#CCK11 Things that Irk-me
I think it is important for me to clear my mind of irk-ful things. Perhaps in doing so my thoughts on Connectivism will be more objective? I will start with a couple things that irk-me, and any and all are invited to list their irks too. All I ask is that a brief description be provided of why the irk-ful thing is considered irk-some, in order that I might understand (and perhaps empathize) too. We are not likely irk-ed by the same irks.
These things Irk me:
- The term MOOC – this has bothered me since its first use, as I saw it as a shameless attempt at self-promotion. It also sounds goofy. Is there not a better term? I am irk-ed at the thought that this term is now part of our vocabulary. Yuck!
- When Grasshoppers fail – Yesterday I tried to comment in the grasshopper discussion thing on a colleagues blog post. I signed on, and it was indicated that I was successful in signing on and also that I hadn’t signed on yet, so I couldn’t comment. A conflicting message. I found this extremely irk-some, retrieved my password via e-mail, tried to sign on again, got the same conflicting messages, gave up. Today, it seems to work.
That’s enough Irks for today. I must finish on a positive note! I was happy to see Siemens provide a definition of Connectivism here, at the 7:20 mark of the video. He defines Connectivism as “A Social Connected Pedagogical Model”. I was un-irked to hear this definition, as I have wondered all along whether Connectivism is less of a theory and more of a pedagogy. It seems to me that Connectivism might better be described as a practice of teaching that finds its base in other theories such as connectionism, rather than a standalone learning theory. It appears that Siemens is adopting this approach to it now.
I would describe the Connectivist pedagogical model as the use of the connections afforded through digital technology to put learners and facilitators/subject matter experts in contact with each other for the purpose of advancing their learning and knowledge. Then ideas such as constructed learning, self-directed learning, complexity, chaos, cognition etc. can still belong to their respective theoretical frameworks, and Connectivism can stop insisting on subsuming them under its umbrella. I would be less irk-ed if this were the case.
btw. I think that any followers of the theory ‘Con-Irk-tivism’ can now safely self-identify as ‘Irk-ites’. Have no fear.