February 2, 2011

CCK11 Week 3 Notes

Posted in CCK11 at 5:47 pm by kristibroom

This week I find myself with more questions than answers, more confusion than understanding. I’ll start with a full admission that I did not make it through the readings this week, and likely won’t return to them. Instead, I’ve been reading A New Culture of Learning by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown, who also discuss networks, knowledge, and new ways of learning.

In Chapter 2, the authors describe the old way of learning as mechanistic toward an end of efficiency. Their new way of learning is described as an environment that contains and is shaped by context, boundaries, information, students and teachers. Later, they talk about explicit and tacit knowledge, and how tacit knowledge is learned via a collective.

I think there are connections to CCK11. I think the environment that Thomas and Seely Brown describe is similar to the network we’ve been discussing. Their descriptions throughout the book of knowledge and learning seem very similar to networks, connections, entities, and transfer. At least at this stage.

I’m almost finished with the book, so as I finish reading and reflecting, there may be more to share. In the meantime, I do have a few notes from CCK11.

In “An Introduction to Connective Knowledge”, Stephen shares the following with us:

  • In the past, 2 types of knowledge have existed: qualitative and quantitative
  • Distributed knowledge has been added
  • Entities must be connected because a property of one leads to or becomes the other; the knowledge that results from these connections is connective knowledge
  • “Connective knowledge requires an interaction.”
  • He goes on to talk about salience, interpretation, emergence, meaning, and other very relevant, very philosophical, and, to me at this stage of learning, very confusing concepts. I’m looking forward to learning from the network on this one.

In Wednesday’s Elluminate session, Thomas Vander Wal compared Information to Connective Tissue, saying that without it, the other important pieces (bones, muscles) wouldn’t function.

He described 3 categories of connective tissue: hyperlinks, workflow, and metadata, complete with some great examples of tools that support information’s ability to connect, his real-life workflows, and a great discussion of folksonomy and its comparison to taxonomy. Here are some key points:

  • Links are what powers the Internet, but also make desktop computing much easier.
  • Social software applications and common social tools (e.g., blogs, wikis, activity streams) allow for information sharing among people.
  • He then described an InfoCloud ecosystem that includes a Personal InfoCloud, a Local InfoCloud, Global InfoCloud, and External InfoCloud, with the goal being information flowing easily throughout the ecosystem.
  • Our workflows describe how we seek, evaluate, and use information, both personally, and within our networks. The examples of Thomas’s personal and professional workflows were helpful. I’ve (loosely) captured them below.
  • Personal Workflow:
    • Follow activity streams (RSS, daily sites, etc.)
    • Open items of interest in a browser
    • Drop interesting items into Instapaper for later reading
    • Things that are valuable are added to DevonThink
    • Things that are valuable to others are shared via Delicious
    • Search is enabled across DevonThink and Delicious for later retrieval
  • Professional Workflow:
    • Most work with others is done in a wiki
    • Ideas shared broadly in a blog
    • Documents shared in DropBox or Box.net
    • All conversations done in Skype
    • Project and status shared in microblogging
    • All pieces connected, tagged, searchable
  • Metadata helps us classify and aggregate things, so that we can make sense of them in relation to other things. It also enables search.
  • Folksonomy describes a personal tagging/retrieval system, different from a taxonomy, which is imposed upon us


I look forward to your contributions, comments, and especially clarifications.



  1. swedinbalchik said,

    Hi Kristi, your post gave me some good perspectives from week 3. I’m still coming to terms with the decentralized discussions in CCK11. I have played around with “What Is Connectivism?” from week 1 (http://swedinbalchik.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/week01-connectivismcck11/) and will after digesting material from week 2 try too use ‘video bloging’ as an artfact for my understanding of the course material.

    • kristibroom said,

      Thanks for the comment! You did a nice job with the video blog. I have not yet taken that leap, but may during these 12 weeks. I look forward to your next post.

  2. Hi Kristi,

    You did a great job in fully capturing the Elluminate session from Wednesday. It’s very concise and neatly packaged. Well done.

    Your catch-up work is also excellent. Distributed knowledge is now added to the mix: qualitative, quantitative, and distributed, with the following metaphor: “I store my knowledge in my friends.”

    And of course, again you are absolutely precise: connective knowledge rises or falls with interaction. If I were given the impossible task of describing connective knowledge in one word, it would be: “interaction”.

    Once you are clear about that, the implication for its practical use is transparent: place your talents, skills, knowledge, abilities, and resources into the best possible position to create interaction, and in so doing, you help yourself.

    You’re doing great Kristi, and I know this course will bring you a lot of intellectual satisfaction. Enjoy the journey.

    Best regards,

    • kristibroom said,


      Thank you for the kinds words. Knowledge as interaction helps greatly. I will have another post based on Friday’s Elluminate session, so that may help clarify also.

      I really appreciate the encouragement!

  3. Thbeth said,

    Tambem gostei muito e complementou com mais profundidade o post do Profesorbaker.
    Por favor continue a sintetizar as Elluminate, porque eu não participo e assim fico sabendo de tudo através de você, ok grande abraço.

    • kristibroom said,

      Está muito bem-vindos. Eu farei o meu melhor para resumir as sessões Elluminate. Além disso, eu corri isso através do Google Translate, então as minhas desculpas por quaisquer erros. Boa sorte!

  4. aribancale said,

    Thank you for these notes. Been contemplating if I should listen to the Elluminate recording for week 3. I think I’ll just link to this blog. 🙂

    Links + Workflow + Metadata + Tools = our online existence

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