Category Archives: connectivism

Connectivism and Open Education

Vahid Masrour sent out a link to our Open Education MOOC this morning to Mark Weller’s “Openness and Education: a beginner’s guide” and it got me to thinking a lot about Connectivism. Connectivism is the learning theory founded and championed … Continue reading

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George Siemens and the Evolution of Ed Tech

George Siemens wrote a very thoughtful post on his current thinking about education technology called “Adios Ed Tech. Hola something else.”  Siemens has been very important in shaping my own thought on education technology and online learning. His work has … Continue reading

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Information Management in 1912

One of the reasons I just hate the internet is that while searching for something that no longer interests me now, I accidentally clicked on something that I found so mesmerising and intriguing, and yet I really didn’t know why. … Continue reading

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Towards a Connectivist ePortfolio

I am reviewing eportfolio systems and processes for faculty at Humboldt State University, and I am concerned with how little has changed in this field over the last ten years. There are some good ideas out there around assessment and … Continue reading

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Mushrooms, Neuroscience, and Education

There is an interesting story about magic mushrooms in Wired Magazine this month. It includes a nice graphic that demonstrates the connections in the brain when on psilocybin. I find this interesting because there are a number of researchers attempting to … Continue reading

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Why Connectivism is a Learning Theory

Domains of major fields of physics (Photo credit: Wikipedia) David Wiley recently made a comment on his blog, in response to a very succinct posting by Stephen Downes, that the learning theory Connectivism, though he is sympathetic to it, was … Continue reading

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Connectivism – The First 2000 Years

I would like to highly recommend a book I am currently reading to educators interested in Connectivism. It is called Writing on the Wall: Social Media – The First 2000 Thousand Years by Tom Standage, the digital editor at the … Continue reading

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Using a Blog-Based Environment to Support a Community of Learners

Presentation notes for: “Using a Blog-Based Environment to Support a Community of Learners”Institute for Student Success, Humboldt State UniversityPresenters: Daniel Fiore, Riley Quarles, Claire Knox, and Child Development Faculty Riley introduced everyone by saying that the network of blogs (WordPress) … Continue reading

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#Rhizome14: Community as Curriculum

This is my introductory post. I am participating in a MOOC facilitated by Dave Cormier called “Rhizomatic Learning – The Community is the Curriculum.” Dave’s 2008 article “Rhizomatic Education: Community as Curriculum” has informed many of my education projects since … Continue reading

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Social Networks and The Good Way to Do History

Biblioteque Nationale There is a fascinating article by Harvard librarian Robert Darnton in this month’s New York Review of Books called “The Good Way to Do History.” It is a review of Arlette Farge’s book The Allure of the Archives. This … Continue reading

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