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September 14, 2009

Week 1, CCK09

Welcome to Connectivism and Connective Knowledge 2009

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Note: TONIGHT: Discussion in Elluminate: Monday, September 14, 7:00 pm CST (Time zone conversions): Focus: introduction to the structure and focus of the course

Here we are, a year later. Round two. Welcome!
This introductory week focuses on getting some ground work established. Then we'll dive right in to discussing Connectivism. I've posted a short introductory video: CCK09, Week 1.

Tag for this course - on Twitter, Delicious, Diigo, your blog, or anywhere else: CCK09. If the concept of tagging is new for you, here's how it works:
In a traditional course, instructional design is utilized to provide structure and coherence to a course. In a distributed course, such as you'll encounter in CCK09, conversations and content are not centralized. To bring these voices together, we rely on aggregation methods and software. When you post on your blog or on Delicious, if you tag your contribution with CCK09, others in the course will discover it through Google Alerts (or similar aggregation method).

Readings and resources for week 1:
Video Recap of Connectivism and Connective Knowledge 2008
Richard Schwier interviews George on Connectivism

Stephen Downes presentation: A quick introduction to connectivism (ustream)
George Siemens presentation on Defining Connectivism and Comparing connectivism with other learning theories

What connectivism is
What is the Unique Idea in Connectivism?

Optional Readings/References:
Little Boxes, Glocalization and Networked Individualism (.pdf)

Synchronous Sessions:
All sessions will be held here in Elluminate:

Monday, September 14, 7:00 pm CST (Time zone conversions): Focus: introduction to the structure and focus of the course

Thursday, September 17, 4:00 pm CST (Time zone conversions): Focus: What is Connectivism

Next Steps:

  1. Subscribe to The Daily (you will receive daily (Mon-Fri) updates about course activity): (if you received this through email, you are already subscribed.

  2. Post an introduction to the CCK09 moodle site (you will need to create an account if you have not used the moodle site before). Welcome a few others... engage in a few random conversations...

  3. Setup a blog - your posts with CCK09

  4. Post - in Moodle or your blog - on your reactions to presentations/papers on connectivism. Does the concept resonate with you? Why or why not? Are you learning through different methods than you did 5 or 10 years ago?

Highlighted Resources

Week 1 Video overview
Pretty straightforward - an overview of week 1 and how the course will operate. Week one is a heavy week - particularly as we try to communicate both design and structure of the course and tackle some of the foundational content. Don't worry if things are a bit confusing now. As the course progresses, key ideas and concepts will continue to surface. Focus on making a few connections, posting a few of your thoughts, etc. Trust the process :). George Siemens, , September 13, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

CCK09, Week 1 Overview
...and it starts again!

CCK09 overview and week 1 information is now available. We will begin with a live session on Monday, Sept 14 to discuss the structure of the course...and a session on Thursday to discuss the topic of "what is connectivism".

Welcome! I'm looking forward to an engaging few months of learning with you! , , September 13, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]


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