Last night was the first meeting for the open course Connectivism & Connective Knowledge (CCK09) facilitated by George Siemens and Stephen Downes. Approximately 708 students have signed up for either credit or non-credit learning to share ideas around connected learning and knowledge at any given time. In the live elluminate room, there were about 50 or so active & engaged students ranging from a wide field of interests and professional backgrounds.
Photo c/o http://londonskyline.blogspot.com
I decided to join this course for a few reasons:
- Connect with other like-minded individuals online.
- Join a learning community interested in sharing ideas around connected knowledge and online learning.
- To further explore the ideas around the pedagogy of connectivism – a term coined by George & utilized in an early research/pilot project at the University of Toronto.
- Ponder some theories and developments for learning/performance technology to enhance my doctoral research & studies @ UNT.
The meeting last night was more around the structure of the course and expectations for the participants. The opening session introduced a myriad of methods for continual connection throughout the semester, and encouraged networking and collaboration amongst our online peers.
Although there are few structured sessions and a CCK09 schedule, this does not limit anyones means for connections beyond the confines of the course. I think it is amazing to see the connections of a few of our peers flourish immediately on Twitter, through sharing of the blogs and more. I’m looking forward to connecting further and engaging with the numerous resources and ideas that everyone is bringing to the digital table
TO DO List:
(before next class – September 17, 4:00 pm CST “What is Connectivism”)
If you are interested in staying “connected” to CCK09, feel free to jump into the course as a non-credit student and/or use CCK09 tag to search on Twitter, Google Alerts, Diigo, Delicious and more! You are bound to connect to one of the members of the online learning community and perhaps take away an idea or two.
Hello to all my new online friends. Feel free to stay connected to me on this blog or via various ways I engage online – HERE. See ya’ll on Thursday!