George Siemens and Stephen Downes, those inveterate provokers-of-thought in digitally-mediated education, are co-facilitating what will probably be an innovative and timely online learning program titled Connectivism, Networked Learning and Connective Knowledge, beginning January 12th 2011.
According to the authors,
Connectivism and Connective knowledge will explore the concepts of connectivism and connective knowledge and discuss their application as a framework for theories of teaching and learning. It will outline a connectivist understanding of educational systems of the future. This course will help participants make sense of the transformative impact of technology in teaching and learning over the last decade. The voices calling for reform do so from many perspectives, with some suggesting ‘new learners’ require different learning models, others suggesting reform is needed due to globalization and increased competition, and still others suggesting technology is the salvation for the shortfalls evident in the system today. While each of these views argue for the need for change, they overlook the primary reasons why change is required. This course will tackle the deep rooted change pressures and explore why systemic response is required.
As this is an open online course, participation is open to everyone; you need only register here and subscribe. Throughout this course, participants can use a variety of web-based technologies for learning, including:
- Second Life
- RSS Readers
- …and so on
Course resources will be provided using gRSShopper and online seminars delivered using Elluminate.
The curriculum includes the following topics:
- Week 01: Connectivism?
- Week 02: Patterns
- Week 03: Knowledge
- Week 04: Unique?
- Week 05: Groups, Networks
- Week 06: PLENK
- Week 07: Adaptive Systems
- Week 08: Power & Authority
- Week 09: Openness
- Week 10: Net Pedagogy
- Week 11: Research & Analytics
- Week 12: Changing views
This course will provide participants with credits in the University of Manitoba’s Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education and Certificate in Emerging Technologies for Learning.
Click here to access the University of Manitoba’s course page:
January 11 2011 03:00 pm | e-learning
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