#EL30 MOOC, Take 2

Back in October, I began participating a the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC organized by Stephen Downes. While I got a lot out of participating in the MOOC, I never did all the work I wanted to do. But this is why I am so interested in this work: "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." [This last piece has shaped a good deal of my own research over the pas...
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Microgrids and Education

I have been spending a lot of time recently thinking about and researching the role that networks and networking plays in learning environments. Mostly, I have been working at ways to promote, support, and foster what Paul Baran called distributed networks in schools and classrooms. This article talks about energy/power microgrids, which due to their decentralized nature, can survive the breakdowns associated with larger, more centralized power grids. It left me wondering about analogues in ...
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E-Learning 3.0 So Far

For the past few weeks, I have been participating in Stephen Downes' cMOOC, E Learning 3.0. So far, the course has addressed some really interesting and, I think, important topics, such as Data, Cloud, Graphs, and Identity. And Stephen has been addressing them in ways that are surprising and provocative. For instance, he discussed Identity as a philosophical issue. But it was embedded (all puns intended) in issues of trust and security from a technological perspective (encryption and block chai...
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Identity – Mine (at least partially)

This week in the #EL30 course with Stephen Downes, we are looking at identity. Stephen really surprised me by connecting graphs (which I thought I understood) with trust (as in trusted networks and connections -- and BitCoin) and identity. This week's task (really, it was the task was last week or the week before, but I am working on it), was to create a identity graph for ourselves. Here is mine. Thanks to Mattias for his tool Thought Condensr.
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Stranger Things, Season 1 in Graphs

This week in the #EL30 course with Stephen Downes, we are looking at graphs. First, two passages from his recent draft monograph on graphs. "In connectivism we have explored the idea of thinking of knowledge as a graph, and of learning as the growth and manipulation of a graph. It helps learners understand that each idea connects to another, and its not the individual idea thats important, but rather how the entire graph grows and develops." and "So where does this knowledge come from? It hel...
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