George Siemens’ and Stephen Downes’ online course, Connectivism & Connected Knowledge, has drawn to a close after a great twelve-week run.
By way of a final analysis, thousands came, less stayed, and even less contributed. Did we change the world? No. Not yet. But we (and I mean all course participants, not just Stephen and I) managed to explore what is possible online. People self-organized in their prefered spaces. They etched away at the hallowed plaque of “what it means to be an expert”. They learned in transparent environments, and in the process, became teachers to others. Those that observed (or lurked as is the more common term), hopefully found value in the course as well. Perhaps life circumstances, personal schedule, motivation for participating, confidence, familiarity with the online environment, or numerous other factors, impacted their ability to contribute. While we can’t “measure them” the way I’ve tried to do with blog and moodle participants, their continued subscription to The Daily and the comments encountered in F2F conferences suggest they also found some value in the course.
All in all. It was fun. I’ll try and pull together more cohesive reflections over the next few weeks. As will Stephen and the numerous participants, I imagine.
I am listening to George’s mid-course video message. If only “regular” professors provided self-analysis and updates like this, students in all sorts of courses would have a better view of what’s going on.
I think history will mark CCK08 as a milestone event. People have formed connections around the subject matter. What’s more, the content lives on in the wiki and related spots around the net.
Recently, I’ve been thinking and writing about aspects of what I call internet culture, such virtues as openness, authenticity, and interactivity. Stephen and George are exemplars of another internet virtue: generosity. Thanks to both of them for furthering the cause!