01 juillet 2019

Constructivism vs. Connectivism

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. George Siemens[Edit][Delete]: Constructivism vs. Connectivism, Connectivism Blog [Edit][Delete] June 28, 2006
Post outlining some of the distinctions between connectivism and constructivism. One point needs considerable clarification. Siemens complains of constructivism, "The act of learning itself is still perceived to be in the head of the individual." As a commentator writes, "Where else would it happen?" And of course, that's where it happens. But what is learned by an individual is incomplete - it is as though the process of learning produces a key in our heads - the production occurs entirely in the head, but it still requires a lock and a door in order to be of use.
Siemens also observes, critically, that "constructivism is a 'sometimes' learning habit (we are always connecting, but we only construct in certain situations)... We don't always construct. We are often much more passive in our learning. We read an article and we link it to our existing understanding. We subscribe to a newsletter (or magazine)...we attend certain conferences...we dialogue with certain people/communities." I think this is right. It's as though constructivism postulates some specific intentional act, 'learning', which is fundamentally different from everything else we do (and which we would never do without help?). More...

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The People Formerly Known as the Audience

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Jay Rosen[Edit][Delete]: The People Formerly Known as the Audience, PressThink [Edit][Delete] June 28, 2006
If I wrote, "The People Formerly Known as Students," what would you say? How would you react if I said, "We graduate from wanting learning when we want it, to wanting it without the filler, to wanting learning to be way better than it is, to teaching and educatingg ourselves when it meets a need or sounds like fun." Well. More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Marc Canter, et.al.[Edit][Delete]: PeopleAggregator, June 28, 2006
Marc Canter's PeopleAggregator site has now launched in an alpha version. On the one hand, it looks and feels just like another social networking application, and with a clunky and awkward interface. But on the other hand, the premise is that because it uses open APIs, it should be the first in a network of distributed social networks. This would be much more interesting. You need to be invited to get a look inside - but if you send me an email (please give me your first name, last name and email address, so I don't have to look them up) I'll send you an invite (no guarantees that the site is working, though the test invites I tried in the last couple days all worked). More...

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Social Networking: Philosophy and Pedagogy

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Leonard Low, et.al.[Edit][Delete]: Social Networking: Philosophy and Pedagogy, EdNA Groups [Edit][Delete] June 27, 2006
A pretty good discussion on the EdNA Forums about Web 2.0 and e-learning 2.0 that is worth a look. Summarized as, "Leonard states - Web 2.0 sites are designed to be sources of content and functionality - facilitating the sharing, exchange and discovery of information, and the construction of networks of information and people. Leonard also uses the analogy (although it did not sound too flash) of hack in the back. Sean quoted 'Web2.0 is about empowerment, communication, collaboration, sharing, community, collective intelligence, collective action and openness. Ian also argued that Web2.0 is 'not so much about a change in technology, but rather, a change in philosophy' is also an interesting statement."
It is also instructive to observe this side discussion on the Teach and Learn Online group on Google Groups. More...

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10 Tips on Writing the Living Web

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Mark Bernstein[Edit][Delete]: 10 Tips on Writing the Living Web, A List Apart [Edit][Delete] June 27, 2006
Pretty good advice overall, though I do wonder about point number 8. Hm. I have been pointedly told I'm not (and not very nicely either). And the best I could do on Hotornot is 6.5 out of 10. But hey, that's better than 61 percent of all men! Yeah. Back to work, Stephen. More...

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alt-i-lab 2006 Presentations Available

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Scott Leslie[Edit][Delete]: alt-i-lab 2006 Presentations Available, EdTechPost [Edit][Delete] June 27, 2006
I'll put this is the list of things to be read later, and pass along Scott Leslie's comment for now: "Part of me really wants some of these developments to come true, to deliver the promised 'plug and play' elearning environments described herein, and in my rational moments I know that 10 years really isn't that long for a field like this to coalesce around an open set of interoperability specs. And yet it would be hard to fault a newcomer looking at these presentations for wondering if this represents what is still to be done, how anyone manages to develop quality online learning experiences now (and how many PhDs will be required to operate the CMS of the future)?". More...

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Experiencing Surveillance: A Phenomenological Approach

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Norm Friesen, Grace Chung and Andrew Feenberg[Edit][Delete]: Experiencing Surveillance: A Phenomenological Approach, Ipseity [Edit][Delete] June 27, 2006
Interesting. In a world of ubiquitous surveillance, how does our understanding of ourselves change? Is it this? "Like Sartre's spy at the keyhole, himself espied, we would lose our ability to function as a subject. We could no longer choose an identity to project depending on our inclination and the situation at hand as everything having to do with our identity would have been pre-empted by the surveillance system... Who it is that determines the facts about us and in what context and light they are presented may turn out to be as important as the facts themselves. Truly, to be completely 'outed' is to be annihilated". More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Miguel Guhlin[Edit][Delete]: Freedom, Around the Corner [Edit][Delete] June 27, 2006
Heh. "TOR is a routing technology that encrypts and routes your Internet traffic through a number of TOR servers before the traffic reaches its destination. Privoxy is a proxy server that helps protect your Internet privacy by removing or obscuring various content, such as your DNS queries, browser type, OS type, and more. More...

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Video: Innovation and Creativity in Schools

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Clarence Fisher[Edit][Delete]: Video: Innovation and Creativity in Schools, Remote Access [Edit][Delete] June 27, 2006
Some thoughts on creativity by Sir Ken Robinson: "Creativity is as important as literacy and should have the same status... If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will not do anything original... Education has strip mined our minds like we do the earth for particular commodities. More...

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Networks - Revisiting Objective/Subjective...

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Networks - Revisiting Objective/Subjective..., Half an Hour [Edit][Delete] June 27, 2006
So anyhow, George Siemens's post on subjectivity and objectivity, written a couple weeks ago, showed up in front of me again today, and being in that sort of frame of mind, I ended up writing about this instead of working. Tomorrow I'll get back to working again - those forms aren't going to fill themselves, you know! In the meantime - enjoy my discussion. [Tags: , ] [Comment]. More...

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