John Connell Those who struggle to create an adequate theory of learning must admit that the process is much like stumbling in the dark. George Siemens http://www.connectivism.cahttp://www.connectivism.ca/
John Connell George Siemens The developing structure of technology, neural research, institutional reorganization (from hierarchy to network), and social impact of learning under new ideologies, is evolving too rapidly to be effectively detailed as “this is what it is.” http://www.connectivism.cahttp://www.connectivism.ca/
John Connell The moment this declaration is made, the environment has shifted. We need to lay aside the desire to know, and embrace instead the desire to continue to learn. Knowing is no longer a destination. Knowing is a process of walking in varying degrees of alignment with a dynamic environment. George Siemens http://www.connectivism.cahttp://www.connectivism.ca/
John Connell Information was scarce Key sources of information were controlled by an elite Teachers were seen as the founts of knowledge The economy demanded mass -production of learning The curriculum was centrally determined Pedagogy meant ‘knowledge transfer’ The conditions that typified the school...
John Connell RF Mackenzie “The great mistake we educationists make is to suppose that schools are about education. It is not so....they are about control...”
Woodrow Wilson “We want one class of persons to have a liberal education. We want another class of persons, a very much larger class of necessity, to forego the privileges of liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.”
John Connell “Education is an old ramshackle windmill that goes on flapping its great arms long after the miller has left.” RF Mackenzie
John Connell A place where learning is the focus rather than teaching A hub for educational resources and facilitation A place for social learning (and solitary learning) A focus for collaborative learning An immersive environment An open-learning environment built on negotation and mutual respect An extended community resource
John Connell Some Principles of Network Learning? Derived from the thinking and writing of Stephen Downes and George Siemens
John Connell Learning and knowledge rest in diversity of opinions
John Connell Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources
John Connell Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known
John Connell Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning
John Connell Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill.
John Connell The Purpose of Education in an Interconnected World
John Connell “A good education system should have three purposes...” Ivan Illich from “Deschooling Society” http://reactor-core.org/deschooling.html
John Connell Ivan Illich “It should provide all who want to learn with access to available resources at any time in their lives....”
John Connell Ivan Illich “It should empower all who want to share what they know to find those who want to learn it from them....”
John Connell Ivan Illich “It should furnish all who want to present an issue to the public with the opportunity to make their challenge known...”
John Connell The current search for new educational funnels must be reversed into the search for their institutional inverse: educational webs which heighten the opportunity for each one to transform each moment of his living into one of learning, sharing, and caring. Ivan Illich The current search for new educational funnels must be reversed into the search for their institutional inverse: educational webs which heighten the opportunity for each one to transform each moment of his living into one of learning, sharing, and caring.
John Connell affirmative transformation extending human horizons realizing personal and social potential What should Education be about?
John Connell What has Education too often been about? maintaining the status quo affirming social station protecting and reinforcing the prevailing economic condition
John Connell What should Technology be about? affirmative transformation making the world a better place to live in extending human capacity and capability for collective benefit
John Connell What has Technology too often been about? killing and controlling damaging our world rendering people (and peoples) passive
John Connell Jared Diamond “The crux of success or failure is to know which core values to hold on to, and which to discard or replace when times change.”
John Connell Respect for Others Tolerating Differentness Self-determination Compassion Equity Respect for Natural Systems Respect for Future Generations Respect for Rights of Non-Humans VALUES Derived from Jonathan Porritt “Capitalism as if the World Matters” 2005
John Connell Connectivity Diversity Opennness Autonomy
John Connell Education is being displaced from its traditional confines of institutions to a generalized form of learning that can take place anytime and anyplace http://www.ltc.arizona.edu/pdf/NetworkLearning.pdf Pithamber R. Polsani
John Connell...a form of education whose site of production, circulation and consumption is the network http://www.ltc.arizona.edu/pdf/NetworkLearning.pdf Pithamber R. Polsani
John Connell...education should be redefined as preparedness for change......education should be redefined as preparedness for change... http://www.ltc.arizona.edu/pdf/NetworkLearning.pdf Pithamber R. Polsani
John Connell...the knowledge economy or the information society is not a stable structure with definitive functions, but a flexible condition where diverse programs can be developed using fragments of knowledge from different fields....the knowledge economy or the information society is not a stable structure with definitive functions, but a flexible condition where diverse programs can be developed using fragments of knowledge from different fields. http://www.ltc.arizona.edu/pdf/NetworkLearning.pdf Pithamber R. Polsani
John Connell Knowledge is created... Knowledge is grown... Knowledge is personal... Knowledge is socially mediated... Knowledge is making connections.... Knowledge is recognizing patterns... Knowledge is perception...
John Connell Paulo Freire on Pedagogy.... Paulo Freire
John Connell Paulo Freire...learners are active participants and co-constructors of knowledge...
John Connell Paulo Freire...learning should be meaningful & purposeful to the learners...
John Connell Paulo Freire...learning should have a critical focus...
John Connell Educators play the same sort of role in society as journalists. They are aggregators, assimilators, analysts and advisors. They are middle links in an ecosystem Stephen Downes http://www.downes.cahttp://www.downes.ca/
John Connell Stephen Downes Knowledge is not located in any given place (and therefore not 'transferred' or 'transacted' per se) but rather consists of the network of connections formed from experience and interactions with a knowing community... http://www.downes.cahttp://www.downes.ca/
John Connell Individual Production Power of the Crowd Data on an Epic Scale Complex Participation Network Effects Openness Blogs Wikis Podcasts Mashups Tagging / Folksonomy RSS The Web is the PlatformSocial Networking Web 2.0: A Shifting Context for Education Paul Anderson (JISC) - “What is Web 2.0: Ideas, Technologies and Implications for Education”
John Connell Cult of the Amateur....? Andrew Keen ”...instead of creating masterpieces, these millions and millions of exuberant monkeys [Internet users]–many with no more talent in the creative arts than our primate cousins–are creating an endless digital forest of mediocrity.”
John Connell Andrew Keen “Wisdom of the crowd are internet activists who are stealing our culture from us”. Cult of the Amateur....?
John Connell David Weinberger Everything is Miscellaneous? “I was an academic a long time ago, but I haven't forgotten how isolated I felt in the philosophical community before the Web. Ideas were scarce back then because space, time and the limitations of paper made it hard to hear what others were saying and well nigh impossible to talk with them about it....”
John Connell David Weinberger Everything is Miscellaneous? “...today I am in contact with people who come up with ideas I'd never have encountered, who are sources of wide expertise, who squirrel away in public on tiny topics, who spew a long tail of speculations with occasional insights that are worth the wait, who take me apart because my logic is wrong or my biases are showing, and who support my good ideas...”
John Connell David Weinberger Everything is Miscellaneous? “Without any doubt, I am in the richest, most stimulating, most fruitful swirl of thought, knowledge, ideas and feeling ever in my life...far more productive than when I was consigned to talking only with professionals and credentialed experts.”
John Connell “The Owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.”
Philosophy...always comes on the scene too late..… When philosophy paints its gray in gray, then has a shape of life grown old. By philosophy’s gray in gray it cannot be rejuvenated but only understood.” GWF Hegel