Stephen Downes announced this new eBook a few days ago, and I’ve been meaning to cross post it. I’ve had a look at this piece, and the best single word I can use to describe it is “authentic”. It celebrates the journey of people who experienced connectivism and connective knowledge–they didn’t just take a course in it. In this longish collection, you get to see the struggles, play, and resourcefulness that this approach to teaching and learning invites, warts and all. Here is Stephen’s description of the book:
Connectivism and Connective Knowledge
Essays on meaning and learning networks
May 19, 2012. Connectivism is the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks. The bulk of this work is devoted to tracing the implications of this thesis in learning. Yes, this could have been a shorter book – and perhaps one day I’ll author a volume without the redundancies, false starts, detours and asides, and other miscellany. Such a volume would be sterile, however, and it feels more true to the actual enquiry to stay true to the original blog posts, essays and presentations that constitute this work.
And while you’re there, you’ll find some other eBook goodies as well, on a host of topics.