FREE COURSE! Connectivism and Connected Knowledge (CCK11) – Instructors: George Siemens and Stephen Downes

Learning Is - The official vision / current reality (Image licensed under Creative Commons by Flickr user AF-Photography)

The following information is extracted from the Huffington Post, written by Stephen Downes:

Stephen: “On Jan. 17 George Siemens and I will launch the third offering of our online course called ‘Connectivism and Connective Knowledge’ — or CCK11. We use the term ‘connectivism’ to describe a network-based pedagogy. The course itself uses connectivist principles and is therefore an instantiation of the philosophy of teaching and learning we both espouse.

If you’re interested, you can register here: http://cck11.mooc.ca The course is a MOOC — a massive open online course. What this means is, first, that it may be massive. Our first offering attracted 2200 people, our second about 700 people. Other MOOC-style courses we’ve offered have also been massive. PLENK 2010, for example, which we offered last fall, attracted 1700 people.

It also means, second, that the course is free and open. There are no fees, no barriers of any kind, to participation. We encourage people to register so they receive the course newsletter, but it’s not required. Everything is freely available online and people can browse to their heart’s content. Participants contribute as much or as little as they like.” (End of Quote)

The full article can be read here (copy and paste into your browser):

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-downes/connectivism-and-connecti_b_804653.html?ref=fb&src=sp#sb=1006227,b=facebook

What could I possibly add to this?

Answer: Stephen said it all. I will participate in the course, as the learng will undoubtedly be cutting edge for those of us who have embraced Connectivism as the way forward in today’s educational climate.

And if you are skeptical, or haven’t been quite convinced by the potential benefits of embracing a connected pedagogy, or at least a Professional Learning Network, then why not take advantage of this unique opportunity? It’s free, it costs you nothing, and promises to be beneficial in an incredible number of ways.

You might also gain a new view of learning…

Learning Is - A new view (Image licensed under Creative Commons by flickr user Daniel Spillere Andrade: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pasteler0/10695105/)

And to top it off, I’ll be there. 🙂

I look forward to collaborating with you, and you, and you, all of you, in the upcoming course.

Regards,
Tom

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About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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