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Protected: Connectivism: Final Project
damoclarky, Damo's World, Apr 16, 2011
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Changing Roles of Higher Educators
damoclarky, Damo's World, Mar 13, 2011
This blog post is my submission for assignment 2 in CCK11.  I have used links to previous posts to support my arguments. The shifting basis of certainty has been a critical focus during week 5-8. Through readings and discussions, we have focused on complexity, chaos theory, instructional design, power and control, and the changing roles [...] 2011-03-13T07:53:21 [Comment]

Learner Autonomy, Control and the Balance of Power
damoclarky, Damo's World, Mar 12, 2011
This blog post relates to my study of CCK11. I have been struggling with how to express my view of the future role of educators in the 21st century.  I have had an idea that centres around learner centred, control and individualism, but simply haven’t been able to articulate this in my writing. I have [...] 2011-03-12T23:36:27 [Comment]

Managing (universities) in an age of complexity
damoclarky, Damo's World, Mar 08, 2011
This blog post relates to my study of CCK11. I have just read an article by Dr Jean Boulton titled Managing in an Age of Complexity.  I really enjoyed reading this article.  I think the main reason was that it resonated with me and my context working for an Australian University. The key message of [...] 2011-03-08T12:20:41 [Comment]

PLE/PLN and the commodified education industry
damoclarky, Damo's World, Mar 07, 2011
This blog post relates to my study of CCK11. Sui Fai John Mak had this to say in response to a previous blog post of mine on PLE/PLNs. So would the education system affect how and why PLE or PLN would be applied?  How about the learners learning under such education system?  What are the [...] 2011-03-07T10:31:22 [Comment]

PLEs: for the connectives or collectives?
damoclarky, Damo's World, Mar 05, 2011
This blog post relates to my study of CCK11. The concept of the personal learning environment is founded on the idea of learning control and autonomy.  It is a personal environment for the learner – learner centric. Yet practically, formal education is a controlled environment.  We live in a world with tighter and tighter controls [...] 2011-03-06T04:14:30 [Comment]

PLEs and PLNs
damoclarky, Damo's World, Mar 05, 2011
This blog post relates to my study of CCK11. What are the downsides? (http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7049.pdf) As a learning platform that is by definition always evolving, a PLE requires students to engage in ongoing decision making to maintain, organise, and grow their learning environments.  The process of self-directed learning requires a degree of self-awareness, and it must [...] 2011-03-06T04:13:43 [Comment]

Understanding self-similarity: An example
damoclarky, Damo's World, Feb 28, 2011
Self-similarity.  What a mind-bender. A concept related to Complex adaptive systems, and a distinguishing property from that of multi-agent systems. This very brief blog post relates to my study of CCK11 and my attempt to understand self-similarity through my own example. So, here is my example of self-similarity based on the examples provided in the [...] 2011-02-28T10:58:48 [Comment]

My position on Connectivism
damoclarky, Damo's World, Feb 18, 2011
This blog post relates to my study of CCK11, and is my submission for assignment 1 – my position on Connectivism.  As the word-limit is quite low, I’ve linked to previous blog posts which provide greater depth of discussion and links supporting my assertions. Clarify and state your position on connectivism I was very excited [...] 2011-02-19T01:51:37 [Comment]

My reflection on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
damoclarky, Damo's World, Feb 18, 2011
This blog post relates to my study of CCK11. Having a technologist background, I love the ideals to which Connectivism holds such as (open, shared, and social, and adaptive to perpetual change). However, my experience of studying this course as a MOOC, which I consider an application of the Connectivist Learning Theory has not been [...] 2011-02-19T01:43:08 [Comment]

Learning Theories and Context
damoclarky, Damo's World, Feb 17, 2011
This blog post relates to my study of CCK11.  Over the past couple of years, and more feverishly in the past month, I have been banging on about learning theories and the importance of context. This afternoon, I watched a you tube video (below) by Ian Robertson titled “An Introduction to Learning Theories“.  While it [...] 2011-02-17T04:35:21 [Comment]

Frames and Context: Toomato or Tomato
damoclarky, Damo's World, Feb 05, 2011
This post relates to my study of CCK11. A fellow student, Jaap recently took the time to comment on my week 3 concept map, plus share his own (thanks Jaap ). Jaap asked in a comment on my concept map: “I think in connectivism context and framing are look-a-likes, do you agree?”  Jaap similarly makes [...] 2011-02-05T11:03:23 [Comment]

REPOST: Improving university teaching, learning theory, and curriculum design
damoclarky, Damo's World, Feb 05, 2011
This post relates to my study of CCK11. I found an article I wrote two years ago regarding improving university teaching, learning theories and instructional (curriculum) design while studying instructional design through UManitoba.  I thought it was relevant to my current study of CCK11, and so am reposting so that it would be included in [...] 2011-02-05T10:27:44 [Comment]

Connectivism and Connective Knowledge: Concept Map
damoclarky, Damo's World, Feb 02, 2011
This blog post relates to my study of CCK11 and provides an initial draft of my evolving concept map of Connectivism and Connective Knowledge. Sorry about the poor use of colour.  I am using VUE on a Mac and for some reason I can’t access the format window. As you can see, I have quite [...] 2011-02-03T01:04:31 [Comment]

Does connectivism facilitiate surface learning?
damoclarky, Damo's World, Jan 27, 2011
This blog post relates to my study of CCK11, and is inspired by a blog post from a fellow classmate, Skip titled Are we dumbing down? Is multitasking taking away of our ability our ability [sic] to absorb? While Skip I believe is referring to the distraction of back-channels during an online live web-conference when [...] 2011-01-28T03:06:07 [Comment]

Is it all just “Naval-Gazing”?
damoclarky, Damo's World, Jan 26, 2011
This blog post relates to my study of CCK11 and the study of learning theory. One of the week 1 readings is a document titled “What is Connectivism?“  George Siemens uses Ertmer’s and Newby’s “five definitive questions to distinguish learning theory” framework to produce a table comparing and contrasting Connectivism with 4 other prominent learning [...] 2011-01-27T04:05:18 [Comment]

Open deliveryware
damoclarky, Damo's World, Jan 26, 2011
This blog post relates to my study of CCK11. Continuing my readings of the course with Stephen Downes blog post entitled What Connectivism is Not, I have come across the following passage, which I find incredibly fascinating. There is no reason for the *delivery* of instruction (whatever form it may take) to be conjoined with [...] 2011-01-27T02:53:40 [Comment]

If infants and animals can do it, does that make it simple?
damoclarky, Damo's World, Jan 26, 2011
This blog post relates to my study of CCK11 and is in response to a statement made by Stephen Downes in his blog post entitled What Connectivism Is.  The statement by Stephen in response to a criticism of Connectivism by Tony Forster: Tony continues, “Connectivism should still address the hard struggle within of deep thinking, [...] 2011-01-27T01:26:45 [Comment]

Initial thoughts on connectivism
damoclarky, Damo's World, Jan 24, 2011
I am currently doing George Siemens’ Connectivism and Connective Knowledge 2011 (CCK11) course.  At the moment, I am reading his article, Connectivism:  A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. Some very abstract ideas to grapple with, and so I am writing down my thoughts as I process this in mind and try to make sense [...] 2011-01-20T02:09:03 [Comment]


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