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!


I am in Sydney for a few days. I am staying in a hotel with views of the Sydney skyline.

I think this is a good metaphor for the about-to-start CCK08 course. I woke early to find a number of messages about the course, including Rodd Lucier’s Google Map of course participants.

I am staying on the thirteenth floor of the hotel and have a great panorama of Sydney. This is what CCK08 feels like and Rodd’s map brought it home to me what a global perspective the course will offer.

It was remarkable last night seeing the Moodle introductions grow whilst I was on-line. Same for the Map.

I do feel connected … particularly using WordPress’s Tag Surfer for CCK08.