Discovery Through eLearning

Tracy Parish

This is a collection of thoughts, ideas, and information that I find intriguing about elearning tools & technology and hopefully will be interesting & informative for others. [HTML] [XML] Last Updated: Fri, 29 Jul 2011 00:40:57

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Connectivism: Watching it happen and grow at Learning Solutions 2011 - #ls2011 #cck11
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Apr 14, 2011
After recently attending the Learning Solutions Conference I was amazed at not only the connections between attendees, presenters and hosts, but how they continued to develop and grow throughout the conference. What is more thrilling to not only witness, but to be an integral part of is the network of peers and likeminded colleagues that are all working towards one common goal. Better eLearning for All! I hope you enjoy this small taste of what ... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 13:31:00 +0000 [Comment]

Concept Map at End of #CCK11 - Getting Difficult to Navigate
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Apr 03, 2011
When I started this map at the end of Week 1 of this journey I could tell that it was bound to be filled with great ideas and links that I had gathered throughout my time participating in the course. What I didn't quite expect is how difficult it is to navigate through when it is completed expanded to it's outer limits. I've used it so much I know where to find information within it. However, any one else many look at it and think what is any of this ... Sun, 03 Apr 2011 16:37:00 +0000 [Comment]

Notes from Openness in Education - #CCK11 online discussion
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Mar 16, 2011
Presenter:Zaid Ali Alsagoff: Sharing to Connect, Interact and Learn (Slide deck for today available on his site)  (great image - Stephen got a little editting when it got added to the whiteboard during the session) There are 6 Creative Commons licenses now. http://creativecommons.org/licenses Cris2B: Open PhD concept -- http://openphd.wordpress.com/2009/09/17/the-open-phd-what-a-concept/ OER - Starting Pointshttp://iberry.com/ http://ocwfinder.com/ ... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:55:00 +0000 [Comment]

Instructional Designers Becoming Education Agents - #CCK11
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Mar 15, 2011
<strong>PAPER 2</strong><br /> <br /> As a recent career change has placed me onto the path of an elearning instructional designer (ID) I find it difficult to know whether the role has changed or not for those that may have been doing it for more than 5 years. <br /> <br /> <br /> Personally, I don't believe the role itself is changing; however the techniques and tools to accomplish the role are ever changing. One description of an ID is ... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 21:25:00 +0000 [Comment]

Personal Learning Environment & Networks (PLENKs) - Online Discussion (#CCK11)
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Mar 14, 2011
Notes taken during today's online discussion.<br /> <br /> Participants thoughts of PLEs<br /> <ul><li>All of my resources, tools, communities, and networks that I learn with every day.</li> <li>the tools, people, resources that I cultivate to create a learning ecosystem</li> <li>A self-created collection of resources and people</li> <li>Whatever in my environment supports learning</li> <li>what I lose ... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 18:04:00 +0000 [Comment]

Social Media & Education - Reasons to be Fearful by Neil Selwyn (CCK11 live chat)
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Mar 14, 2011
Social media and technology in education is exciting to be passionate about, but we need to also be caution and critical of some of the elements that this can bring the the teaching world.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/33693537/The-educational-significance-of-social-media-a-critical-perspective">Paper by Neil</a><br /> <a href="http://www.lkl.ac.uk/cms/index.php?option=com_comprofiler&amp;task=userprofile&amp;user=165">Neil'... Wed, 09 Feb 2011 18:02:00 +0000 [Comment]

#CCK11 - Live Class Discussion - Power and Authority
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Mar 11, 2011
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Having Fun with Connectivism - #CCK11
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Feb 27, 2011
Having some fun searching through the internet I came across a page that let's you find the shortest number of clicks from one Wikipedia article to another.  The example starts with Kevin Bacon to AI - 3 Clicks. So I tried: Kevin Bacon to Connectivism - 5 Clicks Kevin BaconChristmasGerman language-ismList of belief systemsConnectivism I tried Kevin Bacon to George Siemens - 5 clicks because it includes the 4 clicks below: To get from Kevin Bacon to Stephen Downes Kevin ... 2011-02-27T21:18:00 [Comment]

Connectivism Word Cloud - #CCK11
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Feb 27, 2011
I used Wordle and a popular tagged site for CCK11 - Welcome to Connectivism! — Connectivism I love that Knowledge, Learning & Information really stand out. 2011-02-27T19:53:00 [Comment]

Personal Learning Environment & Networks (PLENKs) - Online Discussion (#CCK11)
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Feb 25, 2011
Notes taken during today's online discussion. Participants thoughts of PLEs All of my resources, tools, communities, and networks that I learn with every day. the tools, people, resources that I cultivate to create a learning ecosystem A self-created collection of resources and people Whatever in my environment supports learning what I lose when the web goes down The tools I use to connect to all "my twitter connections" and how I save that information A combination of tools, ... 2011-02-25T18:04:00 [Comment]

OER (Open Education Resources) - an overview with Cable Green (CCK11)
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Feb 23, 2011
Guest Speaker: Cable Green - http://www.educause.edu/Community/MemDir/Profiles/CableGreen/42658 Director of eLearning & Open Education Discussion of Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges http://blog.oer.sbctc.edu/ http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/general/a_strategictechplan.aspx - Strategic Technology Plan - faculties in higher institutions will begin to share all information and those that do will survive. http://opencourselibrary.org/  ... 2011-02-23T17:54:00 [Comment]

Thoughts on a group vs. a network - CCK11
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Feb 19, 2011
Some argue they are two separate things others believe they are one and the same. For me they individual. A network (of persons) to me is a bunch of people that are connected together by one or more commonality. For example most of the people I follow on Twitter have some interest in elearning, instructive design, and/or social media. (Except of course for the several UFC fighters I follow - #guiltypleasure).These people in the network come and go in and out of "daily twitter existence&... 2011-02-19T17:27:00 [Comment]

Thoughts on Connectivism as a Learning Theory - CCK11
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Feb 18, 2011
I began this course on Connectivism, Networked Learning and Connective Knowledge, well frankly because it was a course that was part of a certificate that seemed really interesting and it was starting the 2 days after I found out about it.  I had looked into it a few years ago, but didn't have the time at that point to commit to the course.   So, when I began this five weeks ago I really had no idea what I was in for, and now I need to express some thoughts on what I think ... 2011-02-18T16:15:00 [Comment]

Some CCK11 Notes from Class Discussion with George Siemens
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Feb 18, 2011
W1 - define was connectivism is.  Our knowledge is connected across networks, it's not just in our heads.  We learn how to access that information using various tools and "connections".  New research and new information keeps changing the information we have.  We don't learn everything in our head. What is a learning theory? - describes how learning happens or how it occurs.  A learning theory should meet these and these needs and then show how it is ... 2011-02-18T02:58:00 [Comment]

Social Media & Education - Reasons to be Fearful by Neil Selwyn (CCK11 live chat)
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Feb 09, 2011
Social media and technology in education is exciting to be passionate about, but we need to also be caution and critical of some of the elements that this can bring the the teaching world. Paper by Neil Neil's publication page 4 areas to be concerned about (talking points that are being considered "out there") Jonas Backelin: Fearful vs. excited 1 - Acknowledging the ideological nature of social media and education nothing is cut and dry there are not just technical issues to ... 2011-02-09T18:02:00 [Comment]

Proud Connections to the Blue Cloud People
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Feb 06, 2011
"Looking at Your Connection Network with New Eyes" So last week when I saw that you make a visualized map of your connections on Linkedin I thought excellent, I want to see how mine compares to the example they show.  And voila here it is. Compared with examples I was kind of embarrassed on how small mine was.  It didn't look very dynamic or exciting at all.  How was I to share this with #CCK11?  Look how few connections I have.  I need more ... 2011-02-06T17:33:00 [Comment]

Thinking Inside of the Circle May Be Just What You Need
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Feb 06, 2011
Okay, so the real saying is "Think Outside of the Box", but two postings I saw this recently were so far out of the box for me that I started to wonder if it's a way of thinking I can every accomplish.  Maybe my thinking is outside sometimes, but the real genius is inside the circle or tip-toeing around the triangle or maybe skipping around the hexagon.  Whatever the phrase might be, these two gentlemen displayed some great ingenuity. Bruce Graham is one of ... 2011-02-06T16:05:00 [Comment]

Digital Scholarship - Martin Weller (Elluminate Session - Jan 26, 2011) #CCK11
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Jan 26, 2011
Book - The Digital Scholar Blog - The Ed Techie Blogging is: social - create networks using, reading, commenting democratic - anyone can start one posts can be long or short can be about any topic/subject filled with multi-media professional or informal (or both) anyone can read, no one can read them, 1000s can read them Questions about blogs: do they represent "proper scholarship? central or peripheral to practice applicable to all domains more useful for some functions than ... 2011-01-26T20:29:00 [Comment]

Dynamizing my Learning Experience - #CCK11
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Jan 25, 2011
How much do you love the word DYNAMIZE?  When I saw/heard Stephen Downes use it in his talk on "Learning Networks: Theory & Practice" from 2005, he says "Dynamize...I know dynamize is not a word, but there wasn't a good word.  A networks is something that is fluid, it is something that is dynamic, it is something that changes constantly.  Connections are grown, connections are shaped, connection are changed." I thought well if it wasn't a word it was ... 2011-01-26T01:19:00 [Comment]

W2: More - Network Diagram Examples (#CCK11)
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Jan 25, 2011
When I thought of looking for a network diagram, I'm not sure why, but looking for one on how bees interact came to mind. Maybe it is because the network of communication that goes on within any particular hive has got to be astounding.  So on my hunt for such a diagram, here are just a few that struck me as intriguing (perhaps by content, perhaps by visual appearance...I won't tell). Here's an interesting site with a Gallery of Network Images.  I'm ... 2011-01-25T22:49:00 [Comment]

Thoughts on Losing Waldo? - #CCK11
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Jan 25, 2011
I was explaining to someone today about the idea that was raise in our online conversation last week, that knowledge is something that can't be unlearned.  As Stephen Downes explained, it's similar to looking at a "Where's Waldo" picture.  Once you know where he is, you always see him.  You can point to him in an instant and will be able to do so into the future. This person at work looked at me, said "hmmmm, I'll need to think about that, I'... 2011-01-25T22:05:00 [Comment]

W2: Network Diagram Examples (#CCK11)
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Jan 25, 2011
There was a great Screenr that was shared this week by David Fair, Articulate Customer Support Engineer on "How to embed Qwiki.com presentations into #Articulate Presenter."  I hadn't yet heard of Qwiki so I began to try it out to see what results I could find. This week's task in #CCK11 is to find examples of network diagrams (etc.).  So I began using Qwiki to see what I could find.  Here are a few (not great, but I wanted to give it a try): Social ... 2011-01-25T15:51:00 [Comment]

Concept Map at the End of Week 1 - #CCK11
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Jan 23, 2011
I've been working on a concept map of what I learn or gather in regards to my activity within the CCK11 (Connectivism and Connected Knowledge).  I've been using the PersonalBrain tool to gather together all blogs I read and the posts that I read within them, twitter feeds and the links I follow from them, daily feeds and the links to blogs, videos, images, etc from them as well.  Basically anything I read, watch, or interact with during this course I'm capturing ... 2011-01-23T17:45:00 [Comment]

Talking with George Siemens and Stephen Downes - CCK11 (week 1)
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Jan 21, 2011
NOTES FROM: First Facilitator Session - Review of Readings  http://cck11.mooc.ca/week1.htm - "The Stephen and George Linkfest" From George's first paper: Connected specialization - "Store my knowledge in my friends".  I might not know how to do something, but I know who to call (connect to) that does have the answer. Does Connectivisim entirely change the notion of expertise? - Stu Harris (cck11) George's reply - a significant influence for sure. ... 2011-01-21T18:02:00 [Comment]

Learning to Understanding an "-Ism"
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Jan 19, 2011
Understanding this "connectivism" stuff is a little more challenging than I was expecting, but the more I look into it, the more I read, the more I watch....the more I think I might be starting to comprehend. I started by reading the first few items that were listed on the CCK11 board and thought "man what have I gotten myself into".  Then I listened to the webinar today and I thought "man what have I gotten myself into."  So I took one more crack at it tonight and listened, ... 2011-01-20T02:52:00 [Comment]

The World Comes Out to Join in #CCK11
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Jan 18, 2011
I was just reading through the introductions for this "go-round" of CCK11 and was excited to see the amazing minds that are being shared through this course.  The resumes of some of the participants are astounding.  (Feeling overwhelmed increasing drastically)  I was also excited to see the wide variety of locations that participants will be joining in from.  The fact that some many people are connecting from so far away from one another always astounds me. The ... 2011-01-19T03:02:00 [Comment]

Participating in my first course that isn't hosted on a platform #cck11
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Jan 18, 2011
I looked at this course in previous years and even followed some of the discussions for a very brief time. However, now that I'm enrolled and am participating for me the timing couldn't be better. I'm so intrigued with the whole idea of the delivery not being on anyone platform. That the concepts or topics for each week are "broadcasted" to the world and that those that are participating in the discussion are "broadcasting" back to anyone who wants to look ... 2011-01-17T22:22:00 [Comment]

Darn a wrote a huge post yesterday
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Jan 18, 2011
I wrote a really long posting yestereday on my phone while I was commuting and now I've lost it.  I'm extremely upset, because it should have posted automatically.  Unfortunately, and I'm not sure why, I don't remember much of what I wrote.  I know it was about the #CCK11 material that I read yesterday for class, but what I specifially was writing about has completely eluded me. Odd. 2011-01-18T17:21:00 [Comment]

How do you read through it all and keep up with everything? #cck11
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Jan 18, 2011
I was a little scared when I read that the first CCK had 2200 participants and the second 700.  If the course/theory about learning through your connections means I have to connect to that many people, how am I ever to manage. Even with my Twitter account I'm approaching if not over the 1000 mark and it's becoming more more difficult to look at it all.  I think many people that hear about learning through a network or networks have that panic feeling initially about "... 2011-01-15T20:36:00 [Comment]

Starting the Year off with #CCK11 - 'Connectivism' and Connective Knowledge
hamtra@gmail.com (Tracy Parish), Discovery Through eLearning, Jan 18, 2011
I walked into work yesterday and my co-worker told me how she had just signed up for 2 final courses she had been hoping to complete for the past year in order to complete her certificate.  I'm not sure which bulb went off in my head, or maybe the term should be which one went on, but I had the feeling come over me that I wish I was taking another course. Then less then half and hour later I see on my Twitter feed from George Siemens: We (@downes and I) start CCK11 on Monday&... 2011-01-15T19:53:00 [Comment]


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