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#CCK11 Ode to the Troll – Epode
deadvocate, Ken's World, Mar 30, 2011
Oh poor Troll, you downtrodden beast Your assaultive ways, your sultry vibes Lead some to a desire to feast On your bones, those wanton scribes That cannot see value in thee But we that will, invite unto you The courage to prolong your act Question, confront, in power of see Shed not those things that you [...] Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:12:16 +0000 [Comment]

#CCK11 Ode to the Troll – Anti-strophe
deadvocate, Ken's World, Mar 29, 2011
Avast ye troll, and off with thine head! There is nothing with virtue in thee Your flaming tones, they need not be read All questions, to the contrary, don't see. And what to do, with your assaults on all They can't have a purpose at sway For if they did, would we just not agree That [...] Tue, 29 Mar 2011 02:03:12 +0000 [Comment]

#CCK11 An Ode to the Troll – Strophe
deadvocate, Ken's World, Mar 27, 2011
Well, I’ve kinda had it with the Troll  discussion that erupts at least once during a Connectivist course. I’m willing to grant that foul language, direct character assaults and the like can provide an uncomfortable atmosphere for some, but I find it comical that this behaviour would be seized upon as the reason for people leaving a [...] Sun, 27 Mar 2011 10:35:05 +0000 [Comment]

#CCK11 Things that Irk-me
deadvocate, Ken's World, Mar 22, 2011
I think it is important for me to clear my mind of irk-ful things. Perhaps in doing so my thoughts on Connectivism will be more objective? I will start with a couple things that irk-me, and any and all are invited to list their irks too. All I ask is that a brief description be provided [...] Tue, 22 Mar 2011 15:36:48 +0000 [Comment]

#CCK11 Con-Irk-tivism – Movement #1
deadvocate, Ken's World, Mar 13, 2011
In my previous post a new theory emerged. It is stated as: "Connection (or re-connection) is contingent on the absence (or removal) of irk" I have dubbed this Con-Irk-tivism as an interim, working title (abb. CI). CI theory addresses the issue of mental states such as desire, fear, passion, anger, hope, love, faith etc. through its predictive component. CI [...] Sun, 13 Mar 2011 23:33:43 +0000 [Comment]

#CCK11 Moving beyond Connectivism
deadvocate, Ken's World, Mar 02, 2011
Is it time to move beyond connectivism?  Has this term outlived its usefulness?  Connectivism seems to incite strong feeling, and it seems to create misunderstandings as to what it represents.  And represent it does – much to the chagrin I suppose of its ‘founders’, connectivism is a concept that represents a picture or perspective of a reality, [...] 2011-03-02T12:45:04 [Comment]

CCK11 Groups vs. Networks
deadvocate, Ken's World, Feb 28, 2011
I posted the following here:  (at the bottom of a long thread) I’m still obsessing over this groups vs. networks thing, and this seems like a nice safe place to put my thoughts, no teacher figure about to slap my hands…. Ok, at 56:00 of the Feb 18 Elluminate session Stephen Downes presents his flip [...] 2011-02-21T23:15:41 [Comment]

CCK11 The law of re-distribution
deadvocate, Ken's World, Feb 28, 2011
The power law operating in networks is an observation that autonomous, diverse social networks tend towards uneven distributions.  This observation can be colloquially expressed as: Shirky’s Law:   Freedom of Choice Makes Stars Inevitable The re-distribution law is an observation that the distribution in social networks is not static and is affected by the natality effect.  This observation can [...] 2011-02-20T03:15:35 [Comment]

CCK11 Introducing the law of re-distribution
deadvocate, Ken's World, Feb 28, 2011
From the ongoing discussion here:     http://cck11.mooc.ca/post/54793 Hi Jennie and Al.  I think these are very good subjects for debate.  Should we push learning in a direction that is not natural, force learning to take place in a way that goes against its biological, economic or socio-mechanical proclivities, IF there is a natural tendency or power law [...] 2011-02-20T00:01:02 [Comment]

CCK11 What is missing in Connectivism?
deadvocate, Ken's World, Feb 28, 2011
According to Downes:  There is no entity called a ‘soul’ and commonly understood as some sort of non-corporeal self described by or explained by the theory of connectivism. In this connectivism is consistent with other scientific theories and domains, such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, etc.  He has pinned connectivism to a number of philosophical positions: [...] 2011-02-16T14:25:03 [Comment]

CCK11 Einstein Speaks on Theory!
deadvocate, Ken's World, Feb 28, 2011
Having some fun on John Mak’s blog channelling Einstein: “You see, at the time I was thinking this theory, I did not host any other theory. Other people hosted their various theories, and I did not feel welcome in them. Sometimes their hosting rules prohibited my inclusion, sometimes their hosting rules seemed silly, and I [...] 2011-02-14T13:55:01 [Comment]

CCK11 The unique idea in Connectivism
deadvocate, Ken's World, Feb 28, 2011
I enjoyed the elluminate session today; I measure my ‘success’ in these sessions on whether I learned anything or not.  Today’s success included learning through the chat box that Neil Selwyn has some papers available for reading.  I’m going to have a look at his work a little more closely; I found his take on [...] 2011-02-11T20:42:26 [Comment]

CCK11 Dialogue issues
deadvocate, Ken's World, Feb 28, 2011
Interesting dialogue on the CCK11 page about dialogue: http://cck11.mooc.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=54793 I posted this to the dialogue: Hmmm. So the emphasis on ‘distributed’ has the paradoxical effect of reducing the ‘openness’ of the course. In essence, this course requires a learner to participate in a specified manner, and does not address the learner’s stated needs/wants. How is [...] 2011-02-09T12:34:23 [Comment]

CCK11 – Recipe for success?
deadvocate, Ken's World, Feb 28, 2011
So, let me get this straight…. a)  Dump the Moodle forums, on the premise that they tend to ‘power law’ instantiations, in the sense that 20% of the participants write 80% of the forum posts  (this is deemed to be ‘bad) b) Replace Moodle with Grasshopper forums, on the premise that the tendency will be towards [...] 2011-02-03T21:10:55 [Comment]

Power Laws and CCK11
deadvocate, Ken's World, Feb 28, 2011
I have participated in several of the connectivist course offerings over the last couple of years and have been and remain critical of some of the ideas and theories espoused therein. I am trying to understand my antipathy for this thinking, after all, how important can it really be?  There are many theories of learning and [...] 2011-01-29T21:47:59 [Comment]


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