Began this week needing to look-up epistemology. The Stanford online dictionary tells us it is “the study of knowledge and justified belief.” Added to my ongoing confusion over the meaning of connectivism I did the weekly readings, studied most of the dailies, watched George’s video introduction to the week and spent quite a bit of time beginning my second concept map (this time using the Brain). I didn’t write anything – couldn’t get my head around a useful theme.

Woke up this morning with a few ideas buzzing in my head. Does this mean I literally needed to sleep on it to make the connection? Perhaps connectivism is the process by which we collect all of the information from all of the sources bombarding us each day and then working out which bits we need and making some sense of it. One of the real advatntages of enrolling in a course like this is the “pressure” to reflect through things like this blog, the Moodle posts and reading the dailies. This reflection is critical to making the connections.

At times there are things we are not ready to hear (and which wish we could recall when we need to). Increasingly we forget as much as we remember – probably due to to information overload.

So what does that mean for us as teachers? Do we continue to filter this information for our students? or do we spend more time facilitating and “teaching” the skills of skimming, sorting, discerning and validating? These employability skills are potentially the best thing we can tache rather than increasingly ephemeral pieces of information

Then of course, in a quick read of yesterday’s daily I see George telling us exactly the same thing “As we filter information. As we create content and engage with others. Traditionally, education has provided much of the filtering work for us through the bounded information structures provided by instructors/faculty