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October 17, 2008

Friday Chat Half Hour Early Today

Our weekly chat, moderated by the ever talented Dave Cormier, will begin half an hour sooner than usual. Click here to access the audio feed on UStream. The chat will start at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time (Time zone conversion is here).

Highlighted Resources

Buddhism, Chaos and Complexity Theory
Dolors Reig posted this link in Twine. It is an interesting post that combines complexity, Buddhist conceptions of the self, and connectivism. "As with an inherent concept of "me", what we consider the mind - at least in my understanding - is reliant on our comprehension of reality, information, and experience, both past and present. Given this changes constantly, the notion of one eternal mind cannot exist either." Also check out the comments, where Steve Sorden links to the Heylighen article suggesting that increasing management leads to decreased control, and the writings of William E Doll, who offers a resource site for the study of chaos theory. Mike Bogle, TechTicker, October 17, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Groups Into Networks New Curriculum Needed - CCK08
This blog post considers the question of the sort of curriculum that would be needed to move students from groups to networks. Tom Whyte also considers whether personality differences incline a person toward either groups or networks. Tom Whyte, Where Old Meets Now, October 17, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Thought Networks Don't Need to Socialize
Minh raises this item in a discussion list post, a proposal for a 'thought network' that connects ideas. The point of a thought network is that humans don't need to operate it. "How do we shorten the distance between our thoughts? By recognizing that thought networking is not semantically-enhanced social networking. This is the essence of pure and frictionless semantic networks. "Of course, you need something to connect. "Semantic representations, the language of thought, provide a medium that makes thoughts tangible." It's an interesting idea, but can semantic representations take the place of humans in a thought network? Peter Sweeney, Primal Fusion, October 17, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Week 6 The C Words and the D Words
Looks like week 6 is turning into a week of reflection. Perhaps it's the sense of "we're almost there...from here it's down hill!". Keith Lyons provides a personal review, covering slow blogging, complexity, chaos, and Alec's presentation: "his week has seemed like a catching of breath for me. I have not visited Moodle for some time but am keen to join Second Life given Fleep Tuque's work. I am finding that the richness of the blogs, the stimulus of The Daily and the emerging themes of the course are enabling me to link biography and the practice of connecting." Keith Lyons, , October 16, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

When we change forums of interaction, we change relationship structures. Facebook and other social networking tools blur roles. I see Facebook as a tool for communicating. I don't know how well it can be applied for teaching/learning...and whether learners even want faculty in their social spaces. As stated: "I'm uncertain what the potential downsides of this new openness might be. There's always a risk that students can become too close to their professors, so a prof needs to take care to maintain some semblance of a professional connection. But the demystification of professors is probably a good thing, done right, because it enables connections and creates an environment more conducive to learning." Eugene Wallingford, , October 16, 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

Connectivist Emergency! October 17, 2008
As Complex as We Wanna Be… CCK08 October 17, 2008
Groups into Networks New Curriculum Needed - CCK08 October 17, 2008
CCK08: Two Conversations with Gen Millennium, and Some Questions on Learning and Knowledge Failures October 17, 2008
Wk 6 Complexity, Chaos & Randomness October 16, 2008
Butterfly in Church-Land October 16, 2008
A response on education and learning October 16, 2008
Multimembership in Social Networks (FOC08, CCK08) October 16, 2008
Judge Judy, the Rosetta Stone and the River of Complexity October 16, 2008
Thoughts on Waste, Efficiency, and the Web October 16, 2008
CCK08: Facebook for Academics October 16, 2008
groups vs networks: ist das hier die frage? October 16, 2008

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