If you take one course a year, take this

Stephen Downes and George Siemens are giving a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Connectivism & Connective Knowledge between September and November 2008. Exploring emerging topics in knowledge, learning and technology, It’s going to be held online and will utilize latest Web 2.0 technologies and distributed approaches. What is more important, is that if someone is going to pull this off, it’s George and Stephen, both the most visionary and knowledgeable teachers I’ve ever had online.

If you are interested in this stuff – perhaps think of yourself as an expert, an enthusiastic pro-amateur or a newbie – this is the course you want to take this year, if you are going to participate in any. The course already has at least 1200 registered participants from all over the world and it’s free. If you want to get credits, you can enroll at the University of Manitoba, but this is not a requirement for participation.

I will be joining, hope you will too.

The conference blog
The conference wiki (and enrolling)

  • Week 1: (September 7-13) What is Connectivism?
  • Week 2: (September 14-20) Rethinking epistemology: Connective knowledge
  • Week 3: (September 21-27) Properties of Networks
  • Week 4: (September 28-October 4) History of networked learning
  • Week 5: (October 5-11) Connectives and Collectives: Distinctions between networks and groups
  • Week 6: (October 12-18) Complexity, Chaos and Research
  • Week 7: (October 18-25) Instructional design and connectivism
  • Week 8: (October 26-November 1) Power, control, validity, and authority in distributed environments
  • Week 9: (November 2-8) What becomes of the teacher? New roles for educators
  • Week 10: (November 9-15) Openness: social change and future directions
  • Week 11: (November 16-22) Systemic change: How do institutions respond?
  • Week 12: (November 23-29) The Future of Connectivism


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  • tony

    Thank you very much for the notice and great refreshing blog.
    I enrolled and enjoyed redirecting my perspective particularly to this node from George Siemens: http://www.elearnspace.org/media/connectivism_Web_2/player.html
    My old brain has difficulty keeping up or rather redirecting perspective in all this chaos. A lot of habits need reorganization despite having been influenced by past and current institutions. Hopefully, the generational change will be logarithmic.

  • http://www.sprxmobile.wordpress.com Raimo van der Klein


    I just wanted to ask you to come speak at the greatest MoMo of Europe: MoMo AMSTERDAM. We have a great crowd here. An average of 350 people attend our events. Wehave had keynotes like Jyri Engeström, Tomi Ahonen, Doc Searls, Joseph Pine II(on the multiverse, you have to watch that!)

    The event is planned on November 3rd. Would this fit your schedule? Let me know. Really looking forward to talk to you and sharing a beer in Amsterdam soon!

    Our topic is the magic wand bytheway ;-)