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#PLENK2010 Thoughts on Fiedler and Väljataga’s Paper, Personal learning environments: concept or technology?
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey
I agree with Sebastian and Terje’s paper on this point: “The development of Personal Learning Environments represents a significant shift in pedagogic approaches to how we support learning processes” . . . “(and it) is not a separate space on the internet, it is an essential part of the users’ workspace”. As S&T point out, many people [...] [Link] 2010-11-17T18:13:27

#PLENK2010 Knowledge is for Acting; Schooling is for Development
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey
Premise: Knowledge Enables Acting, While Schooling Leads Development The ability to act in specific contexts is limited by one’s capabilities and by one’s ability to acquire knowledge that is an appropriate fit to that context. Schooling is not about acting in specific situations, but is about developing capabilities along a specified developmental trajectory as a foundation for [...] [Link] 2010-11-12T19:17:52

#PLENK2010 The Elements of a Network Learning and Development Platform: A Beginning
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey
I’ll begin today by summarizing my last post, orient this post toward an educational view and consider what it might mean in terms of the practical elements of a network learning platform. Summary of My Last Post When we look at our everyday activities and the communities where those activities are embedded, what becomes important in enabling [...] [Link] 2010-10-27T18:41:57

#PLENK2010 Networks as Joint Social Spaces: A Foundation for Pedagogy
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey
I. The Pragmatic Philosophy Part According to Wittgenstein and Bakhtin, words are instruments of meaning, but that meaning is only realized in the context of their use, not from any kind of essence.  (See my previous post for direct quotes and a fuller treatment)  I believe this radical pragmatic concept also applies to logos – understood [...] [Link] 2010-10-20T18:18:56

#PLENK2010 – Theory, Validity and Relativism
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey
Thanks George; a good question I’ve been pondering for a couple days. First issue; I’ll try to get to a better understanding of how I use of the term belief.  I’m thinking pragmatically here about how I act in most everyday situations, not in an idealized logical theoretical way.  In this context, I use the term [...] [Link] 2010-10-11T17:03:22

#PLENK2010 Is There “Meaning” in Connectionism?
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey
In the comparison between connectivism and constructivism I’m searching for a different approach and more clarity.  The topic I will begin with is the place of mind, meaning, and interpretation as it’s found within the cognitive revolution and philosophy; and how these topics relates to connectionism.  Don’t think of this as established thought, but rather [...] [Link] 2010-10-01T20:44:18

#PLENK2010 Information Overload can be Tamed by Collaboration: and PLEs are One Example
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey
Thanks to Rita for this summary!   She brings up the concern that the over-abundance of information leads to a dearth in analysis.   My position is that the limits of our individual cognitive abilities is being replaced by collaboration with committed and passionate others and PLEs are one example where this is happening. First, you’ve [...] [Link] 2010-09-17T18:08:00

Pull (Distributed Learning) as it Relates to Zuboff’s Distributed Capitalism #PLENK2010
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey
In my last post I alluded to some counter-intuitive ways that I think learning is becoming different.  This post addresses that issue in someways by drawing on this McKinsey article. Most people’s idea of learning comes from their experience sitting in classrooms reading from textbooks, memorizing spelling lists or completing practice math problems.  This is a [...] [Link] 2010-09-14T02:54:06

Is it a “Personal” or a “Social Networked” Learning Environment? #PLENK2010
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey
This post is a response to readings (week 1) in the MOOC, PLENK 2010. The book Power of Pull is my favorite exposition of a theory of networked learning, because it accounts very well for an action orientation and a social embeddedness as it portrays the learning process.  The course readings echo this idea. like when [...] [Link] 2010-09-13T21:20:44