Yrjö Engeström meets Etienne Wenger

Networked Learning Conference 2010 published a video about the keyspeakers opening session. It was gorgious to listen at home and reflect through earlier experiences. I didn’t know that Yrjö and Etienne have met in San Diego in 1987-88 – they have a long history of disagreements but they appreciate each other. Yrjö was a marxist then (and still is, he said) and Etienne is an anthropologist. They give a short lecture about their basic concepts and a fishbowl discussion follows. I recommend listening to those videos.

Another enthusiastic event was to join a new ning community, ELESIG for elearning researchers. Thanks to Jenny Mackness for telling about that. I was very disappointed because Elluminate gave me no audio today when there was a meeting. The recording was available very soon and now, after listening to it, I’m happy and wise 🙂 .

And I have many articles to read from the NLC2010 conference and Elesig members. It’s nice to live and learn..

Anything new about connectivism?

We – participants of CCK08 (=Connectivism and Connective Knowledge, year 2008) course have a dream that it was a Very Special Course because it was quite open global course. It was almost first and really first wellknown global course in Europe. In this post I am asking how connectivism can be seen in the presentations of Networked Learning Conference, held last week in Denmark.

Frances Bell helps me a lot, her presentation includes many answers. Not all people in the world know internet. The scientific world is not (yet?) interested in connectivism but Actor-Network Theory is better known and in-use. She also describes our facilitators George Siemens ja Stephen Downes: an example of diversity themselves. It is not easy to follow their theoretical considerations but we know the tools used during the course. The technological dimension was reported by Antonio Fini in November 2009.

Three CCK08 participants Jenny Mackness, Roy Williams and Sui Fai John Mak made a survey and interview concerning our learning habits and changes during the course. Why did we use blogs or forums, how could we explain our choices and other happenings. They reflected the principles of networking: autonomy, diversity, openness and interactivity and found them very challenging to achieve. We got experiences about problems and disturbances and very few of us continued to the end.

I appreciate this research, it helped me to become more conscious about my own learning. They had two presentations in Networked learning Conference. I found some blogs in autumn 2009 which described and assessed learning. I have written about these in my earlier post.

Connectivism was used as a framework of this presentation which aims to find more support for research. I am sure this is not the only one with this purpose. So I could find four presentations of total 96 with connectivism in their background (perhaps there are more, I am not sure). Theoretical backgrounds were chosen in key speakers: Etienne Wenger and Yrjö Engeström. Rather popular was Knowledge Forums (Bereiter, Scardamalia) – not our dear connectivism.

Who could see the future of global online studies? I am convinced that CCk08 and CCK09 have wide influences here and there. Perhaps it will never be a theory but it has developed the practice and showed to the entire world that it’s possible to study openly online.  So let’s continue. George Siemens and other Athabasca teachers continue, Stephen begins with Critical Literacy in June 2010 – it’s perhaps worth of trying.

Following Networked Learning Conference

It’s nice to participate in a conference and live normal life at home, simultaneously. Networked Learning is a theme worth of following and they have a conference in Denmark this week. I’ve just followed it two days.

I have learned a lot about following. Twitter gives information if there are people enough who want to tweet and this time there was. I found many interesting people to follow. I love critical and thoughtful tweets. It’s a skill to tell something real, shortly. Some blogged at once, read for instance the blog of Jeffrey Keefer

The best way to gather knowledge seems to be Cloudworks. This one is worth of reading. Here you can find many slide shows. Thanks to cloud builders, I’ve a lot to read still. Tweets and cloudworks gave me an experience about augmented reality.

Summaries were found in the conference timetable and I printed the most interesting ones to myself. I knew Yrjö Engeström and Etienne Wenger, the key speakers in a fishbowl. If I understood tweets correctly, they maintain their former theoretical concepts and attitudes. And why not, they have published many, many years.

I noticed two presentations from Finland: Magical expertise is not a common topic (Olli Rissanen, Tuire Palonen anh Kai Hakkarainen). The second Finnish one dealt with Building understanding of the philosophy of science (Maarit Arvaja, University of Jyväskylä).

Nothing quite astonishing new until now, but the conference content is so large that I’ve to read more. There are results about learning processes, identities, selfhood, professional development and so on. Excellent. And I’ve to read again Jenny’s, Roy’s and John’s presentations about CCK08. So much to learn, fine! I will continue.