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Connectivism and Connective Knowledge: CCK11

On Monday, January 17, Stephen Downes and I are offering the third version of Connectivism and Connective Knowledge course. This course is part of University of Manitoba’s Certificate in Emerging Technologies for Learning, so we have a group of for-credit students participating as well.

If you’d like to join, please sign up here. As with previous versions of the course, we’re going to try an tweak the model somewhat – after all, open online courses are essentially an ongoing research experiment. We are doing away with the central-space of Moodle – our final break from the LMS and will be using only the commenting feature within gRSShopper. While it might not seem like a huge change on the surface, it is probably our most significant experiment to date. As I’ve stated previously, we need some type of temporary centre in order to make sense of complex topics. Most often, these “centres” are formed by educators: classrooms, Moodle course shell, and so on. In CCK11, we are still providing a centering-like structure (gRSShopper), but the format will push more of the conversation to blogs and other environments. Rather than being the course centre, gRSShopper will be more of a conduit – pushing discussion into spaces owned and controlled by learners.