About a week ago I saw a link on Twitter to something called a MOOC. Curious as I am I clicked the link to see what it was. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. I had heard of online courses before of course, but never of MOOC. I started reading the information on the page and realised that this actually was quite interesting. So what is the course about? The course is Connectivism and Connective Knowledge 2011( #CCK11 ) and it is facilitated by Stephen Downes and George Siemens. I had never heard of Connectivism before but once I started reading about it I realised that this was actually quite interesting. I have a huge interest in Learning in general and Learning with assistance of new technology in particular and this is basically what Connectivism is all about.
As some of you might know I am quite new to the Social Media world. I have used Twitter for a couple of months now and blogged for about two months. And in these months my own learning has sky rocketed. I have built up a Personal Learning Network of people that I admire and respect. We share our knowledge and assist each other and together we create huge amounts of Learning. In these few months I have also realized that there are so many technologies out there that I don't know how to use, and so many interesting people that I have not yet connected with.
Now you might wonder what Connectivism is all about. Since I haven't started the course yet I can only give you a short and probably not fully correct answer. But as I understand it, Connectivism is a new pedagogic theory with its base in the possibilities new technologies offer to us. We learn by connecting with others, sharing our thoughts, ideas, failures and successes. Instead of Learning being seen as something that is only happening within a humans brain Connectivism sees Learning as something that happens in the connections we create with each other. Again I need to stress that this is just my very first understanding of what Connectivism is. I am sure that I, as the course progresses, will have a much clearer view of what it is.
Here are five reasons why I decided to join #CCK11:
1. Expand my Personal Learning Network.
2. Get new insights in what Connectivism is and how I could use it in my work and private life.
3. Learn about new tools.
4. Share my knowledge - to me there is no better way to learn than to share what you know with others.
5. To have FUN!
So all of you who have decided to join the #CCK11 journey, why did you take this decision? What do you hope to get out of it? Leave a comment and tell your story.
Thanks for taking the time,