January 21, 2011

Notes and Reflections on CCK11 Week 1

Posted in CCK11 at 3:04 pm by kristibroom

The first week of CCK11 was a foundational week, to understand how the course will work, set some targets, and build a foundation for Connectivism. In this post, I’ve selected some key points from various resources in an attempt to make sense for myself. I welcome any feedback or corrections.

  • One of the distinguishing characteristics of Connectivism is the focus on technology. In “Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age,” George Siemens describes how previous learning theories were developed prior to the technology advancement, and that today, technology can care for processes that were previously assigned to learning theories.
  • In the same article, he makes the point “Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known.” I think that has tremendous relevance and implications for us as educators.
  • In “What Connectivism Is,” Stephen Downes says that “knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks.” I think about how we teach children to memorize facts and formulas, but not necessarily how to navigate among sources, networks and connections.
  • In “Connectivism and its Critics: What Connectivism Is Not,” Downes says “learners do not ‘acquire’ or ‘receive’ knowledge; learning is not a process of ‘transfer’ at all, much less a transfer than can be caused or created by a single identifiable donor.” This makes me think again about K12 education, and the series of standardized tests that kids take, and all of the structure that is in place for 12 years to impart knowledge on students. As an aside, a colleague sent me this video this week, which is Sir Ken Robinson talking about “Changing Education Paradigms.” Though not directly related to this course, I think the suggestions are valid for other ways in which our current educational structure is failing, and what we can do about it.
  • The Elluminate sessions were interesting as always. I already mentioned the “Where’s Waldo” analogy for knowledge; in addition, the level of questions and discussion on Friday’s session both surprised me and intrigued me. It truly made the point that the network of participants in CCK11 has an abundance of experience. I look forward to building the connections and learning throughout the course.


Downes, S. (2008, September 10). Connectivism and its Critics: What Connectivism Is Not. Retrieved January 21, 2011, from Stephen’s Web: http://www.downes.ca/post/53657

Downes, S. (2007, February 3). What Connectivism Is. Retrieved January 21, 2011, from Half an Hour: http://halfanhour.blogspot.com/2007/02/what-connectivism-is.html

Siemens, G. (2005, January). Connectivism: A Learny Theory for the Digital Age. Retrieved January 21, 2011, from IDTL: http://www.itdl.org/journal/jan_05/article01.htm



  1. Linn said,

    Hi! Thanks for blogging in a way that is easy to read (bullet lists). I read this post and then your earlier posts to. It seems you have clear goals for the course. Me, I have decided to read fewer things but more careful (compared to in PLENK2010)and try to take som time to comment the things I read. But then it is always lack of time, so we will see how it goes. I am really curious now, what you refer to by Where is Waldo. I missed that one so far, browsing the material. Nice to read your summary of week one, keep blogging:)

    • kristibroom said,

      Hello! Thanks for your kind words. As a relatively new blogger, I appreciate your specific encouragement of style. I would be interested to stay in touch throughout the course to see how you are doing.

      Where’s Waldo: Stephen mentioned it on the Wednesday session, and also has it in this video: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/688902. In my words, Stephen was illustrating that knowledge is something that, once you have it, you can’t unthink it. He said it’s like the Where’s Waldo posters (hopefully you are familiar. If not, I can explain that too): once you find Waldo, you can’t not know where he is.

      Good luck in the course!

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