Wrapup posts: Connectivism Conference

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach: “As educators we must have a willingness to share and be transparent…Because as educators we are modeling how we learn and act in the 21st Century. Our students learn more by watching what we do- than what we say. When teachers model how they learn form networks, then that has a huge role in bringing technologies to students and getting them prepared for a 21st century learning environment.”

Still Thinking about Connectivism
: “In the beginning, the mentors see the opportunity as a way to “give back” to the profession and collaborate with other mentors in improving the profession a few teachers at a time. However, it becomes clear early on that the mentorship experience is as much about moving seasoned teachers along a developmental continuum toward improving teacher leadership, as it is about a one-way communication strategies to impart mentor to novice knowledge.”
Sheryl on issues of poverty: “Connectivism holds great promise for students who traditionally have felt lost in a linear style of learning. Finally, students of poverty will be able to work through their strengths, rather than their weaknesses to master classroom content.”
Toward a theory of discontent: “It is natural that we have so many theories. Some prove more valuable than others, some have historicity, while others serve as temporary bookmarks saving our place while we focus on other aspects. Theories are reminders of where we are, where we left off, where we need to return…As for my own thoughts on learning theory, I feel we need a functional theory of discontent — a theory that allows our beliefs and ideas to be challenged by what others think.”
And my heart went pitter-patter: “I have also been able to spend some time in Second Life – and I’ve fallen in love.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I haven’t actually fallen in love with anyone – I’ve fallen in love with all the people there. It has been an amazing experience to dialogue with people from all over the world about educatonal issues. I’ve met students, professors, many librarians (they seem to collect there!), teachers, researchers, tech people, and scores of others who are in some way linked to learning.”
Bill Kerr: “But I think the new territory which George Siemens connectivism and Stephen Downes connective knowledge seeks to claim has either already been claimed by others or has been better done by others.”

The power of connection
: “One of the most interesting aspects though was the opportunity for ongoing discussion. When the online conference started, I had just returned from a weeklong medical school conference in the US. I had come back frustrated by the lack of connection I felt at that conference. Workshops provided very few opportunities for discussing what had been presented. After the workshops, I tried to engage people about the conference, but found myself in social chit chat about the weather and politics.
At the online conference, I learned so much on so many different levels from new technology tools to new theories about how learning occurs to assorted ha-ha moments. People happily provided links, virtual tours and criticism about ideas they didn’t agree with.
The trip to the US cost my university $2,000, while the online conference cost the university $0.”
OCC2007 Ending: “Well, our whirlwind of a week with the Online Connectivity Conference has now ended, and while I have been getting at least 100 emails extra each day, I will miss the creative juices that have been flowing.”

One Response to “Wrapup posts: Connectivism Conference”

  1. Al Hiebert says:

    For me the conference was an excellent introduction to web-conferencing, something that I’d like to explore in some new venues. Of course I also learned much related to connectivism, which will likely impact my continuing participation in the higher education enterprise.
    Many thanks to all who helped make this conference happen. I look forward to participating in future events of this sort.