Thursday, June 19, 2008

Walking the Talk: CCK08

For the past 7 years or so, I have been involved in teaching continuing education courses that deal with a wide variety of communications technologies. It has been my very good fortune to be involved in continual learning in the online environment. Beginning in September 2008, I will be a participant in what I suspect will be one of the most unique courses ever launched.

Courtesy of the Learning Technologies Centre at the University of Manitoba, George Siemens and Stephen Downes, two innovative leaders in connectivist learning, will be leading hundreds of educators in the 'open' Connectivism and Connective Knowledge Online Course.

Admittedly, the major attraction of this course, is the range of 'connected' edu-bloggers and twitterers with whom I hope to interact in constructing knowledge in a networked learning environment. With the launch of the course Connectivism & Connective Knowledge blog, I'll be using The Clever Sheep Blog to reflect on much of the collaborative learning taking place throughout the course.

Trusting fully in the instructors, my online peers, and the evolving online learning tools we'll be leveraging, I have no doubt that we'll be pushing the boundaries of teaching and learning. If you have an interest in discovering more about connected learning by 'walking the talk', consider signing up.

A parallel 6 minute podcast on this idea is now available.
Photo Credit: Paul Watson


viovio said...

I'm intrigued about that map... what does it say? is it relevant for the topic or is it just ornamental?
See you at the course.

Anonymous said...

G'day Rodd,

exciting isn't it .. who's ever had 1900 people on an online course before!

kind regards, michael

Rodd Lucier said...

It feels like something more important than the content of the course is happening...

Dr Kevin Cooper said...

Great idea, when does it take place next, like the idea of the map :)

Jim Richardson said...

Wow, this is wonderful. Good luck! I believe that what you’re doing is going to help a lot of people. I hope you succeed on this. I’ve bee trying to consider studying online to. I’ve been browsing about online MBA programs. I think it is a great idea to use the internet for learning. Through this you could certainly reach more people from all walks of life. I admire people who are devoted to do this. I believe its no easy task to teach online.