I have just blogged over at RedGloo about identity, trust and reputation and how they affect connectivism (to some extent). I want to explore that some more in a series of posts, but for various reasons, I don't want to post too much on RedGloo.
I thought it would be worth sharing some of my toolset - I say 'some' because I am bound to forget something that I use occasionally, or quite possibly something that I use so often that it has become background to me. I keep meaning to try and put together a comparison of tools to help our students decide which ones they want to use, but somehow never find the time - maybe this will help kick start that endeavour too.
Browser - I use Firefox and IE depending on the compatibility of the site. This means, in practice, it is generally Firefox these days.
In a rejoinder to Pløn Verhagen, entitled "Learning theory or pastime of the self-amused" George Siemens makes the observation
"The content-central view of learning loses effectiveness in environments that are rapidly changing and adapting. Text in itself is a codification of knowledge at a point in time—a snapshot. In contrast, conversation is fluid and continual."
Knowledge is also fluid and continual, with each experience going towards our own sum-of-knowledge, but also having the ability to engage the mind in a bout of revisionism. We adjust our world model according to the latest information available (according to my empirical epistemology) - and the strength of this is such that we can suffer from source confusion (for a simple description, see Brewer and Williams, 2007).
The principle of Object Oriented (OO) programming is that a system is analysed and modeled in terms of the objects within it. Each object encapsulates the data and methods which the object needs to interact with others, and this both simplifies design and improves the goodness-of-fit of the OO design to the system.
I have just been reading Wellman's Little boxes, Glocalization and Networked Individualism. I particularly like the discussion of specialized roles. In this section, Wellman uses scholarly academics as an example of how some people like to maintain contact through the written word (specifically email in this case) in order to be able to live their lives according to their own rhythm whilst still being able to communicate within a network of individuals.
It is interesting to see that the 'Introductions' threads on the CCK08 Moodle site seem to show that people are being drawn to each other on the basis of shared experience of "place". I know I have had a look around the map, for other people nearby too - although even while doing so, I could not imagine why it was important to me to know.
We had several very useful conversations yesterday, ranging from issues of Digital Identity - who are you, what image do you portray on the web - through Learner Agents and trying to produce systems which are adaptive in their support of learners, to games based learning of various different types.
I have never used technorati before - never really seen a need. Having fought with its captchas (they are so close to illegible, I am not convinced I was more likely to be able to guess what they said than a computer or, for that matter, a dead hamster) and had it fail to record my blog address a couple of times, I still don't really feel the need, but I am damned if it is going to beat me now.
This is an edited extract from a forthcoming book chapter about the use of Folksonomological Reification to examine and bridge the onto-folksonomical divide. That all makes more sense in the context of the full chapter, though, and I won't go into it further here. The chapter is co-authored with Shirley Williams, Karsten Lundqvist and Edwin Porter-Daniels.
First, my model of mind and (therefore) of learning - we are pattern matching creatures by dint of the way out brains work, and look for the similarities and differences between things. We also create models in our minds of what we perceive, which are, by definition, abstractions and simplifications of the 'objective reality'. Our perceptions are, I believe, affected by the internal models.