Last year I planned to participate in CCK08 – Connectivism and Connective Knowledge’2008 – “a rather large online course” organised by George Siemens and Stephen Downes. Then various things, including a nastly little organisational restructure got in the way and I piked out.
Well CCK09 – the 2009 version of the course – has commenced and I’m trying to make the time to engage. I’m guessing there will be similar time pressures, however, this year I think the course, its content and method connect directly with my current position. A position which is essentially aimed at trying to improve the quality of learning and teaching at the host institution.
I’ve encountered connectivism and its associated ideas over the last couple of years and have only recently started to read a bit deeper (as I work on finishing the thesis). From the start the concepts have been attractive to me because of an existing prejudice/preference/belief in agile development, complex adaptive systems and a range of related theories and perspectives. As part of that I think the primarily teleological approaches used at universities are completely inappropriate. Connectivism and CCK09 look like they provide additional theory and insight for making that argument and identifying more appropriate ways to move forward.
In my introduction on the CCK09 discussion forum, I identified two main benefits I think participation in CCK09 will bring for me:
- 1. allow me to see and engage with the perspectives of a broad and diverse collection of people; and
- encourage me to better engage and reflect on the concepts of connectivism and connective knowledge and how they might help.
Both seem to be about expanding the breadth, depth and number of connections in the knowledge networks I have to draw upon to inform my work.
I guess another potential benefit will be that my contributions may help others in similar ways (or they may not).
Let the games begin.