CCK08: Week 1 (Part 2)

I have taken an opportunity to read Maarten de Laat‘s (2006) thesis on Networked Learning. I enjoyed the range of Maarten’s work and must revisit the detail in each of the chapters. Chapter 3 has a discussion of theory and praxis and I read with interest Maarten’s discussion of Lawrence Stenhouse’s work.

(Lawrence Stenhouse, Donald Schon and Eliot Eisner had an enormous impact on my thinking in the 1980s. They are my antecedents of connected, open communities of practice able to reflect on and transform learning).

I noted too Maarten’s observations about networks, communities and learning:

  • Networked learning provides the opportunity to gain more active control and take ownership over learning agenda.
  • Networked learning environments provide open learning spaces where people are able to develop meaningful interactions between each other.
  • Networked learning happens spontaneously between people who decide to share their interests.
  • it is the communities that people build that open the doors for ‘new’ learners to enter their knowledge domain, take part in their conversations and learn about their practice.
  • It is the community that keeps knowledge alive and accessible over a longer period of time, through
    fostering meaningful lasting relationships.
  • Communities are social learning spaces.

I hope to read more of the Additional readings! My next stop is re-reading Stephen’s Buntine Oration.

CCK08: Week 1 (Part 1)

I am trying not to read ahead of the course!

Today I worked through the Background reading for Week 1 and luxuriated in the range of ideas available for reflection. ( to learn is to practice and reflect)

I found myself pondering about second order approaches and thought about some of my early initiation to philosophy at university in the early 1970s. Historical materialism was much debated then and considerable time was spent contemplating Marx’s (1845) Theses on Feuerbach.

Thesis VIII is:

“All social life is essentially practical. All mysteries which lead theory to mysticism find their rational solution in human practice and in the comprehension of this practice.”

Thesis XI is:

“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.”

By the time I got to LSE to do a part-time Masters’ course in Sociology in 1980 there was a postmodern turn occurring.

Each decade lays claim to distinctiveness, originality and uniqueness.

I am one of those people for whom connectivism resonnates. The background reading for Week 1 prompted me to think as much about ontology as epistemology.

I am left pondering (on a beautiful afternoon in rural NSW, Australia) if our discussions are about who we are as much as about epistemological foundations and networks of knowing.

I am saving up the Additional Reading for later in the week!

CCK08: Pre-Week 1

I have been trying to grasp the scale and momentum of a Massive Open Online Course.

I had to make an emergency visit to Sydney this week that coincided with Pre-Week 1 of the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge course.

Whilst on the road, I read with great interest George Siemens’ post on 2 September … and prepared myself for Pre-Week 1. I viewed George’s video introduction. I managed to read the pre-readings, make a Moodle intoduction and write an introductory blog post. I added myself to Rodd Lucier’s Google map and was pleased to make my icon a pin on the map. I choose the same colour as the other place markers!

I missed the course elluminate and UStream tests on Wednesday and Friday but accessed the sites to check out what had been happening. I made my first visit to a Pageflakes site too. I worked my way through the course wiki.

A number of the tools in use on the course are new to me so I have been registering for them. I hope that I was able to give the correct feed for my WordPress blog, Clyde Street, to Emanuela Zibordi for her request about RSS.

In the midst of this my mobileme account seems to be behaving randomly and I am starting to appreciate the richness of Firefox as my preferred browser.

I am tracking posts with the CCK08 tag via WordPress’s Tag Surfer. As of this moment I have 23 blog posts to review.

What an action packed twelve weeks ahead!