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From one mooc right into another!
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, May 17, 2012
Greetings #fslt12 participants! As I noted earlier today, in response to the #change11 daily newsletter, I am brainysmurf and I am a moocaholic.  There is just nothing else quite like social, networked learning to get your brain jazzed up about something.  It’s about risk, exploration, learning from others who are as wildly different and deeply [...] Thu, 17 May 2012 15:58:50 +0000 [Comment]

A gold star for connecting
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, May 17, 2012
To my fellow moocies and moderators in #change11, #ds106, #cck12 and now #fslt12, I offer you a gold star for making time to connect, to share, to risk and to explore. I know, I know, you may not want or need a badge from someone else.  I just wanted to share this synthesis of my blog [...] Thu, 17 May 2012 16:43:22 +0000 [Comment]

The wonder of Wordle
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Apr 26, 2012
I’m guessing that my fellow moocers in #change11, #cck12 and #ds106 are already familiar with the word clouds generated by Wordle.  Admittedly, they are starting to be overused in PowerPoints and can be an eyesore if done poorly.  However, I found a legitimate business reason to turn to Wordle yesterday. I was analysing the client [...] Thu, 26 Apr 2012 18:33:07 +0000 [Comment]

Awesomeness, one connection at a time
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Apr 11, 2012
What do an old poster, a watercolour painting, retirement and a viral blog have in common?  If I’ve learned anything from #change11, #cck12 and #ds106, it must be something to do with connections and networks. This morning, one of the insightful and delightful people in my life shared this news article about the upcoming 1000th awesome [...] Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:06:29 +0000 [Comment]

Networked learning: the crab apple tree
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Apr 05, 2012
In a fit of inspiration this afternoon, I have compiled my first mind map of networked learning, based on my experiences in the #plenk2010, #cck11, #cck12, #change11 and #ds106 moocs to date. I placed on the trunk the word that I consider to be most important of all: choose (thank you to the movie Dangerous [...] Fri, 06 Apr 2012 00:11:04 +0000 [Comment]

Boiling it down to the good stuff
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Mar 27, 2012
Yesterday, I had a lovely conversation with Lou McGill, in which we discussed my participation in #change11, #cck12 and #ds106 as part of the study on self-regulated learning in moocs.  For me, the process seems comparable to boiling sap into maple syrup at this time of year. The Daily newsletter does such a masterful job of [...] Tue, 27 Mar 2012 16:31:37 +0000 [Comment]

Celebrate learning!
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Mar 01, 2012
Nancy White drew this picture for us at the end of Dr. Geetha Nranyan’s presentation in #change11 last week.  Nancy captured perfectly the joy I feel in live, participatory learning through moocs.  I hope she doesn’t mind that I snagged her picture and shared it here. I am writing this little post to thank the moderators, [...] Thu, 01 Mar 2012 21:58:23 +0000 [Comment]

Serendipity, Stephen Downes and Seth Godin
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Feb 29, 2012
The joy and serendipity of networked learning strikes again and I hope to pay it forward by sharing this post with the lovely folks who aggregate #change11, #cck12 and #ds106. If you want to jump right in, the result of my serendipitous finding is called: Stop Stealing Dreams If you’re curious about my path to serendipity, [...] Wed, 29 Feb 2012 20:16:39 +0000 [Comment]

S is for Stella
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Feb 29, 2012
It’s week 25 in #change11.  I am happy to share with you this learning artifact that describes our dog. Stella is a cross between two popular small breeds, the shih-tzu and the bichon frisé.  We chose this cross-breed because she is considered hypo-allergenic and doesn’t shed like most other breeds.  Her temperament is friendly and [...] Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:44:35 +0000 [Comment]

I choose pruning over drowning
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Feb 21, 2012
As I journey through rich, dynamic moocs like #change11, #cck12 and #ds106, I have been paying closer attention to how I manage the never-ending stream of information and ideas that are out there.  For me, the biggest challenge of the participatory web is to find a way to paddle around happily in the flow rather [...] Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:41:44 +0000 [Comment]

How I make time for social, networked learning
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Feb 04, 2012
Stressed out? Overloaded with information?  Never enough time in the day?  I am proud to say that’s not me and here’s why: I choose to spend a fair chunk of my day wandering like a knowmad through the events and artifacts of #change11, #ds106 and #cck12.  I have no worries about juggling three massive open online courses at once.  I know that whatever I get out [...] Sat, 04 Feb 2012 03:06:15 +0000 [Comment]

Hugging the cactus – part 2
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Jan 25, 2012
Geez, talk about feeling prickly again today!  I was getting all bent about the web hosting and domain requirements of #ds106, which are quite different from #change11, and then I finally read Jim’s bit for week 2 about skipping past all that if we like.  I was leaning towards skipping it anyway, so his message was affirming.  And why I [...] Wed, 25 Jan 2012 14:39:56 +0000 [Comment]

Hugging the cactus
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Jan 19, 2012
Early into Dave Snowden‘s presentation in #change11 this week, I nearly bailed.  Admittedly, I hadn’t made time for any of the readings yet (sometimes I use this as a test of how easily one can jump into the content).  I was distracted, flipping back and forth between Collaborate and other work I was doing and [...] Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:13:29 +0000 [Comment]

Crayons, Control Freaks and Creativity
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Jan 13, 2012
Well, I'm really stretching my atrophied creative muscles this week by signing up for the #ds106 digital storytelling mooc. I figure it will be a great compliment to what I am learning from the #change11 crowd, some of whom are/were in ds106 as well.  Yesterday’s Daily Create assignment was so procative, hilarious and heart-breaking. The new angles at which [...] Fri, 13 Jan 2012 19:48:01 +0000 [Comment]

The power of great questions
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Jan 09, 2012
I’ve been enamoured with good questions for about a decade now, ever since I had the privilege of receiving a series of workplace coaching experiences through a network of public service managers. This freshly-pressed post reminded me of that power when it asked “…before you start 2012, why not  STOP and ask the right questions? [...] #change11 Thu, 05 Jan 2012 19:10:07 +0000 [Comment]

Looking backwards, moving forward
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Jan 09, 2012
Hello, blogosphere, I’m glad to be back after indulging in a delightful retreat of holiday fun with family and friends.  The flip of the calendar has brought me new insights about patience, persistence and how I pursue my learning.    Looking in the rear-view mirror, I see about 50 items in my email reading pile to sift through.  [...] #change11 Thu, 05 Jan 2012 16:13:50 +0000 [Comment]

Myth-busting: I DO know what I don’t know!
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Jan 09, 2012
Throughout the last five years or so, I’ve had countless people in the learning design field say to me “people don’t know what they don’t know.”  Ah yes, we all nod and say how insightful that is and we treat it as a very good reason to go forward and design something to help them [...] #change11 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 16:32:42 +0000 [Comment]

Unblocking me
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Jan 09, 2012
Once again, I ‘lost time’ on the ride into work this morning with a fun little app called Unblock Me.  It’s a simple premise: move the wooden blocks out of the way and get the red one to slide out the door on the right.  Each block can only move on one axis (horizontal or [...] #change11 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 14:21:45 +0000 [Comment]

Hey, I guess I’m a gamer after all!
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Dec 05, 2011
Thanks to Clark Aldrich for reminding me of the wonder of computer games and simulations in #change11 last week.  I hadn’t thought of myself as a ‘gamer’ in the modern sense of World of Warcraft (Wow) devotees or snipers in Call of Duty (CoD) and yet I find myself making comments on blog posts of Jaap’s [...] Tue, 06 Dec 2011 02:11:07 +0000 [Comment]

If you don’t like messy learning, don’t play in the snow
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Nov 28, 2011
Something about the word messy jumped off the page for me this morning and then I read this snipppet from Jon Dron on the use of hard and soft technologies to aggregate content in a mooc like #change11: “Because it is not easy, this will be demotivating and inefficient.” Wow, that scares me because I think he’s [...] Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:25:24 +0000 [Comment]

Oooooh Mr. Kotter, engage me! Engage me!
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Nov 25, 2011
              I’ve really enjoyed week 11 in the #change11 mooc with two great live sessions faciltated by Jon Dron.  In the back channel of the synchronous sessions, and in the handful of blog posts visible in The Daily this week, I am joining in the debate about engagement.  Mostly, I [...] Fri, 25 Nov 2011 20:38:19 +0000 [Comment]

Bringing the screwdrivers to the elephant party
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Nov 23, 2011
Jon Dron rocked it in the #change11 live session today.  The backchannel was lively without being frenetic and the whiteboarding was fun, as always. I came away from the session with a fond memory of my Grade 7 drama teacher, who would have us all sit in a circle and pass one object around while each of [...] Thu, 24 Nov 2011 01:14:01 +0000 [Comment]

1,001 views of change, education and technology
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Nov 13, 2011
              I’m really excited to read about Erik’s timely theme in #change11 on learning in times of abundance.   When I signed in to WP to reply, I was delighted to find that I have received an abundance of views on this blog (1,001) in six and a half [...] Mon, 14 Nov 2011 03:03:51 +0000 [Comment]

Learning that doesn’t suck
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Nov 08, 2011
                On my drive home tonight, I saw an ad for a radio station that said “”turn up the rock…turn down the suck”.  What a perfect way to describe Dave Cormier’s live session during #change11 today.  Dave continued Nancy’s example from last week and cranked up the rock [...] Wed, 09 Nov 2011 01:36:46 +0000 [Comment]

Rhizomatic learning – that thing about roots
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Nov 07, 2011
                Dave Cormier has issued a challenge for his #change11 week on Rhizomatic Learning and this is my first attempt to respond, to put something out there and see what others make of it to help me further my understanding. I first heard about rhizomatic learning in #CCK11 earlier [...] Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:38:14 +0000 [Comment]

Do we ever get to the “end” anymore?
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Nov 01, 2011
            We’re about one-quarter of the way through #change11 now.  Thankfully, the end of the course is a long way off.  Over the past few weeks, I have recognized that I have a primal need to get to the “end” of things when it comes to managing my information flow. [...] Tue, 01 Nov 2011 18:29:28 +0000 [Comment]

Am I allergic to learning measurement?
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Oct 21, 2011
              This spring, I seem to have developed allergies for the first time in my life. They weren't severe, thankfully, but they were a true annonyance.  Itchy ears, stuffy nose, expensive but seemingly effective Aerius pills, you know what I mean. Now in my third mooc, #change11, I find [...] Fri, 21 Oct 2011 17:11:48 +0000 [Comment]

The 5 Cs: Consume, connect, create, contribute and commit!
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Oct 11, 2011
            My fellow moocer AK shared an intriguing struggle in Do we need to know one another when sharing?  My response took shape as I reflected on my #collective5 task in #change11 I'm not sure that I need to know someone in order to connect, create or contribute beyond what [...] Tue, 11 Oct 2011 13:36:50 +0000 [Comment]

Could I have my sandbox back, please?
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Oct 06, 2011
Picking up on a great thread on self-regulation, #collective learning and “developing as independent learners” in Jeffrey Keefer’s post for #change11, I am having a ‘wait a minute’, inner-voice, gut-reaction moment here…aren’t all learners self-directed or self-regulated to some degree already? I’m picturing how pre-schoolers learn in a sandbox. They choose whether to engage with others, to [...] Thu, 06 Oct 2011 18:02:12 +0000 [Comment]

Examples of collective learning
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Oct 04, 2011
In response to #collective Task 1 by Allison Littlejohn for Week 4 of #change11: - web conferencing to brainstorm, tweak a document or resolve a problem on a website - discussion boards on SharePoint - using SharePoint as a platform for employees to share innovations for client service - using a wiki to draft a [...] Tue, 04 Oct 2011 19:05:34 +0000 [Comment]

Abundance in the workplace
brainysmurf1234, Connecting the dots, Sept 29, 2011
            I am reflecting on Martin Weller's A pedagogy of abundance as shared in #change11 this week and wondering what it looks like in the workplace.  Consider a typical organization in which career ambitions were (are) realized through the power of withholding information, of being the 'go to' person who can make [...] Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:48:32 +0000 [Comment]

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