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12th September 2010
A tour of PLEs and PLNs

19th September 2010
Contrasting PLEs with LMSs

26th September 2010
The neXt/eXtended Web

3rd October 2010
PLE/PLN and learning theories

10th October 2010
Evaluating Learning in PLE/Ns

17th October 2010
Using PLEs successfully

24th October 2010
PLE/N Tools

31st October 2010
Personal knowledge management

7th November 2010
PLE/Ns in the classroom

14th November 2010
Critical perspectives on PLE/PLN


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My Favourite Music Box (Jim Stauffer), connectJim
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An Interview - sort of (Jim Stauffer), connectJim
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We're doing SOMETHING right (Jim Stauffer), connectJim
While Reading Fiedler & Väljataga's paper, "Modeling the personal adult learner", I thought, these five layers (systems) of organization ring true to my own experience. I’m not sure I could have understood this at age 21 though. Besides some well-developed foresight, it requires a degree of hindsight not readily available to college freshmen. I think this model can also provide insight, or at least context, to the questions raised about MOOC engagement drop-off in the discussion ... [Link] 2010-11-19T04:07:00

Educational Games (Jim Stauffer), connectJim
I believe it was Maria Anderson who said that many educational computer games are done badly. I've been wondering if any educational game could ever be done well enough to hold students' attention the way wildly popular role-playing games do. Perhaps we've been looking in the wrong direction. What if we could find ways to leverage the huge appeal of well executed games for educational purposes? Kay Novak's PLENK introduction mentions a Second Life Unsymposium, which lead ... [Link] 2010-11-12T06:16:00

In Defense of Big (Jim Stauffer), connectJim
There’s been some dissing of the “big names” in computing and networking. I’d like to say a word in favour of using a ubiquitous provider. Stephen Downes offers to show us how we can do everything Microsoft does for free. I like free, but I also like the convenience of the integrated suite. I have on my netbook, but don’t use it at work. I’m not quite arrogant enough to think my work is more important than innovation, but my employer expects me to be productive. ... [Link] 2010-11-06T02:11:00

Deliberating Over Success (Jim Stauffer), connectJim
I can assess my learning subjectively, based on how successfully I feel I am grasping new concepts, and by the degree of satisfaction I get from the connections I’m making. I can assess my learning objectively, based on whether I’m using digital tools in a new way to solve problems, whether I’m finding new ways to draw in adult students to engage with learning, whether the new connections I’m making with people are to our mutual benefit, and whether my blog & discussion ... [Link] 2010-10-26T02:14:00

Motivated to Tweet (Jim Stauffer), connectJim
I couldn’t get motivated to investigate all the hype about Twitter until yesterday. Open Access week at Athabasca University featured topics relevant to PLENK; and I suddenly had the urge to spread the word. Skype was too limited – only a handful of contacts. It’s not really a topic for discussion forums. Ah well, perhaps the time had come to put aside my uncritical prejudice against the silly name and see if Twitter would deliver. Tweeted my first tonight. I’m xb7r. This led me to ... [Link] 2010-10-20T04:13:00

Still Casting About for Lasting Connections (Jim Stauffer), connectJim
Vahid blogged and several others have commented about desiring to form sub-nets in growing our PLE but finding it difficult. I can identify with that desire, but also appreciate the facilitators' reluctance to "herd" us into groups. From the beginning we've been urged to find people with whom we naturally connect. Dave Cormier mentioned in his blog, " you’ll likely have found some people that are doing what you are doing, who are interested in what you’re interested in, or with ... [Link] 2010-10-12T05:46:00

Semantic Web, Linked Data, Paranoia (Jim Stauffer), connectJim
Talk about strange connections. While watching Tim Berners-Lee on TED my mind dredged up an overlay of Howard Beale. I imagined him exhorting "I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell 'RAW DATA NOW!' " I like to think of myself as moderately tech-savvy. I'm the go-to guy among my friends who are intimidated by "real" techs. Therefore I was surprised at my negative reaction to the idea of pervasive data networks. Does ... [Link] 2010-09-30T01:52:00

Some reflections - and a concept map (Jim Stauffer), connectJim
I expected a heated discussion with regard to the conversation about the incompatibility between connectivism and constructivism in the Friday Elluminate session (Sept 23). Surprisingly there’s nothing in the forums yet. I believe it was Stephen Downes who said he had come to the conclusion the two could not co-exist. I’m wondering which part of this description of constructivism is incompatible with connectivism. "We socially construct meaning through our everyday interactions with ... [Link] 2010-09-26T06:06:00

A few more links (Jim Stauffer), connectJim
I was delighted to find this 12 year old quote, since my impression was that PLN was a recent concept. Copyright ©1998 Daniel R. Tobin How can your learning network help you? By helping you to sift through all the data to identify the information that will be most useful to you. By helping you to identify learning resources and opportunities. By coaching you and answering your questions as you try to apply your learning to your work.By sharing their wisdom with you through dialogue. There&... [Link] 2010-09-19T20:42:00

So, What Have I Learned This Week? (Jim Stauffer), connectJim
At one point I thought I could understand PLE vs. PLN as a clear (if somewhat arbitrary) distinction between tools and sources. That was premature. I partially understand the "ecology v.s. environment" exchange in the "PLEs and PLNs" discussion. The term "ecology" is suggested as an alternative to distinguishing between the environment and the network. I've used this as my starting point on my diagram (detailed view here) To me there is a distinction between the environment and ... [Link] 2010-09-18T07:26:00

Reflections after the first Elluminate session (Jim Stauffer), connectJim
The “personal” aspect of PLE/N speaks to the fact that it is made up of components I personally use, and that those components will differ to some degree from anyone else’s. The objection that “personal” implied ownership, and therefore control, seems unnecessary to me. There is ownership in the sense that I select the environment or network components (tools and sources) according to what makes sense and is useful to me rather than chaffing under what’s forced upon me by an ... [Link] 2010-09-16T04:36:00

Video Introductions (Jim Stauffer), connectJim
PLENK 2010 participant "newmania" posted a video introducing himself at I liked the idea so posted my own at BTW - I got the classroom cleaned up#PLENK2010 [Link] 2010-09-08T02:17:00

RSS answers (Jim Stauffer), connectJim
Aha! I found it, my RSS feed URL for Blogger, thanks to good ole google, and added it to the class feeds. If text is your learning style there's a simple help file at or you could listen to Dave Saunders explain it in a video clip on his blog (btw I also learned RSS stands for "really simple syndication" according to Microsoft) ... [Link] 2010-09-02T22:13:00

Ready (Jim Stauffer), connectJim
Set up and waiting for the course to start - been listening to recordings from the Critical Literacies archives while I work on my classroom. Still need to figure out RSS feeds...#PLENK2010 [Link] 2010-09-02T21:11:00