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Connectivism and Connected Knowledge 2011

Posted by Simon on January 18, 2011

I’m about to launch into a 12-week MOOC – a Massive Online Open Course – called “Connectivism and Connected Knowledge”, run by Stephen Downes and George Siemens.

I had the privilege of speaking with George Siemens about Connectivism last year while doing some research for at work on “Principles of Workplace Learning”. I also wrote a post on the topic in the broader context of relationships.

The course promises to wonderfully nourish my work (workplace learning, performance improvement), my interest in technology, my personal focus on relational thinking, and my general pondering on questions of epistemology, power and authority. I’m very interested in the process, especially as we consider at work how to enable a way of learning that’s necessary for 21st Century corporations to thrive. I’m also very keen to observe to what degree the course itself is an example of Connectivism and to what degree traditional modes and philosophies of learning are necessary for ‘learning’ to have occurred over the 12 weeks.

I’ll be joining several hundred other people (it really is Massive) from all around the world. I can’t wait! And here’s hoping I can keep up! For more details, check out here, and follow on twitter using #CCK11. And why not join in? Here’s what the course will cover.

Week 1: Connectivism?
Week 2: Patterns
Week 3: Knowledge
Week 4: Unique?
Week 5: Groups, Networks
Week 6: PLENK
Week 7: Adaptive Systems
Week 8: Power & Authority
Week 9: Openness
Week 10: Net Pedagogy
Week 11: Research & Analytics
Week 12: Changing views


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