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Connectivism is based on the idea that knowledge is essentially the set of connections in a network, and that learning therefore is the process of creating and shaping those networks. To get started we'll look at what to do to set up and how to learn in a connectivist course.

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    2018/10/11 12:00 Elearning 3.0 - Introduction


    Connectivism is based on the idea that knowledge is essentially the set of connections in a network, and that learning therefore is the process of creating and shaping those networks.

    A connectivist course is focused on developing two types of knowledge: personal knowledge, your own network of ideas and beliefs, which is shaped by activities and experiences; and social knowledge, which is the public network of people and institutions, which is shaped by communication and interaction.

    The MOOC environment is designed to support both types of learning. There isn’t a single classroom or learning management system; instead the course itself is design to create connections between individual websites or blogs and to create a flow of conversation and cooperation across that network. Ideally, course participants will have tools to manage their individual knowledge networks as well as means to interact through social networks.

    Course content consists of digital media created by and shared among the participants. The role of the instructors is to seed the course with web-based resources (such as this page), references and background reading, presentations bout some of the core course contents, tasks and activities, and audio or video discussions with guests or course participants.

    To add to this, and to create a course that is reflective of the community as a whole, participants are expected to add their own contributions, and to share them openly with each other, and through this practice build their own knowledge and learning communities.

    The objective of the course isn’t to present some body of content to be learned or remembered by participants. Each person enters the course with their own learning objective.

    In a massive open online course there will be more content than any individual can read or view, let alone remember, and as a result, the experience of each person in the course is unique, and the interactions are driven by each person’s individual perspective on the material.

    The learning in a connectivist course is emergent; it is not defined and transferred or transmitted; rather it is created through the process of individual experiences and interactions. It is something new, different for each person in the course, and in a broader, more social sense, an outcome of the course as a whole.



    Elearning 3.0 - Introduction Oct 11, 2018 video Introducing E-Learning 3.0 with Stephen Downes



    Approaching E-Learning 3.0
    Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, 2018/09/24

    If you're reading this, then this course is for you. You've demonstrated the main criterion: some degree of interest in the subject matter of the course.

    You might be thinking: this course looks too difficult, too technical, or too high level. This will be true for everyone, even me. But the course is structured so you can focus on what's interesting and accessible for you, and you can ignore the rest.

    Read on... you'll see what I mean.

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    E-Learning 3.0 for old fogies
    Sylvia Currie, Webbed Feat, 2018/10/25

    I cannot lie. I think about retirement a lot. But instead of dreaming about all the free time I'll have to float around the lake, I'm actually obsessing a bit about all the things I still want to learn. So I submitted a professional development request to my employer BCcampus to take the E-learning 3.0 MOOC, facilitated by Stephen Downes.

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    E Learning 3.0, A Mooc For The Future
    tokyokevin, Kevin Ryan in Tokyo,

    I have been working at the intersection of language teaching and technology for almost 30 years (had to know when it started, the connection). One of the best influences I have discovered, following the sharing of new content in the Tokyo PC Users Group (an excellent learning experience), was a MOOC. I was a member … Continue reading "E Learning 3.0, A MOOC for the Future" Web: [Direct Link] [This Post]

    Mooc E-Learning 3.0
    gibirger, via פλenK,

    Stephen Downes promises “This is a course by about the next generation of learning technology.” #el30 It’s a broad and challenging domain that he has broken down into the following topics So while E-Learning 3.0 is in many ways anticipated by connectivist forms of learning, the tools, processes and outcomes are all new. The course … Continue reading MOOC E-Learning 3.0 Web: [Direct Link] [This Post]

    I Am Reading This
    dogtrax, EL30 – Kevin's Meandering Mind,

    dogs welcome flickr photo by djg0333 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license The first line of the invite to Stephen Downe’s newest adventure — E-Learning 3.0 — says: “If you’re reading this, then this course is for you.” I guess I’m in! Short Intro: I teach emerging adolescents. I am a writer. Those two […] Web: [Direct Link] [This Post]

    Connectivism Mathified #El30
    tokyokevin, Kevin Ryan in Tokyo, 2018/11/08

    I am in this online course, an extension of a MOOC, called E-Learning 3.0, hosted by Stephen Downes. Over 10 weeks (12 if you count the warm-up) we look at the technical and social sides of where learning online (edtech?) is going, or at least where it is right now.  MOOCS have been closely associated … Continue reading "Connectivism mathified #el30" Web: [Direct Link] [This Post]

    Taking A Course By Following A Course
    Gerald Ardito, Inventing Learning, 2018/10/31

    My brain isn’t very happy with the paradigm shift (yet), but I am taking Stephen Downes’s cMOOC E Learning 3.0 by following it in my feed reader (Feedspot). When I say my brain isn’t very happy I mean that the part of my brain that is used to a course having one specific path and […] Web: [Direct Link] [This Post]

    Indiewebifying This Site
    Roland, Learning with Moocs, 2018/11/05

    So I installed the IndieWeb plugin and it authenticates me on Indielogin – I only had to enter my domain name Also other members of the IndieWeb-universe were able to comment on this site just by commenting on their own site. So far so good, but it’s still useful to consult the Getting Started […] Web: [Direct Link] [This Post]

    Listening Lightly, Learning Out Loudly: Thinking Out Loud, Actually.
    tellio, Impedagogy, 2018/11/01

    I have been taking Harold Jarche’s Personal Knowledge Mastery course as part of my professional development. My university paid for the PD just as they would for anyone going to a conference. Considering how strapped we have become, I consider it a minor miracle and am grateful to my department head, Rob Hale, for approving … Continue reading "Listening Lightly, Learning Out Loudly: Thinking Out Loud, Actually." Web: [Direct Link] [This Post]

    Staring Into The Maelstrom: E-Learning 3.0 Course
    vahidm, Outdoing Education, 2018/11/21

    If you’ve been reading this blog and following me on other social media, you might have figured out by now that i’m interested in all things that relate to the new modalities and affordances that ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) grant the human species in terms of new possibilities for facilitating learning. Among the people … Continue reading Staring into the maelstrom: E-Learning 3.0 course Web: [Direct Link] [This Post]