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An excellent video by Wendy and Alex Drexler that explores the ideas of connectivism and how this relates to education. It gives some excellent concrete examples about the sorts of technologies that allow learners to connect to and manage information.

Proposal for e-pedagogy journal club

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I would like to propose an online e-pedagogy journal club here at good ole’ Manchester University. I thought I’d blog my thoughts on the subject and then throw it open for discussion.

So here goes.

Purpose – To allow contributors to both discuss and propose journals on the subject of integrating technology and teaching. With the aim of enhancing our understanding and application of e-pedagogy
Target Audience – E-learning Techies and interested Academics and anyone involved with designing and delivering programmes
Engagement/Committments – 1 journal article per month to be selected by either a) a rotating choice by the members or b) online vote
Tools – Journals to be submitted to the social citation website 2collab.com discussion can either take place face to face or online via synchronous or asychronous tools. I propose the use of a wiki to coordinate the club.

I don’t mind coordinating the techie bits (wiki etc).

So is the suggestion:
a) something you’re interested in
b) ok in it’s detail?

All comments greatly appreciated

EduMash – "Using Web2.0 for experience based learning"

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Just had to post this. Is is a taster session for www.vitae-project.eu. (by foxdenuk)
Web2 for experience based learning
Is is a great example of:
a) mashing up various online tools for educational purposes (I found the presentation on their Ning community, the presentation itself is on Slide Boom, Graham Atwell’s video about personal learning environments is on youtube)
b) active, online, experience based learning – that leaves the learner with control over the artifacts they produce as part of the learning.

Using student-owned technologies in educational ict

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This article by Scott Wilson of CETIS succintly analyses the concept of PLE’s in terms of ‘what they could be’ and ‘why they should be’.

In my role I think that it would be interesting to try and deliver elearning through various non institutional applications inlcuding social networking, blogs, instant messaging, RSS (inlcuding communal RSS such as affeda), VOIP, social bookmarking and other softwares.

I am however in no doubt as to the challenges that this would create not least in terms of managing users and their communication preferences.