Wednesday, September 3, 2008

CCK08 is Truly Global

The massively open online course "Connectivism and Connected Knowledge" is about to launch and people from around the world have already introduced themselves on the course site. Maybe I shouldn't be so surprised to see such interest from educators all around the planet, but I can't help but feel part of a larger community in watching as the introductions continue.

In order to give folks some idea of how global participation is expected to be, I created a quick Google Map for CCK08, where participants can drop a pin and add their names. The technology allows for the posting of HTML content including photos, but let's take it one step at a time...

The instructions for adding yourself to the map are quite simple and appear below:

26 comments:

Dilip Barad said...

Thanks for creating such a beautiful thing on google map. The guidelines u gave on ur blog are very informative.

Barbara Dieu said...

Great idea! Thank you for facilitating the visualization :-)
Adding myself now.

Timuche said...

Nice !
And I'm the first hexagonal ! this is such an honor ! *^_^*

mcluhansghost said...

Nice touch, thanks Rodd!

Mike Bogle said...

Fantastic Idea Rodd! Thanks for taking the initiative - I've just added a link to myself and will pass this post along to my colleagues who are also taking this course.

Cheers

Mike

Lorna Costantini said...

As usual - your vision of collaboration shines. You share yourself over and over. Thanks for the lesson Rodd.

Rodd Lucier said...

Like someone ringing the dinner bell, course participants are drawing close around the table...

Isn't it great to see so many names, blogs and mini-bios populating the map?!

With participants demonstrating their readiness to participate, here's hoping the dinner conversation is as rich as and varied as the introductions!

sasasirk said...

Thank you! Just adding myself... It's so nice to see the places we all come from. Wonderful idea!
Warmly,
Saša, Slovenia

Maru said...

Thanks Rod for creating the map and for your helpful video!
I am adding myself now.
Connecting and collaborating to get great results surely are an example of your strong points.
Love: Maru

PDonaghy said...

Thanks Rodd
Great idea. Have just joined and now Ireland has its first participant pin!

Irmeli said...

Nice!

Diego said...

The Philippines is now on the CCK08 map. :)

corrie said...

Ons small problem - I accidently moved someone else's pushpin trying to drag the map. Alejandro, I'm sorry.

Rodd Lucier said...

Not to worry Corrie, I put Alejandro safely back in Monterrey, Mexico.

sinikka said...

Hi Rodd, been trying to add myself on the map, and looks like I've got there, but when I check later I have mysteriously disappeared again. Sorry to bother you, but what am I doing wrong??

sihigg said...

Hi I've had the same problem as Sinikka. I just can't get my pin to stay in Santiago Chile.

pierfranco ravotto said...

Me too. I'm not able to pin my stay in San Donato Milanese (near Milan, Italy).
My pin number is 201. may be the system doesn't allow more then 200?

Rodd Lucier said...

I added a pin at San Donato Milanese, southeast of Milan. If you'd like to add details, you can edit this pin Pierfranco.

RobinYap.com said...

Great map idea Rodd. Quick comment that if you are already signed in on Google, you have to log out first to see the "Save my maps" option. Then you are prompted to log back in.

sinikka said...

Hi again, funny enough my attempted pin number was 201 as well. Rodd, would you mind adding a pin for me, too, please? I am in Turku, Finland (south-western coast). Thank you! I seem have got obsessed with having my presence on the map - lol!

pierfranco ravotto said...

As Sinikka me too am ossessed to be present on the map :-)
But unfortuatly I'm not yet :-(

Rodd: the pin you have added (San Donato) doesn't compare (the same that when I have added it).
I suggest again: may be the system doesn't allow less than 200 pins?

All the best

Rodd Lucier said...

Pierfranco and Sinikka have been added to Italy and Finland. I did find a few blank placemarks and once these were removed, I was able to add a few more pins.

I'll have to check on the pin limits...

pierfranco ravotto said...

Hi Rodd
thank you. At a first time I didn't find my pin yet.
Then I have discovered that the pins don't appear in the same map. On the left there is a list of people: at the moment there 4 pages of people. Only the one listed are in the map.
Once selected page 3 I found myself (I found 4 pins for myself: 3 inserted by me and 1 by you).
OK. Now I have my pin, only one, with the shape of a golfer, as I am.

All the best.

sinikka said...

Hi, I made the same discovery as Pierfranco before reading these comments :) I had about 5 pins plus the one you, Rodd, had kindly added for me on page 3!! Whenever I reopened the map I always got to page 1, where obviously I didn't find myself. So finally I only have my one pin on page 3 now. I'm wondering whether there is a way to see all the pins from all the different pages on one map to get the full picture of the whereabouts of the participants?? Or maybe the system only allows a certain number (ie. the number of people on the list on each page) to be shown at once.
Anyway, thank you ever so much Rodd and sorry to have been a nuisance. The map is a great idea!

michael chalk said...

Thanks Rodd, terrific instructions - very clear and easy to follow. For some reason i thought i should be able to work out how to do it without following the instructions at first, but i completely had no idea.

(i wonder what you used to make the screencast.)

kind regards, michael

Rodd Lucier said...

Good to know the screencast helped Michael. It was created with a product called 'ScreenFlow' (Mac only).