Monday, 1 September 2008

Join Stephen Downes and George Siemens in a MASSIVE online course

"Connectivism and Connective knowledge: The Furture of Education and Training" is starting on 7 September 2008 and will be running for approx. 3 months. So spread the word and if you have the time (of course you have), join!

This course will be a MOOG (Massive Open Online Course) and it will look at:
- What will education and training look like in thefuture?
- How must we equip ourselves to serve learners in the next decade?...
The formal course description also mentions a variety of new learning tools that will be used in this course. The course will be delivered fully online in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous formats. For a more extensive idea on the concept of the course, you can visit the course blog.

Registration is free (if you do not follow this course for creditation), but you must register which you can do here.

Maybe you want to know a little more before diving in? Just listen to Edtechtalk 81 and Edtechtalk 82 in which four of the facilitators (Alec Couros, George Siemens, Stephen Downes and Leigh Blackall) on how the connectivism course will be taught.

So prepare to get twelve weeks of intens learning spread out to you and build by you. If you publish anything about it, this is the tag CCK08.

Weekly Topics & Schedule (copied from the Connectivism - LTCWiki):

  • Week 1: (September 7-13) What is Connectivism?
  • Week 2: (September 14-20) Rethinking epistemology: Connective knowledge
  • Week 3: (September 21-27) Properties of Networks
  • Week 4: (September 28-October 4) History of networked learning
  • Week 5: (October 5-11) Connectives and Collectives: Distinctions between networks and groups
  • Week 6: (October 12-18) Complexity, Chaos and Research
  • Week 7: (October 18-25) Instructional design and connectivism
  • Week 8: (October 26-November 1) Power, control, validity, and authority in distributed environments
  • Week 9: (November 2-8) What becomes of the teacher? New roles for educators
  • Week 10: (November 9-15) Openness: social change and future directions
  • Week 11: (November 16-22) Systemic change: How do institutions respond?
  • Week 12: (November 23-29) The Future of Connectivism