Friday, December 16, 2011

The speech of the Great Dictator

The Speech of the Great Dictator of 1940



The Great Dictator

Packing up, moving on

I lost my job, ending 23 December (thanks UC). So, we bought a shipping container and filled it with our stuff. We'll store it and hit the road until we know where we are. Or maybe, just maybe, if I can wing it on the income front, I can talk Sunshine into the container house plan :)

20 foot high cube empty

Amazing that it all fit!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Maarten De Laat - networked learning

eLearning Reviews: Networked Learning
Interesting to see a formal researcher talking about networked learning at the same time we were running Future of Learning in a Networked World in New Zealand, especially along similar lines as Downes' Groups vs Networks talk at Auckland on that tour. But as usual, I'm surprised our informal group's work has been missed or ignored by the formal researchers.

Chapter 8 contains a synthesis study that looks at the processes and procedures involved in joint networked learning. The results of De Laat's case studies frequently concur with the literature he quotes. Finally, chapter 9 sets out these results and lists the implications for the PKN. De Laat's thesis ends with a description of a community-driven approach to networked learning, with a consideration of both individual and collective learning processes and results. He lists a number of guidelines for a more community-driven approach to networked learning and leads for further research.