Here I am. Again beginning a new open online course: Personal Learning Environments, Networks and Knowledge facilitated by Stephen Downes, Dave Gormier, Rita Kop and George Siemens. The program for ten weeks:
- Week 1. A tour of PLEs and PLNS – diagrams, discussions, examples – September 12, 2010
- Week 2: Contrasting personal learning with institutional learning – September 19,
- Week 3: Understanding the neXT/eXtended Web – September 26,
- Week 4: PLE/PLN and learning theories – October 03,
- Week 5: Evaluating Learning in PLE/Ns – October 10,
- Week 6: Using PLEs successfully – skills, mindsets, and critical literacies – October 17,
- Week 7: PLE/Ns Tools – WHat Exists, What is Being Built? – October 24,
- Week 8: PLE/Ns and personal knowledge management – October 31,
- Week 9: PLE/Ns in the classroom (PLE/Ns and blended learning) – November 7,
- Week 10: Critical perspectives on PLE/PLN – November 14, 2010.
I am interested in all themes, perhaps I pass institutional learning (2) and classroom teaching (9) because I am free, not working for salary any more. I am studying for fun and following interests of my own. I have a long history of online teaching (facilitating actually) and now I want to find online places where I enjoy to communicate and learn more. I don’t want to live only in this small town in Finland, I want to live in a global world.
My personal idea is to follow my learning during this course: my thinking, feeling, acting, networking etc. This blog is my natural place (as it has been in CCK08,09 and CritLit10). I participate in Moodle forums,too and in Twitter (helinur). I have the same photo in every place.
I was very glad today when I noticed that Jenny Mackness and Matthias Melcher have written an article about very first connections in online living. How does it happen and why some people are very interested in one’s mind? They ponder that eResonance deals with similarity, not sameness. I take this as my first question, because I have been asking same question myself. I followed in as an online teacher for years, and now without teacher’s responsibilities. Similarity means – I suppose – deeper sameness, similar personality structure, interests, values, aims – not external sameness (age, gender, education). I am not sure if I can model this phenomenom, it is so dynamic and individual. Time will tell. It is my first question anyway and I can comment Jenny and Matthias. Is here in PLENK anyone interested in this?
Autumn is coming to Finland, it is raining just now. Good time to begin eResonating!