Online Connectivism Conference – Day 1

Some great discussion emerging following our first day of the Online Connectivism Conference. Several individuals have agreed to serve as context filters for the conference. Some key ideas being presented from the discussion from and blogs in general:
Stephen Downes: What connectivism is – “connectivism is the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks…in connectivism, there is no real concept of transferring knowledge, making knowledge, or building knowledge. Rather, the activities we undertake when we conduct practices in order to learn are more like growing or developing ourselves and our society in certain (connected) ways.”
Chris Sessums: Connectivism and the contextual lens of poverty – “Digital technologies and their affordances represent both educational opportunity and impossibility. While the Internet and the read/write web provides an opportunity for thousands of people to connect and expand their networks, enhancing their ability to co-create knowledge (and even earn a salary), those without access are essentially disenfranchised at a number of social, political, economic, and educational levels.”
Barbara Dieu: First Reactions “As a secondary school teacher this has been the case. I have never learnt and connected so much as in the past years. If I had not done this, my mind would have been geographicallyand intellectually restricted to the four walls of my classroom, of my home and of my close friends. I would have never had the chance to interact with experts and peers from different areas and my knowledge would have been limited to the books or conferences I was never able to afford the time or the money.”
Tony Forster: “For me the debate is not whether Connectivism has the necessary depth to be called a learning theory, whether it deserves to be an -ism. For me the important issue is what can be learnt about living and learning in a connected world when 1000 people from round the world connect in a way which was previously impossible.”
Virginia Yonkers: “if everyone in the organization is thinking alike, there is an “organizational knowledge” that has been created, won’t there also be a tendency to squash creative thinking, thus making connectivism just another way to socially engineer an organizational structure/culture?”
Michael Hotrum: “Textbooks and professors should not position themselves as experts who can claim to keep pace with the changing face of knowledge – but they can guide us, can provide trusted nodes, a framework, a foundation and skill set that enables and maximizes our learning journey.”
Vicki Davis: ” I intentionally read people out of my field at least twice a week. I have several other folders (a lot from the business world) that I read continually besides my educational peers and mentors. Sometimes I learn things from photography websites. Sometimes I glean something from the news. Sometimes somebody is a real jerk to me about something I said, but I go on a bunny trail that takes me to new knowledge. The world is a stage.”
Sharon Peters: “In my experience, the difficult issues of the digital information age are alarming and somewhat frightening to those educators who are beginning to become aware of them, particularly those who realize they are not prepared. Frankly, I have never seen as wide a gap as now between our students and their teachers in terms of facility of technology.”

3 Responses to “Online Connectivism Conference – Day 1”

  1. Charles says:

    Knowledge is distributed across people, which means that people construct knowledge, sometimes collaboratively, sometimes individually. Part of the knowledge being constructed can include “travers[ing] those networks,” but to say knowledge isn’t constructed (or “made”) makes me wonder where it came from and how it got distributed. The individual is as much a distributed system as is the read/write web.

  2. ching-yi, huang says:

    Online Connectivism what we are talking about nowadays, is that knowledge, concept, comments, and ideas exchange. These ideas tell us that even they are students, or just a housewife, no matter who they are, they can still feel free to post their ideas through the network. For example, as being the students, they cannot only evaluate the professors in the class to fill out the form, but they can also give comment or feedback through network as well, such as www.
    Although present technology becomes the ways that more popular for people transferring knowledge, making knowledge, or building knowledge; undoubted, it is making society and the world are growing and progressing. However, such kinds human behavior already existed potential and dangerous influences to society. Since people feel freedom and non-responses to criticize someone or intention to harm someone or transferring the incorrect knowledge to the public. Therefore, some people would create more and more negative and incorrect knowledge through network on purposely…..but no one can totally stop it.

  3. I learned a lot in the Elluminate session, specially in the chat… Please, take a look at my LIVE MINI-PAPER on Connectivism, and tell me what you think. Do you agree?