Saturday, 28 January 2012

Connectivism and the Bookworm - Week 1 of #CCK12 –

Overall, the concept of connectivism resonates with me.  I work in adult literacy and we teach adults who have not succeeded using traditional learning methods. Literacy educators deeply believe in some of the concepts embedded in connectivism such as the importance of continual, lifelong learning, giving learners control over their own learning, and developing an individual ism curriculum based on learner needs and interests. Also embedded in literacy instruction is a core concept of connectivism; namely that each person is unique and inherently valuable. Or, in the immortal words of Dr. Seuss, “A person’s a person, no matter how small”!

I very much like the experiential and informal learning espoused by connectivism and the principles of openness and of expecting and encouraging different point of view. The idea of learning as a community, sharing knowledge, and of creating new knowledge in this course is very compelling. It is also interesting and a helpful learning experience to be reading some of the blogs, resources on Diigo, Twitter accounts and Google group comments prepared by my fellow course participants.

The course instructors and my fellow classmates bring new perspectives that are challenging my thinking in positive ways. During the Thursday night session, as I listened to George and Stephen and read the comments being posted by participants  I had to listen and think so hard that it felt like my brain was stretching itself out of my head!

However, my introverted self rebels at the concept of creating learning as part of a community. That part of me like structure and order and learning by myself, quietly with no input from others, away from the maddening crowds. This part of me likes to learn like the good fellow in this painting below called “The Bookworm” (by Carl Spitzweg). No blogging or tweeting for him; in fact nothing but a good book and solitude!


Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Next Steps in #CCK12

Joining Google group = check / Setting up Diggo = check / Setting up a blog = check / Participating in the Elluminate session = check / Setting up the RSS blog feed to the Daily = check (hopefully!). Whew! Lots of set-up, lots of time, lots of mistakes, lots of learning!

Now I’ve just set up my Twitter account called @Road2Learn:!/Road2Learn

Keeping track of user names and passwords is going to be hard. Especially since I have home and work social media accounts as well. Can't someone super-clever like Google or Apple or Mark Zuckerberg find an easier way to integrate all this????

One observation so far – I’ve really enjoyed the initial class discussion on the closed Google groups. It seemed to be a supportive, helpful, interesting group of people with many diverse backgrounds and interests. With the group being closed and fairly small (20 people) it doesn’t feel intimidating to post.

To me, visual images greatly enhance learning, so here is picture I took last summer in Nova Scotia. It expresses my sentiment so far for this course.



Monday, 23 January 2012

Getting Started - Connectivism & Connective Knowledge - #CCK12

Hello! My name is Joanne Kaattari and this is my new blog for the course "Connectivism and Connective Knowledge 2012

This is my second course in the University of Manitoba's "Emerging Technologies for Learning" program. I am deeply interested and involved in new learning technologies. I work in adult literacy where lifelong learning is highly valued.

From what I’ve read and observed so far, this course will involve a lot of experiential learning. Yes! That is my absolute favourite way to learn, especially with technology. 

Here are (hopefully!) all of the links I need to keep me organized for this course:

4.    Registration page / link to daily email / aggregation of the course discussions:

5.    Diigo account:

6.    During week 1, we met on Blackboard Collaborate at:

8.    My course blog:

Our regular weekly session to explore the weekly readings and content will be held on Thursdays at 7 pm Manitoba time. I'm disappointed about the Thursday timeframe, as that is the one day of the week I'm not available due to a volunteer commitment at my church. I'll have to try to do some juggling so I don't miss the Thursday sessions.

I've learned a lot already, including Diigo (I had only used Delicious previously) and what MOOC means (Massive Open Online Course) but I still need to figure out how to link this blog to the class RSS feed. However, as they say, Rome wasn't built in a day! I am really looking forward to this experience of group learning!