Knowledge: that specific strand of culture that we can use to solve a problem.

What do you all think of that proposition?

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Thought I would reconnect here with the good news about a new job I am starting in June with a company called CrossKnowledge, as Project manager for implementation of blended / social learning paths in large org... exciting :) my participation in the #xplrpln MOOC back in Oct was certainly one of the turning points in this slow but promising career change so I wanted to say big thank you again to all participants and to +Jeff Merrell and +Kimberly Scott ! Looking forward to the next one !? Herewith one recent post on the blog I created at that time btw...   

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I wanted to add this one line to this site written by  Mark  Mcquire about Duke University's FutureEd xMooc which I took a few weeks ago. The sentence opened my eyes to what a PLN might represent in Higher Ed: disruption!

"CCK08 (Connectivism and Connective Knowledge, 2008) and the cMOOCs that followed could be described as pedagogically disruptive, as the coordinators (George Siemens, Stephen Downes, Dave Cormier) and followers were (and still are) experimenting with techniques that are intended to help individuals to build and maintain their own personal learning network, rather than focusing on creating better (traditional, institutional) courses."

http://www.hastac.org/blogs/markmcguire/2014/03/19/futureed

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I am involved with Dave Cormier's   #Rhizo14  now with +Tanya Lau +Jeff Merrell +Helen Crump  and +Rhonda Jessen The first week considered the topic Cheating as Learning and my post wove some of my xplrpln views around ownership of PLNs in with the concepts of cheating, learning, ownership and just to mix things up - a bit of poetry. It can be found at http://bit.ly/1mVse7N 

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I have been 'musing' about network filters lately. I would be interested in anything any of you have to add on the topic. I think this is an area where I need to spend a bit of time. My latest post is about some of my musings on filters. http://bit.ly/JTFqNW 

 Sorry for those of you who are seeing this twice. I thought I should post in both sites to make sure I didn't miss anyone. 

I have a #pln  frainger from South Africa who is working to improve FET colleges across the country. For those of you like me in the USA- FET translates best into either Technical or Community Colleges. Do any of you work in this field and would be willing to talk with her? Let me know and I will make an introduction. 
Here's what she sent me: 

" I am part of a project team assisting the SA Department of Higher Education in helping to turn around the FET Colleges in particular. For me, I am particularly looking for detailed information on how colleges are structured (post establishments or organisational structure)and how this relates to the environments. In terms of bench marking we wanted to see what other international colleges base their establishment ratios on, is it student numbers only, or a combination of student numbers and staff numbers etc..."

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Hello, everyone! My introduction: I am a technologist, artist, and researcher. I studied eCommerce and collaborative technologies, art history and economics at DePaul University and my career has spanned both corporations and institutions of higher education (most recently, Northwestern University). I am currently pursuing graduate work in human-computer interaction (HCI) with a focus on human-centered design across media and collaborative technologies. My focus is in organizational change management and experience design (XD). My research and study of HCI is an interdisciplinary practice spanning psychology, art and design, information architecture, technology, cognitive science, storytelling, and architecture/environmental design. I also write for Information Week in the Social Business Strategy section [https://www.informationweek.com/author-bio.asp?author_id=857] and maintain a blog [http://kristencorpolongo.com/]. I am an independent consultant as well as writer and researcher - my focus is on design, strategy, and innovation. 

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Video of semi-frozen Lake Michigan in my hometown of Evanston is a good approximation on how many brain feels post Thanksgiving. Will need some time to thaw out and begin think about about learning and change.

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I recently attended a couple of webinars about emergent learning - that is:
 “learning that happens when a large number of self-organising people interact frequently, in an adaptive, open environment, with considerable degrees of freedom and minimal constraints; no individual can see the whole picture; agents and system co-evolve”.

sounds just like #xplrpln , so I thought I 'd have  a go.

A footprint can be mapped from either a learning experience point of view or as a learning design intention. Would be great if we could compare our footprints, or maybe see Jeff and/or Kimberley's design intentions.

I found the activity very useful.  It has  a lot of potential.
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