Friday, December 19, 2008
I kept faithfull to the connectivism and read many valuable papers. I'm still unclear that connectivism, through neural psychology, chaos theory and advanced constructivism is a new theory of learning.
I have been in Melbourne, Australia recently, connecting physically with colleagues in the vocational sector (TAFE) who have strategic government support for Recognition of Prior Learning through a Skills recognition programmes, the development of neighbourhood Skillstores, work allocation for RPL co-ordinators (who could be either adminstrators or academics) and training of assessors.
What is being acknowledge is that not all learning comes through formal accredited training programmes. (and this links with the connectivist notions around individual searches etc). However, the publicity is targeted at not only those who forward for this process but also their managers, on the grounds that it makes good business sense to have staff credentialed.
For the staff in TAFE it is allowing some interesting spin-offs.Those who have an interest in this way of recognising excepriential learning can have it included in their work load and they, through the number of completions, appear highly productive. It gives them time to develop resources and particularly online teaching materials. Also, the work satisfaction increases. What a thought.
Are there areas where this might be a siky practice? (I Australia, Nurses, electricians and plumbers believe it is so).
Friday, September 26, 2008
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there is a superb diagram that attempts to compare various learning theories- behaviourism, cognitivism,constructivism and connectivism. I'm curious about the way cognitivism is summarised. I had always thought of cognitive activity as an active brain and mind function. This description makes it seem very passive. I woudl like to know what others think that a cognitive theory of learning says about those engaged in it, and how we might assess it?
(I'm not sure how to make a secure link to the post, but have put lots of indicators for you.)
Thursday, August 28, 2008
offers in sights into social work supervision in a chat room, BUT they still say need to meet and have a sense of the other first.
Does anyone have a feel from experience of how this intense professional realtionships are managed successfully without ever meeting?
I would be most grateful.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The idea of social networking without much paper, postal costs and months of sea or air travel is magic. I can remember party line phones where you had to listen for your own morsecode ring signal to know whether or not the call was for you.I'm sure LeighBlackall wouldn't like that at all.
The connection I have with thos trying to establish blogs along with me seems quite strong and I particulalrly like Craig's layout and Emma's very rich and full prettypages.
I hope I remember how to do these links in the cold light of day.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Then today I was unable to open my blog on my work computer as it was outside my privacy settings. Interesting that Fortinet can not afford me any privacy.
Now at home, going into a regular email posting from George Seimens, I found it tagged by the said Fortinet and had to convince it/them/(large sibling)that this wasn't so and they seemed to believe me, so all go now. (Have you read David McQuillan's blog on spying and security- worth reading -find it onthe OP wikieducator list ,again see below).
Try the Workplace Learning link I have added, as this came in with the Seimens material and looks very promising.
Friday, August 8, 2008
1) in google reader, the full beautiful blog to which i have subscribed doesn't appear, only the actual post as text. so I miss Emma's beautiful Oamaru,Helen greave's wonderful interactive cat etc and it makes a mockery of bothering to attend to the aesthetics of layout. Nor can I see the comment record-how many and I can't read anyone's comment. I guess the e-mail function allows me to comment, but that is a very 1:1 thing, and counterproductive to social networking function of blogs, so advice someone?
2) the googlegroup e-mails are irritating. I tried establishing a rule to divert them to a folder, but seem unable to get a full statement in the rule properties box, so ALL of my e-mails went into the folder!!! again, some help.
On a brighter note- trust you all have wonderful movies, craft projects, food and drink for the weekend. and of course zillions of olympic footage to view.