#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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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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What is Learning Design, anyway?

For the past couple of weeks, I have been engaged in a cMOOC with Stephen Downes, ELearning 3.0. Of course, engagement is a tricky thing. I fully intended to be on top of everything, every day, but I have had to dip in and out. This afternoon, I read through Stephen's description of designing the course (the series starts here). It was fascinating at so many different levels. One the surface, this series looks like nothing more than a technical description of the tool he built for this cMOOC, g...
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NYPD’s COMSAT and Ed Tech

I spent some time this morning listening to the great Reply All podcast two-part series called The Crime Machine. You should listen to both parts. Part 1 and Part 2. This series told the story of CompStat, a system built by the NYPD in the 90's in order to help make crime and crime patterns visible in actionable ways and which evolved to end up eating and dominating the system that built it. To my mind, it's a story of good intentions, positive outcomes, and unintended consequences. Ed Tech an...
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