CCK11: Institutional and/versus networked learning

Below is my final project for our Connectivism course; I will admit that I went a little over the top. I wanted to do something fun and multimedia, and I ended up spending an enormous amount of time on this. I think it’s because in my work life I don’t get much of an opportunity to really do something that engages me or requires me to learn new things. Our CCK2011 course has been great for me in that way; I feel that my brain’s been in mothballs for the last decade after graduate school, and this course pulled it out of the back of the closet and shook out the dust.

I’m taking a step and putting something out that I don’t think is perfect, that I’m pretty sure will crash someone’s computer, all in the spirit of contributing to networked learning. Even if you say, “OMG, I’ll never do that,” I guess then you’ve learned something useful. The film’s a little silly and quite amateurish, but I sure had fun figuring it all out! (P.S. It has sound—sometimes loud, though I tried to mitigate that—and it’s about 11 1/2 minutes long.)

Gosh, I feel like I just got used to this course, and now it’s ending…. TTFN!


  • GoAnimate
  • Windows MovieMaker
  • RealPlayer Converter
  • TapeMachine (on Droid)
  • Audacity
  • Photoshop
  • YouTube

8 Responses to CCK11: Institutional and/versus networked learning

  1. Jaap says:

    Leah I have no words to say what a fantastic job you did in making this video. Very entertaining and with a lot of human touch. (I did say I do not have the right words).
    Your thoughts on networking are very stimulating. In the mobimooc most participants do not know that ‘to network’ is an active verb, they just wait and sit.
    Viva connectivism
    regards Jaap

    • medicineforanewera says:

      You are really kind; thank you so much for your words. I appreciate them, and I have appreciated how you have always participated in the course with lots of good things to say.

      I see you’re in the mobiMooc; I signed up but am “lurking” there for now. It’s interesting, though!

      Take care, Leah

      Leah D. Hackleman-Good, Ph.D. Editorial Partners LLC Professional, timely writing and editing for research, business, and education

  2. Vjansen says:

    Congrats to a fantastic production. Great work. I am sure to try GoAnimate in the future. Very easy to watch and enjoyed your personality that came through as well. Another example of connecting…


  3. David Smith says:

    Hello Leah,

    Great presentation, and interesting that you’ve run into the intellectual property debate with it. Your college experience sounds much like mine, and more particularly like that of the learners I work with now who are deeply networked through their film making endeavours, and encouraged by me and others to look outwards for more connections than what they will make withing the institution or courses, as these will do them little good and not give them the creative practice they need.

    I share your concerns/questions about what children need in the way of a common set of tools, interfaces, skills, in order to learn in a connected way, and also what the effect of highly individualized learning is on society, or whether anything we might recognize as society remains in a connectivist world. This question is one of curiosity, though, not doom and gloom.

    The school as factory metaphor also impacted me. I am visually impaired, and one of the most interesting decisions my parents faced along with me (they involved me, though I was very young at the time) was whether to send me through the regular factory or the blind person factory. We chose the former, and I am lucky that while I faced many challenges, I have enough usable vision that I could integrate well with “normal” and “average” students. I wonder what it would be like if there was no “normal” or “average” due to individualized education, or if our desire to belong to groups will just lead to a re-divisioning of society and new criteria for inclusions/exclusions.

    Lots to think about and lots of great work!


  4. Hi Leahgrrl,
    A wonderful reflection. I particularly like your approach of “cracking” the myths about networked learning within an institutional setting, where we might have experienced at schools, colleges or universities, in assuming that the monoliths based on the great “writings and teachings’ would give us the panacea to any “wicked problems”. You pointed out a few challenges about how one could find his/her way to peep, or to participate and engage in networks, and the risk of possibility of ridicule, rejection mockery and a sense of being indifferent. Isn’t that the reality when immersed in a network of “unknown” nodes? What differentiate such networked learning (in MOOC) from institutions seem to be that there are many variables and uncertainties that are not easily “controlled” by even the institutions, facilitators, experts or the communities, and so the learning would likely be in the hands of the participants, in where they would like to direct their way to go. Is it liberating for the learners, in learning using the tools and resources over the web and internet, that lies outside the control of institution? May be some would find the learning experience thought provoking, stimulating and highly rewarding, whilst others might find it intimidating, and hesitate on the worthiness of socialising and connecting based on discursive learning, especially when people have been so accustomed to the structured mode of learning.

    But then, there is the challenge of credentials, accreditation, when it comes to certification of the learning achieved within such mode of learning. So, why would people go for such pathway of learning even when it is not accredited as in institutions? “I did it my way?” may be what motivates people to learn, and so it goes back to personal autonomy. And you have done it in your fantastic way….

    Thanks for such great sharing.


  5. Zing says:

    Loved your post, which introduced me to MOOCs and the whole idea of networked learning. I liked your calls from the heart: “How can I learn when I’m not in a place?” and “How do I find my way into a network anyway?”. I would like to learn, through networks, the answers to these questions. Thanks for sharing

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