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!