Here is a copy of what is asked to write at the end of CCK08:
“Your final presentation can be handled in a variety of formats: podcast, slidecast, Articulate presentation, video recording, Second Life presentation, or, if your feeling creative, an approach of your choosing. The final project should answer questions such as: What is the quality of my learning networks: diversity, depth, how connected am I? How has this course influence my view of the process of learning? What types of questions are still outstanding? How can you incorporate connectivist principles in your design and delivery of learning?”
Do I agree with this assigment? Perhaps. My first thought was to follow some of my cources (is there any connectivism) but I believe it’s more useful to follow myself, it is harder to change myself and my networks.
Quality of my networks: diversity, depth, how connected I am? Excellent question, can I see any development ? A year ago I began a blog which aimed to network online teachers in Finland. Now I have a community around it, most with weak ties. Anyway, I have seen that network matters, it is necessary. We can support and motivate each other.. development is so slow that if you are alone you can’t always believe in it.
During CCK08 I have seen all this happen in a global level and I have enjoyed it. Affordances have been open but often neglected when I have been very busy in my work, I couldn’t change the situtation. And I am shy, I am not a talkative person even in using my mother tongue and this is my first blog in English. I know i cannot network globally in Finnish 😉 All happenings have taught me. I have enjoyed following this large open online course, social expectations and reactions. Very much depends on expectations: if you come to compete and show your own compentences , you can only get something inside these boundaries. If you come to learn with others and from others, so you get it.
I found many new interesting blogs every time I was seeking for .. and if I had given comments to others i had got more, but I have got enough for sense making or meaning making ( in my blogging).
The quality of my networks is an open question even to myself. I cannot live without networks but very few people are near me or deeply meaningful in my life and my development. If i were more open myself, could I have more deep connections? I don’t know. The quantity is no answer, it’s quality that matters.
Some day I’ll continue to last 2 questions and all new ones that arise when writing these last blog posts in this course.