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Monthly Archives: September 2010

web 3.0/xWeb

In PLENK2010, there has been some great activity on week 3 discussion of the extended web (xweb). I’ve posted on this on the connectivism site. During a live session in Elluminate, Janet Clarey used my definition (“xWeb is the utilization of smart, structured data drawn from our physical and virtual interactions and identities to extend [...]

Self-paced Learners Meet Social Software: An Exploration of Learners’ Attitudes, Expectations and Experience

Several years ago, I read a post on Terry Anderson’s blog about social media as a killer app for distance learning (I can find his paper online, but not the original blog post). The concept is important: many learners are involved in self-paced distance education and social media can help improve learner success by improving [...]

Growth of Mobiles

Is anyone really surprised at reports that show staggering growth of the mobile web? My office in Edmonton is close to the Alberta Legislature Building. Periodically, when the weather was nicer, I would stroll down to the Legislature to indulge in high-quality hotdog vendor food. The one common site was people staring into their phones. [...]

Connectivism & Constructivism: PLENK 2010

Our open course PLENK2010 (personal learning environments, networks, and knowledge) is going strong. Recordings from our weekly live sessions have been posted. This past week, due to a conversation kicked off by Viplav Baxi, Stephen Downes and I spent about 15 minutes discussion connectivism and constructivism. I’ve posted the excerpted the audio file of the [...]

PLE: connectivist or constructivist

Viplav Baxi tosses out a few provocative questions, including: “If for a moment we were to ignore Connectivism as a theory, but recognize the MOOC and the PLE as technological platforms, could they be assumed as a logical manifestation of social constructivist practices in the digital age?” and more importantly: “Can we conceive a truly [...]

Indigo MBA

I received this link via a listserv today The Indigo MBA: “This is a self-directed course of reading for people interested in building their knowledge of business concepts and interacting with like-minded peers. How does the program work? We have selected the core reading list and suggested a schedule that will allow you to complete [...]

Social connectivism trumps constructivism for third world child learning

Steve Wheeler offers an interesting quote at the end of this post: “Minimally invasive education has been shown to be better than direct instruction for promoting intellectual maturity. Thus, said Sir John, social connectivism trumps constructivism for third world child learning.” This comment was picked up by Pontydysgu under the post of Connectivism vs Constructivism: [...]

Learning Analytics

Have I mentioned we’re hosting a conference in beautiful Banff on Learning Analytics in February 2011? The call for papers has been posted. Facebook/linkedin/TEL Europe group info supporting the conference can be found here. We’re trying to bring together the technical and the social/pedagogical aspects of learning analytics. All technical makes Jack boring. All social [...]

Personal Learning Environments & Knowledge

Our open course on Personal Learning Environments and Knowledge (PLENK – and no, that’s not an awkward acronym) is off to a great start. You can still join. Week 1 readings are available here. We have almost 1200 participants in the course with over 140 blogs aggregated. As Stephen Downes notes, this is still somewhat [...]

Granularization of structures influencing interaction

Designers, programmers, and entrepreneurs face a significant challenge in creating software: how do you balance the social aspects of the tool with the object/content? Facebook started out social – the content pieces were added later, first and foremost, interaction with people (hence *Face*book) was and still is the central task. In Facebook, content exists to [...]