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What is Connectivism and Connective Knowledge?

Posted by dennisar on September 13, 2009

This post will evolve over the next 6 months (September 2009 – February 2010) as I find resources that help to develop an answer to this question. Please use the comment section below to offer any suggestions for resources or personal reflections.

Resource One

George Siemens discusses Connectivism and connective knowledge. Filmed at the ED-MEDIA 2009-World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications.

From gregaloha on YouTube Uploaded to YouTube July 30, 2009

Resource 2

George gives an introduction to CCK09.

  1. Be patient. Establishing “comfort with the course” will take time.
  2. Learning is a fundamentally network forming process and growing your networks (see examples below) is an associated skill.
  • Writing blog posts.
  • Developing and sharing a concept map for the course.
  • Posting course overviews.
  • Interacting with other course participants.

“The experience of the course is the course itself.”

“The initial theoretical slant actually gives way to a very practical focus on the course as a whole.”

Resource 3

George’s week 1 video.

  1. The course is designed so I will experience the theory by participating in the course activities.
  2. The course will have a research sub-group.
  3. There will be week long in-course conferences with guest speakers to support deep reflection on topics.
  4. The traditional view or definition of “course” in practice severely limits and restricts learning. “We want to deconstruct, destabilize the notion of a “course.”
  5. The course will rely on software (Google Alert = cck09) to aggregate any content produced by participants.

“We want to give you as many diverse options as possible.” For example, Moodle forum; Second Life; Your own Blog; diigo; delicious

“We encourage you to form those [connections with participants for] discussions with other participants in the course. And I think you will find that to be a most significant aspect of the learning experience….the connections with other learners.”


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