Keynote presentation delivered to Network EDFE Seminar Series, London School of Economics.
In this presentation I look at the needs and demands of people seeking learning with the models and designs offered by traditional institutions, and in the spirit of reclaiming learning describe a new network-based system of education with the learner managing his or her education.
In my last post, I said that networking is the lens through which I see most everything, or at least I try. I confess that I still have some old habits of mind, mostly that I’m unaware of, but when brought to mind, I do try to address them.… Continue reading →
It happened, writer’s block, or maybe I should call it writer’s jam because that might be a better description. Like this image, I have numerous connected learning logs trying to squeeze through into one coherent, flowing post but nothing is getting through.…
Ben Wilkoff posted a great video blog called #ETMOOC Is Overwhelming. So, Let’s Make Some Meaning. It really resonated with me. Ben talks about the fact that MOOCs can be very overwhelming, and that to be successful you can’t read every tweet, blog post and Google+ comment.…
I have grounded my concept of a writing across the curriculum program (WAC) in connectivist theory: that knowledge and communication are network phenomena, a function of mapping and traversing complex, multi-scale networks. As Stephen Downes says in his post Types of Knowledge and Connective Knowledge, “connectivism is the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections.” To… Continue reading →
If agency is the ability to recognize and respond to the surround, then does agency fit with connectivism? Yes. In fact, I can’t think of an educational theory that agency does not complement. Education is hardly understandable without some notion of agency on either the teacher’s part, the student’s part, or usually both parts.… Continue reading →