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!