Course Resources

Course Resources

The Power of Connections Blog – This is where we are posting additional course information, the RSS feed for all course activity, and our own thoughts about the course as it progresses.

The Learning Lot – This is where we’ve posted our notes about the learning design decisions behind the course, as well as our initial drafts of activity types.
Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Mapping Personal Networks

Personal Learning Graphs (PLeG) -- “Personal Learning Graph (PLeG – pronounced ‘pledge’) is intended as a response to how work and life are changing due to technology and the importance of individuals owning their own learning representation.”

Harvesting and Analyzing Tweets – Twitter is a fabulous source for information. Whenever something is happening, people around the world start tweeting away. Often they include hashtags, allowing us to selectively search for tweets about a certain event or thing. Many twitter users also engage in conversations, and looking at these conversations allows us to identify leaders and frequent actors.

How to Create a Visual Map of Your Twitter Network – This page is a great breakdown of a Twitter map from the interactions around a conference hashtag

Other SNA tools

TAGSExplorer from Martin Hawksey -- “Using a combination of Google Spreadsheets as a data source and a simple web interface to add interactivity it’s possible to let users explorer your entire event hashtag and replay any of conversations.”

NodeLX from the SocialMedia Research Foundation -- NodeXL is a free, open-source template for Microsoft® Excel® 2007, 2010 and 2013 that makes it easy to explore network graphs.
Gephi -- Gephi is an open-source software for visualizing and analysing large networks graphs. Gephi uses a 3D render engine to display graphs in real-time and speed up the exploration. You can use it to explore, analyse, spatialise, filter, cluterize, manipulate and export all types of graphs.

What Student Engagement Means to Me

What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Student Engagement? (Laura Gibbs)

What Is Student Engagement (Rob Reynolds)

Engaging Students by Choosing What Science to Teach (Tom Hsu)

Creating Powerful Learning Experiences: Big XII TLC Keynote (Rob Reynolds)


How Improv Can Open Up the Mind to Learning in the Classroom and Beyond – Improv enthusiasts rave about its educational value. Not only does it hone communication and public speaking skills, it also stimulates fast thinking and engagement with ideas.

Whose Classroom Is It, Anyway? Improvisation as a Teaching Tool – Improvisational techniques derived from the experiences in improvisational theatre can be adapted for the college classroom to leverage the characteristics of the Net Generation, their multiple intelligences and learning styles, and the variety of collaborative learning activities already in place in a learner-centered environment.

Annotated Bibliography on Improvisation and Learning from The University of British Columbia

Connected Teaching and Learning

The Promise of Connected Learning – Connected Learning is based on the notion that learning is about expanding the connections between people and information within a learner’s personal network. In this model, the individual learner exists at the center of his/her own learning network and expands knowledge and understanding by increasing the number of connections between nodes, people and information, in that network.

The Social Life of Routers: Applying Knowledge of Human Networks to the Design of Computer Networks – Successful network design is the result of many factors. In addition to the basic building blocks of routers, switches and circuits, network planners must carefully consider how these elements are interconnected to form an overall system with as few single points of failure as possible. In our second article, Valdis Krebs looks at how lessons learned from social network analysis can be applied to the design of computer networks.

Hybrid Pedagogy – Hybrid Pedagogy is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that focuses on technology and learning design as they apply to online and hybrid teaching/learning.

Dave Cormier: Rhizomes and Open Learning – This is Dave’s talk at SUNY #cotesummit on how our myth of education needs to change in order for us to achieve change. Dave’s description of open learning is a good foundation for the connected learning approach we are taking in this community.

Rhizomatic Learning 2015 – Dave Cormier describes Rhizomatic learning as a learning experience where the curriculum of the course is the people in it. It is a great example of learners at the center of their own networks connecting with people, communities, and information.

Howard Rheingold: The New Power of Collaboration – In this TED presentation, Howard Rheingold talks about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action — and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group.

Howard Rheingold: Connected Courses – Connected Courses is an open course by Howard Rheingold that is designed “to build an inclusive and expansive network of teachers and students, and provide educational offerings that make high quality, meaningful, and socially connected learning available to everyone.”

UdG Agora – The UdG Agora is the site for University of Guadalajara (UdG) Student Centred and Mobile Learning Diploma. The goal of this faculty development program is for UdG professors to confidently integrate student centred and mobile learning strategies and activities in their courses.

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