Susan O'Grady

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Self Promotion For Introverts
noreply@blogger.com (Pandora), Janus, Mar 25, 2011
Self promotion seems to be an expectation for the Connectivist learner. Some personalities are far more comfortable with this, so does this mean that the Collective Knowledge is largely moulded by the thoughts of extroverts rather than introverts ? Then again, I believe it is far easier to act outside of a preference within an online medium. It is only our words which come under scrutiny. The rest of 'self' remains untouchable. Self-Promotion for Introverts: Career advancement ... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 09:44:00 +0000 [Comment]

It's All A Balancing Act
noreply@blogger.com (Pandora), Janus, Mar 24, 2011
The unearthing of John Mak's 'model for teaching and learning strategies' had me pondering once again the significance of 'personality type' for learning, networked or otherwise. Teaching and learning strategies I enjoyed it because it provided a perspective of balance and the opportunity to view people as distinct 'others' not just as a 'collective' as does the Keirsey/Bates' type identification. John identified metal, wood, earth, ... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 00:20:00 +0000 [Comment]

What Makes Connectivism Unique ?
noreply@blogger.com (Pandora), Janus, Mar 22, 2011
Dates: February 7 - 14, 2011 An Overview as explained by the facilitators: ......What makes Connectivism distinct from other learning theories? That's going to be the subject of week 4 in the course -- the short version, though, is that connective knowledge is grown, not built, it is natural, not intentional, and it is inherent, not representative. We examine the differences between Connectivism, Activity Theory, Actor Network Theory (ANT) and Connectivism and Constructivism. Each ... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 20:37:00 +0000 [Comment]

Are you MOONing or MOOCing ?
noreply@blogger.com (Pandora), Janus, Mar 20, 2011
While belatedly establishing some links in my MOOC Live Binder, I returned once again to the eminently practical, critically thinking , Sean Fitzgerald's Blog where he ruminated on the Semantic challenges of courses, PLEs, PLNs. learning etc. "......From the beginning of this course I stated (I'm baaaaack! And I'm reviving this blog for the PLENK2010 MOOC) that my intention was to explore how we can use the MOOC model and principles to engender the "large-scale and ... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:30:00 +0000 [Comment]

PLE, PLN and Learning Theories
noreply@blogger.com (Pandora), Janus, Mar 19, 2011
Apple, Orange Or A Real 'Lemon' ? source: http://www.dilbert.com/ As I see it, the greatest hindrance to comparing theories is that there is no universally accepted definition of any of them. As with the PLN/PLE debate, it appears to boil down to 'scholarly' opinion. And what is quite unnerving to the student, if 'academics' disagree after studying a theory in great depth, what sense of clarity are the 'others' expected to achieve. Firstly why do ... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 08:56:00 +0000 [Comment]

Resonance - The true solace of an online network
noreply@blogger.com (Pandora), Janus, Mar 19, 2011
Many debated the meaning of resonance on the forums during the PLENK2010 course. Ken Anderson asked : "......What is this thing called resonance? I've seen it mentioned in a few posts here and there, but I don't have a good idea on what it means. Wikipedia talks about resonance as involving oscillation of a system, where the oscillation is of higher amplitude at certain frequencies than at others. Should I be oscillating? Is this how resonance is being used here? Is ... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 06:39:00 +0000 [Comment]

Theory Or Ideology - MASHISM
noreply@blogger.com (Pandora), Janus, Mar 19, 2011
I Think I'm A MashistAlan Cooper prefers to use the term 'ideology' rather than 'theory' to describe Connectivism, in fact learning theories in general. He questions whether it holds up as possessing experimentally testable predictions (in the scientific sense). Perhaps in an endeavour to process the glut of information coming our way these days we need to resort to pigeonholing as we go. Back on the semantics merry-go-round ! I would suggest applying ... Wed, 02 Mar 2011 05:13:00 +0000 [Comment]

Mesh or Spiral
noreply@blogger.com (Pandora), Janus, Mar 19, 2011
A Web Of Ones Own WeavingFollowing a lead from 'somewhere' I landed back at Stephen's blog reading his post "The Blogosphere is a mesh" Mark Berthelemy had previously challenged Stephen's notion of the network as being more accurately described as a mesh rather than hub and spokes arrangement, by his request for substantiation: ......I'd be very interested to know the evidence for that statement......Stephen responded- " My evidence is that this is what I ... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 07:10:00 +0000 [Comment]

Patterns of Connectivity
noreply@blogger.com (Pandora), Janus, Mar 19, 2011
Connection or Concoction ? I can see why it is beneficial to be able to analyse the interaction between network members in order to better understand how, why and when connections between members are created in the interests of research. Until now I didn't realise it had a specific name: Social Network Analysis (Valdis Krebs) and at last I've been able to find information about the terminology thus far created to describe the roles in a network e.g the connectors,... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 06:44:00 +0000 [Comment]

Groups versus Networks
noreply@blogger.com (Pandora), Janus, Mar 19, 2011
Is It Just Me ? Am feeling somewhat disappointed that I haven't been following or contributing to either of the courses for which I'd registered. Jim Groom's ds106 initially whetted the appetite, given the calibre of many of the participants, however having such open ended challenges is always my undoing. I spend too much time agonising over content and form and before I know it, the opportunity has passed and the frustration with self sets in. The format of Stephen Downes'... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 11:24:00 +0000 [Comment]

Connectivism again
noreply@blogger.com (Pandora), Janus, Mar 19, 2011
Perspective or PerspectivesIt's well known that George SIemens and Stephen Downes are both promoters of the power of Connectivism in the learning process. They do each have their own styles and takes on the concept.Georges Introduction Connectivist Learning and Teaching according to Stephen Connectivist Learning and Teaching Sat, 08 Jan 2011 23:47:00 +0000 [Comment]

Downes Is Up Again !
noreply@blogger.com (Pandora), Janus, Mar 19, 2011
In the middle of my computer streamlining process discovered that Stephen is facilitating another MOOC on Connectivist Networking (#CCK11) commencing January 17. I'm not sure I'm ready for the intensity of another PLENK, however I won't miss the opportunity for some professional development. I aim to be a lot wiser this time around having some basic MOOC literacy skills under my belt, and with all the projects I'm currently juggling I would imagine I may move no further ... Sat, 08 Jan 2011 12:01:00 +0000 [Comment]

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