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November 6, 2008

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Guesting with Connectivism & Connective Knowledge
We were more than pleased to welcome Nancy White to the course yesterday. This link points to her slides, the text chat from the first session, and the recording of the first session (other links will be posted as they become available). Nancy White, Full Circle Associates, November 6, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Connectivism: Learning Theory of the Future or Vestige of the Past?
Kop and Hill argue in this extensive article that "A paradigm shift, indeed, may be occurring in educational theory, and a new epistemology may be emerging, but it does not seem that connectivism's contributions to the new paradigm warrant it being treated as a separate learning theory in and of its own right. Connectivism, however, continues to play an important role in the development and emergence of new pedagogies, where control is shifting from the tutor to an increasingly more autonomous learner." Readers will find this article valuable as a clear description of the theory and its origins in the work of people like Friere and Illich. See also Kelly Edmonds on this article. Rita Kop and Adrian Hill, IRRODL, November 6, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

CCK08: Iterative, Appreciative Change
This is a nice set of notes from today's online session with Nancy White in our Connectivism and Connective Knowledge course. We had Nancy White in for a visit and in her engaging style she talked with us about how new technologies change current practices in communities - and how communities can adopt new practices. "If you're looking for the nuts and bolts of the ideas, skip down to the "Change Ideas" list near the bottom of this post. This was the collected brainstorming of the group on how to make change happen." Also, see Diego Leal's summary of the discussion. An d here's Bob bell's screen capture of the list of change tactics gathered in the early session. Christy Tucker, Experiencing E-Learning, November 6, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

My Response to Co-Learner Maru On the Course CCK08 and Connectivism
I personally find discussion of theories to be satisfying and valuable. But, as Nancy White mentioned in her session today, focusing on practice is where concepts become relevant for most people. In this post, Jon highlights the impact of going beyond theory to pursue one's passions: "But at the end, if you think you have learned something that you have conceptualised in your goals, you have already succeeded in achieving your goals. It is not because of any theories, not because of any "constructive criticism" or "praises" by others, though some of them may be helpful in your learning, but because of your enthusiasm and passion towards learning. " Jon Mak, , November 6, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Insurgence for Emergence
When our interactions with information/content and each other change, new educator roles cannot be too far behind. Lisa explores different educators models, and includes an indication of the next (logical) step in transforming education: "What we face is a lack of magic. Aware of increasing access to information and resources via the web, we envision a world of self-motivated learners, unhampered by bureaucratic straight-jackets and obedience training. We want to use new technologies to bring them the world, controlling their learning only so they don't hurt themselves or others. We want them to learn like we learn, through connections and discovery. We want assessment of learning to be based on personal empowerment of knowledge rather than passing tests and earning degrees. Ultimately, then, we want the role of Wizard. The ultimate power, not to control people, but to change the system." Lisa Lane, , November 6, 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 - Paper 2 Serialized Form Day 3 November 6, 2008
Swinging Along in the Mid-Term... November 5, 2008
Paper #2: Insurgence for Emergence November 5, 2008
My response to co-learner Maru on the course CCK08 and connectivism November 5, 2008
Concept Map @ Mid-Course CCK08 November 5, 2008
Teaching the Teachers: A Key to Student Success November 5, 2008
CCK08:Paper #2 From an Industrial to a Knowledge based Economy November 5, 2008

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