Practical Connectivism

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Connectivism at a practical level

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Practical Connectivism

  1. 1. Practical Connectivism University of Alaska Fairbanks November 14, 2007 George Siemens
  2. 2. Schools & universities: ecologies for connections
  3. 3. A potential approach?
  4. 4. Certificate in Online and Blended Learning
  5. 5. Participants
  6. 6. Structured and self-directed
  7. 7. Content and Ecologies
  8. 8. Ecology & Conversation
  9. 9. Content
  10. 10. Connections <ul><li>Forming connections with experts outside of courses </li></ul><ul><li>Learner-to-learner connections </li></ul><ul><li>Connections to online communities/resources/journals/blogs </li></ul>
  11. 11. How does evaluation occur? <ul><li>Demonstration of competence against established criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Learner creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-modal </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge: maintain authenticity by traditional standards </li></ul><ul><li>Function of existing in the network </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Complete Cycle
  13. 13. Educator’s role <ul><li>Network administrator (Fisher) </li></ul><ul><li>Atelier (JSB) </li></ul><ul><li>Concierge (Bonk) </li></ul><ul><li>Curator (Siemens) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Learners role <ul><li>Way-finding </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative sensemaking </li></ul><ul><li>Deep understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Review, reflect, redesign </li></ul>
  15. 15. Tools <ul><li>Distributed </li></ul><ul><li>Connectable </li></ul><ul><li>Permit learner voice </li></ul><ul><li>Permit learner action (with, not for) </li></ul>
  16. 16. How then does learning happen?
  17. 17. The connection is sufficient
  18. 18. Weak ties
  19. 19. Small worlds
  20. 20. Power laws
  21. 21. Hubs
  22. 22. Connectors
  23. 23. Understanding: function of network

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