Looking for my web identity in 2011

I should change the name of this blog because I am not writing about connectivism any more. There is a course CCK11 going on but I do not need  third course about same topics, I already know the content. It was interesting to notice yesterday that Wikipedia Talk considered same questions about connectivism which I have said many times in this blog. It is not a learning theory or a theory about anything but it is international movement for like minded people to find each other. I have got a lot through participating CCK courses and I am ready to continue by myself with a network of my own. Thanks to Ailsa about her blog post about connectivism vs Actor Network Theory.

I am interested in psychological empowerment in virtual environments. I am an inquiry oriented person and want to understand psychological phenomena. Most speaking and discussion in web happen in behavior level without any insight to deep learning. I am wondering the concept self organization in virtual communities, how it becomes possible, what are the conditions for success.

I am reading the dissertation of Aleks Krotoski “Social Influence in Second Life: Social Network and Social Psychological Processes in the Diffusion of Belief and Behaviour on the Web”  and checking the basic concepts, trust, incredibility and so on. The first study assessed the relationship between network strength and attributions of trust, credibility, social comparison and prototypicality. Results suggested that network theories that describe influence on the basis of network strength do so because it implicates interpersonal and normative features of influence, evident in this community by the amount of offline information.. Avatars in SL are only a small part of web interactions.

Do I learn something new? Time will tell. I think we were near understanding at the end of CCK09 in our extra Elluminate session but for some reason I have not continued forward. I found a research community Elesig so I have to participate there. And I will follow many blogs of my friends, Jenny is working on emergent and autonomous learning. Perhaps I must do a list about my favorite blogs in spring 2011. See you!

4 thoughts on “Looking for my web identity in 2011

  1. Hi Heli,
    Great to see you post, searching for Web identity in 2011. Happy New Year.
    I think we (you, Jenny, Roy, Ken, Carmen, Frances and many who had involved in CCK) have a lot in common, in that we are exploring our own networks. I can’t speak on behalf of others though, but at least I could see that I am sharing similar pathways as yours: “I am interested in psychological empowerment in virtual environments. I am an inquiry oriented person and want to understand psychological phenomena. Most speaking and discussion in web happen in behavior level without any insight to deep learning. I am wondering the concept self organization in virtual communities, how it becomes possible, what are the conditions for success.” Would that explain why we are so connected with exchange of views.
    Re: Second Life. I have tried it for some time, not sure about the “Social Influence in Second Life: Social Network and Social Psychological Processes in the Diffusion of Belief and Behaviour on the Web”. How would one know who one actually is in Second Life? My encounters there were with anonymous people, and so really have no idea about the amount of trust on the conversation held – what was real life, or “l_e” Surely, SL could be useful in such study, right? But would SL be reliable in studying social psychological processes? What do you think?
    Thanks again for great sharing.
    John

  2. Hi Sui Fai John and thanks for your comment. It makes me feel that I can trust you – you are always active and have time to commenting. I have wondered how it is possible. You must be a miracle, don’t you?

    It is fine to have same interests. I agree with you that Second Life is not the best place to research social influences, but I am interested in the theory part of Aleks’ dissertation. I will check it throughout. We Finnish avatars have eduFinland in SL where we can meet each other. My avatar is just like me, not her outlook but personality 🙂
    Let’s keep in touch!

  3. Hi Heli,
    Thanks for your kind words, and the trust you endowed. I like learning with others, though I could only afford to connect with a few dozens, including you, Jenny, Mary, Steve on a more frequent basis. So, is it a miracle for me to be active? Would it be based on media affordance, where we are just distanced by a few key strokes and a click in sending our message? An instantiation of the “cultivation” of mind through writings?
    Interesting to learn that your avatar is just like your personality. I am still not able to use SL at work, as it is not allowed at the moment. So, SL could still be a good tool to explore at personal level. I have to visit the paper to learn more. Have you got the link? Which part of the theory resonate with you? Was it based on a “social constructivism” model? That was what I learnt when I read some other papers on SL.
    Cheers.
    John

  4. Hi again,
    Krotoski’s dissertation is not any more available so I’ll forget it and concentrate on my own thoughts – and my friends’
    I liked CCK11 recording of last Wednesday, Neil Selwyn speaking. perhaps I’ll analyse it. Some critical points.. have you listened to that session?

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