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Howard Johnson

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Why we need connectionism: A Relevant Metaphor for Practice
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey, May 13, 2011
In spite of the growing support for the social-cultural, situated, social constructivist, distributed, hermeneutic and dilogical nature of learning and cognition; educational, business and cultural practices remain firmly rooted in a paradigm of individualism.  Why?  I can only infer that the aforementioned perspectives are too abstract to move the paradigmatic barriers in moat people’s thinking, [...] Fri, 13 May 2011 16:12:18 +0000 [Comment]

Higher Education – is it worth it? Valuing Action over Thinking
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey, Apr 16, 2011
George Siemens prompted these ideas when he asked the question: Higher Education – is it worth it? To answer this question, it is time to move to another metaphor.  From the idea of education creating a difference of thought to a difference of action. This question was originally prompted by Peter Thiel (PayPal)  suggestion that people [...] Sat, 16 Apr 2011 16:12:30 +0000 [Comment]

#cck11 Exploring the Validity of Connectionism: IRRODL's Special Issue on Connectivism Part 2
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey, Apr 15, 2011
This post completes my look at the Connectivism Special Issue of IRRODL e-Journal (International Review of Research on Open and Distance Learning)  Connectivism: Design and Delivery of Social Networked Learning (Vol 12 (3)).  The first half of this 2 part review is here. Three Generations of Distance Education Pedagogy by Terry Anderson and Jon Dron Interconnecting Networks of [...] Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:41:09 +0000 [Comment]

#cck11 Exploring the Validity of Connectionism: IRRODL’s Special Issue on Connectivism
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey, Apr 08, 2011
THe IRRODL e-Journal (International Review of Research on Open and Distance Learning) has released a Special Issue – Connectivism: Design and Delivery of Social Networked Learning (Vol 12 (3)).  Though cck11 has officially ended, I am looking at these 9 articles as a continuation of my thought on the validity of Connectivism (4 articles are [...] Fri, 08 Apr 2011 18:45:43 +0000 [Comment]

#cck11 Exploring the Validity of Connectionism: Three things
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey, Apr 05, 2011
#1 The Nature of Theoretical Standards All theories are abstractions.  They hope to model concrete aspects of our world, but the abstract and the concrete never coincide.  This is the main point expressed by Jonah Lehler.  In the Wired Article The Mysterious Decline Effect, he says: One of the philosophy papers that I kept on thinking about [...] Tue, 05 Apr 2011 19:58:39 +0000 [Comment]

#cck11 Hope for Connectivism as a Theory for the Future
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey, Mar 31, 2011
These are 3 things I’m thinking about in regards to theory in psychology, education and for evaluating Connectivism as an educational theory that can provide a pathway to the future. The difference between reducible physical objects and non-reducible psychological properties. The hermeneutic nature of cognition and theory’s conceptual role in hermeneutically informed science. Recent criticisms of connectivism as [...] Thu, 31 Mar 2011 01:06:01 +0000 [Comment]

#cck11 – The Role of Theory in the Human and Learning Sciences
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey, Mar 13, 2011
This post is in response to Alan in the cck discussion forum, Learning Theories in CCK11.  It has mostly to do with how theories in learning and the human sciences differ from the natural or physical sciences. I believe Alan’s assertions are right, that in terms of practice, theory in the social and human sciences plays [...] 2011-03-11T19:09:01 [Comment]

#CCK11 – Does Connectivism Help Us Face Modern Super-Complexity
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey, Mar 13, 2011
Are you confused by all the different theories of learning?  Welcome to the ailments of the world of modernity.  This is the subject of an interesting article: University Knowledge in an Age of Supercomplexity by Ronald Barnet.  In this article he states: The modern world is supercomplex in character: it can be understood as a milieu [...] 2011-03-02T19:15:50 [Comment]

#cck11 – Where Should We Find Knowledge Production: Disciplinary Peer Review or Networks of Practice.
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey, Mar 13, 2011
Reviewed a recent article by Susu Nousala (2010) that I thought was related to cck11: Improving the peer review process: an examination of commonalities between scholarly societies and knowledge networks, (Electronic copy available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1762876) Discussing general peer review systems the author ask: (W)hat other ways may be used or incorporated to better serve emergent interdisciplinary and/or hybrid [...] 2011-02-23T19:05:46 [Comment]

#cck11 – Adding to a New Model of Education: John Seely Brown’s New Book
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey, Mar 13, 2011
What is learning?  What does it mean to understand and what does it mean to be an educated person?  You can give a definition, but your answer will be incomplete without going beyond a simple definition to include a specific a model of learning.  Adding to a new model seems to be what Brown and [...] 2011-02-07T19:39:16 [Comment]

#cck11 – Equipotency: A Potentially Important Concept for Connectivism?
howardjohnson, A Chronicle of a Learning Journey, Mar 13, 2011
I would like to contrast some recent interesting posts (prompted by the CCK11 MOOC) with the peer to peer concept of equipotency which I will define as: an open and equal capability to participate in diverse social network activity.  The theoretical / memetic foundation of equipotency is the emergence of open peer to peer culture, [...] 2011-02-06T21:25:36 [Comment]


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