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Recent Posts to PLENK2010

Time for a new MOOC?
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
Jim Groom is getting ready to launch another massive open online course (MOOC). Tony Hirst, who drew my attention to Jim's course Digital Storytelling (ds106.us) with this post: Massive Open Online Courses all you need to know, has curated a few videos from PLENK2010 facilitator Dave Cormier on the philosophy of a MOOC. I've signed up for Digital Storytelling, but I expect my role to be more as [Link] 2010-12-15T17:09:00

Lookback at 2010: Tool of the Year
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
In the media, as the shortest day approaches and with it the end of the old year, it's traditional to look back. Here is the first of my retrospectives on 2010. My tool of the year is Pearltrees (http://www.pearltrees.com), which I discovered during PLENK2010. I've used this as both a curation tool (see my Plenk2010 collection) and as an exploratory learning object builder but it also has a [Link] 2010-12-10T10:47:00

SOCRAIT: If they build it I will come
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
Those of you who are regular readers will know that I spent 10 weeks from September to November immersed (almost literally) in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Personal Learning Environments, Networks and Knowledge (PLENK2010). As already reported, one of the highlights for me was the guest appearance of Maria Andersen and her intriguing proposal for developing SOCRAIT, a Socratic [Link] 2010-11-27T13:00:00

What I learned in PLENK2010
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
Short answer ... not much. At least that's how it appears to me at the moment. I do know that I'm all PLENKED out, somewhat depressed and not looking forward to immersing myself in #jiscel10. Perhaps it's a symptom of SAD, or maybe I'm just in mourning. [Link] 2010-11-16T23:20:00

Socratic questioning - Week 7 in #PLENK2010
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
Socrates Week 7 in PLENK2010 was concerned with PLE/N tools (What Exists, What is Being Built?): Many of the tools that fit under the PLE/N umbrella have been appropriated by educators from other fields. This isn't necessarily a problem, but it does reflect a sense that educators are not building tools for themselves. The software that we use in this course is a bit of an exception. We [the [Link] 2010-11-02T21:56:00

I The Thinker
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
At PLENK2010 participant Heli Nurmi's request (see Test Your Blog Please), I submitted the URL of this blog to http://www.typealyzer.com/ to have it subjected to a Myers-Briggs personality test. It turns out that these scribblings reveal me to be an INTP type (The Thinker) The logical and analytical type. They are especially attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always [Link] 2010-10-26T22:22:00

Week 7 in PLENK2010
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
Week 7 in PLENK2010Originally uploaded by Chris P JoblingWeek 7 of PLENK2010 is all about the tools. I subject about which I believe I actually have some expertise.Though the concept of the personal learning environment has been around for the last five years, there has not been a comprehensive summation of what has been developed in the field. We would like to build that summation this week. Now [Link] 2010-10-25T09:10:00

Digital literacy, passion and changing educational paradigms
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
On Sunday, I finally found the time to listen to the recording of guest Will Richardson, author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, from Wednesday's #PLENK2010 live Elluminate session. In this session, Will gave a short presentation Using PLE's Successfully and a couple of things came up. First was a summary of the recommendations on 21st Century Literacies  [Link] 2010-10-24T15:54:00

Life under the microscope
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
Today's live #PLENK2010 session was ostensibly about assessment in a Personal Learning Environment but it seemed to be more about how PLENK2010 (the research project) could assess whether the participants (us) could assess their own learning or indeed whether or not it was possible to assess what learning actually happens or could happen in a Massive Open Online Course. In other words, we [Link] 2010-10-13T17:58:00

Friendfeed groups - a social network for PLENK2010?
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
In response to George Siemens' Week 4 discussion topic "Is it the topic or the period in the course?", Vahid Masrour said "I have a suggestion... posted in my blog [Where is MOOC's social network?"], but in a nutshell, i think the MOOC should provide better+easier means to 'cluster' for the participants. A Facebook-like profile if you will." In one of the comments to Vahid's post, Rita Kop [Link] 2010-10-12T19:20:00

PLENK2010 - It's a Marathon not a Sprint!
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
Losing Contact! The faciltators said we couldn't possibly read everything, but I feel like I've not read anything from Weeks 4 and 5. As you can see there's a huge amount of discussion going on in the Week 4 forum and it's already building up in Week 5 which has just started. And that's not even counting the twitter feed and The Daily. I feel like a marathon runner who went too fast for the [Link] 2010-10-12T17:06:00

No PLENK this week
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
Apart from multitasking through the two Elluminate sessions this week and "curating" the course materials in my Week 4 Pearltree, I've hardly participated in #PLENK2010 this week. It's not because of the week four effect discussed in Dave Comier's blog posting Cluster and Focus -> Surviving week 4 of a MOOC, neither is it the "painful and confusing" nature of this week's topic PLE/PLN and [Link] 2010-10-08T23:33:00

Week 3: The eXtended Web
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
This week's PLENK2010 topic is an exploration of what Steve Wheeler has called Web 3.0, Stephen Downes has christened Web X, George Siemens calls xWeb and Rita Kop calls the eXtended Web. I prefer Sir Tim Berners-Lee's name of the Data Web introduced in this TED talk and discussed here (Pivot My Data) back in March. Out of interest, I present the Wordles of, clockwise from top left, [Link] 2010-09-29T18:54:00

A day in the PLENK
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
At the end of the Beatles' seminal Sergeant Pepper album is the track "A Day in the Life." Those who've heard it will know that right at the end of the track, and therefore the album, is the climax in which an orchestra works itself up into a frenzy of noise before a single piano chord brings the whole thing to an end. PLENK2010 has been like being in that orchestra this week. An awful lot of [Link] 2010-09-24T21:14:00

Missing the ocean for the seashells
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
Earlier today, over in PLENK2010, Eduardo Peirano started a discussion Personal Learning and the [...] Seven Principles of Good Practice in which he linked to a paper by Chickering and Gamson (1987) with the suggestion that the seven principles might be used to evaluate Personal Learning and the whole MOOC experiment. What are the principles? Good practice in undergraduate education: [Link] 2010-09-23T20:57:00

Response to Martin Weller's Paper
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
I've just finished reading Martin Weller's paper The Decentralition Dillema in Education IT (one of the PLENK2010 week 2 readings) and I thought I'd use audioBoo.fm to say a few words about what we have at Swansea.Here's the recording:Listen!Martin will be a guest presenter at the Wednesday Elluminate session later today and it will be interesting to see what he has to say and how the course [Link] 2010-09-21T23:22:00

A week in a MOOC
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
The first week of #PLENK2010 is nearly over. Just one Elluminate discussion to go (16.00 Zulu, 17.00 BST). This is my first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) (it's actually my first experience of any form of formal learning for quite some time) but despite all the dire warnings about information overload issued at the start, I actually think I've settled in quite nicely. I have read all the [Link] 2010-09-17T14:39:00

Google Custom Search Engine for #PLENK2010
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
At Tony Hirst's suggestion (see comments to previous post), I followed Alan Levine's instructions and created a custom google search engine derived from Stephen Downes 'feed of feeds' OPML file. It took a couple of attempts as it's not clear on the Google Custom Search Engine creation page just what you have to do, and the order you have to do it, but with Alan's post and a bit of perseverance I [Link] 2010-09-16T13:41:00

Aggregator/Publisher for #PLENK2010
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
I have started putting together a personal learning environment for the Massively Open Online Course PLENK2010. Taking my inspiration from mashup-meister Tony Hirst, I have created an Aggregator using Yahoo! Pipes. This takes the OPML file (connect.downes.ca/feeds.xml) from the PLENK2010 Participants Feeds page, feeds it through a filter to extract posts with #PLENK2010 in the body or title, and [Link] 2010-09-15T19:45:00

Starting with PLENK 2010
Chris Jobling, Fresh and Crispy
Today a Massively open Online Course (MOOC) on Personal Learning Environments, Networks and Knowledge (PLENK2010) is starting. The course is being facilitated by George Siemens, Stephen Downes, our own Rita Kop and Dave Cormier and is being used in various was to research PLEs and their effectiveness. Personally, I am hoping to learn more about Personal Learning Environments and Personal Learning [Link] 2010-09-13T16:36:00