Saturday, September 26, 2009

CCK09 Week 1 Reflections

The concept of connectivism is intriguing to me. After reading a vast amount of info including others viewpoints including criticisms, the idea of connectivism as a new learning theory makes sense to me. I think connectivisim is a natural extension of other learning theories, because it addresses the emergence of new technology and the new opportunities for growth in knowledge with the increased connectedness the internet affords.

What continues to resonate with me as I learn more about the impacts of technology on learning and learning theory, is the importance of learning how to effectively create new networks or connections, and navigate through a vast network of resources via the web. I am often overwhelmed and frustrated by the sheer volume of information, and have come to the realization that I will never keep up to everything – I just need to get over it! For me personally, I think the key is to learn how to most effectively manage the information via new network opportunities.

I continue to exhibit lurking tendencies.... I’ll try harder next week.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Connectivism and Connective Knowledge goes...another cool course offered in the new certificate program - Emerging Technologies for Learning at the University of Manitoba. I'm excited about experiencing an "open" course with such a variety of partipants from around the globe. Looking forward to learning about the theories around connectivism and possibilites of practical application.

I set up this blog last winter for the Intro course...I admit it was a bit sparse. As I have learned more, and continued to experiment with new tools and technology, I'll be posting more actively this time!!