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A Convincing Vision

Downes, S. (2010). New Technology Supporting Informal Learning. Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence 2(1). pp. 27-33. Retrieved March 13, 2010 from http://www.academypublisher.com/ojs/index.php/jetwi/article/view/02012733. Downes considers the intersection of games and social networks and examines the implications for the design of future learning environments. His initial argument—that games and simulations represent episodic events—is based on… Continue reading A Convincing Vision

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Tools or Toys?

Wheeler, S. (2009). Learning space mashups: Combining web 2.0 tools to create collaborative and reflective learning spaces. Future Internet, 1(1), 3-13. Retrieved from the Internet on March 25, 2010 at http://www.mdpi.com/1999-5903/1/1/3. Lee, M., & McLoughlin, C., (2010). Beyond distance and time constraints: applying social networking tools and Web 2.0 approaches in distance education. In Veletsianos,… Continue reading Tools or Toys?

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Growing learning

Cormier, D. (2008). Rhizomatic Education: Community as Curriculum. Innovate 4(5). Retrieved from the Internet on February 1, 2010 at http://www.innovateonline.info/pdf/vol4_issue5/Rhizomatic_Education-__Community_as_Curriculum.pdf. Cormier's rhizome metaphor is extremely successful with the caveat that the "nodes" must be connected (here's where I agree with Siemens completely). In addition, the author's contention that in a constantly-expanding world, the center (of… Continue reading Growing learning

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Connected or incomplete?

Siemens, G. (2005). Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning 2(1). Retrieved from the Internet on February 1, 2010 at http://www.itdl.org/journal/jan_05/article01.htm. Let me first admit that I admire the author, that I actually look forward to his daily posts, and that I find eLearnSpace a goldmine.… Continue reading Connected or incomplete?

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New or old?

Kop, R. & Hill, A. (2008). Connectivism: Learning theory of the future or vestige of the past? Internaitonal Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning 9(3). [revised from original post 11/2/2008] Stephen Downes and George Siemens are active education bloggers. Over the past several years, they have proposed a new theory of learning, connectivism,… Continue reading New or old?