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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. http://www.aaceconnect.org/group/edmedia

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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Teaching & Learning with Alec and Others

Posted by dennisar on September 7, 2009

Today is Labor Day, a national holiday on the first Monday in September in the United States. Teachers have either returned to school by now or they begin tomorrow. One hundred and eighty days in a classroom from now until the end of the year. I will be teaching teachers this year. Three classes of teachers in three different school districts in Massachusetts. The classes begin on September 24th, October 15th and January 6th, respectively. I titled the course The Three C’s of 21st Century Teaching and Learning.

Time permitting, I will be participating as a non-registered student in an online course lead by Dr. Alec Couros from Saskatchewan, Canada titled Social Media & Open Education: Open, Connected, Social, ECI831.

This is the main page for EC&I 831: Social Media & Open Education, an open access graduate course from the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. This course is available to both for-credit and not-for-credit students. It features openly available, live, and recorded presentations from notable educators & theorists. It is anticipated that the open nature of this course will benefit both the registered and non-registered students especially in the fostering and development of long-term, authentic, educational connections.

I’m looking forward to being a teacher and a learner this year.

For anyone unlucky enough not to be Canadian, here are some aids to help you prepare for the course.

Audio Aid: Saskatchewan (pronounced səˈskætʃɨwɑːn (listen))

Visual Aid: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Regina, Saskatchawan, Canada

Cultural Aid:

molson brewery

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