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MOOCs support inefficient learning…and that’s the point
leahgrrl, Connexions, Jun 23, 2011
With the shrill emphasis on standardized testing in K-12, some math educators are fighting back with innovative, hands-on learning for their students. Instead of providing equations for, say, calculating the hypotenuse of a bunch of right triangles with different base lengths, they have their students start with the object under consideration. Perhaps students measure a [...] Thu, 23 Jun 2011 13:50:13 +0000 [Comment]

CCK11: Institutional and/versus networked learning
leahgrrl, Connexions, Apr 15, 2011
Below is my final project for our Connectivism course; I will admit that I went a little over the top. I wanted to do something fun and multimedia, and I ended up spending an enormous amount of time on this. I think it’s because in my work life I don’t get much of an opportunity [...] Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:34:46 +0000 [Comment]

CCK11: Wrapping up; the long and short of it
leahgrrl, Connexions, Apr 08, 2011
I feel like I’ve just gotten started; how can CCK2011 be ending? I’m going to argue two contradictory perspectives on timing here because I keep waffling between them; then I’m going to finish up by promoting the idea that George and Stephen shouldn’t facilitate CCK next time but instead form a granny cloud of well-wishers. [...] Fri, 08 Apr 2011 12:30:00 +0000 [Comment]

CCK11: Concept map
leahgrrl, Connexions, Mar 31, 2011
Welcome to my Concept Map, assignment #3 for our Connectivism and Connected Learning course. It’s hard to read this small, but I kinda like the over / view. Can you see it? I tried to make sense of the unique parts of connectivism as a theory of learning in the digital age. I also deliberately [...] Thu, 31 Mar 2011 11:38:42 +0000 [Comment]

CCK11: Educational and other despair
leahgrrl, Connexions, Mar 30, 2011
I just started reading Diane Ravitch‘s new book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Undermine Education. Ravitch has been very influential throughout the last few decades in shaping educational policy in the United States. A former supporter of the No Child Left Behind Act (the No Child [...] Wed, 30 Mar 2011 12:07:32 +0000 [Comment]

CCK11: Openness and sustainability
leahgrrl, Connexions, Mar 18, 2011
A small caveat: it’s been a rough couple of weeks, so I haven’t blogged for our course much, nor have I commented on other folks’ posts as I try to do regularly. My apologies. Between a large increase in my freelance work and the additional time I’ve spent in crowds of teachers, firefighers, police officers, [...] Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:43:13 +0000 [Comment]

CCK11: Educurator?
leahgrrl, Connexions, Mar 11, 2011
To fulfill Assignment 2 of the Connectivism & Connected Knowledge course For your second paper, select your point of emphasis as that of the instructional designer or educator. Explore changing roles for your selected field. Do you agree their roles are changing? If so, what are appropriate responses? What are impediments to change? If not, how [...] 2011-03-11T18:04:25 [Comment]

CCK11: Network thinking
leahgrrl, Connexions, Mar 05, 2011
An article that will be appearing in Organization Science sometime this year that discusses some aspects of network-based inquiry that might be interesting to folks in CCK2011 (note: although it’s not up yet, the DOI will be 10.1287/orsc.1110.0643). The experiment may not be directly related to our course, but I think some of its implications may [...] 2011-03-05T20:09:41 [Comment]

CCK11: Connectivism in action?
leahgrrl, Connexions, Feb 25, 2011
The following is a lovely story of how one middle-aged woman learned enough about XHTML, CSS, and WordPress in eight weeks to build a website. I have a client who wanted an email newsletter last spring; I investigated the possibilities, chose Constant Contact, and started sending monthly newsletters I’d research and write. Worked great. Easy software. Then [...] 2011-02-25T13:09:50 [Comment]

CCK11: In the human field
leahgrrl, Connexions, Feb 21, 2011
It seems to me that one of the points of having a theory of learning is to be able to apply it, that is, to be able to find skillful ways to support and nurture learning. Many people in our MOOC who are teachers keep asking these kinds of questions, and I’m unclear whether we’re settling [...] 2011-02-21T19:40:26 [Comment]

CCK11: Done!
leahgrrl, Connexions, Feb 18, 2011
I’ve completed my assigned paper due today, and now I have time for a leisurely dinner with a nice big margarita. I created the paper in Word for specific reasons, which you can see if you wish to read it (Warm Nodes, Cold Connections?). Any feedback is always appreciated. I’m not 100% happy with it, [...] 2011-02-18T19:59:44 [Comment]

CCK11 help!: Procrastination and frustration
leahgrrl, Connexions, Feb 16, 2011
I’ve started my paper, due Friday, for the CCK2011 course three times since last week. Each time I approach the assignment from a new direction, and each time I’m not satisfied with the direction I’m headed. The first start My bias: The value of a new learning theory should be that it helps us understand [...] 2011-02-16T16:10:15 [Comment]

CCK11: Room for benign mentors in connectivism?
leahgrrl, Connexions, Feb 14, 2011
I listend to a National Public Radio last week in which authors of a new book, Academically Adrift, report that “many [college] students are only minimally improving their skills in critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing during their journeys through higher education.” (listen here I downloaded the Kindle version and have started reading the book, but [...] 2011-02-14T17:53:51 [Comment]

CCK11: Teachers who matter
leahgrrl, Connexions, Feb 07, 2011
I can remember all of my primary school teachers (but I’ll keep their names private here). My second grade teacher, frustrated that I completed work quickly and promptly got bored and fussy, found a speed reading machine and set me to that task. In third grade, again acting out, I was sent to kindergarten twice [...] 2011-02-07T19:04:39 [Comment]

CCK11: Network Anonymity
leahgrrl, Connexions, Jan 31, 2011
I’m familiar with network analysis, especially in social sciences research, so most of the concepts from Week 2 of CCK2011 made sense. Different words (nodes versus vertices) are used in different fields to describe the same basic ideas, and once I got a handle on that I was fine with the readings and discussion. In [...] 2011-01-31T15:25:49 [Comment]

CCK11: Networking
leahgrrl, Connexions, Jan 25, 2011
To my deep embarrassment and chagrin, I do not have enough connections for LinkedIn to create a cool network diagram for me (see, so I cannot provide an InMap to talk about. I have 37 connections on LinkedIn, and apparently I need 50 to create the diagram. This is sort of alarming to me, [...] 2011-01-25T19:22:59 [Comment]

CCK11: “Discovering” connections?
leahgrrl, Connexions, Jan 24, 2011
The basic premise of connectivism—”knowledge is distributed across a network of connections [and] learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks” (Downes 2007)—makes perfect sense to me, especially in the world of the Internet and smartphones and all those other gadgets within the “nebulous enivronments of shifting core elements” (Siemens 2005) that [...] 2011-01-24T13:58:02 [Comment]

CCK11: Unlearning knowledge
leahgrrl, Connexions, Jan 20, 2011
How does Connectivism deal with unlearning knowledge? I’m still stuck from yesterday on the question of what might be labeled knowledge that I don’t wish to have—for instance, the “knowledge” in the culture around me that leads to discrimination or worse (e.g., racism). George Siemens’ learning theories table lists a column called “property” that might [...] 2011-01-20T19:26:53 [Comment]

CCK11: Having a thought you can’t not think
leahgrrl, Connexions, Jan 19, 2011
Today’s analogy for connectivism’s view of knowledge is once you know where Waldo is means that you can’t look back at the page and not see him, you’ve found him for good. What came up for me: racism is, for instance, the “knowledge” that one group of people with certain physical characteristics is somehow better/wiser than another [...] 2011-01-19T18:17:42 [Comment]

Pre Week 1
leahgrrl, Connexions, Jan 19, 2011
CCK11: Week Pre-1 Focusing and Foreword/Forward To be successful in my own mind for this learning experience in the Connectivism and Connected Knowledge course, I must round back again and again to a central focus. For me, it might be what “instructional materials” will become in the new classrooms and schools that must result from the [...] 2011-01-18T15:09:17 [Comment]

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