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November 30, 2009

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International Seminar on Open Social Learning (OSL)
George Siemens presented at the UNESCO Research Chair conference here in Barcelona today; I will be presenting tomorrow, in the Elluminate room, at 9:00 a.m. local time here in Spain. , , November 30, 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

paper 2
by Andrea Neville.  

Hi

I guess this is where we post your links? Mine is a bit late but on my blog as well.

http://anyakirax.blogspot.com/2009/11/what-could-be-cck09-assignment-2.html

Andrea

November 30, 2009

Re: Comments and reflection on Elluminate Session on 25 Nov 09
by roy williams.  

Hi Ken, interesting, and incisive response.  Thanks.

I suppose it depends on where you are coming from.  I caricature (a bit) ...

Scenario 1: traditional online faciliator (if there is such a thing!)

Assumptions:

Scenario 2: network surfer

Assumptions:

I suppose we are all mixtures of both, at times. I come into events like CCK primarily in #1. But I can ride with the network surfers when necessary, up to a point. The point is where #2 starts to undermine #1.

The Troll label is descriptive and (in my book) operational.  Creating CODA-space /useful learning ecologies requires boundaries, constraints, or whatever you want to call them.  Completely open parties (material or virtual) are generally invitations for someone to behave badly. (And you cant depend on luck-ing out, as happened in CCK09).

So I dont like the name calling (its ironical, of course, if you use it against a name caller), but the alternative (Trolls rule, OK) is so much worse.  The point is not to call names, but to identify behaviour: "That behaviour is  Troll-ish, its not OK to do that here, so please stay, but on those terms ... "

Research?

The survey was not perfect, we could improve on it I'm sure.  What it did tell us in both the survey and in the email interviews (in less 'tempered' language, quite often) was that several aspects of behaviour in the forums precluded people from participating.  I suspect that if we had had more time and energy to explore further, we would have found a sharp disctintion between the few hardened network surfers (myself included, at times) who were prepared to ride the waves whatever the weather, and a large majority who were really put off (add intemperate language to taste) - but thats all speculative hypothesis, the research could only go with the data we had.

There are lots of possible responses to this. My main focus in this context is, did this affect the affordances for learning, and I think it did.  In part, substantially negatively, in part just displacement.  One of the affordances I most value in online networks is the affordance (or set of affordances) brought about by the absence of alpha-primate behaviour.  That's just my choice of ecological niche, I suppose.

November 30, 2009

Re: Comments and reflection on Elluminate Session on 25 Nov 09
by Heli Nurmi.  

Someone asked me to put my Elluminate presentation in Voicethread and I did it some minutes ago but I am not sure if it is still private or not. It was my very first visit to Voicethread and it was really easy and nice but I'm not feeling myself sure ...
Anyway I tried to share the presentation with CCK09 group. How to connect my picture to the dark side-picture? I thonk it remainde separated from it - can it be connected?

All my attention went to technological questions and I forget my thoughts about the content, it is either or.. but tomorrow I 'll be wiser I hope and more selfconfident


November 30, 2009

Re: Google Wave
by Lori Wassenaar.  

Is the cck09 google wave experiment still going? I would like to join, too, if I can. I have been slow to keep up here and even slower to participate, but your discussions are inspiring and I'm being coaxed out of my shell. Thanks to you all!

I have tried searching for people and groups within wave, but to no avail. I've also posted this question in the google wave help forum.

My email is lori [dot] wassenaar [at] gmail [dot] com, so does that make me lori [dot] wassenaar [at] googlewave [dot] com ?  ahhh, another new cyber-identity! thoughtful (That's a calm ah, not a freak out)

Also, I have wave invitations if anyone needs.

Cheers! Lori

November 30, 2009

CCK09 Group Think and Emotional Intelligence
This is my response to Jenny’s interesting post on Group Think Hi Jenny and Carmen, I love to join your conversation. @Jenny, as posted here http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/cck09-emotional-intelligence-in-online-and-community-learning/ I have been studying, researching EQ for more than a decade and am still intrigued by its application and implication. I always referred back to Gardner’s multiple intelligence to start [...] November 30, 2009

CCK09 Next Generation Learning Space
Enjoy this Next Generation Learning Space, though it was more than 1 year old, and there has been a lot of changes. Comments? November 30, 2009

What could be - CCK09 Assignment #2
For this paper we can look at new roles in education, and consider not just what is possible now but "what could be".....Roles are changing. It is not just the role of the educator that changes but also the role of student, of parent and of community members. How can they not? It seems to me that it is more work to not change – don’t use the internet, don’t connect with students elsewhere, don’t November 30, 2009

Change
Today might be the warmest day this fall. The temperature borders on that of a nice summer evening which is fairly strange for November 28 around here.This week in CCK09 was about change. I don't know what is the major topic next week but this might be the bringing it together week for me. Everything in this course has been about change - learning is change, changing attitudes towards openness, November 30, 2009

CCK09 Online Educa Berlin 2009
I notice the Online Educa Berlin 2009 will be held from December 2-4, 2009. This conference is advertised as ‘the largest global e-learning conference for the corporate and public sectors in education and training’. November 30, 2009

The Powerhouse Museum
The Powerhouse Museum is located in Ultimo, Sydney. Current exhibitions include 1) From Earth to the Universe, 2) Engineering excellence, 3) Australian international design awards 4) Artefact H10515, 5) Living in a sensory world: stories from people with blindness and low vision, 6) Contemporary Japanese fashion and 7) Yinalung yenu: women’s journey. November 30, 2009

CCK09 Uno
http://artutovasquez.wordpress.com/2009/07/27/kronos/ November 30, 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.

paper 2
by Andrea Neville.  

Hi

I guess this is where we post your links? Mine is a bit late but on my blog as well.

http://anyakirax.blogspot.com/2009/11/what-could-be-cck09-assignment-2.html

Andrea

November 30, 2009

Paper 2
by Mark Spivey.  

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Mark Spivey

Connectivism 09

Paper #2

In the past, as well as the mainstream present, there is a profound focus, within the instructional design and educator roles, on the design and development of content. It would seem that these traditional roles have been centered on the activity of teaching more so than the activity of learning in regards to the student. Because of this, much emphasis has been placed on the design and development of meaningful communications. 

A traditional approach includes several steps of first understanding the knowledge gaps that are present in a current situation and people involved, and then proceed to developing relevant courseware in hopes of remedying the gap. This approach is highly constrained by the perceptions of the educators and instructional in regards to current and ideal knowledge bases. Due to the courseware approach, an overarching goal developed which seemed to imply that the best thing to do was to create and capture, disseminate and deliver chunks of content to specific groups of people at specific times for specific reasons. 

This approach could often be evaluated by measuring certain variables before and after training sessions to determine whether the content had been sufficiently assimilated and applied. If errors reduced, you could say that the training was working, and if errors remained the same or increased, you could say that the training had failed. These approaches are based on the premise that a problem was accurately diagnosed, and that courseware represented an accurate solution, and that training served as an effective means of assimilation for purpose of application. 

These traditional methods and approaches work well in simple and ordered situations where cause and effect are well known and certainty can more or less be assumed. They are situated in a specific paradigm or entrained within a specific pattern, and when paradigm shifts and / or trend breaks occur, situated content loses its contextual relevance. Another way to put it is that the explicit knowledge of explicit problems tends to lend itself better to being captured and communicated with quantitative results.

Insights from chaos and complexity theory, and ultimately connectivism, cause me to call the theory and reasoning behind the traditional methods and approaches into question. Furthermore, the roles of instructional designers and educators shifts away from being creators, and capturers or situated content which can easily be disseminated and delivered to a well-known and understood target group with the expectation that all problems will be solved. Because of inherent qualitative emergence and evolution in complex adaptive systems such as human networks and organizations, paradigms and patterns tend to shift and break in unpredictable manners. 

Due to unpredictability and uncertainty, stimulation of networks, specifically to poke and prod it, becomes more meaningful than the pursuit of an understanding of past conditions. So instead of focusing on explicit knowledge which can be shared between people, the allowance of people to actively share understandings becomes overwhelmingly valuable. This represents a shift away from “capture” towards “connect”. The shelf-life of relevant content is drastically decreasing due to contextual change occurring at ever increasing rates.

The roles of instructional designers and educators must shift away from “capture content” to “connect context”. This shift must occur in their role’s function of creating and facilitating the networking process and experience of individuals. They are no longer serving as “teachers”, but more so of facilitators of discovery and learning. As change occurs more rapidly the view of knowledge as a “stock” will lose its relevancy in favor of allowing it to “flow” more easily within a network of reflective and mindful individuals.

November 30, 2009

Re: Comments and reflection on Elluminate Session on 25 Nov 09
by Sui Fai John Mak.  

Here is the recording of Responses to Connectivism Elluminate Session.

Frances, I enjoyed your workshop postings and the Youtube videos.  Participants would enjoy more with interactive activities, presentation, discussion and further interaction, agreed. 

Great idea to do a version of that combining synchronous and asychronous sessions. Those who couldn't attend the synchronous session (Elluminate) could also be involved in such network activities.

Digital story telling (using voice thread) could be a useful mean to encourage collaboration amongst network members, but it requires a lot of good will, mutual sharing, time and efforts in making up the story. 

The voice thread that Ailsa and Gus mentioned could be a very effective way of sharing different views of participants based on a video or picture.   

What is required are some common themes that are of interests to our groups or networks.  Any suggestion?

Could we also use Goggle Wave to initiate a simple joint network project?  This may be a project/discussion lasting for 2 to 3 days sharing on Goggle Wave.  

I think most of us might be excited in how we could apply Goggle Wave in network or education projects. 

What do you think?

November 30, 2009

Re: Google Wave
by Lori Wassenaar.  

Is the cck09 google wave experiment still going? I would like to join, too, if I can. I have been slow to keep up here and even slower to participate, but your discussions are inspiring and I'm being coaxed out of my shell. Thanks to you all!

I have tried searching for people and groups within wave, but to no avail. I've also posted this question in the google wave help forum.

My email is lori [dot] wassenaar [at] gmail [dot] com, so does that make me lori [dot] wassenaar [at] googlewave [dot] com ?  ahhh, another new cyber-identity! thoughtful (That's a calm ah, not a freak out)

Also, I have wave invitations if anyone needs.

Cheers! Lori

November 30, 2009

Re: Comments and reflection on Elluminate Session on 25 Nov 09
by Heli Nurmi.  

Someone asked me to put my Elluminate presentation in Voicethread and I did it some minutes ago but I am not sure if it is still private or not. It was my very first visit to Voicethread and it was really easy and nice but I'm not feeling myself sure ...
Anyway I tried to share the presentation with CCK09 group. How to connect my picture to the dark side-picture? I thonk it remainde separated from it - can it be connected?

All my attention went to technological questions and I forget my thoughts about the content, it is either or.. but tomorrow I 'll be wiser I hope and more selfconfident


November 30, 2009

Re: Comments and reflection on Elluminate Session on 25 Nov 09
by Andrea Neville.  

It was a great session and thanks to all of you for organizing.

I think timezones will always be a problem and don't know the solution. Personally I have no problems with any time if I am interested enough to attend and I have the flexibility in my work and personal life to do so. Try to get me to something boring and mandatory at 4 in the morning though and I might object!

Grouping people regionally could help, but seperates you from people at the same time. For example - arbitrarily picking north america as the area - who in that session was not in North America? Who would I have not have had the experience from if I was in that group and you were not.... Even within an area there can be difficulties  - something that starts at 7 pm in BC is 11:30 pm my time! 

Andrea

November 30, 2009

Re: Would anyone be interested in designing and running some Cultural Academy workshops at Surrey University regarding learning networks and connecting?
by Nicola Avery.  

Hi Roy, Ken, Eduardo,

Would you like to meet - we could do on Wiziq, perhaps one evening this week to get going with this ? Would suggest us getting together first before going back to Norman ?

Nellie will join too. I still have no audio but trying to get a replacement laptop/netbook in the meantime. I'm very happy to set up on Wiziq if we can find a suitable time for everyone - please could you indicate any suitable / unsuitable ones below,

Thanks
Nicola

November 30, 2009

Research into Connectivism
by Mark Spivey.  

I think connectivism falls under the same fate as anything else in regards to research.

The general idea behind research is an inquiry into the past, trying to expose relationships that are hoped to still exist in the same way in the present, so that we can justify actions bringing about certain futures.

So I think that connectivism relates to chaos and complexity theory, so it recognizes emergence which hinders quantitative analysis... simply due to qualitative differences.

So quantitative research will only retain value as long as there are no qualitative changes to the network.

We still must deal with assumptions and faith and action.

I wouldn't agree that there are any "magic variables" out there we need to identify and measure, because what connectivism is directly describing is the very reality of qualitative change.

November 30, 2009

Re: Research into Connectivism
by Sui Fai John Mak.  

This is my suggested research last year.

"quantitative research will only retain value as long as there are no qualitative changes to the network." Yes, that's the challenge we will face if we conduct quantitative research only. 

For the research that we have conducted on CCK08 this year, a mixed methods research approach was adopted.

Any learning from research may not be easily generalised due to the complexity nature of learning and research.  However, the knowledge and learning which emerged from the research could be useful for sensemaking and wayfinding.

John

November 30, 2009

Re: Research into Connectivism
by Mark Spivey.  

"the knowledge and learning which emerged from the research could be useful for sensemaking and wayfinding."

I really like that. Not looking to research as being a way to necessarily find all the right answers, but a way to provide new observations, which then can lead to new insights.

November 30, 2009

Re: Would anyone be interested in designing and running some Cultural Academy workshops at Surrey University regarding learning networks and connecting?
by roy williams.  

Hi All, not Thursday evening, but otherwise fairly open, evenings being best for me.

November 30, 2009

Re: Comments and reflection on Elluminate Session on 25 Nov 09
by roy williams.  

Hi Ken, interesting, and incisive response.  Thanks.

I suppose it depends on where you are coming from.  I caricature (a bit) ...

Scenario 1: traditional online faciliator (if there is such a thing!)

Assumptions:

Scenario 2: network surfer

Assumptions:

I suppose we are all mixtures of both, at times. I come into events like CCK primarily in #1. But I can ride with the network surfers when necessary, up to a point. The point is where #2 starts to undermine #1.

The Troll label is descriptive and (in my book) operational.  Creating CODA-space /useful learning ecologies requires boundaries, constraints, or whatever you want to call them.  Completely open parties (material or virtual) are generally invitations for someone to behave badly. (And you cant depend on luck-ing out, as happened in CCK09).

So I dont like the name calling (its ironical, of course, if you use it against a name caller), but the alternative (Trolls rule, OK) is so much worse.  The point is not to call names, but to identify behaviour: "That behaviour is  Troll-ish, its not OK to do that here, so please stay, but on those terms ... "

Research?

The survey was not perfect, we could improve on it I'm sure.  What it did tell us in both the survey and in the email interviews (in less 'tempered' language, quite often) was that several aspects of behaviour in the forums precluded people from participating.  I suspect that if we had had more time and energy to explore further, we would have found a sharp disctintion between the few hardened network surfers (myself included, at times) who were prepared to ride the waves whatever the weather, and a large majority who were really put off (add intemperate language to taste) - but thats all speculative hypothesis, the research could only go with the data we had.

There are lots of possible responses to this. My main focus in this context is, did this affect the affordances for learning, and I think it did.  In part, substantially negatively, in part just displacement.  One of the affordances I most value in online networks is the affordance (or set of affordances) brought about by the absence of alpha-primate behaviour.  That's just my choice of ecological niche, I suppose.

November 30, 2009

Re: Comments and reflection on Elluminate Session on 25 Nov 09
by roy williams.  

Ulop, exactly!

The point about the heavenly bodies (and much else besides) is that you can 'treat' their behaviour as mythical, positivist, complex, etc. etc, and we have as a species done all of the above, mostly quite convincingly - for a while.

More to the point though. There are some things (try Conway's life, or Cellular Automata, as in Stephen Wolfram if you have the time) which are not only unpredictable (profoundly so), but which are also the result (in a non-predictive way, if you follow) of a very simple base state, with very simple rules of interaction.

So, unpredictability, from simple states and simple rules, now that's radically different.  As Wolfram points out, you treat these kinds of events as predictable at your peril (i.e. you might go mad trying to find the algorithms).  Scale (micro and macro) comes into it too, but I am not up on either of the far ends of the physics spectrum.

Negative contraints tend to produce emergence.  Exactly.  Postive constraints (if you are forceful enough) produce compliance.  Depends whether you like surprises!

November 30, 2009

Re: Comments and reflection on Elluminate Session on 25 Nov 09
by roy williams.  

Heli, twas I who asked you.  smile

Thanks, I'll take a look and respond. 

I dont know about links across pictures, but I think the way it is so far, they are all discrete.  But that doesn't mean links wont emerge!

November 30, 2009

Re: Would anyone be interested in designing and running some Cultural Academy workshops at Surrey University regarding learning networks and connecting?
by Ken Anderson.  

Hello Nicola et.al.

Any day should be ok with me. I am five hours behind your time (GMT-5).

November 30, 2009

Re: Tomcats, LOLcats, body language or words
by Maijann Ruby.  

Is that negotiable?

November 30, 2009

Openness and Transparency
by Mark Spivey.  

Blog post:

http://markjspivey.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/openness-and-transparency/

In general, I think that openness and transparency builds trust, honor, and respect into a network, giving it a sense of "authenticity".

November 30, 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.)

RT @malburns: Twitcleaner: Will it? We'll see. http://bit.ly/21NUMP so is this more distributed cognition? #CCK09


I just generated my #TweetCloud out of a month of my tweets. Top three words: cck09, openness, listening - http://w33.us/23hy


Looking for open courses for the upcoming semester like #eci831 & #cck09. Anyone know what is being offered?


RT @Ellsbeth: Looking for open courses for the upcoming semester like #eci831 & #cck09. Anyone know what is being offered?


Late starter: by Karel Hilversum.  Just learned about CCK09! Lots of catching up. I will be using my blog outsideg... http://bit.ly/86uuUF


dianaETL: CCK09: The Changing Role of Educators: Davis, Vicki: Technology Driven Differentiated Instruction http://... http://bit.ly/7HJ7dZ


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@gsiemens #eLChair09 listening to @piscitelli it seems to me we should focus in the next #cck09 on more creative acts by participants


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RT @Downes: @gsiemens #eLChair09 listening 2 @piscitelli it seems 2 me we shld focus in the nxt #cck09 on more creative acts by participants


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RT @gsiemens: RT @Ellsbeth: Looking for open courses for the upcoming semester like #eci831 & #cck09. Anyone know what is being offered?


CCK09 - meeting here in Elluminate in 15 min: http://bit.ly/3ib0jB Topic: Systemic change


Inspiration for #cck09 & @gsiemens topic tonight "if i had my way, i would burn this building down" (systemic c... ♫ http://blip.fm/~gwsa9


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No #cck09 for me, it's too late, have to rest. Did not much today. Hope I feel better tomorrow. Good times. Bye.


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