Irmeli Aro #moodleMOOCs throughout the Summer 2013

Random observations formulate understanding the course as a whole (Originally sent to Blogger Aug. 25, 2008)

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Summarizing my contributions so far – two weeks prior to the beginning of the course (Massive Open Online Course Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (CCK08) by University of Manitoba):

“In front of a new course… I’ve experienced that the best value for any interesting new course is usually something totally unexpected. This is how I feel now as well. It will be interesting to discover what will be the key finding by the end of this course.” (Course Facebook Group, Aug. 14)

“I’ve been deeply involved with eLearning since 2004 – almost obsessed.. I’ve been approaching the theme through sunglasses of the Finnish learning culture – very individualist, still with a strong behaviourist tradition (despite all the ICT hype). This has lead into thinking – which Stephen puts “mandatory association into groups”. Somehow the only truth has been like – what does the virtual learning environment exist for, if not for encouraging team performance!

> it creates an environment where a person with a unique perspective is unable to contribute

I feel relieved! Planning web courses from this point of view is the first BIG THING I gained from this course – already before it officially started. Sharing ideas is one of the most valuable things in the world. Still – being forced to do it is strongly against everything I at this stage understand to encourage connective learning and knowledge building. (Course Blog, Aug. 21)

”I was writing on Saturday in the Google Group Connectivism and Connective Knowledge of this course as a reply to George’s question regarding ”how people manage to cope with the overwhelming amount of information and multiple contexts”… that this is about a skill of strengthening one’s own self-confidence through widening one’s own world view – managing to see one’s own learning and life as a whole. I received a peer comment explaining what this means in practice: “ the need to learn to formulate one’s own core values, strong beliefs, deep wishes and dreams, as a basis for choosing actions in the moment”…

With reflection to educators and learners facing each other in SL – I quote Teemu Arina’s blog ( March 23, 2008): “…Plato’s story about Allegory of the Cave predicts virtual realities like Second Life… In Book VII of The Republic, Plato’s story starts by picturing a cave, where men are being chained by the leg and also by the neck since their birth, so that all they have experienced before is what they can see right in front of them. Behind them is a light of a fire burning. Between the prisoners and the fire are puppeteers who move around objects from the world outside the cave. The shadow of those objects lands on the walls right in front of them. The voices coming from their back would be associated with the shadows, because they’ve never had the ability to turn their heads. The group doesn’t know anything about the outside world, therefore the reality they experience is nothing but the shadows on the wall.”

The most important educating skill to learn – I believe – is the sharing of one’s own learning process. What I personally see to be the most complicated in this – is to teach, encourage the learners to actively develop this skill. The complicity of it is like the Plato’s allegory – learning to understand how other’s shadows on the wall look like and how this increased understanding can be collectively utilized.” (Course Google Group Connectivism in SL Cohort, Aug. 25)


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September 24, 2008 at 1:51 pm

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