About This Blog

This is my blog for participating in the “Connectivism and Connective Knowledge” “course” for 2009.

I signed up for this course after stumbling across some of the artifacts of the 2008 course and after reading George Siemens’ original paper on connectivism and subscribing to Stephen Downes’ “Half an Hour” blog.

The purpose of the course is two-fold.  One is to explore the concept of connectivism with a “rather large” group of people around the world.  The second is to experiment with the new forms of “courses,” specifically, challenging the notion that all information and most expertise comes from or through the instructor(s).

My motives for taking the course are to have a hands-on, authentic opportunities to explore how people are using Web-based tools (and social media specifically); exploring ideas about distributed learning, cognition, and creativity; and, hopefully, connecting with some other people from the K-12 world experimenting with importing connectivist strategies from higher education into middle and high schools.

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