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Massive and Diverse
Glenyan, A Point of Contact, Nov 29, 2011
At x28′s new blog a recent post about Massiveness and Diversity stirred some thought processes in me. I wouldn’t quite call this a response to Matthias’ post, as he seems to be tackling the subject of Massiveness and Diversity with respect to how MOOCs have run up until now. My thoughts here are about what [...] Tue, 29 Nov 2011 02:44:46 +0000 [Comment]

Abundance and Obligation
Glenyan, A Point of Contact, Nov 24, 2011
I would have liked to learn more about Learning in Times of Abundance, but haven’t been able to keep up with that tyrannical weekly schedule of the Change11 MOOC. I was able to take in only a bit of information that week and plan to revisit the topic at the end of the month. I [...] Thu, 24 Nov 2011 13:08:22 +0000 [Comment]

Rhizomatic Validation
Glenyan, A Point of Contact, Nov 23, 2011
I came across a surprising reference to the Rhizome last night in my Qualitative Research text. The author is describing someone’s Four Frames of Validation for research: The third, “rhizomatic” validation, pertains to the questioning proliferations, crossings, and overlaps without underlying structures or deeply rooted connections. The researcher also questions taxonomies, constructs, and interconnected networks [...] Wed, 23 Nov 2011 02:51:29 +0000 [Comment]

Acquaintance with the Past
Glenyan, A Point of Contact, Nov 14, 2011
We may reject knowledge of the past as an end of education and thereby only emphasize its importance as a means. When we do that we have a problem that is new in the story of education: how shall the young become acquainted with the past in such a way that the acquaintance is a [...] Mon, 14 Nov 2011 14:38:29 +0000 [Comment]

The Power of Metaphors (#change11)
Glenyan, A Point of Contact, Nov 10, 2011
This week in the change MOOC has been great, because I think the Metaphor of the Rhizome is a particularly good one. When it comes to metaphors, you can often hear people remark critically or dismissively about how they are limited or not exact, with various flaws. This is true, but beside the point of [...] Thu, 10 Nov 2011 13:41:32 +0000 [Comment]

Unwarranted Distinction (#change11)
Glenyan, A Point of Contact, Nov 10, 2011
There is something outside my house that makes me laugh every time I go anywhere. Below is a photo of a house that is just around the corner from where I live, I can see about one quarter of it from my front door. As you can see in the photo there is a road [...] Thu, 10 Nov 2011 11:58:55 +0000 [Comment]

Connectivism Comedy (#change11)
Glenyan, A Point of Contact, Nov 09, 2011
…it’s the next big thing. Well, maybe not, but I did run into this funny cartoon the other day: …that sparked me to create this humorous video (click photo to be taken to video. Sorry, can’t put videos on here): Both are extreme satires that (maybe a bit) unfairly depict educational situations, each having some [...] Wed, 09 Nov 2011 06:46:41 +0000 [Comment]

Processes of Knowledge #change11
Glenyan, A Point of Contact, Nov 08, 2011
The passing of the past is…the gathering of what endures. It is useful to think of two opposite frontiers when it comes to bodies of knowledge. One is the fringe and the other is the core: the gathering and the enduring. As the fringe of any given body of knowledge stretches its boundaries, testing what [...] Tue, 08 Nov 2011 18:30:16 +0000 [Comment]

Rhizomatic and Privilege; Questions and Commentary #change11
Glenyan, A Point of Contact, Nov 06, 2011
The Rhizomatic Model of Education is one of the more interesting change11 topics for me so far, appealing as a discussion of the potential of educational design with respect to the nature of various types of knowledge. In the current climate of communications, there certainly are fields in rapid change or development and in need [...] Sun, 06 Nov 2011 14:16:29 +0000 [Comment]

Binding and Values #change11
Glenyan, A Point of Contact, Oct 04, 2011
The topic of Binding in collective learning seems a bit up in the air. Littlejohn’s description of the Charting process focuses on how learners bind together, rather than what binds them. Running through her commentary of the process of charting is a theme of knowledge that is valued. Language like reinterpret, relevant and making sense¬†all [...] Wed, 05 Oct 2011 01:26:04 +0000 [Comment]

The C stands for Conference #MOOC #change11
Glenyan, A Point of Contact, Sept 15, 2011
In thinking about what a MOOC is, and as I continue to think about how it can be applied to language learning, there is a major distinction between two types of MOOCs: Courses and Conferences. The upcoming Change 11 MOOC seems to be of the latter kind. Massive Open Online Conference A description of the [...] Mon, 12 Sep 2011 06:49:32 +0000 [Comment]

Goals for the Change #MOOC 11 #change11
Glenyan, A Point of Contact, Sept 15, 2011
The MOOC structure suggests that we should set our own goals for the Change MOOC 11¬†starting this week. My goals are… To better Learn what Connectivism is. To better Learn what MOOCs are. To Maintain a certain amount of consistent involvement and participation in the MOOC. The third goal is important for me because, as [...] Mon, 12 Sep 2011 04:05:00 +0000 [Comment]


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