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June 9, 2010

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Today! Discussion With Dave Snowden

Today - June 9, 2010 - we are pleased to be hosting an OpenMeetings session by: Dave Snowden and Stephen and Rita.

You will find the link to OpenMeetings here and a user guide to OpenMeetings as well. We advise you to have a look at it a little in advance of the first session to familiarize yourself with it and to logon.

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More about Dave Snowden - here - and his website Cognitive Edge.

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Here's what course members from around the world had to say. Want to join the conversation? Submit your feed. Then put this at the beginning of your post: CritLit2010

Critical Literacies Online Course
Stephen Downes and Rita Kop are running an online course on  Critical Literacies ( CritLit2010 ). This appears to be partly an experiment in the open-format self-defining student-driven connectivist type of course pioneered over the past couple of years by Downes and George Siemens. The main focus of the curent course apears to be identifying [...] June 9, 2010

This is the subject of Week 1 (which has already whizzed by) of the Critical Literacies online open course. In the course materials on Moodle, cognition is described as: The capacity to infer, or detect faulty inferences, to use communicative elements in order to describe, argue, explain or define. Including the power of reflection, authority [...] June 9, 2010

Where do you put your attention?
In thinking about why I am attending this Critical Literacies course, at a time when I should probably be focussing elsewhere, I realised that one reason is that I would like to know more about how to manage learning in an online networked environment. Sometimes, it hits me hard that I am seriously short of [...] June 9, 2010

Wayfinding as a critical literacy
Heli’s first week reflections and Mike’s response to these have reminded me of the work of Darken & Sibert on wayfinding in virtual worlds, which I came across a few years ago when I was trying to learn more about why people might drop out of an online course. Darken, R.P. and Silbert, J.L. (2008) [...] June 9, 2010

Critical Literacy – a personal perspective
Like Ken I need to sort out where discussion is going to focus in this course and what type of literacy we will be talking about. Traditionally literacy has been thought of in terms of reading, writing, speaking and listening – at least this is in the UK where the National Curriculum for schools includes [...] June 9, 2010

Attributes of Critical Literacy
In response to Rita's Moodle post where she asked "...what you perceive to be the critical literacies to be able to learn, work and play in the networked era..."    I wrote the following:

I think the list of defining attributes of critical literacy in the course detail section is good. I can't think of anything to add or delete from that list. At first I would have guessed a greater weight would be on thinking and reasoning, but the notion of cognition covers much of that territory.

One thing I did notice is that the list in course details is somewhat conceptual and in some ways technical. (I used to know what deontological meant... now I will have to look it up) I wonder if we could also think about what might be the attributes of a person who is critically literate. As a companion list, this might illustrate some of those concepts?

My first pass on this task would suggest that the critically literate person can:
- identify the central issue or topic in a communication
- aggregate additional sources, recombine them and be able to comment
- filter information (and sources) for noise or nuggets
- draw resonable conclusions for oneself
- remain flexible to accept new conclusions when it is appropriate
- commmunicate ideas, arguments, rebuttals clearly

This is not a complete list, but perhaps it is a start

To this I think I would now add
-the ability for critical self-reflection (after reading Heli's blog post)
-have a predisposition toward all of the attributes (after thinking more about Alec Fisher's article)

June 9, 2010

Conole 4 June
The June 4 web conference featured Grainne Conole who, in spite of some technical challenges with the system presented the material below in the slideshare. Her approach was to address literacies that she sees as being critical (important) and the material was good on that basis.

My understanding is that the intention of the course is to deal with literacies of critical thinking. This is based on the preliminary information Stephen posted on the Critical Literacies Online Course Blog

  "...I realized that people learning online would need a good foundational knowledge of critical thinking. (...) This course in critical literacies builds on and expands that idea. It is at once a demonstration of a possibility of online learning, this time a connectivism course. And it is an attempt to articulate and demonstrate those critical thinking capacities that are needed in a new electronic multimedia world."

Conole's slides are worth reviewing for their own sake. She has done a good job of mapping Web 2.0 tehcnologies and affordances with characteristics of users and then to pedagogical implications and possibilities, including advanced visualization techniques and tools.

 In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.  -attributed to Yogi Berra.
I posted the slideshare here so that I can review the material again. There is a lot of conceptual thought boiled into her diagrams and tables. I need to reflect a bit more on the theoretical constructs and what they might look like from a practical perspective of implementation.

This is Grainne Conole's slideshare from the June 4 web conference.
June 9, 2010

Define Critical Thinking

I wonder if Clear Reasoning might be a better term than Critical Thinking
At this point, I think that this process involves

-the ability to derive verifiable and supportable conclusions from data or other input

-verifiable perhaps means repeatable as in science or empirical research

-supportable means that others can follow your line of reasoning and agree with conclusions on the basis that the conclusion derives logically from the data, that the data is both verifiable and sufficient and that there are causal links from the data to the conclusion.

-Clear reasoning also involves the ability to know when (and why) conclusions presented by others are not verifiable or supportable. e.g. Most squeegee kids have tattoos. Elmer is a sqeegee kid therefore Elmer has a tattoo. Or even more flawed-- Elmer has a tattoo, therefore Elmer is a squeegee kid.


Edit after reading Alec Fisher:
Clear reasoning is not a good substitute term for critical thinking. It is part of critical thinking, but does not fully capture the elements of "predisposition" and "reflection" that seem to be central components of the definition that Fisher discusses.

June 9, 2010

Testing first post
Hello, John King here. I'm in Clarenville Newfoundland and we just saw the sun today.
I just told my wife Joan that I'm feeling juvenated.

Okay, I'm almost officially retired from nearly a quarter century of work in higher education.
I signed on for this course in critical literacy for a few reasons. I'm looking forward to engaging in this learning-- as much for exploring the processes of connectivism and the personal learning environment as the content itself.


June 9, 2010

Discussion Forum

Still working on this - watch for more here

These links are comments posted to the Moodle Discussion Forum, , and . If you want to participate in the discussion, but don't want to set up a blog, then you can post here.


Post in Twitter and use the hashtag #CritLit2010 to be listed here. (These should be fresh. Still working on improving the Twitter display.)

Going through the #critlit2010 readings as we speak. Not sure I'll have a blog post in me by I'm finding them interesting.

Downes explica cómo reconocer los distintos tipos de cambio y analizarlo de forma sistemática http://bit.ly/97W0Ti #CritLit2010

#SKP #CritLit2010 Reflections Part I « Suifaijohnmak's Weblog http://bit.ly/9xNc9f

If I've learned anything from #CritLit2010 , it's that you can *tell* people you are running on separate systems, but they won't believe it


#CritLit2010 At 45, Dominik Hasek signs with Spartak Moscow

RT @Ulop: thinks there is not too much interest in #CritLit2010 judging from the limited number of blogs and people actively participating

@ Ulop #CritLit2010 Trust would be key. Then logic accompanied by evidence. Often problems at work/with collaboration- lack of trust/comm

@Ulop #CritLit2010 Why is there so little activity? Who would create activities? What sort of activities interest/motivate you/us? Where/how

#CritLit2010 My reflection http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/critlit2010-reflection-in-response-to-a-reflection/

@suifaijohnmak #CritLit2010 yes trust can be an issue at work. Competition can be seen as a distractor of trust

@suifaijohnmak #CritLit2010 Why is there so little activity? I don't know. Seems only a few are engaged in the course.

#CritLit2010 Suifajohnmk Thank you! Here my comment http://arenastudies.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/hello-world/#comment-3

#CritLit2010 Ulop people might be reading. There are interesting articles. See Newsletter.

http://bit.ly/bTeSAm #CritLit2010 Classroom Assessment Techniques

First attempt to pull pieces together #CritLit2010 http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/critlit2010-reflections-part-i/

http://bit.ly/9J15dk #CritLit2010 What would be the literacies that are critical to improved learning in digital networks?

#CritLit2010 are there any people taking this course for credit?

@psychemedia sorry... that is his critical literacies course. critlit2010

RT @francesbell: @Downes @jimgroom @gsiemens and everyone - here's my contribution to openness debate http://bit.ly/7dWX9O #cck09

RT @edwebb: RT @francesbell: @Downes @jimgroom @gsiemens & everyone - here's my contribution to openness debate http://bit.ly/7dWX9O #cck09

RT @ricetopher: @francesbell: @Downes @jimgroom @gsiemens & everyone - here's my contribution to openness debate http://bit.ly/7dWX9O #cck09

@Durff you do not remember our chat on Elluminate, cck09???

@edwebb I follow Diigo CCK09 but I don't do anything myself Ed :-). But I truly wish you and your family and friends a very good 2010!!

RT luzpearson regarding open education and money - suggestion - sell services rather than content cck09 !

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