A picture that tells everything for me. I’m not giving away my words for it, construct your own.
(courtesy of IsaacClan5 at sxc.hu)
“case a: ultraversity (higher education)
I’ve just missed the Ultraversity presentation at Online Educa 2004, Berlin, but after I’ve checked out their website I immediately signed up for their BA (Hons) Learning, Technology and Research. I spent the best year in my life at a higher education institute with them.
Besides the pedagogical basics it gave me, I really liked the practical, reflective, action-oriented curriculum, plus I’m happy to met some real nice people there, like Andy Roberts or John Davitt. Although after a year I had to realize that getting this degree involves being an active member of the Ultraversity community of practice. It isn’t hard to see the obstacles occuring — being an e-learning entrepreneur living in Eastern Europe I cannot share the practice of the teaching assistants working in the United Kingdom. I believe I learned a lot of them and about myself as well, but one year was enough.
case b: digital whiteboard
I’ve already mentioned our involvement in a methodology development for digital whiteboards for the Ministry of Education in Hungary. We have worked together with more than 60 practising teachers and tried to establish a community of practive with them. Our main technological tool was a Mediawiki. now that we continue the project we try to integrate a WordPress blog with the wiki.
(Actually we like WordPress, because besides it’s free, it has a good learning path, you can make your first WP hosted at their server, then you can have your own WP, and even a multiuser WP for institutional use.)
We were quite happy that the accredited teacher training course we got as one of the outcomes gained a lot of the peer-review processes of this community of practice.
case c: educational games
Our company, Coedu, organized some educational games for kids in we tried to keep connectivism and edutainment in mind. Think of a spy quest, lipsynching, movie trailer construction and constructing narrative with a cartoon editor.
case d: aniwiki
When I think of connectivism, some quite surreal examples also come to my mind.
I remember when Andy Baio thought he needed a Firefox plug-in to animate the history of a Wikipedia entry, so he put out a contest providing 50 dollars for the best entry. As I was also interested in having a similar plug-in that could give me metadata on how trustable an entry is (age, number of editors, number of edits, etc.). I dropped in some money asking for the features I was interested in. John Resig made a prototype quite close to what I’ve wanted.
Honestly, that was my best experience in software development: matching the partners, quickly and cheaply solving a problem and giving away the outcome for free to the public.
case e: personal mba
Connectivism sometimes is really about just connecting.
Another nice story was when I’ve found out that Josh Kaufman has a proposal for a book called Personal MBA on Changethis. I’ve voted plus sent the link to Lifehacker. Now with all the votes of the Lifehackers, Josh got the inclination to make the book quite quickly. I think that someone else surely have posted about this or people would have voted for his proposal for surely, but making a good connection fastened things a bit.”