Week 3: Notes – 5 principles of learning theories

What is connectivism?

  1. Need to externalize to make sense: use of language, artefacts, art and other artefacts that let us express our selves to others.
  2. Need for frameworks and structures for sensemaking: theories, philosofies and concepts
  3. Need to socialize and negotiate around knowledge: what we know are shaped by dialog with others
  4. Our mind is a patterning mind: attuned to note, reconized and draw patterns from complex environments and situations
  5. Our desire to extent humanity – through technology: overcoming our limitations through the use of devices and inventions

Connectivism:

  1. Knowledge is networked and distributed
  2. The experience of learning is one of forming new neural, condeptual and external networks
  3. occurs in complexx, chaotic, shifting spaces
  4. Increasingly aided by technology

We need to understand how and why connections form, to be able to design classroms and create curriculum.

Types of network learning: there is a symmetri of relations between all three networks

  • Neural: learning is the formations of new neuro connections
  • Conceptual (Ausubel): depth of understanding is related to the conceptual network that learners have formed or the relationship between concept or ideas that learners have formed in a particular disiplin. The ability to learn new information is often related to excisting conceptual network or to the excisting understanding of a field. A bit of understanding, makes integrating new knowledge easier. Connection creates meaning. A state of knowing, is a state of connectivness.
  • External and Social networks: A function of how we are connected to others and information

How does learning occur?

Læring i nettverkssammenheng er en funksjon av dybde og mangfold av forbindelser. Vår mulighet til å forstå er relatert til kvaliteten og hvor konsekvent vi er forbundet med ideer og begreper/forestillinger. Dette eksisterer på alle tre nivåer. Det relateres også til frekvensen av eksponering. Og måten dette integreres med andre ideer, forestillinger og forståelse er med på å bestemme hvordan vi forstår det. Og til slutt, relatert delvis til mangfold, er prinsippet om “sterke og svake bånd” . De sterke bånd kan typisk defineres i et “verden er liten” fenomen, hvor vi er godt knyttet til andre noder av informasjon eller konsepter (eller neuroner om du vil). Og de “svake bånd”, er dem som forbinder separate verdener. Vi får mye av vår nye informasjon fra svake forbindelser, ettersom de eksisterer i nettverk vi ikke har hyppig kontakt med. Det kritiske prinsippet her er å gjenkjenne at forskjellige typer nettverk med sine forskjellige typer kjennemerker tjener forskjellige typer læringsbehov. Læring brytes ned til formingen av forindelsen.

Teknologien – dagens – fører til nye rammer innenfor nettverk:

  • Innholdsproduksjon og deling øker (alle kan produsere og publisere) = overflod (abundance)
  • Dialog med andre (internett/telefon – kommunkasjonen øker, det er mange stemmer i den offentlige sphære) = kompleks
  • Simulasjons erfaringer (dokumentarer, virtuelle opplevelser (videooverføringer), deltakelse i virtuelle verdener gjør at vi kan utvide våre erfaringer på en måte som ikke er mulig i et fysisk miljø = utvidelser / forstørrelser
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Week 4: History of Networked Learning

Readings

A History of the Social Web

A Brief History of Networked Learning George Siemens

Optional

A Folk History of the Internet – this is very much a work in progress that I have been assembling over the years. If you are logged in on my website (downes.ca) you can edit the contents of this wiki. – Stephen

Activities:

Mon: Recorded presentations and readings will be posted to the email list

Wed: Two Elluminate discussions (both sessions can be accessed via this link): 11 am CST: See time zone conversions7 pm CST: See time zone conversions. ‘

Friday: Discussion via USTREAM 11 am CST: See time zone conversion

Assignments:

1. Export the image you’ve completed to date on your concept map and post on your blog

2. Complete your first paper: Assignment 1 (Due date: October 6, 2008). You can post the paper on your site as a blog post or post in the Moodle Forum

3. Regular weekly activities should continue: blogging, developing your concept map, and follow the distributed conversation through various sites (pageflakes, delicious, Google Alerts)

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Week 3: Properties of Network

Tuesday nigh at Chillo – CCK08 SL cohort (blogpost on Diginalet)

Readings

Networks for Newbies .ppt

Stephen Downes: Learning Networks: Theory and Practice .ppt and audio

George Siemens Introduction to Networks

Activities:

Wed: Two Elluminate discussions (both sessions can be accessed via this link): 11 am CST: See time zone conversions7 pm CST: See time zone conversions. The 11:00 AM CST session will feature a presentation by Valdis Krebs on social and business networks.

Friday: Discussion via USTREAM 11 am CST: See time zone conversion
Assignments:

1. Post comments and reflections on week 3 readings on your blog. Participate in discussions in the Moodle forum. Provide comments to blog posts of other course participants.

2. Continue to develop your concept map

3. Review the assignment requirements for your first paper

4. If you have not done so, begin to follow the distributed conversation on course’s Pageflakes site

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Assignment Week 2

I have not had the time to do all the readings on week 2. There have been visitors, birthday, and I got a bad cold this weekend – offcourse 🙂 And for the assignments – this blogpost is what I’ve come up with, and it will not answer any of the questions for this week:

1. Post comments an reflections on week 1 readings on your blog. Participate in discussions in the Moodle forum. Provide comments to blog posts of other course participants.

2. Work on your concept map – capture key themes in the ongoing conversation that resonate with your views of learning and knowledge

3. If you haven’t done so to date, begin to follow the CCK08 tag via Google Alerts, search for recent posts on CCK08 on Technorati, and begin tracking and contributing to del.icio.us tags on connectivism and networked learning

Anyway, I have had some great times in SL between the couch and the computer. I also had the opportunity to show the SL cohort to a couple of connections I have inworld. I was suprised that some of them had not heard of Connectivism, and therefor happy to be able to pass it on.

Anyhow, I have been able to do some thinking on my issue: How to create good learning environments in SL? (could have been any virtual world in general). The main three goals would be:

  • learning
  • sharing
  • connecting

Now – I didn’t come up with this, ISTE did. ISTE is an organization where I have made many connections. They have created a great learning environment for teacher in SL. There are more to it tho: support, collaboration, tools, and best practices.

Best practices, is off course very interesting. ISTE itself, os one, and there are several others:

For teachers in SL:

For TeenSL:

This is where my connections are. I cant wait to see how networking will effect my learning in the time to come. I’m spending more time in SL now, and the Chillbo cohort makes it possible to follow conversations. I’m really grateful for the work Fleet has done in the Reeding Room. She has put up shelves with books that are linked to reedings, radio for conversations, light bulbs to Elluminate sessions, and TV’s for videos. This helps a lot, instead of links here and there within the text. A quick and easy way to get to the most important content ( I could be wrong stating that – I know:). So again – thank you Fleet! I hope to be able to attend our weekly gatherings in week 3, but I know I’m facing a very busy week …

Oh – and can you tell: I pimped my avatar 🙂 New skin, clothing and a great animation override!

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Blog HUD I just got me a new in world tool called “Blog HUD”, which lets you blog dirctly from inworld. This text is written on a Note – from inworld. Previous post was written in the “local chat”, and as you see, all the text turned into one big heading. Hope this turns out to be a better soulution. The nice thing about a blog hud, is that you dont have to swithc windows. The blog hud – if you set it to – cross posts directly to you blog. You also have a separat page at the Bloghud.com, where you set your account. Check it out at the: http://bloghud.com

posted by Kita Coage on Eduisland II using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]

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Just put up Graham Mill’s Storyteller in my SL office. I placed the CCK08 3D mindmap in room which has a window in the ceiling, so you can look down to it to get the best view. The Blooms taxonomy map, is placed on the roof, so the screen displays well.

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Week 2: Rethinking epistemology: Connective knowledge

Presentations and Papers

Types of Knowledge and Connective Knowledge – Stephen Downes
Readings

Learning Networks and Connective Knowledge

Shifting Knowledge (from Knowing Knowledge)

Rhizomatic Knowledge (Dave Cormier) – free registration to Innovate is required to read the article.

Activities:

Mon: Recorded presentations and readings will be posted to the email list

Wed: Elluminate discussion 7 pm CST: See time zone conversions

Friday: Discussion via USTREAM 11 am CST: See time zone conversion
Assignments:

1. Post comments an reflections on week 1 readings on your blog. Participate in discussions in the Moodle forum. Provide comments to blog posts of other course participants.

2. Work on your concept map – capture key themes in the ongoing conversation that resonate with your views of learning and knowledge

3. If you haven’t done so to date, begin to follow the CCK08 tag via Google Alerts, search for recent posts on CCK08 on Technorati, and begin tracking and contributing to del.icio.us tags on connectivism and networked learning

Additional Readings

Rethinking Learning (.pdf)

An Introduction to Connective Knowledge – Stephen Downes

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