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The Problem of Thinking Too Much
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily, Apr 07, 2011
Persi Diaconis and Barry C. Mazur, Stated Meeting Report, Stanford, April 2, 2011. Jennie Scott linked to this 2003 article on the danger of thinking too much in this week's CCK11 postings. The thesis is that "In every area of academic and more practical study, we can find simple examples that on introspection grow into unspeakable 'creatures.' The technical details take over, and practitioners are fooled into thinking they are doing serious work." Instead of ... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 16:33:14 -0400 [Comment]

How to Steal Like an Artist (and 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me)
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily, Apr 04, 2011
Austin Kleon, Weblog, April 3, 2011. This is an outstanding list of helpful hints for creative people. There are some really good nuggets in here - the idea that creativity is based on building on others, the idea that you learn to create by creating, the need to focus on what interests you and on what you like, the need for routines and hard work and a focus on quality. Probably the best idea is the last: creativity is subtraction. That's the genesis behind the ... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 09:21:57 -0400 [Comment]

Social and connective lock-in
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily, Feb 25, 2011
George Siemens, elearnspace, February 25, 2011. Today's online session in the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge course was one of those where new ideas emerge from the interplay of ideas. In this case, the new ideas were the twin concepts of 'social lock-in' 'connective lock-in': - Social lock-in – where we are reluctant to move to new social networks because all of our friends/colleagues are part of our current social network service. - Connective lock-... 2011-02-25T14:18:02 [Comment]

Week03: Connective Knowledge (#CCK11)
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily, Feb 23, 2011
Jonas Bäckelin, Swedinbalchik's Blog, February 23, 2011. Interesting video describing connectivism based on the discussions from last week's Connectiovism and Connective Knowledge course sessions. [Link] [Comment] 2011-02-23T12:29:42 [Comment]

#CCK11 – Week 4: A Dog Can Not Lie #ELTchat
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily, Feb 15, 2011
Thomas Baker, Profesorbaker's Blog, February 15, 2011. This is a great video. It's not really Wittgenstein, of course, but rather a well-acted version of Wittgenstein. And I doubt that he would touch on all of the major elements of his philosophy in a single lecture. Still. It's just this sort of thing I think that we still have a very hard time grasping, that meanings and uses of words are the same, that they are phenomena in the external world, not located inside ... 2011-02-15T06:10:38 [Comment]

#CCK11 - Connectivism & Connective Knowledge in Action!
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily, Jan 27, 2011
Zaid Ali Alsagoff, ZaidLearn, January 27, 2011. I was delighted to find that James Morrison was able to connect with Zaid Ali Alsagoff and share some learning experiences. This post is Alsagoff's reactions to Morrison's visit, with descriptions and clips of his talk on the future of higher education. "Higher education is in a major transition period that will fundamentally change the way colleges and universities will conduct their business in the coming decades. Although ... 2011-01-27T14:00:13 [Comment]

What is the learner responsibility in open education?
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily, Jan 27, 2011
Martin Weller, The Ed Techie, January 27, 2011. Martin Weller gave a presentation to the CCK11 course yesterday (Elluminate recording) on open scholarship, prompting several participants to ask, "What's the connection to course content?" The week 2 topic in the course was Patterns of Connectivity. It's a good question, but Weller turns it around. "In an open, connected world of abundant content, perhaps the key skill is to learn how to make the connections between a wide ... 2011-01-27T13:46:59 [Comment]

Tags Associated With Other Tags on Delicious Bookmarked Resources
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily, Jan 27, 2011
Tony Hirst, OUseful Info, January 27, 2011. Tony Hirst looks at the connections between tags on Delicious for resources tagged CCK11 or cck11. For those interested in following his work, he provides the Python code used to create the diagram. [Link] [Comment] 2011-01-27T13:32:05 [Comment]

Visualize your network connections
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily, Jan 25, 2011
Bonni Stachowiak, Teaching in Higher Education, January 25, 2011. Yesterday I asked #CCK11 participants to submit their examples of network diagrams. As examples, I posted a few recent network diagrams I've covered here in OLDaily. Bonni Stachowiak commented on the post, telling me about this service that creates a diagram of my LinkedIn connections (For some reason Google deleted this comment. I am reposting it, and telling Google, HANDS OFF!). Here's the shareable ... 2011-01-25T09:44:33 [Comment]

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