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Reflection September 29th
September 30, 2009, 3:03 am
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Roots of Connectivism

George Siemens

George was our presenter tonight and has some very interesting information check him out on his blog and his online course.

Some points I would like to reflect on:

Learning Networks

1. There was some talk about people learn through making things “Creative Experimentation” – this is what we as teachers need to do, isn’t it? we need to become more familiar with new media by “Playing”.  I think this is the best way to learn! This is how I learn. If you want to create a website but never have, you can be given notes but it isn’t until you start playing around with the program that you actually learn how it is used.

2. Network learning takes a look at the concept of knowledge. We communicate in a way to support each other learning. We create social networks based on what we have been exposed to.  We pick our media by eliminating what doesn’t apply to us.  We can gain so much information that can be overwhelming but when we narrow down what we actually need and what applies to what we are teaching, we can narrow down the information. There was a back channel comment that stated – We depend on the internet – we lose our minds…. Does this mean we lose our minds in a sense that it is information overload or does it mean that we lose our minds, as in we are not using them? What do you think? I would have to say we can gain way more information from the internet and can learn so much. We just have to find the right learning networks and control what we need so that it doesn’t become to overwhelming. We have so much information at our finger tips that we never had years before, we are very privileged to live in a life of knowledge at the tips of our fingers.

3. Exist Now: The difficulties in resonance – that one idea works for one person and the same idea doesn’t work for another person.  Why do people get involved and why don’t they? I think it depends on where a person is in their lives, what has happened? What have they learned? What kinds of interest do they have? Isn’t this why different ideas don’t all relate to people in the same way?

4. Sense Making: How do we get people to make sense? We do by participating, if we participate things can start to make sense. This is still a topic that I’m getting use to for my first on line class, and the Lurkers. Sounds so funny. How do you get them to participate? Do they need to be participating? Are they not still learning if they are not participating in the back channel. I saw someone post that they don’t think of themselves as lurkers but they also don’t participate in class, they will add their own point to the conversation when it comes. If this person is still blogging and adding comments to others blog and keeping up with the work does it make them a bad student and a bad lurker?

5. Back Channel – what I like to say is that the back channel is a great tool. In most classes you can’t talk in class and you have to stay in your seat and not interrupt the speaker. This back channel allows for people to ask questions during class. I think this is great, if you missed something or need more clarification you just add it in. If it is becoming too much for you…well you close the window AND you can still go back and watch the back channel after class. You are also getting links for great websites and more new media as the class is going on. You actually get the chance to talk during class and not get your hand slapped 🙂 It is a great way for learners who fall behind to keep up with the rest of the class by asking question to clarify and watching it again to see what they missed. What a wonderful world.

6. Thinking about tomorrow: We need to grow with technology and keep interacting with others. What teachers should do? become active users and experiments, they have to play around with the tools that are out there. You can’t understand the technology if you just read about it and look at it, to fully understand it you have to actually use it.  This gets the teacher to be more comfortable and that can help teach to others and then in turn use in the classroom. They need to create open spaces to model some of the resource they have learned – add to your blog about what you have found and why it works, what you liked and how you would use it. These then also creates a learning network for others to use what you have learned. I think that people who are scared of technology have not played with it or think they will “break it”, if they just took the chance and clicked around they can learn so much. But if we really thing about it…it is no different from any other way we learn. If we wanted to learn how to play basketball we wouldn’t just read about and watch it, we would have to actually participate in it.

Loved this ” New Media adds new opportunities” and we have to keep on top of new media by helping each other.


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Good call on the back channel – I also find it cool that we are not only able to chat as the class is going on but encouraged to do so. It is one of the true strengths of online education that we can dialog during the lesson but not interupt the presenter or others trying to follow along.

Comment by bgatin

Lurkers is always an interesting topic.

Generally a lurker is considered someone that doesn’t participate at all. They read posts, but don’t add their own or write comments.

The rule of online participation is that 90 % of people are lurkers, 9 % occasionally participate and 1 % participate all the time. This is true of most online communities.

Lurkers are still learning and gaining but aren’t learning the same as someone that actively participates.

The more you understand factors that influence people’s participation the better equipped you are to encourage participation.

Comment by Sue Waters

Thanks, I agree that if someone isn’t replying to a posts or posting then that person is not gaining any further insight. It is like a class disucssion, you talk to each other and you learn more.This was we can have discussions on line.

Comment by Amy

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