October 6, 2009


Connect HERE (via Elluminate) at 7 p.m. Saskatchewan Time (click to convert to your timezone)

Introductory Announcements:
1) Sue will discuss the advantages of blog moderation settings in relation to building conversation in your blog spaces. Please pay special attention to this piece as I know that there are several students that may not be aware of how to moderate comments, or how to set this function so it is automated.

2) As mentioned last week, you should now be thinking about your final project. Great ideas from former students can be found in the previous student directories. See Winter 2008 and Winter 2009. If you have an idea and would like to begin, email me as soon as possible. Also, we have two special guests tonight, former students of EC&I 831, who will discuss the projects they did for the class. Please welcome Cindy Seibel and Stephen King.

Meeting Topic - Educational Blogging & Personal Learning Networks (guest Sue Waters)



Weekly Tasks:

These tasks are assigned to for-credit students, but we'd love participation from non-credit students! Use the appropriate tag (eci831, eci831readings, eci831tools) to become part of our conversation & learning.

Last Week (September 29-October 5/09)
  • Key Question of the Week from George Siemens (Please Respond): Learning in networks is not new. But, given the growth of the internet and more recently, media used for socialization, networks are now explicit. Unfortunately, too often learning networks are discussed as contagion - i.e. learning occurs simply through contact. Reflect on the discussion during today's session and consider in what way learning is networked (beyond social contact). Specifically, what are the implications for educators? How do we "teach differently" in networks than we do in a classroom? How should our priorities change in skill development? And, as the field of networked learning grows, where do we turn for guidance and direction? (if you say Tapscott, Shirky, or Prensky, you lose two points :)).
  • (Optional) Media response - Watch "The Networked Student" by Wendy Drexler. What are you thoughts on the concept of the networked learner? Potential for school transformation? Existing supports and barriers from your experience? What does this mean for teachers and our relationships with students (note the quote below from Will Richardson).

This Week (October 6-October 12/09)

Other Readings and Media

The Elluminate Recording is available here.