Digital Storytelling w/ Alan Levine – November 15, 2011

Our guest tonight was Alan Levine, aka @cogdog, who presented on the topic of digital storytelling. Alan has done amazing things on this subject, is a pioneer in the field, and is well known for his “50 Ways to Tell a Story” resource.

For the presentation, Alan prepared a wonderful resource for us. Be sure to check out “What mean ye storytelling?“. Also, see Alan’s slides below:

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Thanks Alan for taking time tonight to share your expertise with us. It was a wonderful session, and so many great resources were shared. The Blackboard Collaborate recording of the presentation is available here.

Role of Educator w/ Stephen Downes – November 8, 2011

Stephen Downes was our guest tonight in #eci831 and he shared with us a “live-slides” style presentation on the topic, “The Role of Educator in a Networked World“. You can find the Blackboard Collaborate recording here, or if you want an alternate method of catching the session, Stephen has shared the slides and the recorded audio on his site. Slides for the session are also available below.

I want to give a special thanks to Dave Cormier who stood in for me tonight to moderate the session (as I’m currently in Australia). I am lucky to be connected to such good people like Stephen and Dave who are passionate about open learning that they are willing to donate their valuable time to support the learning of my students.

Sharing w/ Dean Shareski – November 1, 2011

Dean Shareski gave a fantastic presentation tonight in #eci831 on the value of sharing. Dean did a wonderful job at sharing excellent examples of sharing in practice, and provided and provoked deep insight into the topic. Dean’s slides are available below and the Blackboard Collaborate recording of the entire session is available here.

Rhizomatic Learning – Oct. 25, 2011

Tonight, we were very fortunate to have Dave Cormier as our guest in EC&I 831. The topic was Rhizomatic Learning, a concept that Cormier has been expanding upon for some time (at least since this post in 2008). Dave gave a wonderful overview of the topic, and was able to fully engage the participants in using his ‘live slides’ method (creating a slide deck on the fly through user feedback).

If you missed the conversation, there are two ways to view it. First, the entire Blackboard Collaborate session is available here. Also, Cormier saved his own copy of the presentation using a great tool called Screenflow. The resulting recording has been uploaded to Youtube and is available here and embedded below.

If you want to learn more about the topic, check out Cormier’s more recent post, “Workers, soldiers or nomads – what does the Gates Foundation want from our education system?“.

Networked Learning & Digital Identity – Oct. 18, 2011

Tonight, I gave a presentation on networked learning and digital identity. The presentation began as a personal history of how I became first interested in the idea of networked learning and openness, moved into our current context, and then gave some examples of how individuals and groups are using our new digital affordances to teach, learn, and collaborate on projects of shared interest

A recording of the session is available here and the slides are available below:

Sensemaking and Wayfinding w/ George Siemens – Oct. 11/11

George Siemens was our guest tonight in #eci831 and the topic was Sensemaking and Wayfinding in Complex Information Environments. This topic is incredibly useful for a course like this and other MOOCs, but applies greatly to anyone learning with the web today. Siemens’ coverage of the topic is groundbreaking and insightful, and be sure not to miss the recording of the session. Also, if you are looking for slides, see George’s Slideshare account where he typically posts his slides of various presentations. This particular set is similar to the presentation in #eci831.

Personal Learning Networks w/ Shelly Terrell – Oct. 4/11

Tonight, our guest was Shelly Terrell, a very well-known name in educational, social networking communities. Among other activities, Shelly has been involved in organizing projects such as #edchat, The Reform Symposium, and The Virtual Roundtable Conference. Shelly bases much of her work on the leveraging and development of Personal Learning Networks, and thus, she was a great guest to have with us tonight.

There were a few technical difficulties, as you’ll notice in the recording, as Shelly joined us tonight from Bangkok (it still amazes me that we are able to do that sort of thing). Shelly has graciously shared her slides with us (found below) and you can catch tonight’s session here.

Notes for this session are available at our evolving Google Document found here (scroll down to the appropriate date) – it provides the context and links for the rest of the class after Shelly’s presentation.

Virtual Learning Communities w/ Dr. Richard Schwier – Sept. 27/11

Tonight’s session was led by Dr. Richard Schwier, a Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, an expert in Virtual Learning Communities, and a great friend and colleague. Dr. Schwier gave us a sneak preview of his upcoming keynote at the eLearn conference in Hawaii (description here) titled Connections and Contexts: The Birth, Growth and Death of Online Learning Communities.

This was a wonderful session and a must-see for those interested in studying, developing, or being part of virtual learning communities. if you missed it, or would like to experience it again, check out the recording found here. Fast-forward about 15 minutes to get to where Dr. Schwier begins.

Next week, our guest is Shelley Terrell as she discusses Personal Learning Networks. Be sure not to miss it.

Welcome Non-Credit Students – September 20/11

Tonight, EC&I 831 welcomed the non-credit students into class (and specifically, into our weekly, online session). To date, about 127 students have signed-up as non-credit students, and we expect more drop-ins as the class progresses. I have shared a list of the non-credit students here, and included an interactive map of their locations below.

In tonight’s class, we went through protocols of the course, discussed the learning environment (both synchronous and asynchronous components), outlined essential course tools (e.g., WordPress, Google Reader, Twitter, Delicious), and discussed guidelines for blogging, commenting, and other communication. Much of technical piece was accomplished through screensharing (via Blackboard Collaborate) along with continuous discussion in the chat.

For more specific details of tonight’s session, feel free to view this Google Document (a running outline of the course) or view the recording from tonight’s session.

It is also worth mentioning that Clint Lalonde and I have begun to collaborate on the “Dynamic Guide to Network Mentoring“. This is a preliminary guide for network mentors, and we hope that anyone who has signed up for that role could add or edit the document as we collectively begun to discover ways to mentor students in an open learning environment.

Dr. Richard Schwier is our guest next week. He’s a great friend, colleague, and one of the very best in the field. He’ll be discussing virtual learning communities, and it’s definitely a session not to be missed. See you soon.