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September 17, 2008

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Live Sessions for Wednesday
As it is Wednesday in most parts of the world, today we have two live discussions planned. Two Elluminate discussions (both sessions can be accessed via this link): 11 am CST (See time zone conversions) and 7 pm CST (See time zone conversions) Stephen Downes, George Siemens, Elluminate, September 17, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

People Versus Posts
Here's a discussion that should be read by all, I think. Roy Hanfling has created a chart of Moodle posts in the course. It's a classic power law diagram. I (Stephen) argue, in my paper Community Blogging, that networks that produce power laws are limited, and tend to allow a few voices to dominate.

Compare the frequency of posts on Moodle with the frequency of posts found in CCK08 blogs. Here's a list of the blogs in the course. This tells us that there are different types of networks. Which in turn suggests that some network structures are better. We can ask, at this point, what structures are better, and how are these different configurations created. In asking such questions, we are getting to the heart of the course. , , September 17, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

If you are finding yourself buried by the Moodle posts (and given this chart if would not be surprising if you were) you might want to relocate yourself to one of the many other places this course is being offered. I have been collecting these locations on a page - if you know of additional places where CCK08 groups have gathered to discuss the course among themselves, please add a comment to this post and let us know. Stephen Downes, CCK08, September 17, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Connectivism: Learning Theory of the Future or Vestige of the Past?
A pre-publication version of a article to appear in the next issue of IRRODL (thanks for sharing it early!). The authors state: "This paper will highlight current theories of learning and critically analyse connectivism within the context of its predecessors, to establish if it has anything new to offer as a learning theory or as an approach to teaching for the 21st Century." They then begin an exploration of the key ideas of connectivism and ask the critical question: "does connectivism have anything new to offer?". Short answer answer according to the authors: no. Rita Kop Adrian Hill, IRRODL, September 16, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Where Does the Learning Occur??
In a networked model of learning, how does the learning actually occur? Well, as I suggest in this post, it occurs as we struggle to make sense of our world. As we filter information. As we create content and engage with others. Traditionally, education has provided much of the filtering work for us through the bounded information structures provided by instructors/faculty. What happens when that is under our control too? George Siemens, , September 16, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]


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