New eBook by Stephen Downes

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.

Jobs listed at

A few job postings from

1. IT Trainer

Horsham, Pennsylvania

 •        Disseminate technology training and conduct informational sessions through instructor-led classes and various eLearning approaches •    Collaborate in the design, development, evaluation, and implementation of technology training materials •      Travel to our division offices to conduct technology training for Toll associates  Qualifications: •       Minimum 3 years IT related training experience  • Experience with eLearning techniques, strategies, and development •      Familiar with Learning Management System (LMS) technology

2. Instructional Coordinator

Morgantown, West Virginia

The West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) seeks to hire 2 Instructional Coordinators at West Virginia University. One is in Forensics; one is in Science & Engineering. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who is passionate about and committed to helping tomorrow’s youth advance their lives in STEM areas.   Master’s degree and at least 5 years’ experience required. Valid driver’s license required. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.


3. Instructional Design Specialist

Palatine, Illinois

• Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction; Instructional Design/Instructional Technology or equiv • Two years exp. in educational setting • Thorough knowledge of instructional design process & learning theory • Familiarity w/ software, web development, and graphic editing, development and production concepts related to distance delivery of coursework & materials • Exp. in community college environment designing adult instruction, Blackboard & Web. 2.0 tool use, and cross-platform computer exp. pref’d