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September 11, 2008

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Did you miss earlier issues of The Daily? Are you afraid you might miss some in the future? Now you can view every issue of the Daily online, through our archives feature. Also, the Daily is now available as an RSS Feed, so you can follow along in your news reader. Stephen Downes, CCK08, September 11, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Connectivism Course in Chilbo
This link offers you several things to explore - "The Chilbo community in Second Life will host a cohort of the Connectivism course to explore the affordances of using a 3D immersive environment as an optional component of the curriculum" and "The Connectivism Village will provide a 'neighborhood' and sandbox area for participants in the course." Various Authors, Chilbo Community, September 11, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

MOOC and Mookies: The Connectivism & Connective Knowledge Online Course
This is kind of a fun presentation I gave yesterday at eFest offering a description of the software environment used so support our Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) along with an outline of where the students have taken it and of the principles governing the design. Related: George and Stephen discuss how to set up the course back in August at the Ed Tech Talk online radio show. Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, September 11, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

How I Know What I Know About The Web
The question of whether or not Connectivism is a learning theory leads straight to the question, what is a learning theory? People interested in this question will want to listen to my presentation on the subject of scientific theories and methodology (or just look at the slides, which is faster). You'll want to ask, does a theory solve problems? offer explanations? describe a research programme? prescribe practice? And then, the question is, does Connectivism do any of these. Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, September 11, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Session Recordings
Yesterday, we had an opportunity to meet with course participants in elluminate: Recordings of Session One...and Session Two. Two very different discussions - both equally enjoyable. Stephen Downes George Siemens, Elluminate, September 11, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Rehashing Old Tools to Look at CCK08
We're wired for patterns. We appeal to patterns as a means to prevent information overload. Stephen uses the "where's Waldo" example in his work - i.e. once you see a pattern, you cannot not see it again. Facial recognition exemplifies our skill to do this. The development of data visualization tools promises to provide yet another dimension in our ability to make sense by presenting a pattern of data. Hans Rosling, for example, is a genius at using data to communicate. Tony Hirst has taken some of the beginning interactions in CCK08 and compiled a few visualizations that reflect some of the discussion to date... Tony Hirst, , September 11, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Is It a Theory or Not?
In one of our discussion sessions yesterday, we polled the group of about 80 attendees about how important it was to have a resolution on the "theory" status of connectivism. Interesting results. 40 people stated it wasn't important...and 40 people stated it was. Matthias Melcher offers insight into what may be a key area of the tension: "The problem with the status of a theory is that its descriptive power is often immediately intertwined with prescriptive claims." Matthias Melcher, , September 11, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]


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