About learning in virtual networks

I’ve found some excellent summaries concerning CCK courses, interesting people which I didn’t meet while studies – so I am wondering¬† how much I have missed of all the possibilities. Fortunately I may still continue my studies about learning.

It was Ignatia who analyzed the CCK09 course in a manner that I admire and enjoy. Some copies about her text:

It is interdisciplinary, as a learner from whatever background or specialty, you can take the content and fit it to your own needs or experiences. So it builds on what we know, and adding to it, this is still a great added learning value.

Conversation and narration is at the center of it, making room for very human and natural learning to occur.

George and Stephen are the content/course facilitators, idea enablers. They are not the center of the action; instead they offer a knowledge playground. They put forward the central ideas which they think will help the learners to deepen their and each others knowledge.

To her connectivism is very natural organic learning. It brings us back to the open and active baby stage of learning. – This was interesting because it was my first thought in autumn 2008 – are we speaking about incidental learning? Perhaps we are, perhaps it is needed in open virtual networks. So many thanks to Ignatia and Andy who tweeted the link with hashtag CCK09.

I also appreciate Andy’s blog. His post about visitors and residents reminds my own but he can say things more clearly. Then Dr Smetty tweeted about her blog including podcasts with two gentlemen, Erwin and Wilfred. I really enjoyed listening to their discussions and learnt a lot. I had moments of learning, for instance¬† when Wilfred said that you have to follow more, about a hundred blogs more, in order to succeed in finding all essential new trends. All other people (me too) we pondering¬† how to filter and select the sources but Wilfred said on the contrary: you need more. Perhaps this is what Stephen Downes has said all the time but I didn’t believe it at all. Now I heard it when those three participants discussed with each other. Every important thought will repeat in posts or tweets, if you miss it it will come again, be ready to pattern recognition. Now I heard this and I believe that this is one side of learning in virtual networks.

The CCK course was short, three months is not enough for us who are not native English speakers. The paradigm of openness versus a curriculum course was the other problem. Many people who didn’t know each other in the beginning – and even in the end of the course as you can see in this blog post – all takes time. It was not simple to guide oneself through the course and we have feelings of missing. That is all normal in virtual networks but frustrating too.

I have to decide which blogs I select to my blogroll “Following” , I have collected CCK08-09 friends to the page you see.

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