's not that hard. some how I developed an aversion with too much information. perfectionism is to blame!


Does anything emerge from these dialogues of the deaf between academics and students? http://bit.ly/6EKFdO and http://bit.ly/7xEKRo #CCK09


On Leadership http://www.ted.com/talks/fields_wicker_miurin_learning_from_leadership_s_missing_manual.html #CCK09


My second paper for the CCK09 course: the end of the fishbowl. A less sober reading. #cck09 http://ow.ly/ExCd


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