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September 16, 2009

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Connecting to CCK09
The harvester isn't quite ready to go, but we can still present some work created by learners in the course. In this first item, Laura Pasquini sets up her blog and gives herself a to-do list.

Note: for those of you unfamiliar with the style of these newsletters, if you click on the title (above) from the email, you are taken to the web page, where you can comment. Click on the title from the web page, and you are taken to the actual article. Or, click on the link [Link] at the bottom of the article anytime, and you will be taken straight to the article. Laura Pasquini, TechKNOW Tools, September 16, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Week 1 CCK09 structured reflection from chaos?
Colleen Hodgins describes how to use a blog to create structure in the course. "I figure that whilst George describes the chaos and connections of this course as part of its design and development, my reflective comments need to have some structure so that I can then apply this learning into my own personal work and life context." Colleen Hodgins, CCK09, September 16, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Getting ready: building my personal learning environment
Here's how to get ready: observe the way other people get ready, and then do it yourself. In this case, the author is watching and then creating a Pageflakes site. Luz Pearson, CCK09 - Connectivism & Connective Knowledge, September 16, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

How prominent learning theories differ from connectivism
Table comparing connectivism to other major learning theories: behaviourism, cognitivism, and constructivism. George Siemens, Google Docs, September 16, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Connectivism as one learning mode amongst others
Steven Verjans writes, "How do learning theories relate to each other? Are they mutually exclusive or rather complementary? Last year, I developed a first thought about this, that goes along these lines (and extends the summary that George Siemens wrote for the course)." Steven Verjans, Stievie's adventures in e-Learning, September 16, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Dean Jenkins Pipes CCK09
Yahoo Pipes, when it was first announced, drew rave reviews as a tool that would fundamentally transform how we interact with data. What is Pipes? It's a site that allows users to program (a bit too strong a word - it's very simple to create a pipe) guidelines for how to handle certain kinds of data. Dean has created a pipe that collects data from various sources (and searches) and outputs them in descending order. The "logic" of the pipe can be seen here Dean Jenkins, , September 15, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

How Chaos Drives the Brain
Later in the course, we'll turn our attention to complexity, chaos theory, and self-organization. For now, this article provides a short introduction (and 2 min video) into the "chaos" of the human brain. An interesting point made this article - and a lead into week two where we will discuss network attributes - is that neural networks exhibit similar attributes to other networks: "They used brain scans to map the connections between regions of the human brain and discovered that they form a "small-world network" - exactly the right architecture to support self-organised criticality."
Why is this interesting? Networks are instantiated in different ways: technological, social, neural, conceptual, etc. If different instantiations of networks exhibit similar structural elements, discoveries in social networks may transfer to neural/conceptual networks. The uniformity of structure is addressed partly in the presentation I posted last year for CCK08. New Scientist, , September 15, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Was ist Konnektivismus?
Audio and text in German of the short discussion, "What is Connectivism?" Silke Hinrichs, Weblog, September 15, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]


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