I joined the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (CCK11) MOOC a tad late. It is a 12 week course that started on January 17 and will continue till April 11. I am really excited to see what it holds. This is my introductory post. I am a bit worried that I am lagging behind in my reading but not too worried since many of the articles and posts that are linked are stuff I have already read. I am eager to go through this journey as a part of a group of people who are passionate and keen about the same things that I am.
The course syllabus was especially intriguing, and my special interest is the Adaptive Systems which is coming up in Week 7.Week 1: Connectivism
Week 2: Patterns
Week 3: Knowledge
Week 4: Unique?
Week 5: Groups, Networks
Week 6: PLENK
Week 7: Adaptive Systems
Week 8: Power & Authority
Week 9: Openness
Week 10: Net Pedagogy
Week 11: Research & Analytics
Week 12: Changing views
- I have been reading and am highly influenced by the writings of George Siemens and Stephen Downes.
- The theory of Connectivism fascinates me, and I see its absolute relevance in this age of networked learning.
- I am also intrigued by complexity and chaos theory and do quite a bit of reading around these topics, which gets random at times. I tend to stray on the web. This course provides focus and a “guided” yet flexible path that will help me to do concentrated reading.
- I wanted to experience the feel of a MOOC. I think MOOCs will increasingly become a way of sharing and learning together.
- Dave Cromier’s video on What is a MOOC? pushed me to join. It rocks! It made me want to be a part of this learning experience.
- The fact that I don’t need to read everything but the more I do cover, the more I can participate. This is a great motivator for me to cover as much as possible because I hate to feel left out.
10 things that Dave Cromier says about a MOOC that inspired me to join CCK11
- The key characteristic of a MOOC as a participatory, open and distributed course
- It’s an event around which people who care about a topic get together (although learning is not an "event")
- All the course work gets done in areas accessible to everyone—absolute transparency of the learning process
- Everyone gets to learn from everyone’s work
- A MOOC promotes network creation and facilitates engagement with other participants (a key learning skill of the 21st C where knowledge resides in friends and “knowing where is more important than knowing how or when”)
- There’s no single path through the course—I can choose my learning path and different ideas can coexist and new ideas emerge
- A MOOC is a lot like being on the web but it is paced, which also gives me a good reason to keep focused
- The need to “declare” myself and create artifacts that will help me to make my learning process transparent (this post for example is a start)
- It is a perfect blend of curated content and emergent knowledge, ideas and viewpoints
- The 5 steps to be successful in a MOOC—Orient, Declare, Network, Cluster and Focus—are also the key learning skills required in the networked age. This, I thought, would be a great place to hone these skills.
So, I signed up.
What did I do next?
- I joined the Google group here.
- I went through the webinar recordings.
- Saved the Twitter search for #CCK11
- Scanned through the paper.li creations for CCK11
- Subscribed to the CCK11 Daily
This has been my Saturday morning so far. I am now settling down with another cup of coffee to watch the 2 webinars:
- The Course Introduction and Overview
- Educational Data Mining: A Methodological Review
I will try to follow these up with some more readings from the daily. Will be back soon with my next post.