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Connectivism & Connected Knowledge
A Personal Journey
Thomas Jerome Baker
**This book is an introduction - a point of departure - a beginning, a place to start for anyone who is interested in Connectivism and Connected Knowledge.**
Connectivism & Connected Knowledge tells the story of my journey from isolation to becoming globally connected to sources of knowledge. It is a personal journey that begins with a proposition: self-improvement that also benefits others. I go back in time to share this journey with you, certain that it will also benefit you personally, and the members of your personal and professional learning network also.
Connectivism has been called a theory of learning for a digital age. After you read this book, you will have knowledge of how connectivism can benefit you, both personally and professionally.
What do I promise the readers of this book? How will you benefit? What will you learn? What's in it for you? Here is what I promise the readers of this book:
1. I share the story of my personal journey with you. I invite the reader to read a true story, about something that really happened, (like watching the news on T.V.) - it's real life.
No matter how the story makes you feel (agree, disagree, positive, negative, happy, sad, etc.), it's always going to be based in reality. That's the way life works, because it's real. We can't wish for a different reality, to do so would be delusional at worst, an escape from reality, at best.
Therefore, I give the reader of this book an opportunity to come "up close and personal", get almost, "inside of my head", to experience the story as I experienced it, to live the story as I lived it.
2. I state quite clearly that I believe the book will benefit the reader, personally, and professionally, as I did after learning about connectivism and applying the principles to my life. The only condition I ask is that you come to the reading of this book with an open mind. If your mind is closed, this book will not open it for you.
Here is how connectivism has benefitted me, and the possibility is real that it will also benefit you in a similar way:
For example, what I learned about connectivism and connected knowledge helped me to become an educational leader in my school. Further, I have become a founder of an organization that provides free professional development for teachers in Chile (Edcamp Chile), and to become a liaison to a prestigious international organization of educators, the The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL).
By reading this book, you will have the necessary knowledge about connectivism to obtain similar benefits. It all depends on how hard you are willing to work. Knowledge is power, but if the power remains in our heads, inactive, without being applied consistently to our lives, it will be useless to you.
Again, I am saying, "knowledge is power". When you apply the knowledge, you will gain the benefit. This message can not be stressed enough, namely, knowledge, that remains inside of our heads, without being practically applied, is useless.
You will find people who have different views about connectivism. They are to be respected, and even encouraged. In my case, I do not ask to be recognized as an expert, because there are other, much more authoritative voices than I on this subject. Yet what I do wish to accomplish is to share my experience with you, in the hopes that it will encourage you to seek out your own experience. In the end, if connectivism is not your "cup of tea", then at least make allowances for people like me, who have found connectivism to be worthy of my time. For those who are skeptical, or cynical, who doubt, who say that connectivism is little more than mumbo-jumbo, hocus-pocus, and not a true theory of learning, I would ask that you do not hasten to judge harshly. Give connectivism its opportunity, its day and its time. Let it prove itself, or simply fade away, gently into the collective amnesia of mankind, to be forgotten...
- Publication Date:
- Mar 15 2012
- 1475021062 / 9781475021066
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Full Color
- Related Categories:
- Business & Economics / Knowledge Capital