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Recent Posts to PLENK2010

Architects of Vascularization Building Lattices of Learning - The #PLENK2010 Experience
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Jennifer Chesney, Sparks & Flashes, December 21, 2010. More reflection on massive open online courses (moocs). Jennifer Chesney writes, "We need to get serious about collaboration and create a lattice for learning so that students can weave in and out of them as they wish, in what makes sense to them." Also, Tony Searl wonders, "Would (M)OOc's be any more successful with self organised learners drawn from non traditional non-institutional backgrounds? Those from a clean ... [Link] 2010-12-21T06:10:45

The MOOC Model for Digital Practice
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Alexander McAuley, Bonnie Stewart, George Siemens and Dave Cormier, Dave's Educational Blog, December 20, 2010. The first of the major studies to come out of PLENK 2010 is online. "Building and sustaining prosperity through Canada's current digital strengths depends on a digital ecosystem that embraces both infrastructure and the collaborative social networks enabled by that infrastructure. Prosperity in this context requires a citizenry with the knowledge, skills, and ... [Link] 2010-12-20T14:49:32

Paper Accepted for CHASE2011 about #PLENK2010
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Vladimir Kukharenko, Plenk2010, December 13, 2010. Vladimir Kukharenko draws four lessons from his participation in PLENK 2010. From his paper, 'Lessons Learned from Participating in a Connectivist Massive Online Open Course (MOOC),' accepted for CHASE 2011, here are the four lessons: - Learning in a MOOC is Possible - Learning Often Occurs Through the Back Channels - Learning Without Being Assessed - Learning Needs a Daily Reminder [Link] [Comment] [Link] 2010-12-13T12:47:54

The PLENK, The PLE and We
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[Slides][Audio] In this presentation I outline the work done presenting connectivist style courses over the last two years, demonstrate the course screen, demonstrate the use of the gRSShopper backend to create a newsletter, and talk about the theory of distributed learning underlying the design. SNB's Stephen Dixon introduces the session and also, after the talk, described how such a system could be used to support communication and learning in government applications. The audio also ... [Link] 2010-12-01T06:00:00

IFI7144 Task 10 – Activity Theory –> NIE vs. PLENK2010
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Reimo, Reimo's Blog, December 2, 2010. This is an admirable attempt to contextualize PLENK2010 even though I think it ultimately fails. The author uses activity theory to compare our course with NIE (New Interactive Environments). "Activity theory provides us a means to analyze the dynamics of an application or environment as it distinguishes between motives, goals and conditions." Fair enough. But what it shows is that activity theory, as described here, is not really a good ... [Link] 2010-12-02T06:17:13

Long Time, No See!! Thoughts on a MOOC
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Ian Woods, Ian's Professional Learning Journey, November 26, 2010. Interesting set of reflections on the hierarchy of participation in a massive open online course (MOOC). Ian Woods talks about his participation in PLENK mostly as a lurker. "Lurking," he writes, "is a by-product of not being able to keep up." And "Lurkers may add the odd comment here and there but get discouraged because they aren't necessarily noticed by the rest of the pack." He makes some recommendations ... [Link] 2010-11-26T05:43:45

PLENK in the whole world – almost?
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, Heli on Connectivism, November 19, 2010. PLENK2010 wrapped up today and it was a pretty impressive run, all told. We all learned a lot, and as this diagram from Heli Nurmi shows, the course had a global reach. Related: Rita Kop offers her reflections on modeling PLE-based learning. [Link] [Comment] [Link] 2010-11-19T14:49:14

The Tyranny of Teaching Content
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Jenny Mackness, Jenny Connected, November 2, 2010. Good post from the PLENK course responding to the question of how to teach if you're not teaching content. "There is so much information out there, which is developing and changing so fast, that I can't possibly keep up with it, never mind hold it all in my head. The trick is to work out what knowledge/facts I must always have at my finger tips and what I don't need to hold in my head because I can search for the ... [Link] 2010-11-02T06:37:57

The place of content in teaching and learning
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Jenny Macness, Jenny Connected, October 29, 2010. Reflecting on Maria Anderson's presentation in PLENK2010, Jenny Macness writes, " I wonder whether content is the starting point (I think Maria suggested that learners need some content to base their learning on – or words to that effect) or whether there is an ‘engaging the learner' stage, a ‘learning how to learn' stage, which precedes or circumvents content – just as Matthias and ... [Link] 2010-10-29T15:06:18

PLENK 2010, Weeks 4-6: Learning Theories, Evaluation and Literacies
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Stefanie Panke, educational technology & change, October 22, 2010. Good update on how the PLENK course is going. "Despite the dwindling participation, the past three weeks were arguably the most interesting part of the course, exploring the theoretical background for personal learning environments, sharing experiences in evaluating the learning process in a PLE, and trying to define digital literacies for learning with PLEs." This is also the most interesting stuff for me. The ... [Link] 2010-10-22T15:44:52

Openness: From Sharing to Adopting
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David Wiley, iterating toward openness, October 17, 2010. The recent UNESCO discussion on open educational resources turned eventually to the question of adoption of OERs, and as David Wiley suggests in this post, raised the need for people to start adopting them. As Wiley says, "hose leaders who think of themselves as being on the cutting edge of the open education movement need to start walking the walk / becoming living examples / modeling the desired behavior of adopting others&... [Link] 2010-10-17T09:35:09

Personal Learning Environments and PLENK2010
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[Slides][Audio] I describe the organization of connectivist courses such as CCK08 and PLENK2010, demonstrate some of the technology, and discuss some of the thinking behind the design. Training Development Officers, Halifax, via Skype and join.me (Seminar) October 20, 2010 [Comment] [Link] 2010-10-20T13:46:24

#PLENK2010 Assessment in distributed networks
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Jenny Mackness, Jenny Connected, October 18, 2010. We discussed the question of assessment in distributed networks (ie., networkjs using PLEs) last week, and I confess, I'm not satisfied that we resolved this one. Jenny Mackness offers an intelligent discussion of the question and pinpoints the issue with this: "If we cannot rely on peer assessment and self-assessment (which we may not be able to do for validated/accredited courses), then we need more assessors." But there's ... [Link] 2010-10-18T14:09:25

The future of education, my vision of the future
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Ignatia/Inge de Waard, Ignatia, October 15, 2010. The future of humanity telepathy finalView more presentations from ignatia. I have to say, I like a presentation that can predict that in the future we will be telepathic and telekinetic - and make it stick. It's actually a straightforward extrapolation - we have technologies already that handle communication and the manipulation of things - which is the really hard part. In the future, we'll just remove the middle-man - the ... [Link] 2010-10-15T12:53:35

web 3.0/xWeb
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George Siemens, elearnspace, October 13, 2010. In the PLENKosphere recently we've been talking about the concept of the extended web (or xWeb) and of course xLearning. The idea of xWeb/xLearning is that it is a web (or learning) that extends beyond thew browsers, beyond the computer, beyond the web, even, in a variety of interesting and important ways. We're still waiting for Tim O'Reilly to trademark the term; meanwhile we've been fleshing it out. George Siemens ... [Link] 2010-10-13T15:56:36

Connectivism & Constructivism: PLENK 2010
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George Siemens, elearnspace, October 13, 2010. George Siemens extracts an audio recording of he and I talking about the distinction between connectivism and constructivism (let's see if the new enclosure feature in the Newsletter is working...). Image via ZaidLearn. [Link] [Comment] [Link] 2010-10-13T15:39:22

Connectivism & Constructivism: PLENK 2010
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George Siemens, elearnspace, October 13, 2010. George Siemens extracts an audio recording of he and I talking about the distinction between connectivism and constructivism (let's see if the new enclosure feature in the Newsletter is working...) [Link] [Comment] [Link] 2010-10-13T15:39:12

Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario Schools
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Unattributed, Ontario Ministry of Education, October 13, 2010. This reference was cited in the PLENK2010 Week 5 Discussion by Ken Anderson . The 168 page PDF defines seven fundamental principles stating that assessments... • are fair, transparent, and equitable; • support all students; • relate to the curriculum, interests, learning styles and preferences; • are communicated clearly; • are ongoing and varied in nature; • provide ongoing descriptive feedback; • ... [Link] 2010-10-13T05:43:24

Complexity and Personal Learning Environments
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Keith Hamon, Communications & Society, October 8, 2010. I find fascinating concerns such as expressed by Dave Cormier to the effect that the PLE fosters the idea of people setting out apart from others and learning on their own. It's especially interesting in the context of what I am observing in more recent connectivist courses, such as #PLENK2010, where there is not the sort of effort being directed toward helping others as I would like to see. Some people observed that ... [Link] 2010-10-08T14:41:10

Is There "Meaning" in Connectionism?
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Howard Johnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey, October 8, 2010. The relationship between meaning and connectivism is a difficult one to get at. This is an interesting attempt. It depicts the 'cognitive revolution' as an effort to bring 'mind' back into the human sciences after a "long winter of objectivism." Which is fair enough, I guess. But as the author notes, the problem is, as "'we mistakenly "compare the use of words with games and calculi which have ... [Link] 2010-10-08T14:28:03