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September 12, 2008

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UStream Discussion Today
Friday: Discussion via USTREAM 11 am CST: See time zone conversion. If you miss it, hit the link anyway to watch the recording. Stephen Downes, George Siemens, UStream, September 12, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

CCK08: Let'so Go for a Walk in a Wood and Relax...
I really like this analogy. "nobody would assume that in order to know that wood one has to know exactly every tree, one by one, its shape, age and location. Every plant. Every leaf of every plant. Every animal and where every animal is and what every animal is doing at any instant. Every stone. Every particle." Thinking of this course as akin to a walk in the woods is probably a much better way to think of it than, say, browsing in a library. Andreas Formiconi, Insegnare Apprendere Mutare, September 12, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Online Connectivism Conference Resources
You may recall in 2007, we (as in LTC at U of Manitoba) hosted an online conference on connectivism. We had the privilege of bringing in excellent speakers. All of the presentations were transcribed and posted in a wiki with slides interspersed for context. Presenters: Will Richardson, Stephen Downes, Bill Kerr, Terry Anderson, Diana Oblinger, and George Siemens. I also have an introductory overview to the background on learning theory. It was supposed to lead into a second part...but I never got around to it. Many, , September 12, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Om Design On the Feel of the Course
Love this quote from Om Design - it resonates with my view currently: "This course is very much like the Jimmy Durante skit where he sweeps a bunch of spotlights into a pile and picks them up. Ephemeral and intelligent, concrete and hypothetical alike seem to be scattershot all over the crowd right now and I'm excited to see how it all falls together. I love the random/chaotic feeling of it all and look forward to a coalescence." Much of our first week has focused on getting somewhat acquainted with each other and oriented to the process of tools and interaction. While that's an important process, our focus will now begin to shift to the main assertions of connectivism and seek evidence for (or against) the theory. Om Design, , September 11, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Making a Massive Open Online Course Work (for Me)
Steve Mackenzie describes his experience with the course so far: "If the course is attempting to show connectivism in action, at the moment I do not think it is working. For me connectivism has an emotional quality that due to the abundance of people and information and my own external workload is currently missing. The discussions could lead to some emotional connectivity for me, but I have not got deep enough into a conversation yet." He then offers a series of approaches to improve connectedness, including using games and breakout rooms during synchronous discussions. Trust, security, and a sense of connectedness are important to creating an environment where learners feel comfortable sharing ideas and engaging in dialogue. Steve Mackenzie, , September 11, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]


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