Countdown to Connected Courses

In just under a month, Connected Courses begins. This brings together many of my favorite people in higher ed and ed tech. Through Mike Wesch’s classes and videos (going back to 2007 – yep, he’s been at this a while!) I saw what anthro on the web might look like. It was fascinating, and drew me into the world of teaching and learning on the web and student-centered learning.

On a deeper level, this course weaves together many strands of thought that have been linked, up until this point, through my feed reader. It’s amazing to see how these ideas and thinkers have coalesced to this point of collaboration. Over the past few months of reading about connected learning, I am wondering how connectivism may shape it. Is connected learning an extension of connectivism, a new way of seeing it? That will be one of the points I would like to bring to the discussion.

To learn more about the principles that underpin the course, head on over to the Connected Learning Alliance. Or register for the course, and explore the hows and why with us.

4 thoughts on “Countdown to Connected Courses

  1. hiya Jennifer, thanks for the comment on my blog – I see we were already following each other on twitter and I agree with you on how this course connects so many of my fave people as well. Super-excited 🙂 Looking forward to learning with you in the coming few months 🙂
    Alan Levine and Terry Elliott weighed in on the connected vs connectivism thing on an earlier blogpost of mine – I think where they saw “connected” as a broader category that implied openness, whereas “connectivism” was a very specific way of being “connected”… But I think that’ll be something we discuss as we go along, as you suggest. I’ve got issues with the way connectivism is described, but I love being “inside” a connected environment/community/course, so I’m happy to have other terms to use to describe that feeling, that experience, you know? I’ve been using rhizomatic because that was my first deeply cMOOC-type experience, but easier terms to describe aspects of it are definitely “open” and “connected” – they make some sense to others, even if they may not imagine what the experience is like by reading them… Ah well, lots of time to discuss all this in the fall 🙂

  2. cool – thanks for mentioning about the convo on your previous post about the debate. I am looking forward to going back and reading it. I’ve been puzzled for a while why connectivism hasn’t taken off more…still debated a lot in the literature, but just doesn’t seem to be used as much as a learning theory. But maybe I’m not reading enough of the right lit yet, and it appears more in other contexts. Thanks for your comment, and definitely looking forward to continued conversations! 🙂

  3. Should be intriguing, particularly with the stellar line of folks leading the discussions. I worry about the “echo chamber” effect — of connected worlds getting smaller, with similar voices, as opposed to expanding. So, I appreciated the link at the course around Community Expectations.

    • Hi Kevin,
      Thanks for your note. I agree with your idea about the “echo chamber” effect. I have talked about these ideas (that we are going to be discussing) with others, and what I am struggling with is finding an entry point into this larger conversation. hmm…maybe entry point is not really the right word. Maybe it would look more along the lines of building blocks or bridges. A way to link the place others are at with some of these ideas…

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