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October 3, 2008

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Discussion Today
As usual, our Friday discussion is on today via USTREAM 11 am CST: See time zone conversion. Audio only. Stephen Downes, George Siemens, Dave Cormier, UStream, October 3, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

About Course Culture
It's an interesting thought I (Stephen) have after reading this post: at a certain level, a fish has to know it is swimming in water. (And so - what do students in a connectivist course need to 'know')? Heli Nurmi, Heli on Connectivism, October 3, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Fairy Bread and Concept Mapping CCK08

The latest Wordle representation of the discussion. ailsa, a musing space; a performance in progress, October 3, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

CCK08 - Making Digital Nomads of Us ALL!
Marc Prensky would have written an entire book based on this idea. The distinction between 'digital nomads' and 'digital settlers' carries with it numerous connotations and is an analogy ripe with meaning and potential for discussion. Tom Whyte, Where Old Meets Now, October 3, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Learning For Sustainability Home
This site came up in the discussion Wednesday, open online learning that has been running for eight weeks now. "Learning for Sustainability is a partnerhsip website linking NSWTAFE New England Institute with the Liverpool Plain Land Management Committee, the Namoi CMA and the wider community ." Various Authors, Website, October 3, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

CCK08: Reflection for Week 3
How does connectivism relate to its predecessors? "The description of Connectivism as a 'way of seeing' or a 'way of understanding' resonates strongly with me. Though it appears to me that Connectivism is predominantly grounded in philosophical discourse, there are certainly numerous practical and pragmatic examples of experiences and activities that align themselves with Connectivist principles of learning." Adrian Hill, CCK08: Reflection for Week 3, October 3, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Re: Are We in a Revolution of LEanring Affairs?
There is quite a good discussion taking place in the Moodle forum this week; I recommend you skip the early part of the thread and start here, where some informed an articulate participants begin in earnest. Me, I think that the connotation of a revolution is a replacement of one order with another, but I would characterize connectivism as something quite different, more of an enlightenment than a revolution. Sui Fai John Mak, CCK08, October 3, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Networked Workers (.Pdf)
This study by Pew Internet looks at the lives of "networked workers". Some results are not surprising - such as the proliferation of computers, laptops, and mobile phones. The thinning boundaries between professional and personal lives (50% check work email on weekends) is unfortunate, but not unexpected either. I was a bit surprised, however, by the high percentage of the workforce (24%) that were new (less than a year) at their organization. The report also cites 12% of the population - in the US - has written a blog (or contributed to one). That seems quite high. Pew Internet, , October 3, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

CCK08 Week 1 Paper - Version 1.0 (Rough Draft)
As Stephen posted yesterday, we're starting to see the first round of papers on defining personal views of connectivism. Last week, in a thread on blogs vs. forums, I suggested that as participants begin to complete "assignments" the distinction between blogs and forums would become more evident (or at least the dynamics of participation in the two areas would change). In this post, Tom Whyte begins to tie together the rather far ranging dialogue generated by the course and the concepts introduced in the readings and presentations. Personal papers of this sort, combined with concept maps, forum contributions, and the final project, will hopefully help participants understand the nuanced nature of connectivism...and the rather far-ranging implications if its basic tenets are not only accepted, but used as a basis for teaching and learning. Tom Whyte, , October 2, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

The CCK08 MOOC - Connectivism Course, 1/4 Way
Dave Cormier pauses 1/4 way through CCK08 and reflects on the way the course has been designed, the history (including the term MOOC), and some of the challenges in running a course in this manner. He then focuses on some early lessons - including prerequisite literacies, community building, and course standards. Great to receive feedback suggesting improvements - something we encountered in our elluminate sessions this week as well. We're learning at least as much, and likely more, than course participants! ...and no sooner had I posted this than I read Stephen's OLDaily commentary echoing statements that he made in yesterday's sessions: "I don't know - it just seems to me that experienced educators (who form the bulk of our enrollment) should be able to organize their own learning. There's a learned dependency here that people will need to overcome in order to learn for themselves in an increasingly information-rich environment." Dave Cormier, , October 2, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]


Here's what course members from around the world had to say. Want to join the conversation? Login and submit your feed. Then put this at the beginning of your post: CCK08

CCK08 Concept map of week 4 from the point of view of ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR October 3, 2008
Walks like a Duck October 3, 2008
CCK08 - Making Digital Nomads of us ALL! October 2, 2008
Connectivism - Learning Theory or Tool for Learning (Friedman’s paper) October 2, 2008
Getting a Feel for Connectivism in the Abstract October 2, 2008
Fairy bread and concept mapping CCK08 October 2, 2008
About course culture October 2, 2008
CCK08 My position on Connectivism October 2, 2008
CCK08 Week 3 Leftover: The Three Layers October 2, 2008
Paper 1: My Position on Connectivism October 2, 2008
CCK08 - The Third Dimension of Networks October 2, 2008
CCK08: How do I Know and How do I Learn? October 2, 2008

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