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November 11, 2008

Highlighted Resources

Seven Questions
Short video in which I respond to a series of questions about learning, the current educational system, and what we will need in the future. Stephen Downes,, November 11, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

The Revolution Will Be Syndicated
If you have the time, take a look at this hour-long presentation, a recording of a talk given in Second Life. As Jim Groom summarizes, "We'll be discussing the current Zombie state of institutional Web 2.0 fakery and the chains of expedient enslavement that bind us; exploring the means for surviving our current LMS malaise through imaginative resistance." Tom Woodward, Brian Lamb and Jim Groom, TechTicker, November 11, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Minds On Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0
This is another article that will be valuable reading for those interested in the issues surrounding openness in education. For me (Stephen) there is a direct connection between openness and connectivist forms of learning, as suggested by the following quote: "It is unlikely that sufficient resources will be available to build enough new campuses to meet the growing global demand for higher education-at least not the sort of campuses that we have traditionally built for colleges and universities. Nor is it likely that the current methods of teaching and learning will suffice to prepare students for the lives that they will lead in the twenty-first century." John Seely Brown and Richard P. Adler, EDUCAUSE Review, November 11, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Role of Teacher (A to Z)
Fun romp through the alphabet of teaching. John Mak, Suifaijohnmak's Weblog, November 11, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

An adaptation by Dave Pollard of Chris Lott's diagram of digital literacies. It's a simple diagram (and I'd love to see Chris publish more on it). As with any Venn diagram, however, the simplicity is deceptive. Take some time to consider the image... Dave Pollard, , November 11, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Exploring, Considering and Proposing
Want a nice review/overview of different conversations last week on the roles of educators? Lani brings together many of the different conversations and metaphors provided by learners: weaver, sharer, network administrator, concierge, curator, organic gardener, and more. Lani, , November 11, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

What Becomes of the Teacher? New Roles for Educators
I had the pleasure of having coffee with Allison Miller and Janet Hawtin today (who gave me my first Free Software GNU). During our conversation, Allison repeated a question on her blog: "There were no ‘set' readings for this week's topic. Was this because "This is a heavy assignment week" or is it an attempt to get participants to research and discover their own learnings – ie apply a Connectivismistic approach to the course?" When we started this course, both Stephen and I emphasized that our goal was for learners to begin creating their own learning networks. In early conversations, we emphasized the importance of learner autonomy and agency. Both week 9 and 10 were planned to proceed without readings. The subject matter was conducive to high levels of learner participation without framing the potential subject areas in advance. By my observation, week 9 produced a higher level of in-depth blog contributions than other weeks (the Moodle forum was about as active as it usually is). It's important for educators to realize that learning is not only about content consumption. It's also about creating content through conversations and engagement. Allison Miller, , November 11, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Critique of Course Technology Tools
In my current travels in Australia, the importance of connectedness has been reinforced. In my current stay in Adelaide, I'm blessed with $30 internet access with a bandwidth limit of 50 MB (that carries me through my morning email). In remote communities, connections have been hit and miss. Bradley expresses a similar frustration with inability to access our Friday UStream sessions. When technology serves to isolate, rather than bring learners together, the experience is doubly frustrating. To have experienced ease of connectedness to others and then to be unable to access the network (technological/social) has a way of raising one's blood pressure :). A quick note to Bradley: the wiki can be edited by anyone. Just create an account and add... Bradely Shoebottom, , November 11, 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: my assignments are optional … November 11, 2008
CCK08: when students become frustrated … November 11, 2008
My response to Bradley CCK08: Book Review of “Disrupting Class” by Clayton Christensen November 11, 2008
CCK08 - Paper 2 Serialized Form - Final Paper - Just Handed In November 10, 2008
CCK08 - Paper 2 Serialized Form - Day 7 November 10, 2008
CCK08 - Paper 2 Serialized Form - Final Paper - Just Handed In November 10, 2008
CCK08: Book Review of “Disrupting Class” by Clayton Christensen November 10, 2008
Learners, Students and an Ontological Issue November 10, 2008
CCK08 – Paper 2. The shifting role for an educator. November 10, 2008
Changing Roles for Educators (CCK08: Paper 2) November 10, 2008
CCK08: assignment 2 November 10, 2008
CCK08-Who is Teacher in a Connectivist Framework? November 10, 2008

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