#CCK11 Connectivism and Connective Knowledge Week 1

This is my third round of joining Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (after CCK08, CCK09).  This CCK11 would be another exciting learning journey for me, as I would like to spend more time in applying what I have learnt at work this year.

Why would I do this CCK11?

I am still exploring and learning about Connectivism and Connective Knowledge, as there are lots of areas that I think I would like to develop further learning on:

(a) Learner autonomy and its impact on learning (as shared by Jenny in her numerous posts here of First Thoughts about Stephen Downes Model of Autonomy ) and Stephen’s post on Autonomy

(b) How learners perceive Connectivism and Connective Knowledge in their learning journey and networked learning.

(c) How the properties of networked learning: autonomy, diversity, openness, interactivity and connectedness would impact on individual and social learning.

(d) How Complexity (based on Complexity and Chaos Theory) would impact on individual’s connective learning.

How would I achieve the above?

(a) By participating in the networks and conducting research through course readings and reviews, and reflecting on the learning and research findings.

(b) By creating and composing artifacts and research articles reporting on the above, within the next 3 months

(c) By applying what I have learnt through the course at work or with people of other networks and communities

Here I would start with:

I love reading Jenny’s post on the start-up and having watched and listened to the recording of the First week Wednesday session, have come to an understanding that:

(a) The course is designed based on a decentralized learning space and platform where each participant feels free and comfortable to choose and decide upon. This CCK11 would attempt to steer away from LMS (based on Moodle discussion) and would fully embrace the spirit of PLE/N in the networks.  There is a all discussion threads here for participants who want to raise topics for discussion.

(b) In this course wiki Stephen highlighted the important activities involved through this How the course works :

Aggregate

Remix

Repurpose

Feed Forward

The expectations of the facilitators are: Do feel free to Create, Interact and Track throughout the course.  George, the facilitator in his suggestion on “what to expect?” included:

(1) A bit of confusion at the start

(2) Don’t try and read everything: skim & dive

(3) Take what’s relevant now – the archive will be here for later.

(c) So in the diagram of How Learning Occurs:

It involves: Educator and Learner in the Process of:

Aggregation – Integrated services (iGoogle), RSS Readers, gRSShopper

Curation – The Daily, Course resources & Readings, Interaction around learner artifacts

Interaction – Asynchronous Interaction, Quasi-Synchronous Interaction, Synchronous Interaction

Creation of Artifact – Individual, Collaborative

In response to questions about how knowledge is created through the artifacts, George emphasized the importance of growth of knowledge, rather than the creation of new knowledge.

I would like to reflect on Stephen’s post in the Elluminate Session: “George and I don’t have an agenda of ‘content’ that we want to ‘teach’ as implied by course objectives.”  My interpretation is that Stephen is encouraging participants to learn through the open sharing of multiple perspectives, artifacts, participation and interaction with each others (where participants could also be playing the role of the educators and learners from time to time, under certain situations, like blogging with explaining of what has been learnt through personal readings, reflection or commenting on the resources, artifacts, or other blog posts), whereas the facilitators are just one node of the network, and so wouldn’t be “teaching” to the content  as typical in a traditional online course.

In summary, I appreciate George and Stephen’s great start in CCK09, where the course is now designed with open and diversified elements – like decentralized learning space and media, choice of tools and media, learner autonomy, normative and negotiated learning strategies (aggregate, remix, repurpose, feedforward)  and a whole set of new and emergent ideas (for new comers) (in terms of connectivist principles of learning as the forming of connections, construction and navigation of distributed knowledge, and that knowledge is distributed across networks).

As I am still working on the research findings and literature review on the Design and Delivery of MOOC-PLENK, I would need some time to consolidate my learnings from the research.

I will come back to the sharing of the first 2 weeks’ of readings of the course at a later time.

John

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