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?
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?
Jenkins, H. (2006). Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. Retrieved September 16, 2009 from http://digitallearning.macfound.org/atf/cf/%7B7E45C7E0-A3E0-4B89-AC9C-E807E1B0AE4E%7D/JENKINS_WHITE_PAPER.PDF. Henry Jenkins, Director of MIT's Comparative Studies Program, defines a participatory culture by low barriers to entry, social support for participation among peers, informal mentoring, a culture in which contributions matter, and a social… Continue reading Creating Culture (Clash)
Pew Internet and American Life Project (2007, January). Social Networking Websites and Teens: An Overview. [Pew Internet Project Data Memo] pp. 1-10. retrieved 09/15/2009 from http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2007/PIP_SNS_Data_Memo_Jan_2007.pdf.pdf. Lenhart, A. and Madden, M. This overview from Pew's ongoing project to examine the intersection of the Internet and American culture confirms the explosive growth of social networking sites… Continue reading Social Networks and Teens
Christensen, C. M. (2008). Disrupting class: How disruptive innovation will change the way the world learns. New York: McGraw-Hill. Christensen's 5th chapter proposes a valuable (but ultimately incorrect) three-part business model lens through which he proposes we consider education: consulting (services); value-chain (manufacturing); and user networks (black market). The parenthetical examples are mine: Christensen claims… Continue reading Learning networks