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November 4, 2008

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Principles for Evaluating Websites
I wrote this article a few years ago to give people looking at online sources some assistance in assessment and evaluation. It is consistent with my Fallacies guide, though much briefer and more applied. Readers of this course should notice the effort to balance the decline in the role of the authority with the increase in the role of reason and critical thinking on the part off non-authorities.

Sometimes it feels as though people think that non-authoritarian learning means students can advance whatever point of view they want, as though every view were equal. But not so. As Tom Whyte says, "providing students with training on verifying knowledge and sources is very important." True - but not just because it saves time (though it does) but so they have some mechanism for selecting with of their ideas to offer as candidates for belief. Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, November 4, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Educamp CCK08 Talk
This is a talk I gave online last week describing the course. It's a fairly brief presentation and moves along at a brisk pace. Slides and audio. You may also be interested in this talk, also from last week, projecting the future of advanced learning technologies. Both talks are 15 minutes or so. Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, November 4, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

CCK08 Understanding Self
What is the role of the teacher? Dave Pollard recasts the question as: "In a world with a billion people online, connected in multiple and unfathomably complex ways, how do you find, and then connect, with just the right people to do what you need to do?" Irmeli Aro comments, with text and pictures. Irmeli Aro, On Connectivism and Life, November 4, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Gimme an M, Gimme an O
The impact of this course on future discussions of pedagogy and epistemology is obviously uncertain. I hope it's an opening into reconsideration of both elements from the perspective of a technologically-mediated world. This conversation will be measured in years and decades. The MOOC aspect (massive open online course) has more direct or immediate value. I expect we'll see many more universities and colleges approaching opening teaching in light of some of the emerging models demonstrated by various educators over the lasts few years. , , November 4, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Lurker Vs. Bad Student
In yesterday's Daily, we posted a link to a post questioning whether CCK08 was a success or failure. Several posts from lurking students present different views. And this is exactly how it should be. My success metrics will differ from someone else's. When dealing with physical spaces (such as classrooms), and if I have the Power as the teacher, everyone must subscribe to my success-metric. In this course, participants have the freedom to create their own successful modes of participation. As Prof LL says: "Does social networking change the landscape of the real world? Sure. It adds a new level of discourse, one that's being figured out and revised as it develops. It's a moving target, and our students will shape it. I've certainly learned a lot by lurking in CCK08 about how to use social networking/Web 2.0 tools in my teaching. And in order to gain that knowledge, I am grateful to the "good" students who have been dutifully doing the work so I could watch the experiment until I felt comfortable enough to start jumping in." See this post on X28 on factors to consider prior to declaring failure/success. Prof LL, , November 4, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Welcome to the Exploratorium
The second assignment (short paper on ID or teaching changes) are now starting to come in...This paper captures an important concept: "I believe that the roles of the Instructional Designer and Teacher are changing and must change in the face of the ever-increasing onslaught of information every human being faces today. Those roles must merge into the Sharer, who shows new technologies and connections to information to others while always keeping in mind his/her own role as perpetual student. " Arielion, , November 4, 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

Week 2 Paper In Serial Form - CCK08 November 4, 2008
KTK08 Ken’s Taxonomy of Knowledge for 2008 November 3, 2008
CCK08 Meta notes November 3, 2008
I made the news! November 3, 2008
It’s about the journey, not the destination November 3, 2008
CCK08 Short Paper 2: Changing roles of educators November 3, 2008
Paper 2: Welcome to the Exploratorium! November 3, 2008
ThisIsMe - a project about Digital Identity; the self on the web. November 3, 2008
CCK08 - Week 8 - What estate? A digression… November 3, 2008
CCK08 - What does failure look like November 3, 2008
CCK08 I'm still here... November 3, 2008
“The classroom is nothing less than an state of the art information dump” November 3, 2008
On groups and emerging networks November 3, 2008
Emergent social networks November 3, 2008
Virtual worlds for learning November 3, 2008
Social aspects of learning November 3, 2008
CCK08 First readings November 3, 2008
MMOG wordt MMOL November 3, 2008

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